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    oh, linny! you are talking about my childhood stomping grounds! we went camping alot. even went to the rangely outdoor school. learned to fire off an arrow, and shoot water at 20 ft. daniel boone, move over, there's a new sherrif in town! LOLOLOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    oh, linny! you are talking about my childhood stomping grounds! we went camping alot. even went to the rangely outdoor school. learned to fire off an arrow, and shoot water at 20 ft. daniel boone, move over, there's a new sherrif in town! LOLOLOL
    It's fun to think of all the memorable times we spent with family going new places just to have fun. After all your outdoor experiences, you probably did feel like Daniel Boone.....what a hoot!

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    i used to love camping. we were tent people. my sister and i went cross-country and camped every night, sometimes in someone's woods. we had a blast. once a week we landed at a friend's house and had a shower and a home cooked meal. we drove from massachusetts to banff, and down to california and back across the us. i think it was 6 weeks. if i had the back for it i'd do it again, . my sister and i could travel anywhere together and have fun! she's terrific! man, we were on a beans or tuna budget, with a lot of pb&j on puffy white bread. we live in such a beautiful country. so much variation. when we got home it was fall and the trees in the berkshires were changed to their foliage finery. what a great welcome home!
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    Here's my "Refreshing and Cool" for July.....
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    My memory of the "Vermont Stream" where we camped with our children so many years ago. Water, rocks, foliage and markings on background trees again using sharpies.....the rest is fabric on hand.

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    Really lovely Linny!!
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    Thanks Dotty.

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    Linny, I really like it. Birch trees, right? Very good.

    Linda

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    linny-- i love it! you have really tapped in to a motherlode of my childhood memories! as a little girl i used to peel the bark off the birch trees and put it in our pine needle house and call it toilet paper. we never used it, but no pretend home could be without! thank you so much for the happy jolt. i was missing my mom and this brought back such very happy times.
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    Thanks Linda.....got the tree fabric at JoAnn's...need to get more-it's fun to work with.

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    Nancia- whenever we can evoke thoughts from a happy time it has to be good.......I'm so pleased I could do that.

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    Good to know

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    when using a Bleach pen or soft scrub with bleach, etc to "dishcarge" dye your fabric, please be sure to STOP the bleach action...if you do not do this important step, the chlorine continues to destroy the fabric fibers!!!!!
    Get some anit-chlor in the pool section of walmart, lowe's etc...it only takes a tsp to a gallon of water.....NOTHING else will stop it..not even vinegar....
    You are a fount of wisdom! I always thought vinegar and then water rinse would handle that.....better head for the shops,again! lol
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    today was a bonus day! went to get the mail and all sorts of goodies were waiting! not the least of which, was this package from dottie! thank you so much, you get major points for presentation!!
    i was hoping to include pictures, but the photo-sprites were against me. it is so hit or miss! i will try later. in the meantime, thanks , dottie for the crayons and their little purse
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    Can't wait to see your present Nancia from Dottie! Don't ya just love computer/board glitches?

    Linda

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    Good morning all. I've been following this thread and enjoying all the wonderful info here! Hopefully I'll get some pics posted soon of some things I've been experimenting with. I'm new to "art" quilting, but have been an avid seamstress and quilter for almost 40 years; this is a new endeavor for me and I appreciate all the discussion, sharing and tips here. I've been experimenting with fabric dyeing, trying different embellishments, learning to use Shiva Oil Paintstiks, and anything else I can think of lately. Here's a link to my first Paintstik experiment: http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...c-t193775.html Now all I have to do is figure out what to use it for!

    The latest tip from Jacquie on where to get the anti chlor is quite timely. I'm getting ready to try some discharging and knew I needed it, but didn't know where to look for it.

    Looking forward to spending more time here!!!
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    one more shot at pictures

    YES!!! it worked! i have to remember to go to save after i've resized! o ta da!!!
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    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    isn't this the neatest way to give someone a gift?! dotty, thanks!
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    What a neat little quilt........now we'll be waiting to see what you do with the new color sticks.

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    i'm starting right now! i'm supposed to be doing the dishes (my own expectation) but i'd so rather play!!
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    OK, I hope it's alright to jump right in here...

    I did a little quilt that I think fits the July "Refreshing and Cool" theme. (This is my third attempt ever on an "art" quilt...)

    I tried several techniques that are new to me, so yes, definitely out of my comfort zone! I'm trying to get the hang of "embellishment" and always feel like what I have done is either not enough or too much. I'd love some help with suggestion on that in particular, but anything overall that you wonderfully artistic folks can add would be greatly appreciated.

    Edit: Sorry, the pics seem a bit dark.

    Here goes:
    This is my "Shade Tree in Summer"

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    This little quilt is about 29" in diameter. I made the tree using a trapunto technique I've been struggling with a bit to work out a process that works for me. First I draw the design out on freezer paper, then press the paper on to felt and cut it out, paper and all with an Exacto knife. Next lay out my backing, batting and background fabric and spray baste the sandwich all together with 505 spray. Then I use a light mist of 505 spray on the top of my background fabric and lay the felt cutout, with paper still attached to keep it stable, on top of the background fabric, gently pressing in place with my hands, then peel off the paper. Next, I lay a piece of organza over the top and also smooth into place. The 505 is just sticky enough to hold it all in place if I'm careful handling it. After it is all sandwiched, I carefully stitch very closely around the trapunto to hold it all together, and then FMQ the background. It took several experiments and a few failed (read that as "cut my organza when I was trying to trim trapunto") attempts before I settled on this process.

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    And some of the FMQing:
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    These are supposed to be tree roots...

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    and some leaves and bark...

    And here I used some Shiva Oil Paintstiks to highlight the circles in the feather spine.
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    I felt like it needed some embellishment so I added a bunch of beading, but am not totally happy with that....

    I've been looking at this quilt in minute detail for so long, I don't feel like I have a good sense how it is in respect to overall design/impact anymore...

    Suggestions and comments please???
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    Wendy

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    Wendy- Your art quilt is gorgeous.....the design...the color and your workmanship is really excellent. Trapunto is on my list of things to try now. I have a feeling it may be a bit difficult for me but I'm going to research it and give it a go. Looking forward to seeing more of your work here.

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    What a cool retreat to look at! Your work is exceptional, azwendyg
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    just to let you know, my pc is sick, maybe fatally, so if you don't see me for a bit, that's why!
    wendy-- i had written you a critique and my comp logged off. your piece is gorgeous! you have no need to feel you're not good enough, you do beautiful work! i hope some day to be able to quilt half as well. mmmm, yummy!!
    just an idea, what about raising the long string of beads to about an inch or so below the center top beads. i think they blend in against the green of the tree and they should be where they can be seen. it will add a little visual weight to the branches of the tree and creates a balance of the airiness of the top of the tree and the solidity of the tree and roots. just a thought. such gorgeous work! if you get tired of it (as if that could happen, lol) i have the perfect space for it in my living room!!!, no, really!
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    Gorgeous Wendy! Thank you for posting and with instructions for what has worked for you. It sounds very doable to and for me. Your shade tree reminds me of the tall, old weeping willow trees in our yard. When I look at your quilt the brown beads depict the soil line and the scattered beads like soil that is below the surface. It's an excellent choice of beads for that. If I missed the mark of what it represents, my apologies. Thank you for posting so many photos to give us a real close up look. There is so much to learn by studying your photos. Wow.

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    Linny~I found lots of great info on the web about trapunto, and seaching "shadow trapunto" and "reverse trapunto" lead to some particularly interesting stuff for me. I'd be happy to help you along also, and share my recent experiences!

    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    ...just an idea, what about raising the long string of beads to about an inch or so below the center top beads. i think they blend in against the green of the tree and they should be where they can be seen. it will add a little visual weight to the branches of the tree and creates a balance of the airiness of the top of the tree and the solidity of the tree and roots. just a thought. such gorgeous work!
    Thanks Nancia~That's a great idea...I think I'll give it a try!
    Wendy

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