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May 17, 2023
My Top Routines for Optimal Health from Val's Quilting Studio

27 degrees out and there is no where I'd rather be than on this mid morning trek.

Half way there and the incline is about to begin with one right turn.
As I hike my mind is cleansed and rejuvenated at the same time.
As I begin to enter the "senior age category" of life I find myself grateful that fitness and nutrition have always been a major habit in my lifestyle. I haven't done this hike in a while, and it was honestly a personal test of my level of fitness. LOL! Aside from the cold air ...

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May 12, 2023
In Celebration of Trees from The Snarky Quilter

Every spring I am delighted to watch the trees behind my house green up. I want to nibble that delicate tender green as it begins with the weedy understory and creeps up the taller trees. I wait for the old apple tree and the wild dogwoods in the middle of the woods to bloom. And I celebrate the tulip poplar that has taken root at the verge of the back lawn.

However, before all the leafing out began I took many photos of tree trunks and logs that I encountered along the tow path, and played with them in Photoshop ...

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May 5, 2023
Carnegie Museum of Art on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Monday, May 1st was my 30th wedding anniversary.  It seems like a big milestone, right?  Really, though I don't think of it that way.  Every day with my husband has been a blessing and I'm just glad it all turned out the way I thought it was going to back in 1993.  

Every year we try to do something together that is a little different.  This year we made a day trip to go down to Pittsburgh to revisit the Carnegie Museum of Art.  The last time we were there was 2006ish and so much has changed.  The ...

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April 24, 2023
How to Choose Fabrics for your Sewing Projects from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Greetings to all fabric enthusiasts and aficionados! My name is Juana, and I'm thrilled to introduce myself as the newest member of the amazing AGF Team. As a fellow lover of all things fabric, I'm delighted to be a part of this wonderful community.

Having the opportunity to work with talented and kind individuals has been amazing. Access to a diverse selection of prints from the AGF warehouse will spark inspiration for a fresh selection of fabrics for your next project.
AGF has given me insight into the process of creating a collection from start to finish. Through ...

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April 8, 2023
Gallery Night on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

One thing that came out of the Pandemic of 2020, is the fact that I will NEVER take "Date Night" for granted ever again.  This week's installment was one for the books!  One night a month, the art scene in Erie comes alive to host a Gallery Night.  Galleries and small business open their doors to show off what's new. 

First stop, was the Grounded Print and Paper Shop.  Ever since I've heard about this place, I've been dying to visit.  It's a former machine shop warehouse located in a neighborhood where people have been ...

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April 7, 2023
Easter Egg Inspiration from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Easter in Germany is a very special time and celebrated in many different ways. I had the privilege of visiting a friends egg collection. I didn't know what to expect, but the eggs were a marvel. Here is a re-posting of my visit so please enjoy!

Signs of spring are everywhere here in Germany! When I (Kara) came home from the Academy of Appliqué, blooms of all kinds were just starting to peek through. Now, after a few weeks back, spring is here in full force. Daffodils and tulips are everywhere, primroses are emerging from the leaves in the ...

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Just Because from The Snarky Quilter

Thanks to SAQA’s Material Matters seminar for its members, I’ve had a good time viewing videos and websites that feature innovative materials. I love the idea of wearable art, and the shows are certainly more entertaining than the usual art quilt show.

Somehow the women’s costumes seem to focus on hard to walk in and bondage type outfits, but there’s tons of inventive use of materials in this World of Wearable Art Show highlights video. Of course the outfits are probably best suited to Cirque du Soleil performers.

High couture by Iris van Herpen is modeled ...

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March 19, 2023
The Frozen Calf... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Here she is...

our little frozen calf

We named her Elsa...

After the Disney Princess from the movie Frozen

Yes, she is all thawed out and...


Golden Girl is so glad to have Elsa at her side...

Elsa is so happy to be back with her mama...

2 weeks ago Golden Girl gave birth to Elsa.

It was a long, difficult delivery 

and 19 degrees that night.

When we found Elsa the next morning, 

she was frozen to the ground and not moving.

We rushed home with the frozen, newborn calf,

rubbed her down and dried her off ...

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March 17, 2023
My Thimble Collection from Prairie Moon Quilts

I’m not much of a decorator — my sister got all of that gene in our family. So while I love looking at stuff other people have done, I never seem to do much of it myself.

My youngest daughter travels a lot, and she buys me a souvenir thimble everywhere she goes. I also have a few that I’ve collected myself over the years — ones that belonged to my grandmother or that came in vintage sewing boxes I picked up various places. They were all stuffed in a bag for lack of anywhere nice and safe to display ...

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March 5, 2023
Making Creme de Ricotta at Home from CaliQuilter

My girlfriends and I traveled an hour north of the Bay Area to Sonoma, in the Napa Valley, to take a cheese-making class from Sheana Davis, a homemade ricotta wizard. Sheana is an epicurean cheese-maker and provides cheeses to the French Laundry and other five-star restaurants in the area. Sheana travels around the country, learning …

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March 3, 2023
Penland Winter Artist in Residence {experience} from Factotum of Arts

Overall, I loved the two weeks I spent at Penland School of Craft, as a Winter Artist in Residence. The people were amazing. It was so fun to see what everyone was doing in each of the studios. It was amazing just to kick off my new life as ?, who knows (yes, I quit my job with no plans but to rebalance and rejuvenate and work on some art). I am getting ahead of myself though…

I was all prepared, or so I thought, after I had received the acceptance to Penland’s Winter Residency (application process covered in this ...

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February 24, 2023
Woodcut Art & Quilting on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Houses, Mabel Hewit, 1936


This week I went down the rabbit hole they call Pinterest,  only to rediscover my love of woodcut art. Woodcut is a relief printing process in which knives and other tools are used to carve a design into the surface of a wooden block. The raised areas that remain after the block has been cut are inked and printed, while the recessed areas that are cut away do not retain ink, and will remain blank in the final print.  It is a very positive/negative area kind of printing!  I always thought woodcut printing was interesting ...

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February 8, 2023
Geocaching in the dark from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 Oh, I forgot to look for a geocache at the LOVE sign, and I bet there was one there. You have to understand, though, that when you're with a group of 8 other people, none of whom are into geocaching and they are hungry -- one doesn't take time to geocache! 

However, that didn't stop me from geocaching in the dark yesterday morning. 

I knew we had a heavy agenda for the day, and there probably wouldn't be time to get out for a walk. However, I managed to log 13 KM yesterday! Yep --- no cheating involved ...

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January 6, 2023
Back to Work on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 Yes!  I finally did it!  Got into my studio to finish up the piecing of Rain, Rain.  It's funny, once I was motivated it just took a good afternoon to put the finishing touches on the composition.  I swear, this quick little project has gotten so out of hand! The more I worked on it, the more I wanted to work on it.  Next thing you know it looked like this....

I'm not doing any borders because I personally hate borders (grin).

The only thing left to do is sew up the columns and layer the top for ...

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January 5, 2023
My first ever Calendar! from Nestlings By Robin

Embroidery Calendar
Initial orders have gone out 
and I am excited to start
my video tutorials that will
post each month on my

This labor of love is
comprised of various
flowers I have designed
over the years and put 
into a 3" format so
that each month you 
get a new little piece
to work on in all
those in between moments
(bank line, doctor 
appointment, etc).
Those minutes add
up so quickly.
Each month has a 
handy pocket calendar and
an inspirational phrase.

On the back side,
there are notes about
supplies, stitches to try,
and ideas for ...

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Art Journey – Exhibitions {Part 2} from Factotum of Arts

Sorry for the delay in this post. The last quarter of 2022 was so busy as I was transitioning my out of my job and the company I worked for, for 24 years. Also, in December I got to go Morocco and came back from traveling with COVID. It was a very interesting year end.

Just a reminder, this is what I have found or done on my journey moving from being a quilter to a textile artist. This may or may not be the best path for you. Let’s talk about how to get into an exhibition and ...

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December 30, 2022
Highlights of 2022... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



January 2022

A Fresh Start for 2022...

Cleaning out the Thread Shed....CLICK HERE

Felix the Elk Calf

Elk Calf Story and Video.....CLICK HERE

February 2022

Calving Season Begins @ The Kessi Ranch

Calf Video....CLICK HERE

Fabulous Finish...Number 5

Watch me Finish this quilt....CLICK HERE


One month into calving season...

Edith has Twins !

Lots of Baby Calves to see.....CLICK HERE

Fabulous Finish....Number 6

Floral Monet.....CLICK HERE


Vintage Lone Star Quilt.....CLICK HERE

Passing the Torch

Quilt & Story......CLICK HERE


Improv Piecing & Spring Time in Oregon


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December 16, 2022
Artistic Endeavors – What Art Collectors Choose for Their Homes from The Snarky Quilter

Right now the Cleveland Museum of Art is showing the Keithley collection, a promised gift to the museum of over 100 pieces of art. This eclectic collection concentrates on Impressionist and early modern artists. I found it interesting that the Keithleys collected many prints and Asian ceramic pieces in addition to paintings. The exhibit has photographs of some of the works on display in the Keithley’s traditional looking home. I enjoyed seeing the pieces in such a context.

You can see what’s in the exhibit here, but let me say that size matters when judging the impact of ...

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December 3, 2022
Let's Talk Composition on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 So it's that time of year again...time to buy my new Art Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar.  I've had one sitting on my desk for the last 10 years.  In fact, every day when I sit down to work, the first thing do is change the page so I can see what the "Art-of-the-Day" will be.  Throughout the day, I will glance back at the calendar noticing new things each time.  It's fun.  At the end of the year, I always go through picking out the days I want to save for inspiration.  

This year, however, I thought ...

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November 24, 2022
I May Have A Scrap Problem... But Now A Little Less! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Hi, all!

It's been a hot minute since I posted about my scrappy endeavors, but since I hadn't had much time to work on anything scrappy, I didn't have anything interest to share.  But today I have a flimsy finished!!

Here's what it looked like Tuesday night when I shared it with my sewing sisters at church. But it was still a hair small for what we needed.

Here's a close-up shot - I took it on an angle and it looks really different here!

I found a beautiful green Modernist print by Joel Dewberry in ...

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