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March 1, 2019
Yikes! from Pinkadot Quilts

I just realized I have not posted in a long time! Truth be told, January and February seemed to fly by this year. While some might say that is a good thing, I am trying very hard to live in the moment. I want to enjoy the quiet and slower pace of winter inside my cozy home. Once the spring and summer hit, there is never a dull moment! We are on the go, non-stop.
I love flowers and buy them for myself all the time. If you have not bought yourself some flowers for no reason, you should try ...

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August 25, 2018
Creating Collages Class from Quilt Paint Create

I’m back from the show and had a great time.
I started on Wednesday with a Trish Stuart class, Creating Collages. It was a great class and she did a really good job of explaining the mechanics of collage. I learned a lot in a short time and finished my collage pear. She was the most positive, supportive teacher I’ve ever had.
I didn’t have the Kaffe Fassett fabric I needed for the class and decided to take what I had rather than buy something else. It felt more relevant to learn the technique using my fabrics ...

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July 16, 2018
All Gussied Up: Fabric Collage Penguin from Quilted Joy

I have been waiting to show you this since the Spring and I can finally reveal it! I’d like to introduce you to my friend Guss.

Isn’t he fabulous? You may have noticed that we are in love with the Laura Heine style fabric collage animals here. Our students have made a bunch of them. Penguins are my spirit animal so I wanted to create my own using a line drawing. Here’s a photo of him in progress taped to my wall.

I used Steam a Seam 2 which is sticky and repositionable which allowed me to ...

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April 12, 2018
Fabric Collage Class Student Creations! from Quilted Joy

I had so much fun last month with my Fabric Collage the Laura Heine Way classes! These classes always fill up so quickly, probably because Laura Heine’s creations are just so cute! I thought I’d share some of the critters my students were working on. By the way, I shared most of these photos on Facebook and Instagram during and right after class. If you like these, go ahead and like and follow me on Instagram and Facebook for even more quilty goodness!

This round of classes, the birds were super popular! Here’s Doodle-Doo the Rooster and ...

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March 29, 2018
April Scrap Attack And March Finish from Quilt Paint Create

My March Scrap Attack project was a continuation of my February project. Collage quilts are WAY out of my comfort zone, so I struggled a bit in a good way. It’s finished and I’m happy with it, which is all that matters.
birds onlyI’m not done playing with collage but will take a break from it for a few months. I like the freedom of the process. I struggle with the design decisions. I expect it will get easier as I make more of them.
For April I picked #12 on my list, another undefined small project. I ...

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March 3, 2018
March Short List And OMG from Quilt Paint Create

February was a fast month. I finished the Surface Design Round Robin and the Bouquet quilt (UFO). My Art Quilt Group decided to stop passing the Round Robin pieces, which eliminates that category.

I’ve learned so much by adding the OMG designation to the list because it forces me to finish old projects. It reminded me how much I love applique and other things I stopped doing because of limited time. Slowly, I’m bringing those things back.

The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project and a scrap project. I started using this system ...

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March 1, 2018
February Scrap Attack Project and March Goal from Quilt Paint Create

My February goal was to make a collage from scraps. I didn’t quite finish it.
birds with quiltingI still need to applique one bird wing and the branch and quilt everything below the branch.
This project was way out of my comfort zone. My learning moment came when I realized I should have embellished the fabric BEFORE attaching everything with fusible or glue. I ended up painting on it twice.
I found the background too plain without paint and crayon. I won’t make that mistake again.
Well, maybe I will but at least I know it’s fixable.
And because ...

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February 25, 2018
Sunday Stash February 25, 2018 from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric in or out this week.
I had to go out of town for work this week, which killed the stitching time. The travel date got changed then postponed and then rescheduled with almost no notice. The schedule change resulted in long days so we could accomplish what we were there to do. I didn’t have time for handwork in the hotel at night because we worked so late.
I’m grateful for the new week so I can get back to those projects.
Before I left I added more paint to the bottom of the bird quilt ...

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February 22, 2018
More Trees from Rana Quilts

This past weekend I took my bag of scraps and various other supplies to Augusta for the bi-monthly Art Quilts Maine meeting. I had been asked to teach my Tree Bits technique to the group. With only a couple of hours, we had time to get the trees from conception to adding tulle. Once the tulle was in place, people could carry their trees home without fear of losing all those tiny scraps! Photos of trees in progress have begun showing up on our Facebook page and in my email. I wanted to share a few here--isn't it wonderful ...

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February 18, 2018
Sunday Stash February 18, 2018 from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric in or out this week.
I started my Scrap Attack collage, got this far and got stuck.
birds fusedI realized after everything was glued or fused that the background was too plain and I should have painted/painstiked/colored it first. New ground, new lessons.
I liked what I had and I didn’t want to mess it up. Anyone else ever feel this way?
I thought about it last night and wondered who this person was and what she’d done with the real me. I am fearless when it comes to surface design. I believe you can ...

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February 11, 2018
Island Batik Mod Hearts Card Tutorial from Carol Lyles Shaw

This is a tutorial on making fused fabric collage greeting cards using Island Batik fabric and my Mod Hearts block in a slightly smaller size than the original miniquilt pattern I blogged about HERE.

Mod Heart Greeting card made with Fused fabric. Heart is on the front of the card.  I’ll handwrite my personal message on the inside.

I decided to use my Island Batik pink and red bundle for these Galentine’s Day Mod Hearts cards.

Galentine’s Day was created by Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope. I like the idea of celebrating it with a card ...

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We’ve Got Some Exciting Classes Coming Your Way! from Quilted Joy

I have been hard at work putting together my spring schedule of classes and I’m so excited for everything we have coming up! We’ve got everything from piecing techniques to machine quilting on the stand ups AND the sit down domestic machines. So are you ready to learn a lot this spring? Take a look at all of the amazing classes we have on our jam-packed schedule this spring.

Take a (P)Fantastic Adventure in Machine Quilting with Claudia Pfeil

Claudia Pfeil Longarm Machine Quilter

The workshop I’m most looking forward to is Claudia Pfeil’s (P)Fantastic Adventure. You may not ...

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February 3, 2018
February 2018 Short List & OMG from Quilt Paint Create

Here we are at another month. Progress was limited in January because the list was full of new projects. Lots of starts, not a lot of finishes.
I did finish my Scrap Attack project and made good progress on two others. I didn’t touch the other two.
The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project, a scrap project and Creative Play. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I add and delete categories over time as my interests change.
Something Old – The Bouquet quilt is in the quilting stage. Finishing ...

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February 1, 2018
Scrap Attack January Finish from Quilt Paint Create

Talk about a project that did not go as expected.
My January goal was to make a woven project using the technique in this book.
fabric leftoversThe first challenge was finding rug canvas as Joann’s no longer carries it. A friend brought me some scraps and saved the day.
Once I started the piece I realized it took a lot longer to weave the strips through the canvas than I thought. Once I finished that I did the first round of stitching. My sewing machine was none too happy.
I started the second round of stitching and my machine was ...

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January 26, 2018
hanging basket tote bag from Charm About You

One of the joys of appliqué is creating anything you want from fabric shapes. I drew some simple flowers, petals and leave templates to make up this hanging basket design. The initial idea was a bowl of flowers, a modern take on the traditional basket quilt block design. It evolved into two pattern shapes, the bowl and the basket. The Kaffe Fassett prints were also perfect for some fussy cutting - in the same style as Bari J's beautiful fabric collage style - so it became a mix of appliqué shapes and collage. I like the organic look that creates. 

I ...

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January 25, 2018
Laura Heine Fabric Collage Class Now Open from Quilted Joy

After an overwhelming response from folks loving all the Laura Heine quilts we’ve been posting from our last class, we’ve decided to offer the class again! In this class we will explore the fabric collage technique that defines the Laura Heine style quilts. We will spend a great deal of time considering value and contrast in an effort to add dimensional aspects to our animals. This is a great class to learn not only a technique but also a way of looking at how to select fabric and color for the right effect.

If you’d like to ...

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December 24, 2017
In Conjunction with Dahlov Ipcar from Rana Quilts

The Portland Public Library recently hosted an exhibit of Dahlov Ipcar children's books. Ipcar would have been 100 this year, and the exhibit featured artwork from some of her best loved stories such as "The Calico Jungle" and "The Biggest Fish in the Sea". In conjunction with the exhibit, I was asked to do a fabric collage workshop in the children's library.
Surprisingly, people of all ages, from 4 to 74 stopped by during the 3-hour workshop and asked if they could participate. It was free flowing and hands on, with each person creating their own image--some abstract ...

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October 30, 2017
Mixed Media Mashup from Rana Quilts

Art Quilts Maine 2017 Challenge, Mixed Media Mashup, is currently on tour in Maine! A dozen quilts developed in response to the challenge statement join another eight small portraits created by AQM artists. The parameters for Mixed Media Mashup were to incorporate two or more visual art media including painting, collage, photography or embellishments in a quilt that measured at least 100" in perimeter.

Several artists participated in the "portrait challenge", working to create a human portrait in a small format. Each portrait had to include a piece of dark red fabric. See if you can find the red fabric ...

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