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July 28, 2017
A Few Small Repairs from The Snarky Quilter

Every blog reaches the point where it needs some new drapes and slipcovers as the old have gotten a bit shabby. I’ve begun that process here by deleting one feature – books about quilting that I like, and adding another … Continue reading

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July 23, 2017
The African Quilt, Today's Pet Peeve, and First Zucchini Report of 2017 from caledonia quilter

OMG, this African Quilt is quite a work of art.

 Where to start, where to start?  Well, GOOGLE is where we all start today, I think.  Because the little corner of my brain where "African designs & motifs" is supposed to reside is apparently empty.

Lots and lots of s.i.d.

After s.i.d. then it's time to add in some African background quilting.

I have a great deal of admiration for quilters who are so adept at applique.  It also appears that she has an embroidery machine that (wait for it...) she knows how to use.


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July 20, 2017
Very Short Term Memory Loss from The Snarky Quilter

If you’ve ever seen the movie “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” you know how I’ve felt the past week. If you haven’t, let me explain. About a week ago I began to work on a long delayed paper templates … Continue reading

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July 14, 2017
Remember Those Sewing Pattern Books? from The Snarky Quilter

Since old sewing patterns were always the leftovers at my guild’s sales, I was surprised to find that some people actually buy and sell them. I came across the Vintage Pattern Wiki that has 83,500+ patterns you can browse by … Continue reading

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June 30, 2017
3,500 Centuries of Glass In Six Hours from The Snarky Quilter

I can’t rave enough about the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. My husband and I toured it earlier this month, and expected to be there for about three hours. Instead we were immersed in glass, from its … Continue reading

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June 16, 2017
“With These Hands” Exhibit from The Snarky Quilter

On the way to my Sue Benner workshop my travel companion and I stopped at the Ross Art Museum in Delaware, Ohio, to take in the With These Hands art quilt exhibit. Actually, I made the stop a condition of … Continue reading

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June 2, 2017
Graphic Inspiration from The Snarky Quilter

I find it helpful to look at inspiration books that range farther afield than quilting. My latest non quilting book read is Graphic: 500 Designs That Matter, published by Phaidon. It’s a small but thick book divided into the images … Continue reading

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May 25, 2017
Another Side of Textiles from The Snarky Quilter

While I use textiles mostly in fiber art, I love seeing how other people use textiles in garments. Recently I had the chance to ooh and ah at fashions from bygone eras at the Kent State University museum. That museum, … Continue reading

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May 23, 2017
Around Here Week 20 from The Snarky Quilter

I like trees so much I’m featuring another one this week, or at least its shadow. I want to wallow in the glorious green of the grass. You can only get that color in the 64 crayon box. In winter … Continue reading

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April 21, 2017
Bewitched But Bewildered from The Snarky Quilter

I’ve read a lot of quilting books over the decades. I’ve looked at books on patterns, techniques, and design; plus picture books of quilt collections. I’m not a novice at extracting sense from such books. However, my attempts to understand … Continue reading

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April 8, 2017
Random Bits From My Inbox from The Snarky Quilter

You know those websites or articles you come across and think, people might be interested in that? Here are the ones I’ve been saving up. First, I came across this article directed initially at textile artists, though it speaks to … Continue reading

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April 2, 2017
Happy April 1 from The Snarky Quilter

I usually ignore Poisson D’Avril jokes, but can’t resist passing along this “ad” I received today from Dharma Trading. Dhar-Mama Yarn CATastrophe Newest & Bestest Products Featured Artists You know this is an April Fools Joke, right? Website Voice Recognition … Continue reading

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March 20, 2017
Around Here Week 11 from The Snarky Quilter

I’m surely not about to show a photo of my daffodils right now. The poor things look like poster children for lost hopes. Instead, here’s a photo I took last week of a retaining wall by my driveway. I thought … Continue reading

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January 21, 2017
The Girls Hit The Road from The Snarky Quilter

While I was creating their seaside environment the girls got bored and went on a road trip. They were shopping for a forever home and wanted to see what was on offer on my walls. Since they were in the … Continue reading

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January 9, 2017
9-Patch Beauty & Meryl Streep from caledonia quilter

The simple 9-Patch block in pastels.  This is such a pretty effect.

The quilting request was to enhance the diamond shapes, and quilt feathers.

That shell feather border is so pretty.

The backing was a nice muted fabric that shows the quilting beautifully.

Last night, I decided to watch the Golden Globe awards.  Normally, I don't watch award shows.  Hubby was glued to the football games, so I figured I could escape upstairs, keep one eye on the tv and the other eye on the weekend Sudoku puzzle.  Lots of pretty clothes, and lots of nice speeches.  I have ...

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January 8, 2017
New Projects For The New Year from The Snarky Quilter

Besides my carry forwards from 2016 I have new projects to work on in 2017. Only one has a deadline so I have lots of rope with which to hang myself. The project with a deadline is for my traditional … Continue reading

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January 5, 2017
A Scrappy New Year from The Snarky Quilter

For 2017 I’ve been mulling over the advisability of a recurring project. Some quilters embroider a weekly leaf, while others do a daily sketch or photo. It’s a way to keep one’s hand in, creatively, and to have a project … Continue reading

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December 28, 2016
Year End Thoughts On My Master Class from The Snarky Quilter

I signed up for Elizabeth Barton’s master class at the end of 2015 on a whim after I saw she had a last minute cancellation. I had taken her working in series online class so I was familiar with her … Continue reading

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December 14, 2016
Small Changes, Big Impact from The Snarky Quilter

I avoid photos of dream sewing studios, knowing full well I will never invest that kind of money in a room, barring a million dollar inheritance. My 12 by 14 foot room has a closet, two windows, and several electrical … Continue reading

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December 6, 2016
A Tale That Hangs By A Thread from The Snarky Quilter

Somehow I went from looking for basting thread to a trip down memory lane the other day. I decided to hand baste a silk project because it would be easier than machine basting or fusing and thought I could use … Continue reading

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