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September 29, 2021
Eco Printing - Take 2 from Quilting & Learning

In February of this year, I did some eco printing based on Caroline Nixon's workshop for TextileArtists.com. If you don't remember the post, it's because it was never written. Last weekend I decided that I would take a second stab at it since I love the results of eco printing. Here is what I learned

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September 14, 2021
Getting Back to Work from Where Art & Life Meet

I just finished editing the final video of our Africa trip. If you’re interested in following along I created a playlist: African Adventures and you can subscribe to get email notifications whenever a new video is posted. The last video of that trip will post on Saturday. A couple of fun things are in the […]

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April 21, 2021
Kitchen Stitchin from Stitchin at Home

 Another fun blog hop from Carla of Creatin in the Sticks, this one in the kitchen. 
We were to create something inspired by the kitchen. It could be pot holders, tea towels, coasters, placemats, table runners, mug rugs, or even a toaster cover. It was our interpretation of a kitchen project. Anything kitchen.

I have three quick kitchen projects to show you today. First up an apron for my granddaughter who is finding a love for baking and cooking. 

which first baking or cooking or maybe a little of both

I'm still shopping my stash and didn't have ...

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March 30, 2021
Animal Videos, Stitching & Dorset Buttons from Where Art & Life Meet

Animal Videos, Stitching, Dorset Buttons and a Couple Other Things Thrown in for Good Measure was the original title of this post, but that was way too long, so I had to shorten it. A friend of mine (and of my mother’s) sent me this video, which of course I had to share. Thank you… Continue reading Animal Videos, Stitching & Dorset Buttons

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March 16, 2021
New: Improvisational Stitching Workshop! from Where Art & Life Meet

I am doing a new 5-day workshop! Improvisational Stitching! But what does that mean, exactly? Well funny you should ask, because I’ve given it a great deal of thought. Improvisational Stitching is what I call what I do when I begin with a piece of fabric, usually a piece of hand dyed linen, with no… Continue reading New: Improvisational Stitching Workshop!

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December 29, 2020
The Joy of Obsession from Where Art & Life Meet

Often referred to as a negative, I’ve always thought of obsessions as a lifeline to exploration, creativity, joy and boundless energy. Being obsessed with something (rather than someone) results in any number of truly awe-inspiring things, such as these artists who carve thread spools into amazing miniature works of art. Or Andrea Love whose website… Continue reading The Joy of Obsession

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October 13, 2020
Design, Exploration & A Finished Piece from Where Art & Life Meet

It all began with the Stem Stitch, a much over-looked stitch. I decided I needed to explore it and see if I could find a little excitement while doing so. I had no idea that this stitch would be the beginning of something wonderful! I pulled out some hand dyed linen that I’d bought and… Continue reading Design, Exploration & A Finished Piece

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August 17, 2020
Red Linen Skirt from Tea Rose Home

I have been wanting a red skirt to wear for a while and I remembered that I bought some red linen fabric a long time ago. Sure enough, I found this fabric in my fabric closet, yay! One thing I have loved ever since I started my own "sew my stash challenge", is that I am more mindful of what I already have and am thinking creatively. I love clothing made out of linen, but 100% linen gets wrinkled very easily, so I usually buy linen blend fabric for easier care and it's nice drape.

I only had just ...

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August 6, 2020
“Discomfort” & Designing from Where Art & Life Meet

I’m working on something new, which is always exciting and uncomfortable at the same time. *Digression alert* That word -uncomfortable – is also used when you go into a doctor’s office to have a surgical procedure done and they say, “This might pinch a little” or when you go to the dentist to get your… Continue reading “Discomfort” & Designing

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August 4, 2020
Exciting News & Questionable Humor from Where Art & Life Meet

Exciting News! Both The ThreadGatherer and Global Artisans have put together thread kits for my latest design, The River Rocks Pouch. I’m so grateful to both, for all their hard work in putting these kits together. In addition, both have thrown in discounts to anyone purchasing the kits. Both kits are needed to complete this… Continue reading Exciting News & Questionable Humor

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July 14, 2020
Sh*t my Mother Sends Me from Where Art & Life Meet

In keeping with the sh*t-my-mother-sends-me theme since this pandemic hit all of us broadside, forcing us to become bit players in a sci-fi film we didn’t know was in production, here’s the latest from my mother. Thanks Mom! ❤️ (Don’t know what I’d do without this woman…) Can we all just marvel at the sheer… Continue reading Sh*t my Mother Sends Me

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October 29, 2019
Quilted BoHo Pillow Tutorial from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Ahhhh!!! I love the way this quilted boho pillow turned out. Whether it’s World Market, Target, Anthropology, or Hobby Lobby, boho pillows are everywhere. I have been dreaming about creating a quilted boho pillow of my own, and after I saw the possibilities within Chenille-It, the sky was the limit (click here for an introduction to Chenille-It). I really had a hard time deciding on the design I wanted to make, so seeing this pillow finished makes me so happy. Isn’t it modern, hip, and fun? I cooked up this tutorial on it so you too can make ...

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October 25, 2019
My new Pietra pants from Dizzy Quilts

I'm really sewing garments out of season, but I really want to use up the fabrics and patterns I already have so I went ahead and made my Pietra pants muslin even as the temperatures dropped near freezing!

You can't really tell by the picture, but it was actually 5 degrees Celsius when I took these pictures!
I made View A of the Closet Case Patterns Pietra pants in a straight size 18. I did shorten the pants by 2 inches but that was the only modification I made.

I love everything about this pattern and the instructions ...

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October 5, 2019
‘Christmas Tree Skirt’ from Granny Maud's Girl

I finished this tree skirt three days after last Christmas, or 362 days before this Christmas (as I prefer to think of it), but it has taken me a while to get the pattern written and finished.

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‘Christmas Tree Skirt’ pattern by Granny Maud’s Girl

The project started a couple of years ago when I realised that I had sent our only tree skirt to our family’s holiday house on the other side of Australia. It was only a piece of cheap satin that I had hemmed in a circle, and I had sent it away because I ...

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May 21, 2017
Tamarack Jacket in Navy Linen and Nani Iro from On the Windy Side

I made a quilted jacket!  Specifically, the Tamarack Jacket by Grainline Studio.


The exterior is a beautiful medium weight linen from The Fabric Store (pretty sure it's this one).


I used wool batting - the Quilter's Dream kind because it's lovely and doesn't smell like sheep.  It's getting pretty cold here now so the wool should keep me snuggly and warm.


On the outside this jacket is very "I am a serious person walking a dog".  On the inside it's much more "I'm a free spirit who makes her own clothes".  That dreamy fabric ...

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March 13, 2017
The Luxury of Linen from Cottage Quilt Studio

Flax Linen is an amazing textile! It is so luxurious! I have been making Bath Towel Sets for my Etsy Shop and will be adding Linen Kitchen Towels to my shop tomorrow!

I absolutely love Linen! Linen makes your skin feel wonderful too.  It gets softer with use and washings. Linen is super absorbent and dries quickly. Naturally resistant to mildew and stains.

European Flax Line is usually hand picked, so it costs more than cotton. A beautifully woven fabric having different weights and textures. The possibilities are endless! Bedding, Towels, Table Clothes, Napkins, Book Covers, Clothes, Curtains, Slip Covers ...

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September 12, 2016
Remnants of Spring from Shelley Swanland

remnants-of-spring-wCollaged fabric, embroidery and embellishment on Linen, Remnants of Spring, is my latest piece. It features silk ribbon embroidery over vintage fabrics, digital pictures, vintage napkins and lace. It is embellished with buttons, charms and beads with a lock and key. Once finished the linen was mounted on a piece of felt and then a quilted base of crinkled batik fabric. remnants-of-spring-detail-2remnants-of-spring-detail-1

 

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April 28, 2015
Indigo Dyeing Day from Marianne Bos - Quilt Artist

Its been a very long long time since I have blogged but I am just soo excited to tell you what I have been up to today!

A lady (who met me a while ago at a fair) contacted me and asked if I would help her do some Indigo dyeing with her for a quilt she was making.  Like, how fast could I say yes!!!

Anyway today Kay came over to my house and we broke out the indigo and got to the dyeing. She was dyeing linen.

We pleated, folded, wrapped and rubber banded.






It comes out of ...

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