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September 17, 2021
Spiraling In Control from The Snarky Quilter

After a review of videos on machine quilting spirals I sat down with my walking foot and quilted circles all over S.O.S. Doing the inner circles was easier than the videos led me to believe. The hardest part was filling … Continue reading

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September 4, 2021
The September 2021 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

I finished two items in August, the circle challenge and the November BOM blocks. I just realized the BOM wasn’t on last month’s list. Sneaky how it cut to the front of the line.

The Short List categories are UFO, garment, original design, hand work, finishing, classes and other. I’ve used this system for 7 years to keep me focused. The categories change as my goals and interests change. Categories with nothing in process will not be listed, only active categories.

Original Design – I think about Open Dialogue often, but it probably won’t see the light ...

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September 3, 2021
In The Ruins from The Snarky Quilter

Infrastructure has been in the news lately, with the ongoing federal efforts to fund overdue repairs. I certainly want safe roads, dams, bridges, etc., but I confess to a tendency toward ruin porn. I find a strange beauty in dilapidated, … Continue reading

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August 27, 2021
Sending Out An SOS from The Snarky Quilter

Last week I noted in passing that I was working on an improv quilt. This week I’m surprised to report that I’ve finished the design part of said quilt. The lengths I’ll go to avoid difficult projects never cease to … Continue reading

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August 20, 2021
My Sky Is Fenced In from The Snarky Quilter

A few weeks ago I showed my progress on a fabric collage of a cloudy sky. At that point I had quilted the sky in place and overlaid a fence on it. The fence is now sewn down and shaded, … Continue reading

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August 14, 2021
Bad Art from Quilt Paint Create

Sometimes you need to give yourself permission to make bad art.

Circles became an experiment in many things – circles as line, straight stitch on fusible applique and feather quilting. In hindsight, I should have either hand quilted the feathers or practiced them before stitching on the quilt. I wasn’t happy with them, but I didn’t dislike them enough to rip them out.

The smaller feather was meant for machine quilting, the larger one not so much.

More importantly, the quilt is finished.

Now I move on.

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August 8, 2021
Sunday Stash August 8, 2021 from Quilt Paint Create

It’s hard to believe, but the circle piece STILL isn’t finished. It’s just silly at this point. Guess what I’ll be doing today?

No change in the numbers goes without saying, but here it is for the record.

Except for the eyes and the metallic stars, I finished the “E” in Noel and started the “L”. Hand work is the cool kid on the block for me this year. It never gets old.

Fabric In: 7.125 yards

Fabric Out: 3.875 yards

Net Fabric In: 3.25 yards

How did you do this week?

You ...

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August 6, 2021
The Sky’s The Limit from The Snarky Quilter

After I finished “Shattered” I realized that I had finished everything I was working on except my unknown family photo piece. Since I abhor a vacuum in my production line I had to line up new work. I browsed my … Continue reading

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August 5, 2021
The August 2021 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

I didn’t finish anything in July. This may need to change to the Shorter List with fewer projects on it. No illusions of being a prolific quilter here.

The Short List categories are UFO, garment, original design, hand work, finishing, classes and other. I’ve used this system for 6+ years to keep me focused. The categories change as my goals and interests change. Categories with nothing in process will not be listed, only active categories.

Original Design – I’m quilting the group challenge with circles.

Other – Waugh Street Christmas is ready for borders.

Hand Work – Work continues on ...

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August 1, 2021
Sunday Stash August 1, 2021 from Quilt Paint Create

I paused a minute when I typed the date in the title. August? Really? I need to pay more attention to where I spend my time because I can hardly believe we’re eight months into the year.

I obviously am not spending my time in the sewing room because the numbers haven’t changed.

I hand stitched the circles down on the small art piece. I even basted it. Perhaps this one will be a finish next week.

I have a list of other projects I want to work on. I better pick up the pace if I ever ...

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July 25, 2021
Sunday Stash July 25, 2021 from Quilt Paint Create

No change in the numbers.

I’m working on the challenge piece with circles. I hoped to make more progress this week, but life continues to get in the way.

The circles are fused. I have a plan for attaching them more permanently and ideas on how to quilt it. This one is 10” x 12”.

The background fabric and the dark pink circles are my hand dyes. The light pink circles are my painted fabric.

I’m working on using up some of my dyed and painted fabric to create space for more. When I take the time to ...

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July 17, 2021
A Quick Summary from Quilt Paint Create

Things are happening in the sewing room. Each project deserves its own post, but I couldn’t pick and decided to summarize instead.

The circles are fused on the challenge quilt. No new picture because the group meets this week and I want to show it there first.

The pattern has gone though a couple revision and the background is cut for the quilt using the Sweet Christmas charm pack. It doesn’t look much different.

The “O” is almost stitched in the Noel piece. I’m about half way through the back stitching.

Big surprise, it will rain here ...

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July 16, 2021
Slow Motion Finish from The Snarky Quilter

Finally it’s done, I thought as I sewed the hanging sleeve on “Shattered” yesterday. Unlike most of my work, this piece has been a multi-year effort. I wrote about its genesis from a photo of a broken mirror earlier (here … Continue reading

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July 10, 2021
Art Quilts for Beginners Yes, beginner free motion quilters can begin making these fun art quilts. ... from Living Water Quilter

Art Quilts for Beginners Yes, beginner free motion quilters can begin making these fun art quilts. ...

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July 9, 2021
Quilts On The Wall from The Snarky Quilter

Recently I’ve been trying out some apps that show how my work would look actually hanging in a room. It’s in aid of ways to display my work online if I decide to offer my work for sale. The two … Continue reading

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July 5, 2021
The July 2021 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

Another month gone and two more projects finished. Time passes so quickly, or so it seems. Any month with finishes is a good month.

The Short List categories are UFO, garment, original design, hand work, finishing, classes and other. I’ve used this system for 6+ years to keep me focused. The categories change as my goals and interests change. Categories with nothing in process will not be listed, only active categories.

Original Design – The group challenge with circles is moving to this category.

Other – I decided on the pattern to use with the Sweet charm pack, but haven’t ...

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July 4, 2021
Field trip! Inspired by Endangered Species from With Strings Attached

 Will County is at the other end of Chicagoland, 95 miles south of where we live.  For us it's a place to go through on the interstate when we are en route to points beyond.  This past Thursday it was our destination.  The Forest Preserve District of Will County is hosting the art quilt exhibit "Inspired by Endangered Species" through the end of July. 

We started at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon, then went to Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet, and then to Isle a la Cache Museum. (The fourth site, Plum Creek, is 45 miles ...

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June 26, 2021
Art Quilts For BeginnersIt’s time to use our thread collection... from Living Water Quilter



Art Quilts For Beginners

It’s time to use our thread collection for a beginner art quilt. This week in Quilt Conversations LIVE! episode 20, we talk about beginner art quilting techniques.

Watch the replay of the LIVE episode and get useful tips and techniques like:

  • How to select a topic for your art quilt
  • 3 ways to transfer art from paper to fabric
  • Vector art vs Clipart
  • Thread weight

Art quilts are a wonderful way to express the things you love, enjoy and your experiences. Also, it’s a chance to practice free motion quilting techniques, patterns, and play ...

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June 22, 2021
Reducing the stash, one piece at a time from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I have to laugh because I got several comments on how to prolong the life of a gluestick. And all of them are probably good. However, I would bet that the one that I had was OLD - ancient even! I might have been able to revive it, but it's gone. But thanks for the tips! I still have about four more glue sticks, so they might go in the freezer or wherever I should put them. Gosh -- I'm amazed at all the tips and tricks for everything! Why don't I know these? 

And just like that, I ...

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June 21, 2021
A tribute to Lois from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 I don't know all of you who read my blog. There are many of you that I've never met, and some friends and acquaintances have joined along the way. 

Yesterday, I learned that a blog reader passed last week, and I want to acknowledge her. Lois was a wonderful lady and her and her daughter used to read my blog over breakfast. She was the most amazing hand quilter, although she did take a machine quilting class from me and did some small projects. She was in her 80's when she did that. She was in my ...

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