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Science Friday Quilt took me a week to long arm quilt.  Strictly a practice quilt--teaching myself how to use the long arm five years ago.  Here are some photos of construction as well as experimental quilting. 

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Off white muslin paired with some awesome yellow "scientific-looking" fabric from goodwill.  

Science Friday Quilt built inspired by a block called "Parallel Universe".  Way cool technique.



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Framed the blocks in black, and then I added "greens and yellows stacked coins" panels to design the Science Friday Quilt.

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When I bought my long arm machine--I purchased several straight and  curved rulers too.    8 Quilt Science Friday resized.jpg 

Seriously, I did not know what I was doing.  But I saw a Karen McTavish youtube video, then bought a couple of her great books--which she included CDs demonstrating how-to.    9 Quilt Science Friday resized.jpg 
Ignorance is bliss.  Had I known I was trying difficult stuff I wouldn't have dived in.  10 Science Friday.jpg

I was also influenced by watching lots of Zentangle videos.  Decided I could doodle my way into learning how to long arm quilt.  

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For the border I chose McTavishing that reminds me of green beans.  Adding a circle every once in a while, I got "green beans and cherry tomatoes". 

What did I learn?   Don't be picky about your technique, skill will come later.  Micro-stippling takes lots of time--so what?--it's cool.  Finger waves are fun!  Soon, lunch time comes and goes.  

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I didn't start off knowing how to do feathers.  In this photo--I cheated by using a feather template, drawing each one in place with disappearing blue marker.  I stitched fairly slow trying not to wobble as I went along.  I didn't have a circle template--I drew blue disappearing marker line around a cereal bowl.  

It took me a couple years to free style feathers.  My first year of feathers looked like golf clubs.  

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With a disappearing blue marker, draw big X across the plain ivory block.  Center the long curved ruler and stitch it.  I was shocked that it was something easy to do, but looked so artsy.  

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Divide and conquer.  Playing.

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Thank you for looking at my work.







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Oh, how fun, Linda! I love how you used "play" to learn fmq. The quilt showcases your stitchery so well!
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Thank you Lori.  Always having fun--in the wide wide world of free motion quilting.    This is the quilt my little dog Buddy chewed a hole right in the middle of it.  Waiting for inspiration--to decide what to put on the quilt to patch it.  

Are you keeping warm today?  The temperature is going to start warming this weekend.  But I hear it won't last long.  

We replaced two car batteries this week.  One after the other failed.  DH Jon says older batteries succumb to extreme temps.  Well, we proved that theory for sure.  

I laughed and laughed at your "Three Dog Night" comment.  Hilarious!



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I love, love, love your quilt! I did watch the video but I think your fabrics and added design elements are what make it great ... well, that and the stupendous quilting. Sorry to hear about "Buddy's hole". Bad Buddy! Good thing you like him. Hope you can come up with a nice fix for it.
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Hi KLO,

Buddy Chewed My Quilt:
A patch isn't as permanent as a tattoo.  But this time I want the patch to make a statement.  I have a programmable embroidery machine--so anything is possible.  It should be something I can live with, without people thinking I've totally lost it.  Oh hell with that concept!  I'm mad.  And, without sounding ridiculous--this isn't his first cotton quilt--this is his THIRD one!  [tongue]


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Buddy the Chewer.  DH Jon the Enabler. 


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My wife Heather refers to herself as the enabler also. One of the events we went to that was actually a tag she had added to her name badge.
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Buddy looks like he might have terrier in him? I have one dog who is a terrier mix of some sort and she has chewed up at least four of her beds. She would not be happy if she didn't have a bed and yet she chews them up anyway. She is now about 7 or 8 years old and several months ago I threw the two beds out on the back deck to air out. Came back later and both had been chewed through from the bottom. I don't believe she has learned her lesson but I think I have.
I will be interested in seeing what you do about the hole. Hmmm, maybe you could transfer Buddy's photo onto fabric and applique it over the hole? [confused]                            
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What is your Chewer's name? Thank you for sharing your chewing blues.

Our previous dog Fred liked to grab DH Jon's wallet out of his jeans. This happened more than once and anything over a single wasn't funny. Fred liked my high heels, and would mangle several shoes in a sitting. It was the Goldilocks syndrome--because Jon's boot were too big, and mine were just the right fit for his mouth.

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My Chewer's name is Harper. When we first got her she chewed the heck out of her first bed. Then many moons later she did it again all the while sitting in the midst of bed stuffing and looking at me with big brown eyes saying "what happened here because I didn't do anything wrong". You know that look I am sure! That was all back when she was 2 - 3 years old. The latest chew was more recently and she is now around 8 (with rescues dogs one never knows for sure). It seemed that she took offense to the funny black fabric that made up the bottom outside of the bed. Who knows why. She only chewed a slipper one time so I guess I shouldn't complain. I can complain about her craziness and dislike of other dogs and people she meets until 4 -5 minutes after meeting then. Then she is all lovey-dovey! We also have a blue heeler mix but we have to be careful about scolding or speaking angrily to her as she is very sensitive .... which probably goes along with her diagnosis of epileptic seizures. She is now 9 and we feel lucky to still have her. Phenobarbital saved her. She is called Cheyenne.
Funny about the wallet stealing. Maybe that (and your shoes) was all about liking leather .... assuming either or both were leather.
Sure hope you and the enabler are okay up there in your Wisconsin weather. Looks like the West Coast has taken a hard hit over the last day or so and will get some more soon. I am sure you are used to snow and how to manage it but not sure about Portland or Seattle citizens. Stay warm!
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Our dog chews up bedding too. I give her our old blankets and bed sheets.  As one gets too raggedy, I toss it and she gets another one.  Seems it's a "nesting" thing for her.  She likes shaping the pieces to fit her nest shape.  Our dog stays in our attached garage (heated), so it doesn't matter if it gets a little messy with her chewing.  We have only bought one nice dog bed and it has been used on a very limited basis when she has been in the house for short periods of time.  Since she was supervised, she treated that well.  On her own, in the garage, she is allowed to "do her thing."
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Oh my gosh- You do lovely work! Thank you for sharing!
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