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January 18, 2019
Big Sky ~~ a slow quilting finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I've been working on a small art quilt for a couple of months. 

A stunning sunset here at home reminded me of a picture that I took in Montana on our last vacation. Thank goodness Google photos has a search feature, because even then it takes a while. 

That sunset--the day fading into blue, the streaks of whitish cloud, the navy blue of the impending darkness--held me spellbound until finally the last rays of light melted away. The clouds were floating in front of the blues of the sky and I tried to pick that up with my stitches ...

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January 17, 2019
The Old Becomes New from The Snarky Quilter

I have continued to revisit old work that I wasn’t satisfied with, and revised two pieces, “Z Is For Zoom” and “7 Years of Bad Luck.” Z was just too plain before, so I painted broad white stripes over the … Continue reading

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January 14, 2019
Inspiration From Illustrations from The Snarky Quilter

I’m not doing artistic endeavors this year, but I can’t help passing along goodies that appeal to me. Case in point, magazine covers by Ryo Takemasa. Here are covers he did for NON Magazine that I thought could translate well … Continue reading

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January 10, 2019
Project Quilting Inspiration from Mulberry Patch Quilts

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are over, and it’s time for Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams to begin the first week of the Project Quilting Season 10 challenge.

When I saw the first challenge phrase, “Hope Springs Eternal“, I instantly thought of a photo my son & daughter-in-law sent us of our sweet little granddaughter looking up in awe as she “helped” decorate their Christmas tree.

Isn’t she a sweetie? She’s just between 1-1/2 & 2…So this is the first time she’s really enjoying the tree. And that look on her face ...

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A Fun Start To The Year from The Snarky Quilter

The excuse of a fresh new year spurred me to leapfrog over waiting projects to begin something new and fun. Of course it was conceived in 2018, but it was officially born this week. I’m talking about my “Disco Woks,” … Continue reading

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January 7, 2019
Many Thanks from The Snarky Quilter

I was surprised and pleased to get so many responses to my plea for advice on “Deep Purple.” Your comments and opinions helped me clarify a way forward. I’m so appreciative of your input. First, given the poor quality of … Continue reading

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January 5, 2019
How to find your voice amid so many? from Asianartandquilt's Blog

Abstract art quilt Fireworks are a very common subject for art and photos. With so many images of exploding light in a dark night, how does one find a fresh perspective? In my latest commission of abstract fireworks, I tried to do just that.

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How do you find your voice among many? from Asianartandquilt's Blog

A former client commissioned a new quilt, she chose abstract fireworks as the theme. Fireworks are a common subject in art & photos. There are only so many ways to picture exploding flashes of color in a dark sky, so there is bound to be some similarities. How does one […]

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How to find your own voice amid many from Asianartandquilt's Blog

A former client wanted to commission another art quilt. The theme she chose was abstract fireworks. Fireworks are common subject matter in many photos and artwork. Since there are only so many ways to portray exploding colors in a dark sky, the images can be pretty similar. The challenge becomes […]

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December 27, 2018
2018 – It Seems We Just Got Started from The Snarky Quilter

In five more days 2018 will be no more. It’s time for me to reckon with what I’ve done, and what I will move forward to 2019. Rather than tally up the number of quilts I’ve made I want to … Continue reading

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December 23, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: neutrals from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I've been working on a couple of projects. All of them use neutrals so I've been had neutrals on my mind for the past week. Well, neutrals and Christmas--there's a conflicting proposition. I suppose one sort of offset the other because I wasn't all antsy and worried about getting everything ready. In fact, we have a wedding in Houston tomorrow and other than to clean house, shop, and finish up gift wrapping, I haven't been worried at all.

The Best Sherwin-Williams Neutral Paint ColorsThe Best Neutral Paint Colors | - The best neutral paint colors from Benjamin Moore with cool grays, warm grays, whites, and darks to create a designer palette for your home.

Stonewashed Belgian Linen Satin Stitch Bedding Collection.... the full/queen size duvet in the Mist color with matching shams

39+ Guest bedroom decor ideas - neutral gray, modern, simple luxuryLight French gray SW

Neutral quilts
Neutral quilt bed by a²(w) - asquaredw - Ali, via Flickr

Low volume quilt, blue and gray quilt, simple patchwork quiltModern gray and white neutrals quilt - Diary of a Quilter - a quilt blog

True Neutral quilt by Lynette Anderson

grey goose full front

gray and white. Would look good with gray and nearly any colorThis is the newest beyond the reef pattern!Mochi is a great easy pattern.Sample shown is with Jen Kingwell fabrics.20 x 60 and 60 x 60 sizes included.

Plus quilt by stitch-by-stitch

Black and white pop quilt

I had a vision for this quilt that I wanted something light and airy that reminded me of fresh white laundry hanging on a clothesline – lots of whites and light greys and nothing else. There …

There was another SQI on neutrals back in 2014. I hope you enjoy!
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December 20, 2018
Crunch Time from The Snarky Quilter

All my procrastinations are coming due and I am resembling the proverbial headless chicken. I have only myself to blame, of course, as these are self-imposed tasks. First, a bit of background. I am not a holiday kind of person. … Continue reading

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December 17, 2018
Tuscany! from Crazy Horse Quilting

Nope...I didn't get to go on vacation. But I did get to work on Ginny's quilt and she did go on vacation, took this picture, and made it into this beautiful quilt.

Ginny wanted the texture to look like the blocks the buildings were made from, so I did a geometric
meander. I also used mono-filament thread. Something I rarely do; however, with this quilt, it was a necessity. I would have been changing thread color every inch!!

The pics below show the texture as they look on the quilt, itself. You can see it, but its ...

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December 10, 2018
Infatuated with Mosaic Quilts from Mulberry Patch Quilts

Over and over again, I’m drawn to quilts that incorporate tiny bits of fabric into mosaic patterns. They create such interesting designs, I can’t get enough.

Recently I was thrilled with an episode of Quilting Arts TV that featured a mosaic quilt technique used by Heidi Proffetty. I was so blown away by her talent, that I wanted to share some of her amazing work with you.

Her quilt “Daddy Hold My Hand” (below) is a great example of her mosaic fabric technique.

“Daddy Hold My Hand” by Heidi Proffetty

I found this wonderful article from Superior Threads ...

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December 5, 2018
Cornering My Scraps from The Snarky Quilter

As I have noted before, I have a thriving scrap fabric collection. Some are even already sewn together. I like to pet these pre-made quilt beginnings in hopes of inspiration. Some time in October I decided to sew a group … Continue reading

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November 27, 2018
Thanksgiving, school props, and painting (Adam's finish) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Lots going on in the Marcotte lot. Firstly, we celebrated Thanksgiving in grand fashion with two meals on Thursday. One for the parents at noon because Papa can't handle too many people. About three is his limit, so we cooked a second meal for the kids for supper. 

That also gives the boys a chance to visit with their wives' families, and they can drop in on their grandparents a few at a time. No one gets left out this way. It's lots more work, but worth the extra effort since it means making things easier for the ...

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October 29, 2018
October Journal Quilt from Creating Chaos

Had a busy few weeks with many things getting in the way of me creating and keeping up to date!

I did manage to get my October Journal Quilt made but somehow never got around to posting about it so now is my chance to do so.

October meant that I had reached the blue/violet section on the colour wheel so for this I decided to do a log cabin that had a chequered effect.  I didn't really think it through to0 much so although I can promise you that the construction was very much a log cabin ...

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October 25, 2018
Icing On The Cake from The Snarky Quilter

Last Friday night my husband and I attended the opening reception for a landscape art show called Against The Sky because my “Sunset On Main” was juried into the show. I was glad my piece overcame the attitude that a … Continue reading

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September 28, 2018
The Social Justice Sewing Academy from Ann Quilts


I must admit that the quilt repair process can get kind of boring when it gets down to the actual sewing.  Once I figure out what needs to be done and how to do it, it can be pretty repetitive.  One resource I fall back on a lot is listening to podcasts.  And one interview that really sparked my interest was with Sara Trail, founder of the Social Justice Sewing Academy, on the Just Wanna Quilt podcast.

Sara is a most amazing young woman, and her project has drawn me in totally, fulfilling my wish to find ways to do ...

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September 26, 2018
Wedding Table Runners from Blended Fabric Quilts | Good Earth Quilting | Organic Quilting Cotton

Last summer was one of the busiest on record, buying, moving and two weddings!

While the summer was very busy, I started on some more autumnal colored circles for the first table runner for Monique.

You know I've recently had to put them aside as its all way tooooo addictive. Who knew I'd love hand applique of simple circles, as much as I do?

And her husband to be wanted something in red and blue.

 And as I look back on it, its a total wonder how I managed to make anything with my sewing womb a total ...

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