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April 12, 2019
The Quilt Show–Sarah’s Episode! from Art and Quilting in Camden

What a delight it was to be invited to tape a show for the Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson online “tv” show, The Quilt Show (TQS)! In the past I have taped for two seasons of Quilting Arts TV (on PBS) and did a video workshop for Interweave (Art Quilt Design from Photo to Threadwork, available as a download), but TQS is on a whole other level of professionalism. It was filmed in the Comcast center near Denver…as you walked by the main office there was an entire cabinet of awards including a few Golden Globes! And to get ...

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April 3, 2019
Photo Challenge, early April from Art and Quilting in Camden

In 72 hours I’ll be in The Quilt Show studio, prepping to tape on Saturday. That meant do this week’s photo for my weekly photo challenge/critique group quick! My first thought was found letters, so I took a quick jaunt two miles to Hope Corner, the seat of town government (it’s ok to giggle). In the panorama, you can see the road to my house on the left, the Pinchbeck’s home, bagpipe business (Pinchbeck Pipes) and Sweetland Center (school, events)–black and red buildings, Hope General Store (big gray building in the center) which has ...

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March 14, 2019
Paint on Cloth at ProChem, Fall River, Massachusetts from Art and Quilting in Camden

Another SQUEEE–this time ProChem! I am delighted to share that I will be teaching a 3-day Paint on Cloth Workshop from August 5-7, 2020 at Pro Chemical & Dye in Fall River, Massachusetts. Think kindergarten for grown-ups with paint and cloth: silk paint, transparent, opaque and pearlescent textile paints, as both the Movie Star and the Supporting Cast. I’ll be developing course materials over the next 15 months, so if you’ve got something you want to learn, TELL ME! And if you’ve got a brilliant title, I’m sure I’m gonna need suggestions on that, too ...

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January 4, 2019
Sarah on The Quilt Show! from Art and Quilting in Camden

Yep, 2019 is shaping up to be a great year because I’ll be able to tick off a Bucket List item: in early April I’ll tape an episode of The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson! Here’s a preview I taped with Ricky while I was teaching at International Quilt Festival 2018 in Houston last November. I’m so psyched–gosh they made my work look SO GOOD!

Interview with Ricky Tims about my upcoming visit to TheQuiltShow.com . I’ll tape the episode in April and it will air later in 2019, I’m ...

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December 31, 2018
Last Quilty Project for the Year from Indigo Threads

 It's the end of the year, and I've got one last blog post for 2018.

I hope everyone had a happy Christmas and have been enjoying the holidays.  On the 20th we watched our granddaughters dance in their ballet school's Nutcracker selections.  They both dance on-point now and they each had their first solos!  A very exciting time for them!

We had a great time Christmas Eve at our oldest son's home with his family, and then a quiet day on Christmas, just the 3 of us at home.  It will be a quiet New Year ...

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December 23, 2018
Moments, Hours, Days, Autumn, a Book of Hours from Art and Quilting in Camden

Happy Solstice to one and all…at last the days no longer get shorter! To celebrate and as a Christmas gift (whether you celebrate it or not, it’s a gift of the season) to one and all, I thought I’d share a video I recently uploaded and just shared with those on my Newsletter List. (To sign up for the newsletter, go to my home page and fill in the blanks—about once a month I’ll pop in with this ‘n that.)

Those who follow me on Facebook (here) will recognize this pond and view which is ...

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December 19, 2018
Evolution of a pin design from Nina Paley

First I wanted it to be 1.25″ tall, and a cut-out shape:

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But this would snag on clothes, and bend. So I came up with this:

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But it looks like a bottle opener. Plus the Chinese pin-making company emailed me back that a cut-out like this would have to be at least 2″ long. So instead of cut-out details I designed for 1.5″ hard enamel:

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But then I thought to make the details shiny metal, and the main area color, with a thicker outline that would make the pin more stable:

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But then I thought, why not make ...

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December 5, 2018
Be Open to Your Creativity with Ann Walsh from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Meet Ann Walsh and enjoy hearing about her awesome passion for free motion quilting in this episode of the Quilting Friend’s Podcast. Ann has a wonderful perspective on living a creative life and healing and growing through craft.

Listen to this podcast or download it onto your computer using this player:

Help support the Quilting Friends podcast by joining the Friendship Quilt Along! Each month we’re going to piece and quilt a new block together step-by-step. Click Here to find the pattern for Block #1.

Ann Walsh Quilting

Ann is such a wonderful quilter and creative person! She ...

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November 30, 2018
That was intense from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I've worked some long days in my time. There's a huge difference between sitting at a desk for long hours and sewing for long hours. I'll take sewing anytime over a desk job!

Of course, I'm leaving today for the weekend sewing events in Earlton and North Bay and of course, there's a quilt that has to be sent to a magazine. Those deadlines often fall like that! Note to self - get better organized!

Anyway, when I started yesterday morning early - I had 12 of 18 blocks of one sort made and I hadn't ...

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November 24, 2018
A little snowman fun amidst minor panic from Art and Quilting in Camden

Ashley’s snowman, sewn on my trusty Janome 9400, using the buttonhole stitch and free motion stitching. 

Do ya ever have those moments when you walk into your studio / crafting space / hides hole and have a near panic attack because there are so many mid-stream projects that serious ADHD kicks in and you can’t do anything because you keep getting distracted by yet another something?  Yeah.   It was one of those days.

I’ve  added enough books and class materials (classes I’ve taken) that my shelves are too full.   So I had to find a box and remove ...

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November 23, 2018
International Quilt Festival #3: Machine Quilting Forum and a free afternoon from Art and Quilting in Camden

Machine Quilting Forum 2018–here’s my station (the middle panel was blank as it was the de facto projector screen.  THANK YOU SO MUCH to Janome America and Greg Sanford for making sure I had a machine on which to demo!   LOVE MY JANOME!

The day began with “leisurely speed dating” for machine quilters at the Thursday morning Machine Quilting Forum.  For those who have never had the pleasure of attending, the 3-hour session begins with all the attendees sitting for the better part of an hour as the six instructors each got 8 minutes to introduce themselves and ...

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Creativity is everywhere from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


We had the most amazing day yesterday at Sit n Sew. Seriously - there's NOTHING like having the day to sew with friends. I'm very blessed to have the space to share with my friends and even more blessed to have friends to sew with. Thanks to everyone who shares in the Sit n Sew days.

Now, I'm going to make you wait one more day to see what we worked on. Don't worry - I won't forget, the pictures are edited and waiting to be uploaded - tomorrow.

Today, I have a disturbing story to share with ...

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November 22, 2018
International Quilt Festival #2: Collage the Garden, Wednesday and Preview night from Art and Quilting in Camden

First off, Happy US Thanksgiving to one all around the world–this was written ahead and scheduled to post because (a) not everyone is in the US and (b) sometimes we need some R&R from the feasting and festivities!

My second full day at International Quilt Festival 2018 I got to teach one of my “Quilting the Garden” workshops, Collage the Garden.  Along with Thread-Coloring the Garden, the two classes can be combined into a two-to-five day workshop–any guilds or retreats out there interested????   My students were, of course, brilliant!    They had a choice of either the tiger ...

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November 21, 2018
International Quilt Festival #1: Tuesday, Birch Pond Seasons from Art and Quilting in Camden

Tuesday Morning looking at the George R. Brown Convention center from my hotel room, ready for the first day of teaching!

Before any more time elapses, it is time to blog about a wonderful International Quilt Festival 2018.   Since I have a billion photos, I’ll just insert images with little verbiage.   On Tuesday, I taught my Birch Pond Seasons class–because it was the day between Market and Festival, the class was smaller but that meant students had plenty of space to spread out and work, which is great for this class.  I love what my students did!   If ...

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November 16, 2018
Start Your Art Bloghop from Art and Quilting in Camden

Hot off the press, Lyric Kinard’s Start Your Art deck of cards / prompts is available as an actual deck or a digital download. You can get it here

Art and quilt teacher and friend Lyric Kinard (website and Facebook and Instagram) delighted me recently when she asked if I’d like to be part of a bloghop to launch her new prompts deck of cards “Start Your Art: 48 Warm Up Exercises to Jumpstart Your Art”…of course!  I shared a sneak preview two weeks ago, here; In that post I shared an exercise done waiting for an appointment ...

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November 1, 2018
A sneak preview…Start your Art – Lyric Kinard from Art and Quilting in Camden

Art and quilt teacher and friend Lyric Kinard (website and Facebook and Instagram) delighted me recently when she asked if I’d like to be part of a bloghop to launch her new prompts deck of cards “Start Your Art”…of course!  The official bloghop is in about two weeks after International Quilt Festival, but I’ve had a chance to download the pdf and play a bit.

Hot off the press, Lyric Kinard’s Start Your Art deck of cards / prompts is available as an actual deck or a digital download. You can get the deck here at Lyric ...

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October 16, 2018
The One With An Explanation (And A Crazy Beanie) from knot what it seams

Would you believe that it’s been two months since I’ve posted?!

Actually, I can. Things have been really busy over here in Munchkin Land, I got another part time job to add to the two I already had, throw in studying photography, opening a second Etsy shop and my regular habit of ignoring computer work to crochet instead and surely you dear readers will understand?

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October 4, 2018
Faye: Making Time to Create from The Inbox jaunt

Hello again!! It’s been a busy, busy few months but I’m happy to be getting back to The Inbox Jaunt! Over the last few months, I visited my sister and her family in St. Louis, attended the Madison Quilt Expo … Continue reading

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September 26, 2018
Why do YOU Quilt? Process or Product? from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Please indulge me…I’ve been quietly quilting and thinking…. Why do we quilt?  Why do we cut apart large pieces of fabric into small pieces only to sew them back together again?! Why don’t we just go to … Continue reading

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September 25, 2018
The Comfort of Quilting from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Thank you all so much for your kind words of condolence. It was heart-warming to hear about your mothers too!  I feel like so many of you–that she is always with me now–especially when I quilt! Rusty … Continue reading

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