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December 22, 2017
Weekly Stitching coming to an End from Notes from Studio B

A short post this week because the only thing I have to show is the stitching done this week on my weekly project, one week to go and another year of stitching will be done.

Weekly Stitching
Signs of Life:The five universal shapes

I'm loving the texture that the stitching is creating in this piece.

My big dilemma now is "What do I do next year?"

Merry Christmas everyone!

Linking up with "Off the Wall Friday" and "Slow Sunday Stitching".

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December 16, 2017
Christmas Postcards and a try at English Paper Piecing from Notes from Studio B

My last blog post seems like a long time ago, but when I checked it was about two weeks ago. I spent most of that time sick, I had been concerned about getting the ugly bronchial mess my husband had but instead I got a deep sinus viral mess. High fever, terrible headaches, etc for about a week, I'm now almost back to normal.

I took my usual process pictures of what I was working on with my phone camera as usual and then discovered when I went to write a blog post that my phone and my computer ...

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December 1, 2017
2017 Daily Stitching #2 done from Notes from Studio B

We had a fabulous Thanksgiving, a houseful(10 extra) for three days. Thanksgiving morning the kids, grandkids and I did our usual 5k Turkey trot and had our after race coffees and smoothies.

We had purchased a new front door and my sons installed during the afternoon, fortunately we had unseasonably warm weather. The door was a bit of a project but went quite smoothly. We replaced a 32" door with a 36" one.




The view of the pretty tree across the street from the really cool window.

As you can see it needs some finishing touches ...

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November 22, 2017
Excellence in Fibers from Notes from Studio B

Earlier this year I entered the 2017 Excellence in Fiber competition and while I was in NY the rejection email arrived. This week I got the great news that my first daily stitching piece for this year was selected to be in the online gallery, a selection of pieces that didn't make the final cut, you can see all of the selected pieces here. I'm really honored to be in this selected group, do check out the gallery, there is some fabulous work there. This is my piece, "Happiness"

This is a real quick post this week, I ...

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November 16, 2017
A herringbone quilt top from Notes from Studio B

While we were in NY I watched several videos on facebook that were from Quilt Market in Houston, one of them was Victoria Findley Wolfe demonstrating how she does a herringbone quilt. I loved the effect and over the weekend I pulled out a bunch of multi colored hand dyed fabrics and started cutting them up. On Monday I finished up the top, it's about 52" x 60"I just sewed until I ran out of cut strips.

I'm happy with it and I think I'll even keep it for myself, but with a very busy week ...

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November 9, 2017
I'm back from Notes from Studio B

I have been traveling for the past couple of weeks, went to Wallkill, New York  to visit family and to be tourists. We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary.

Went to a nieces wedding where I met up with all three of my younger brothers, first picture together in many years.

We borrowed my brothers car and drove to Corning, NY to visit an uncle of Don's and to spend some time at the Corning Glass museum. Then on to Niagara Falls since neither one of us had ever been there.

Then back to Wallkill to just hang out for ...

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October 19, 2017
Just stitching from Notes from Studio B

It's been a quiet week on the creative front, but I did go thru some old stuff and purged! One was blocks from an exchange done in 2000, an online stamp carving group held an exchange of ten inch blocks printed from a stamp that each individual had carved. Most of the participants were not familiar with fabric printing since the majority of the group worked only on paper. Out of the twenty blocks I received only three appealed to me, but I've kept all of them for seventeen years. They have moved into the box of fabric ...

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October 12, 2017
More small pieces from Notes from Studio B

I'm in the process of making more small pieces, both leaves and yoga inspired. The yoga inspired ones were printed a few years ago and were languishing in my pile of possibilities. They are cyanotype on magenta fabric, using some shapes cut out of heavy dark paper.

I've got three canvases painted a dark navy waiting for me to attach them.

I've also started the piecing process with a couple of the wet cyanotypes on turquoise fabric. This is how they look this morning on my work table.

The fabric that was used for both of these ...

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October 5, 2017
Wet cyanotype, reupholstery and more french knots from Notes from Studio B

I played with a few more pieces of wet cyanotype this week using some old pretreated fabric and I'm quite happy with the results.

Because the treated fabric was past its prime it didn't get the usual intense blue, but more of a blue gray. I will probably use  these in another set of small leaf study pieces.

All the ones that were finished last week were hung today in various venues around town.

I finished the quilting on my abstracted overgrowth.

Last Spring I dyed some heavy weight hemp fabric to use on my big old chair ...

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September 29, 2017
More French knots, SAQA Auction,Indigo and some finished leaves from Notes from Studio B

I've had a busy week which included a surprise visit and four day stay by my sister in law and her husband. They came to surprise Don for his birthday.

I've finished all the little leaf pieces and each is mounted on a canvas.

The second week of the SAQA Auction is in full swing and my piece is still available.

Today I had a wonderful group of creatives here to learn some shibori techniques with indigo. I managed to get one picture of them all together in front of a line of their work. The pieces that ...

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September 21, 2017
SAQA Auction and leaves from Notes from Studio B

The annual SAQA Auction started this week, there's still time to get some great pieces from section 1.  My piece will be up next week in section 2.

I've done more of the eco /botanical printing this week, trying different mordants and papers and fabrics. This group was steaming last week when I posted.

Next up was some silk habitoi on the left and silk broadcloth on the right.

Then more on heavy watercolor paper.

A group on a lighter weight watercolor paper.

Then I used a few of the leaves I had leftover and did gelli prints ...

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September 14, 2017
More leaf studies and a different type of leaf prints from Notes from Studio B

I enjoyed making the little leaf studies so much last week that I made a few more. I got out a few of my hand carved stamps, some hand dyed fabric and did some prints.

Then pieced some borders and now I've got nine.

I've decided to stop making them and actually finish them. The three on the left now have embroidered leaves, but that's as far as I got.

I got a bit side tracked trying some eco printing/botanical printing. Even though I've dyed fabric for over twenty years, I've always avoided natural ...

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September 7, 2017
Some new work and a studio"helper" from Notes from Studio B

This week I pulled out some leftover scraps from making our great grandsons quilt last year. The scraps were pretty small and I did add a few other fabrics to the mix, but with the thought of an overgrown landscape I came up with this.

Now how do I quilt it? It's 24 inches square so probably doesn't need much.

I still had a few small pieces left and remembered some leftover prints from the weekly leaf series so ended up making 3 smaller pieces.

These pieces will get some hand stitching on the leaves and will most ...

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