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January 9, 2021
AHIQ Prompt January 2021: String Tulip QAL from Fret Not Yourself

"Hope" is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird -
That kept so many warm -

I've heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

~Emily Dickinson 

2021 opens so hopefully. Here goes!


As always, many ideas for a prompt run through my mind but something different kept coming to the top. Repeated comments ...

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October 20, 2020
String Tulips 2 Quilt Positively Finished from Fret Not Yourself

A president doesn't have to be brilliant. 
He doesn't have to be clever. You can hire clever. 
But you can't buy courage and decency, and you can't rent a strong moral sense. 
A president must bring those things with him.
~Peggy Noonan


My second String Tulips has more yellows in the border. {I learned that from the Electric Socket.} 

Four string tulips form an X in the center surrounded by a border of X string blocks in multicolors.
String Tulips on Blue baby quilt 

That let me choose tulip petals that are lighter in value than the first. More yellows here, too. I can see more yellow will be useful in future quilts as ...

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October 6, 2020
A Second String Tulip Started from Fret Not Yourself

It takes courage to live through suffering and it takes honesty to observe it.
~ C. S. Lewis


The first set of Electric Socket blocks have been on the design wall long enough. After so many supportive comments, I've come to like the craziness, too, but still wanted to play with tulips. Fortunately there are still more blocks waiting to be sewn. Now I'm basically repeating the previous tulip quilt but with a brighter border. The blocks were arranged to flow from yellow to red to blue to green to orange and back to yellow around the border ...

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September 22, 2020
String Tulip Quilt Finished from Fret Not Yourself

Prejudices are rarely overcome by logic. 
Not being founded in reason, they cannot be destroyed by logic.
~Tryon Edwards


It was worth all the time it took to remove the border quilting. The spiral design didn't add anything to the quilt because it was hidden among the strong Xs and the tension was a mess. With the machine cleaned, the needle changed, and thread rethreaded it's sewing perfectly {except for my own bobbles.} 

Four crossed tulips center the medallion with string blocks forming Xs as a border
String Tulips on Green baby quilt

Quilting began with a few free-motion arcs on the tulips then SID around the inside and outside borders ...

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September 15, 2020
Two Steps Forward and Three Back from Fret Not Yourself

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
~Carl Sandberg


All the border seemed to need was some quick FMQ but a huge problem arose. The bobbin thread pulled too tightly and then too loosely. It has taken the rest of the week to unsew this mess. 
Ripping out poor quilting stitches

Next week I'll try something else... right after I give the machine a thorough cleaning. 

But the stack of ...

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September 8, 2020
Working on the String Tulip Quilt from Fret Not Yourself

"We're all just walking each other back home."
~Ram Dass


Delightful as I find this quilt it was set aside while I finished some that needed to be gifted sooner. Finally I can get back to it.  For smaller quilt like this, doubling my folding tables makes the perfect basting table. They fit perfectly with no time wasted moving and re-stabilizing the quilt package. 

A few lines of quilting hold the petals. None of the fabric behind them was cut away. Slow, steady sewing was key to getting this part done.

String Tulips pin basted

Combined with stippled ...

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July 28, 2020
String Tulips from Fret Not Yourself

Freedom discovers man the moment he loses concern over
what impression he is making or about to make.
~Bruce Lee


As if the first set wasn't enough, here's a second set of the Electric Socket strings. {Thanks for the perfect name, Julie.} Not so much yellow here and the green blocks aren't resonating. 

Long skinny strings of fabric in a variety of prints form Xs when set together.
More string X blocks

Leaving them on the design wall gave me lots of time to arrange and rearrange all those string blocks. I moved something every time I walked by but they were just too crazy together. It could be the mix ...

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