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November 5, 2021
Steps To Nowhere from The Snarky Quilter

Maybe it’s the season and all the plastic bones scattered about my neighbors’ lawns, but I went a bit dark for my latest work. It’s loosely based on a photo by Penny. I thought it had an unsettling, scary look. … Continue reading

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October 7, 2021
SURPRISE BONUS! Makers’ Call: Block Edition from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


Just when you thought it was over…

#AGFNationalSewingMonth is back with a final hurrah! For those of you who missed it, here’s a quick recap! Over the month of September, we celebrated National Sewing Month with a special event called Makers’ Call. This event would take you along the designing process until the very end where you get to download the winning free pattern! 

It was a thrill watching everyone be a part of this event, from choosing your favorite block to the final project. After counting over a thousand votes, the winning project was the TABLE RUNNER and ...

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September 29, 2021
THE FINALE! Makers’ Call: Block Edition from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


Hello, Makers! 

We’re so excited and thankful for everyone that participated and made #AGFNationalSewingMonth such a fun event! Last week we asked you to vote for your favorite project on all our social media platforms, to choose between a “Lunch Bag,” “Table Runner,” and a “Throw Pillow.” After tallying up your votes (it was such a close call,) the winning project is… The TABLE RUNNER! 

Pretty fabrics always take projects to the next level, so we were so excited that this curated group made it to the final project. Check out all the fabric prints we used for this ...

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Free Motion Quilting Designs for EveryoneDo you find yourself wanting to finish a project but also...

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September 20, 2021
Vote for Your Favorite Project! Makers’ Call: Block Edition Part 2 from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog



Welcome back, makers!

This is Part 2 of our Makers’ Call and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, make sure to go read the first blog post where I give you all the details of this fun #AGFNationalSewingMonth event! 

Here’s a quick wrap-up, last week we had everyone on social media choose their favorite quilt block and after a very close race, Block A was the winner! 


Final block_blog

I can see why this block was a fan favorite as it has a unique shape and bold colors! It features a mixture of prints like “Tinted Blooms ...

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September 13, 2021
Makers' Call: Block Edition from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


One of my favorite things to do at the beginning of every month is looking at all the exciting things that are happening and being released on our calendar! Discovering significant days that are dedicated to your loved ones, a unique cause, and this time around I there was something extra special happening… The whole month of September is National Sewing Month

At Art Gallery Fabrics, we dedicate our craft to those makers that transform our fabrics into something even more beautiful! This is a month that celebrates all you creatives out there and this is our chance to say ...

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August 22, 2021
Paper-Pieced Carnation-Lily Girls from Wisonsin Quilting

This delightful pattern is based on John Singer Sargent’s wonderful Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, painted in a garden at twilight for only about 15 minutes at a time when the light was just right. The painting took a year to complete Hear more about the painting here: or read what wiki has to say here,_Lily,_Lily,_Rose

Order this $8.50 pattern to make a 30″ tall wall hanging. It measures 26″ full width, or cut it down in width from the left, as did ...

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July 5, 2021
Stitching Lane SocietyI am pleased to announce Stitching Lane Society, a new online machine quilting... from Living Water Quilter

Stitching Lane SocietyI am pleased to announce Stitching Lane Society, a new online machine quilting...

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June 24, 2021
Quilt Con 2022 Here I ComeAre you going to Quilt Con 2022 in... from Living Water Quilter

Quilt Con 2022 Here I Come

Are you going to Quilt Con 2022 in Phoenix?  I hope so. Consider taking one of my ruler quilting classes to learn some ruler designing techniques.

I am honored to be a member the Quilt Con 2022 teaching faculty.  I am excited to have this opportunity to teach what I love, machine quilting on a domestic machine.


Ruler Quilting Designing Techniques

The classes, two 6-hour and two 3-hour classes will focus on modern ruler quilting designs and techniques.

Power Curves - Course Code DSMQ004

Curve it!  Curve quilting is, I think, the perfect complement to ...

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May 29, 2021
Machine Quilting Pillow TalkBoy of boy, there are so many... from Living Water Quilter

Machine Quilting Pillow Talk

Boy of boy, there are so many decisions to make to machine quilt our projects. It can be daunting.

  • What machine quilting design do I use?
  • How do I stitch the design in a pleasing way?
  • What  thread color and a thread weight will I use?
  • Should the quilting be dense or light?

Let’s Make Some Decisions

We can take machine quilting and break it into manageable steps. When we concentrate on different parts of the machine quilting process it gives of freedom. With freedom comes courage. Courage to experiment and learn.

In Quilt Conversations ...

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May 22, 2021
Spring Broken from Sew Preeti Quilts

The best flowers are at the Keukenhof in Amsterdam. A bit out of my reach, mostly.

Tulips in Amsterdam, 2019

Keukenhof Gardens

The Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania are huge and absolutely beautiful, but still a few hours from me.

Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania

Water Lilies

The Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC are more accessible and I don't mind the long train ride although I will avoid the nightmarish parking in downtown DC. 

From 2008. My first time :-) 

So beautiful

Due to their popularity and the huge crowds (then), everyone was photobombing someone else's picture. The best pictures were taken ...

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May 16, 2021
Two More Quilt “Kits” to go from Heart Desire Creations

Last week I shared the flannel rag quilt kit I prepared for a week long retreat I’ll be attending. Of course one isn’t enough, so I now have two more ready to go!

First up is a string block kit. I pulled from some beloved batik greens and blues and one almost white and cut into varying strip widths. The plan is to sew them onto paper piecing paper doing a diamond design. I love to do string quilts! For me its both fun and therapeutic sewing. Sewing this quilt will also be perfect for a retreat as ...

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March 1, 2021
A Brief and Incomplete History of Quilting from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Fabric stored and organized for the purpose of quilting.

As we begin to celebrate National Quilting Month, it is important to look back upon our history and appreciate how the art of quilting has evolved throughout our past. Each of us has a special responsibility as a quilter (whether you realize it or not!); we are tasked with keeping an ancient art form alive and well and with every stitch of fabric, we’re sewing the threads of the craft’s future. Whether you learned how to quilt in the traditional way of having the skill passed down from previous ...

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February 28, 2021
CAN – CAN, the Quilt! from Heart Desire Creations

Cut, pieced, quilted and bound in five days! Amazing how much I enjoyed making this quilt. No contest when I auditioned border fabric. The bold black and white was a definite winner – perfect for all the bright, pretty and fun strings in the quilt body.

A very simple quilting – diagonal wavy lines – was perfect. I wanted this quilt to be about the fabrics, not the quilting. And I am tickled the way the black and white prints come together in the center of the blocks and where four blocks meet. I finished the binding by hand which quickly reminded me ...

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February 26, 2021
Gee’s Bend Quilters: Abstract Art from the Rural South from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Almost 20 years ago, the tiny, rural community of Gee’s Bend was brought into prominence when their quilts were discovered to be works of art, not just the simple bed coverings they’d always believed they had been making. Their quilts were purchased by collectors and displayed in art museums across the country causing quilting to be elevated from folk art to masterpieces. In one of the first reviews of their artwork in 2002, Michael Kimmelman of the The New York Times called the Gee’s Bend quilts “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has ...

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February 18, 2021
Lone Star Quilt from Let's Begin Sewing

A lone star quilt has long been on my bucket list of quilts to make. When I signed up for Sarah Bond 's workshop that was about variations with a lone star block, I decided to stick with the traditional pattern. 

I have lately been experimenting with colors I normally would not work with which includes darker backgrounds, non primary colors, hues and shades I rarely see in my Instagram feed. One of the best ways to pick these colors is that they are the ones that are usually not sold out at a fabric store. :)

Anyway for this quilt ...

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December 20, 2020
Never underestimate the inspiration caused by a group project from Art and Quilting in Camden

Art should be like a holiday: something to give a man the opportunity to see things differently and to change his point of view. -Paul Klee, painter (18 Dec 1879-1940) 

So I’m part of Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild, one of two local groups. This chapter, part of the MQG (Modern Quilt Guild) is the smaller of the two and is almost completely comprised of members of Coastal Quilters (the other group) which is part of the statewide Pine Tree Quilt Guild (Maine is the Pine Tree state). For once, I decided to participate in a round robin sort ...

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December 16, 2020
Why Do I Sew? from Carol Lyles Shaw

Why do I sew?  Why did I choose sewing–specifically quilt making — as a medium for expressing my creativity? Since I was in college, I have loved visual art.  I am especially in love with 20th century painters in the  Colorfield genre.  I studied the works of Alma Thomas, Sam Gilliam, Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, …

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December 14, 2020
Show Us Your Fabric Stash from Carol Lyles Shaw

Today’s prompt is Show Us Your Fabric! I’m not super organized but I have a basic plan.  And I try to keep it up — although this means a general clear up about every few months. So this is another honest craft room post, my dear friends! I keep my grunge, ombres, some solids and …

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December 2, 2020
stockings + top trend from Charm About You

You don't need me to tell you that the year so far has been crazy! I'm ready to settle down for a cosy, quiet winter. I still have a few projects to sew and if you're anything like me, you might have a few projects to sew this season too! 

Last year I created a tutorial for these simple patchwork stockings. A calm colour palette was called for by my girls (who are the users of these stockings!) but you could make them festive with Christmas prints or whatever colours fit your home.

The fun addition of ...

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