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January 26, 2022
A true polar bear story from Quilting & Learning

Hi! Welcome to my post of the Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop. Many thanks to CalicoJoan of MooseStash Quilting for organising this wonderful event. When I saw the theme, I had to participate....not sure why but I was really drawn to it...and then I found this. So, let me tell you a true story

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January 22, 2022
Silhouette Art quilt: Project Quilting 13.2 from Mulberry Patch Quilts

The challenge for this week’s Project Quilting Season 13.2 inspired me: “In Silhouette”. Participants have only a week to begin and finish a quilted item for the challenge, and it took me a few days just to come up with the idea.

But once I did get the idea, I was off and running or should I say off and sewing)! I found the perfect fabric for the background from my stash of hand dyed and painted fabric. It reminded me of a sunset.

I free motion quilted the background first using a variety of variegated threads. Next ...

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October 26, 2021
Idaho Quilt Retreat.....Day 3 & 4 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I continue to work with my hand dyes... 

I challenged myself to see just how far

I could go with curved piecing...

this top has no puckers, flat as a board !

I am using leftover strips and scraps

to create a border treatment 

for the curved top...

Playing around with improv blocks...

I am liking the bold X blocks

to balance out all of those curves...

I also tried improv flying geese,

but they aren't the right fit...

The improv floating triangles blocks

seem to work in the borders...

Okay, I have a plan...

now to create more blocks ...

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October 24, 2021
Idaho Quilt Retreat.....Day 2 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Idaho Quilt Retreat.....Day 2


I am working with my hand dyes today...

I brought along some 

3/4 log cabin improv blocks...

I am using a flannel backed tablecloth

taped to the wall as my portable design wall...

I am using a wooden TV tray

as a pressing station...

It is kind of like a puzzle

getting these odd shaped blocks

to fit together...

I am building this in units,

rather than rows...

I am calling this....DONE !

Here is what the other Quilters are working on:

Donna's.... Raggedy Ann Quilt

She fussy cut all of the applique ...

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Idaho Quilt Retreat...2021 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

From Oregon to Idaho

10 hour road trip...


This is my home away from home...

I brought lots of hand dyed fabrics...

My loyal Bernina 801...

I filled up my 8 foot work table...

This is our work space...

Lots of natural light pours into the room...

I brought along some improv units and...

this in-progress... improv quilt top

I keep adding more rows...

It is nearly lap size...

I am calling this.....DONE !

Here it is hanging on the back of the lodge.

We are staying at:

Twinlow Camp and Retreat Center

Rathdrum, Idaho

More to come...

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October 19, 2021
Welcoming Fall on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

I hope that you're having a lovely fall (except those of you on the other side of the world who are enjoying Spring!) The leaves are slowly changing here in Ottawa but all of the rain is pulling them down quickly!

I didn't expect to be writing this post today but Muv is very busy getting ready for her daughter's wedding this weekend. I can't imagine how that must feel. So welcome to week 351 of Free Motion Mavericks. I'm still planning the FMQ design for my son's quilt, so here is a look ...

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October 14, 2021
Art Quilting Class: Dream Come True from Mulberry Patch Quilts

Ever since I first saw her art work on Quilting Arts TV, and her articles in Quilting Arts Magazine, I’ve dreamed of taking a workshop from Ann Loveless.

Well last Saturday that dream came true — thanks to a workshop given by our very own Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Art. So Off I went on a road-trip to historic Cedarburg WI.

We were also treated to view the museum’s current exhibition of quilts by artist Victoria Findlay Wolfe

The workshop was given in their historic barn. A beautiful space below the museum and gift shop with ...

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October 3, 2021
Nu har hösten stormat in from Veriquilt

Som ni märker så har jag bytt layout på min blogg och det märkliga var att under arbetet fann jag en massa kommentarer till mina inlägg, kommentarer som jag aldrig hade sett. Det var ju både snopet och glädjande, snopet eftersom jag aldrig har svarat på frågor som ställts. Jag skall försöka att gå igenom inläggen och se om jag kan svara på några inlägg.

Jag har skickat in en liten kvilt till SAQAs (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Trunk Show som kommer att pågå under två år. Inspiration till kvilten fick jag när jag deltog i facebookgruppen Dogma-boderier. Jag har ...

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September 26, 2021
Workshop with Gloria Loughman from Sew Preeti Quilts

More often than not, quilt guild workshops are on weekdays and are not conducive to those of us not yet retired from our day jobs. But when the guild arranged a two-part workshop with Gloria Loughman on two weekends (9/11 and 9/18), I wasted no time and signed up for it.  

I bought the recommended pattern and downloaded the instructions. I watched the videos and read the downloaded pattern sheets. That was in July. 

Come September, I am buried deep in Island Batik October Challenge.  It has been rather all-consuming.

Improvisational Piecing

Iberian Lynx Silhouette

So when the ...

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September 10, 2021
Snart är det dags from Veriquilt

Nu annonserar Storvretabiblioteket min utställning!

Svartvitt art quilt-verk av Vera Holmgren.


Datum och tid

Lördag 18 september


Storvretabiblioteket, Fullerövägen 1, 743 32 Storvreta

Vera Holmgren visar arbeten utförda i art quilt-teknik.

Utställningen pågår 18 sep – 9 okt.

Jag visar några verk som inte var med på utställningen i Järnboden, Harg och Palomena-kvilten är klar, den kommer att finnas på plats med en specialtillverkad etikett.

Det är fredag och jag länkar till Off the Wall Friday

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August 30, 2021
Remembering Chevy from Quilting & Learning

Chevy came to us 5 years ago in June. I remember feeling that she had pushed her way into my heart within hours! 

Chevy - our Warrior Princess!

Last Christmas my daughter and I bought Chevy a new collar from Pooch & Tabby of Toronto. It was called Warrior Princess and it was perfect! Chevy was feisty, protective and full of love for her adoptive family and of food (not sure in which order!)

My favourite picture of Chevy sleeping on her quilts!

Chevy was also part of my Muse. Taking our walks has lead to a few of my favourite art ...

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August 6, 2021
Det går sakta framåt from Veriquilt

 Nu har jag tagit tag i mina block och sammanfogat dem till en topp. Mönstret är mitt eget men idén kommer från Maria Shell. Jag trodde att det skulle vara enkelt, lite remsor och så, lätt som en plätt. Men man skall ju få det att fungera också! Alla trianglar (HST) är skurna med hjälp av linjal övrigt är mer eller mindre på fri hand så det var lite av en utmaning att få det att stämma på slutet. Mittsektionen med så små kvadrater fick lov att vara lite wonky. Måttet blir ungefär 65 cm x 72 cm, jag förmår ...

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July 30, 2021
RagGonNon: Work by Aminah Robinson at Underground Railroad Freedom Center. from High Road Quilter


Before I create the August folder for photographs, since this is a quilting blog, I thought I would show additional photographs I took of Aminah Robinson's work at the Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Some of these photos are of the same area, but the different angle or zoom leads the eye to different areas so I am including them.

She uses the term, "RagGonNon" which is a play on rag on and on.  She makes her work using found objects, like fabric, beads, shells, leaves, thread, and paint.

 There is stuffed pieces here, creating dimension.

You ...

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July 10, 2021
På turné from Veriquilt

Nu är det klart att SAQAs utställning Wide Horizons VII kommer att visas den 16 - 19 sep på European Patchwork Meeting i Frankrike, utställningen skulle egentligen ha visats förra året men pandemin gjorde att det sköts upp. Min kvilt At the Border är med på utställningen och enligt planerna skall hela utställningen sedan skickas vidare till USA där den under år 2022 kommer att visas först i Florida och sedan på AOS (American Quilters Society) QuiltWeek i Missouri, Kentucky och Michigan.

Jag visade At the Border på utställningen i Järnboden, kvilten är utförd med screentryck på handfärgade tyger och den ...

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July 3, 2021
Moonlight Flowers - Make A StencilDid you know you can make a stencil from line art you find on the... from Living Water Quilter

Moonlight Flowers - Make A StencilDid you know you can make a stencil from line art you find on the...

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July 2, 2021
Allting har en ända from Veriquilt

Man säger ju att allting har en ända och så var det också med Art Quilt Circles utställning. Efter 12 dagar var det slut och dags att summera. Vi är nöjda, det har varit ett jämt flöde av besökare, något färre dagen före midsommar men det var väntat. Så mycket positiva och berömmande kommentarer, helt fantastiskt! För att inte tala om allt intresse för vad och hur vi gjort våra verk, så roligt att få berätta! Men jag skall inte sticka under stol med att vi fått lägga ner mycket arbete på och under utställningen, det är mycket både praktiskt ...

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June 19, 2021
Vernissage from Veriquilt

 Äntligen var det dags för vernissage, Art Quilt Circles första gemensamma utställning och troligen den största Art Quilt utställning som visats i Sverige. Det blev en varm dag, säkert över 30 grader men i det gamla stenhuset från mitten av 1700-talet var det behaglig svalka. Alkoholfritt bubbel serverades i skuggan mot vattnet och vi hade en jämn ström av besökare under dagen. Det var fredag och sommarsol och värme bidrog säkert till att det var genuint konstintresserade som kom vernissagedagen och de möttes av våra porträtt samlande i entrén.

Utställningen pågår till och med den 30 juni och är öppen ...

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June 13, 2021
Något helt annorlunda from Veriquilt

Jag hade tänkt att ta en paus från alla utmaningar nu när SAQAs 100 days var avslutade men frestelsen blev för stor. Nu pågår SAQA - Jump into June och på den vägen är det. Jag bestämde mig för att göra något helt annorlunda och improviserat à la Maria Shell. Började i stor stil med svart/vita remsor, det svarta var handfärgat i två omgångar men fick inte det djup jag hade önskat. Nu blev det bra ändå, det fungerar här annars hade jag färgat det en tredje gång, någon har sagt att Nancy Crow alltid färgar sina tyger tre gånger ...

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June 6, 2021
2020 Roundup from Splendiferous

 In My Mind's Eye, 20 x 20 inches

Woven Rainbow (pieced in 2019, quilted in 2020). 60 x 60 inches

What's Your Excuse?  33 x 37 inches

Rainbow Leaves (SAQA Benefit Auction donation) 12 x 12 inches

Cicadence 24 x 24 inches

The Very Grungy Caterpillar, 32 x 46 inches

Baby Quilt 30 x 41 inches

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May 14, 2021
Red Rock Sunrise - SAQA Benefit Auction from From Edge 2 Edge

I had a lot of fun this year creating my 12 x 12 inch SAQA Benefit Auction piece. These little pieces always take more time than I think they will. The main reason is that I still go through a full design and critique process like I would when creating a larger piece. 

For this piece I went back into my stash of fabrics that were either digital or inkjet prints. I was happy to realized that the mountain fabric I had purchased was in the same color scheme as my own design I had printed at Spoonflower several years ...

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