Finished Friday: Maple Leafz

As I’ve mentioned, I have a lot of unfinished projects stashed in my studio. While it’s probably unrealistic to expect to have a finished project to share every Friday, I hope there will be at least some Finished Friday posts this year.

First up is my Maple Leafz quilt. When I pulled it out of the box it looked like this:

Before: still needs some quilting before I can bind it.
Maple Leafz before: still needs some quilting before I can bind it.

It now looks like this:

Maple Leafz After: quilting done, binding on.  Yeah!
Maple Leafz after: quilting done, binding on. Yeah!

Granted, I didn’t have a whole lot to do to it, but at least it is done. So I heave a sigh of relief and cross one thing off my project list. Yeah!

For those who are interested: the quilt blocks are a variation of the traditional maple leaf block. I used Jan Mullen’s techniques (see her book Cut-Loose Quilts: Stack, Slice, Switch, and Sew) to make the leaves irregular. I think they look more life-like when they are a little less symmetrical. I call the quilt Maple Leafz in honor of Mullen, whose blocks include “Log Cabinz” and “Snailz Trailz”.

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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

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