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May 7, 2023
Sunday Chat – Car Show, Cooking, and the Orchid from From My Carolina Home

It is the season now for our car clubs to ramp up, so we have been busy with several events. Last weekend was an annual fundraiser show called Luft Wasser, which is German for Air Water, referring to the two methods of cooling for engines. We were on the crew, and arrived early Saturday morning to work the main gate where cars were entering. Our car was selected as part of a special display of the Colors of Porsche exhibit at one end of the show. Ours is a dark warm grey called Agate Grey. On the left is a ...

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April 28, 2023
First & Last Quilt on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Elizabeth Barton's Solo Show at the Georgia Botanical Gardens, Athens, GA

Okay, a show of hands, who out there had a subscription to Quilter's Newsletter Magazine?  I must have started mine around 1992 and kept it through hmmmm at least 2010.  Honestly, without that magazine, I don't know where I would be as a quilter.  Really, those were pre-internet days when this was my one and only pipeline to the national quilting scene. Besides all the great articles,  I  even managed to do two of their Block of the Month patterns in consecutive years which taught me ...

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March 16, 2023
My Project Quilting 14.6 Entry: Conquer Your Fear (of failure) with art quilts from Mulberry Patch Quilts

This week Project Quilting Season 14 (2023) has as their very last challenge: Conquer Your Fear

They say in their post, “if you only do what’s safe and comfy, you’ll stagnate and grow soft.” I agree. You need to push your boundaries from time to time … and get out of your comfort zone.

As you probably know, the challenge is to make a quilted object (any size) from start to finish in one week using the challenge title as your inspiration. And post a photo at their website before the deadline.

So, after pondering all the fears that ...

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February 19, 2023
Project QUILTING 14.4: A Novel Project from Goer

Another late night Saturday start for this week's Project QUILTING challenge, A Novel Project. 67 minutes from fabric pull to finished mini mini quilt this evening. Woo hoo!

At the beginning of the week I shared other quilts I have made that were inspired by books, but I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to make for the challenge. Earlier in the week, I scrolled through my Goodreads of what I've read in the last couple years and wasn't particularly motivated by what I have read recently.

I've been inspired by Margaret Fleisher's ...

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February 1, 2023
Experimenting with Inktense on Fabric for Project Quilting 14.3 from Mulberry Patch Quilts

The Project Quilting challenge for this week (Season 14, #3) is “54/40 or Fight”. It’s the name for a traditional quilt block. If you’re interested to find out more about the block, it’s history, or the Project Quilting challenge, click here: Project Quilting

The challenge has to be done from beginning to end in one week. I was thinking about using the 54/40 or fight block as the center of a square table topper, making pieces wonky to make it more modern. But my heart wasn’t in it. Nothing seemed to come together.

I ...

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January 29, 2023
Painting on Fabric with Inktense Pencils from Mulberry Patch Quilts

So I haven’t painted or drawn on fabric for quite awhile now. And with the snow falling outside, I declare an official “Snow Day” … a day to relax, stay cozy indoors, and “play”.

I’ve got my Derwent Inktense 24 box of pencils, a few stiff brushes, some plain white fabric (PTD prepared for dying), freezer paper, and water/aloe vera gel/textile medium and I’m ready to play.

For those of you not familiar with these color pencils, once they’re activated with liquid and dry they become permanent. Unlike watercolor or regular color pencils, these pencils ...

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January 24, 2023
Shades of Blue - Postagem Coletiva from Artes de Paula Louceiro

 Chegou o dia de mostrar o que fizemos para o desafio Shades Of Blue feito pela Carla do Blog Creatin' in the Sticks

Na última postagem eu tinha dito que meu dia era 26, mas acho que acabei me confundindo, rs

Bom, primeiro vou mostrar dois trabalhos meus que estão aqui no meu quarto de costura e que estão dentro do tema.

Quando eu vi o tema pela primeira vez, como eu poderia não me lembrar do meu Fusca Azul?

Meu primeiro Art Quilt que participou de exposições aqui no Brasil e uma exposição no Reino Unido.

Fusca Azul - Paula Louceiro

Nele eu retratei ...

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November 11, 2022
Praise Hands - a Rerun on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 Since I started working full-time back in 2012, Thursday nights have always been my blog night.  This mostly works out well, unless an emergency pops up like today.  So I thought I would steal an idea from my favorite blog, Ask A Manager, and rerun a post that was hidden in the archives.  Since back in 2009 hardly anybody was reading, I thought what the heck!  

Praise Hands for Sacred Threads 2009

"Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God, the Father, for everything." Eph 5:19,20

I have a habit of ...

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September 21, 2022
2022 SAQA Benefit Auction Donations from Bits and Stitches

I had another UFO that just wouldn't work for me so I decided to cut it into 4" squares and see if I might be able to create a 12x12" piece to donate to the SAQA Benefit Auction that will take place September 9 through October.  All the pieces are 12x12.  They will be divided into 3 groups with prices starting at $750 or $1,000 and decrease to $100 throughout each week  Studio Art Quilt Associates, SAQA, is an international organization to promote quilting as fine art.

"Impromptu" donation was finished 
in time for  the 2022 Auction.

"Variation-2 ...

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September 2, 2022
Combining Art Quilting Techniques from Mulberry Patch Quilts

When you have an idea in mind for your art quilt, often combining techniques you’ve learned along the way and a little experimentation will help you reach your goal.

My goal for this small landscape art quilt was to recreate a scene of our Capitol shown in the distance through the autumn leaves. The fall season is my favorite, and so beautiful at the UW-Madison with the variety of trees and colors. Having worked in the heart of this beautiful campus for many years, I’ve had many opportunities to view it.

So how do I begin to reach ...

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August 26, 2022
The Circle of Life from Bits and Stitches

This little blue rocking chair has been in my head for several years.  It elicits many memories of a number of different stages in life.  I never had a blue rocking chair, but if I had one now, I would paint it blue.  

12" x 12"

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July 23, 2022
» Bits and Stitches

Connie was a fearless quilter.  Even after she had finished the quilting; if it wasn't working, she would just cut it up and make it into something wonderful.

When I first got my longarm and was still learning, she gave me a quilt top she had made to use as a practice piece.  I cut a few sections out of it for some other project and was left with a carcass.  I decided to just cut it into squares and rectangles and see if I could make work it into something else.  

My mantra was "What would Connie do ...

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July 5, 2022
Gör ett besök! from Veriquilt

Jag har lagt upp ett ny hemsida

gör gärna ett besök! Det är ingen blogg men jag kommer att hålla den uppdaterad med lite bilder av vad jag gjort.

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June 27, 2022
Learning from the exhibition from Quilting & Learning

Fibre 15's exhibition, Conversation, ends Sunday. It's been a very busy month with lots of learning. Here's a peak at some of it.

Getting ready

I've been to openings of exhibitions before, but it's a lot more exciting when you're part of a smaller group of artists. The vernissage was very well attended with roughly 100 people showing up. It was also the opening of a new shop as well as the first event of the year for the Stone School Gallery.

Journey of many paths at the exhibition

The vernissage was on the ...

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June 24, 2022
Musings on Mosaics on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


The moment when you realize you've let things get too complicated

So today I took the afternoon off to sew.  It isn't a great time to take off since all of a sudden, the country has decided it's actually summer and they want to buy, buy, buy their summer clothes.  It's been kinda crazy at work and with summer here, crazy on the social front.  All of that adds up to no time to sew.  So I did it. I took the afternoon off to finally finish up Tessa's Mosaic.

I've been three weeks ...

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June 5, 2022
Jenny Anydots from Splendiferous


A quilt shop about an hour and 45 minutes north of me hosts an annual fabric challenge, with gift certificates to the store as prizes.  Here’s the challenge packet.  Must use Kaffe Fassett Tiddlywinks fabric in blue, finish 24" square or smaller, and have a face on it


Started with cat photo, and edited in photoshop to have smaller value range.  Printed out grayscale photo to 24" square size on several sheets of paper, and taped together.


selected fabrics and arranged in value order.  All Kaffe Fassett.  


made a value scale from a strip of background


Outlined and numbered ...

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May 30, 2022
Let Them Flourish is finished! from Quilting & Learning

If you've been following me on Instagram, you've seen lots of images of the progress of this piece. Lately I've been adding a gazillion French Knots, finishing up the beading and then finally mounting it on a fabric-covered canvas.

Let Them Flourish - Ready for Exhibition

Let Them Flourish (aka Biodiversity)

In the Beginning

This piece started off as a fabric collage of images related to Biodiversity, the theme that was given to us as part of the February 2021's Stitch Club workshop. Kate Tume, our instructor, had us exploring narrative potential with embellishment.

The ...

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May 20, 2022
A Sew Sew Day on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


Using start for turn under applique
Well today I said enough is enough, I'm taking some time to just quietly sew.  My studio misses me. Hmmm well if I am being truthful, I'm quite sure, it's forgotten my name.  Luckily, my boss agreeded with me and gave me some VTO (Voluntary Time Off!)  It felt genuinely decadent to go sew when I should be working.

Once I got everything plugged in, I sat down and my body just went ahhhhhhhhh.  After a week of sewing at Marc Adams at a work station that was not efficient or ...

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May 17, 2022
Conversations - Fibre 15 Exhibition from Quilting & Learning

It's time to announce the upcoming exhibition of the Fibre 15 group. As some of you know, especially if you follow me on Instagram, I've been finishing up pieces for the show.  


"What is a conversation? Employing a diversity of fibre media, Fibre15 members explore this theme, challenging assumptions about how and what we exchange."

Conversations poster

It's going to be an amazing show. I know that most of you reading this post won't be able to make it, but if you are in the Ottawa area, I think that it'll be worth the ...

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March 6, 2022
Learning from old quilt books from Quilting & Learning

Hi, welcome to the first day of the Blog Hop, "Dust off a Quilt Book". This event is hosted by Beaquilter. Thanks Bea for organising this fun blog hop, and for Frédérique for offering to make it a linking party!  

Trying out a new technique

It took me over a month to decide what book and what project to do - and even then, it didn't turn out as planned. I sure did learn a lot

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