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August 1, 2019
Aunt Harriet Casts Some Shade from The Snarky Quilter

Like many women of my generation, I have inherited handiwork made by women in the previous generation. Some artists like Amy Meissner have created art with such bits. While I’ve repurposed inherited table linens by dyeing, printing, etc., I’ve been … Continue reading

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July 11, 2019
I Really Have Been Sewing from The Snarky Quilter

Recent posts to the contrary, I have been giving my sewing machine a workout between a fantasy, glittery collage piece and assignments for my “Mod Meets Improv” online class. The fantasy piece evolved from the latest bunch of sparkly scraps … Continue reading

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June 6, 2019
On The Bias from The Snarky Quilter

To my surprise I’ve completed the top for “It’s Not All Black and White.” Design and construction were relatively pain-free, and I still had two feet of black bias tape left. I started with 20 yards. I see more bias … Continue reading

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May 23, 2019
Next, Please from The Snarky Quilter

After many years of making quilts I find myself in a strange position. Right now I have only two unquilted tops, and one of those I may change, so that leaves just one. As for UFOs, none come to mind … Continue reading

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May 9, 2019
A Change of Perspective from The Snarky Quilter

Last week I subjected you to umpteen iterations of layouts for “Arches.” I know, I’m the only one who saw much difference among all the versions. This week I’d like to present my final layout and thank all of you … Continue reading

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May 3, 2019
If I Sew It from The Snarky Quilter

I know I’ll be ripping it out tomorrow. Some projects demand that I change my mind after the sewing is done. My current project, “Arches,” is like that. After an early burst of inspiration that came together in a few … Continue reading

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April 26, 2019
Two Years of Mystery from The Snarky Quilter

Sometimes I conclude I should give up on a piece – it just isn’t coming together, an average first grader could do better, lots of effort only seems to make it worse, etc. I suspect you’ve been there. “Blues” was … Continue reading

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March 7, 2019
Evolution Of An Art Quilt from The Snarky Quilter

As I’ve told you before, despite my efforts to plan work in advance, often I begin with fabrics and work out a design from them. Recently I finished a top I call “Dark and Deep,” that grew from vintage linen … Continue reading

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February 14, 2019
Oink! from The Snarky Quilter

Many possible art quilt subjects have occurred to me, but none ever involved pigs. That gap has been remedied by a prompt from my art quilt group. Since 2019 is the Year of the Pig (or Boar) by Chinese tradition, … Continue reading

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February 7, 2019
Deep(ly Flawed) Purple from The Snarky Quilter

In case you think quilt creation for me is all beer and skittles, I want to take you behind the curtain and share my latest humbling quilting experience. I haven’t done such a bad job in years. I’m embarrassed to … Continue reading

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January 30, 2019
I Crave Color from The Snarky Quilter

Winter finally got around to northeast Ohio and has been busy dumping lots of snow and wildly gyrating temperatures on us Buckeyes. One day it’s 40 degrees; the next it’s 10 degrees. My nonessential activities shrink in such weather, so … Continue reading

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January 23, 2019
If The Shoe Fits from The Snarky Quilter

For a few months in 2018 I photographed shoes on people’s feet at rest and in motion. Why shoes? One of my volunteer jobs requires me to spend time in a theater lobby, and sometimes I have nothing immediate to … Continue reading

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January 7, 2019
Many Thanks from The Snarky Quilter

I was surprised and pleased to get so many responses to my plea for advice on “Deep Purple.” Your comments and opinions helped me clarify a way forward. I’m so appreciative of your input. First, given the poor quality of … Continue reading

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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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December 13, 2018
Too Much Purple? from The Snarky Quilter

People see red, turn green with envy, are blue, etc., but what emotion is associated with purple? Passion? Overheated prose? Anger? Elegant decadence? I ended up with a very purple quilt top for a prosaic reason, nothing to do with … Continue reading

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November 15, 2018
Modern Curves from The Snarky Quilter

I hereby declare this is drunkards path week. First, I featured the paintings of Luiz Zerbini. Now, I want to show you two small quilts, let’s call them quiltlets, I’ve been working on. They use the modern drunkards path block. … Continue reading

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September 27, 2018
Getting From Concrete To Abstract from The Snarky Quilter

Many art quilters seem to struggle with creation of abstract work, whether from scratch or from a recognizable photo or drawing.  Even if you don’t want a totally nonrepresentational piece, abstracting can help simplify and strengthen your design. To work … Continue reading

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August 16, 2018
Stars From My Scrap Bins from The Snarky Quilter

My last procrastination to avoid my canal project was a scrappy stars quilt. The canal project is onto its next phase, so I can stop making excuses now. Meanwhile, I have yet another top to quilt. I don’t think I … Continue reading

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July 5, 2018
A Map Quest from The Snarky Quilter

Here and there I’ve alluded to my long term project that involves research and planning. It’s the opposite of improv. I think it’s far enough along now I can share it, or at least what I’ve done so far. An … Continue reading

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June 14, 2018
A Landscape Experiment from The Snarky Quilter

Back in 2016 I used a phone to take this photo of a downtown Akron intersection, drew up a sketch from it, and then did nothing with it. I resurrected the sketch when I saw an announcement for a juried … Continue reading

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