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LITTLE ELEPHANT. I saw this sculpture by Fausto Melotti on-line and decided to interpret it into a small art quilt (started in May). Someone must have bought this sculpture, made in brass wire, about 15-inches tall–I can no longer find a picture. Anyway, our Modern Quilt Guild had a speaker last year who used a lot of bias tape, so I decided to make some myself for the basic elephant shape. This is the actual color–for some reason, the color faded out as I zoomed in.


Echo quilting:P1100476

It looks like the elephant is spraying water–a happy accident.


Before I started quilting, I added elements similar to the original sculpture, using a shisha mirror surrounded by crochet for the eye, a yo-yo, another circle with embroidered lines and colonial knots, and finally one large circle with encrusted beading. I left the front foot loose for dimension.



I finished the echo-quilting in October, bound the quilt, stitched two rows of big stitches inside the body, and decided to rice-stitch the remainder of the body, which was just a little puffy. We had had a big-stitch quilting workshop earlier in the year and I came home with the better part of a spool of green perle cotton thread. Of course, I ran out of thread. Months later I found some more thread, albeit just a tad lighter than the original, but it was the same weight. Hey, from 5-feet, no one will be the wiser. I finally finished the stitching yesterday. Here is the completed quilt. It maketh me happy. FINISHED ELEFANTINO (20.5 x 16.25 inches):


Gotta go–walking with the Bella Vista Walks group at Lake Bella Vista before it gets too hot. Stay tuned for more quilting hi-jinks.


Before it’s too late.



Less is More

THE LESS IS MORE QUILT. In a previous post, I talked about one of the reasons you have unfinished projects: you’re working on one project but then have a deadline, drop project #1 and finish project #2. So, I dropped everything to make this quilt. My last #doonething in March was to cut out 96 squares, make 48 half-square triangles, and piece the top for a quilt I wanted to enter in the NWA Modern Quilt show (our first). The quilt was juried in but 20 minutes of quilting a day didn’t get it finished in time. I found this wonderful neutral fat-quarter bundle online and it was more than enough fabric for what I needed. 

I like to wash my fabric in order to remove the chemicals. I also think it is easier to cut once the sizing is gone, and it doesn’t make me sneeze and wheeze. The fat quarters did get a little wrinkled and only one piece was cut off-grain but I managed to cut four 8-1/2 inch squares from each. Squares laid out in random order.



Pairs of squares for half-square triangles.



I marked the 8-1/2 inch mark with a piece of Master Piece Static Stickers (it comes in 8-1/2×11 sheets). I cannot find this product online; instead, you can mark your cutting line with a piece of masking tape, such as the blue or green painter’s tapes.


Less is More, before quilting.


Some straight-line quilting–I started by echoing around the brown arrows.



I was going to add a small border in order to keep the brown points but opted not to. Matchstick quilting can shrink and warp your project quite a bit, and I learned a lot from this project. I stitched around the brown less than/more than signs before starting quilting, but should have stitched in every seam to prevent distortion. I have no idea if I’ll lose the points when I square this up. Draft of my label:

Less is More

Original design using mathematical symbols (less than/more than) to express the phrase, “less is more,”  meaning that a minimalist approach to artistic or aesthetic matters is more effective. Phrase made famous by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, but used before that in a Robert Browning poem, “Andrea del Sarto.”

‘Well, less is more, Lucrezia: I am judged.’

Kona fabrics, Superior King Tut (variegated neutral) and YLI (earth with black and red) threads. Machine  pieced and straight-line quilted on Janome 6600P.


I often weave thread ends in as I go, but I wanted to spend the time at my machine finishing the quilting. Instead I wove in ends while binge-watching Death in Paradise on Netflix from the comfort of my recliner. Is binge-watching a hobby or a sickness? I have watched Midsomer Murders at least five times, mostly while piecing. I’m still not sure if I need to block this quilt–will have to consult with my blocking guru, Karen K. I’ll post the finished quilt as soon as it’s, er, finished.

TIP OF THE DAY: When marking fabric, place a piece of sandpaper underneath so the fabric doesn’t stretch or move. Use what ever you have; 400-grit is grit enough.

Next post, my Elefantino quilt.




Blogging 101

I attended a Blogging 101 workshop on Saturday through the Village Writing School (Eureka Springs) with speaker Jacqueline Wolven. We were actually at the Whole Hog Café in Bentonville where we entered into a heavenly aroma of roasting pork. I have seven pages of word processed notes and a lot of useful information that I can start incorporating, some immediately, some with a little time. My biggest take away was defining myself (I came up with 12 things that define me) and that I need to put some time and effort into my About statement. Here is a direct quote: Most About pages are crap. I can honestly say that mine is and my search for better modeling shows that I am not alone. Another technique I would like to learn is placing a tutorial as a Page on my blog. Of course there are a lot of things I would like to learn, specifically about wordpress, such as linking my blog to Facebook and Pinterest. In my world, you would just press a button; in the real world, it’s more complicated than that, at least according to the wordpress forum. I even tried inserting computer code one day, to no avail. When Alison Taylor-Brown (director of VWS) asked if I had been writing, I answered, no, just writing my blog. She reminded me that that is writing. Well, yes it is. I will share some insights and what works for me in future posts after I have had a chance to digest it all and make some changes. One change I will try to incorporate right away is posting at the same time of day every time. I usually just get on and write my post, edit it at least 10 times and then publish. Today I am using Word to write my post and will upload it to wordpress when I am ready to add photos and publish. This is probably a better way to do this anyway. Sometimes editing in wordpress can be really slow and tedious (especially on the weekend). Do not ask me why. The internet is sometimes artificial intelligence gone bad or there are gremlins or—make up your own reason.  Check out the Village Writing School, and Jacqueline Wolven,

Last night I went to Northwest Arkansas Modern Quilt Guild. We had a fantastic guest who had quite the trunk show. She was entertaining and talented. She is currently using a quilt-as-you-go technique totally on her longarm. It’s pretty amazing. Check out Tia Curtis yourself,

Back to last night’s meeting—it was the big reveal for the Cotton+Steel fabric challenge. We each had purchased a baggie of scraps which our leader had brought back from the Cotton+Steel booth at QuiltCon in Austin in February. QuiltCon is an annual modern quilting venue. The only parameters were to use any or all of the scraps and to only add Cotton+Steel fabrics or solids. Because I did not have time to go to Joplin or to mail order, I decided to add solids. The only solids I had that would coordinate with the scraps I was using were blue and white polyester. There are no quilt police in my world so I went with it. Here is my final quilt.



Here is a detail photo of “+ Poly” and the two-fabric binding.



and the two-fabric binding.



and the reverse.  There were some wonderful projects–we have a very talented group of quilters.  If you are on Facebook, you can see some of the entries on the NWA Modern Quilt page.



That’s it for now. I am over the suggested word count is 400-600, so I rolled over my last paragraph to another post. Till next time, stay dry if you’re in the area and find enjoyment in at least some part of your busy day.