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    Lightbulb ART Quilt Challenges Monthly

    Please don't be frightened by the title. This is a scheme to get us all to experiment with new ideas and techniques. Since there seems to be some interest in expanding horizons into 'artistic' type quilts a few of us thought it would be good to have monthly themes for using the other side of your brain. (You know the one you have a suspicion might be atrophying?)

    Remember that these are experiments which means a lot of what you will try won't work but some will be very unexpectedly satisfying. Techniques are whatever....I personally use up a lot of Wonder Under and some of the ugliest fabrics imaginable just to see what happens. Size is whatever seems to be required by your idea but of course small is more manageable. (Also fits well on the bathroom wall or as a gift

    Come and join us for feedback and ideas on how to accomplish things you might otherwise not tackle!

    May's theme is 'The unknown world' -- splat some weird shaped blobs on a block and you have cells. What about coral shapes from deep undersea? Then embellish....... You get the idea.........
    Suzie
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    i can meet you here for June. i'm a little busy still for may. any theme?
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    May is almost over, but I'll join. Do we make our own & post photos?
    Dotty in NYC

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    I've got an idea--let's see if I can take it from there!
    Hi Dotty. Your creativeness should inspire us all.
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    Glad to see you moved the 'art' quilting here in the challenges. Should be easier to find.

    How can it already be May 25th and Memorial Day Weekend? Where did this month go?

    Linda

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    since my first question was answered right above where i posted, let me restate my question. are we starting may now and going into june with it? or is may a wash and we'll start in june? official 'nice to have it done by date'?
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    I just need to know if I do a crafty/creative project with my atrophied hemi-brain, will I be able to find this particular place, again, to post it? (IOW, how do I get back here after I leave?)

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    "Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself."

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    oops! my bad.
    Pat from Texas

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    Neat idea, I'll be watching to see what develops, sounds like fun!

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    I'm ready to try this........game on!
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    May Art Quilt was a UFO!!

    Unknown World?!
    Mixed media inspired by a class at City Quilter, NYC
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    Dotty in NYC

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    Theme for June? Let's have fun!
    Dotty in NYC

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm View Post
    Unknown World?!
    Mixed media inspired by a class at City Quilter, NYC
    Love the spiral as if we are going to be hurled off into the Universe.
    Don't worry spider.
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    already been hurled off and landed on my back. owwies! i will be better soon, i am determined. hoping to start some fabric dyeing also in the near future. new technique for me, and some definite ideas what to do once i've done some! love the mixed media expression!
    as for finding your way back, use thread tools at the top of the page to subscribe to this thread. once you've left a posting after that it will alert you to other postings via e-mail. ezy-pezy!
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    June is flying by without a challenge theme, so I’d like to propose one. Hope I'm not stepping on any toes....

    June Theme: Independence Day

    What does that phrase mean to you? Does it bring up thoughts of the Fourth of July? A birthday party for your country, whatever your country may be? Or maybe the day you got your driver’s license? Your first paycheck or the day you moved out of your parent’s house? Perhaps your eighteenth, or twenty-first, birthday? Could it be the day your divorce was final? Winning the lottery? Whatever springs to mind when you think of Independence Day, show us in a quilt.

    Finished size and shape are your choice
    Must be three layers connected by stitching; hand, machine or both
    Must have finished edges; bound, zigzagged, piped, fused, any method to close the edge
    May use alternative fibers (such as paper), but must follow the above guidelines
    Should be new work made for this challenge

    Use whatever techniques you want; new or old, conventional or off-the-wall. Try new ways to alter the texture of your fabric or the color. Maybe some surface design. Print with food or found objects, stamp with rubber stamps or erasers or wood blocks, embellish with beads or buttons or charms or paper clips, stitch with metallic threads or yarns or wire, the sky’s the limit. The greatest joy of art quilting is the simple fact that if you can dream it, you can do it.

    If you get stuck on how to do something, what might work in a particular situation, which way to go…just ask. Sharing ideas and experiences is a big reason we’re all here. Stretch yourself; it’s called a challenge for that very reason. Most of all…have fun!

    Post pictures along the way if you want, we'll gladly provide motivation and support. And be sure to post finished pictures and tell us the story behind your quilt and the techniques you used to create it.
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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    Lots of possibilities here! The first thing that comes to mind is fireworks over NYC . Then I think about raising my 3 kids to be independent... how to do that in a quilt?...
    Dotty in NYC

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    Interesting challenge... don't know that I can find the time in June, but will be looking forward to July's theme.
    Wendy

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    I don't have time right now but a great idea. Have fun.
    Linda

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    dotty-- first thing that comes to mind with the kids is a pool of tears, lol. theirs and mine. such a battle sometimes!
    The only bad days are the ones you don't get.

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    4 zip codes?
    Dotty in NYC

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    thought y'all might be interested- i posted a thread, "some fun mug rugs" in pictures. they were lots of fun and a 'side bet' to the round mug rug swap.

    i posted this picture earlier in a dq swap, but i wanted you to see what i'm working on. i have used 2 new techniques, fabric painting and fabric dyeing ( i want new kitchen counters, heh heh heh)
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    Did you join the swap?

    Here are 2 mini mod art quilts I made for swap partners.
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    Dotty in NYC

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    wow! i like them both!!
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    Thanks! What do you mean stuck in Philly? How about a field trip to NYC? My Bee meets every Wednesday & we love guests.
    Dotty in NYC

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