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August 15, 2019
Willow VI -- Murky from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

Life ...
Corn harvest is in full swing.

... as a Quilter
Willow VI -- Murky
8" X 10"


Patches ironed onto the background.

I pulled fabric for auditioning a silhouette.

After consideration, I chose the very dark brown solid fabric for my silhouette.

I tweaked the willow and ironed it down to the quilted background and then free motion stitched it for the final piece.

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August 9, 2019
In the Words of Emily Richardson ...Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Edge of an Instant, 16" by 14" Emily Richardson
So if you haven't gotten it in the last two weeks, my Quilting by the Lake was a pivotal in my life.  Its the kind of time where I'll be saying in 20 years, "It all changed after Emily's Class" .  The more distance from the class the more  ideas are constantly jumping in my head.  I had to start a little journal so I wouldn't lose them!

Last week I left off with my little beginner piece.  The second one I wanted to try adapting the way ...

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August 3, 2019
Summer Color...Inspiration from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

This is the time of year that I get so much

COLOR inspiration !

Pink Coneflower

When I walk out the front door,

I am greeted with a punch of color !

Pink Petunias

Star Lily

 Star Lily....Close Up View

Gerber Daisy

Over by the Thread Shed:

Pink Coneflowers

On the side of the Thread Shed:


 Hollyhocks...Close up View

In the Back Yard:

Pink and Yellow Dahlia


Dinner Plate Dahlias...

The blooms are the size of a dinner plate 

for sure !

I spray paint metal bed frames

and use them as flower fencing.

The summer flowers have inspired ...

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July 3, 2019
Gaïa's Garden from Quilting & Learning

If you're interested, Gaïa's Garden is now on display at the Mississippi Mills Textile Museum as part of the Out of the Box (OOTB) artists group's Summer Fibrations Art Show.

Gaïa's Garden

It's been a long time coming. I've been thinking of this piece for about a year, wondering how I would make it.

Gaïa's Garden art quilt
I played with the placement of the fabric, one section at a time, until I liked what I saw. Some parts were easy while others were a real struggle. I'm not sure why. It ...

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The Beauty Around Us from Stitchin at Home

I had a great vacation at my oldest son's place in Killarney, Ontario. Tyson Lake which my son's place is on is 9 1/2 miles long.

beauty surrounded us out on Tyson lake one evening
A view of his place from the lake side.

you can see a couple of the cabins on his resort peeking out to the left of his house and gazebo
While there our son usually has a project or two that he needs his Dad's help for. This is one of them, we helped him put this out on the lake ...

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June 27, 2019
Summer Fibrations Art Show from Quilting & Learning

This weekend was the opening of the Summer Fibrations Art Show by the Out of the Box (OOTB) Artists Group. What a wonderful exhibit. It's at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte Ontario and will run until July 6, 2019.

Summer Fibrations

Summer Fibrations Show Panel

Do you remember this fall and winter when I was making art minis that needed to read like these paint chip colours?

Well the waiting is over. Here are some of the colours and the art that was made by the OOTB artists.


Here is a group of darker green

This ...

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June 26, 2019
Fluffy and Lacy with Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to the Free Motion Mavericks link-up (week 234)

Fluffy and Lacy

Last week at Quilt Canada, I took a great workshop with Amanda McCavour. She's a Toronto based artist whose textile art is generally beautifully light and lacy. She really is an expert at working and teaching with Sulky Solvy products.

During the workshop, I worked on my first two panels. The first one was more fluffy and included layers of thread, embroidery floss, yarn, ribbon and wool roving with an organza backing. I attached all of this with some meandering FMQ.

Top layer of the first panel ...

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June 21, 2019
Quilt Canada in Ottawa from Quilting & Learning

I'm thrilled that Quilt Canada was in Ottawa this year. I read somewhere that the last time it was here was in 2006 - so it was definitely due.

Quilt Canada

Quilt Canada is the Canadian Quilter's Association / Association Canadienne de la courtepointe's yearly show which includes a national juried show (NJS). This year the NJS included 150 wonderful quilts, predominantly from around Canada, as well as a few from other countries. Additionally, there were over 250 quilts in several concurrent quilt shows.

As with other shows, there were classes, demos and presentations on all kinds of quilting ...

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June 19, 2019
Is Enough, Ever Enough? from Asianartandquilt's Blog

“Fog”, finished at last, whew! If you feel I’ve been neglecting my blog postings this last year, you would be right. I’ve been working on five art quilts & several commissions for about a year. This is the very last one, I’m just now framing it & will post it in my Etsy shop […]

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June 5, 2019
My Guild's Challenge from Stitchin at Home

This year the challenge for my guild's quilt show was 'Home'. It is described as "What home means to you. Whether it is a place: your house, a place you have fond memories of, maybe flowers or family."  I decided to make mine based on family.

After a few ideas tossed around in the middle of the night. I know that I am not alone in the late night designing department. I finally settled on a brilliant idea, all my ideas are brilliant at least I think they are. I wanted a heart and family.

A red heart that ...

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Gaïa's Garden is coming along from Quilting & Learning

I'm still at it! I've almost finished piecing Gaïa's Garden. It's not really piecing in the conventional sense, but more in the appliqué/collage sense.

Gaïa's Garden

This is Gaïa's Garden so far. I would say that the piecing is about 80% finished.

Gaïa's Garden so far
I finally added the swamp part. There is still work to be done to incorporate it within the rest of the piece but I'm hoping that it won't be too difficult.
The swamp or pond section
I've been stitching down the fabric pieces ...

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June 3, 2019
In the Heat of Summer and Twirly Birds on Exhibit from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

Two of my pieces "In the Heat of Summer" ...

... and "Twirly Birds" ...

are included in the exhibit Mississippi Quiltings at The MAX in Merdian, MS through Aug. 11, 2019.

Here are the details of the exhibit.

Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints

May 25, 9:00 am – August 11, 5:00 pm

Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints,* the next changing exhibit at The MAX, focuses on the art of quilt making, and represents seven fiber artists from around the world. Curated by internationally renowned artist and teacher Nancy Crow, Material Pulsescontributes to the dialogue of contemporary textile arts. Says Crow, “Material Pulses ...

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May 27, 2019
Making Gaïa's Garden from Quilting & Learning

After a bit of productive procrastination, I'm back to working on my art quilt.

Gaïa's Garden

It's always a long process, so I thought that I would share some of it with you. Here's a recap (see Related links below).

My model for Gaïa
My model for Gaïa
Choosing a colour palette
Choosing a colour palette
My model for Gaïa is this picture of a reproduction statuette of a beautiful Pre-Columbian female figure from Colombia, South America.

I used photo transfer medium to make the fabric image.

Gradients Multi
33366 11D Moda

It took me a long time to start because I was looking ...

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May 26, 2019
Forage done and dusted from Stitch and Yarn

Last month Tenfold Textile Collective hosted their third annual show at Neon Parlour. We had a good number of people come and visit, but for those who didn't get the chance, I thought I'd walk you through it here. The works are in the order they appeared as you wandered around.

'Encore Career' – Tara Glastonbury

From left to right: Quarter acre block (sketch); The straight and narrow; Toe the line;
Off the rails; A bet each way; Corporate life.
Upcycled business shirts, machine pieced, machine and hand quilted.

Image by Paul Hicks
Foraging, for me, happens in my ...

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May 24, 2019
Form och kontrast from Veriquilt

I Art Quilt-cirkeln har vi under våren pratat en del om olika designelement. Vi började med Linjer och då tog jag fram en bild på en järnväg som illustration. Jag skrev ut den med hjälp av bläckstråleskrivare på sidenorganza men sedan tog det stopp. Hur skulle jag använda bilden? Den blev förpassad till ett hörn på designväggen och Linjer skapades med inspiration hämtad från Picasso.

Nästa uppgift var Form. Jag hade färgat några bomullstyger i ljusa och mörka nyanser av Procion MX Shiitake Mushroom, jag blev verkligen förtjust i den färgen och satte upp en bit som bakgrund. Vidare ...

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May 12, 2019
SAQA Conference 2019—San Jose from Tales of a Stitcher

For those of you who do not know, SAQA stands for Studio Art Quilt Associates . I tell people that this is my professional organization. It is all about the art quilt—collecting, promoting, making, exhibiting the art quilt—that is what SAQA is about. If that interests you, please visit the SAQA website and consider joining. I love being a part of SAQA.

Last month, I attended the SAQA annual conference in San Jose, California. Here’s Georgia French, the conference organizer, welcoming the conference participants.

On day one, a group of us sort of spontaneously gathered for lunch.

We ...

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April 27, 2019
Free Motion Mavericks and an art quilt in the making from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks (week 226).

Since I didn't get a chance to do any free motion quilting (FMQ) in the last couple of days, I'm going to just share my last practice piece from the weekend. You can read about it in my last post (see Related links below)

Practicing my FMQ
Progress on the art quilt 

This piece is due in less than a month. It will be part of an Out of the Box Fibre Artists exhibition, Summer Fibrations, at the Mississippi Mills Textile Museum this summer. On the weekend I was auditioning fabrics ...

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April 22, 2019
Life ... from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

Delta, the cheery UPS delivery girl.

Teryn, making another art quilt.

Rusty, with blocks for his quilt.

Folding paper airplanes.

Ashton getting help from Grampa.


Guests, James and his mother Gertie Beachy.

Tina, making another art quilt.

Blocking these quilts again in preparation for the "Mississippi Quiltings" exhibit at The Max in Meridian.

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April 21, 2019
FMQ practice and planning from Quilting & Learning

Practicing FMQ

I was in the mood to do some free motion quilting but nothing serious, so I doodled for a while and then took out a practice sandwich. Last week I received a book from a fellow quilter who is cleaning her bookshelf. Isn't that the greatest thing?

In a FMQ book, there were a couple of designs that I hadn't seen before, so I practiced these, put them in my FMQ journal and now I'm ready to pass the book along. Here is the result of that practice sandwich.

Practicing the main design, essentially a ...

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April 8, 2019
Teryn Colors & Quilts Curious George from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

I helped Teryn make this quilt from ...

... a page he colored.

He leaves nothing uncolored.

He wanted to make a quilt from his handiwork, but I soon saw that he was more interested in using the sewing machine than cutting out fabric. So I did the cutting and fusing.

 He did the quilting.

... and stitched the binding.

All finished.

The back.

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