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March 23, 2020
Crochet Crazy from Becca's Crazy Projects

Aunt Betty dropped off a bunch of Mandala yarn a few weeks back and I've been trying to use it up. I almost always have at least one crochet project going at a time. I wanted to use this easy 2-row repeat design called "domes" to make another triangle shawl. This stitch is from Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary: 125 Essential Stitches to Crochet in Three Ways. A great stitch dictionary if you are into crochet stitch dictionaries and designing your own crochet projects.  
I wasn't getting the texture I wanted by doing one row in the the ...

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March 17, 2020
To-Do Tuesday: Spirit Song Top Nearing Completion and a NEW Ruler Work Linky Party! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

You guys, I am so excited about a NEW linky party just for ruler work quilting!  Karin is hosting it on her blog The Quilt Yarn, every other Tuesday -- and the link up is active for a full week starting TODAY!  The linky party is open to anyone who is quilting with rulers, on any make/model machine whether it's a domestic machine, a sit-down longarm or a longarm on a frame.  I'm ridiculously excited about this because there is nothing better than a community of quilters who are all exploring the same techniques, working on the same ...

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March 16, 2020
Crochet Madness from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working up some swatches using my copy of Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary: 125 Essential Stitches to Crochet in Three Ways to make things. This was my swatch for a cowl. 
A friend gave me this cake of Caron Chunky and it seemed perfect for a chunky cowl. Aft I swatched, I cast on the right number of stitches and got hooking! This project took only a couple days to work up. Super quick with bulky yarn.
On Sunday morning I was almost done. 
It's kind of lumpy, but I like it anyway. Now I just ...

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March 9, 2020
International Women's Day – 4 Women I Admire from Where Art & Life Meet

In honor of International Women’s Day I am featuring four women in my life, who have influenced me the most. All four of these women are exceptional and I am deeply grateful to each of them. The first – my grandmother, who, though I did not always have an easy relationship with, I greatly admired… Continue reading International Women's Day – 4 Women I Admire

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Crochet Every Way from Becca's Crazy Projects

I wanted to make another shawl using a new design and some Caron Cakes yarn.
I grabbed my copy of Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary: 125 Essential Stitches to Crochet in Three Ways, some yarn, and got swatching. I have way more stitch dictionaries than I probably need but I had to add this one to my collection. It does something most stitch dictionaries don't do: it tells you how to shape the stitches it tries to teach you. I really like this book because it does exactly that. It teaches you how to work the stitch designs flat ...

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March 7, 2020
Muse Symbol from Nina Paley

I’m looking at and thinking about religious symbols all day – ok, I admit it, CHRISTIAN symbols, those symbols I’m surrounded by here in Western Civilization, but which have always been forbidden because I’m an atheist Jew. Well, I’ve lifted that internal prohibition recently, and my symbol-loving mind has been wallowing in symbols like a pig in shit ever since.Crosses are everywhere, including the Venus symbol, also known as the Woman symbol. Some say the O represents the womb, and the + represents a man hanging off it. Obviously the cross symbol predates Christianity, and its meaning ...

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March 3, 2020
Teaching at Gotham Quilts! from Where Art & Life Meet

A month ago I taught a 2-hour stitching workshop exploring shapes and stitches at my quilt guild. It was a huge success, and lots of fun! I prepared squares of wool and precut circles in different sizes. More than 20 people attended and each person got to pick a wool square and some circles, which… Continue reading Teaching at Gotham Quilts!

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February 27, 2020
YouTube, Blogging, Stitching & Life from Where Art & Life Meet

Things have been busy around here. I had the idea to start a YouTube channel over a year ago. My thought was to go through Sue Spargo’s Creative Stitching book and demonstrate every stitch (but for left-handed stitchers) featured in her book, one stitch a week. I discussed my idea with Anna Bates, my friend… Continue reading YouTube, Blogging, Stitching & Life

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February 26, 2020
Frolic Mystery Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 3

I'm still working on my Frolic Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. I shared previous progress in Part 1 and Part 2 blog posts. 
I was concerned I wouldn't have enough of the green for sashing, but after I cut a few strips of the black I discovered I had just enough.
I'm always challenged by blocks set on point. Not only is there the problem with keeping things from shifting because everything is on the bias, particularly along the edges, but it just takes longer to piece than blocks in rows and columns ...

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February 24, 2020
Vintage Four-Patch from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is what my cutting table looks like most of the time. I move on to the next project and leave a pile of leftovers to put away later. This slows down some of my creativity, but not enough to keep me from doing it again. I had a bunch of strips and squares leftover from my Star Storm Quilt. I decided to trim down some of those leftovers to make some simple four-patch in four-patch blocks.
First, I made a bunch of smaller (4.5" by 4.5") 4-patch units.
Then I joined some to make bigger blocks (8 ...

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February 18, 2020
Photo Wall Canvas Art Review from Tea Rose Home

This post is sponsored post by Photo Wall

I was given the opportunity to work with a Sweden based company called Photo Wall. I visited their website and I was blown away by their choice of beautifully designed wallpaper. I spent a long time scrolling through their site and going back and forth to decide on the design I wanted to work with. At first, I really wanted wallpaper, but I couldn't think of any walls in my house to put up at this time. Maybe when we finish our basement... there are going to be a few big ...

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February 17, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Tee Shirts from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I've had several friends ask me about the tee shirt quilts that I've made. That got me thinking about layouts, so I thought I'd share a few with you. This first one is probably the easiest one to use because you can cut all the tees the same size.
Cara's T-shirt quilt.

24 super ideas for t-shirt quilt layout ideas

KeepsakeSewing: T-shirt Quilt - I Arted Shirt - Ideas of I Arted Shirt #artedshirts - KeepsakeSewing: T-shirt Quilt

Tshirt quilt tutorials!!! I started mine (Mizzou, too, how funny!) a long time ago, but was only going to sew shirt squares together... I'm SO glad I kept my scraps, because this one looks SO much cooler!! I can't wait to get working on it! :D

21 Ideas T-shirt Quilt Ideas Layout Squares #tshirt

tshirt quilt idea - never seen one on the diagonal like this. Much better!.

Jersey t-shirt quilts made from 9 to 49 tees. Memory T shirt

49+ Ideas T-shirt Quilt Layout Design For 2019

has some info on working with irregular shapes

As you can see, making a tee-shirt can be quite creative. If the goal is to get as many tees as possible into the quilt, this last one is a good way to go--cut the designs as small as you can and play with placement to get everything ...

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February 13, 2020
stitched pages in progress [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

stitched pages in progress

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February 11, 2020
My Approach To My Work- Rerun from Quilts + Color

Thinking about who I am and what I do as an artist I have some basic “tools” I use as I create no matter what medium I am using.

My current show “Ice Tapestries And Shibori Quilts” pushed me to think about how I work. Questions and comments by visitors to the show also help me clarify my creativity approach.
Color is one of my most important tools. Color can mean so many things and  the way colors work together and play off of each other is evident in my work.
I prefer to pair design down to their simplest ...

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February 9, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

 How about some spiritual inspiration? I found these and pinned them to my "graphic sign decor emblem words inspiration" board. Note: you will not find any derogatory, crude, or foul language on any of my boards, including this one. What is inappropriate in my Godly life, I do not allow in my life.

               AA Serenity Prayer Inspirational SIGN by WeHaveAGreatNotion

This is a wood pallet sign that measures either 16 x 16 or 24 x 24. The background is painted White. Wording is Black.  I will handpaint, sand for a distressed/shabby chic/vintage look and seal the piece.  The back is left unfinished and comes ready to hang with sawtooth hanger.  When you place your order, be sure to specify: *Names (if desired) *Date (if desired)  Thanks so much for looking & I hope to be able to make this special piece for you

Large Wood Sign - A House is made of Bricks and Beams, A Home is made of Love and Dreams - Subway Sign

FAITH Sign/It Does Not Make Things Easy/It by TheGingerbreadShoppe, $24.95

AND I THINK TO MYSELF WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Sign Size: 25 x 10 (may vary by up to 1/2) Background: Antique White Lettering: Charcoal Gray Frame: Farmhouse Walnut Back: unfinished wood Turnaround Time: Please See Shop Announcement This is a 100% hand painted and distressed

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February 8, 2020
a table full of artist books [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

a table full of artist books

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February 7, 2020
Ideas Lab on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

You know I'm never really short of ideas.  They seem to pop into my head all the time.  The problem is that they tend to pop right out.  I know that sounds strange but life is loud and it can drown out the ideas.  Not to mention, was that idea really any good anyways??

I know you know what I finally get  some creative time....there's a quiet studio ...all clean... filled with all the wonderful fabric and goodies you got over Christmas ... and you got nothing.  So you start looking for inspiration ... you jot down ...

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February 5, 2020
Frolic Mystery Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 2

A couple weeks ago I shared Part 1 of my Frolic Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.
I've been making good progress on the many units that make up this quilt. First, I worked through the corner blocks.
Then, the side blocks.
I was finally filling in units and it was starting to look like a quilt.
This past weekend I managed to finish all the blocks. Now, I move on to the sashing. I don't make many quilts with sashing because it always seems like so much work. Great results, though.

Tools and supplies ...

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January 30, 2020
The Perfect Zippered & Lined Bag from Where Art & Life Meet

I love a good zippered pouch. Preferably one that I can take on an airplane, large enough for a tablet or small sketch book, a needle roll, small pair of scissors, and project, but not so large that it becomes cumbersome. I began looking around at what is already out there and found many lovely… Continue reading The Perfect Zippered & Lined Bag

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January 22, 2020
Frolic Mystery Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 1
Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville hosts a mystery quilt that begins the day after Thanksgiving in the United States.

Frolic began on Black Friday in 2019. I wasn't excited about the mystery quilt this time. I did buy some fabric, but I didn't have the interest to actually play along with the mystery. This isn't the fault of the designer, just a general feeling of not wanting to make a quilt without knowing where I was going. I waited until after the reveal to settle on my colors.
I picked up the black and the gray ...

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