Dolores Quilts

Dolores Fegan Quilt Artist

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New Quiltography Piece

This is the inspiration photo4b resizephoto for piece 6 of the 8 quiltography pieces Quilt Artists of KY are doing in conjunction with the Lexington Photography Club.


I decide to make my piece a monochromatic piece.  I chose blue. I put the picture in photoshop, recolored and then use posterized to reduce the color and image complexity.




Next I chose 10 shades of denim, and made sure to put a jeans needle on my machine.

Here are some pictures of work in progress and my mess.


Finally my finished piece.  I just decided to quilt it with a free motion zigzag and invisible thread.






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Word for Year — in the garden — sewing

What do all these things have in common?  Choice.  My word for 2014 is choice.  Today more than ever I had to choose to get up and get things done.  The pain in my hands is so intense and all my muscles are aching from tightening up.  But I had a choice and I chose to do things despite the pain.  I chose not to feel sorry for myself but chose to find things to inspire me.   After yesterday’s rain I thought there would be something new blooming in the garden.  I could have chosen to be disappointed  with all the weeds and the not so perfect display of the first iris or look for new growth and find other beauty outside.  I chose to look fro new growth on the rose bushes that didn’t quite make it through winter unscathed..  I found many that if pruned back had new leaves and branches starting at the base.  I chose just to enjoy a few moments of God’s beauty in the yard.   Especially important is that I chose not to be frustrated with the progress of my large tree I am working on.  I switched ,from my favorite sulky invisible thread, to superior smoke with a dark cotton thread in the bobbin.  This is working so much better on this very stiff and awkward piece.  So CHOOSE to do something!  Choose to think positive, choose to be inspired, choose to find beauty, choose to embrace life!

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As usual I started out the new year with a new word and cleaning my sewing studio.  This years word is choice.  Last year’s was evolve.  I think I have improved some of my skills and am hoping to continue improving my drawing skills.  Choice is my word this year because there are so many — choose to find time for art, chose to keep things organized or not, choose to practice and hone new skills …   I chose to recover my chair while I was cleaning.  I really like it.   The main cleaning is done, but the small sorting goes on.

I have finally made the commitment to unstitch my goddess for my mother earth quilt.  Taking out tight stitches in 2 pieces of 1 inch foam stacked and fabric was tedious.  I love the new results and can now finish quilting the background and adding the beaded spiderweb.  Then for the trees and 3-D leaves.

I celebrated my 50th birthday early by having a half century celebration party.  The party was to thank all those who have made my life what it is.  The menu was lasagna, spaghetti, garlic bread and vegetable soup.  I also baked two chocolate cakes from scratch and made chocolate molded pretzels.  Family brought fruit and veggie trays.  We had a great time.   Guests were to entertain me.  Even my grandson stood on a bench and sang in front of everyone.  I wrote and sang my own old age song to the tune of My Favorite Things.  (Side note – the malox version going around the web was not written by or sung by Julie Andrews)