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« on: December 08, 2008 04:29:07 PM »

it's time for our annual family quilt again.  my sister-in-law sends us all a little square of muslin, gives us a theme, and then we're to do whatever we want.  then she sews the whole ding danged thing together. 

last year (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=208356.msg2229693#msg2229693), the theme was places.  and this is what i came up with:

this year, the theme is water.  and this is what i came up with:

it's based on a pacific northwest indian idea of a whale in a totem pole.  i pretty much winged the design and pattern.  i wish i had more time to put more effort into it.  i would have put more "characters" around the whale and probably embroidered the white space.  i wish i hadn't added the blue, also.  i did the red first and really liked how the red and black worked together, but i was afraid it would be too boring.  oh well.  in the end, i dig it.  here are some closer shots:

happy embroidering!!  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2008 04:39:05 PM »

That's intense. I like the blue too.

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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2008 07:17:12 PM »

I love the idea of a family quilt, and I LOVE your whale. I'm a big fan of the northwest indian designs, and I think you really captured the bold, graphic quality. Great stitch work, too.
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2008 12:21:16 AM »

WOW great stitching!




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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2008 07:16:13 AM »

That's awesome!

« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2008 10:29:51 AM »

thanks gals!  i ran out of black and went to the store to get more.  i bought it and after a couple of beers, lost it.  still haven't found it.  but before i realized that i had lost it, i picked up the darkest blue i have and was going to town on this thing with that.  i didn't notice and i hoep no one else does either.  ha! 

i'm pretty proud of it, but i definitely would have liked to have had more time with it.  between working full time and being in a very intense full time academic program, i'm surprised i even got this done. 

thanks again for all the nice words.  the family quilt rocks.  it's a pretty simple thing to do, too.  we all get our squares in the spring or summer (yes...procrastination runs deep in m'veins.) and we have until november-ish to send it back.  then my sis-in-law sews it together.  it's a cute tradition.  you all should start it for your families.  Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2008 11:39:36 AM »

dude, those are awesome, and I LVOE the idea!

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« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2008 08:56:23 AM »

thanks cathi!  i really appreciate it.  hope you start a little tradition like this yourself.  it's a lot of fun!!

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« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2008 09:29:27 AM »

The whole quilt idea is so wonderful.  Every year does someone else get the quilt?  I love both your designs.

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« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2008 06:55:50 PM »

K8, that's Gr8!  =)  I couldn't resist! 

I love the piece and the idea! 
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