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July 18, 2019
Work To Crow About from The Snarky Quilter

For almost all my quilting life I’ve been in awe of Nancy Crow’s contemporary quilts. I use that term as she dislikes the term art quilter. “I don’t want that term anywhere near me,” the artist [said in a recent … Continue reading

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January 9, 2019
Looking Forward from Creating Chaos

 I gave up writing new year targets and goals a few years ago and as it made no difference to the amount of creativity that happened during the year, so I see no reason to change!

My plans for the year so far are to take part in Contemporary Quilts Journal Quilt challenge, restart working daily in my sketchbook and complete a 'year of stitches', all of which are underway.

Journal Quilt

This year's challenge is a little different to the previous few years in that there are guidelines for each set of four months.   The first set (January ...

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October 31, 2018
Crosscut Quilt.....Idaho Retreat from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I am attending a Quilt Retreat in

Rathdrum, Idaho

at Twin lakes

Lots of Autumn color in Idaho

This is my home away from home 

for the week...

I brought along my cross cut progress

I also brought along a Bernina 801 

I found last summer in

Mitchell, Oregon at a thrift store.

This is our trial run together...

I have pieced 135 Crosscut Blocks:

I am sewing them together...

This is my first quilt top....light

I am now piecing my second quilt top....dark

 2nd quilt top.....done

I hung them over the railing

for a ...

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October 29, 2018
October Journal Quilt from Creating Chaos

Had a busy few weeks with many things getting in the way of me creating and keeping up to date!

I did manage to get my October Journal Quilt made but somehow never got around to posting about it so now is my chance to do so.

October meant that I had reached the blue/violet section on the colour wheel so for this I decided to do a log cabin that had a chequered effect.  I didn't really think it through to0 much so although I can promise you that the construction was very much a log cabin ...

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September 23, 2018
Other creations this month from Creating Chaos

I was a bit late with my Journal Quilt this month.  It was done within September but for the past few years I have been ahead of myself so I felt quite guilty that it wasn't done until the middle of the month.

This month I reached the "blue" month so decided to have something linked to the sea for the gelli printing.   I've made my own print blocks with polystyrene in the past so used this method to create some texture on the plate inspired by waves and using fabric paints, printed some of my dyed blue ...

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August 11, 2018
Journal Quilt - Green and Blue from Creating Chaos

For the August Journal Quilt, I used green and blue fabrics from my stash of hand dyed fabrics.   Some I printed on the gelli plate using a stencil which had some text.   It was one of those occasions when one print was enough - the colours and the print looked so good I was reluctant to do further prints in case it was ruined.

For the log cabin part, I started with a Courthouse Steps design which had a larger than normal centre as I then cut the finished panel into four, rearranged the pieces so the centres were in the ...

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July 20, 2018
Stitching and Sign Making... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Making time for stitching...

Over the summer I have squirreled away 

enough time to piece together

113 Crosscut Quilt Blocks...

In 90 degree weather,

the box fan runs steady in the Thread Shed

Today, I am trimming up the

crosscut blocks...

A revolving cutting surface works best...

It saves time, is more accurate and 

is easier on your body...

All trimmed up...

112 more crosscut blocks to trim...

On the farming side of our lives...

We recently moved our cow and calf pairs 

to summer pasture.

They are on open range now,

which means they use the road 

to cross ...

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June 7, 2018
Crosscut Quilt.....Progress from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Remember this?

Back in April I met with my Art Sisters

and we began our Crosscut Quilts...

By the end of the day we each completed

a dozen or more X blocks...

Here I am today, 2 months later:

My X blocks up on the design wall in the

Whenever I have time, I run out

and sew a few seams...

Just when I get into my piecing zone,

it is time to leave to herd cattle, build fence,

work in the hay fields...

I am really enjoying this project

and I am making progress...

I have 113 ...

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June 5, 2018
Journal Quilt for June from Creating Chaos

Moving on from yellow, this month's JQ is yellow and green.

I started with a random pieced panel in the centre which was created using fused fabric which I bonded to a backing fabric and then cut to shape.  This was then bordered as a log cabin first with yellow which I then cut at angles before completing with a green border.

I was a bit worried about the raw edges on the centre panel so decided to machine quilt narrow lines and hope it was enough.

You may recall that one of the criteria for my quilts this ...

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May 15, 2018
Journal Quilt for May from Creating Chaos

I've now reached Yellow on my journey around the colour wheel so I decided as it was one colour I would do a 'whole cloth' quilt and print it after quilting.

I started with a piece of yellow fabric which I had in my dyed stash and quilted it as a traditional log cabin.   Once complete, I gelli printed it using a wooden block in a leaf design.  I use two shades of yellow fabric paint but as the quilt still looked a bit plain, I also added some prints using the same block.

For the binding, I used ...

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April 24, 2018
Crosscut Quilt......Sew Day from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

We are making Crosscut Quilts...

Here is our inspiration:

We gathered together @ Nancy's home...

I brought along my Singer 301

so she can stretch her legs today!

I am working with 

black, white and green fabrics...

Kathi is working with black, gray and purple...

Virginia is working with blues and yellows...

Nancy, our hostess, is working with the

gorgeous fabric below...

By the end of the day the design walls

were filled with blocks...

This is only stage 1 of this project.

These blocks will be sewn ...

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April 4, 2018
Another month, another Journal Quilt from Creating Chaos

For my April Journal Quilt I reached orange and yellow on the colour wheel and although on the face of it there is a traditional look to it, I used a variety of widths for the strips and included some orange and yellow striped strips too.  The centre square is also from the striped fabric.

I used a hand made block for the gelli printing on some of the yellow strips, using string wrapped around a piece of card and using an orange fabric paint.

To finish I machine quilted in straight lines from top to bottom, again varying the ...

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February 10, 2018
February JQ from Creating Chaos

For my February Journal Quilt I continued my journey around the colour wheel, moving from red to red and orange.  It's not strictly on the wheel but a combination of two colours suits my plan for this year rather than the accepted red-orange.

I started with a piece of the same red fabric I used in January, placing it on the corner slightly to one side and used different width strips in a combination of plain orange and red fabric as well as some orange fabric I printed with red fabric paint using bubble wrap on a gelli plate ...

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January 13, 2018
Another Year of Journal Quilts from Creating Chaos

I have again signed up for making a monthly Journal Quilt with Contemporary Quilters.  This year it has to be  7" x 9" landscape which I think is a lovely size to work with - not too big and not too small.

I have decided my quilts are going to be based on a log cabin block, hoping to push the boundaries a bit which I know for me is going to be a challenge as I love the formality of a traditional log cabin!  I'm also going to use my own dyed fabric which I will overprint using my ...

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December 3, 2017
December Journal Quilt from Creating Chaos

I mentioned last month that I was struggling with ideas for the final quilt of this year but fortunately the light bulb moment came and I managed to get the remaining idea into fabric.

The inspiration came from a tree we frequently passed which seemed to have hessian type fibres where the leaves had been trimmed off.

I think it was the fibres that I liked and where the leaves had been cut off, I thought the shapes would relate well in to patchwork.

It did take me a time to get my head around it, mainly because time was ...

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November 2, 2017
November Journal Quilt from Creating Chaos

This month's Journal Quilt was inspired yet again by cactus.

I started by curved piecing the background using my own dyed fabric.   Yellow spines were then bonded in rows and these were machine quilted, again in rows.

Sounds simple but there were many trials getting the size of the spines right!

The next and final quilt for the year is still undecided.   I have used up all the ideas I had in January with the exception of one that I just can't seem to get from my brain to fabric.  I'm trying to come up with an ...

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November 1, 2017
2017 Quilt Market is History! from Quilt & Textile Collections

2017 Quilt Market is History!
Each year before the witching hour is upon us, the annual Quilt Market takes place.  It is the show for professionals in the field and requires credentials to get into the exhibition space and to the vendor area.  Attendees receive a sneak peak of new releases in fabric, tools, and books.  Kay and I were very pleased to have our book “Pioneer Quilts: Prairie Settlers Life in Fabric – 30 Quilts from the Poos Collection” included in the new releases.  It meant demos, book signings, and schoolhouses…Oh My! Also, a few of the antique quilts from the book Pioneer Quilts ...

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October 22, 2017
Breaking News about Triplett Sisters’ BOM! from Quilt & Textile Collections

Breaking News about Triplett Sisters’ BOM!
Breaking news...Kay Triplett has finished the fourth block! Okay, we are currently in the fifth month, and she’s been running behind. (In true sister fashion, I had to give her a hard time. :>)) However, given her progress, she might get caught up this month. Did you get behind on our Block of the Month too? Not even get started yet? More Breaking News... Individual patterns are available in our etsy shop . (Just click on the blue writing for the link to the shop.) Now is the time to join us on this BOM journey. If you missed one ...

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October 1, 2017
October Journal Quilt from Creating Chaos

Cactus has once again inspired this month's Journal Quilt.

The finished quilt looks very simple and may look like a bit of a cop-out to some but it probably took just as much time and trouble as all the others.

It started with a piece of fabric I had which I think I bought some time ago.  It had been hand dyed and had the appearance of green and yellow stripes and as soon as I saw it in my stash it reminded of a particular cactus we had seen in Gran Canaria - my theme for the year's ...

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September 26, 2017
Hot Off the Press: McCall’s Quilting Nov/Dec ‘17 from McCall's Quilting

Celebrate the Holidays with 14 Festive Projects

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McCall’s Quilting Nov/Dec ’17 | On the cover: Stockings Galore

The spirit of the holiday season is joyful and contagious! In this issue we have all the projects you’ll need to fill your gift-giving list with handmade treasures, from mini to bed size, traditional to contemporary, pieced and appliqué. If you are in need of any holiday décor this issue also features traditional red and green designs, a charming appliqued stocking, pieced ornaments using miniature blocks and scrappy designs to bust your stash.

Christmas Cardinals

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Christmas Cardinals

Joyful red birds signal ...

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