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February 1st, 2020, 1:35 pm

After quite a bit of practice on smaller format sewing (examples in the fall), I am now making full size quilts.

The first is based around a central panel and went quickly - my own design, just batik squares and some nice beach motifs - seaweed, sea urchins, and sand.

This is a large "twin" size - so about 1.5 meters by 2.5 m. (roughly). This is the "quilt top" - I have the backing, batting, and binding ready to go - then it will be done!
 
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February 1st, 2020, 1:41 pm

And here is a second quilt top - full size - about 2 meters by 2.75 and will be finished soon.

Working with what is called the "quilt sandwich" - stitching the backing and batting to the top and then binding it with a long strip of continuous fabric around the outer edges - requires a large, clear workspace and you can't really have a friendly cat in your lap when you have pinned something this large and are sewing it all together. 

Hence, I have made a number of quilt tops lately, but not been able to finish them out of deference to Smokey.  (some of you understand how this can be... : ))
 
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Re: trackstar's Needle Exchange

February 1st, 2020, 3:10 pm

well, you are right - it is becoming a music thread - where are the fiber arts? ha ha.  

But I have been working on those too!

Why even put this stuff up on a quant forum, I'm really not sure anymore. But here we are... : D
Indeed, stick to the knitting otherwise we get tied in knots and lose the thread of control.

Just be careful saying bad things about String Theory. The String Mob.
 
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February 1st, 2020, 4:40 pm

Those quilts are very nice! I admire both the design and the precision of the stitches. You could be a surgeon!
 
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February 1st, 2020, 8:03 pm

Thanks very much!

Here is a little preview of my next project.

The swirly painted fabrics will become planets with a starry midnight blue backdrop (see the long darker bolt behind the individual "quarters").

I know I am not saving the Earth doing this stuff, but I *am* staying out of the local bars.  Haha! ; D

First soundtrack for this evening: Thursday Afternoon - Brian Eno
 
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February 4th, 2020, 1:30 pm

Another kind of string:

Guinevere - Crosby, Stills, and Nash

One of my CSN favorites and my sister is arranging it for her harp now.

(We recorded ourselves singing it together a few days ago and... : ))

Gray skies
Cranberry pies
Winter eyes
Time flies.

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February 6th, 2020, 11:59 pm

A few more songs being adapted for the harp now.

Can't Find My Way Home - Blind Faith

Dust in the Wind - Kansas

A Horse with No Name - America

It's really interesting to watch how it goes.

And I've posted this one before - the harp is surprisingly good for this and its fun to sing the futuristic story.

Red Barchetta - Rush

RIP Neil Peart, Sept. 12, 1952 - Jan 7, 2020

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February 7th, 2020, 12:24 am

With needles, you also need pins, yes?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3aLTl1pa9c

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February 7th, 2020, 1:24 am

Hehe - no needles and pins tonight.

A little shot of that pear cognac and more songs. : )

Handbags and Gladrags - Rod Stewart
 
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February 15th, 2020, 2:02 pm

Some pleasant things to balance the environment 

My sister's harp concert was great last night and today will knit a scarf and make chocolate mousse.

Enjoy your weekends!

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February 15th, 2020, 4:05 pm

Was there a big audience?
 
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February 15th, 2020, 5:29 pm

Was there a big audience?
About 40 people in a nice venue - historic building in a little town.

My Valentine’s Day date was my sister’s husband, but we are “just friends.” :D
 
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February 15th, 2020, 10:31 pm

As long as it stays in the family...

I'm sure it was a fantastic concert and your sister is a talented musician, but somehow - and as much as I love music - harp and Pan flute trigger my murderous instincts. No idea why I find their sound terribly irritating.
 
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February 15th, 2020, 11:48 pm

Listening to this now.

Harp Meditation - The Quiet Forest | Celtic Harp Relaxing

Perfect night music in my winter cave. : )

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February 16th, 2020, 12:22 am

Actually Pachelbel's Canon sounds very nice!

Original, organ version shows the scale of the challenge

OMG! Can you hear a cat meow at 3:02?
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