Dan Rouse

http://pieceandpress.blogspot.com

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Finally getting to quilt this group quilt (I posted pics of the top back in January; the #freebee kids sent me their blocks back in Flickr time). Center improv bit by @lilysquilts. The backing is a dozen or so @lusummers Summersville prints because the original design prompt was one of Lu's quilts.

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Finished 4 quilts, 6 shirts, and 8 bojagi curtain panels so far this year. Tickled that many of these nine most-liked pics are process shots. Bottom center quilt is by @mcglen

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The Mama Ru quilt is, like all my reverse applique quilts, fundamentally an exploration of positive and negative space, with a patchwork overlay.
When I design a garden, I start with spatial relationships and circulation. That path could be mulch, concrete, or stone. That focal point could be a boulder, a specimen plant, or a sculpture. But the heart of the design remains the same.
Mama Ru could have been foundation pieced, paper pieced, needle turn appliqued - all to different effect - but it would still be an exploration of positive and negative space.

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Time for the annual QuiltCon entry category puzzle.

Does Rosetta belong in:
1. Hand Work. There's a ton of hand work and it's important to the composition, but seems reductive.
2. Piecing. Oh boy there are a lot of pieces, but composition is way more important than technique
3. Negative Space. Is it negative space if there are actually seven dark blue solids?
Finally, I will once again note that the specific mix of technique- and composition-based categories is weird

Update: I've decided to file under 'use of negative space' because it's closest to how I understand the quilt. It just felt reductive to put it in a technique category.
Thanks to everyone for your thoughtful input. I have a suspicion that the community does not share a common understanding of negative space, and I'm not at all confident that my understanding is in line will the MQG position.

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Good to be home

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A few more stitches and this one will be done. I've more than doubled the quilting density since Rosetta hung in the Stitch Modern show this spring.

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Happy Thanksgiving from the whole fam

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Mama Ru
Materials: cotton solids and prints
Techniques: machine pieced, raw-edge reverse appliqué, domestic machine quilted, hand bound
Finished size: 74" wide x 84" tall
Started: August 2, 2017
Finished: November 19, 2017

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My girls

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Starting a batch of fermented escabeche

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Finishing up Ru

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finishing Ru's fat binding on the train - 3" doublefold bias binding

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Quilting done, binding attached on Mama Ru. Now to finish the binding and give her a good bath

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Progress quilting Mana Ru, from the back

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Making progress on Mama Ru

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Just got my hands on the Nov/Dec '17 issue of modern patchwork. So honored to be profiled by the fantastic and inspiring @cheryl_arkison

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Auditioning layouts #quiltsforvegas

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It's smoky here and ash is falling from the sky. I can only imagine the horror 50 miles north.

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Kitties relieved my sewing machine seized up so they finally get some peace.

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Quilting progress, quilt back #MamaRuQuilt

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Pieced from trimmings, orphans, and scraps. 78x90

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We all have our jobs

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Trimming to ruveal the reverse applique below

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Assembly progress. 12 rows done, 7 to go (4 currently behind the sofa)

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Layout time

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More improv log cabins

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400-some no-ruler log cabins. 250 or so yet to make. ~6" untrimmed. Photographing color is hard.

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27 Robertas

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I'm happy with progress. The 12" Riberta blocks designed by @cauchycomplete

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