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December 19, 2018
All Lit Up from Romany Quilting

The annual Avenue of Trees is a community project where schools, businesses, clubs and groups decorate a Christmas Tree.  These are on display at the Salvation Army Hall and I went along to check them out.  The cost of entry was a donation for the Food Bank, and I was given a voting slip for People’s Choice.  The hall looked amazing, and I was keen to see the tree decorated by a member of my quilt group, Town and Country Quilters.  And there it was,  “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” looking gorgeous, and decorated in a heavenly host of ...

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December 1, 2018
Beary Colourful BOM: Making Music Black and White Bear from Clever Chameleon

Musical panda appliqué by Dione of Clever Chameleon

It’s the day for the last bear of the Beary Colourful BOM and we are going out with much fanfare. Make way for the Black and White (Panda) Bear of Making Music!

The first of December and time to be looking forward to all the festivities of Christmas and New Year. Time for parades and lights and decorations and special foods and music. And what better way to express joy in black and white than with music?!

Beary Colourful Bear BOM

Don’t let this month’s colours fool you – Black and White Bear is in the mood for celebration! He is going ...

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November 7, 2018
Striking a New Chord: Sonata Fabric Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

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At the age of five, I began learning classical piano. Every week, I'd have a piano lesson with my piano teacher and learned to play songs from all "the greats" like Mozart, Bach, Chopin....but my absolute favorite composer's songs to play was "Ludwig van Beethoven." His songs were moody and felt like they just had soul (no offense to the other talented composers), I just connected to his music the most, and his "Moonlight Sonata" became my favorite song to play on the piano..still is today! One of the main reasons I love it so much ...

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October 5, 2018
Our Latest AGF Fusions: Rainforest + Trinkets from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers, 

With the holidays right around the corner, I know all of us are prepping or have already begun sewing gifts for our family, friends, colleagues and teachers. I think that as a maker, we're always trying to create gifts that are so personalized to the person we're giving it to, so if you haven't started sewing your gifts yet, don't worry! We just released TWO NEW FUSIONS that cater to two different themes that can turn into so many great gifts! 

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If you're new to AGF, our "Fusion Collections" are bite-size collections featuring ...

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August 5, 2018
Beach Day! and, of course, Zucchini Report from caledonia quilter

I presume you've been following me long enough that you know all about the Beach Girls.  My longarm compatriots.  People are often surprised that we're friends, and not backstabbing competitors stealing each other's bobbins.  Meh.  Life's too short for that shit.

This past week was our annual Beach Day which generally lasts for three days.  We rarely make it to the beach...but this year it happened!

Diane took us on a mystery outing that lasted all day.  We started at the consignment store in Exeter and ended the day at the Lion's Pavilion in ...

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June 28, 2018
We Quilt This City! from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Every summer we host thousands of visitors from near and far in our happy little town of Hamilton. Many of these visitors come to us as their end destination or as part of a detour on their road trip. No matter how our visitors get to us, we do all we can to make sure that they have the best experience in Hamilton.

If you needed another excuse to come visit Hamilton this Summer, starting June 21st we are participating in the Row by Row Experience again this year!

The Row by Row Experience is a wonderful program started in ...

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June 20, 2018
Brass Band, Pipe Organ and the Moody Blues from From My Carolina Home

We are lucky to live in an area that has so much to do within driving distance, cultural centers, performance halls, and museums in more than one direction.  About 45 minutes away is the small town of Brevard, NC that boasts some of the best music venues and performances of the area.  It helps that fellow car club member Jamie Hafner is a conductor for the Blue Ridge Community Brass band, and often joins the students at the college as a guest conductor.  A couple of summers ago, I showed the outdoor pavilion of Brevard Music College during a Patriotic ...

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June 17, 2018
Sensational Solids and Wonderful Winnings from caledonia quilter

This beauty went home yesterday.

The slightly paler yellow in the wide outer borders is linen.  Very soft, and makes for a beautiful quilt.  On the down side, I found it a bit 'shifty' - think flannel or homespuns.  I suspect it would have been more challenging to piece with too, because of the loose weave.

The maker is giving this to her brother, so she didn't want "girly" quilting, and since music is his hobby that's what went in the wide borders.

Because the cross-hatching was interrupted by the squares, I chose to mark the quilting lines.  And ...

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March 6, 2018
God Is Male from Nina Paley

God Is Male from Nina Paley on Vimeo.

Goddess x Patriarchy = Mary

Words by Connie Bryson & Nina Paley
Music composed by Nina Paley
Organ arranged and performed by Camille Goudeseune
Sung by Nina Paley

Want to record better vocals? Please do! Download the organ track at archive.org/details/godismaleorgantrack and record away.

Lyrics:

God is Male.
He’s old, he’s white.
His beard is long,
His asshole’s tight.
He watches everything you do,
and then He throws the Book at you.

Mighty father in the sky.
Mighty chromosomes XY.
Like the sons of Israel,
God’s a ...

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February 14, 2018
Design Wall Monday: In Which Tenacity Triumphs Over Tricky Triangles... And Rebecca Sings With Kristin Chenoweth! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Although I've been more consumed with Italian opera choruses than sewing over the past week (more on that later), I did continue working on my Tabby Mountain quilt in fits and snatches.  I have finally come up with a method for matching up those 30 degree triangles that gives me reasonably good precision on the first try, without slowing me down to a crawl.  My OMG (One Monthly Goal) is to get this one on the frame and QUILTED.  The month is nearly half over and I have some upcoming travel at the end of this week so I ...

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January 28, 2018
You Gotta Believe from Nina Paley

Why not believe in Her?

You Gotta Believe from Nina Paley on Vimeo.

 

In this episode of Seder-Masochism, Moses is confronted by the goddesses the Patriarchy is about to crush.

Directed animated etc. by Nina Paley (me)
Music: “You Gotta Believe” written by Norman Whitfield, sung by the Pointer Sisters, circa 1976
Free goddess gifs at blog.ninapaley.com/2018/01/01/24-free-goddess-gifs/

The lyrics are extremely clear in some places and hard to decipher in others. At two points the Pointer Sisters sing, “why don’t you let the Wilson Sisters set you free?”  Who are the Wilson Sisters ...

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January 26, 2018
TGIFF: The Beatles Quilt from Hobbies Up To Here

Each time I’ve completed a quilt, I go through a myriad of feelings.  Joy, excitement, sadness and accomplishment.  All this and soooo much more filled my heart when I put the last stitch in the binding of The Beatles Quilt, a.k.a. “Blackbird”. It’s taken two years to complete, and it’s been worth every single second! … Continue reading TGIFF: The Beatles Quilt

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January 15, 2018
Someone Is Wrong On The Internet from Nina Paley

Someone is wrong on the internet
Somewhere’s a clue someone didn’t get
Someone is wrong but they think they’re right
Someone is wrong online tonight.

Maybe they’re right and I’m really wrong
Maybe they’re writing a better song
Maybe someday on the internet
Someone and I might get along.

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October 2, 2017
AGF Mood Mondays - Listen from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Could there be a bigger love than the one we have for fabric and creating? I will dare to say there is a love that most of us share because it is the very thing that fuels us in those nights of stitching or designing, and that is the love for music.

Are there any fabric lovers/musicians in the house? And here is a weird one, do any of you NOT like music? (I met a person once...shocking).

It's interesting to read how deeply music can affect our mood, I'm sure most of us notice it ...

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September 20, 2017
Music's Wonder Woman from Splendiferous

Honoring Sarah Caldwell, (born March 6, 1924, Maryville, Missouri, U.S.—died March 23, 2006, Portland, Maine)
American opera conductor, musicologist, producer, impresario, international musical ambassador
Caldwell was the first woman to conduct at White House, USMC Band, Metropolitan Opera, and only the second woman to conduct the New York Philharmonic.  She also founded the Opera Company of Boston.  Caldwell was known for unusual presentations of standard works, innovative productions of challenging and difficult works; including traditional works in contemporary or different historical settings.  She often went back to the original scores, and also presented new modern work. As conductor ...

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