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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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November 13, 2016
Conestoga Star and blah, blah, blah from caledonia quilter

This quilt was a beautiful monster.  If there is such a thing.  Conestoga Star by Fons & Porter.

For my own amusement I counted.

  • Small circles:  674
  • Large circles:  142
  • s.i.d. and straight lines - I ran out of fingers and toes.


Even the back is gorgeous, what with the Jane Sassaman fabric and all. I seriously wanted to keep this one.

And now for the blah, blah, blah.  I guess I will start with the MOST shocking.

  • Donald Trump won the presidential election.  WTF?  How could they (the American Public) elect someone who continually demonstrates his disdain for everyone ...

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November 9, 2016
Sometimes It Really Is Coincidence from The Snarky Quilter

The line between inspired by and copied from is often blurry in quilt design. It can lead to pronouncements about seeking permission that stir controversy, like the Modern Quilt Guild’s statement. That statement is now posted as “for historical reference … Continue reading

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October 21, 2016
Thoughts on Quilt Show Judging from The Snarky Quilter

Recently I spent 9 hours volunteering as a scribe for the Mutton Hill Quilt Show, and have to tell you I’m tired of hearing about bindings. I joked to one of the judges that there  should be ribbons for best … Continue reading

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October 18, 2016
An Inspiration Too Far from The Snarky Quilter

Shortly after I read the following in a newsletter, “Do you ever get in a creative rut? The best cure is to get out and explore. Open yourself up to new possibilities. Let in the sights, sounds and smells around … Continue reading

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October 6, 2016
Christmas Trees Anyone??? and the Border Challenge from caledonia quilter

I wish I could be as prepared as some of my customers.

I will still be trying to choose Christmas gifts on December 22nd.  And cursing myself.
This is beautifully pieced and will make a great gift for someone.

This backing is a lovely cozy green flannel.

These stupid tomatoes are no longer allowed in the house.  There are so many fruit flies zipping around the kitchen that I have to keep a SECOND coaster for my wine and put it on the top of the glass to keep the bugs out.  I've now become very adept at picking ...

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October 4, 2016
America The Beautiful from The Snarky Quilter

Inspired by the National Parks is an art quilt exhibit that honors one hundred years of U.S. national parks. I had a chance to see the 177 quilts in the exhibit at the end of September on an outing with … Continue reading

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September 30, 2016
Another Perspective on Art Quilts from The Snarky Quilter

Quite by chance I came across the text of a talk Jane Dunnewold gave in 2011 at the Form/Not Function art quilt exhibit. I was looking for examples of work by Ellen Oppenheimer and followed a Google images link to … Continue reading

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September 16, 2016
I See Three Themes from The Snarky Quilter

I had some time to kill at the dealership while my car was being serviced, so I looked over the 430 small art quilts on offer at SAQA’s annual auction. The dealership seemed proud of its free wifi service so … Continue reading

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September 8, 2016
The Lands’ End Quilt Contest Quilts from The Snarky Quilter

To continue my gleanings from the Library of Congress Quilts and Quiltmaking Collection, I’ll share state and national winners I liked from the Lands’ End Coming Home contests held from 1992 to 1996. Most of the winning entries were show … Continue reading

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