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December 26, 2021
Best of 2021 from Liz Makes Crafts

It's the end of another year, and once again it's time to join the Best of linky party that Cheryl Brickey at Meadow Mist Designs hosts every year. I admit that I look forward to writing this post every year!

This year I really focused on finishing quilts over piecing quilt tops, and not only that, but finishing quilt tops that I particularly love. It's hard for me to finish my favorites, because it means the infinite potential is gone, but I also know there's really no use for a shelf full of quilt tops I ...

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September 10, 2021
Haiku Poetry No. 12 from Marty's Fiber Musings


Body, soul and heart

weave, entwine, interact, touch

the wind blowing grass. 

                         Marty Mason

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September 9, 2021
.....there's always a story ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

 Yes, a story is always in the making and now it's time to share this one.  Those of you who follow my slow down-sizing path know that I've been doing this for more than a year.  THIS being selling books and patterns and quilts and quilt tops and more.  I've tried selling locally and on FB, Instagram, Etsy and Ebay  and with hard work and tenacity have had goodly success. There's still a lot to be done!  

Anyway, I'm making this story longer than it perhaps should be.  There's one book I've tried ...

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May 18, 2021
Haiku Poetry No. 11 ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings


''A tear was shed and

the river ran on and on

At Granny Matlock's on Little Buffalo River, Arkansas

the way mother did"

               Marty Mason 

May your day be filled.....with tears of joy. 

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May 16, 2021
Haiku Poetry #10 ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings


''A bird soaring high. 

Temporary,  a life is

light as a feather."  

                  Marty Mason

There's a feather at the end of my upward soaring arrow surrounded by stars

See Haiku Poetry 1-9 at Reflections Unfurling ~  

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May 7, 2021
It's just how I flow ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

 When I'm sad, I quilt and when I'm happy, I quilt.  It's just how I flow.

A sad conversation with a friend about a friend left me listless last night so this morning I finished a little quilt top for a community service child in need.  My mind just can't wrap around someone giving up on living.  My hope is that this quilt will  put a smile on a child's face  and give them something to hold on to through a hard time.  I allow this thought to make me happy does this quilt ...

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February 23, 2021
Feeling Energized ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

 Wasn't QuiltCon Together a delightful event!  

Certainly was from my viewpoint. 

 What energy! 

And how easy and comfortable here at home to listen and watch lectures, participate in workshops and shop those marvelous vendors.  

Yes, I'm feeling energized and lovin' it.  

As many of you know who follow me and my activities, I've been downsizing in the hopes of becoming (tongue in cheek) a minimalist.  And try as I may, some items that I love but am finished with just aren't selling as I thought they would.  Case in point is this wonderful Bright Quilts from ...

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January 22, 2021
I haven't been sitting ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

 Time waits for no one, and certainly not me.   While I haven't been a very active blogger in the past several months, I have been an active quilt maker.  My goal for the newest year was to downsize my fabric scraps.  Goal almost accomplished with 10 or so quilt tops and backs made ready for quilting and then delivered to a community service project.  

Many pictures don't get taken when in the winter solstice rain and gloom so I'll leave you with one taken several years ago while on a visit to Kansas City.

No, I've ...

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December 29, 2020
Best of 2020 from Liz Makes Crafts

2020 ... what a year! I debated whether I should even do a year-end summary post, but looking back at my projects this year, I realized that I do want to write one. Regardless of what's happening in the outside world (and in my home world ... my oldest is still not allowed to go to school), the quilting room will always provide a refuge. Picking out my top 5 of the year helps remind me that 2020 isn't all bad.

Like in previous years, I'm joining Cheryl Brickey's Best of 2020 Linky Party. Thanks to Cheryl for ...

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December 16, 2020
When In Doubt ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

I didn't trust myself, so I looked it up!  

 After receiving a text this morning that a quilting acquaintance's brother-in-law had passed away, my first thought was, ohmygosh, I didn't realize she had a sister!!!   In introspection, I think that the quilter's husband's brother-in-law was the one who passed away.   The quilter was not related to the deceased therefore cannot claim that kinship.   She would have a brother-in-law only if she had a married sister.   

The older I get, the more doubtful I become of what I know and what I think I know and ...

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September 1, 2020
Hello September ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

 Well, Hello There! September.....I'm looking forward to a bit of time with no drama....please.  While we are weathering the Covid Storm and the Political Storm,  Hurricane Storm Laura threw us a curve ball.   It's the first time in my memory that hurricane force winds nearly blew us away here in  North Louisiana.  She wasn't pretty.  What a mess we had to clean up inside and out.   After being without electricity for 32 hours, I won't be taking that luxury for granted any time soon.    When it was finally turned back on , we were jubilant ...

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July 6, 2020
A good read ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

I've been reading more this summer than ever before and just finished the last Louise Penny in her Gammache series and I cried.....not while reading the book, but in her acknowledgments. 

You see, this book A Better Man was dedicated to her deceased husband's best friend, the dog Bishop.   Bishop passed away during the writing, leaving Ms. Penny alone. 

How do our animals know?  How desperately we can need a friend or someone who listens....truly listens to what's being said?   If you've ever had a dog, then you  know the dedication and depth of ...

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July 4, 2020
Who am I? from Marty's Fiber Musings

Many faces, I wear.  But who am I?  Really?   A vulture!

Yes, that was my name for the day a couple of weeks ago.  Why:  because I took away a quilter's fabric to save it from being dumped curbside.  Yes, I did it then and will do it again.  Because I know that when I take, I also give back.  Of the 24 yards + of fabric, I made 24 pillowcases for community service and the remaining yardage went toward quilt backings for the children in need.  Enough.....

The quilting group finally got to meet last Thursday and what a ...

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July 2, 2020
Nattering About ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

My big outing for the week for which I showered, dressed, even applied makeup, was to go to the Farmer's Market.   Heat and humidity is humbling so it was a quick trip.  Tomatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupe and watermelon are still plentiful but there were no peas...perhaps this week, I was told.

Now comfortably dressed and back in the sewing room, I've been nattering about.....chatting some quilts in stages of finished or not  that have been stacked helter skelter for way too long.   Now I'm nattering to them and sorting into piles.

A pile that ...

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June 4, 2020
Starting.....Again ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

Why is it that when one thought gets finished, another just pops right in?  Oftentimes the pop-in rudely interrupts the not quite finished previous thought.  What the......?  Can't they wait their turn! 

The same is true  in the case of making pillow cases:  one can't get finished before another one just begs for a chance.   When I have a yard of fabric, 27" gets cut for the body of the pillow case.  So I need 9" from another yard for the cuff.   Now I have 27 inches left over from that second yard!   Can you see where this ...

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June 1, 2020
Reading and quilt-Making ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

What a life!  The sun is shining on a new day and I just finished another book and I cried.  Yes, I feel strongly that animals talk and also have feelings.  They are sensitive to our needs and to the needs of their fellow-kind.  I've seen pictures of a chicken nurturing kittens or a cow allowing a lamb to suckle.   It's us human kind that are most insensitive to our fellow man that is so often bothersome to me. 

Speaking of chronicles....the quilt tops continue to roll out  after watching  Sarah Bond's Scrappy Triangle  MQG webinar ...

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May 30, 2020
Happy Anniversary to the two of us ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

It will be a low-key anniversary for the two of us:  the HuMan and I who have been married now for a mere 22 years.  We'll celebrate today in our usual way with a good morning kiss, then a hug.  He'll go his way to watch the weather or piddle in the back garden...water for the birds, blow away a few fallen leaves.  He's a tidy person:  well, actually, he is more than that.  He is a down right cantankerous person when things are imperfect to his perfectionist mind. 

Sometimes, it's absurd, his perfectionism.   But ...

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May 14, 2020
News & Musings From New York City from Where Art & Life Meet

The news here in New York City, more specifically Manhattan, is that non-essential shops, restaurants, etc will continue to be in lockdown. Tell that to the Irish Pub less than a block away that is a thriving hive of activity, selling burgers and free shots to any who “need” it. As we were hit harder… Continue reading News & Musings From New York City

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April 19, 2020
Moving On ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

I had to get a grip.....just before ripping out many days of hand stitching these hexagons together!!!!

I was rocking along pretty well yesterday afternoon, being almost finished stitching down the hexie frames for these seven 15" x 24" rectangles.  It wasn't until I finished stitching all seven framed rectangles into one whole that I noticed they weren't properly aligned. Well, rats behind!  I've done it again.

Oops!  Isn't  the spacing at top and bottom suppose to look alike?  

Taking a deep breath, remembering my mantra to rethink the possibilities and never envision a finished ...

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April 5, 2020
Shopping? Well - Yes! from Marty's Fiber Musings

I just ordered gardening gloves from!  How convenient is that.  I will be hopeful that the ground will dry out about the time I get my gardening gloves in the mail.  While there may not be a virus in my soil, I do like to protect against critter (and other crawly things)  bites. 

And gas prices are so low, but the tanks are full!  Wouldn't you know.

It's Sunday, so I've been thinking this may put a lot of churches over the edge, especially those smaller ones that were hanging on by a thread before ...

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