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March 12, 2019
photo shoot from Ellyn's Place

Sunday was a cloudy day, perfect for outdoor photography, so hubby & I headed to the local playground. It's one of my favorite places to take outdoor photos of my quilts.
climbing! not something I could easily do a year ago.
I had brought several of my recent quilt finishes, including my Solid Seven Gnome in the Christmas Forest quilt.

And my most recent finish, Take Note...
After a while, the wind kicked up, making quilt photography very difficult...


Ah well, it was a fun day nonetheless!






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March 10, 2019
Take Note from Ellyn's Place

My latest quilt, Take Note, was started in Melanie Tuazon's class at Quiltcon. At the end of class, we all shared our work and the stories behind it. It was a bit embarrassing to tell the truth! My story? ummm, well, I chose the solids because they match my newly renovated guest bathroom. Yeah. that's all I had. Ladies were sharing beautiful stories about what inspired their improv work and I was playing with solids that match my bathroom. Really? Pretty lame. One lady shared about her young grandson with a brain tumor. Amazing, powerful stories. Oh well ...

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February 19, 2019
more improv from Ellyn's Place

Maybe I should rename my blog "ellyn's improv place"? Can you tell I'm totally hooked on improv? I find it so freeing to just sew things together until it looks right. Most recently, I've been limiting myself to small samples, just to try different techniques. This one is my take on Sherri Lynn Wood's Score #6 from her book Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. Our Improv small group, the Comedy Club Quilters, decided to play around with it this past month & this is where I landed.

Basically this is an exploration of modern flying geese. I ...

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February 15, 2019
Retreating with the McKinney Modern Quilt Guild from Ellyn's Place

Last weekend, our guild had a day retreat at the Best Little Retreat Center in Texas. Such a wonderful facility... AND you get to go home and sleep in your own bed at night. Can't beat it. 

There were so many wonderful projects in the works....

I finished up a couple of children's quilt tops to send to my mom. Her church group is working on quilts for each of their Angel Tree children at Christmas...
And I finished up this quilt top, with improv Xs made with the strip sets from the Sherri Lynn Wood workshop I ...

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February 1, 2019
Improv Round Robin Quilt from Ellyn's Place

Back in November, I shared the process when the Comedy Club Quilters Improv small group did an improv round robin. Since then, my quilt top has been hanging on my design wall crying out to be finished. Presented with a gap in my "Must finish immediately" list, I got to matchstick quilting it yesterday.

Originally I had thought I would make my topper into a bag. The longer I looked at it, the more I wanted it to be a quilt. In the end, I'm very happy with my decision.

My finished quilt is 24" x 28". I added ...

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January 25, 2019
Path Interrupted - PQ 10.2 from Sew Sunshine


"Path Interrupted"
 is my Project Quilting 10.2 for the 
red, white and blue theme.
20" x 27"
improv pieced
improv walking foot quilting in a woven pattern of organic lines
made in Ne.
I have to admit that red, white and blue are not my favorite combination of colors. I thought about just using 2 colors but I could not think of what I wanted to make for this challenge. In the mean time I was getting the email updates from Amy's creative Side on getting started with Improv. I adore improv and while I have not been ...

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January 12, 2019
Going modern from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I had a look at my list of Tasks for the week and I'm doing very well at crossing them off. A few things that aren't going to get done. But those will get rolled over for the next week. There was a lot of running around this past week that I didn't count on.

I went back to my old car - it looks so sad in the car wreck graveyard but I collected the bag of lug nuts for the fancy rims (my summer tires) that are in storage and well - those tires on the fancy ...

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December 30, 2018
my last quilts from Charm About You

foundation paper pieced hot air balloon Liberty fabric

I have two quilts that I finished recently, both made for Sewing Quarter. These are the last quilts I will make for them (for now at least) as I start something new. This one is the pretty Hot Air Balloon quilt pattern by Sarah Ashford

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November 29, 2018
Quietly working with some surprising outcomes! from Sew Sunshine


In late October my husband and sister and I took a road trip to Austin Tx. to attend the wedding of my niece.  It was a beautiful wedding and the weather was great. Outside our hotel was this river walk and it was really fun to walk around a bit.


For quite a while now I have been working on an improv piece that I started in 2016 I believe, in a class taught by a fellow guild member Kris Khan.  I loved the colors I had chosen and we were doing improv strip piecing. 


I had a few nice ...

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November 23, 2018
Creativity is everywhere from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


We had the most amazing day yesterday at Sit n Sew. Seriously - there's NOTHING like having the day to sew with friends. I'm very blessed to have the space to share with my friends and even more blessed to have friends to sew with. Thanks to everyone who shares in the Sit n Sew days.

Now, I'm going to make you wait one more day to see what we worked on. Don't worry - I won't forget, the pictures are edited and waiting to be uploaded - tomorrow.

Today, I have a disturbing story to share with ...

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November 17, 2018
Improv round robin from Ellyn's Place

Yesterday was a fabulous day! Our improv small group (the comedy club quilters) had a sew day. We had been planning for quite a while to have a lightening round robin, like Sherri Lynn Wood describes in her book. We finally had the opportunity to do it yesterday. Six of us gathered at a retreat center and set to work.

Before we even arrived, each of us had prepared our center block....

Each person passed their block along to the next person, along with a basket full of curated fabrics (my fabrics were all black and white). Also, each person ...

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November 3, 2018
QuiltCon charity quilt from I Patch and Quilt

The Dutch Modern Quilt Guild of which I am a member decided to participate in this year’s QuiltCon Challenge. For those who are not familiar with this challenge, here a short explanation:

Each group (or member) makes a charity quilt of a certain size to enter in the QuiltCon exhibition. The quilts all have a similar color scheme and a theme. This year’s theme is ‘small piecing’. The quilts, made by groups (or individual members) from all over the world, will be exhibited together. After the exhibit the quilts will be send back to the makers and they ...

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November 2, 2018
fun with Sherri Lynn Wood from Ellyn's Place

Last week the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild invited Sherri Lynn Wood to speak and teach for their guild members. Lucky for me, visitors were also welcome! Thursday night, a friend & I visited their guild meeting to hear Sherri speak.
If you don't know Sherri, she literally wrote the book on improv quilting. Her thought process is fascinating and her speaking style is engaging! If you ever get the chance to hear her speak, I recommend it (hint: she's the keynote speaker for Quiltcon 2019 in Nashville. Will I see you there?)

On Friday, my friends Bonnie, Anne & I ...

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November 1, 2018
Tucked Away Treehouse from Celtic Thistle Stitches

Today is the day for the next reveal in the Endeavourers Quilt group, this quarter the theme was Improv. I must confess that my heart sank when I read the post announcing the theme. I have made Improv blocks in the past for Bee mates but I cannot honestly say that I enjoyed the process.

As usual I dithered over how to approach this challenge for (too many!) weeks and finally decided that I would take a slightly different approach to the theme from the Improv blocks that I had attempted before. Rather than stitching up wonky blocks for a ...

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October 24, 2018
Quilters on the edge from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


We are constantly told that change is good. We should step out of our comfort zone. Well - I don't like to step out! At least for some things. I arrived at spin class this morning to find someone setting up MY bike. How do I know it's MY bike? They all have numbers on them. I normally ride on number 51. Now what? I was totally lost in a sea of 70 bikes. Well, not exactly - I choose one in the row in front of number 51. I  managed to eek out 28 K on Number 38, but ...

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October 19, 2018
How a challenge can up your quilting skills from Quilting with Claire

Another great way to be more creative in your studio is to participate in a challenge!  Being a regional rep for the Canadian Quiter’s Association , I agreed to participate in the annual Trend-Tex Challenge this year. That’s when I realized that a challenge can up your quilting skills! Now this is very interesting . … Continue reading "How a challenge can up your quilting skills"

The post How a challenge can up your quilting skills appeared first on Quilting With Claire.

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September 29, 2018
Fifth Saturday September from Ellyn's Place

Today is the fifth Saturday of the month, which means it's time to present our next challenge projects at Boast & Toast, at Not Your Mama's Quilt Store. I'm not there for the fun today, but I dropped my project off ahead of time. I hope someone takes lots of pictures, because I love seeing what everyone has done!
This time the challenge fabrics were the cosmic print, the red tone on tone and the black grunge in the photo above. I added some extra black grunge and some pieces from my  stash that picked up the same ...

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September 20, 2018
Stepping out of your comfort zone to make great quilts! from Quilting with Claire

I urge you to try to make a quilt out of your comfort zone!  I was so happy to hear the news that my niece was expecting that I just had to make her a quilt!  But I almost backed out when she requested it to be in gray, black and white tones. That’s when … Continue reading "Stepping out of your comfort zone to make great quilts!"

The post Stepping out of your comfort zone to make great quilts! appeared first on Quilting With Claire.

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September 6, 2018
How books can spark some creativity from Quilting with Claire

In my last blog post I showed how changing two things could increase your creativity. In this post, I want to show you how reading a book can spark some more creativity. If you want to venture into improv quilts, I have the book for you: Rayna Gillman’s Create your own Improv Quilt from C&T … Continue reading "How books can spark some creativity"

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August 21, 2018
A Bit of Improv from Stitchin at Home

Disclosure: I don't do improv well, I like structured blocks. But let's give it a whirl and just see what happens. Maybe it will be a reject or a keeper. You be the judge.

I toss bits and pieces in small containers, you know just in case you need that one piece you just tossed. It was time to come up with a game plan to use some of them up. Improv piecing here I come.

box is starting to overflow

triangle cutoffs might as well use a few of them too

After a little sewing I had ...

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