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June 5, 2019
AGF PURE SOLIDS - 20 NEW COLORS! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Because we're always listening to you and hearing which colors you're searching for on your sewing journeys, we created 20 NEW COLORS for our PURE SOLIDS!

That's right! We decided to expand our range of hues, so you have more options to match with our collections or simply use on their own. Now you'll find that "slightly more lemonish yellow, brighter shade of red, or ever that super light lilac." Our unique and improved dip-dye technique leads to the most brilliant shades ever, and now all of our Pure Solids are internationally OEKO-TEX certified, so you ...

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May 28, 2019
Another Cotton on Green ~~ Finished from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

On Friday I told you about the most recent cotton painting I created. What I didn't tell you is that I had loaded two canvases and worked on them side-by-side. Sister paintings, if you will. 

They have many similarities, but one is not their sizes. This one is 15 X 18. Another difference is this little blossom on the upper left side of the canvas. It just found its way there with no argument from me. I just sew without thinking when I work on these. Sometimes some interesting things happen. 

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I decided that this ...

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May 25, 2019
Cotton on Green ~~ Finished? from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I've worked on this piece and another one for several days. I had built the canvases quite some time ago and set them aside. At the time I had another, more pressing project. Oddly, I can't think of what that was. 

Nevertheless, I discovered the stack of canvas pieces and decided to load them on the long-arm before something else jumped in front of me. I have a few more canvases in the stack, but I want to see what the green background looks like. 

I've been working on this series of cotton paintings and have eight ...

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April 2, 2019
Big Blue Boro from The Ardent Thread

This piece is one of my favorites. Of course every piece in my textile collection is a favorite or it wouldn’t be there, but this piece is significant in how much of a story it tells in layers of cloth and thread.

It’s big. And it’s heavy. Here’s a shot of it in all its glory.

I don’t like to hang it like this due to its weight. It will either pull things down with it, tear itself apart, or both. I’ve hung it for display once. Never again. Here it is casually draped ...

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October 19, 2018
Gem-o-logical from Terificreations's Weblog

MJ Kinman’s gem quilts sparkle much like the gems she recreates in her quilts. You can read my introduction to her work here. MJ created a twelve month series of birthstone patterns that capture the essence of each gem. She worked with Paintbrush Studio making fat quarter bundles that capture the essence of each gem.… Continue reading Gem-o-logical

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August 25, 2018
“Can You Wash Mudcloth?” from Cultured Expressions

Bogolan, or mudcloth as most people know it, has always been a favorite of mine.  (I chose 866-MUDCLOTH as my vanity toll- free number for the business over 15 years ago — that pretty much says it all…)

Anyway, when I’m asked “Can you wash mudcloth?”  my reply is, “It depends…”   Since bogolan is hand crafted, the specific recipe used by each bogolan artists could give you varying results.  Will your finished project be worn or used (like a bag, garment or pillow cover) or safely out of harm’s way as a wall hanging?  Can you find a local ...

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June 12, 2018
Found: Beautiful Asian styled quilt with pandas and dragons from Lost Quilt Come Home Page

I’ve been contacted by a quilter who is looking for the owner of this very unique item. Kathleen Bell wrote: “Does anyone recognize this two-sided quilt? It was given to me (Kathleen Bell) by a person who had no idea of its origin. It was most likely picked it up at a thrift store in Florida. It has no label.
This quilt is the quiltmaker’s original design, measuring 49” by 62”.
The quilt has definite Asian influences, with pandas and dragon embellishments and silk as well as cotton navy blue, red and multi-colored fabrics used. Of the quilt ...

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June 4, 2018
celebratory from Charm About You


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May 25, 2018
Fold, wrap, roll and fold from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

The last week I've been working in the studio doing a little cleaning and a lot of folding. I started with shelves that looked like this...

 and this...

and this!

However, I've been looking at ways that other quilters organize their fabrics and decided that it's time to take some action. So now they are beginning to look more like this...

And check this out!

Honestly, it's not quite as beautiful as it appears. Well, it looks great, but everything is much too crowded. In fact, an attempt to handle anything means contortions of mind and ...

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April 26, 2018
Paducah Quilt Week -- 2 -- plus a giveaway game from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Good grief! This stomach virus is a miserable, miserable way to spend three days. I thought the first round was bad, but nothing about that compares to this. I recommend that you do your best to avoid getting it. Especially the second time.

Anyway, I've recovered somewhat. Well, enough to walk out to the studio to prepare my Cotton Robin block for the mail. It should have gone out last week while I was in Paducah. (That didn't happen.) Then the virus, which Richard was fighting when I returned, found my system. Again. 

I don't know today ...

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April 21, 2018
Paducah Quilt Week -- 1 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Did you miss me?
Sorry that I've been away and derelict of my duties. I've been to a good place, though. Paducah, KY. The one. 

Where the National Quilt Museum is. That one.

Friends waiting on me to finish my shopping at
 Hancock's of Paducah. Look they're still smiling.

I know, I've been before. But this time is a little extra special. Quilt Week and all that. Kinda important. Especially in Paducah.

Becky, Pam, me and Beth at the AQS Quilt Show

This is The Week. When everyone quilty seems to converge on the one ...

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March 15, 2018
pssst... from Charm About You

there's a giveaway...

The 'Sherbet Dip' collection by Jo Avery of myBearpaw is a beautiful selection of vibrant and pretty colours. Win this large box of 12 spools of Aurifil 50 weight thread...

head over to my instagram @charmaboutyou and follow the simple steps to enter!

Good luck!

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March 12, 2018
1000 posts! from Charm About You

fabric bundle scraps

It feels pretty amazing to hit publish today because this is my 1000th blog post! I started blogging in 2011 and have (fairly) consistently managed to blog each week since. To celebrate I want to have a little giveaway, to say thank you to everyone that reads and shares my sewing journey.

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March 1, 2018
Aurifil Forty3 quilting thread from Charm About You

As a quilter, thread is right up next to fabric as a crucial factor in my projects. Many times the colour and choice of thread can make or break a quilt for me. And lets not talk about the early days when I used bad thread in a quilt that literally broke apart after a few washes!

I like to experiment and try different threads and brands, in the same way I use different brands of fabric. Aurifil is the one brand I have stuck to, using the 50 weight thread for my machine / hand piecing and English Paper Piecing ...

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March 16, 2017
Obsessive About Dyeing from Where Art & Life Meet

Dyeing fabrics is an obsession.  I began with cottons as directed in the Elizabeth Barton class, Dyeing to Design, that I took over at Academy of Quilting.  I had little interest in dyeing or so I thought, and only took the class because Elizabeth was teaching it and I wanted to take a class with… Continue reading Obsessive About Dyeing

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April 30, 2016
Paci Bib from Fabric Mom

A friend recently shared a picture with me of a Paci Bib that you can snap a pacifier to so that it doesn’t get lost when the baby spits it out. I went home and modified a bib design that I already had and my version of the Paci Bib was born. She have been selling them at our local flea market for me.

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The post Paci Bib appeared first on FabricMom.

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April 28, 2015
Indigo Dyeing Day from Marianne Bos - Quilt Artist

Its been a very long long time since I have blogged but I am just soo excited to tell you what I have been up to today!

A lady (who met me a while ago at a fair) contacted me and asked if I would help her do some Indigo dyeing with her for a quilt she was making.  Like, how fast could I say yes!!!

Anyway today Kay came over to my house and we broke out the indigo and got to the dyeing. She was dyeing linen.

We pleated, folded, wrapped and rubber banded.

It comes out of ...

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