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January 18, 2019
Mini Art Quilts and Slow Stitching from Quilting & Learning

Mini Art Quilts
✔Two minis done, and two more to go!

Blooming Yellow


The yellow mini art quilt is finished.

My original intention was to wrap the mini over the canvas. I had a difficult time because the seams in the background made the corners bulky. When I trimmed on of  the seams to reduce the bulk in the corners, I ended up ripping it. It was a pretty frustrating mess!
Blooming Yellow Mini Art Quilt
I ended up finishing the art quilt like a pillow case. I then added a background using one of the fabrics on the mini ...

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January 7, 2019
Stuffed, Embellished Creatures from Denim Jeans for Sensory Stimulation! from Gefilte Quilt

My beautiful, artistic, Aunt Ruthie is 94, and although her mind is  sharp, she's both visually and hearing-impaired, and has severe arthritis in her hands. Last month, we flew to Arizona to visit her and her daughter, my cousin Nina. By accident, I brought her the perfect gift, which she's holding here: 
What the heck is that? Why, it's a hairy, sensory stimulation, two-humped camel, of course! 
The "hair" is 6-strand embroidery floss. Thread it through a large-eyed needle, tie a knot about two inches from the end, bury the needle, bring it out 1/2" away ...

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December 25, 2018
Still Time to Make a Scrappy Ornament!? from Gefilte Quilt

I realize it's Christmas Eve, but if all your other preparations are done, there's still time to make this scrappy triangular bipyramid scrap ornament! It's a very relaxing and therapeutic project (except the deadline!)
It started with a thick piece of scrap fabric strips - jewel tone batiks - stitched to black felt. If you have extra time, go wild with the freemotion quilting, decorative stitches, and couched yarns. Front:

The messy back - don't worry about it:
Detailed directions for getting this far are in this blog post from 2013. Cut that base into 6 equilateral triangle. Satin ...

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December 20, 2018
Who Needs a Pattern? from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

'Tis the season for giving—and decorating! But as the weather chills and winter comes upon us, it is also a great season for stitching. This year, I (Teri) decided it might be fun to do some free-stitching and practice my spontaneous designing (not my forte), using some felted wool from old sweaters and whatever threads and beads I had on hand that made me happy. I tend to do better with a plan, but I allowed myself to play with various stitches and combinations, trying new threads and just having fun. Here are my results.


A gathered lace flower ...

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December 18, 2018
Christmas Cards from Creating Chaos

Suddenly realised I'd not posted about my Christmas Card makes for this year and didn't want to do it after Christmas!

It's a bit of a cheat this year as I discovered I had a large stock of cards made in previous years that had been left over plus some I'd made to sell and never did.  I decided that I would used these up and just make some new ones this year for the special people in my life who I know really appreciate a handmade card.

I returned to my love of inchies and ...

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A Finish in the Nick of Time from Fret Not Yourself

It's gotten cold regularly since Thanksgiving. Funny how that happens. I recognize the air cooling but don't need extra layers until... Bam! It's freezing. Now the bed has an extra winter quilt, my sweaters are front and center of the drawers, and I'm sipping hot tea throughout the day. However, one hardy hummingbird shows up at the feeder several times a day. He must use so much energy in this cold weather.

I've secretly been planning this quilt for the other grandmother of my our darling granddaughter. And finally, it's done. And gifted. Just ...

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December 3, 2018
embroidery school and artist books [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

embroidery school and artist books

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November 30, 2018
a seam [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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a seam

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November 26, 2018
La Droguerie from Quilting Stories

La Droguerie

La Droguerie

La Droguerie

La Droguerie

La Droguerie

La Droguerie

A little trip to Paris last week. And for me, going to Paris means visiting and shopping at La Droguerie, my favorite haberdasher's shop. They have their own production and dyeing of great quality yarns. In this wonderful shop you can find quilting fabrics, Liberty fabrics, all sorts of threads, buttons, beads, ribbons... as well as catalogues with their great patterns for children or adults.

I remember when this shop was created in 1975, I was one of their first customer and so happy to find cashmere yarn, out of which I knitted a sweater for the one who ...

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November 13, 2018
embroidery school [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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embroidery school

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October 28, 2018
Here’s the New Workshop Schedule!! ; ) from Cultured Expressions

Hey everyone!  Check out all of the Fabrigasmic African fabric and beads featured in our just-published  Nov/Dec/Jan workshop schedule!  Your favorite classes are joined by three new ones:  we’ve added String Quilts, Bordered Batik Panels, and Waistbeads, all inspired by our recent buying trip to Ghana!

Have you been to the Cultured Expressions studio yet?  Be sure to visit as we celebrate our 1st Anniversary, which is officially December 1 but will last all season long ; ).  If you’re traveling some distance, we can help you put together a complete overnight trip, including hotel choices, restaurants, and ...

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October 14, 2018
From Tree to Shining Tree (With 3 Tips) from Gefilte Quilt

In our last installment, I showed off a commissioned tree-themed quilt. Sending it to its new owner broke my heart! It also lacked buttons. So I rapidly made the following three quilts, each about 15" square. A winter tree:

An autumnal tree (or maybe a summer citrus?)
Can you find the bra clip?
 Next: Winter again? The trunk is white.
But the leaves are green, so let's call it early spring!
The trunk is Jane Austen text so I added a metal heart charm (the text below it says "heart is really attached")...
...and a squirrel from the cake-decorating ...

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October 5, 2018
decorative edges [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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decorative edges

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October 2, 2018
pockets, layers, lace, [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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pockets, layers, lace,

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October 1, 2018
little pom poms with pale blue beads from Karen Ann Ruane

little pom poms with pale blue beads

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blue and white, pom poms and beads [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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blue and white, pom poms and beads

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September 27, 2018
lace gathers [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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lace gathers

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gathering cloth with linen tape from Karen Ann Ruane

gathering cloth with linen tape

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September 19, 2018
design sheet [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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design sheet

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September 17, 2018
Made it to the Pink from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

My plan was to knit til I got to the pink colored yarn on Saturday night but there was way more of the greenish white than I thought. Last night I got to the pink and just now finished Chart 4. Charts 5 and 6 look pretty easy . . though not quick because of...

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