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August 26, 2022
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I'm thrilled to announce that my most recent design, Strolling Pathways, is included in newest book from Martingale Publishing and Moda Bake Shop titled Charmed-A Dozen Delightful Charm Pack Quilts. The book release date is October 3rd but can be preordered now from @martingaletpp or from Amazon. You can also check to see if your local independent quilt shop will order it for you. My quilt features the gorgeous Slow Stroll fabric line by Fancy That Design House.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pattern uses 3 charm packs (you can also use scrappy charms) and 4 yards of a background fabric. I loved ...

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July 22, 2022
Beyond Four Corners from The Snarky Quilter

My latest finish, “The Eyes Have It,” has two square corners out of ten. If that sounds like a lot of corners, it’s because I joined several already quilted pieces into a larger composition and rounded almost all the corners. Since the pieces are zigzagged together, it was easy to develop a nontraditional shape. In fact, it was a lot like collaging.

“The Eyes Have It” 24″ wide by 47″ high
Shown hanging in morning light. It looks different in the afternoon.

A little background – I save quilted bits I trim, plus I cut up finished quilts I decide ...

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July 13, 2022
Cats in the Lagoon, a quilt for JB from Crayon Box Quilt Studio


My daughter loves cats! She watches cat videos, wants/buys things with cats on them and snuggles our 2 cats almost non-stop. When I first came across the Cookie Cat pattern by Lori J. Miller in a magazine many years ago, I knew she would go crazy over it and want one of her own.

During the pandemic we updated her bedroom, taking it from Pink/Purple little girlish to pale Aqua tween vibe.  These are the "before" photos.


 
The new paint color, Sea Ice by Behr. 
 
Once the painting was finished, it was time to upgrade her other furnishings ...

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July 1, 2022
Summer Is Here! from The Snarky Quilter

Hot weather means it’s time for me to switch to smaller, what-the-heck projects and leave the larger, more thoughtful ones for autumn. That way I don’t have to quilt large pieces when I don’t need any extra warmth. To inaugurate the fun times I’ve finished “Along Portage Path” plus “Straightback.” Now I’m ready for true frankensteining work.

“Along Portage Path” uses a photo printed on fabric with various hand dyed and painted fabrics (including an old shirt) to convey the idea of driving by a row of crabapple trees in full autumn color. The trees ...

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June 17, 2022
The Final 5% from The Snarky Quilter

I know I’m not the first creator to feel the finishing touches of a work are the hardest to do. After the heady rush of creation and then the sometimes frustrating sewing, ripping out, redoing, and quilting steps, the last bits of edge finishing and hanging sleeve making can get put off. Sometimes they can be postponed a long while. As for labels, I write the quilt’s title, my name, and the year of creation on the backs. I admire beautifully embroidered labels, but done is better than pretty.

I have been forcing myself to do those last ...

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June 10, 2022
My Marketplace Is Now Open from The Snarky Quilter

I have built up a large inventory of original quilts in a variety of styles and sizes, and would like to find new homes for them. Many languish in storage as I have a finite amount of wall display areas. To that end I have set up a For Sale page on my blog, which lists some of the pieces I am offering for sale. Sizes, styles, and prices vary; but the quilts represent a good cross section of my work. Many have been exhibited, and some have won ribbons. All have been made over the last 10 years in ...

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June 9, 2022
Riding the Rails - a new published pattern from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

I'm way behind on posting including another big announcement.
I've got another new pattern published. It's in the newly released Rolling Along from Moda Bake Shop and Martingale Publishing.
The designers have been/are hosting giveaways to share the news of this great new book. Due to my hectic schedule during Girl Scout cookie season (which is now, thankfully, done for this year), I've missed sharing the news (so sorry), but you can still enter Jen Daly's giveaway on Instagram at @jendalyquilts which ends tomorrow, June 10th.

I'll be posting my giveaway on IG ...

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June 3, 2022
The Original Selfies from The Snarky Quilter

It seems you can’t escape people posing for selfies wherever you go. Most selfies show a fish eye lens view of their subjects, often in carefully rehearsed poses. I have run into this celebration-of-self behavior at restaurants, museums, hiking trails, and tourist attractions. I even saw one mother trying to take one of herself and her child on top of a wild buffalo in South Dakota. The buffalo didn’t cooperate.

But my snobbishness was brought up short when I realized that artists have been producing selfies for centuries. They’re called self portraits. One of my favorites is ...

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May 11, 2022
A Duo of Zoo Dwellers Quilts for Twin Baby Boys from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

I'm again behind in posting about my own finishes and client quilts so I'm determined to get posts up to date, even with Girl Scout cookie season still happening here. 
 
Before my Mom retired (a recent event that she wasn't thrilled about but needed to happen), she had a coworker friend who was expecting for the 1st time....twin boys.  Mom ask me to make a pair of baby quilts for them, with the thought of having them the same pattern but slightly different.

I went shopping at a quilt store while we were on a trip ...

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April 15, 2022
This Quilt Needs A Name from The Snarky Quilter

I have a name in mind early on for most of the fabric work I create. But not always. I am sewing down facing on the latest piece I quilted and still haven’t come up with a good name.

Unnamed quilt
Just waiting for the right name.

It is the love child of two earlier quilts, “Vertigo” and “Staircase.” The latter isn’t quilted yet, but is next in my queue.

“Vertigo”
“Staircase” (the upper left corner is still unresolved)

I’ve thought of Split pea leftovers, Which way, and Thataway; but none really grabs me. So, I ask ...

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April 11, 2022
Love Wedding Quilt for Linda and Kevin from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

When I received the Save the Date card for the wedding of my friends Linda and Kevin, I knew I wanted to do something special for their wedding gift. 

I found the perfect plan, a kit already in my stash that I had purchased my years before at a quilt shop in northern NJ.  The colors were just right for her decorating theme.
With big blocks and sashing between them, the whole quilt top went together very easily and quick.  Within a couple of days, it was loaded on the frame.
The stitching truly brought this simple quilt pattern to ...

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April 7, 2022
Sailing on the Wind from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

 Sometimes you make a quilt for someone because you come across a new pattern and/or fabric line that you know instantly is perfect for someone in your life.  That's exactly what happened when I first saw The Regetta by Patchwork Studios.  

You see, my son's best friend Jon's parents, Linda and Tom, have a sailboat on a local lake where they spend practically the entire summer and they graciously invite my son to join them for multiple days at a time over many weekends each year.  They are even teaching him how to sail.  It goes ...

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April 1, 2022
Always and Forever Table Runners from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

One of the things that has been very satisfying over the last year and a half has been the fact that I've been able to get a bunch of UFOs finished or previously un-started projects actually made and off my To Make list.  One of the items crossed off the UFO list was the pair table runners I pieced using a charm pack of Always and Forever by Deb Strain for Moda.

The last time I showed these here on the blog was February 2014, so a whopping 8 years ago.

They were both simple piecing but I still ...

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A Finger In Every Pot from The Snarky Quilter

The past week I’ve dabbled in quite a mix of projects and techniques, probably revealing I’m a Jill of all work but mistress of none. (I don’t get the they/them thing, so I went the old fashioned route. Though I … Continue reading

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March 18, 2022
Tenth Anniversary Giveaway from The Snarky Quilter

Can you believe I’ve been writing this blog for ten years? It began as a way to record my quilting adventures – work in progress, my finished work, shows I saw, artists I admired, and a few editorial opinions. If … Continue reading

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February 25, 2022
Excellence in Quilts Exhibit from The Snarky Quilter

Trigger warning, I’m going to brag on myself. Recently I was gobsmacked to have a work juried into the Fiber Art Network’s Excellence in Quilts show, now at the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, Virginia. “Shattered” is one of 22 … Continue reading

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February 15, 2022
Did Someone Say Cake? Giveaway from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

The Giveaway is closed. Congratulations Needled Mom!  I'll be contacting you shortly.

The copies of the new book Did Someone Say Cake? arrived so it's time for a giveaway to celebrate.  I'm giving away one autographed copy.

Photo courtesy of Martingale Publishing
 
It's a fabulous compilation of 12 gorgeous quilt patterns by talented designers.  I am humbled and honored to be included in this book.

This is my design, Jeweled Diamonds.
 

It's a beautiful, bright quilt that finished at 72 1/2" x 80 1/2" which is perfect for snuggling up under during the ...

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February 11, 2022
Calendar Girl from The Snarky Quilter

Because they are all about analogous color palettes I named my recent quartet of small log cabin quilts March, April, August, and October. I then realized I have a penchant for months and seasons of the year as my themes. … Continue reading

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January 28, 2022
Slouching Into 2022 from The Snarky Quilter

It’s close to the end of January and I haven’t really thought through my artistic goals for the coming year, much less considered my achievements in 2021. Somehow, there doesn’t seem to be a clear delineation between the years, just … Continue reading

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January 5, 2022
Sneak Peak! from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

Today I'm sharing a little sneak peak of the quilt I made for the upcoming book "Did Someone Say Cake?" being released next month and available at Shop Martingale.

These are the gorgeous fabrics I used. The batik colors are so rich and vibrant and the prints are the perfect scale, in my opinion.

The fabric line is Malibu Batiks and it's currently available from a huge number of quilt shops, but don't wait to get your stash. I expect it will sell out quickly.
Here's the last sneak peak I can share until the book ...

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