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April 17, 2018
Dresden Plate and Mother Nature and Books from caledonia quilter

Have you been around me long enough to know that I love Dresden Plate quilts?  If not, well, I do.  I also love wine and martinis, not necessarily in that order.

This is kind of a modern take on the Dresden Plate, because of the choice of modern fabrics.

The quilting shows better in pics from the back side.  The center of the plates all have a bird quilted in them, as requested by the maker.  Love.

Yes, now on to MOTHER NATURE.  I'm tempted to start referring to her as "she who must not be named".





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Writing a Book- Free-Motion Framework from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Early last year I shared a blog post vaguely mentioning my “Secret Quilting Project.” I’m happy to report I can finally elaborate on the details and explain how the logistics of...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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April 16, 2018
hand sewn stitch ledger [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

hand sewn stitch ledger

I have been posting images of this as it has been developing, progressing. It's finished now. A little hand sewn book of embroidery stitches.
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stitch ledger from Karen Ann Ruane

a hand embroidered book of stitches

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Stash Statement Blog Hop Kickoff! from Liz Makes Crafts

Today is the kickoff day for the Stash Statement Blog Hop tour. Stash Statement is a new book from Kelly Young of My Quilt Infatuation, and I'm thrilled to be part of this blog hop!

I love the look of improv, but I'm afraid of doing it. As a former software engineer and current owner of a very mathematical brain, it is a challenge for me to improvise even under guidance. That is why I so welcome Kelly's approach which combines improv piecing and traditional piecing for one-of-a-kind quilts that caters to my need of order and ...

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March 26, 2018
recent work on paper from Karen Ann Ruane

embroidery on paper

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March 19, 2018
Time to build a log cabin from Stitchin' Therapy

  We made a trip to the local used book store over the weekend.  I picked up a book, A Log Cabin Notebook, by Mary Ellen Hopkins.  She was one of the first and best quilters to break things down into simple steps.    I have several of her books, but not this one!  So for $3 I was happy.
   We all know you could spend a lifetime making log cabin quilts and never have two the same.   With this book you have a lot of inspiration.  It  has a good tutorial on log cabin blocks... from traditional methods to chain piecing ...

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March 18, 2018
A bit of a round up from Terificreations's Weblog

Over the last couple of years I’ve been switching over to Alex Anderson’s Quilters Select Rulers and Mats. The Quilt Show posted a video of Alex demoing the ruler and mat: and here’s the whole bit in one vid: I keep the 12” x 18” by my sewing machine to square up blocks, and cut… Continue reading A bit of a round up

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March 16, 2018
Quilt Show: Southern Comforters Quilt Guild from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last Saturday I attended the Southern Comforters Quilt Guild Show.  I'm sorry to admit that I rarely take photographs of the quilts at the quilt show. Often there are strict rules about photographing the quilts and it is just easier if I don't take photos. That way I don't have to worry about failing to give proper credit.
I found some fabrics, a tabletop ironing board, and a quilt book in the From the Attic section (destash items from guild members to benefit the guild), I spent a total of $5.50. I also discovered Brediculous Yarns ...

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March 12, 2018
overlay book [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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overlay book

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March 9, 2018
Giveaway Day! from Quilt Routes


small art quilts

It's my birthday today and in celebration I am having a giveaway.

small art quilts

Leave a comment if you would like to win a copy of my new book.

small art quilts

Just say Hi! or Happy Birthday! or anything else you fancy. Open to all as I will post worldwide.

small art quilts

I will draw a winner via the random calculator thingy next Friday 16th March.
Good Luck!

Until next time...

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February 20, 2018
a page [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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a page

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February 15, 2018
ingredients for a book cover from Karen Ann Ruane

cloth, paper and embroidery for a book cover

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February 13, 2018
WINNING COMES IN DIFFERENT WAYS from ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

 I'm a winner!  Last week I entered a give-away during Put A Little Love In Your Quilt hop and won this Tulips quilt pattern from Bejeweled Quilts by Barb.  You can get this pattern and see all of Barb's patterns on her Etsy shop.  You won't want to miss them.  Thank you Barb.  I can't wait to make this quilt that has both piecing and applique!  You know I love applique.
I was also a winner today in another way, because my friend Mary asked me if I was interested in attending her Book Club where ...

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February 6, 2018
a front cover from Karen Ann Ruane

a front cover for an artist book

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February 4, 2018
three inch pages from Karen Ann Ruane

three inch pages...and artist book.

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January 30, 2018
the white book from Karen Ann Ruane

the white book, an artist book

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January 23, 2018
cloth book [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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cloth book

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January 2, 2018
an inside lining from Karen Ann Ruane

progress with my cloth book

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December 30, 2017
embroidered book covers, folders, [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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embroidered book covers, folders,

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