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June 28, 2020
A Lone Star Beauty and Covid Update #582. OK, not really... from caledonia quilter


This beauty had been in-progress by the maker for quite a long time. The Lone Star block is perfect.  She pieced it using the pre-printed fusible interfacing product, which makes for a very exact block.  It gets a little bulky in some areas, but that's a small price to pay for great accuracy. 

 The diamond wedges were all quilted with c.c. (continuous curve), and the outer edge of the star, along with all borders, were stitched in the ditch.  I created some ghost blocks in the white background to break that space up into more manageable-sized areas.

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June 25, 2020
Inspired by Current Events from The Snarky Quilter

Artists draw inspiration from timeless material and cutting edge events. Today I’ll focus on some of the initial responses to the current global pandemic. Not surprisingly, street art was the first public artistic response to Covid 19. Artists’ incomes have … Continue reading

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June 18, 2020
The Purpose of Aimless Puttering from The Snarky Quilter

This post was inspired by one written by Jane Davies, a collage and mixed media artist I admire. She wrote about an exchange with a reader concerning some simple collages made as practice. “Q:  My main question was if you … Continue reading

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June 11, 2020
The Unkindest Cut from The Snarky Quilter

Sometimes you have mishaps despite being careful. Recently I was cutting silk fabrics into circles and ovals. Then, this happened while I was putting the guard over the rotary circle cutter’s blade. My left index finger and thumb are out … Continue reading

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May 31, 2020
Let's Get Caught Up, Shall We? from caledonia quilter

Oh, fer crying out loud.  Now Blogger has gone and changed the posting format.  I hope this all comes out the way it usually does...


This started out as a bunch of butterfly blocks from a guild Block Of The Month.  Whoever won the blocks donated them back to the guild.  I thought (?) I had given all the guild donation quilt stuff to the new chair of those projects, but apparently my organizational skills are not what they should be.

I had a cute lilac print in my stash that worked well with the blocks.  I needed to add some ...

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May 3, 2020
Cozy House Quilt & Covid Update #3 (including more tidbits from that whackjob Donald Trump) from caledonia quilter

This is such a cozy House block quilt, with the addition of Courthouse Steps blocks.

Homespun fabrics, quilted with a very traditional Baptist Fan design.

I always love pieced backs.

Here's one of my favorite spring scenes.  There were four honeybees buzzing around in there with those cute little jonquils.


COVID JOURNAL #3 (4/20 - 5/2)

4/20 Ordered 10 m elastic @ Ann's Fabrics, pickup at their back door. New projections for Ontario: 20,000 total cases (at 11,184 today) . Declaration of emergency extended to May 12.
4/22 Up at 330, baking muffins by 430 ...

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April 19, 2020
Half-Square Triangle Quilt, Yes I Have Flour, Covid Update #2 from caledonia quilter

I really enjoyed working on this quilt.  There is so much depressing/horrifying/shocking (pick any one) news every day that this really cheered me up.

The whole thing is made from half-square triangles.  If you are involved in a guild swap of half-squares, this is a great use for them.

Mmm, love the back.

YES, I HAVE FLOUR

Like many people I'm not sleeping very well some nights.  Although I don't usually get UP at three in the morning, last Tuesday I was WIDE AWAKE.  So I figured, what the hell.  And since I have flour I ...

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April 13, 2020
Free For Now from The Snarky Quilter

Since we’re all living online these days, why not take advantage of free courses. Nikon is making its photography courses free this month. While obviously geared to Nikon brand SLRs, the pointers and tips apply to any camera. “The Art … Continue reading

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April 3, 2020
Strange Times from The Snarky Quilter

Who knew quarter inch wide elastic would become such a sought after commodity? And the surge of videos on how to make bias tape is another sign of our times. Then, there is a rush to buy HEPA vacuum cleaner … Continue reading

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March 25, 2020
Viral Reading from The Snarky Quilter

It’s a good thing I had lots of reading material checked out of my local library before it shut down. I’m a compulsive reader who will read jar labels if nothing else is available. And thank heavens one of the … Continue reading

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March 23, 2020
Jason Yenter Quilt and the Caledonia Pandemic Update from caledonia quilter

This is one of those quilts that scares me a little bit... I used lots of the "stand-and-stare" technique.

I will probably NEVER tackle a quilt like this - so much applique and paper piecing, with an on-point medallion setting.

I think at one point I had seven longarm rulers out - straight rulers, curvy rulers, circles, ...

I also needed chalk, a blue wash-out marker, and the IQ.  Along with some collaboration from the Beach Girls. 

Beautiful back.

In my last post I mentioned that some things had been cancelled with the Coronavirus epidemic, and that the grocery store was out of ...

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February 13, 2020
The Inspiration of Limitations from The Snarky Quilter

Too often I trip myself up with a lack of focus in my work. I start with an idea that cascades into yet other ideas and, in the end, I realize none of them well because I try to do … Continue reading

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February 6, 2020
More Artistic Endeavors from The Snarky Quilter

I had to bring back this feature for a one day stand when I came across the following websites. Besides I haven’t done much sewing because of a long lasting cold. Eye candy is more fun than reviews of cold … Continue reading

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January 23, 2020
Revisiting A Goal from The Snarky Quilter

Over the past two years I have made a conscious effort to show my work publicly. While I have focused on national shows, I’ve also entered local shows. Ironically, I’ve had greater success with the latter. Right now the three … Continue reading

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December 26, 2019
Museum Meandering from The Snarky Quilter

Drawn by an exhibit of Tiffany glass, my husband and I visited the Cleveland art museum recently. We admired the stained glass, but found many other works we didn’t recall seeing on earlier visits. First, an exhibit of mid 20th … Continue reading

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December 12, 2019
Catching Up With Artistic Endeavors from The Snarky Quilter

Although I no longer highlight specific artists and art/cultural shows as a regular feature, I still collect websites that especially appeal to my artistic sensibilities. Here’s a collection of some of them. May you find one or two intriguing or … Continue reading

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December 5, 2019
Department of Self Promotion from The Snarky Quilter

I’m happy to report that my quilt “If The Shoe Fits” is now at the Vision Gallery in Chandler, Arizona, as part of the Art Quilts XXIV show. Unfortunately, I’m not there as well, but if you’re in the Phoenix … Continue reading

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November 21, 2019
Unintended Consequences from The Snarky Quilter

The rush of emails advertising new fabric lines I received right around this year’s quilt market left me wondering whether we really need so much fabric. Yes, it’s lovely to fondle and admire bolts of new fabric designs, and it’s … Continue reading

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November 17, 2019
Tobermory Retreat Recap & Technology Mixed With Idiots & Scammers from caledonia quilter

I abandoned hubby for six days - he and the dog were feeding each other kibbles and bits for a week.  Although, a friend took pity on him and had him over for a roast beef dinner mid-week so he didn't starve.

I played THREAD CHICKEN and won.

The railing with completed projects.  This is always such a satisfying pic!  Debbie definitely took the prize this year - completing all those wee monthly quilts.  So cute.

Of course, cocktails.

I work on my Double Wedding Ring for one day every year.  The Tobermory cottage is a great space for it.  This ...

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October 17, 2019
Weird Fabric Finds A Home from The Snarky Quilter

Several years ago I snapped up a yard of odd mottled rose/gray fabric because it was just $5. Ever since it’s been hanging with my yardage, being passed over each time I look for a new quilt palette. Finally I … Continue reading

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