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Friday, April 29, 2016

Quilty 365 April Dots




Hi! I sewed my last April Dot this morning, yes  I cheated, I'm a day early. Actually I kind of lost track....








Bright green because the first tiny leaves have appeared on the ugly locust tree outside my window here.


It is Dot number 177. At the end of next week I will be at the halfway point if I do 365, later this coming month if I make 400 Dots.


Here's the April batch. Approx. 10-12 hours of work.











I'm filling my pretty box nicely!





A few weeks ago I dug out a neglected fabric bin, searching for cute fabric for upcoming Dots. The box was awesome. It was filled with tropical prints in black & white and shades of brown, neutrals [yes there's another bin with the brilliant Margaritaville shirt prints], and also quilt a few black and white batiks, and brown/ neutral seashell prints. These would make an amazing quilt like the Hawaiian quilts shown on Wonkyworld. Kalakoa quilts, HERE  Maybe a freestyle Log Cabin? Or Kaleidoscope?Something fun to slap together on a rainy day?


I also finished the first blocks off Where [When?] the Wild Geese Fly. here Here are the Pumpkins, I love them. Next I plan to do the moons and stars though that cute turkey is wanting my attention too.


It seems a bit odd to be working on an autumn quilt, doesn't it? But then I've been seeing so many big Vs of geese flying overhead, it seems appropriate.
The Vs are not Canada geese; they are here and nesting. babies will emerge for Mothers Day! No, the migrating geese are Brants, a smaller version of Canada geese. They migrate through in the spring on their way to their nesting grounds in the tundra of Canada and Alaska.



This project will be machine appliqued, mostly. The ''artistry'' will be in making the 200 odd Flying Geese blocks.


And Pokeberry is already back from the quilter!


Look what the postal service did to the box, isn't this scary! Even the inner plastic bag was shredded  open. But all was okay.


My quilter did such a nice job, and so fast! This quilt still has a lot of work to be done---binding of course, plus bead and button eyes and flower centers, a bumblebee and a lady bug or two?; label. Then I think I'll have it dry cleaned. After that, I'm not sure how I will accomplish the magic of the cotton batting puffing and shrinking. I'm afraid to machine wash, it has bits of velvet and wool, and even silk. I think I'll spritz the back with water in a squirty bottle, and run it through the dryer? [or quit while I'm ahead?]


More projects to share soon!




love

lizzy gone to the beach.....

...in my down parka! It got very cold here again. Brrr. Less than one month til summer begins, wow.













Feed me, mommy. I'm starving! NOW!"

Visit Audrey's blog for the 365 Project and link up to other dotty makers: HERE

17 comments:

  1. That's a whole lot of dots. All so very pretty. Does the postal service open boxes if they are concerned about what's inside? Or did they just toss this one around until it ripped open. Sounds like you've got a whole lot of work ahead of you with all those quilt blocks. Have fun! Hugs for Mo!

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  2. I love the colorful fun dots you are making!! Good for you on keeping up.
    Wow! Your pokeberry quilt is terrific.I'd probably try and hold off washing it as long as possible. I have 2 quilts I'm doing that with. (One is flags of the revolution)
    Your pumpkins!!! I love them!! That blue background is perfect!

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  3. You have a great collection of fun prints for your dots!

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  4. Hi,
    Your circles are looking good. Love your Pokeberry Quilt, it's beautiful. Have a great day!

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  5. The quilting on the Pokeberry is lovely!
    Give Mr Mo a hug from me and Amy

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  6. I think the Dots quilt would be a really fun quilt for a kid to play on - even I think it would be fun to look at all the cool dots, find the Pug, and the Ducky, etc. Kids could make up all kinds of games or stories with it! Fun for a nap or rainy-day quilt!

    I love the Hawaiian quilts! My favorite from the pictures is the one on the far left in the last picture. Is that the freestyle log cabin? It almost looks like a crazy quilt, but it's beautiful.

    Personally, I don't think I'd risk washing the Pokeberry quilt...although if all the fabric was washed before being sewn on probably it would be fine. Still, I don't think it needs to be shrunk/crinkled to be pretty, it's already beautiful! I guess its up to what you want.

    I can't believe it got so cold there! I hope you have nicer weather soon, so you can enjoy your beach walks (and share them with us, LOL).

    Take care and thanks for sharing!

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  7. Yay! Halfway! Your dots are beautiful. I'm envious of your beach even though it is cold. It is cold here too, but no beach.

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  8. Love your quilts. The dots are so different than any quilt I ever saw and I just love it. The black one with the beautiful colors in the designs is fabulous. You do some really different and pretty work. Love love love...

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  9. So darn cute all of those dots! They're all really cute, but I kept going back to the rubber duck and the lighthouse.

    Pokeberry looks really nice! My sister-in-law once sent us a vase, the box looked very much like yours did. Funny thing was that she had, sort of jokingly, written on it "please do not stomp on, punch, kick,throw,smash"...and on and on. Made us wonder if they had intentionally mishandled it. Surprisingly the vase survived. Glad your quilt did too.

    How is it still so cold there? I know you don't really mind though. Hope the parka hadn't been packed away on the assumption that you wouldn't need it for awhile ;)

    Kelley

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    1. Thanks for Dots note!

      Very funny about the vase/ box. Makes you wonder--and it s amazing the vase survived!

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  11. I love all of the dots! Each one has a personality of its own; I think it could be fun to watch someone look really closely at it for the first time!

    The pokeberry is just exquisite. Your quilter does an amazing job, but how could she not given such a great top piece (I'm sure there's a techie name for it, but I don't know what that is).

    Bravo, as always!

    Lisa

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  12. You have a wonderful selection of dots, it will be a fun quilt to look at & remember all the memories

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  13. That box does look scary! So glad the quilt was fine. Lovely to see all your new circles!

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