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August 18, 2017
Once again......scrappy mountains majesty from Stitchin' Therapy

   I had a comment this week on  some of my quilts.   The comment picked up on the simplicity of the  patterns I use  to create some of my  quilts.  I loved that....someone gets my philosophy.  Let the fabric do the work for you....and  I find that simple patterns work best with busy, colorful fabrics.    That is what satisfies me, and what you will find me doing.

   As I continue to use up my floral stash, I also tend to repeat patterns.   Nothing wrong with a repeat, if it is one you like a lot.  I enjoy figuring out ...

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August 12, 2017
Will this fabric work? from Stitchin' Therapy

  I love fabric, I love floral fabric, but sometimes ....not so much.
  I get gifted with fabrics often....and this was one of those.  It came with the comment,  "It's floral so you should be able to use it."    Not for my watercolors....lol.

 
 Why?  In class I will often hold up a fabric, much like this one, and ask will this fabric work in your watercolor project.    Why not?   Common responses are

  • too much background showing
  • flowers are too small/or too far apart
  • too dark
  The correct answer is it is too evenly spaced and at a ...

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July 26, 2017
Older post on Blending Fabrics from Stitchin' Therapy

  I recently had questions about blending fabrics and where to go for information on it.    There are many books on the watercolor technique and all will have some general information, but there is nothing like hands on, learn by doing.  I went through some older posts and found this one from 2015 to re-post and share.


Selecting fabrics that blend

  I promised a post on blending fabrics last week. Looking back through older posts, I realized I had started covering this topic back in 2012.  So I have selected part of that post and added a bit more to help ...

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July 22, 2017
Where did all this come from? from Stitchin' Therapy

  Fabric...more fabric!  I spent the day re-organizing my floral fabric stash.....it was spilling off the shelves and onto the floor.  It was time to get things back in order.   And it seemed like a good time to cut some large squares --8 1/2''--  for a future Scrappy Mountains quilt.  So as I sorted thru pieces, I also cut.
   I rolled longer pieces onto form core boards, folded pieces 1/2 yard or less, and small pieces got cut into strips.  After 5 hours I had conquered one and a half shelves.......2 more to do.    I am ...

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July 9, 2017
On Summer's Wings from Stitchin' Therapy



I got the small topper completed with borders that I shared earlier.  It was easily pinned and ready to quilt.  I originally thought I would use a basic meandering motif on this.










   Yesterday was a good day to spend at Hot Legs, just quilting away.  But....that's not meandering!  The buttery yellow that I used for the center squares just cried for something other than a meander.   So, the muscle memory took over and the plumify-- originally from LuAnn Kessi's blog--- motif emerged.  I really usually call this "butterfly wings".    It just seemed to fit.




  This motif is ...

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July 3, 2017
July already from Stitchin' Therapy

  June ended with a couple of finishes, and now they are washed and fluffed.   The classic 9 patch, Timeless, already looks loved and worn.   The 9 patch quilt in contrast with the small wall hanging reveals the variation in neutrals used in the string blocks.








  The raw edge appliques washed up nice on this one.  They fluffed and frayed nicely, which is what this technique is all about.   Lots of dimension  begs to be touched.  The meandering quilting produces a soft crinkly looking background for the forgotten blooms.









For July.....I decided we needed a small table topper to use ...

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May 13, 2017
Reflections from Stitchin' Therapy

  The closet is half empty of the fabric stash.....of course the spare bedroom is a wreck!  But a little each day and we will be prepared for the upset/repairs.   And thanks for all the reasons to buy more fabric.  Blogging friends are such enablers:)
  I still have my machines available for now, so I wanted to finish up the water color throw.    Binding is now on and the label too.





   Reflections  is a small lap throw......48'' by 60''.  It was an experiment and play time for the layout.  I had never tried this type of layout before ...

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March 4, 2017
A Whiter Shade on Gold Quilted 3, 4 from Virtual Quilter

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Love it.

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Love it.

Sorry, I already said that!


Filed under: A Whiter Shade on Gold Quilted, Quilt Tagged: Applique, Applique Quilt, Florals, Quilting

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January 26, 2017
Uplifting & Delightful: Wonderful Things by Bonnie Christine from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello wonderful makers!

I hope you’re having a splendid day! We’re reaching the ending of January and I hope everyone is still excited about accomplishing big goals for 2017. This year, one of my resolutions is to be more positive and find different resources to be inspired by.  There have been many things that have inspired me over the past weeks, but the most impactful has been Bonnie Christine’s new collection Wonderful Things.

This uplifting collection is all about positive affirmations and happy colors that will make you feel confident during your sewing journey. You’ll be ...

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January 16, 2017
From this to this! from Stitchin' Therapy

  I showed this set of strips last week.....unsewn.   I should say that I used 27 different floral fabrics to build the strata from dark to light.  I only used one width of fabric cut.  Although some fabrics were FQ and I did have to sew a couple of cuts together to get close to the full width.    I made random sub-cuts in widths from 2 1/2'' , 2'', and  1 1/2''.    So from this..................................

..........to THIS!  All the strips were sewn over the weekend.  I warned that the width would shrink, and it did.  It is now 30 ...

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January 14, 2017
Stitching on the 13th from Stitchin' Therapy

 

    Nothing unlucky here about the 13th......okay, just a few stitches to unsew, but sewing is a good thing.   And sunshine abounds and circles look good in the sunshine.
 







   This quilt will be like the "Rest of the Story" to follow the Therapy Quilt.  For now it has no borders and will rest on a hanger until I decide on a finish.  I have an idea or two but nothing solid......just impressions that flash through my mind when I look at it.
  I am sure I will run across something that will inspire me to finish it up.  







  Surprise ...

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December 27, 2016
No looking back, just ahead from Stitchin' Therapy

   Instead of reviewing this last year as I usually do,  I am looking forward.    I can't bear the mental trauma a review would cause.   I am just diving in to my plans for 2017.


   Nothing like  simple traditional patterns.  They evoke memories in us all.  The 9 patch often gets relegated to a fill-in block or maybe a good block for a border.  I have been very guilty of that type of thinking.  You can't live "Be Legendary" by thinking/playing in the same old mode.  This 9-patch wants to shine.









   After Shelia at Quilting in South Carolina ...

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October 29, 2016
Pineapple Blossoms growing from Stitchin' Therapy

Earlier this month I did a post about these blocks.  I thought the light/dark contrast was too great on some of the blocks.  Miss Pat commented I needed to make a few more before I tossed them out.

  So I kept on, adding a couple of blocks every few days......and not going as light--more medium values thrown in.  So I have a light blossom in the center  with darker ones around it.

  I need to cut more strips to length before I make any more blocks.  My gaggle of geese blocks is growing as leader and enders  while ...

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