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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

The post Decorating for the Seasons Made Easy appeared first on Adele Mogavero * Del~Lillian's.

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October 3, 2018
A Quick Way to Choose Fabric Colors For A Quilt from Adele Mogavero

Are you intimidated by selecting fabric colors for your next quilting project? Do you wear the same colored socks? I don’t worry about that… who’s gonna see my mismatched socks inside my winter boots anyway? And I don’t think you

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September 25, 2018
Choosing Colors for Your Next Quilt from Adele Mogavero

Recently I went to a meeting where the speaker explained color theory and How to pick out colors for quilts. Ugh. The worst part of this whole experience was the quilter sitting across the table from me who at the

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September 14, 2018
My Mother, Margaret Heatwole from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

I'm over the moon and my head is spinning. Today I was notified that my art quilt "My Mother, Margaret Heatwole" is accepted into the exhibit "The Power of Women" for the Houston Quilt Show this November. It measures 24"X72." I posted a few pictures on a recent post HERE.


This picture didn't make it into the quilt. It depicts Father & Mother at their fabric store, 'The ClothesLine' where they sold Bernina sewing machines. Both Mother & Father were Bernina mechanics.

I couldn't find a picture of Mother with her school bus; but she drove for ...

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September 12, 2018
What Do Judges Look For? from Professional Quilter


You have just finished your latest piece of art — your quilt. You are proud of your accomplishment and want to show it off. You first share it with your family, then with your small quilting “bee” and finally take it to show and tell at your next guild meeting.

For some quilters, this is enough. For others, it is not.

Many quilters and fiber artists want to see how their work stacks up against the competition, whether that is hanging it in a local, non-judged show or entering it in a major juried and judged competition. In addition to gaining ...

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September 7, 2018
Fiber Art -- Weeping Willows from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

I'm again participating the the SAQA Benefit Auction. My piece "Willow V" will be up for bid Sept. 14 - 23, 2018.

This is the 5th willow piece that I've made. You can see some of my process HERE.

This is my first willow which I made for a challenge 'green/sorrow' that measures 8"X11" and is still available for $125.

I made this piece "Willow IV" for the Fresh Faces exhibit and it is till available.
Fresh Faces, New Ideas
Quilt Challenge
PAAQT sponsored the Fresh Faces, New Ideas challenge to continue support of The National Quilt ...

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August 15, 2018
My Mother, Margaret Oren from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

My Mother
I'm working on a collage of pictures from her life for an art quilt.





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July 8, 2018
Fabric Challenge Quilt Step by Step from Splendiferous

Challenge pack with a fat quarter and rules, shown on back of quilt.
I participated ...

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April 13, 2018
From Coloring Book to Fiber Art from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

I've been showing some of our grandchildren how to transpose their coloring book pages into 'fine' art.

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March 31, 2018
Sunday Morning -- Fiber Art from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

Sunday Morning
29.5" X 17.5"
Materials & Techniques: Fused raw edge applique with commercial cotton fabrics. Quilted with Superior Thread +/- 1/8" apart on a domestic Bernina. Edge is faced and hand stitched to the back. Signed & dated.

My inspiration came from a picture I took of 5 of our grandchildren in front of Lakeland Presbyterian Church on Hwy 25 just north of Jackson, MS in Flowood.

Using a photo app "Prisma" I changed the photo using the 'composition' filter.

Sunday Morning


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March 30, 2018
Weeping Willow V for SAQA from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

My 12"x12" benefit auction piece "Weeping Willow V" is now in the hands of SAQA.


I started out by marking a 1.25" grid on the background fabric.

From the same fabric I fused 'Heat-n-Bond' to the back of another piece.

The fabric on the left has the fusible on it. The right fabric has the marked grid on it.

I cut strips at one inch intervals and then into 1" squares a few at a time. Keeping them in the proper orientation I fused the squares onto the fabric with the grid.

More squares fused to the ...

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March 21, 2018
Downed Trees and Creativity… from Cultured Expressions

Here in NJ spring is apparently on backorder, as we’re now in the midst of our fourth “Nor’easter” in as many weeks…BUT, there’s an upside, a definite connection between downed trees and creativity.

The trees that fell victim to these storms are giving us the gift of fresh limbs we can use to hang our fiber art, and more!  If you’ve  been to a Cultured Expressions trunk show, you know how much I love the look of tree branches to hang African fabrics, so when this tree came down at my mother-in-law’s house, Glen ...

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February 21, 2018
Bent, But Not Broken from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

Bent, But Not Broken
10.5" X 9.0"


Pieces of commercial cotton fabric were cut out and fused to a pieced red background to form a weathered tree that has continued to live.

"We are hedged in (pressed) on every side [troubled and oppressed in every way], but not cramped or crushed; we suffer embarrassments and are perplexed and unable to find a way out, but not driven to despair;

We are pursued (persecuted and hard driven), but not deserted [to stand alone]; we are struck down to the ground, but never struck out and destroyed; ..."
--2 ...

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February 6, 2018
Project Quilting 9.3: Bold & Brave, Fabric Weaving Technique from Mulberry Patch Quilts

So for challenge #3 of this ninth season of Project Quilting we got the words “bold & brave”.

It was interesting to me that Kim had mentioned the new wefty needle process for weaving strips of fabric together. I’ve been wanting to try that technique, and now would be the perfect week to do it.

It’s something new, so I’ll be BRAVE by getting out of my comfort zone. And I’ll use some of my BOLD hand dyed fabrics in bright red, pink, with a bit of yellow throw in. And for the background, I’ll add ...

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January 27, 2018
Project Quilting 9.2 Entry: Mosaic Falling Leave from Mulberry Patch Quilts

I’m still intrigued by the idea of fabric mosaics, so I thought I’d carry that idea a step further into this week’sProject Quilting 9.2 “Triangulation“. It’s risky… because I’m not sure this will work–it could be a huge failure, but I think it’s worth a try.

Instead of cutting the square fabric tiles,like I did in my last post, this time I’m thinking of stepping it up a notch by cutting the tiny squares into even tinier triangles and placing them onto an overall gridded pattern to replicate leaves ...

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