Friday, 1 November 2019

Dream

When the Endeavourers November 2019 was announced I didn't have to think about the theme for very long before what I knew how I would approach it. 

Terry's health and my own Carpal Tunnel recovery limited how elaborate I would make this piece.
Money doesn't grow on trees is a saying that we all have heard or said at one time in our lives. As a child it was embedded in my thought process.

The pieces I stitch for the The Endeavourers Challenge and the pieces I did for the Bead Journal Project are always about me.  The leaves on the money tree have been fused to the piece  then stitched around the edges with black thread. You see this technique used a lot and I admit that I have never liked it much.  It goes against my A-type personality to leave the edges raw. Having done it, I admit that I liked DOING it.  I wanted to have a little girl catching 'leaves' in a basket but I just didn't get to that part.  I did quilt in the background. I have always admired those that FMQ.  I have also felt that I would never do it.  My mind has changed on that and I definitely will give it a try.

Endeavourers has encouraged me to try some new technique that I have never done before.  If you want to know more about why my DREAM is a money tree, please visit my blog post about the DREAM challenge.

8 comments:

  1. Looking at your quilt, I knew right away the theme. It is interesting to try new techniques and sometimes find that it is a technique that we can work with again. I will visit your blog to find out about the leaves.

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  2. These Endeavourers projects really challenge us don't they Carol? Congratulations on pulling off a new technique and producing such a personal response to this quarter's theme.

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  3. I love black sketch stitching - and the messier the better for me. Glad you had fun with it and it works really well with the money leaves. Your piece resonates with me especially at this time of year!

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  4. I love this design. I think we all dream about finding a money tree sometimes and I'm looking forward to visiting your blog later to find out more about your money tree. I also want to say thank you for making this beautiful quilt to share with us during a quarter when you had carpel tunnel surgery and issues with Terry's health. I'm very appreciative you that took the time and tried out new techniques when it must have been very painful and I'm sure we all wish you a speedy recovery :) xxx

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  5. I'm not a big fan of raw edge either, but it sure does save time. I think we'd all like a money tree in our backyard :-) I look forward to seeing your go at free motion. Maybe you'll inspire me to follow suit!

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  6. It must have been a very hard time making this quilt and congratulations to you for pulling it off so well. It's a striking image and also very poignant and when I look at it I really can imagine you as a small child dreaming of your money tree in the yard. I like your raw edge applique, and your background stitching (personally I gave up on the idea of managing perfection for FMQ and now just enjoy the effects it gives, warts and all so it's worth having a go just to see whether you like it!) I hope you're well on the way to recovery.

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  7. Carol, this image is both simple and powerful. For those who struggle financially in this life, a money tree would be a dream, indeed. The blue is a particularly lovely shade and I think the raw edge appliqué is perfect in this quilt as for so many, there are so may raw edges surrounding finances. Well done!

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  8. Many of us dream of having more money for one reason or another. Off to read more about your challenge piece. Thank you for sharing the additional plans you had for it. I thought I was the only one whose quilting plans got abbreviated! I guess not... :o))

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