Grid lines
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Grid lines
3"x18"

Michele Merges Martens
Watervliet, NY, USA

This is layers, two fused together pieces of a pink shirt collar, and one very transparent impossibly thin layer of grid lines - drawn or stitched, sitting on the top. A shirt collar by its nature is not straight and narrow, it is meant to cover a round neck, so in making this I intended to move against the nature of a collar. The lines happened where they wanted to, the objects creating their own interactive layer. The hanger is a wire from a woman's underwire bra, an appropriate companion to the flexibility of the rest of the piece.



From Earth's Center to Space's Outer Limits
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From Earth's Center to Space's Outer Limits
8"x44"

Nancy Schlegel
Albany, NY, USA

Mankind's curiosity extends from exploring the core of the earth all the way to the further reaches of outer space.



Christ in you - hope of glory
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Christ in you - hope of glory
6"x102"

Olof Davidsdottir
Reykjavik, Iceland

This is a liturgical stole which theme is from Colossians 1:27. If I had one thing ever to say about Godís gift of grace this would be it. God and we flourish from mutal life in fellowship. And this is what it looks like!



PBloom where you are planted
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Bloom where you are planted
7"x35"

Patsy Monk
Parrish, Florida, USA



Brocade Leftovers
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Brocade Leftovers
7"x35"

Priscilla Stultz
Fairfax, VA, USA

The quilt is made from fabric fragments left from a coat project. The slanted strips give the piece a feeling of uneasiness that I wished to convey. The quilt is stitched with metallic thread using the machine hand quilt stitch.



Up in smoke
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Up in smoke
9"x45"

Sandra Baker
Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Lottery tickets are burning as dreams of easy money go up in smoke.



Brook
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Brook
10"x57"

Sarah Ann Smith
Camden, Maine, USA

As soon as the idea for the Straight (not for me) and Narrow challenge surfaced, the image of the running brook sprang into mind, with the water rushing and burbling over and around the rocks in the stream with its undulating edges. As the quilt developed, I decided to add the overhanging branches, just like the run-off streams near my new home in Maine, looking much like early summer.



Did He Really Say That?
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Did He Really Say That?
10"x50"

Sharon Bowman
Muncie, IN, USA

This quilt represents the sin of stupidity, as reflected in the stupid things people say. I believe people can choose to be stupid, and this quilt includes some spectacular statements from politicians and others (it is just a coincidence that they are all men, really!).



Beond Dick and Jane
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Beond Dick and Jane
8"x43"

Sherry Boram
Pendleton, Indiana, USA

When planning a piece for this challenge, my mind went immediately to a bookcase full of my granddaughter's favorite books. Kristen has always been an avid reader and at age 17 is headed for a career in literature. She doesn't know "Dick and Jane" and that's probably not a bad thing!



The Scroll
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The Scroll
9"x55"

Stacy Hurt
Orange, California, USA

As I'm drawn the the Irish Insular artwork, I tried faithfully to illuminate my own initials S L H. Hope you enjoy it. There are passages from several documents. The first is the Irish Republic speech given the morning of 1916 shortly before the rising. Then I moved chronologically to the Dec. of Independance; the Constituion; The inagaural speech by JFK; Martin Luther King's speech "I Have a Dream". All to illustrate how we humans try ever so hard to do the right thing, walk the right path, stay on the "straight and narrow". Through the power of the written word, these desires become so real, so palpable. We are capable of such great things; such nobility, yet it seems that given we are humans after all, we seem to start the slow decent into the whirlpool of negativism. We inevitably slaughter our visionaries or martyr them to their cause. A wise woman once said: "Sometimes it's easier to die for your cause, than to live for it. "



I Never Did Like to Color Inside the Straight and Narrow Line
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I Never Did Like to Color Inside the Straight and Narrow Line
12"x72"

Susan Chandler Lemmo
Clearfield, Pennsylvania, USA

This challenge appealed to me in concept as well as form. It invited me to play. What more could I ask for?



Symbology
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Symbology
6"x32"

Susan Kaufman
Drums, PA, USA

'Symbology' is a modern rendering of ancient runes and hieroglyphs; a communication full of mystery that strains to relate something important, the meaning of which remains just out of reach.



True Treasure
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True Treasure
8"x40"

Susan Kerr
California, USA

The quilt is a depiction of a quetzal in the cloudforest in Guatemala. The title is inspired by the fact that the plumes of the quetzal were more precious than either gold or jade to the Aztecs. Montezuma, on hearing of the arrrival of Cortez, sent ambassadors to the Spaniards bearing headdresses of quetzals set in gold. The Spanish considered the plumes worthless, and melted down the gifts to recover the gold, burning the plumes in the process. Today the bird is the national symbol of Guatemala, and is believed to be so committed to freedom that it cannot live in captivity.



Foxglove
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Foxglove
8"x43"

Terry Grant
Portland, OR, USA

I had been planning a foxglove quilt when the idea of the straight and narrow challenge came up on QuiltArt. It suddenly occurred to me that such a tall, narrow plant would work perfectly in this format and would, in fact, really emphasize the form of the plant. It was also an exercise in using the color pink, which I have an unreasonable dislike of, so it represents my own escape from narrow thinking!



Chain Gang
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Chain Gang
11"x58"

Tommy Fitzsimmons
Romeoville, Illinois, USA



It's Easy to Slip Off the Path of the Straight and Narrow When You're Wearing Spiked Heels and a Push-Up Bra
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It's Easy to Slip Off the Path of the Straight and Narrow When You're Wearing Spiked Heels and a Push-Up Bra
15"x75"

Tristan Robin Blakeman
New Haven, CT, USA

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