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February 10, 2020
Road to California, 2020, Part 2: Shopping! from Gefilte Quilt

Last week, I showed off some of my favorite quilts from Road to California 2020 show. Now let's get to the fun stuff: Shopping! Disclaimer: If you click on these links, I don't make any money. But you might lose money, because this merchandise is (often) thrilling!

If there's one attribute that unites Road to California quilts - whether the top is pieced, appliqued, embroidered, fused, stapled, and/or mutilated - it's this: dazzling, immaculate, professional-grade quilting - the stuff that holds the three layers together.

That's why, every year, I walk out of juried show. and into ...

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February 8, 2020
Road to California 2020, Part I: The Quilt Show from Gefilte Quilt

Road to California, a terrific quilt show, took place last week, ending on Sunday. There was something for everyone - traditional, art, modern, and group quilts; challenges, guild raffle quilts, and more than a dozen wildly diverse special exhibits. Great classes. Hallway massage. Uniformed Boy Scouts who, for a small donation, watch your bags while you shop. Tons of vendors.

Also, it's next to a mellow, convenient little airport - you could walk from the Ontario, California airport to the convention center. So it's not surprising that this warm and welcoming show attracts 50,000 viewers, plus entrants and vendors ...

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February 6, 2020
The colours of books from Quilting & Learning

To an avid reader, there is nothing more lovely and colourful that a library full of books.

Colours of books

I'm not a team kind of person, so when Challenge 11.2 of Team Colours came out for the Quilting Project on Sunday, I was stumped. My two favourite things, other than my family, are quilting and reading. These are things that I usually do by myself, but they are my teams - I love being in a library or a book store and talking about books. I feel the same way about quilts - which I share with my team ...

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January 27, 2020
Peacock Quilt -- Not Even Solomon from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

When my sister Sheila saw my peacock Palatial Plumage she fell in love with it and wondered if I could make one for her. She helped me with so much of my domestic work that I decided to make her one. She helped choose the fabric for the background and has a guest room where she wants to display it. In the mean time, I hope it can do some traveling.
Not Even Solomon
22" X 34"

Fiber: Commercial cotton fabrics with an assortment of Superior Threads.
Techniques: Fused applique and heavily machine quilted.
Embellished with glass crystals.


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Monday Making from Love Laugh Quilt

It's been a BUSY week here!!

I visited my small quilt at the road to California
Quilt show.

Added LOTS of half square triangles to my
Hospital sketches quilt!

After that....
I made plans for Graduation quilt SEWING DAY!
To be held next month.

Everyone who comes will make the 16 patch block.

If you SEW, then you know that not ALL the 16 patches will be EQUAL.
Especially since many who come don't sew very often.

I thought by adding the corner triangles
I will be able to get them ALL uniform in size.
And no one ...

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January 23, 2020
Project Quilting -Team Colors from Mulberry Patch Quilts

So as you’ve heard me talk about before, Project Quilting is similar to Project Runway–you’re given a challenge & a limited period of time to make it, start to finish…but no one is voted off! It’s the creation of Kim Lapicek with her friend, Trish (AKA Quilt Chicken), and helps take the “cabin fever” out of the middle of winter here…although they have quilters from all over the world entering!

This is Season 11, Challenge 2: And the phrase is “Team Colors”. Well, I’m from Wisconsin, so of course (being football season) it’s ...

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January 22, 2020
Cold and Sunny at The Winter Blues Blog Hop from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to my post in The Winter Blues Blog Hop. A big thank you to Carla for hosting this great event!

Cold and Sunny

For years I've been wanting to make a quilt block that looks like the sun. I found the pattern, Sunnyside, in Spotlight on Neutrals, Quilts and More for Any Decor by Pat Wys. Since I only make one large quilt every two years, making a full quilt for this blog hop wasn't an option, but I still wanted to try out the block.
Cold and Sunny

I realise that I haven't pieced ...

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January 14, 2020
Sunflower Quilt......Under the Needle from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

It is time to get this under the needle...

Curved Pieced Sunflower Quilt Top

Created with some of my hand dyes

as well as commercial batiks

Auditioning Threads...

my favorites are Glide Thread 

and magnetic bobbins

You can view the hand dyed backing 

in this photo:

This quilt is big enough that I will quilt it on the

Sweet Sixteen

Wavy checker board quilting in the center...

More to Come...

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

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January 11, 2020
Slow Stitching and Free Motion Quilting from Quilting & Learning

I love being able to create something using techniques that aren't usually put together - such as slow stitching and free motion quilting (FMQ). It's not that they don't go together, but rather that it's not usually done.

Slow Stitching and FMQ in Exit Strategy 1

In September I introduced my Exit Strategy...and got caught up with all kinds of projects and distractions. Then, while writing my 2020 Planning post, I realised that creating art quilts had become daunting and that my expectations were too high and too serious. So enough of that! It's time ...

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January 6, 2020
A New Beginning from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

A symbol of resurrection, the butterfly brings hope, endurance, and change to the meaning of life. This is my entry for the Sacred Threads exhibit "Backyard Escape."
 A New Beginning


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January 3, 2020
Best of 2019 from Quilting & Learning

This year has been very productive if not overwhelming at times. I had a great start to 2019 with many art quilts for two Out of the Box (OOTB) textile artists group exhibition. That kept me creatively fulfilled until I over-did it. After that I enjoyed working on more traditional quilts and minis.

Art Quilts

I made 4 mini art quilts and learned a lot since they had to been seen as a particular colour and were mounted on canvas. It was tricky and my first one was very monochromatic, but they got better as I made more.

Peek-a-boo Red ...

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asianartandquilts from Asianartandquilt's Blog

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December 29, 2019
My Best of 2019 from Splendiferous

2019 was pretty busy!

Cents and Sensibility was accepted to Alexandria Museum of Art exhibit, Concrete and Adrift: On the Poverty Line.

Back Yard Beauty went to Mid-Alantic Quilt Festival in Pennsylvania.

Lichen hung at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center in Baton Rouge.

Too Raw (Too Soon Every Day to Talk About Gun Violence) was accepted to the Tom Peyton Arts Festival, and Alexandria Museum of Art September Competition, AND was awarded the purchase prize at the latter.
Feathers, Scales and Tails: Night Flight went to Quilteroo's in Ruston, La., and Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center.

Fatsia Fantasy, Into the Woods ...

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2020 Planning Party from Quilting & Learning

Although I had an amazing 2019 production wise, I did what I promised myself I wouldn't do - I over extended myself with my art quilting. It was great to know that I could do all of this art, but I haven't done an art quilt since. So with these famous last words in mind, here are my goals for 2020.

Planning for 2020

Free Motion Quilting

In the last few months I've been playing with free motion quilting and making some lovely, easy projects from the practice pieces I've finished. I will be doing more FMQ ...

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December 5, 2019
African Wax Print Quilt from Selvage Blog

This quilt is the first in a series made from African wax prints. I love the African vibe that comes from using these bold colorful prints with solid black. The triangles are pieced, but the prints provide most of the design punch. I like that eye-catching sunflower in the middle.

This quilt is available for purchase on Etsy. Four are listed now, and more coming soon.

African wax prints are available online from Africa and the US. Etsy is a good place to start collecting wax prints. Most of these fabrics are offered for sale in 1 yard and 6 ...

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November 20, 2019
How to Design Your Own Goddess Quilt from The Free Motion Quilting Project

It’s time to design your own goddess quilt! I’m celebrating the launch of my new book, Leah Day’s Goddess Quilts, and diving into goddess quilt design in this episode of the Hello My Quilting Friends Podcast. Watch the episode and see all my crazy sketches that eventually get cleaned up and become beautiful quilts!

Use this player to listen to this podcast or download it to your computer:

Leah Day's Goddess Quilts BookClick Here to preorder Leah Day’s Goddess Quilts! This is an artistic memoir that tells the story of my goddess quilts and how making each one has changed ...

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November 17, 2019
Artquilt Improv with Intention from Carol Lyles Shaw

Here's a peek into my process for making this commission quilt. As many of you know,  I spent many years as an artquilter before I moved into the world of modern quilt designing and teaching.  I still make a few artquilts every year--usually as a commission like this one or in response to an invitation [ ...Continue Reading ]

The post Artquilt Improv with Intention appeared first on Carole Lyles Shaw.

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November 7, 2019
Reaching for the Light II and III from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

I finished some more pieces in the series "Reaching for the Light" for my Southern Artist friends. These measure 8"X10" and are made of the same fabric although the lighting looks different.

This one especially reminds me of a cold windy day.

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October 31, 2019
AfroModern Quilts MasterClass from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am thrilled to announce my first AfroModern Quilts Masterclass will be hosted by Cultured Expressions,  a fabulous shop and studio run by Lisa Shepard Stewart.

Here are the details:

DATE:  May 29, 30 and 31, 2020

MasterClass Location: Gateway Family YMCA in Rahway NJ

Registration Fee:  $495 per person includes personalized instruction by me; all retreat activities;  evening receptions at the CE Studio; and a 10 piece African Fabrics Prints pack for your project.

[Travel and area Hotel information will be sent upon registration. ]

Registration Form

 HERE is the registration form.  Hurry–seats are limited!  AfroModernMasterclass reg form

MasterClass ...

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October 15, 2019
Reaching for the Light from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

Reaching for the Light has found a new home with another fiber artist.

Reaching for the Light

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