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Lots of biddy scraps--sewed together--growd into a big block 12.5" square. 

42 big blocks plus sashing make a queen size quilt.  6 blocks per row, 7 rows length.

In my stash bin there are (were) lots of 2.5" wide strips.  Cutting nd stitching them together in random lengths of  2.5", 4", 5".    

Construction:
Stitch pieces end to end to form 14" long strips.  Then Sew the 14" strips together to build a big block.  Trim the big block to 12.5" square. 

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I chose a "concrete gray printed fabric for the sashing to join the 12.5" square blocks. 

Corner stone for the sashing is dark navy and purple ugly print.

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I have no commitment pairing one color with another.  My strategy is to find contrast--alternating light, medium, and dark.  

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Today I assembled two rows with sashing to see what it would look like.  Got seal of approval from DH Jon.  Another five rows to go, and then a double border to finish around 92 x 104.  I still have a small pile of strips and will make some art panels to decorate the backing.  

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I was an oil painter for 35 years and then gave it up because I became overly sensitive to oil paints and solvents.  Here is one of my paintings "Old Books".  I painted it 30 years ago. a Old Books.jpg 
My thoughts: whether it's the art of making Quilts or Paintings--it is easy to show light when there is enough dark.  

Thank you for looking at my work.


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Wow Mrs. D.!!!  I enjoy all of your quilts but that painting blows me away!  Your talent amazes me.  Thank you so much for sharing.
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Linda, you are far too modest.  Wonderful quilt and wonderful painting.
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Now that looks like a fun scrappy quilt.   It's really fun to see what you are up to and so prolific!
Thanks.   May give this one a go.

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Hello Judy B, Jeanette, and cfuzzy,

Last evening I finished piecing the Biddies and Growd Ones Quilt. 

With one last burst of energy and I added the navy and gray borders. 

Folded it twice, put it on the table to photograph it. 

Got lucky--had just enough concrete gray fabric 65" to making all the sashing, then I switched to another gray "doodle" fabric--having just enough of that one to make the 3.5" gray border.  That was a close call.  

pieced Biddies Growd Ones.jpg 

February 4--this morning I reviewed my bag of 4" squares (leftover squares from the Farmhouse Quilt I made in December). 

More than enough squares to start "Farmhouse Quilt 2.0".  I swear, no joke, I sewed 201 blocks in 7 hours.   I got them all done in one day!! They are simple 4-patch blocks, but can't believe I handled 800 four inch squares today!!!  I think that is a record for me. 

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I blasted through 9 bobbins of thread.  Refilled distilled water in the steam iron 4 times.  Yes, the dining room looks like hell, but I got a lot of sewing done.  Looking forward to returning to the studio to sew, because there's not that much room in the red dining room.  Still lots of ice on the driveway, and am scared to walk back and forth from the house to the studio.  

2 rows Farmhouse 2.0.jpg 
First row is sewn.  Arranged blocks for the second row.  Stopping for now.  I'm tired.  

Later this week, I'll post more photos--under title "Farmhouse Quilt 2.0"  This is quilt #5 since November.  I'd like to have 4 more queens made by April 1.  I have to start building purses after April 1 to get ready for the summer shows.  

See ya later alligator,



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Mrs D your piecing (and quilting) ability just amazes me, but your painting is stunning. 
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Hello khogue and Judy B,

Thank you for your kind words about my painting "Old Books".  I appreciate You and like most human beings--I enjoy every morsel of praise.  Here's another painting I painted 30 years ago.  It has no title, but is a study in light and textures.  Sorry, the photo image is so grainy.

glassware.jpg   

I run wide open all the time, and have an unreasonable fear of failure that stokes my fire.  Painting helped me cope with the stress of living with an alcoholic husband for 20 years, and working for the Founder/CEO of the largest gray and ductile iron casting foundry in the world.  I survived, and did a lot of groveling those years.  I think most women can relate.  (Oh geez, I'm telling you too much right now, aren't I?)

I grew a backbone and left my alcoholic husband 25 years ago.  He was my jailer and scared me to death, constantly telling me how capable he was of killing me, and how I would be nothing without him.  My safe haven was painting.  

I painted for 3 decades because kind people (like you) gave me praise.  Everyone likes to excel, and everyone deserves some praise and it smooths out a bumpy ride.  My painting hobby pulled me through the muck. 

I am so grateful now, to be retired, to have sewing and sewing machines in my life, and best of all I re-married 20 years ago; this time to my best friend.  I finally caught a break.  Glad he likes my cooking, and together we laugh every day--mostly at ourselves and our funny mistakes.  Even the smallest things make us happy.  Now then, where's that Valentine's Day candy he promised me? 

Speaking of Valentines Day--our first year together DH Jon surprised me with a brad nailer.  He was so pleased with himself!  Ha. Ha.




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Capturing the brilliance of reflections like that is, well, brilliant!  Really -- that's very good.

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Linda your art work is amazing and I think you missed your calling. I do understand the reason for the paintings.
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Linda, You take my breath away!  Love your work.


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Love it!  I am a fan of scrappy or scrappy-ish so this really appeals to me.
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Linda, your paintings are beautiful! And I'm so happy for your bravery, fresh start, and new love!
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Love what you did with glass in your paintings.
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I'm late on this one - catching up after scrolling up several posts.  Oh my, I always felt there was an artist in you when I would see your beautiful quilting, purse making, beading, lampshades, etc.  Wow, wow, wow.  You are VERY talented.  So glad you found love with a man who treats you nicely - as you deserve!  Please keep sharing those projects with us!


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