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October 18, 2021
Feathered LeMoyne Star from Quilting and More...

Ta-da! It’s done!

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October 14, 2021
Shibori from Quilt Paint Create

Many years ago I took a shibori class through my Guild. I don’t remember who taught it, but I do remember she made a living through installation art and not teaching or writing books.

The best part of the class was her examples of different shibori patterns. This is what I came home with after a full day.

Definitely not the number of samples I expected. These were created using stitched resist and dye.

Prior to the class I produced this piece by wrapping fabric around PVC pipe and painting it.

I have also tried folding and clamping fabric ...

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September 15, 2021
The top is finished! from Quilting and More...

Just yesterday, this is what my latest quilt top looked like: As you can probably see, the center square was complete, but I hadn’t yet attached the borders. Those border sections to surround the outer triangles, which are just pinned in place, weren’t even cut out, as I was still figuring the dimensions of those […]

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September 5, 2021
Next project from Quilting and More...

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been taking a fantastic set of online classes from Philippa Naylor. The last class in the series is a tutorial on making a feathered star quilt with a LeMoyne Star center. I’ve always loved both feathered stars and LeMoyne Stars, so this was a no-brainer for me. As I rooted […]

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June 21, 2021
Teaching Online this August! Join me! from Art and Quilting in Camden

Guess what I’m teaching online again! in August at the Mancuso World Quilt Fest!  Enjoy the video below– and then go sign up for my workshops here:  https://www.quiltfest.com/register/world-quilt-show-online/workshops-by-instructor/sarah-ann-smith-bindings-facings/    For more info, you can also visit my workshop page here

Here’s the hotlink to sign up again: https://www.quiltfest.com/register/world-quilt-show-online/workshops-by-instructor/sarah-ann-smith-bindings-facings/

These are three of my favorite workshops, and in consideration of SUMMER and being able to get back out into the world (WOOOOOT!), I chose half-day workshops so you can learn then go play and actually smile ...

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June 10, 2021
The Year of the Gnomes from Quilting and More...

Remember these gnomes that I showed you last week? I’ve added some different ones to the “collection” this week. I’d signed up several weeks ago to take a class at the quilt shop after seeing how cute the samples were. The design is by Embroidery Garden, and it’s easy to make with the embroidery machine; […]

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May 20, 2021
Basic Crazy Quilting Course Review and Reveal from Quilt Paint Create

I recently finished the Basic Cray Quilting Course with Kathy Seaman Shaw.

This class is a prerequisite for all her other classes, which are all free.

The class started in early January. This class is divided into 12 tasks and each one must be completed before you receive instructions for the next task. There are extensive written instructions for each task. The class is at your own pace.

The class contained an incredible amount of information, especially for a free class. The printed materials contain a lot of pictures. For techniques that were better explained visually, there were links to ...

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May 16, 2021
Tiny blocks from Quilting and More...

The most recent of the online classes I’m taking from Philippa Naylor teaches techniques of making a miniature quilt. I’ve done some minis before, but I’ve usually paper pieced them; the bit and pieces of the sample quilt for this lesson are traditionally machine pieced instead. I’m not certain that I’ll make the entire quilt, […]

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A teaching moment from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 What kind of a student are you? Are you the one that sits in the back, takes notes (or not), and then never does anything with the material? Are you the one in the front that EVERYONE wants to shut up so they can get out of the class? ( I LOVE these students, and I'm one of them) You could also be the one who sits in the middle, says nothing, absorbs lots, and goes home to review the material and plays, but never asks questions!! And there's are loads of other types in between.

Well, there are ...

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April 17, 2021
A Little Every Day from Quilt Paint Create

I finished stitching a project this week that was designated my do-a-little-every-day project. The concept is simple. Every day I did something to move that project forward.

This is not a new idea, or my idea, but something I’ve heard a lot about lately. Pat Sloan talks about it all the time on her daily videos and uses it to finish UFOs. Karen Brown of Just Get It Done Quilts also talks about this method. Karen uses it to focus on her more complicated projects, using a timer to work on those 30 minutes at a time.

I’m ...

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April 13, 2021
Crazy Quilt Course Task 11 from Quilt Paint Create

After some epic procrastination, I finished task 11, the iris and hyacinth cluster.

I’m embarrassed to admit it wasn’t that hard and didn’t take a lot of time. I just couldn’t face another task of silk ribbon embroidery. A couple weeks off helped put it in perspective. I like stitching with silk ribbon, but it can be fussy beyond the limits of my patience.

Only one more task to go. I believe the last task involves a lot of beading.

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April 5, 2021
April 2021 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

I finished the bunny runner last month, which was my OMG. It felt good to finally get one done. I also finished the star blocks (January OMG).

I have a couple more projects close to done and one small start. I’d be thrilled to get all three of those finished in April.

The Short List categories are UFO, garment, original design, hand work, finishing, classes and other. I’ve used this system for 6+ years to keep me focused. The categories change as my goals and interests change. Categories with nothing in process will not be listed, only active ...

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March 25, 2021
Hand Work Update from Quilt Paint Create

I’ve made some progress on both of my slow stitching projects.

I finished task #10 on the Crazy Quilting Course.

I have two more tasks to go to finish the course.

The Christmas Eve cross stitch is in the home stretch.

The tree branches will extend further over the houses. The backstitching is complete from the right side to the middle. There isn’t a lot of backstitch in this chart. The design has a softer look.

Once a project gets this close to done I tend to sit down and power through it, just to move on to ...

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March 12, 2021
Crazy Quilt Course Update from Quilt Paint Create

The struggle is real.

Progress continues slowly. I finished task #8, and everyone was right. The needle makes a huge difference when stitching bullion knots.

I had a delay on task #9 because I didn’t have silk ribbon. I had to order it and wait for it to arrive, which happened a lot faster than I expected. Task #9 went quickly.

Now that I see task #10, I’m a little worried I didn’t order enough silk ribbon. In hindsight, I should have bought 5 yards of white so I could paint the colors I needed beyond the ...

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March 10, 2021
Foundation Paper Piecing 101: A Quilting Class For Beginners from Blossom Heart Quilts

I love teaching. Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a teacher. I assumed that would be a primary school teacher, and even studied it at uni, completing both my bachelor and also a graduate certificate.  Except then I got married, we started our family, and moved to Japan for a few years. Now that we’re back in Australia and my kids are almost finished primary school themselves, it turns out I’m not a classroom teacher of little kids but am instead using my teaching powers for good in the quilting industry!

And I ...

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February 21, 2021
Absolutely PERFECT Bindings on the Janome M7 from Art and Quilting in Camden

This time I surprised even myself. After cutting 850″ of 2 1/4″ bias, I sewed it to twelve (what was I thinking???? clearly I was not thinking….) placemats and a 44 by 15″ table runner, ironed it, glued it to prep for machine sewing. Then, in about 65 minutes I got the second side of ALL the placemats AND the table runner SEWN! Check out the pictures and video!

First, I select my favorite buttonhole stitch: one forward stitch, then one to the side and back. I use the mirror image function to switch it so the sideways stitch ...

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QuiltCon Together - Virtual Classes from The Cozy Quilter

Like all big events right now, QuiltCon has gone virtual this year.  I took the opportunity to sign up for four virtual classes and I also purchased a lecture pass. I cleared my schedule (not that there is much on it these days!) and cleaned up my sewing room so I would be ready!  I gathered all of the supplies I needed for my classes and put them into 4 bins.  One teacher recommended that we cut out most of our pieces before class so I managed to get that done too. I decided from the beginning that I would ...

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February 11, 2021
Crazy Quilt Course Task #7 from Quilt Paint Create

Another task done.

This one stitched up quicker because I didn’t have to search for my supplies, there was less stitching and I was familiar with the stitches. The purple curve is done with a boatload of very tiny chain stitches. The pink curve is stem stitch.

Task #8 includes my nemesis, bullion stitch flowers. I may have to practice before I add them to the class piece. This project uses cotton rather than rayon floss, which I hope decreases the difficulty.

I’m keeping an open mind.

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February 7, 2021
Sunday Stash February 7, 2021 from Quilt Paint Create

Once again my progress was limited to the Basic Crazy Quilting Course. I finished task #6, embroidering over seams with pearl cotton.

The threads are vintage, picked up at an auction many years ago. I bought a bin of threads, magazines and various bedroom linens with embroidery patterns ranging from not started to almost finished. Thank goodness I had it because it was the only #8 pearl cotton in my stash.

All that fussing around to get straight, even stitches took time. I believe the embroidery continues in lesson #7.

Net Fabric Used: 0

How did you do this week ...

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February 4, 2021
February 2021 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

January turned into one of those months when a whole lot of nothing got done. Best to put it behind me and move on.

Last month I talked about limiting active sewing projects to two, avoiding overwhelm. That didn’t happen either. Projects are everywhere. Again. I have a variety of projects to enjoy, depending on my mood.

The Short List categories are UFO, garment, original design, hand work, finishing, classes and other. I’ve used this system for 6+ years to keep me focused. The categories change as my goals and interests change. Categories with nothing in process will ...

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