Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Endeavourer's Improv Challenge


When the November prompt for the Endeavourer's Group was revealed to be IMPROV, I went to the dictionary to see just what the word meant.  Well, of course there was nothing related to quilting so I began to searching around blogs and books to get the idea of what I wanted to work with.  I saw a lot of scrappy blocks that I really liked.  I especially like the Vortex block that seems to be trending right now. I admit I want to try it.  But what I found to be more appealing was a tutorial that I found at Mary and Patch Blog.  If you visit the link, you can find the tutorial on the link. The picture above is taken from the tutorial.  I liked it because the math involved in stitching with her technique is easy elementary.  I admit it's simple, but hey, I need simple.

  Anyway, as my life usually goes, I did not have the time to focus on stitching this project. The month for making this challenge started in August.  If you follow here, you may remember that August was not a good month for me and it led right into September when Terry was in and out of the hospital.  Then there were several doc appointments.  Then in October Corey surprised us by traveling home from Oregon for a visit.  They came in their 27' travel trailer where they sleep, except Nic pretty much stays at our house all the time.  So you can see I didn't have much time to focus on sewing.



I volunteered for my Senator a little as I worked to get him elected and he is running now in a very close race.  Senator Donnelly...you may have heard of him.  I admit to being preoccupied with a lot of political things and I just could not get an idea out of my mind which has been festering for the last two years.  A simple version started with stripes representing the flag and the tears are falling.

I have not had time to complete this piece.  I could have rushed through it to get it done, but I no longer do that kind of thing.  The tears are done with hand stitched reverse applique which I have wanted to try.  I am enjoying it and I'm pretty sure I'll try a more elaborate piece using the technique in the future.  On this piece, I plan to embroider words that the flag represents.  I am feeling that the true meaning of what the flag represents is getting lost somewhere in a demagogue's rhetoric.

Nic will be here for a couple of more weeks.  I tell him when he leaves my ears will get a rest.  He thinks that's funny, lol.

Grateful:  Today I am grateful that we have had a visit with the kids.  You really do miss them when they are gone.

XX, Carol




25 comments:

Pamela said...

I like your stripes and tears. I try not to say much about political things but I really shudder thinking about what is happening in the US. I applaud you for helping to get your candidate elected.

Barbara said...

Fun family, fun sewing, and not so fun looking ahead in our country and indeed, our world. Everything and everyone has its consequences. That you incorporated your concerns into what should be a relaxing sewing project says a lot about how worried you must be. I share your feelings one hundred-fold. Good for you for volunteering.

Barbara said...

PS...I’m had to google the Vortex Block design you wrote about, and to my delight I realize I already have a big head start. I have made over 50 string blocks just because I like making them. They are easy for my hands and fill a creative urge when it strikes. They just keep piling up. Now all I need is the desire to turn them into something!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

I love the way your flag is coming on, Carol. I like the way you incorporate significance into your sewing. I wish you good luck with all your work and I hope you find time to relax and enjoy the time with your family. Their arrival must have been a wonderful surprise :)

jinxxxygirl said...

I'm glad to here everything is good in your neck of the woods Carol.. That quilt will be beautiful! Hugs! deb

Kay said...

I think your improv quilt is very moving. You have had a lot to deal with and you still completed your quilt. Good luck with the volunteering

Mary Ann Tate said...

I like your tears and stripes idea very much. Speaks volumes.

Laurie said...

I have to admit carol, I haven't heard of reverse applique. I'll have to look that one up. I love your flag block. So original. And I agree with you on how it's meaning has been loss. The tear drops are genius. Beautiful post! Blessings for a wonderful day!

Celtic Thistle said...

Your piece will resonate with lots of readers I am sure Carol, sometimes life just can't be ignored!

Maureen said...

Hi Carol! I am going to be late to the party, too, as I posted on The Endeavourers blog. I love those stripe block and colors A Lot. I made a quilt with some of those blocks in it several years ago and they were So Much Fun to make. The tears and flag concept is intriguing. I mourn for our country, too, and I hope we can all get it together to make it better.
Smiles, Maureen & Josephina Ballerina (the cat)

Textile Ranger said...

You have so much going on, and yet you found time to leave nice comments on everyone's entry! Treat yourself nicely, get as much rest as you can, and we look forward to seeing your piece when it is finished!

Momma Bear said...

I know how you feel. every time the children visit my cool is blown but the vacuum they leave is palpable.
I weep for the future and am incandescently angry at the politicians who are behaving like spoiled, greedy little children.
How is Terry? and is Corey adjusting?

jenclair said...

:) Sometimes art helps us deal with our feelings. Your flag quilt is certainly a way to do that, and I look forward to seeing the quote you decide on. Hope November is kinder to you and yours, Carol!

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Love love your tears and stripes! Creating pieces like this is the greatest therapy of all! Cant wait to see your finished work!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Love the stripes and tear idea and I cant wait to see it when you are finished. Take good care of yourself!

Salty Pumpkin Art said...

Happy November! Being busy is good. It makes resting more enjoyable.

Timaree said...

What a surprise having the kids come from Oregon! Wow! How does Terry hold up to all the activity? How do the dogs like it all? Excited to see everyone again?
You’ve definitely been busy and I hope after the election you can rest a bit easier - and have your man in office!
Your quilt idea is great with the tears. My understanding is reverse appliqué is where you later fabrics and cut through the top down to the layer you want. Is that how you are doing it?

Kit said...

So glad you had a good visit. My oldest leaves tomorrow and I will miss her. But she will hopefully be back for Thanksgiving. :) Kit

KaHolly said...

Son, I LOVE that improv Block! I’ve made a couple of them. I haven’t done anything with them yet, but someday! Hope your husband is doing well.

Debra said...

You are always doing the most interesting things with needle and thread. Love the colors you use too. I do hope your husband is all better...

FlashinScissors said...

You have been busy, Carol! You do so well keeping up with everything and everyone!
Your quilt is such a brilliant idea with the reverse appliqué teardrops!
I experimented with reverse appliqué a while back ..... only a teeny piece, not sure if you saw it, I was making a name badge. Not sure I quite had the stitching right ..... still have it to finish!
Do hope Terry is doing OK!
Hugs,
Barbara xx

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I know all about ears and resting - we had our son and his family here for a few days and our 4-year old grandson never (ever!) is quiet. We're not used to it so we were exhausted when they left. I like the concept of your tears quilt - definitely a sign of the times right now for sure.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Well, it has been a very busy fall for you Carol. You are a little like me in that I deal with an aging husband with lots of doc appts and also babysit the grandkids when needed. I have my mom in hospital in another province so she is on my mind too. But this comment was supposed to be about you! Sorry. For me, the stitching is my down time relaxing thing.
I felt really sad seeing those tears related to that glorious flag. I empathize thoroughly...

Kim said...

I love your Endeavours quilt, Carol. Love the message of it; so very apt for your country and the state it is in at the moment. I read the race for Senator Donnelly to be re-elected was a close one. I would think so many events that are happening in politics over there would make many cry. So much of the time I shake my head and think....WHAT!!!! But.....then I am only an observer who lives at the bottom of the world. =)

SM S said...

Hi Carol how lovely Corey came for a visit,love your quilt.
Gee yousure have been busy ,hope Terry is well and hope you have a wonderful week my friend,cheers Shez xx