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June 5, 2022
Making my cicada quilt, Cicadence, step by step from Splendiferous


Cicadence, 2020, 24 x 24 inches

Here’s what I started with:  packet with fat quarter of this fabric, and a sheet inside with the rules.  Rules: must use recognizable amount of challenge fabric, no bigger than 24 x 24, and must have a wing in it somewhere.  The challenge was supposed to be for 2020, but we know how that went.  I had already started it, so I kept going, and hid the finished quilt for almost an entire year.  Since it was made in 2020, I had no idea about Brood X hatching this year, and what a ...

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October 14, 2021
Art Quilting Class: Dream Come True from Mulberry Patch Quilts

Ever since I first saw her art work on Quilting Arts TV, and her articles in Quilting Arts Magazine, I’ve dreamed of taking a workshop from Ann Loveless.

Well last Saturday that dream came true — thanks to a workshop given by our very own Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Art. So Off I went on a road-trip to historic Cedarburg WI.

We were also treated to view the museum’s current exhibition of quilts by artist Victoria Findlay Wolfe

The workshop was given in their historic barn. A beautiful space below the museum and gift shop with ...

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October 12, 2021
The Wisdom I’ve Gained From Hand Stitching from Where Art & Life Meet

In 2015 or was it 2016(?) things were in flux. I was re-evaluating what I was doing, where I was headed, what I wanted…  There were a number of things going on that led to this, but it was one of those moments that didn’t seem particularly extraordinary or even interesting, but in hindsight I […]

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June 6, 2021
2020 Roundup from Splendiferous

 In My Mind's Eye, 20 x 20 inches

Woven Rainbow (pieced in 2019, quilted in 2020). 60 x 60 inches

What's Your Excuse?  33 x 37 inches

Rainbow Leaves (SAQA Benefit Auction donation) 12 x 12 inches

Cicadence 24 x 24 inches

The Very Grungy Caterpillar, 32 x 46 inches

Baby Quilt 30 x 41 inches

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January 12, 2021
Fiber Talk, Music, German Humor & Ice Sculptures from Where Art & Life Meet

As this post’s title suggests, there’s a little something for everyone, but let’s start things off with Fiber Talk! In December I was interviewed by Gary Parr and Beth Ellicott for their podcast Fiber Talk, also available on their Youtube channel, Flosstalk. We had such a great time covering a whole variety of different topics… Continue reading Fiber Talk, Music, German Humor & Ice Sculptures

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December 10, 2020
The Personality of Color from Where Art & Life Meet

I think of color as having personality. I get a sense of colors much the way I get a sense of people at a dinner party. There are those who dominate the conversation, others who are quiet, yet have really interesting things to say once encouraged. Some people light up when seated next to someone… Continue reading The Personality of Color

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November 21, 2020
Vision Gallery Artist Reception via Zoom from From Edge 2 Edge

David and I both have pieces in the juried Vision Gallery 'Fleeting Moments' show in Chandler, Az. Join us to see some great fiber art from a variety of artists using various techniques.

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From the gallery:
Art Quilts XXV: Fleeting Moments is on the walls and ready for viewers! The show looks great, and we're so happy to have all of you ...

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October 7, 2020
Gateway Arch from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

 Here's another piece I recently finished.

Gateway Arch

From this picture ...

... I made a line drawing.

Detail of the stitching and couched thread I used for the arch.

This piece went to a friend, Marilyn who is part of the Southern Fiber Artist group.

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October 2, 2020
Friendship Oak from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

Friendship Oak -- 8"X10"


This live oak tree continues to stand in Long Beach, MS. It has a long interesting history that is recorded HERE.

I adapted the picture with a photo app, ironed it to freezer paper, and sent it through my printer and then ...

... quilted it. When it was finished it just didn't have the pop that I like in my quilts. So ...

I enhanced it with brighter fabric and Superior's varigated thread. Here you can see the difference the change made.

This is for my friend Rena.

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September 29, 2020
Flipper -- SAQA Fresh Fish Project from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

I made this piece for SAQA's Florida Fresh Fish Project. They asked for both fresh and salt water creatures for an exhibit at the 2022 SAQA Conference in St. Petersburg.


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July 13, 2020
2020 MSC Artists' Showcase from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

The Mississippi State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts will present their 2020 Showcase at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center and will be filmed for showing on social media. Frank Janka will adjudicate the showcase, and his comments on each artist's work will be included in the film.

I'm thrilled to have 3 pieces included in the exhibit.

Tower of Babel -- 2018

Tower of Pisa -- 2019

 Eiffel Tower II -- 2018

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July 9, 2020
Pandemic & Creativity in NYC from Where Art & Life Meet

There’s something lovely about all the restaurants who are taking outdoor seating to a whole new level. While indoor dining is prohibited, New York City is allowing restaurants to take over the sidewalks and even spill out into the streets, many are taking advantage of this by decorating huge planters with flowering vines, stringing up… Continue reading Pandemic & Creativity in NYC

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July 1, 2020
Eiffel Tower II from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

Eiffel Tower II -- 2018
7.5" X 10"

The Eiffel Tower is a wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. --Wikipedia

This piece answered the call to make a piece of fiber art referring to 'blue' and 'home.' "When Gustave Eiffel designed his namesake tower, he cleverly included a private apartment for himself where he hosted famous guests, like Thomas Edison. The apartment is now open for the public to tour." -- Wikipedia

I used "Google Street View" to find a pleasing ...

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May 18, 2020
Call of the Wild from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

... as a Quilter
I finished the challenge for dog/violet for our Southern Fiber Artist challenge. You can read about my process here.
Call of the Wild -- 8.75"x11"

"Howling is one of many forms of vocal communication used by dogs."

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May 17, 2020
Flying to Indiana and Dog/Violet Challenge from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

Life ...
Paul and I had a quick flying trip to Indiana for his cousin Raymond's funeral. Joel was our pilot.

We stayed with cousin Benny & Miriam. She had this beautiful quilt for us to sleep under. I wished I would have asked her the story behind it.

Joel's girls continue to make good use of the steps and books.

 Ashton checking the pertinent things before getting started with field work.

Somehow he is growing up way too fast!

... as a Quilter
I've been working on a piece for our Southern Fiber Artist challenge for violet/dog. There ...

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April 27, 2020
Willow X from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

Willow X -- 21.5"x20.5"



I toned down the polyester thread in the background with pink highlight markers.

Before applying the highlight markers.

Thread is showing too light.

Too much light thread.

Trying to choose the correct thread!

Under the needle.

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April 17, 2020
Willow IX from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

I finished this piece for another Southern Fiber Artist friend.
Willow IX -- 8"x10"

This time I used silk for the tree.

Stitching the background.

The back.

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April 11, 2020
Opera House for SAQA Benefit Auction from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

My donation for the annual SAQA Benefit Auction is complete.
Opera House - 12"X12"

The Sydney Opera House is considered to be one of the most distinctive buildings of the 20th century. It's unique roof structure is "a series of gleaming white sail-shaped shells."


I started by finding a copyright free image in Unsplash
and used a photo app to edit the picture ...

... and printed it onto fabric that I had ironed to freezer paper and then sent through my home inkjet printer

I quilted my piece on my domestic Bernina  using a walking foot to +/-1/8 ...

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April 1, 2020
Lonely ... Snow Angel from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

Lonely -- 8"X10"
...but wait. I see a snow angel.

The original picture of my sister Coleen looking at a snow angel that she made.

I tweaked it with a photo app and printed it on fabric. Then I layered it with batting and the backing and quilted lines +/- 1/8” apart.

To enhance the figure, I stitched between those 1/8” lines.

This is the back, a reject from my first printing. Notice the “ghost “ figure on the right which is the extra stitching of the figure on the front.


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March 22, 2020
asianartandquilts from Asianartandquilt's Blog

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