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January 17, 2019
Switch & Stitch Improvisational Stuffed Fish from Gefilte Quilt

Stuffed fish, high in fiber, yum! Here are a couple of whoppers (11" x 5"), made from blue jeans, though you can use any fabric. They serve as pillows and/or toys. This fun and forgiving method makes two at the same time, stacking and switching pieces. It can also be used to create four applique fish, if you're making an underwater quilt! My pair: Fish 1, 
And Fish 2,

With minimal embellishment, they exude serenity. One has a coconut shell button eye. 
Its partner started out with two vintage mother-of-pearl button eyes, and decorative stitching on the seams ...

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January 7, 2019
Stuffed, Embellished Creatures from Denim Jeans for Sensory Stimulation! from Gefilte Quilt

My beautiful, artistic, Aunt Ruthie is 94, and although her mind is  sharp, she's both visually and hearing-impaired, and has severe arthritis in her hands. Last month, we flew to Arizona to visit her and her daughter, my cousin Nina. By accident, I brought her the perfect gift, which she's holding here: 
What the heck is that? Why, it's a hairy, sensory stimulation, two-humped camel, of course! 
The "hair" is 6-strand embroidery floss. Thread it through a large-eyed needle, tie a knot about two inches from the end, bury the needle, bring it out 1/2" away ...

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December 16, 2018
How to Stitch a Cute Quilted Cactus from Gefilte Quilt

How's your holiday gift production? Here's a fun last-minute idea: Stuffed, maybe quilted cactii. I first made a couple out them of printed quilting fabric, like this Manhattan cactus (no watering required, just occasional dusting), in its own (fabric) custom pot. It's about 4" high.

Then I made one from a plaid scraps, with embroidery thread flowers. It's about 5" high 
I switched over to denim - specifically, worn and washed jeans. Here's a friendly flat cactus, about 5" high. 
Cross stitches serve as quilting, too. In the base, there are dimples, quilted in by machine ...

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September 24, 2018
A Quilter's Tour of September Vogue from Gefilte Quilt

Quilting is many things - psychotherapy, light exercise, friendship - but it is never a way to get rich, thin, fashionable, or chronologically younger.

So I don't have much to relate to in Vogue magazine photos, which celebrate the trendy, sinewy, wealthy, and post-millenial*. But I do enjoy some of their articles, and read them at the gym, while operating cardio machines, in a vain (pun intended) attempt to youthify myself.

In recent weeks, I've been pedaling faster than ever with excitement over the hefty September, 2018 issue. That's because I deciphered its secret message to quilters: Turn your ...

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September 3, 2018
Embroidered Denim Dress from Tea Rose Home

I found this gorgeous embroidered light denim fabric at Joann's. It was a little bit more than I normally pay for fabric, but it was 30% off and I had an additional 20% off coupon, so I decided to go for it. I just wanted a casual dress with a simple design for everyday wear. I used one of my dresses as a guide for cutting and kind of made this up as I went. Here is the finished dress.

It is a light denim, but with all the embroidery, the fabric is a little tough. I love the ...

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August 20, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Choi So Young from The Snarky Quilter

Used denim from pants, skirts, shirts, etc., isn’t the most likely medium for art, but Korean artist Choi So Young can see whole urban landscapes in it. He (or she, websites differ) is especially clever in using the bits most … Continue reading

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July 4, 2018
I May Have A Scrap Problem - June Results and July Goals! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

It seems that June just flew by, doesn't it?  So much going on with the beginning of summer, and that definitely made a difference in my time for working with scraps - but I did make some progress!  I'll show you the small progress first, though...

This was my June goal.  And this was scrap tub "B"...

Oh my goodness was that tub packed full of stuff!  I pressed and cut, pressed and folded, stashed away fabric in color-sorted tubs, and this is where it stood at the end of the month...

So I made a good ...

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July 2, 2018
And the winner is … from Granny Maud's Girl

The winner of last week’s giveaway was comment number 36 from Anja. I have sent her an email, and I hope she replies to claim her prize soon.

On a whim, I decided to create a runner-up prize. I am going to send a pattern to Fran too because her comment mentioned that she sews for Aussie Hero Quilts. I do not have time to make things for them, so it is nice to support others who do.

And as I cannot have a blog post without a picture of some random thing I made, here is a photo ...

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May 16, 2018
Helen’s Memorial Quilt from Quilted Joy

When someone you love passes on, it can be difficult to know what to do with what they leave behind. Somethings have value outside of sentiment and can be kept and be useful as is, or be sold. Somethings which may have been useful while they lived, now find themselves obsolete or just redundant to what you already have yourself. With no value at all, they can be donated or thrown out. But what do you do with the things like clothes, that were such a daily part of their lives, but can have no real purpose in ours? To ...

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May 14, 2018
A Going-to-College Tee Shirt Quilt, Only 6 1/2 Years Late from Gefilte Quilt

Happy Mothers Day to all moms! Here's a project that's poignant but therapeutic for mothers and other empty nesters. It will move all of your offsprings' impossible-to-throw-away tee shirts out of your house!

I wanted to have this quilt ready for my son to bring to college in September...of 2012. It took longer. But I finally finished and presented it to him this week!

The quilt has two themes. Front: Oh, the places you've been!  (Tee shirts from childhood through college).

Back: Oh, the places you haven't been! (Fabrics from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Africa, three ...

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March 11, 2018
The Shirt Off His Back, Into His Quilt from Gefilte Quilt

Is there someone in your life who doesn't want you to buy him or her anything new? I so admire anti-materialists, including both men in my immediate family. DH doesn't want me to buy him anything fresh that isn't meat, while for DS, vegan artisanal chocolate is usually the best (and only) bet. 
Sometimes I cave to their principles, and sometimes I outwit them by making them quilts, since both are way too polite to return them. Here's the small Valentine quilt I made my husband this year.
I'm thinking of calling it "Nothing New ...

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March 8, 2018
The Denim (And Other Old Stuff) Challenge from The Snarky Quilter

One of the good (and bad) aspects of art quilt groups is their love of challenges. It’s good to have a starting point for a piece, but I find it can distract me from more long term work. If I … Continue reading

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March 7, 2018
I May Have A Scrap Problem....A Little Bit of This and That from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Well, it's been a scrappy happy week!  I've been a good girl and worked with my scraps A LOT this week, and I've got some good progress to show for it!  

First of all, I started cutting up the scraps in the infamous Tub C...

...and filled up my two organizing boxes with the results of the first week of cutting.  Barely made a dent in the big tub, but at least it's a start!  

I'm still trying to come up with a great design for the second part of this month's ...

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March 6, 2018
Make-A-List Monday - Back to the Real World! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

After an absolutely gorgeous weekend, it's Monday again, with a whole new week full of days to fill with lots of fun sewing!  Let's see how last week's list went first, though...

1.  Quilt two quilt tops for Heartbuilders.
Done!  These two are so pretty - pieced by Deborah S. and headed out this week!

2.   Work on piecing my new project, a wedge quilt from Christina Cameli's new book.
In progress - I've pieced all the wedges, and also the denim background (made from old jeans).  At least I can see what it will ...

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January 31, 2018
visible mending from Sotak Handmade

Do you mend your clothes? I must admit, I used to see clothes mending as something only poor people had to do because they couldn't afford new clothes. I know, pretty bad attitude for sure, especially since this kind of thinking adds to all the unnecessary waste we produce.

Thankfully though over the last few months I started seeing mending as something not just useful and good for the environment, but also a way to make one's wardrobe more fun and unique. Have you heard of visible mending? I found it super, super inspiring and decided to try ...

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January 23, 2018
More QuiltCon Rejects, and One that Squeaked In! from Gefilte Quilt

I am still excited about being a QuiltCon reject! Last week, I showed one of my favorite quilts (that I  made) which was turned down by QuiltCon, the country's preeminent modern quilt show, which will be held in Pasadena (the city next to me) in late February.

I was, of course, sad, until I found all the other fabulous losers on Instagram, using the search term #QuiltConReject. If you were turned down too, head over there and you'll feel mostly much better (you're in great company!), and maybe only a teensy bit worse on one count ("if ...

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December 13, 2017
Monster Knee Patch from Selvage Blog

Another cute denim idea: a monster knee patch. From Bebe a la mode design.

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December 11, 2017
Denim Dog from Selvage Blog

What a cute way to upcycle an old pair of jeans! I found a site about making denim toys: here.
There are no patterns on that site, just lots of inspiration. 

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November 24, 2017
Another Denim & Crochet Purse, made from Freemotion Quilting Practice Pieces from Gefilte Quilt

When it comes to freemotion quilting, practice makes not-so-bad. Never perfect - not me - but certainly more tolerable. No matter how eager I am to start FMQing, the more time I take to practice, the better I will like the results.

The downside is that the practice pieces accumulate in towering snowdrifts, looking something like this:

So here's a project that can upcycle some of them! Especially if you practice on denim! With the holidays coming, it's a fun gift. It's a denim and crochet cross-body purse. I showed one off two weeks ago (here), but this one ...

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November 5, 2017
Wrong Meets Right: Half-Backwards, Reversible Denim Scrap Purse Tutorial from Gefilte Quilt

Here's a crossbody 7" x 9" upcycled denim pouch that can be worn inside-out, or outside-in.  In fact, it's not at all clear to me which way is out!  Let's call this Side A, Orientation 1....
Turn it over to see Side A, Disorientation 1 

Open it up, reach inside, pull out the inside, and here's Side B, chaos...

....and Side B, not so chaotic....

This makes a guaranteed unique gift and even if you don't crochet, you can improvise alternatives. Here's how it happened.

It all started out, as most of my stuff ...

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