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Recycled, Repurposed, Remembered

July 18, 2018

I promised myself I would declutter / repurpose something of mine each week.  What do I do with the boxes of things I've saved for over 50 years?  Old art projects, doilies, vintage clothing, scraps of fabric, books, and the list goes on and on.  

 

Well, I had to just do it.  I took one of my Chakra wall hangings I made a couple of years ago, and decided I would make a new piece out of it.  I thought I would embellish it with appliqued flowers and sequins. - sequins from one of my ballet costumes from when I was 6 or 7.  After a lot of free motion quilting, I started added the embellishments. 

 

 

 Free motion quilting a pattern on my quilt. I use rubber finger tips to help move the fabric under the needle.   It was a bit bumpy at the corner seams, so I had a little trouble keeping the curves consistant.  Practice Practice Practice.  I wont give up!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My quilt took on a new meaning as I hand sewed each sequin on.  I loved when the sequins hit the light and sparkled a bit - I remembered all my dance lessons.  I could hear "Mr. Bill" giving us instructions, and the sound of the squeaky wood floors as we pointed our toes, and one and two, and one and two ..  strangely I felt a sense of freedom as I remembered moving my body across the dance floor, how I felt so empowered with who I was, and how good it made me feel.

I wanted to show movement in my piece I was creating, so I appliqued vines going around the center.  I saw the center as the dance floor, with the flowers being the dancers, moving along in dance.  The sequins sparkled, the fabric moved, the colors, the lights on the stage.  I could hear the music so clearly.  

 

 

 

 

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