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September 13, 2022
Menopause shirts from Nina Paley

Have your uterus and ovaries expired? Have you gained superpowers of invisibility and not giving a F***? Celebrate with this shirt.


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free (past) class for subscribers from Karen Ann Ruane

artist books and embroidery, online learning.

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Creating Limits on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Woman with Folded Arms, Picasso
 I wanted to say a big thank you for all the lovely comments last week.  I'm still working my way through the hop.  It's so fun to see what everyone is doing! Also, I'm still smarting about the fact that I didn't catch on to the theme "Get on Board with Sewing".  It really isn't a bad idea to set "limits" or
"rules" when you pick a project. I remember when Elizabeth Barton first brought up the idea to me of setting limits within a piece.  LIMITS?!?!  Why would you ...

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August 20, 2022
A Stellar Quilt from Ann Quilts


I fell in love with this quilt while rebinding it and patching a few torn pieces.  

It's a great set of blocks, each one different, totally fun.

The colors are some of my favorites.  I've always particularly liked combinations of purples and greens.  And now I find that the combination of the teal-turquoise with purples is just as wonderful.  I also enjoy the use of blue thread to quilt, even in the light background pieces.

The owner's aunt made it for her.

Here are some close-ups of the blocks.  (Hint - the ones in the final photo are ...

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August 8, 2022
Double Wedding Ring from Becca's Crazy Projects

I started cutting out this quilt in May 2022. I've been working on it pretty steadily for a couple weeks now. 
I've been sharing little snippets on Instagram when I finish a ring. 
Each is unique. 
Then I hit the tipping point where each seam creates a larger and larger piece and you just know the top will be finished soon. 
I finished the top. As with many of my quilt projects, this one will get set aside until I can buy some appropriate backing fabric. This quilt begs for quilting designed specifically for the Double Wedding Ring ...

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July 18, 2022
Christmas Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

A friend asked me to quilt up this fun little half-square triangle quilt. 
The quilt is just a few inches wider than a piece of quilting cotton so we pieced the backing with a coordinating green. I used a edge-to-edge quilting design with swirls, bells, and holly leaves. I like how it works with the background white fabric. Quilted with white So Fine and Omni threads from Superior Threads. 
Trimmed and ready for binding. Half-square-triangle blocks are a snap if you have cutting tools that work for you. My favorite are the Easy Angle Rulers (links below). 

Tools and supplies ...

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July 11, 2022
Scrap Crazy Templates from Becca's Crazy Projects

I also have the Creative Grids Scrap Crazy Templates to make an 8" block. I pulled out the leftover blues from charity quilt backings. 
I made some selections. 
I modified those selections before I finished cutting. 
I made sixteen 8" blocks and sewed them into four 16" blocks. 
This is the result. 
I added a 3.5" border to bring the size up to 38" by 38", perfect for a charity quilt. This was actually the second quilt I made with these templates. 
I also made this one, which has a different feel because of the fabrics used. I'm ...

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July 6, 2022
Scrap Crazy Templates from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've had this set of Creative Grids templates for years and years. I think I experimented with a single block but hadn't used them to make a quilt. This is the Scrap Crazy 6" set that lets you make a 6" finished block using some fun shapes. I grabbed this stack of fabrics and got cutting. 
I narrowed my selections to four prints. These fabrics were left over from quilt backings from charity quilts. I carefully selected my colors so the B piece would be the darkest. 
The blocks make up quickly. 
I placed them to get this ...

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June 29, 2022
isolating design from Karen Ann Ruane

isolating design for embroidery

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June 10, 2022
The Quilting Line on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

I am traveling this week so it gives me a good chance to procrastinate on finishing Tessa's face.  I'm so close to getting that piece done that it has me thinking about the quilting.  I tend to do three kinds of quilting on an art piece...lines that are essential for the composition....lines that are essential for the texture...lines that hold together the three layers.  

Lines that are Essential for the Composition

After much trial and error, I usually will add these lines with just the top and batting layered (no backing).  This way I can ...

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June 8, 2022
Double Wedding Ring from Becca's Crazy Projects

I finally reached the point where I wanted to start sewing some of the melons together. Don't expect the final quilt to look like this. I move pieces around every time I look at it. 
I think I have all the pieces cut. Big, involved quilts like this always take way longer than I think and I was pretty sure this one would take a while. 

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June 1, 2022
Double Wedding Ring from Becca's Crazy Projects

I'm still making slow progress on my double wedding ring quilt. I love how these fabrics will become a wonderful, scrappy quilt someday. Those pieced arcs are just so great. I'm still cutting and rearranging as I go. I'm sure I will settle on a layout when I start sewing the pieces together. Even then, I may adjust as I start sewing. 

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May 25, 2022
Florid Bloom Finish from Becca's Crazy Projects

I quilted this quilt back in January. Where has the year gone? I finally got around to attaching the binding. 
It's stripy and wonderful! A great finish even if it took a long time. 

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May 18, 2022
Double Wedding Ring from Becca's Crazy Projects

I continue to cut and layout pieces for my double wedding ring quilt. I've only made a couple pieced arcs. They aren't perfect but that is the sewist, not the templates. I will get it sorted out before assembly. Overall, this is a great project. Slow and great. 
I pieced a bunch of arcs. These are potato chip sewing. The kind of thing you can't have just one of. 
I will keep cutting and hanging these pieces on my design wall. I'm not sure how big the finished quilt will be but I love where it ...

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May 11, 2022
Double Wedding Ring from Becca's Crazy Projects

Like many quilters I aspire to make wonderful quilts. Also, I like quilt rulers and templates. I picked up the double wedding ring and large melon templates to go with my copy of Double Wedding Ring Quilts book from Victoria Findlay Wolfe.
I pulled a stack of fabrics I think will work and started cutting. 
I don't have a grand plan right now. This will be long-term project where I cut some pieces, sew some pieces, and look at the design wall to see how it is coming together. One of the exciting parts is that the little wedges ...

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April 16, 2022
one [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:


play and stitch is continuing in my notebook.....another page, the next page.

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March 28, 2022
New Decostitch and Floral Elements Colors from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello makers and fabric lovers!

With a new season upon us, what better way to honor the bright colors of spring with new shades of a couple of our most popular blenders: Floral and Decostitch Elements! These six new colors of each are perfect to add to your stash of AGF blenders since they make up a few missing shades between some, and they work well with others. 

If you’re unsure what blenders are and how to use them, check out this previous blog post that gives you great ideas on how to use these non-directional fabrics. 


Introducing our ...

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March 20, 2022
gimp, embroidery threads and hand wrapped buttons. from Karen Ann Ruane

gimp, embroidery threads and hand wrapped buttons.

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Small But Mighty from Quilts + Color


Mystic Movement- A Favorite Of Mine

                        Mystic Movement   18.5 x 15.5 inches   $

I love strong graphic images. Mystic Movement definitely fits that description.
I started this by simply sewing together some carefully chosen strips I had cut with no idea what was going to happen.
This happened and I couldn’t be happier with it.

It is another one of those pieces that will work in any decorating scheme with any colors.
Machine quilting enhances the design and gives the sharp edge necessary for strong graphic images.

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March 18, 2022
Frolic Mystery Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 4: Quilting

It has been ages since I finished my version of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt Frolic. This was the Quiltville Winter Mystery for the 2019/2020 season. I played with colors so I could use some fabrics I had on hand. I went with constant fabrics throughout and most of them read as solids. There are solids, but not as many as it seems upon first glance. 
I added my embroidered label directly onto the backing fabric prior to quilting. I really like this as it makes sure that label stays with the quilt.  
I chose the ...

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