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April 26, 2019
OMG April Finish from Quilt Paint Create

I finished Waiting For Spring last night. I almost forgot it was my OMG for April.
WFS finishedI’m glad I tried the improv process because I learned a lot by working outside my comfort zone. It was a good lesson in taking the next step and letting it lead to the step after that, and so on. Perhaps the experience will help me work on other projects and finish them.
Now that I’ve made one quilt like that, I don’t feel the need to make another one anytime soon. I expect to play with the technique again someday ...

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April 21, 2019
Sunday Stash April 21, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

No change in the numbers this week.
I’m still adding embellishments to Waiting For Spring. I wasn’t happy with the look of machine couching the yarn. I worked better to stitch it by hand. Now I’m adding the beads. The ones in the left corner are sewn, the middle ones are not and I’m working on the ones on the right.
WFS beadingYou’ll have to forgive the painters tape holding the beads in place. I learned my lesson on the corner beads after picking them up off the floor multiple times.
Fabric Added: 14.25
Fabric ...

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April 4, 2019
The April 2019 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

It’s time for another list and a new OMG.
Once again, everything is closer to finished but not quite done. There isn’t much change in the list this month.
The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project, and creative play/design. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I add and delete categories as my interests change.
Something Old – The 9 patch leader and ender quilt. It’s time to get it basted and quilted.
9patch topSomething New – I’m piecing the last QAL block. I’d like to get ...

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March 31, 2019
Sunday Stash March 31, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

Finally, something to report.
First I want to thank everyone that links up and everyone that stops by to check out the links. I’m way behind on responding to comments but do appreciate them. This month just got away from me.
I finished the improv quilt, Waiting For Spring, enough to count out the fabric. The sleeve is made but not attached because I plan to add some embellishments.
waitng for springI’m happy with the quilting in the main strip section and not so much with the rest. The dark part of the variegated thread was too dark for the ...

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March 21, 2019
Playing My Way To A Top from Quilt Paint Create

I’ve worked on the Creative Play piece in fits and starts. I’d stop because I didn’t know what to do next, and an idea would come to me. This style of quilt and the process of putting it together were way out of my comfort zone. I consider it an experiment that I may or may not repeat.
Regardless, the top told me it was done.
CPimprov3I pieced a back and I’m ready to baste it. I have no idea how to quilt it. I hope it will tell me that while I’m basting it ...

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March 17, 2019
Sunday Stash March 17, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

I came close to a change in the numbers. I had fabric in my hand but gave it to my friend. It was nice fabric at a great price and went with nothing in my stash. She’ll be able to put it to good use. Instead I bought some even weave fabric (for embroidery), a shirt pattern and a pillowcase to embroider. The thrift had a much smaller fabric selection than normal.
I’m not sure where my time went this week, but it wasn’t in the sewing room. Maybe it went to the three guild meetings in ...

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March 1, 2019
March 2019 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

Hard to believe it’s time for another Short List. Every month seems to go faster than the last. I worked on three of the February projects, but didn’t finish anything. That’s OK because I didn’t expect to finish anything. Moving it all forward was enough.
The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project, and creative play/design. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I add and delete categories as my interests change.
Something Old – I’m putting the 9 patch leader and ender quilt back on ...

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February 24, 2019
Sunday Stash February 24, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

For many months I have listed Creative Play as a goal on The Short List. This month I watched a Creative Bug class on improv piecing with strips. Rulers are not used to cut anything, and nothing is straightened. Strips are sewn together as they are.
CP improv class ss1The next step is to cut this in chunks and combine it with another strip set. I don’t have a stash of strip sets (the teacher did) and may need to go about it a bit differently. I’m just glad to have done something that fits my definition of Creative Play and ...

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February 3, 2019
Sunday Stash February 3, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

Once again, no change to the numbers.
Yesterday I took time to watch a class on Improv Quilting by Sherri Lynn Wood on Creative Bug. I admit the way she constructs a quilt is way outside my comfort zone. Regardless, I plan to go in the sewing room and give it a try. Her instructions seemed simple enough, but I won’t know until I work through them.
That was my first watch on Creative Bug. I do appreciate that their classes are shorter than Craftsy as my free time is limited. I also liked that the class I watched ...

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December 20, 2018
Crunch Time from The Snarky Quilter

All my procrastinations are coming due and I am resembling the proverbial headless chicken. I have only myself to blame, of course, as these are self-imposed tasks. First, a bit of background. I am not a holiday kind of person. … Continue reading

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August 19, 2018
Colors of August Improv Table Topper from From My Carolina Home

Finishing up the placemats in the Colors of August, I realized I needed a pad for the center of the table, so out came all the scraps left over.  Once again, a bit of improv was needed. I had two extra squares sets made, and one large piece of the focal floral, so I cut the floral to 12-1/2-inches wide and put the square sets on each side. Then, I added two strips of the floral to the top and bottom just to make the size 10-inches square.  After that, a border of the gold was added to increase ...

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August 2, 2018
Catching Up from The Snarky Quilter

Despite my preoccupation with canals, I made a few non-related pieces in June and July. Both are improv based and on the small side. The first is “Primary Directive,” which I showed before. It’s now quilted and faced. The detail … Continue reading

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April 16, 2018
Improv Stripes Quilt from Random Thoughts... do or "di"

I started this quilt after Annabella, my friend and fellow Stitch Tease Bee member, asked for improv stripe strips when it was her month to be queen in our bee. I had just finished making the Brick House Quilt and I didn't feel like folding all the fabrics and putting them away so I decided to make another quilt from the same fabric bundles. Talk about "killing two birds with one stone"...I was able to make two quilts from two fat quarter bundles AND I didn't have to fold fabric and reshelve it.  Here's a look ...

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April 12, 2018
Improv Quilting: The modern scrap quilt from Cut Stitch and Piece

SUMMER ASPEN by Monica Curry Several years ago I bought Rayna Gillman's book Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts: A Stress-Free Journey to Original Design. I wanted to try something new and push the envelope a little. I also had a ton of little scraps I couldn't bear to throw out. The result was my improv quilt called Summer Aspen (shown above). I really enjoyed making this quilt. Gillman's book

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September 26, 2017
WIP No More from On The Go Quilting

I borrowed that title from A Quilting Reader’s Garden blog.  She was just showing something that she had finished and I’m so proud of myself for the finish I have today that I decided to use that for a blog post name too.

If you have followed me for the past 7 years (oh my gosh, 7 years of blogging-mostly regularly), then you remember I used to write a lot about projects I was working on and sharing with my Threadbias quilty pals.  That group was a big part of my quilty life and I still miss that ...

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March 15, 2016
Voices in Cloth and Stitch Modern. Two Great Quilt Groups and Two Great Quilt Shows! from On The Design Wall

I'll just say it - if you're a quilter, the San Francisco Bay Area is the place to be.  This area is blessed with great museums, great fabric stores and an even greater quilting and sewing community.  Just in the next month, there are two great quilt shows!  This weekend, March 19 & 20, the East Bay Heritage Quilt Guild will be hosting their bi-annual quilt show at the beautiful Craneway Pavilion.  Every member has a chance to show a quilt of their choice and the range of different types of quilting is really fun to see.  There will also ...

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