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February 17, 2020
Thank you, The Old Country Store from StitchinGirlMary's Blog

This weekend I taught a class on my quilted homes at The Old Country Store in Intercourse, PA. and had a wonderful time. I wanted to send out a special thank you to Donna, who found me online and took a chance on a new class. For those who attended, here is that further explanation of the stitching process…


Thank you for attending my class. Once you have completed piecing your piece, you are ready to start adding life to it through stitching. Here are a few tips to help you successfully complete your project.

Tip #1. Make sure ...

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February 8, 2020
Lemons into Lemonade from StitchinGirlMary's Blog

I made this piece for my mom and dad when they were living in St. Augustine Beach, Florida. My father requested it, wanting to cover-up the electrical box in their front hallway. The lighthouse had a plain blue background when I gave it to them.

After they moved back up north and my mother passed, my father gave it back to me. It had hung on the wall opposite of their laundry, and at some point in time a little bleach sprayed up onto it. I considered cutting around the lighthouse and foliage and stitching the whole piece onto some ...

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January 23, 2020
Revisiting A Goal from The Snarky Quilter

Over the past two years I have made a conscious effort to show my work publicly. While I have focused on national shows, I’ve also entered local shows. Ironically, I’ve had greater success with the latter. Right now the three … Continue reading

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January 22, 2020
CFAL on Sunday from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Joyce, who I know from BRMQG
The Contemporary Fiber Artists of Louisiana (CFAL) meeting was a hoot. Other members had attended a fabric dye workshop and brought their pieces to the meeting. They did some fantastic work! 

Glen of Quilts and Dogs blog
 Even now, looking at the photos I wish I'd tagged along. Truthfully though, I do not need another piece of fabric, or another hobby, or even another project idea. The $150 is prohibitive on my new budget. I'll tell you about that on another post. 

In addition to meeting the new officers, I met a ...

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January 20, 2020
The Solar System Quilt from Ann Quilts


I am happy to announce that my daughter, aka my darlin' daughter, just finished making a gorgeous quilt.  She's always been an artist and a crafter and now a great DIYer, but as far as fiber goes, she's been much more smitten with crochet and clothing than with quilting.

But quilting made its big debut because a new baby needs a great quilt.  The new baby in question is her boyfriend's brand new nephew.  The boyfriend loves astronomy, and the two of them planned a solar system quilt to introduce the new little one to his new ...

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January 4, 2020
Looking back, preparing to look forward from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

To See Such Fun

We're in a new year it seems, so it's time to look back. I'll look forward in a day or so, but I need time to process last year. So much has happened, two new babies in the family, the loss of Richard's dad, my hospital stay and surgery. 

Another Red Feather from Red Is a Neutral challenge

Still, as it turns out, I've been quite busy in my little world. 

Dora and Diego 

Busy with what, you might be asking yourself (because I did set myself up for that question ...

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The Mandalorian from StitchinGirlMary's Blog

Our oldest son Ed is a huge Star Wars fan. When the Disney Plus channel first announced, I was annoyed that they were pulling all their movies/shows off the entertainment platforms we already had. Eddie was excited because he had heard about some of the new shows they were coming out with. I said I wasn’t purchasing another entertainment platform. He bought a subscription for the family. ❤ One of the many pleasures of having adult children still home.

Eddie watched the first Mandalorian episode and told his father and I that we would love it. Ed, the child ...

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January 3, 2020
asianartandquilts from Asianartandquilt's Blog

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December 20, 2019
Christmas Gifts from StitchinGirlMary's Blog

I have been busy —sooooo busy! — making Christmas gifts these past few weeks, but unfortunately I cannot share the pictures here for fear of spoiling the surprises. But I can share this one piece I made for my beloved neighbor because she is not on the internet </p>
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December 19, 2019
Down The Home Stretch of 2019 from The Snarky Quilter

With only thirteen days left in 2019 it’s clear which of my unfinished pieces are going to be first in line for 2020. However, I do have four finished works to end this year. First, because it’s so different from … Continue reading

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November 29, 2019
Back To Business from The Snarky Quilter

Now that I have my save the planet message out of my system I’ll return to my usual programming. Lately I’ve been playing with additions to old surface design pieces and using up scraps and pre-assembled bits. Thanks to an … Continue reading

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November 22, 2019
Meet Sherri Lynn Wood from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Wednesday I told you about going to the Joan Mitchell Center for their Open Studios. There was a special reason for our visit: Sherri Lynn Wood is an artist-in-residence there. And when she leaves in December, she will be giving a workshop in Lafayette, which I am attending. (More in a few weeks.) But for now, I'd like to introduce you to the Sherri Lynn Wood that we met.

Sherri is working on several pieces while in New Orleans. The first two are pieces that symbolize menopause and its attendant miseries: bloating, weight gain, dryness, pain, psychological loss.

She ...

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November 19, 2019
North Bayou Des Glaises ~~ finished! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I finally have a finish that I can show you. This is a small hand quilted art piece that I started weeks ago. I should have finished last week, as planned, but bipolar depression can get in the way of lots of should haves. Anyway, it's finished now and I love it.

It is Bayou Des Glaises at Bordino Crossing. Bordino Crossing is the bridge that is closest to my late grandmother's old home place. She died in 1991 and I still think of her and miss her. I'd worked on another piece with a part of ...

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November 14, 2019
Fungi! from Ann Quilts


This year, maybe because of our super long and wet spring, the fungi group has flourished in my yard and neighborhood.  Such variety this year! 

The one pictured above is probably the most stereotypical mushroom of the bunch.  The variety beyond that seems to go on forever.

This is an interesting community, seen in a nearby parkway.

Hmmmm.  I've looked at these several times now, and just realized that what I thought were two varieties, may actually be two stages of a single variety.  They come up closed, then open up flat.  In any case, I love these ruffled ...

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October 24, 2019
Summer Is Done from The Snarky Quilter

I realize the title makes me sound as if I’ve been seriously out of touch with reality, but I’m talking about my Nova Scotia tidal marsh landscape series. The fourth one, summer, is close to completion, some five years after … Continue reading

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October 22, 2019
asianartandquilts from Asianartandquilt's Blog

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October 20, 2019
Happy Halloween! from StitchinGirlMary's Blog

Those of you who know me know how much I love this time of year. With the cooler weather and the leaves starting to change – I know I am not alone in my contentment. And of course every October we all celebrate the macabre. There’s an acceptance of all things dark and scary that is fascinating– I mean, come on – don’t y’all find it bizarre that you can buy tombstones and human remains at Michaels?

Part of the joy I find in celebrating this time of year is how well our home lends itself to the season ...

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October 18, 2019
More Embroidery for the Social Justice Sewing Academy from Ann Quilts

I wrote about the Social Justice Sewing Academy in a post last fall, and showed these first two blocks I worked on.  You can hear a great interview with SJSA founder Sara Trail at the Just Wanna Quilt podcast.


A quick summary:  Blocks are designed and created (pieces glued on) by young people to express their social justice concerns and dreams.  The blocks go to sewists like me who embroider them to attach all the pieces securely and add texture and depth.  Then the blocks are made into quilts by more volunteers and sent to galleries and shows.  The final ...

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October 17, 2019
Weird Fabric Finds A Home from The Snarky Quilter

Several years ago I snapped up a yard of odd mottled rose/gray fabric because it was just $5. Ever since it’s been hanging with my yardage, being passed over each time I look for a new quilt palette. Finally I … Continue reading

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September 20, 2019
Jen & Artie from StitchinGirlMary's Blog

As some of you may know I have been working locally for the past year. It has given me more time to spend with my family, do a little cooking when the spirit moves me, work on my garden & house … and SEW </p>
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