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September 23, 2018
Bipolar 4: Connection {an art quilt series} finished! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


If you've been following my blog for a while, you know that I have Bipolar Disorder and that I've been trying to work through the emotions and problems of the disease. An art quilt series seemed appropriate for the task, so I started one back in May or June. Because I decided to hand quilt the first couple of quilts and machine quilt others, I am finishing them in a bipolar sort of order. Well, what did anyone expect?


This is number four, Connection, in the series. As I go along I'm researching ways to overcome the ...

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September 21, 2018
Trails In the Forest-Map Challenge from Good Earth Quilting

I am happy to report progress is  happening on several projects. Fall is upon us now, suddenly summer went without so much as a "see ya later" as I lay my head down to sleep one night. The  next day it was fall. I know my hubby will laugh and say "You always say fall is here and its only September!" but my bones know for sure.


I have decided to add my contribution over at AHIQ:Improvisational Quilts to this year's challenge. Map Challenge. You can tell its fall with this awful photo! Dark, grey days of rain ...

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Trails In the Forest-Map Challenge from Blended Fabric Quilts | Good Earth Quilting | Organic Quilting Cotton

I am happy to report progress is  happening on several projects. Fall is upon us now, suddenly summer went without so much as a "see ya later" as I lay my head down to sleep one night. The  next day it was fall. I know my hubby will laugh and say "You always say fall is here and its only September!" but my bones know for sure.


I have decided to add my contribution over at AHIQ:Improvisational Quilts to this year's challenge. Map Challenge. You can tell its fall with this awful photo! Dark, grey days of rain ...

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September 16, 2018
Bipolar 2: Structure {an art quilt series} finished! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Just as I bounce around in life, I'm bouncing from one bipolar art quilt to another. (See #3 here) At this point I have four either complete or almost there. However, par for the course, I am not finishing them in order. I'm starting them in order. I work on whichever is calling me. And that is between all the things that call me away--babysitting, parent sitting, family, sewing, and so on.



For some reason I felt a need to be very literal with this one. Structure is a best practice for living with bipolar disorder. Keeping things ...

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September 13, 2018
Art Nouveau Rococo from The Snarky Quilter

A while ago I blogged about a silk piece based on a tissue paper design I made for use with organza. Because the design features stylized curves I thought the design had an art nouveau flavor, but the flamboyance of … Continue reading

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September 9, 2018
Sunday Stash September 9, 2018 from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric in or money spent this week.
I finished Tiger Pear for a small bust.
tiger pear finishedThe work situation still keeps me out of the sewing room during the week. With luck that will resolve itself by the end of next month.
Fabric In: 13 yards
Fabric Out: 15 yards
Net Fabric Used: 2 yards
Quilt & embroidery spending: $141

How did you do this week?

1 Julie in GA
2 Pack Rat With a Plan
3 Kate
4 maggie f
5 Meloney
6 Chrisknits
7 Aileen
8 Angie in SoCal
9 Patricia
10 Mary-Kay

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September 4, 2018
Visioning Human Rights in the New Millennium, Part I from Gray Barn Designs

Cindy and I had the absolute thrill of meeting one of our favorite bloggers face-to-face on August 17 when we visited Tierney from tierneycreates.com at the Fitton Center in Cincinnati, Ohio! One of Tierney’s quilts was selected to be part of a quilt show called Visioning Human Rights in the New Millennium. The exhibition was curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, a 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellow. A selection of 30 art quilts, created by members of the international Women of Color Quilters Network and Friends are inspired by the 30 Articles of the United Nations Declaration of Human ...

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September 3, 2018
September 2018 Short List and OMG from Quilt Paint Create

I’m a little stunned it’s September already. Where did summer go? It will be the holidays in no time.
I finished two items on the August list and left myself with no hand work for over a week. I’ve learned to plan better and start organizing new projects before I need them. This month includes a mix of short and long projects to help avoid that problem.
The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project, a scrap project and a project in the design phase. I started using this system in November 2014 ...

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August 28, 2018
36th Annual New Legacies Contemporary Art Quilts from Tales of a Stitcher

I received an email from Liz Good the Visual  Arts Coordinator for the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. The email contained a virtual tour of the 36th Annual New Legacies Contemporary Art Quilts Exhibition. I enjoyed the tour so much, I thought I would share it here. First, let’s take a look at the venue.

The Lincoln Center features two performing art spaces, two Art Gallery spaces, an outdoor Rooftop Deck and Terrace, and three other indoor conference rooms for meetings, receptions, corporate events and community gatherings. That sounds pretty fancy.

Virtual tours are a great way for ...

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August 23, 2018
Facing All Decked Out from The Snarky Quilter

After I finished quilting “All Decked Out” I decided to try another way to sew on an edge facing. Most methods leave you with lumpy corners. However, Jean Wells gives a way to face your quilt in her book, “Journey … Continue reading

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August 11, 2018
Journal Quilt - Green and Blue from Creating Chaos

For the August Journal Quilt, I used green and blue fabrics from my stash of hand dyed fabrics.   Some I printed on the gelli plate using a stencil which had some text.   It was one of those occasions when one print was enough - the colours and the print looked so good I was reluctant to do further prints in case it was ruined.

For the log cabin part, I started with a Courthouse Steps design which had a larger than normal centre as I then cut the finished panel into four, rearranged the pieces so the centres were in the ...

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August 9, 2018
The Nancy Crow Experience from The Snarky Quilter

Many art quilters make a pilgrimage to the Crow barn outside Reynoldsburg, Ohio, to study with Nancy Crow for a week or two. Work by Crow and some of her students, as featured in an exhibit called Color Improvisations 2 … Continue reading

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August 2, 2018
Catching Up from The Snarky Quilter

Despite my preoccupation with canals, I made a few non-related pieces in June and July. Both are improv based and on the small side. The first is “Primary Directive,” which I showed before. It’s now quilted and faced. The detail … Continue reading

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July 30, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: art quilts from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I'm doing something a little differently today. Instead of finding inanimate objects or colors or whatever, I've pulled some of my favorite art quilts and am pairing them with everyday quilts--those not made to be viewed as art. Everyday quilts here means the maker was making them to be used in whatever capacity on a daily basis. 

Here are many of my modern / abstract quilts.  The most recent are at the top.
Beginning with this beautiful little aqua art quilt, 

www.psiquilt.com/2011/05/escapade-loves-poseidon.html
one might be inspired 
by the color, 
A vintage Philco television, with its side-mounted speaker and signature screen shape, inspired this Mod TV quilt from Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen. The Weighted Log Cabin block variation has a shape similar to the Philco and a midcentury modern feel.
or by the color and block.








Mixed media wall hangings by textile artist Sharon McCartney (these images no longer on her website)
These smart neutral
quilts might inspire 

Red-Cardinal-Collage
this winter landscape
I just can't seem to get enough of these birch tree quilts! I have had a few people ask me to write a pattern and give a class for my birch tree quilts,
or this birch tree quilt
with a lovely blue sky.
Wonderful Mini Swap                                                                                                                                                                                 More
A ...

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July 21, 2018
Bipolar 3: Balanced {an art quilt series} finished! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

The third in the series is complete, wellmaybe. I haven't decided exactly how I want to add the final touches and the label. Otherwise, it's done. 


Here's the problem, as I work on the series, things come to me and, because I want all of the pieces to have some of the same elements, I can't seem to finish any of them. 



But I'm stopping on this one for now. At least until I decide on those things that have come and I don't know what to do with them.

On this quilt ...

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July 19, 2018
Artist As Quiltmaker Show from The Snarky Quilter

Last weekend I met up with other Ohio SAQA members in Oberlin, Ohio, to see Artist as Quiltmaker XVIII.  The show, hosted every two years by the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts (FAVA,) presented a good overview of styles … Continue reading

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The Quilt That Changed Everything from Quilt Paint Create

It was a typical Sunday afternoon at the sewing machine. I wanted to free motion quilt, my machine didn’t want to cooperate. I changed the spool position a half dozen times. I switched to a different needle. I re-threaded the machine several times. I changed the tension about 20 times.
I even pulled out Threadwork Unraveled by Sarah Ann Smith to see what needle I should be using with the thread I’d chosen.
It crossed my mind that the quilting might not happen how I wanted it, but I decided that wasn’t an option and kept adjusting ...

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July 13, 2018
Busy week...busy work from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I have been keeping busy with all kinds of squirrelly projects. Judy over at Me and My Quilts would be so proud!

First, I chose a new pattern to make an outfit for Milly. Yes, another one. I two put aside that she hasn't worn yet.

I cut the pattern out on paper used for newsprint. To avoid cutting the pattern, I go old-school. I use tailor's tracing paper and the little wheel to draw the pattern onto the paper, then cut it out. Fast and easy. 

The pattern ready to cut out.
 Notice my notes: McCalls, M5353 ...

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July 5, 2018
A Map Quest from The Snarky Quilter

Here and there I’ve alluded to my long term project that involves research and planning. It’s the opposite of improv. I think it’s far enough along now I can share it, or at least what I’ve done so far. An … Continue reading

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July 1, 2018
Handwork is fast work! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories



I'm a fanatic at times. On hyper-drive when I start something that is of great interest. Unable to enjoy the work unless the work is moving forward. Rarely do I sit and appreciate something of my own making. 


However I do stop often and appreciate it for moments. Just moments. But still. Every time I empty my needle, I take a moment. Just a moment. But still.

I look at where I'm going. Appreciate what I've done. Make a few decisions. Thread up and stitch. Fast and furious, off I go again. 

What do you have under ...

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