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March 29, 2017
Selling Angel Art for American Cancer Society from All Things Quilty

Sorry for not posting recently...but I am excited to report that I have submitted four of my angel paintings to the Fine Art America website!  All proceeds from my Angel Art will be donated to the American Cancer Society.  This fine organization not only helps fund much-needed research, but also provides services such as transportation to treatment for cancer victims and their families.


Ice Blue Angel
Pastel Angel
Glowing Angel
Rainbow Angel

Many of you are aware that my husband is now a one-year survivor of metastatic prostate cancer.  Today he spent the afternoon helping me take some high-resolution ...

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March 28, 2017
Getting Things Done from Quilting & Learning

When I come home from our monthly Out of the Box Fibre Artists meeting - I was all hipped up and didn't get to sleep until late. So many quilts, techniques and ideas....and never enough time!!!

This month's speaker, Sharon Collins, sure wowed me! For whatever reason, I'm totally intimidated by paint and fabric dye - but after seeing her work, I just have to learn this! She is creating these amazing landscape art quilts with her hand-dyed cotton, silk and silk organza. Some of her pieces have 4 or 5 layers. She uses a technique called flat ...

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March 26, 2017
Make Your Own Postcards from Cheryl Lynch Quilts

There are so many apps available that can be used to transform your photos into fun pix or into drawings suitable for using as a pattern to make a quilt. Each month, in my newsletter, I try to share an app that I have found to be useful or just plain fun. I am far from a computer guru, so I only can choose ones that work on my iPhone or iPad. For other platforms you'll have to experiment like I do.
This morning I was searching for a monthly app and came across PicsArt. It's free. And ...

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March 22, 2017
APRIL GUILD MEETING from Limestone Quilter's Guild

Date:  Wednesday 5 April, 2017

Place:  Kingston Seniors Centre
56 Francis Street

Time:  6:30 p.m. for 7:00 p.m.

Please sign in at each meeting.

Our guest this month is Debbie Toonders.

DON’T FORGET!

10 inch square exchange
Items for Show and Tell
Library books to return
bring some $ for book sales

Community Quilts

Postcards

Indoor shoes if the weather is wet
Mug for coffee or tea
Stitch by Stitch Receipts


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March 21, 2017
A Little Detour from Lily Patch Quilts

I posted about the Postcard from Sweden quilt along that I was going to participate in and was using the solid fabrics from my stash. I had it all cut out and had sewn half of the blocks then put it away because it was late.

 

I was going work on it some more the next day but during the night mishap happened. Even nine zip pouches that I had halfway assembled were ruined. Lets just say there were some tears and then clean up. The next day I went to my favorite bakery to get a treat and I ...

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March 19, 2017
Postcards from Mel's quilting blog

I don't want to swap blocks anymore.
That is where many of my UFOs came to be.
So, I decided I would join in on swapping postcards.
It allows for creativity, but not loads of time.
I received this one from Mary Lou 
This is my spring collection of cards.
It hangs near my computer. 
These are the ones I made. 
Nancie sent me this one.

I now need to make some for Easter.

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March 4, 2017
Postcard From Sweden Quilt Kit {Help with Identifying Fabrics} from Busy Hands Quilts


The Postcard From Sweden Quilt Along is here!  If you purchased a Postcard From Sweden quilt kit and need guidance in matching the fabrics in the kit to their names, HERE is a link that should help you.

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March 2, 2017
Mail Art -- from Bayou Quilts

February was a busy month and now there is some catching up to do.

Valentine's Day has come and gone, and I hope everyone at least indulged in a little chocolate.  I made some Valentine letters and postcards.  

Look at that dirty water and that mess!

Postcards, mostly for the grands
I made more Valentine postcards,
but it was too late to send them.
Oh, well--they will work for next year.

 A couple of Valentine letters--

B.E. is in love with Prim Paws, her kitten,
which gives me the excuse to use the little cat-related stamps.

I added ...

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February 24, 2017
MARCH GUILD MEETING from Limestone Quilter's Guild

Date:  Wednesday 1 March, 2017

Place:  Kingston Seniors Centre
56 Francis Street

Time:  6:30 p.m. for 7:00 p.m.
Please sign in at each meeting.

Our activity this month is
Mini Workshops!
Learn new ways to stitch with 5 inch charm squares!
(Patterns will be provided on the Block of the Month tab on Wednesday, March 1)

Canada 150 Challenge
Your challenge quilts are due at this meeting.
Please do not identify the artist or song title on the front of your quilt.
Bring your quilts to the front tables at the meeting and they will be ...

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February 14, 2017
It’s Galentine’s Day! from The Inquiring Quilter

It’s Galentine’s Day!

Galentine’s Day is all about girlfriends and waffles.

Yes, it's a thing. Kinda.

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Galentine’s Day is the creation of Leslie Knope, a character on Parks and Recreation. In the show, Leslie celebrates her girlfriends by getting together the day before Valentines (February 13th) to eat breakfast foods (Leslie’s second favorite thing) and celebrate their #squadgoals. As Leslie put it, “Oh, it's only the best day of the year! Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick ...

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February 13, 2017
Valentine Postcards from Notes from Studio B

Every year I make a few Valentine Postcards for the young people in my life. This year I made some hot glue stencils.

I used these with red paint and a gelli plate to print both positive and negative images.

Fused them to timtex interfacing.
Added some stitching, a backing, more stitching on the edges and then they were done and in the mail. I forgot to take pictures of the finished cards, but I'm sure you get the idea.

These are the socks I finished. Much to my surprise they came out matching. I never try to make ...

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Galentine's Day from Cheryl Lynch Quilts




Have you heard of Galentine's Day?  I hadn't, but my DIL informed me that it was a fictional holiday made up on the TV show Parks & Rec to celebrate our love for our girlfriends.  The official fictional date is February 13th, the day before Valentine's Day.  

As an Island Batik Ambassador, my first assignment was to create something to celebrate this holiday.  I decided to use their Sweet Nectar line and  create these fun postcards to mail to my friends.  I love the combination of pink and orange.  It's a wonderful alternative to pink and red ...

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Weekly update: two finishes and bargains from With Strings Attached

While New England is bracing for another blizzard, here in Chicagoland we are having late-March temperatures.  As I drove home from a meeting one evening last week I smelled skunk spray. On Saturday morning a fox strolled across the street.                                                           The mild weather made it easy to deliver spaghetti dinners to shut-ins later on Saturday morning. This is the sixth year that our Rotary Club has prepared the Valentine's Day treat. Stevens' and my list has women from our church. We took time to chat with them, too.      

I started physical therapy with two sessions this past week.  My ...

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February 7, 2017
Books and Snail Mail from Bayou Quilts


I've been reading like an addict--which I suppose I am.  Catching up with reviews on my book blog is more difficult than reading the books themselves.  Below are some of my favorites; already reviewed on Goodreads, but the posts for A Garden Carried in the Pocket are scheduled closer to publication.  

Shallow End and The Weight of Night are police procedurals from two authors I enjoy.  The other two are literary fiction--a coming of age story in Grief Cottage (don't think it is a depressing novel--it isn't) and When the English Fall, a dystopian novel about a ...

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Maker "Unknown" - The Saddest Words from Melody Crust - Fiber Artist

I name my quilts so I add the title. And if there is any other interesting information I want to share, I'll add that too!

The basics:
Label Fabric Choices: Pre-washed (without fabric softener) white or muslin fabrics are suitable; 100% cotton fabrics are preferred. For a more coordinated look, a good choice would be light colored fabrics left over from your quilt.

Permanent Fabric Marking Pens: Fine point permanent fabric marking pens are colorfast and do not bleed. Pigma Micron® pens are a good choice. They can be found in many colors and sizes including felt tips. They ...

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February 6, 2017
Motivational Monday from Mel's quilting blog

 To Do List
1. 3-4 WITB 
I DID 2 WITB
2. Make label for Test Quilt
3. Quilt T-shirt Quilt
This is started. It is BIG
4. Quilt Quilty Fun
5. Quilt QOV
6. Work on Jo's Club
I worked on it, but did not finish it.
7. Make headphone pouch
8. Work on Animal Applique
9. Work on FROG Quilt
I think I have a plan now.
10. Pick out February Book It
11 Work on Valentines Postcards - need three
12 Winter Solstice Block
13. Sparkling Sampler Block Q
14. Work on Test blocks 6, 7, 8, 9 ...

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February 4, 2017
Project quilting, texture, sheers from Meena Schaldenbrand

Heart texture postcards
Gelli prints, sheers, net , metal washers

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On Hiatus from Sewing & Quilt Gallery

I have just finished quilting an 8-day very large custom quilt.  This top was immaculately pieced, and layed as flat or flatter than anything I make.  The pieces on this are all single pieces, and are enormous.  Every time I quilted something, it required rolling the quilt back and forth on the frame to be able to quilt the entire section.  I just cannot describe how tiring that was for my shoulders every day.  To say I was happy to have it done yesterday was an understatement.
 This quilt is similar to my Postcards from Venice quilt that I made ...

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February 3, 2017
Clyde's Ancestors? from Cats in the Quiltoriium

I toil on, making the daily mistake of sewing in the hour before that important time of day known as LUNCHTIME FOR CLYDE. (I am sure he thinks the uppercase is warranted). Today I felt sure one of his distant ancestors had posed in some of the famous Mainzer cat postcards. I actually found one on my drafting table under a pile of er, well just call it "stuff." Things that have not been put away in a few years.

The big ginger cat about to womp the little gray cat with a pillow. Little gray lady could be Bonnie ...

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January 31, 2017
January in review from Espritpatch

First month is over already and I am happy that I have a few finish and progress on some WIPs too!

Hoping for finish
1. Bean Bag - finished



2. Toaster Sweater for #SewMyStyle - this will be my choice for the One Monthly Goal

3. Medaillon quilt - finished





Bee Blocks 
1. Flower hexies for the Inchy Hexie Swap (January) - done

2. I love Lucy International (November, bonus block) - done


3. Block lotto - none

WIP
1. Wanta Fanta - need 1 more block - top finished

2. Elephant Parade - 6 more blocks before the top can be put together 


3. Farmer's wife 1930 ...

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