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April 16, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Interpretive Maps from The Snarky Quilter

Lately I’ve been exploring maps as artistic interpretations of a place or idea because a group I belong to has a map quilt challenge this year. My thinking, which was running along prosaic geographic paths, was transformed by Diane Savona’s … Continue reading

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April 12, 2018
Improv Quilting: The modern scrap quilt from Cut Stitch and Piece

SUMMER ASPEN by Monica Curry Several years ago I bought Rayna Gillman's book Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts: A Stress-Free Journey to Original Design. I wanted to try something new and push the envelope a little. I also had a ton of little scraps I couldn't bear to throw out. The result was my improv quilt called Summer Aspen (shown above). I really enjoyed making this quilt. Gillman's book

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April 4, 2018
Another month, another Journal Quilt from Creating Chaos

For my April Journal Quilt I reached orange and yellow on the colour wheel and although on the face of it there is a traditional look to it, I used a variety of widths for the strips and included some orange and yellow striped strips too.  The centre square is also from the striped fabric.

I used a hand made block for the gelli printing on some of the yellow strips, using string wrapped around a piece of card and using an orange fabric paint.

To finish I machine quilted in straight lines from top to bottom, again varying the ...

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March 15, 2018
Effervescence from The Snarky Quilter

The last of my bullseye quilts is now complete, and I like to think it’s the best of the bunch. If nothing else, it had the longest maturation time of any. Here’s the final Bullseye Bubbles (25.5 by 33.5 inches.) … Continue reading

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Twofer from Quilt Paint Create

I finished not one, but two projects.
This is the third of four pieces of the dresser set. I also finished my scrappy bird quit.
birds and bonnet girl
The quilting on the bottom half of the quilt brought about an attitude change. My machine was giving me a hard time about the tension, as it frequently does. It’s quite the snowflake. I had to walk away for a day and realized that I really hate quilting anything because the machine is so temperamental. I have no doubt my attitude wasn’t helping.
The next day I approached my machine with the attitude ...

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March 12, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Protest in Art from The Snarky Quilter

Art has been used for many ends, including social criticism.  Honore Daumier, George Grosz, Francesco Goya and William Hogarth are a few of the well known artists who addressed their times through their art.  Graphic Witness, a website devoted to … Continue reading

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March 9, 2018
Project Quilting Stitch in Time Entry from Mulberry Patch Quilts

So…I thought about the challenge for Project Quilting this week…A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE. And nothing came to me for several days. I thought this would be the week I just didn’t enter.

Then, as I was thinking about the time change this Sunday…and about having more daylight, …the sun was shining (even though we did get more snow a few days ago)…and the birds were singing outside. They weren’t singing their usual winter chirps, but their special beautiful spring time songs! Then I thought about how I should be saving bits of ...

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March 8, 2018
The Denim (And Other Old Stuff) Challenge from The Snarky Quilter

One of the good (and bad) aspects of art quilt groups is their love of challenges. It’s good to have a starting point for a piece, but I find it can distract me from more long term work. If I … Continue reading

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March 3, 2018
My Day Job from MulticoloredPieces

My Day Job has taken over my life.
"And what is your Day Job?" you might ask.
Answer: Tree Climber. Yes, as I get younger and younger, I'm doing more and more "kids' stuff," making it hard for me to keep up with blogging. Here I am, perching in a lemon tree. This Day Job forces me to s-t-r-e-c-h, everyday.---->

However, I have managed some sketching.

And, some stitching on my utility quilt.

Thanks to Joanne Sharpe's on-line class, I've kept up with art journaling for February.

Lots of bright colors for this short month.

I've ...

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March 1, 2018
February Scrap Attack Project and March Goal from Quilt Paint Create

My February goal was to make a collage from scraps. I didn’t quite finish it.
birds with quiltingI still need to applique one bird wing and the branch and quilt everything below the branch.
This project was way out of my comfort zone. My learning moment came when I realized I should have embellished the fabric BEFORE attaching everything with fusible or glue. I ended up painting on it twice.
I found the background too plain without paint and crayon. I won’t make that mistake again.
Well, maybe I will but at least I know it’s fixable.
And because ...

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February 26, 2018
Ashe Arts Council Quilt Exhibit from All Things Quilty

We took a trip to West Jefferson with Kim and Melissa this past weekend.  One of our stops was the quilt exhibit at the Ashe County Arts Council.  This is a small venue, but the quilts looked beautiful hanging on the walls.  They will be on display until March 9.  Here are a few of my favorites, created by members of the Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild.

Sunrise Over the Mountains, by Sara Moore

top:  Sunrise On the Mountain, Linda Gagnon and Gillian A. Winterton;    Below:  Running Free, Gillian A. Winterton

Garden of Flowers, Carol Skroch

Star Genealogy, Janet D ...

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February 25, 2018
Sunday Stash February 25, 2018 from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric in or out this week.
I had to go out of town for work this week, which killed the stitching time. The travel date got changed then postponed and then rescheduled with almost no notice. The schedule change resulted in long days so we could accomplish what we were there to do. I didn’t have time for handwork in the hotel at night because we worked so late.
I’m grateful for the new week so I can get back to those projects.
Before I left I added more paint to the bottom of the bird quilt ...

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"Blue is the New Yellow for Me" from Crafty Sewing and Quilting

You know, I love BLUE!  

When I shared the new Project Quilting Challenge (9.4) this week, I stated: "The Quilt Challenge is Mellow Yellow. I can create a quilt with yellow fabric, but I would love to make it blue!"  

A family member sent me a message and told me in the song "Mellow Yellow" they refer to Saffron Flowers and they are blue.  Well.... I did a little research and of course, listened to the song and found out the saffron flowers are really a blueish purple and have beautiful red, yellow, and orange centers.

I really had ...

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February 22, 2018
More Trees from Rana Quilts

This past weekend I took my bag of scraps and various other supplies to Augusta for the bi-monthly Art Quilts Maine meeting. I had been asked to teach my Tree Bits technique to the group. With only a couple of hours, we had time to get the trees from conception to adding tulle. Once the tulle was in place, people could carry their trees home without fear of losing all those tiny scraps! Photos of trees in progress have begun showing up on our Facebook page and in my email. I wanted to share a few here--isn't it wonderful ...

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February 19, 2018
Roman Stripe Improv Art Quilt Finish from Pink Doxies

Roman Stripe: Variation I

I laughed a little when I typed the name above. Variation I. I wrote I because there is already a II in the works. I need this kind of work in my life to balance me. It makes me whole. This play on a traditional pattern that I would call an art quilt. Very traditional scraps spun into something that begged for stitching. Stitching that took on a life of its own. My fingers knew. My head did not. 

If you missed the two posts that dealt with the creation and progress of this small quilt ...

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February 14, 2018
February’s Round Robin from Quilt Paint Create

I was on a roll last weekend.
I finished adding to this month’s round robin. Here’s what it looked like when I received it.
surface design round robin 4Here’s what it looks like now (added upper left).
sdrr4 done
This is the smallest piece I’ve had so far, maybe 14” square.
We’ve had a lot of discussions at our meetings about the need to rein ourselves in. It would have been easy to do a lot more stitching on this piece, but a dozen more people need to add to it. We have to all be mindful to leave space for ...

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February 10, 2018
February JQ from Creating Chaos

For my February Journal Quilt I continued my journey around the colour wheel, moving from red to red and orange.  It's not strictly on the wheel but a combination of two colours suits my plan for this year rather than the accepted red-orange.

I started with a piece of the same red fabric I used in January, placing it on the corner slightly to one side and used different width strips in a combination of plain orange and red fabric as well as some orange fabric I printed with red fabric paint using bubble wrap on a gelli plate ...

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February 8, 2018
The Thread From H-E-Double-L from The Snarky Quilter

My nemesis was lurking in my threads box waiting for the day I would need a glittery silver thread.  That day arrived when I chose a galaxy for a Chinese Year of the Dog quilt challenge. I’ve never owned a … Continue reading

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February 5, 2018
Thread Painted Barn Quilt Made From Photos from Crafty Sewing and Quilting

I took 3 photos and created a very personal quilt for a customer.  She sent me a photo of her favorite barn. I took a photo of the cupola and bike in her yard.  She wanted a farm windmill with morning glories like the quilt I made a couple of years ago.  I combined all 3 photos to make an art quilt for her.

The 3 photos.

Click here to the link to the post about the "If I had a Barn Quilt"
I only took a few photos of the construction. Sometimes I forget to take photos.

I first ...

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February 3, 2018
February 2018 Short List & OMG from Quilt Paint Create

Here we are at another month. Progress was limited in January because the list was full of new projects. Lots of starts, not a lot of finishes.
I did finish my Scrap Attack project and made good progress on two others. I didn’t touch the other two.
The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project, a scrap project and Creative Play. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I add and delete categories over time as my interests change.
Something Old – The Bouquet quilt is in the quilting stage. Finishing ...

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