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December 3, 2021
A Peek Into My Past from The Snarky Quilter

Some art quilters seem to spring fully formed from the head of Nancy Crow (this makes sense only if you know Greek mythology.) Others have inched their way to the art part of quilting. I am definitely in the latter … Continue reading

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November 26, 2021
Americana in the Park Wall Hanging and Place Mats from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

 

Four months!  It's hard to believe that it's been that long since I've posted here.  It certainly wasn't intentional and definitely won't be the norm in the future.

As for why? It's a lot of reasons. I couldn't work on posts while we were on vacation at the end of August because my Ipad is old and Blogger no longer works with the older operating systems.

Then, on the urging of a couple of friends, I applied for and got a job (while on vacation) as a part-time study hall monitor at one ...

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September 17, 2021
Spiraling In Control from The Snarky Quilter

After a review of videos on machine quilting spirals I sat down with my walking foot and quilted circles all over S.O.S. Doing the inner circles was easier than the videos led me to believe. The hardest part was filling … Continue reading

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July 23, 2021
Mystery Photos from The Snarky Quilter

Thanks to my brother I have a digital archive of photos passed down from several family members. Many identify the people and places shown, but some are just plain mysteries. My cousins have tried and failed to name the people, … Continue reading

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July 21, 2021
Charms for My Sister from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

 This is another recent finish and this one was for my younger sister Diane. 

Way back in Spring 2013, I signed up for my very first charm swap.  Little did I know the appeal of swapping charms at the time and I eventually ended up hosting a number of Kate Spain charm swaps in later years.  I had no plans for them at some point I added a Disappearing Nine Patch pattern printout to the baggie they were stored in and put them on my project shelf.

Fast forward to 7 years later, I decided to use these charms for ...

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July 16, 2021
Slow Motion Finish from The Snarky Quilter

Finally it’s done, I thought as I sewed the hanging sleeve on “Shattered” yesterday. Unlike most of my work, this piece has been a multi-year effort. I wrote about its genesis from a photo of a broken mirror earlier (here … Continue reading

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July 9, 2021
Quilts On The Wall from The Snarky Quilter

Recently I’ve been trying out some apps that show how my work would look actually hanging in a room. It’s in aid of ways to display my work online if I decide to offer my work for sale. The two … Continue reading

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June 28, 2021
Vicious Villains Quilt for Anne from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

 Once upon a time, I saw a panel on a Facebook fabric selling group and new that instant that I had to buy it for my good friend Anne who is a huge Disney Villains fan.  Once the panel and the coordinating border and backing fabric arrive, I pieced it together and added it to the "to be quilted" pile and there it sat.  Forgotten about.  For way too long! 

One big thing the past year has brought front and center to my attention is to get my tail in high gear and get finished all these projects so that ...

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June 18, 2021
The Paths Often Taken from The Snarky Quilter

Desire lines are paths “created as a consequence of erosion caused by human or animal foot traffic. The path usually represents the shortest or most easily navigated route between an origin and destination. … Desire paths emerge as shortcuts where … Continue reading

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June 17, 2021
Mickey Mouse Quilt for Sharon from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

 When I bought the Villains panel and fabrics for my friend Anne, I also knew that I also needed to find something for my friend Sharon.  Her favorite character is Kermit the Frog but after an exhausting search online, I came up empty.  She's also a big Disney fan and I found out that Mickey is her favorite character. Mickey panels and prints were much easier to find.

This is her finished Mickey Mouse quilt.

Once it was loaded on the frame, I knew that the quilting would bring it to life.
Picking the right panto was tough.  I ...

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June 4, 2021
Sweeter Than Honey from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

 Since practically the beginning of my quilting journey I've had the plan to eventually make a quilt for each of my 4 siblings.  As with so many people this past year, I've thought long and hard about what I want to accomplish in my future and decided that these quilts needed to happen now, not in who knows how many years from now.

This first sibling quilt was for my oldest sister Tina, who also happens to be a quilter.  Long ago I started a quilt that I originally thought would be for her, but later decided it ...

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May 28, 2021
The Less Glamorous Side of Quilting from The Snarky Quilter

After the thrill of designing a new piece is gone you’re left with the more mundane tasks of quilting and edge finishing. I know some people stitch together two or three chunks of fabric and then revel in quilting them, … Continue reading

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May 21, 2021
When More Is Too Much from The Snarky Quilter

“Less is more” and “More is more” are common design mantras. Each has its adherents. A recent design experience took me way beyond “more is more” to deep in the weeds. I’m writing about my recent failure as a lesson … Continue reading

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May 14, 2021
Forever Home Found from The Snarky Quilter

I am always happy when I find new caregivers for my pieces, so I was especially happy last week when my dear brother asked if he could have two of my quilts. I was thrilled to have him visit me … Continue reading

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May 7, 2021
Using My Diva Fabrics from The Snarky Quilter

Over the years I’ve built up a small stash of fabrics I call divas. Some fabrics are eager to be accommodating and show up in many of my quilts. They can seem cool or warm, light or dark, depending on … Continue reading

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May 5, 2021
Winter Frost Wall Hanging, Table Runner and Placemats from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

In December 2020 I participated as one of the Chefs for Moda's Countdown to Christmas Quilt Along.  This year's theme was Winter Frost and the fabrics chosen where a mix of prints and Moda Grunge in Ice Blue, Royal Blue, Aqua and White.
 
While designing blocks for these events, I've come to the decision that I don't want to end up with random blocks that get put away, never to be seen again.  I didn't have time to make the entire quilt so I chose to make a wall hanging with a limited number of ...

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March 26, 2021
The Year That’s Been from The Snarky Quilter

I thought I hadn’t been much affected mentally by the pandemic. I had my health and my art, and my family was safe. I used the extra time in isolation to explore mixed media – collage, gelli printing, painting. Thank … Continue reading

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March 19, 2021
Trying Out 3D from The Snarky Quilter

For many years I have planned to make a 3D quilted object. I have sketchbook drawings to back up that claim. My scheme was to create multiple small connected units with see through spaces between them. The piece could cast … Continue reading

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February 11, 2021
It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over from The Snarky Quilter

Is a piece of art ever truly finished? I recall that the movie “Mr. Turner” showed J. M. W. Turner adding a touch of red to one of his paintings while it hung at an exhibition. My work bears absolutely … Continue reading

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January 8, 2021
In The Rear-view Mirror from The Snarky Quilter

My husband and I were fortunate enough to be able to self-isolate for much of 2020, so we’ve remained untouched by the Corona virus. Self-isolation gave me lots of time to devote to my art, and I think I made … Continue reading

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