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11.13.2012

STUCK.



Years ago, I took a couple workshops with the fabulous Sue Benner.



She really is a great teacher in my opinion - and enlightened my mind in a beautiful, new way.


I'd been approaching a place of fearlessness with my art that she just opened up a little wider and I was able to step my considerable body and mind into.


Since then, I've learned many lessons from myself and others...but I fondly look back on the middle 2Ks as the time in history that freed me up from all (or most) of my self doubts and worry about how to do this and that.


Now...I experiment.


I'm not saying that I have it all down pat, because it's obvious that I don't, but I do approach every piece as play and if it doesn't turn out the way I want it to...well, it can hang on my design board for awhile. Sometimes for years.


I do get a little build up on said wall and every now and then, usually around the first of the year, I finish up or work on my WIPs / UFOs. 


This year I started when I got back from vacation. After quilting Claire Bear's baby quilt, I've wanted to do nothing BUT free motion stitch.


Last year, I took some pieces that were left over from Sue's workshop  and appliqued them onto a nice bit of decorator fabric. Then it hung on the design board until last month.


I pulled it down and did some FMS on the piece and put it back for a few days. Determined not to let it get the best of me...I took it out again and added the flower and lots more FMS until it became the piece you see here.


I thought I'd make a sleeve for my laptop out of it but my Colombian friends told me it would break up the design by folding it in half and they thought it'd look better on the wall. I kind of agree. But not in the state that it's in.


So, if you have any suggestions about what you'd do next, I probably won't do them...


but would LOVE to hear what you have to say.



Create Your Life,


annie!


34 comments:

  1. I love that bold red flower against the muted stripes...........

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    1. Thanks Gayle! How have you been? I seem to be behind in almost everything these days and keeping up with blogs has been difficult. I kinda knew that would happen when the new baby came along...but I miss your posts. Actually, the last time I looked, you hadn't posted anything. Hope it's just because you want it that way.

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  2. It's GORGEOUS! Boy do I envy your flair with fiber! I say wall hanging it should be. You're quilting friends are right, you shouldn't break up that wonderful flower!

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    1. Thanks so much Robin. :) After seeing the comments here, I'm gonna go with the flow...but I still think it needs 'something' before I bind it.

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  3. I'm with Robin, it is gorgeous. Wall hanging as the flower is stunning. As are those sunsets!

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    1. Thanks for your opinion Ann! I'm going to go with that...even though I might not get it done for...awhile. :)

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  4. The flower is wonderful, leave it as a wall hanging!

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  5. I'd trim it. The flower is fabulous but is too small for the entire space. I would take a picture of the quilt, crop it on the computer to find the best composition, then do it for real. Love the flower!

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    1. I think you're so right. I've been folding it back along the edges and letting it hang to see where I want to 'crop' it. I take so many pictures because of the different perspective I get when viewing it on the computer and will take your advice to find the best composition via computer. Thanks so much!

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  6. I don't know. It's just beautiful to look at. :)

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  7. this is a beautiful 'fearless' piece!

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  8. WOW from the top of the page right down to the very last picture
    Lynn

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  9. Fabulous piece, but I liked it even better without the flower on. I would have just left it like that with the abstract 'frames' on it. Loved that. I still have to try free motion stitching. I bought the sewing machine foot for it (or whatever you call that in English), but still haven't used it. But I will..I will! ;-)

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    1. LOL! I love your honest opinion. I really liked the frames at first. They were put on with a bit of glue in the beginning and some fell off and went to Never Land. That's when I started thinking it needed something else. Of course it's too late now to go back but 'it are what it are'. We call it a free motion or embroidery or mending foot...so you've got it right. Cant wait to see what you stitch with it. You know that your journals would look lovely with some FMS!

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  10. i wouldn't touch it except for perhaps adding a broder to finish it up, but not too sure about that.
    i like the different scales of the objects it gives it movement.

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    1. Thank you Neki! I do plan to add a border...probably from the red satin fabric that the flower was made of. I haven't tried it yet...but may be able to find enough black and white to use alternatively...or as a mat. Or vise versa. I'm glad you see movement...that makes me happy.

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  11. Well, without dimensions I hesitate to make a suggestion for a fabulous finish. It could be a pillow maybe too, so that it can travel around the house with you as you please. Otherwise I'd have to go with wall hanging. I have to say I like it best with the flower, otherwise it's just a background waiting to happen. Whatever you decide to do, let it be known the I LOVE THIS art piece! Organized chaos...VERY pleasing to my eye.

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    1. Thanks Annie. It's about 16 1/2 x 20 so it would make a good pillow...but I'm just not a pillow person. The flower has been stitched down so there's NO way it's coming off...not even if I make it a prayer flag and hang it outside!!!! Thanks again!

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    2. What I was trying to say...is that even the elements wouldn't get it to come unstitched!

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  12. Obviously whatever you do will be unique and different and beautiful, but you did ask, so just for fun, here is my little suggestion. I seriously love your third picture where it shows a part of the flower and a great background design, so how about using just that bit and framing it with another fabric and you could then use the result as the front of your laptop cover.

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    1. Thank you Sheila. :) I took all those 'corner' shots with that in mind...at least the part about seriously cutting it up. I love your idea...but have so far not wanted to take the scissors to it.

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  13. I love the look of that top photo. The black lines on red, the texture it all has, just terrific. Won't make suggestions...the answers are within you, give them time to gel and come out. It looks good to me now.

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    1. THank you Lynn. The answers are within me. I just get...well...stuck sometimes! I've received lots of food for thought.

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  14. Beautiful...I say it's wonderful as is!!!

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  15. I agree with Quilt or Dye. Love the 'cropped' versions. My favorite - the partial flower in the upper right corner. But also pleasing, the one directly below it. Whatever you decide ... will be the right choice. You definitely have a gift.

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    1. Thanks Jan. I've been folding it different ways and letting it hang on the design wall. For now...it's an after the holidays project! So good to hear from you.

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    2. Actually, now that you pointed out the partial flower/upper right...I'm going to fold it like that next. :)

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