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January 7, 2006

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Santa Christmas Ornament Collection: EDM Challenges #19 (A Collection) and #46 (Holiday Themed)

For approximately 30 years I have selected and made a prototype ornament each Fall and then made 20-24 of the same ornament for gifts for Family and Friends.  Each of these is made entirely of fabric, usually scraps from my many quilting projects.  I couldn't think of any specific thing that I collect for EDM Callenge #19 until I started to decorate our Christmas tree this year.  Although I have a small collection of reindeer, angels, and birds, the Santas are my favorite.  Each of my children have a full set of these ornaments for their Christmas trees.  It was fun to paint the fabric designs.

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The top 2 Santas are flat.  The star Santa is heavily stuffed.

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This 7th Santa is made on a large red jingle bell and is the family favorite.

January 4, 2006

Wedding Chuppah #3

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I began sewing in 7th grade and began quilting 25 years ago.  Traditional quilting was followed by explorations in surface design using cotton or silk fabric and procion MX dyes.  As each of my children got married I made them a dyed, quilted, crepe de chine chuppah for their wedding ceremony.   

For my son's autumn wedding in October 2005,  I used silk resist from Prochem to draw the leaves and then painted them with dyes that were mixed from the primary colors.  The only mixed dye that I purchased was brown and it quickly separated into purple and green as it moved through the fabric creating some interesting effects!  As I was working on this piece, my interest in sketching and watercolor painting resurged and I joined the Everyday Matters Group to improve my sketching and painting on paper.

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