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.