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September 8, 2019
But is it Art? from Where Art & Life Meet

This is one of those questions that guarantees the page will remain blank, the canvas untouched, the design wall bare. This is a question best left unasked. It’s like asking, “Do I look fat?” Whatever the answer, it will do nothing to placate the nagging doubt. Ask 100 people how they define “art” and you… Continue reading But is it Art?

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August 15, 2019
Willow VI -- Murky from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

Life ...
Corn harvest is in full swing.

... as a Quilter
Willow VI -- Murky
8" X 10"


Patches ironed onto the background.

I pulled fabric for auditioning a silhouette.

After consideration, I chose the very dark brown solid fabric for my silhouette.

I tweaked the willow and ironed it down to the quilted background and then free motion stitched it for the final piece.

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June 24, 2019
Summertime Saga from Quilting Solutions

It is summer.  It has been snowing on the high peaks and lower in some places.  High mountain roads are closed.  Colorado dream!  It is cold - I wore my winter jacket to walk the dog this morning.  My blogging will be erratic all summer so I will explain.

We just returned from a fabulous trip to CA for our granddaughter's wedding.  It was a wonderful time with family and friends.  We travelled with my sister and her husband and explored Black Dragon wash in Utah along the way.  It is a short hike from the freeway and has pictographs ...

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June 19, 2019
Is Enough, Ever Enough? from Asianartandquilt's Blog

“Fog”, finished at last, whew! If you feel I’ve been neglecting my blog postings this last year, you would be right. I’ve been working on five art quilts & several commissions for about a year. This is the very last one, I’m just now framing it & will post it in my Etsy shop…

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June 3, 2019
In the Heat of Summer and Twirly Birds on Exhibit from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

Two of my pieces "In the Heat of Summer" ...

... and "Twirly Birds" ...

are included in the exhibit Mississippi Quiltings at The MAX in Merdian, MS through Aug. 11, 2019.

Here are the details of the exhibit.

Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints

May 25, 9:00 am – August 11, 5:00 pm

Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints,* the next changing exhibit at The MAX, focuses on the art of quilt making, and represents seven fiber artists from around the world. Curated by internationally renowned artist and teacher Nancy Crow, Material Pulsescontributes to the dialogue of contemporary textile arts. Says Crow, “Material Pulses ...

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April 8, 2019
Teryn Colors & Quilts Curious George from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

I helped Teryn make this quilt from ...

... a page he colored.

He leaves nothing uncolored.

He wanted to make a quilt from his handiwork, but I soon saw that he was more interested in using the sewing machine than cutting out fabric. So I did the cutting and fusing.

 He did the quilting.

... and stitched the binding.

All finished.

The back.

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Rhianna Makes an Art Quilt from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

While I was in Virginia this spring, I helped my niece Rhianna make an art quilt. She drew a picture of the Eiffel Tower. Then we translated it to fabric and she quilted it.

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April 6, 2019
Byler Family Art Quilt from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

The Andy Byler Family

From an old family picture I ...

 ... used some photo filters and printed the outcome onto fabric.

The back.

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Oasis for SAQA from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

Oasis -- 12"X12"

This is my piece for the 2019 SAQA Benefit Auction.

Small square patches are fused and quilted to the background fabric providing a sunset backdrop for an oasis of palms, the perfect spot for rest and relaxation.


Signed and dated on the back.

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Patches Workshop from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

I recently had a "Patches" workhop in our home. These ladies came from Alabama, Mississippi, and as far away as Kentucky. We had a delightful time together.

They worked hard to get their pieces quilted before leaving.

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March 12, 2019
Librarian Challenge from StitchinGirlMary's Blog

After completing a recent piece, my sister-in-law Lili suggested I try my hand at a series of authors. I have done quite a few over the years — Poe is my favorite, of course. But when Li suggested the series, my mind went right to JK Rowling.

Some of my fondest memories from my kids’ childhood are based around Harry Potter. I remember taking them to the first movie –we saw it on an outdoor screen– and we were hooked. For the viewing of the 3rd movie I made wizard hats for the kids. Afterwards my middle boy created his own ...

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March 1, 2019
Finding One’s Voice from Where Art & Life Meet

In January I had the opportunity to go to one of Sue Spargo‘s fabulous workshops in Tucson, Arizona, a place I’d never been. While there I met some lovely people, one of whom was Anna Bates, who has a blog, Woolie Mammoth, a YouTube channel – Quilt Roadies, and blogs for The Quilt Show once… Continue reading Finding One’s Voice

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February 23, 2019
Fear-less — Pixel Play Project Quilting 10.4 Challenge from Mulberry Patch Quilts

This week Trish (our challenge designer for Project Quilting) chose PIXEL PLAY for our 10.4 challenge.

This week, I’d like you to be inspired by these particles, whether you pixelize a picture, make use of low resolution like 8-bit graphics, or are merely inspired by these hard-working colored boxes.

Since I love to work with mosaics, the thought of working with pixels was inspiring. So I’m definitely IN this week. Thanks Trish!

I found a website (Pixel Stitch) that will convert a photo to an embroidery pattern made up of squares. Although it’s made for embroidery ...

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February 11, 2019
another “How to Make a Fiber Art Quilt” post from StitchinGirlMary's Blog

The journey continues ❤ As I previously wrote, I have been offering to share my techniques with local quilting guilds and am excited to post that I have successfully booked a few upcoming dates. Once I sign the contract, I’ll be sure to blog about the dates and times.

I am also reaching out to local Art Councils to offer a course on my technique. For my employment, I do some teaching — as the daughter of two teachers, this is a good fit. And since this is a technique of my own design that I’ve done for 10 years ...

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January 10, 2019
Project Quilting Inspiration from Mulberry Patch Quilts

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are over, and it’s time for Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams to begin the first week of the Project Quilting Season 10 challenge.

When I saw the first challenge phrase, “Hope Springs Eternal“, I instantly thought of a photo my son & daughter-in-law sent us of our sweet little granddaughter looking up in awe as she “helped” decorate their Christmas tree.

Isn’t she a sweetie? She’s just between 1-1/2 & 2…So this is the first time she’s really enjoying the tree. And that look on her face ...

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December 15, 2018
Mosaic Quilts: My Infatuation Continues from Mulberry Patch Quilts

So after seeing the gorgeous quilts by Heidi Proffetty (see my earlier post) and not having access to a digital fabric cutter (which is really a necessity for her technique), I thought I’d try creating another small mosaic art quilt using the simpler tiny squares recommended by Cheryl Lynch (see previous blog post).

I thought you might enjoy following along with the process.

The first step was to find a very simple, but inspiring photo that I could trace to make the pattern outline. I found a photo that I had taken last spring of a Trillium (my fav ...

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December 5, 2018
Dresden Mandala Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello my fellow makers,

How about a beautiful, mandala for someone you love? The mandala is a symbol of cosmic and spiritual order, composed by balancing elements that represent unity and harmony. We will be making a mandala full of vibrant colors, fun geometric elements, and feminine lines using the exquisite prints from the  Legendary collection and the dresden technique. A technique that just like the mandala has a concentric and circular shape.

The featured fabrics are Flecks Dreams (fabric A), Brit Boutique Bold (fabric B), Collar Ends Bold (fabric C), Flecks Bold (fabric D), Trinkets Dreams (fabric E), Flecks ...

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November 1, 2018
Art With My Little Friends from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

Talya drew a picture and then wrapped the edge around a skewer to make a flag.

Ashton participated in the 'youth' category at the Pine Belt Fiber Art and Quilt Show in Hattiesburg.

Delta with her page all colored up.

Paulina and JJ came to make art one afternoon. They are from Texas. Their dad hauls cotton bales for the local gin each fall.

Paulina and her turtle.

JJ and his kangeroo.

Paulina's stitched straight lines are impressive.

I look forward to these children coming back to finish up their projects.

Teryn makes sure none of the page is ...

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October 12, 2018
Preparing Supper for Sheila from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

From an old photo of my Mother peeling potatoes while my next younger sister Sheila watches with her dolly ...

... I tweaked it with a photo filter and printed it on fabric and ...

... and quilted it for a piece of fiber art. Sheila is delighted!
Preparing Supper -- 8"X11"

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October 9, 2018
Decorating for the Seasons Made Easy from Adele Mogavero

I love decorating for the seasons and holidays. But to be honest…It takes a ton of time. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t’ have a ton of time. But what if, it was simple? What if you

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