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    My finished project for the month

    Here are the final changes I made to this small project. Darn it--I got so overzealous I forgot to quilt the outer border!! It would have added such a nice texture to the piece--it would have been so much better- Pooh! Gets obvious that I was in a hurry huh? And I can't fix it by putting Qing in now because the corners that I use it to hang it up with it are there sewn into the back sides. But overall it is a little piece that expresses the local frustration and I think it works OK. It will be displayed in a public area of a private bank. Text says 'Free Education for Liberty'. The government is pretty right wing and is supporting policies that encourage expensive private universities and not funding at all the original public universities. (And they do have plenty of $$ to do so--the country has a healthy surplus with no national debt) Silly of them as they need fully educated people to administer resources and grow tje cpuntry in future. (Sigh) They need to grow the middle class not separate people along $$ lines! Enough politics from Chile this month!
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    Nothing better than a frozen treat on a hot NYC day . WIP
    Need sparkle & frost & drips! & real pop sticks
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    I can see the potential in those goodies! Yum!
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    I have been without a computer for a while and so I haven't been following the challenges. However I have been trying some different things. I "finished" this a while ago. I still haven't decided if it is finished or not.
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    Hi and welcome back to the world pollyvan9,

    I know what you mean about not quite finished on a work. It is often my lot in life. I like your work so far and agree it still seems to need something more.
    My first idea, and you may have already played with this one, is how about some more of those scrappy offset blocks to tie the piece together? I would place them in those 3 panels in an irregular manner I think. Play with making them a little smaller too perhaps. (I am assuming you might have some others that you made for this or another project? Maybe just pinning 2 sides to keep them regular, or fold them in half and see what rectangles look like scattered in those large expanses?
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    Suzie, I like you idea and will give it a try. My original idea was to feature the fabric which was from a skirt I found at a thrift shop (some of my favorite fabric stores), but I think It needs to be dressed up someway. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    @ post #818, Tracy: Very nice flowers. This is my first adventure to this art quilt thread. There is a lot to look at here and I am enjoying it.
    What techniques are you using to do these? They are wonderful.
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    Is there a September challenge?? I think I would like to join in.
    I got fabric.... Now I need time .
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    Welcome ube and Kohoeta! September challenge will be mounted on the first of the month.

    But meantime there are still a good 10 days to do a small 12x12 piece for the August challenge! C'mon you can try a quick technique or two to describe cold. (Run a search up in the top box for August challenge where it is described in full.) Remember these aren't supposed to be the masterpieces you see in the shows. This is a personal challenge to try something new, see what you get, discuss results and ask for input besides the usual 'that's lovely'

    Today I get to spend part of the morning on my WIP. I am doing a photo transfer of a cemetery angel. (What's colder than death after all) But I want to cut her up in about 6 pieces and then reassemble. Technically I can't figure out how to do this well as I want to keep the clear lines of the detailed photo. So today is an experimental session. Probably entailing a lot of heat and bond.

    How are the rest of you doing out there? Let's see some WIP or some 'dones'.
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    I want to get into working in a more creative fashion and this will be a perfect place to start. I don't know about August but by Sept. I will be here. Thanks so much for starting this Art Sharing.
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    Last minute challenge for "Frozen" and I'll send a fat 1/4 from City Quilter to the first 5 who post. Come on you lurkers. Let's support Suzy's great ideas. Subject: Ice cube tray. Figure it out!! Dotty in NYC, where it is not freezing yet.
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    Dotty,

    Thanks so much for your very generous offer! Having seen some of your work I know a fat quarter from you would be a delight! Hope this spurs some of you to get busy!!! Wow! Let's see...an ice cube tray.......hmmmm!
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    Mine is done, but you get get to see it until September!!
    Dotty in NYC

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    I need to get home first. Having too good a time in dallas with family and friends, especially olivia ! Haven't even had a chance to track down board friends. Miss home and pets and dh, but hate to leave!
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    Cold Challenge

    Hi all,

    Here is my experiment for this month.

    This was a photo of a cemetery angel. After all what is colder than death?!

    I wanted to use this photo for a later larger piece.

    But first I needed to experiment with how I could cut it up and still have a recognizable photo. I wanted to get more color into it as well.

    I need to match everything up after the cuts and color insertion or I no longer had a photo. So there were technical issues. Eventually I used glue and strips and sewed either side, which worked OK. But I am not happy with the way the color shows through and I am going to use a different technique when I do the next piece.

    Then I also wanted to decide on quilting amounts and design for the photos...what should be made more textural and what should be left alone?

    This little test answered many of those issues and there are certainly things I want to do differently on the bigger piece. Practice does after all make us better at all this and opens up new ways of creating. And some of them are awful and don't work well at all. But take a risk and try something. I learned a lot and will use that for the major piece-- which is next on the list and should be much more effective now.

    Now what are you all up to???? The clock is ticking here!!!!!
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    nancia--I thought you might be lolly-gagging about the west there.............playing with grand kids and having an altogether good time.........

    Sepetember challenge will be here for you when you get back!
    Suzie
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    Don't forget the last minute challenge---get working;

    Last minute challenge for "Frozen" and I'll send a fat 1/4 from City Quilter to the first 5 who post. Come on you lurkers. Let's support Suzy's great ideas. Subject: Ice cube tray. Figure it out!! Dotty in NYC, where it is not freezing yet.

    Who is going to whip out an ice cube tray
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    Pardon me, but why are you reading this thread? Is no one else trying the challenges? Tomorrow is September.
    How nice that Suzy is still trying.
    Dotty in NYC

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    My ice cube tray is in progress! First, I've had to deal with two flea infested dogs!poor things.... The fleas are invincible!
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    September Challenge----- A Big Change Coming---------- in the next few months there is A Polar Magnetic Shift

    "The sun is gearing up for a major solar flip, NASA says. In an event that occurs once every 11 years, the magnetic field of the sun will change its polarity in a matter of months, according new observations by NASA-supported observatories." ---Link here about what this means; http://www.space.com/22271-sun-magnetic-field-flip.html

    While there are a number of doomsday sites out there actual data shows that we will all be fine, just changed.

    So what about your big changes this year? Got some life changes happening? New baby in the family? Moved to a new town and life? Lose some you loved?

    Express what' s going on in a quilt--the bigger the change in your life the better a subject for your quilt!!!!!

    Get the thinking and then go to it.

    Remember though these are NOT supposed to be master works! They should be experiments and generally smaller- something you can create in a month or less. Make a 12 x 12 block only if you like. But get your creativity stirred and do something out of your usual mold.

    (Quite frankly if we don't get some more actual action happening here I am going to have to shut the thread down as it does take time and effort I could spend elsewhere. 50,000 lookers and little creative input from others means I am on a soapbox on a street corner here----hmm great idea for a little quilt... But the point is for us to share our works techniques and ideas, whether they have to do with the challenge or not)
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    I am reading this thread but am so new to quilting that i've yet to step into the world of ART quilts. I love the challenge about big changes. During the past year, my family has a lot of life come and go. One daughter has been pregnant 4 times with a total of 5 babies. We are praying this one makes it to full term and is healthy. Our other daughter gave birth to our first grandchild. My brother and father both passed away. And the year before that I gained two amazing sons - my daughters choose well. In my mind I see my quilt being a circle showing my family somehow expressing both joy and sadness. I am not ready to step into actually quilting this but the wheel in the brain is turning and that's a start. I absolutely love seeing the posts that other put up. I learn so much from them and believe me there is much out there for me to learn!!

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    There have been 3 marriages in our extended family. I am making modern versions of the double wedding ring block.
    Molly & Rob's wedding in the city park, Anna Kate & Nate's vintage chic wedding in a barn, and Andrea and Grace's wedding in Brooklyn, featuring donuts. Will share before Suzy & I both give up & move on. The Metro Mod Quilting guild is sponsoring an international exploration of DWRing blocks... As previously reported. Dotty
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    Confession time. I've been so busy, I've not had time to even think about the challenges. So I've been lurking. My next challenge is to give a demo on art quilt to an art group. No one elsewho comes to the meetings uses fiber. here are photographers, oil, watercolor, pastels, acrylics, gourds, landscapes and portraits. The technique I'm thinking of is raw edge squares. Here's a sampleName:  Quilt slide show_0041.jpg
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    Hey susie, I know theres not a lot of participation (me included) right now, but I want you to know that I check this thread frequently and am always excited to see what people are coming up with. All the work you are putting in is greatly appreciated, please do not feel discouraged.

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    I am lurking in the shadows also...very busy now but will jump in in the future...we art quilters have to have our thread...

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