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August 23, 2021
Summer Baskets from Humble Quilts

I got a little chance to work on my basket project. The setting is what will make it unusual. I'm copying an antique quilt. I hope it works out like I imagine!

These were in with my blues. Does anybody know if this is Japanese writing?
And does it actually say anything?

And which direction would it go?

Any thoughts?

Thanks! Let's make it a great week!


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June 5, 2021
A Quilter’s Faith & CallingThis week in Quilt Conversations... from Living Water Quilter

A Quilter’s Faith & Calling

This week in Quilt Conversations LIVE! Episode 17, by request, I shared my quilting journey. This was first shared with Stafford Piecemakers Quilt Guild, Stafford, Virginia. 




Be inspired by a story of faith. Learn how the latter part of  a photographic career and an artistic eye navigated to quiltmaking and teaching. The story weaves a tapestry of faith that encourages the hearer.


From photographer to quilter - Getting to know women in her community after a move began in a quilting group.


Learn how a brief encounter and a quilt for Jessica’s son ...

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March 2, 2021
International Women’s Day - Amazon Handmade Celebrates!Join the... from Living Water Quilter

International Women’s Day - Amazon Handmade Celebrates!

Join the celebration. Amazon Handmade celebrates women and shines the light on Amazon Handmade Artisans with curated collections!

Model, designer, wife, mom and founder of Women of Today, shares a curated collection of her favorite handcrafted items.


A Handmade by Living Water Quilter basket set is included in Camila’s curated collection!  Help lift up women artisans and entrepreneurs and shop from women makers and businesses.


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January 25, 2021
2020 REVIEW - A Basket Making Adventure2020 was a year for new... from Living Water Quilter

2020 REVIEW - A Basket Making Adventure

2020 was a year for new online ventures and experiences. I joined many who transitioned more personal and work activities to online platforms.

It was exciting to start a new venture with an Amazon Handmade shop!  Living Water Quilter, is not just quilts!   lol  There are baskets made with cotton and nylon rope accented with Kraft-tex, batik fabric and/or beads.


Kraft-tex is one of my favorite accents. I like to use the pre-washed designer colors.  The best value are the rolls available by CT Publishing.


Baskets are functional, fun and add color and ...

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October 4, 2020
Level up Handmade Baskets with Kraft-texWow, blue sapphire... from Living Water Quilter

Level up Handmade Baskets with Kraft-tex

Wow, blue sapphire Kraft-tex is making a bold statement in a cotton basket and tray set.

Kraft-tex for this project was provided for by CT Publishing. As an affiliate I received a small commission when you click a link on this website and make a purchase.


Pink, blue and yellow variegated pastel thread emphasize texture and pattern against the pre-washed and hand-dyed sapphire Kraft-tex.

Shop Small Business and SAVE

Would you like one of my handmade baskets?  Visit my Amazon Handmade Artisan shop for a beautiful selection.  Amazon Prime members receive a $10 ...

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September 30, 2020
Handmade For the Holidays  Are you looking for unique handmade... from Living Water Quilter

Handmade For the Holidays

  Are you looking for unique handmade gifts or home decor to add warmth and charm to holiday celebrations?   Are you ready to SAVE and support small businesses too?


To celebrate YOU and Handmade by Living Water Quilter AMAZON is offering a special promotion.


Prime members in the US who spend $10 or more on items sold by select small domestic brands and makers in Amazon’s store from now through October 12, 2020, get a $10 credit to use on Prime Day.


Visit my Amazon handmade Artisan shop, purchase a basket ...

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August 14, 2020
A Good Finish from Quilty Folk

Not getting very far with the paperwork, but at least there has been time spent there. Just like with quilting, I figure every little bit accomplished equals forward progress. In better news, there's a new quilt finish! This has been such a cheerful quilt to work on. Can't believe it didn't end up in the hoop much sooner. Totally sanity saving, believe me! Why do people tend to believe that yellow isn't a positive mood enhancer?
Sweet Tarts
Maybe it's the combination of yellow and pink that works all the charm? This was a quilt ...

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August 6, 2020
A Little Bit At A Time from Quilty Folk

Life has been very disjointed and moody lately. We have deadlines and 'have-to's' out the kazoo. Things happening that seem quite heavy. Or at least it seems that way. It could be that our get-up-and-go is feeling recalcitrant, and everything seems to take an extra dose of effort just to get done. Our kids and grandkids came to visit last weekend, so that was a wonderful window of good times. Nothing like the honest joy of little children to make everything seem just a little bit brighter for a moment or two!

Coronacrazy progress
Governor proclamations and mandates have ...

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March 18, 2020
When an Old Quilt Needs a New Home from Ann Quilts

The quilts in my collection are not pristine museum quality quilts by any stretch of the imagination.  Sometimes I've bought quilts that are not, well, very sturdy anymore.  (For example, the stars quilt that I have been gradually replicating.)  And sometimes lovely people give me very, uh, well-loved quilts.

Here's my most recent such acquisition, given to me at a recent quilt study group meeting.  It had been found at a sale at closing time, in the discard pile because no one had wanted it.  One of the quilt study members had rescued it, and when she spread ...

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March 3, 2020
A Hand Work Update and a Finish from Quilty Folk

Lots of hand work in the last several weeks. I finally picked the 'Melon Patch' applique back up and just slogged my way through. Why am I doing this? What in the world was I thinking? And then... Oh my, I just love these colors and fabrics. This is gonna be great! And that's generally the gist of this quilt every single time. 

Melon Patch petals all ready to sew onto the background now
There are 20 sets of 4 pieces each and I figured it takes me approximately one hour to stitch the petals for each block. Ouch ...

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February 19, 2020
Basket of HopeI am on a basket making frenzy!  Why?  I will... from Living Water Quilter

Basket of Hope

I am on a basket making frenzy!  Why?  I will submit an application and hope to be accepted in a local outdoor art festival this summer. The artist application requires a photo of your booth/table set-up. So, it means I need to make baskets for the photo as well as for the festival.( Assuming I am accepted.)


I try to design/make a few baskets each week to meet my goals.  Since my schedule is over-the-top full, I often double or triple dip projects. One project will cover more than one commitment.  This time I decided ...

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February 7, 2020
Getting Caught Up On the Big Basket Series from Quilty Folk

Gather Ye Roses is the first finish of the year! Yay! This quilt is the first in my big basket series, but somehow the last to be a true blue finish. For some reason, I was intimidated at the thought of quilting all that 'blank' cream space around the basket. After stitching on the other two though, then it all felt so much easier. Amazingly enough, procrastination does occasionally pay off...

These quilting lines are 'eyeballed', not carefully
measured out for accuracy and precision....
And though I liked this quilt, it had become the least favorite of the three. Why ...

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December 31, 2019
2019 - A Fruitful YearIs it possible I made all these quilts in... from Living Water Quilter

2019 - A Fruitful Year

Is it possible I made all these quilts in 2019?!  A year for me is 10 months. I don’t sew in November and December.  I have been a busy bee!

Let’s take a gallery tour.


1) I see a small theme of light backgrounds in some Island Batik Ambassador projects.


2) These smaller projects were fun first-time techniques.


3) Geese Gone Wild made the priemer issue of Modern Monthly, an online magazine published by the Modern Quilt Guild.


4) Mini art quilts are fun between big projects. 


5)  It’s also been a year ...

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December 2, 2019
Yo-Yo Flower Basket from Ann Quilts


This lovely quilt came to me for washing - it had met with a disaster or two that had left stains.  I'm happy to say that I got the stains out.

The quilt is huge, about 112" square, so the full quilt photos were especially tricky.  So was laying it out to dry, because it was not much smaller than the plastic drop cloth I use at drying time and had to be positioned just-so.

Isn't this quilt lovely?  Springtime personified.  A good thing to post here in the Chicago area where winter snow came early and we are ...

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October 14, 2019
Useful pots to put things in from Granny Maud's Girl

Like the characters of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, I do love a useful pot (bag or other container) to put things in.

If you are unfamiliar with the story about Eeyore’s birthday and useful pots to put things in, here is an snippet.

Extract from Winnie-the-Pooh

Who would not be as happy as can be with a Useful Pot to put things in?

In the last few weeks, I made:

  • three tote bags
  • two divided baskets
  • one lined basket.

Yes, I love storage!

The three tote bags used the basic bag pattern from Nicole Mallalieu’s The Better Bag Maker. After making my ...

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