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Candace Project

I have decided not to participate in OMG (One Monthly Goal) this month.  I feel a little overwhelmed…so much to do and not enough time.  Which is ridiculous because setting goals with OMG has really helped me to get things done.  It must be the public accountability.  LOL!

In reality, I simply to need to focus…little by little, inch by inch, everything is a cinch.  


Will someone come and paint my living room for me?  I just wanna sew!  Ha, ha!

I do have an update on my Candace quilt for you.

As I previously stated, nothing is fused, so if I decide to change something I can easily do so.


She wore glittery blue eye shadow that day.


No…that is not a unicorn horn sticking out of her head.  Ha, ha!  Maybe you can guess why that piece is there?

Candace Project 1

Candace Project 2

Candace Project

In January of this year, I announced that I was going to make an art quilt using my niece, Candace, as my model.

I made a posterized  and enlarged version of one my favorite photos of a good memory with her.

After that, I did nothing until April, when I made a tracing.

Something about the tracing stopped me cold.  Procrastination really set in.

Sunday, I gave myself a ‘talking to’, and decided to get with it.  While I was tracing my tracing onto Lite Steam A Seam 2 (in reverse so that the resulting pattern pieces would be the right way when I cut them out of fabric), I realized why my tracing bothered me.

It was the way that I traced Candace’s mouth.  The mouth looked like it belonged to a marionette.  At least to me it did.

So I’ve redrawn the mouth on my fusible…not worried about the tracing.  Nobody but me is ever going to use the tracing.

The lesson here is that, it is my quilt.  I can change it anywhere in the building process that I want to.

You can do the same with your quilts.  I give you permission.

I have a muslin foundation on the design board.  It is overlaid with my tracing of the enlarged and posterized photograph.  I also have the photograph pinned on the board (obviously, not the enlarged one).


The tracing is valuable to help me position the batik pieces (the fabric doesn’t have to be batik, but I really like them).


The fabric is not fused down!

That is the wonderful thing about Lite Steam A Seam 2!  It is tacky enough to stay put, but yet, be repositionable!


Throughout this entire design process, I won’t actually fuse anything until I am positive that the pieces are just where I want them!

Hopefully, I will make more progress in a reasonable amount of time, but I make no promises!

Jalene’s Memory Quilt – Part 2

We are hard at work, rotary cutting the pieces for the quilt.

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Jalene's Memory Quilt 003b

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Jalene's Memory Quilt 012b

Jalene brought her sewing machine with her.  She has never used it (but her grandmother has).  It had never been cleaned, so we talked about how to clean and care for it.  In the above photo, Jalene is learning how to sew a 1/4″ seam and making four-patches.  I sent her home with homework…lots of four-patches!

Jalene 003b

Jalene 004b

And the above photos show a much more confident Jalene!  She finished the four patches and is doing great piecing the top!  She’ll finish the top at home, and the next time we meet, we’ll be adding borders.

For Part 1, click here.