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June 3, 2019
Tree Sisters from Ann Quilts


A Facebook group called Tree Sisters put out a call for 12" blocks to be joined into a quilt to be displayed next year, the "Year of the Tree".  An idea popped into my head, so I went for it.   

(Submission deadline is July 1. And there's room for some more blocks. Here's info on making and submitting a quilt block. )

I remember being fascinated when I first learned that trees and other plants have just as much size and spread under the ground with their roots as above ground with their branches.  Up until then, I guess ...

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May 30, 2019
My Quilt National Pilgrimage from The Snarky Quilter

Every odd year the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio, hosts the prestigious juried show Quilt National. Since I live in Ohio I try to get to Athens to see it. Last weekend was my chosen time. I arrived for the … Continue reading

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May 28, 2019
Another Cotton on Green ~~ Finished from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

On Friday I told you about the most recent cotton painting I created. What I didn't tell you is that I had loaded two canvases and worked on them side-by-side. Sister paintings, if you will. 

They have many similarities, but one is not their sizes. This one is 15 X 18. Another difference is this little blossom on the upper left side of the canvas. It just found its way there with no argument from me. I just sew without thinking when I work on these. Sometimes some interesting things happen. 

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Cotton bloom - Google images
I decided that this ...

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May 26, 2019
I See You from Ann Quilts

I finished this little quilt a few days ago.  It is now en route to the Sacred Threads exhibit, to be held in Herndon, VA, July 11-28, 2019.  From the website:

"Sacred Threads is an exhibition of quilts exploring themes of joy, inspiration, spirituality, healing, grief and peace/brotherhood. This biennial exhibition was established to provide a safe venue for quilters who see their work as a connection to the sacred and/or as an expression of their spiritual journey."

This year in addition to the main exhibit, there is a special project called Eye Contact: Creating a Connection

"There ...

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May 25, 2019
Cotton on Green ~~ Finished? from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I've worked on this piece and another one for several days. I had built the canvases quite some time ago and set them aside. At the time I had another, more pressing project. Oddly, I can't think of what that was. 

Nevertheless, I discovered the stack of canvas pieces and decided to load them on the long-arm before something else jumped in front of me. I have a few more canvases in the stack, but I want to see what the green background looks like. 

I've been working on this series of cotton paintings and have eight ...

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May 23, 2019
Next, Please from The Snarky Quilter

After many years of making quilts I find myself in a strange position. Right now I have only two unquilted tops, and one of those I may change, so that leaves just one. As for UFOs, none come to mind … Continue reading

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May 22, 2019
Scrap Busting 1-8 from Quilt Routes

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A quick post to share with you the first of my scrap busting mini pieces that I introduced in my last post. I am having a lot of fun with these. They are a good warm up exercise before I get down to important stitching. I try and have the next one all planned out and ready to go after each finish. This makes it easier to sit down at the machine the next day and get straight to it. At the moment they are machine stitched but I am hoping to incorporate some hand stitching, at some point, when ...

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May 14, 2019
Cave in Yellowstone ~~ an art quilt FINISHED! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

A couple of years ago we visited Yellowstone National Park and much of the Great Northwest from the Dakotas to Montana and points south all the way back to Louisiana. (The post marking the beginning of that trip is here.) Although we have visited over half of the States, the beauty of our country amazes me. And I hope we live to visit the ones that are unbuttoned on our Across America map.

The beauty of the West, especially Yellowstone, has really stayed with me. I love looking at the photos and decided a while back that I needed to ...

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May 9, 2019
A Change of Perspective from The Snarky Quilter

Last week I subjected you to umpteen iterations of layouts for “Arches.” I know, I’m the only one who saw much difference among all the versions. This week I’d like to present my final layout and thank all of you … Continue reading

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May 3, 2019
If I Sew It from The Snarky Quilter

I know I’ll be ripping it out tomorrow. Some projects demand that I change my mind after the sewing is done. My current project, “Arches,” is like that. After an early burst of inspiration that came together in a few … Continue reading

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April 26, 2019
Two Years of Mystery from The Snarky Quilter

Sometimes I conclude I should give up on a piece – it just isn’t coming together, an average first grader could do better, lots of effort only seems to make it worse, etc. I suspect you’ve been there. “Blues” was … Continue reading

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OMG April Finish from Quilt Paint Create

I finished Waiting For Spring last night. I almost forgot it was my OMG for April.
WFS finishedI’m glad I tried the improv process because I learned a lot by working outside my comfort zone. It was a good lesson in taking the next step and letting it lead to the step after that, and so on. Perhaps the experience will help me work on other projects and finish them.
Now that I’ve made one quilt like that, I don’t feel the need to make another one anytime soon. I expect to play with the technique again someday ...

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April 4, 2019
A Touch of Frost from The Snarky Quilter

No, the weather in northeast Ohio isn’t that bad, though we did have snow last Sunday. I’m referring to Robert Frost, the poet. I named my latest piece after a line of his from Stopping by Woods on a Snowy … Continue reading

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The April 2019 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

It’s time for another list and a new OMG.
Once again, everything is closer to finished but not quite done. There isn’t much change in the list this month.
The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project, and creative play/design. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I add and delete categories as my interests change.
Something Old – The 9 patch leader and ender quilt. It’s time to get it basted and quilted.
9patch topSomething New – I’m piecing the last QAL block. I’d like to get ...

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March 31, 2019
Sunday Stash March 31, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

Finally, something to report.
First I want to thank everyone that links up and everyone that stops by to check out the links. I’m way behind on responding to comments but do appreciate them. This month just got away from me.
I finished the improv quilt, Waiting For Spring, enough to count out the fabric. The sleeve is made but not attached because I plan to add some embellishments.
waitng for springI’m happy with the quilting in the main strip section and not so much with the rest. The dark part of the variegated thread was too dark for the ...

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March 28, 2019
Books Beside My Bed from The Snarky Quilter

When I can’t get to exhibits, shows, or talks I like to refresh my design sense with books that feature artists. Right now I have three in rotation by my bed: “Art Quilts Unfolding: 50 Years of Innovation,” “Georgia O’Keeffe: … Continue reading

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March 26, 2019
Indigo Dusk ~~ finished from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Only a month ago I wrote about starting a new art piece in this post. Today the piece is complete! 

It uses some of the same blues as   "Big Sky,"   which I finished in the middle of January.    Both were inspired by sunsets in the Midwest while we were on vacation two summers ago. 

Richard and I love watching the sun rise and set. We just happen to catch more sunsets. My favorite part of the sunset is dusk, when the sun drops below the horizon but still emits light enough to see the colors in the sky and clouds ...

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Heart Crazy Quilt Finish from Good Earth Quilting

I just love crazy quilts.

This 32 1/2 in square quilt is one that again, I worked on over years.

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Heart Crazy Quilt Finish from Blended Fabric Quilts | Good Earth Quilting | Organic Quilting Cotton

I just love crazy quilts.

This 32 1/2 in square quilt is one that again, I worked on over years.

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March 17, 2019
Sunday Stash March 17, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

I came close to a change in the numbers. I had fabric in my hand but gave it to my friend. It was nice fabric at a great price and went with nothing in my stash. She’ll be able to put it to good use. Instead I bought some even weave fabric (for embroidery), a shirt pattern and a pillowcase to embroider. The thrift had a much smaller fabric selection than normal.
I’m not sure where my time went this week, but it wasn’t in the sewing room. Maybe it went to the three guild meetings in ...

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