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January 18, 2019
Started The Day Being Lazy....Then It Took Off from Quilting My Way

This morning I enjoyed being able to sleep in. I really didn't want to get up. Once I did, I just played some games. Kept thinking of what I needed to do, but just didn't feel like it.

I finally got moving! I went downstairs and heated up the room. Then I got my stuff together. I wanted to work on the quilt top I had started before.


I didn't get as much done as I would have liked. I think I added two rows and then I was the mess on the table and by the ...

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January 15, 2019
Hopefully A Quiet Week from Quilting My Way

This morning was a good morning for me. I started out calling Faye to up-date her on what was going on. We talked about having to purchase fabric for our group. I also told her I had the letter ready to request donations. I'll use it again when I can find another group that I can try to get money to help us out.

I also got laundry going. Once that was going, I TRIED to work on Katt's quilt. I tried out the hoop that was given to me at our embroidery meeting. I don't think ...

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January 14, 2019
A Day Of Double Bowling from Quilting My Way

This morning I was up and enjoying my time. Patrick got up and was eating when I realized I had 45 mins to get moving. So, I went and took my shower and was out the door in a short time. Had to be at the bowling alley for our travel league.

I arrived in time, and got a little irritated with the other team, they took over all the seating in our area. They put their coats on one chair and went and sat in another chair the whole time. So, we took over the table even with their ...

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January 12, 2019
It's Usually Said "Three's The Charm from Quilting My Way

This morning I was up and ready to enjoy the day with Sophie. I didn't have any plans and I knew Sue was coming, so I really didn't want to be in the middle of something.....but then again.

I decided last night to redo my bead work. I had to fix my "word chart" first, because I had the rows going in the opposite direction because of the "oops" I did on Wednesday. Plus I had to add the first three rows. It took a lot of time to fix it. Once all that was done, I ...

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January 11, 2019
It Felt Good To Be Home from Quilting My Way

Today felt good to be home. I didn't go anywhere, but I did get company.

I started out with watching Sophie running all over the place. Couldn't get her to calm down. Every time I went down the hall, a herd of horses took off past me (yeah, Sophie).

Once that was over, I got cooking. Patrick was wanting his mom's "Chocolate Chip Date Cake" for awhile, so I made that.

Then I decided I needed to work on my beading chart. So, I sat down and worked on the 26 rows.


I needed to write down ...

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January 10, 2019
One Busy Week from Quilting My Way

This morning I was up just as Patrick was leaving. I had to get moving so I could get up to Olympia.

I guess before I say what today was like, I should say why I didn't blog last night. It was one busy day, and I just was so tired, blogging didn't cross my mind.

So, here I go - I started out getting up with Patrick. I was out the door by 8:30 am to get to the dentist. I thought they were going to work on my implants but it turned out it was a ...

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December 25, 2018
The Newest Christmas Stocking from Fret Not Yourself

Merry Christmas, y'all!

The year began with the intention of finishing a Christmas stocking for G3 {the newest grandchild} by summer. That plan quickly dropped by the wayside. I finally finished it mid-December, working almost to the wire. It's the cutest one yet - if you like gaudy and loud.

The white rectangle covers the recipient's name for privacy but it's written in green sequins for extra bling. 'Cause Texans can never have enough!

G3 Christmas stocking

All the stockings I've made have a Christmas tree


Christmas tree and mitten on velveteen stocking

and an event ...

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December 23, 2018
Christmas Redwork Pillow from From My Carolina Home

The Christmas Redwork project almost didn’t get finished this season.  It seemed like the days just flew by and I didn’t get a lot of stitching done each week.  Progress was made, but just not quickly.

Redwork Christmas Project at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Last weekend, stitching resumed in earnest until the redwork was done.  I wanted to add some beads to dress it up a bit as well.

Redwork Christmas Project at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Small round seed beads were added to the little designs at the bottom.

Redwork Christmas Project at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Red bugle beads enhance Santa’s hat, and seed beads make the eyes shine.

Redwork Christmas Project at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Bugle beads put some sparkle in the candy cane stripes ...

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November 13, 2018
A White History of Art - Art with Fabric Blog Hop from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to the fall 2018 edition of the Art with Fabric blog hop. I'm thrilled to be participating again and would like to thank Alida for all of her hard work :-)

A White History of Art

A White History of Art
When Alida said that the theme would be colour, I'm not sure that I saw the "favourite" in front of it. For me colour is everything! I had a few ideas and when I mentioned them to my daughter, she suggested that I watch the BBC documentaries, History of Art in Three Colours. It was a great ...

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September 29, 2018
Blogger's Quilt Festival - Fall 2018 from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to the Blogger's Quilt Festival - Fall 2018 hosted by Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side.

Connections & Intersections

I've been working on this art quilt for months now, mostly a little bit at a time, until the deadline started looming over me! As much as I dislike that 8 letter word, it does help with motivation.

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September 10, 2018
Stylish: Jeanie and Barbie from Ann Quilts

My mother-in-law Jeanie knew how to dress well and properly.  All the time.  All occasions. 

This photo was taken in 1961.  She is standing with my husband, at 13 years old, on the day of his Bar Mitzvah.  There are two more photos of Jeanie's style at the end of this post.  (Oooops, the white smear is a glare on the photo, not a smear on Larry's suit.) 

Jeanie also loved handwork, including crocheting and knitting.

She put these two loves together and designed and crocheted dresses and gowns for Barbie dolls.
 

She had made a set of ...

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September 9, 2018
Another OMG art quilt from Quilting & Learning


One Monthly Goal for September

This is a short post to get my OMG for September posted on time! It's important because it really does help me plan so that I can keep track of that dreaded word - deadline!

I'll have to work faster than the end of the month to get my Connected by a Thread art quilt project done on time. It's due on Monday, September 17th, the night of my Out of the Box Fibre Art group meeting.

Woven pieces of hand-dyed fabrics
I posted some elements of the abstract fibre art piece in ...

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August 4, 2018
Clover at dusk art quilt from Quilting & Learning

Oh look - a squirrel!  This month I worked on another squirrel project, a small art quilt this time.

Clover at dusk art quilt

Clover at dusk
A few weeks ago, as is our routine, Chevy was taking me for a walk in the early dusk. It was a lovely evening. On our way back to the house I was enchanted by a patch of clover backed by vines of dark leaves cascading from the fence and the blinking lights of a couple of fire flies. I took a few minutes to admire it and then home we went.


By the ...

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June 12, 2018
Beaded 1940s Hat from Ann Quilts


Here's another vintage clothing repair tale.

I've talked several times before about my button collection, what fun it is, and how one can never have enough buttons.  There is always, always the chance of having just the perfect replacement for a missing button!

It's exactly the same story for beads!  I also buy these at estate sales. 


This hat was for sale at Basya Berkman Vintage, where I've learned my vintage clothing repair skills.  It was snapped up just a couple of hours after Julia listed it!  Here's how she described it:

Dramatically different.  1940s ...

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June 3, 2018
Evanston Made 2018 from Ann Quilts

The Evanston Art Center is once again hosting an exhibit as part of the Evanston Made arts month in June.

I'm just finishing up my entry:



It's another small quilt from my Something From Nothing series which uses decorator fabric samples and other found objects.  This one is called "Magic Carpet."  It's embellished with beads and bangles, many of which don't show in this photo.  It really needs a spotlight to look its best...and that's what it'll have at a gallery show!

The show opens June 1, 6-9pm.  I'll be there, so ...

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May 8, 2018
Vintage Clothing Tidbits from Ann Quilts

So, I thought I'd follow up the previous post, about a lovely 1920s beaded purse, with some more vintage clothing repair highlights.

The first tidbit is a photo of "how we do it".  I don't know if we've ever had a photo together like this before.  This is Julia, proprietress of Basya Berkman Vintage Fashion, and me sitting at my living room worktable.  I am gradually taking over the whole house with my repair work, supplies, and storage.  The living room has a wall-size window, which gives lovely light for handwork, so the table is nearly always ...

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May 1, 2018
Vintage 1920s Beaded Purse from Ann Quilts

I haven't posted anything about vintage clothing repair in a long time.  Here comes an absolutely lovely item - a 1920s vintage beaded purse.


As with almost all of the vintage clothing and accessories I post about, this is a repair that I did for my friend Julia's shop - Basya Berkman Vintage Clothing

The little purse was in nearly perfect condition, all beads present and accounted for.  The fabric was coming off the frame in a couple of places, plus it was missing a lining.  All that remained were a few shreds up at the top where it had ...

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February 3, 2018
Ice Dyed Mandala Flowers Quilt from Pink Doxies



"Divinity"


The first theme presented by The Endeavourers  is Nature. For two long months, I let the word roll around my brain. Such a broad topic needed narrowing, and so I asked the question, "What mental image do I see for the word nature?" Weather? Mountains? Animals? No, when I close my eyes I see flowers both wild, cultivated, and magical. Newly opened, allowing these eyes the first glimpse of  seductive blooms--never ceasing to amaze me with spectacular color and detail beyond the imagination of the greatest artist. And no matter how I pose the question, "Who could dream so ...

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February 2, 2018
The Endeavourers: Nature: Ice Dyed Mandalas Quilt from Pink Doxies


"Divinity"

Last year seemed to be too busy to breathe, so I thought carefully this year before I committed my time. One pond I dove in to was joining The Endeavourers. They are a dynamic, adventurous group of quilters willing to take risks exploring their world. Sure, it's with fabric, but still it's a unique opportunity to express our opinion or feeling through fiber. That's typically more than we focus on when piecing a standard quilt. It's a bonus.




This quarter's theme is Nature, and there's no way of knowing all the ways it ...

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December 1, 2017
Another Mystery Knit Along from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Don’t say it! I know what I said! No more mystery knit alongs! But, Anna Victoria has a mystery knit along. I think she could design something with her eyes closed and knit it with her toes and I would love it.  She has her Stargazing MKAL starting December 1. She’s in the UK so the...

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