Boston Terrier Art Quilt, Improv Piecing and More – Work in Progress Wednesday no. 29

This week, my attention is divided (isn’t it always?) between finishing up a Boston Terrier art quilt and an improv pieced string quilt I’m making for my grandmother.
First, let’s deal with the Boston.
All the art quilts start out with a fabric pull, naturally.
Boston Terrier Art Quilt by Claire Chambers in progress

You’ll notice mugs of tea in pretty much every shot. That’s because I work very early in the morning most of the time. (And the rest of the time, I am tired from waking up very early in the morning.) A cup of tea is as essential to my process as scissors or thread.
Boston Terrier Art Quilt by Claire Chambers in progress

Or an iron. Actually, do you know of a good iron? I’ve had this one less than a year, and it’s leaking hot water all over the place. Not a great situation.
Boston Terrier Art Quilt by Claire Chambers in progress

Boston Terrier Art Quilt by Claire Chambers in progress
The current status on the Boston Terrier is ALMOST DONE! Now, onto the big quilt.

I’ve been wanting to make a string quilt for some time now. I was very inspired by Gwen Marston’s excellent Liberated String Quilts, but the final push was Sherri L. Wood’s Improv Handbook. Wow. Have you read this book yet? Are you at all interested in modern improv piecing? Oh, you need this book. Here’s a link to it on Amazon.
Anyway:
Improv pieced string quilt by Claire Chambers in progress
Most of our afternoons have been taken up by this quilt. Here, Olive is helping out by adding stars.
Improv pieced string quilt by Claire Chambers in progress

I’ve been trying to fill a sketchbook page every day with dogs. It’s been kind of slow going, because I am RUSTY. It’s been awhile since I’ve drawn much of anything, and I’m not the best sketcher to begin with. It’s so beneficial to draw, though! That could be a whole other post.
A sketchbook page of dogs in clothes by Claire Chambers

One of the many benefits of drawing regularly: more ideas! I’m in the middle of an idea storm. Fun stuff!
spoilers

That’s it for now. See you next week!

About Claire

Absolutely Small is textile artist Claire Chambers. Claire Chambers is a crazy-pants artist/crafter who spends most of her time indoors, very near to Portland, Oregon. She likes making people laugh, chickens and pugs, and writing about herself in the third person. She is utterly obsessed with making things out of fabric.

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