Coming clean and happy endings

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit I screwed up!

For a number of years I was the registrar for a local non-profit quilt show, so I know the importance of carefully following entry instructions so as not to make more work for the Registrar. I have also registered several Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts with AAQI (they make it so simple) and I was confident I knew the rules. Apparently not!

A few posts ago I was very excited that my mini quilt “Moonglow” was ready, but when I registered the quilt I received a kind email informing me the size was too big (10.25” x 10.5”). Priority quilts must be no larger than 9” x 12”, duh!

Unfortunately, a generous friend who has supported AAQI (and me) by bidding on and winning a few of my Priority quilts let me know she intended to bid on “Moonglow”. I had to confess to her that I messed up and the piece wouldn’t be going to AAQI, but I’m happy to say we came up with a win-win plan: I give the quilt directly to her and she would make a donation to AAQI. That’s exactly what we did – happy ending number one.

Here is my tiny spinoff of “Moonglow”, which falls within the size requirement and will soon be registered. When it earns funds for AAQI that will be the best happy ending!

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Sharing inspirations

I’m happy to say that my Mini Flower Art Quilt tutorial, which I made to encourage quilters to make little quilts for Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI), has done just that! Judy Baumann of Austin, TX was inspired by my tutorial (which she found on Ami Simms blog – Thank you, Ami!) and by a beautiful cactus. Judy has created two little quilts, one of which is pictured here. Visit the AAQI website to see the many quilts Judy has donated, and to learn how you can be part of this great organization.

Judy and I have both experienced the sadness that Alzheimer’s can bring to a family and we hope you will be inspired to follow our lead. It is a simple, fast, and fun way to do something to help out in a situation in which we would normally feel helpless.

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A different view…

I was readying this piece (blocking it again) for donation, and after putting it up on the board for display noticed the light hit it from the side and showed a different view – the quilting popped! I’m not so sure that is a good thing or not; it makes me think I should have quilted it differently. However, I painted the sky and the sky border and I’m happy with them. Every quilt or fiber art piece seem to be a learning experience… Some hits, some misses set aside, waiting to be revisited with hopes of turning them in to hits!

Truckee Scape
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Gel print play

I took a few minutes to mess around with my the Gelli Arts gel printing plate and here are some of the results. I think it will be fun to use them in some small fiber collage pieces, I’ll post them when I do.

Gel prints
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Drift and Flow

I haven’t added this art quilt to my website quilt gallery yet. It has the most machine quilting I have ever done on one piece and it was quilted on my home machine before I bought my HQ Sweet Sixteen!

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The distraction…

So I’m trying to focus on the yard work when I see these rusty old axe heads and now I just want to toss some fabric on them and rust dye…maybe another day.

Rusty objects calling me to dye.
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The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative Featuring: Ami Simms

Check out this inspiring and heartwarming (and educational!) video.

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This baby is finished…

Next step is to register it with the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative and trust that as a Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilt it will earns $$$ while making the new owner very happy. AAQI – Everybody wins!

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