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January 12, 2018
Another Fabric Stash Friday from Pibble Pulling Threads

**This Blog was originally posted on www.GeekQuilter.com.***

The day has come again!  It’s Fabric Stash Friday!  Yay!  First off, I want to say that all of our issues from earlier this week, reported here have been resolved, and the house is back to normal and running smoothly, thankfully!

I have a FINSIH for this week!  Today I finished and am ready to send out a Mario Quilt for my Etsy Shop.  It was nice to be sewing (finally for the first time this year!) and generally getting back to normal.  Since I have a finish, that means ...

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January 9, 2018
We’ve Got Issues… from Pibble Pulling Threads

*** Blog originally posted on www.GeekQuilter.com***

2018 has had a bit of a rocky start for the hubby and me.   I started writing the whole laundry list of house issues we’re having all at once right now, but it seemed too much like complaining.  I don’t want to seem ungrateful.  We have a roof over our heads, and heat, and food in our bellies.  The short version of this very long story is that we are living without any bathroom facilities and we do have water, but aren’t able to let any of it fall down ...

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January 5, 2018
Fabric Stash Friday from Pibble Pulling Threads

***THIS BLOG WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED ON www.GeekQuilter.com***

Welcome to the first Fabric Stash Friday of 2018!!!  The elves (ok, just me, 1 short person) have been hard at work over the last two weeks…  Ok, wait…  Let’s just be real here… </p>
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four january giveaways! from Okan Arts

This month’s giveaway features Kai 8″ Professional Tailoring Shears. There are four January giveaways—each valued at $60 per pair.

Kai Pro Shears are the sharpest scissors you will ever own. On my quilting pal Joe Cunningham’s recommendation, I bought myself a pair and can attest that they’re amazing.

Made with high carbon Molybdenum Vanadium stainless steel, Kai Pro Shears will cut YOU as easily as they breeze through fabrics as light as silk and as heavy as leather. So watch out!
TRUE STORY: In October, I ran a 5-person Doodle Piecing Workshop at Okan Arts. Each ...

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December 31, 2017
the rejects from Okan Arts

By Patricia Belyea

SEATTLE WA  As I created all the quilts for East-Meets-West Quilts, the book continually evolved. Over a three-year period, I made 24 quilts. Seventeen are included in the book. I thought you might enjoy checking out the unpublished ones.

happi

48″ x 48″
This quilt has a complicated story. It was made before the Hachi Quilt Manifesto was formalized. Also, the patterned fabric was made by artist Peggy Juve who overprinted a simple indigo and white yukata cotton with her unique designs—so no similar fabric would be readily available.

iris

40″ x 48″
The design feature ...

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December 30, 2017
Goals and Resolutions from Pibble Pulling Threads

This blog was originally posted at www.geekquilter.com/blog.  Please navigate there for more blog posts as well as products.

I’m not much of a New Year’s Resolutions person.  I think the format of a New Year’s Resolution is too vague and easy to get around for me.  I tend to need a little more planning, structure, and accountability to keep myself on track, so I tend to make a set of goals for the year.  This year my goals were as follows:

  • Keep up with orders and complete 2 “Quarterly Quilts”.
    I did just OK ...

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December 27, 2017
Post Christmas Post from Pibble Pulling Threads

This is a re-post from geekquilter.com  Please visit there for other awesome blog posts and products!

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this, but my husband is AWESOME!  First off, if you’re wondering, we have decided to postpone our trip to the Finger Lakes, as it is CRAZY cold and snowy here.  We figured we would be miserable going in and out of the cold and probably would have just laid around in the hotel.  Staying home, we could do some activities (listen to records for him, sew for me!) that we have precious little time ...

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December 21, 2017
On Identity and Iteration from Pibble Pulling Threads

This post is originally posted on GeekQuilter.com.

 

This is a post that I have been thinking about and wanting to write for a very long time.  It all occurred to me at Morsefest 2016.  Ok, I know already that sentence raises a LOT of questions, so here goes:

First, you are asking what is Morsefest, right?  Ok, so it is a yearly music festival that takes place in Cross Plains (about 30 minutes north of Nashville), TN.  It features the music of one of the best and most prolific Progressive Rock singer/songwriters, Neal Morse.  He started to ...

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018 from The Craft Divas

Merry Christmas To All,

As we are coming very close to Christmas, The Craft Divas would like to wish everyone a wonderful and joyous holiday. We hope Santa brings you all everything that you wanted and more.

have a blessed christmas and a happy new year

We would also like to wish everyone blessing and a Wonderful New Year 2018!!!!

2018 is going to be the year that we all see new changes in our lives for the better and new adventures to win and succeed.

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Until next year have all the fun you can have with family and friends.

The Craft Divas

Bizzy Lady and Diva Dane


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December 19, 2017
la conner’s new stitch shop from Okan Arts

By Patricia Belyea

LA CONNER WA  Newly opened Indigo Stitch takes the cake as a specialty shop. Everything about it is special! Owner and quilter extraordinaire Sylvia Pippen filled Indigo Stitch with her signature products—stitch and appliqué kits, BOM projects, sashiko supplies, solid cottons, books, notions and more.

A nationally recognized teacher, Sylvia combines hand appliqué, contemporary and traditional sashiko designs, and perfectly toned fabrics in her detailed compositions. Flora, sea creatures and birds abound.Mary Ann, one of Sylvia’s right-hand gals, warmly greeted me when I entered.

Inspiration surrounded me with a chair piled high ...

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December 6, 2017
four december giveaways! from Okan Arts

By Patricia Belyea

This month’s giveaway features Sarah J Maxwell’s Bring On the Bubbly Collection produced by Studio 37 of Marcus Fabrics. Each giveaway includes a fat quarter bundle of 18 patterns. There are four December giveaways—valued at $54 per bundle.

Sarah J is the designer and maker of countless quilts who, like many others, began her obsession while she was expecting her first child. Now an empty nester, Sarah is focusing her creative energy on fabric design. Bring On the Bubbly is her fourth collection!

To celebrate auspicious occasions, Sarah J has included bubbles, champagne glasses ...

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December 1, 2017
We’re MOVING!! from Pibble Pulling Threads

I’ve got my own website now!!!  So at the end of the year, this site will be shutting down, and I will be just blog posting there.  The website is www.geekquilter.com.  Please, if you follow me here, continue to follow me there!  I hope you will make the move with me, there are some very exciting things coming up!  You can get a hint of what they are if you poke around my new site a little bit!

On to the fabric report.  With Thanksgiving last week, I didn’t get a chance to blog, however, I ...

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November 26, 2017
thankful for joe from Okan Arts

By Patricia Belyea

UNION WA Every November, intrepid quilters trek to the Hood Canal to spend a week working with Joe Cunningham. For this year’s session of The Joe Retreat, one traveled from Australia, another from Florida. Fifteen more came from various locales in the US.

What’s the big deal? It’s Joe, a maker of quilts and music. Through artful challenges, encouragement and laughter, Joe guides participants to find their own quilting voices with clarity and confidence.

Let’s take a peek in the workroom, where you will find that no two quilt projects look alike:
There ...

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November 22, 2017
four holiday giveaways! from Okan Arts

By Patricia Belyea

For the holidays, Okan Arts is featuring a giveaway with wonderful socks by This Night. Designed by owner Kate T. Williamson, these socks are inspired by a year spent studying art in Kyoto and Kate’s life-long love of socks. There are four pairs of socks for this giveaway—each valued at $17 – $19.

Kate, a New Yorker today, grew up in Reading PA. She works with the only remaining mill in her hometown to manufacture her perfect socks which are super soft and stay up without being too tight!

If you win, you choose which pair ...

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November 20, 2017
Holy Cow! from Pibble Pulling Threads

So, when I last blogged, I was going to Mucie for my “Little” cousin’s wedding.  I know I said 2 weeks, but it was 3 weeks ago.  So, 3 days before we left (Yeah, whatever, don’t judge me!), I went to the SLQS (Semi-local quilt shop, it’s in the next town over, but I’m adopting it, because it’s WAY better than the two in my town) to quilt my quilt…  Yes, the one I was giving to my Little cousin for his wedding, yes, he’s only 3 years younger than me, yes, I still ...

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November 10, 2017
four november giveaways! from Okan Arts

By Patricia Belyea

This month’s giveaway features Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s Green and Red Collection produced by Studio 37 of Marcus Fabrics! Each giveaway includes a fat quarter bundle of 15 patterns plus a 1/4 yard of the bordered Wreath pattern. There are four November giveaways—each valued at $50.

Victoria admits that she is an unabashed Christmas quilt fanatic, making three to four holiday quilts every year. Her Green and Red Collection plays with whimsical and traditional themes—using fresh, modern patterns.

The joyful designs include a full range of seasonal motifs in green, red and white ...

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November 5, 2017
Sewing Area and Finally sewed something from All Things Crafty

In our new to us home, it's been taking a lot of time to unpack all the craft items. Especially with all the hurdles we've had with losing our dogs and my sister.   At the old place, I had a sewing desk down in the basement near the quilting machine.  Additionally, there was one upstairs where I had all my paper craft items.

So, in the craft area downstairs, I wanted to place both sewing tables.  I'm always a person that places everything around the edges of the room.  I thought this time, I wanted to towards ...

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November 3, 2017
Two Weeks from Pibble Pulling Threads

Well, the last two weeks have gone by, I have not been doing any quilting.  I did get a Christmas project done, it was a counted-cross stitch project.  I’m very excited how it came out, but I don’t want to post a photo yet, as it is a Christmas gift for my brother and sister-in-law.  So the numbers stack up like this:

Fabric in this week:  0
Fabric out this week:  0
Net Fabric this week:  0
Net Fabric 2017:  -16.965

This is actually both weeks.  So all in all, a short report.  I am going on ...

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iron quilter challenge: two hours = six quilts from Okan Arts

By Patricia Belyea

HOUSTON TX  Being a solitary and plodding quilter, I loved Iron Quilter Challenge—a fast-paced spectator sport—on the Monday night of Quilt Festival. Six teams of five, led by a quilting celebrity, were given seven yards of fabric and two hours to complete a quilt top.

Due to a mix-up in timing, I arrived at the venue an hour early and was first in line. From my vantage point, I could watch a couple of lumbering flatbed dollies hauling Baby Lock machines into Ballroom A at the convention center.
Now, there are two important elements of ...

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November 1, 2017
my market moments from Okan Arts

By Patricia Belyea

HOUSTON TX  Everyone experiences Fall Quilt Market differently. For me, I saw the whole event through the eyes of a Fall Market neophyte and a busy new author. I had a full schedule with a Schoolhouse session, a class, book signings, and demos.

Being a featured guest in a booth and having quilt shop owners visit was the best. I met gals from Fairbanks to Dubai to Wellington. I can say that the world came to me! What a lovely and dedicated group of quilt enthusiasts.

My main hangouts were Aurifil (I used their No. 50 cotton ...

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