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Tamara King  quilt lover, maker. fan of color. fresh air fanatic.

Hope your day is filled with light and love ❤️ #HappyValentinesDay

The triangles in my Power to the People quilt were just too symmetrical and it kept bugging me, so I took that section apart today and redid it for the third time. I hope it’s right now. Not totally convinced yet. 😓😕

Wish I could drop everything and make all the Swoon blocks right now. *
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#swoonblock #swoonquilt #tamsswoon #modernquilting #modernbatiks

I finally took my Christmas lights down last weekend, but my wreath was still semi-alive, so I repurposed it into a Valentines wreath. 😂😂😂It’s pretty hideous, but I, nonlover of hearts, made hearts and I’m gonna use ‘em.

Power to the People is my #wordquilt submission to Words, Unbound, the Portland Modern Quilt Guild’s special exhibit at this year’s Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. It’s just a flimsy at this point, but I had to prepare a statement for the entry form, so I’ll say it here, too. * * * * *
When Abraham Lincoln uttered the words “Government Of the People, By the People, For the People,” he was exhorting Americans, in the midst of the Civil War, to not allow the ideal of representative democracy to perish. Lincoln began the Gettysburg Address by reiterating the principles of equality and human rights set out in the Declaration of Independence. We hold these truths to be self evident.
I made Power to the People to remind my fellow Americans that they are governed by consent, and that government should be carried out for the benefit of all citizens, and not just for those with the means to take and hold power. I also made it because, in the words of another great American, Martin Luther King, Jr., we find ourselves faced with the fierce urgency of now. I think we have a unique opportunity and an absolute responsibility to take back our government and remake our country in a way that fulfills the enlightened ideals upon which it was founded. I used the iconic pink in this piece as a call out to women to seize this moment of nascent power and use it to make our country better in all the ways we can and we do.
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I’m closing in on my UFOs. A little. I made a back for my #sublimetriangle quilt. Friday night excitement.

The Mighty Lucky Quilting Club (that name makes me 😀) sent out part 2 of @carolynfriedlander’s block instructions today, and her words and pictures about color inspired me to figure out where I’m going with my color challenge quilt and at least make another block. I’m pretty happy with this colorway, and it’s interesting to work with oft-snubbed brown and see what it can get up to when it hangs out with the other colors. *
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#mightylucky #mightyluckyquiltingclub #carolynfriedlander #modernquilting #paperpieced

My #wordquilt is finished 🤸🏽‍♂️😅I actually finished it a few days ago, but it wasn’t working, so I had to completely redo one of the sections. I think I like it now. I’ll get a full picture this weekend and then decide if it’s really done. #powertothepeoplequilt ✊🏼#pmqgspeaks2017 #pmqg #modernquilting

I stopped in at @moderndomestic today (25% off all fabric through tomorrow!) and they had some of the #konacoty Tiger Lily quilts from @robertkaufman and *this one* by @valoriwells about knocked my socks off. Hot damn, girl! The colors are even better IRL and *there’s a tiger face quilted into it*!! Spectacular.

Yes 🙌🏽 This is what I was going for. Thanks to @fabricdepot for having just the right fabric, and to my lovely IG community for the construction tips. *
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#swoonquilt #swoonblock #modernquilting #tamsswoon

On the final lap of this #WordQuilt marathon. 🙌🏽#powertothepeoplequilt #pmqgspeaks2017 #modernquilting

I needed a break from working on the same quilt for so many days in a row and I had an idea about doing a Swoon quilt with black and white and hot pink, so I tried it out, but I’m not sure. I need a different B&W, and I’m going to try reversing them, I think. The background would be ombré. These blocks are huge. *
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#swoonquilt #swoonblock #sewmystash2018 #modernquilting

A little quilt to go in my big, just-keeps-getting-bigger quilt.
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#picklepower #powertothepeoplequilt #modernquilting

Kind of in love with this combo I happened upon #picklepower

I’ve always loved mosaics, so when our local community college offered a 3-class course last January with a teacher whose work I love, I signed up. I had been saving broken plates and such for years, including my granny’s mixing bowl that she made me so many cakes in when I was a kid. Those shards turned out to be not the best ones for this project (they were thick and a little sharp), but I used them anyway, so now I have a stepping stone that you can’t really step on. Here it is in its current natural habitat - mud, soon to be weeds.

My word quilt may really be happening #powertothepeoplequilt

Do you follow @frauherzblut? She has the most extravagantly pretty food and flower pics. This is my lame homage to Carolin and my second FO (😉 @laurie3.14) of 2018. The pattern is Jig by @byannieclaire and I mostly whipped it together (have I mentioned I’m the world’s slowest knitter?) when my mom was here for Thanksgiving and we watched so many movies and so much Adam-12. 🚔

I’m all about the finishing this year, but I did start one thing — The Mighty Lucky Club. This year it’s a color challenge and I like color quite a bit and challenges are okay, so I’m in. I finished all the EQ7 lessons and started designing my word quilt, so my reward for all that stick-to-it-ness was making the first #mightylucky block, which was designed by @carolynfriedlander. I’m trying to step a little outside my usual colors, and, yes, it was challenging. I have a few more of these to make ....
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#modernquilting #mightyluckyquiltingclub #carolynfriedlander #paperpiecing

And there’s my second and final (poor) attempt at Spargo style. An FO already in this tender new year tho, even if a very, very old one.

So since I sewed the last stitch on the binding a few minutes before midnight, I’m counting this as my second finish of 2017. It’s a baby quilt for a baby *who is not even born yet*!! Almost like I have a new year’s resolution about being on time. 😂 no. I found this free pattern on the @artgalleryfabrics website and threw all of the kid fabrics in my stash at it. Then while walking Arrow the Beagle today, we chanced upon this mural on the side of a local preschool (by Chloe Omelchuck and Sophie Tanner). Here’s to a New Year full of finished quilts! 🎉 *
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#modernbabyquilt #babyquilt #modernquilt #modernquilting #artgalleryfabrics #artgallerypattern #quiltsinthewild #quiltsinthecity #northeastpdx #tamquilt #pmqg

This was an interesting year for me. Not super fulfilling creatively, but I got to do something I ended up loving. At the end of 2016, my friend, @aematlak (who did the beautiful embroidery on the quilt the guild members made for me ❤️), said, I want to be on the board of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild, and I want you to be the president. I had never been the president of anything, so my first reaction was, Me? No way. But she talked me into it, we got some other friends to join us, and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I learned some things about myself and it empowered me to think about changing some other things in my life that need changing. 2017 has turned out to be a year of women saying, “Nah, we’re not doing that anymore. It’s gonna be like this now.” So, onward to 2018. Yes to more empowerment for women and people of color. Let’s see what we can do to turn this thing around and make the world a better place. (Postscript: check out #timesupnow for info on a new movement to stop harassment and the abuse of power. 🤛🏼)

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