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September 8, 2019
Sunday in September #2 from Marty's Fiber Musings

Narrowing down suitable quotes for the day became too awesome a task so here goes the ones that helps me the most to stay focused on the positive ~

"What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle and giving 110% all the time."  
-  Don Zimmer                

No talent required....but a giant leap in faith while making all those fabric choices! 

"Don't let yesterday take too much of today"   -  Will Rogers

"To see what is right and not do it is a lack of courage."  -  Confucius

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those ...

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September 1, 2019
Sunday in September ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

Oh Sunday!  How I love thee.   There hasn't been a workday/weekday regimen around our house in a number of years, but Sunday continues to be my 'day off'.   A day to reflect and rest and re-posture.
A day to let go and be still. 

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August 24, 2019
Have I been loving you too long ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

I found this post from 2016 and decided to bring it forward to current date, thinking the thought process is  relevant to just about any situation or relationship, especially as it relates to getting in and out of organized groups to which one might be a member.  When groups or their dynamics change (as they tend to to), do we continue to be in love with the group?  If not, should we rethink the possibilities?   Admitting that love is no longer there, allowing  the group to move on without you, would be more beneficial to all before dissatisfaction and hate-mongering ...

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August 18, 2019
The Common Thread ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

The common thread - that which holds together - the glue.  Obviously, in a book club, the glue is books, reading, word power,  knowledge.

The common thread in a garden club, motorcycle club, vintage car club, photography club?  The answers are obvious.  So it is in quilting groups....the obvious.  The common thread is enjoying the art of quilting and being with like minds who want to share the joy.

The structure of  a quilting group is usually the main....the guild.  Then, based on common interests....hand quilting or applique, machine quilting and so on, the guild members gravitate into and ...

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August 16, 2019
When life gets exciting ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

I've been waiting.....and waiting  for life to get exciting.  Waiting for life to give me something to write about.  It hasn't happened yet and I'm getting into my third quarter.  So this morning, I took control and will make my life exciting for me.

I've been in this house (and garden) for almost thirty years and have spent the better part of those years adding on to my lush landscape.  Beds and borders filled to the brim with flora and fauna have given me immense pleasure - until age began to creep into my weary bones ...

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July 31, 2019
I raised my hand ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

Every now and then I raise my hand too quickly, but not this time.  When this quilt top came up as an unwanted  giveaway, my hand immediately popped up.  Granted, that was two or three years ago, and granted, it took a bit of ripping and reworking the wavy borders but wowsers..... after getting it quilted, washed and dried to give it that wonderful snuggle me up glow, look at this beauty that was once unwanted. 

string quilt in the Amish style

Oh, how I wish I knew the quilt maker.   She deserves a thumbs up (and more). 

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July 30, 2019
Old, that's a good thing ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

Listening to Neil Young music ~ excerpt from Old Man ~

  "give me things that don't get lost."

Yes, that's where I am today, looking for things that get lost while listening to Neil Young music.

a binding that I know was put aside

an apron pattern purchased two years ago buried in the black hole called lost patterns(?)

                there may be more success looking for a needle in the proverbial haystack

Neil Young wrote that the Old Man lyrics were inspired by an old ranch foreman - a caretaker who takes care of cows.....and fences.

I'm in need ...

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July 21, 2019
If Only ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

If many many much, if only?   I was so inspired by a hand stitching workshop that took place in our public library yesterday, that I came away wishing, if only

there was more time to learn, to stitch, to do.    I have the now and that's all I have to make the most of and relish every sunbeam and cloud.   Life, now that's a cat's meow ~

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June 25, 2019
QuiltCon 2020 Registration from Liz Makes Crafts

Well, that was easier than expected!

I get antsy every year while registering for QuiltCon. It reminds me of registering for college classes, that nail-biting nervousness. What if the server crashes? What if I can't get into the classes I wanted to get into? I always come well-prepared, and two minutes before registration begins, I could feel my heartbeat gradually increase in speed.

There are lots of quilt shows every year across the US, some even fairly local to me, but for all these other shows, I'm rarely, if ever, interested in the classes. For QuiltCon, however, I ...

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June 22, 2019
An Evening with Tula from Liz Makes Crafts

It's not often that I get to be in the same room as a quilting legend. I found out just a few days ago that Tula Pink was visiting my local quilt shop for a lecture and presentation, so of course I booked a ticket right away!

I've very rarely walked into a room and been totally overwhelmed. But seeing Tula's quilts hanging in that room, with all of Angela Walters's amazing quilting, was quite an emotional experience. I've seen almost all of these quilts on social media, but to see them in person, I ...

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June 13, 2019
Yes I can - No you can't - Yes I can! from Marty's Fiber Musings

Do you have running debates with yourself?  I'm doing a paint-on-fabric presentation for my art group friends next month and have been making myself believe that I can paint on fabric:  because, that's what the presentation will be about.    Yes, I can!

I also make books ~  Here's the front cover of one that I painted and used to make a color palette photo. 

You darn tootin' I can ~

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June 3, 2019
All in the family ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

~  What a delightful blog is Mary & Patch where Maryline blogs about quilts and patterns and  her Three In A Row photography series. 

But first ~ My sisters and nieces had the most fun gathering last year - just us girls for a long, relaxing weekend in Hot Springs.  While there, we made a morning of walking the scenic paths in Garvan Woodland Gardens, a botanical respite nestled into the Ouachita Mountains.

walkin' the woodland path while solving a problem or two

 I thought this was such a fun picture of  sister, Sandy and her daughters.  They were so busy discussin' the what ifs and what fors that the walking stopped while some ...

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May 24, 2019
Is serendipity a noun? from Marty's Fiber Musings

so, you've been invited to be a local quilt guild presenter?  now what?  make a decision, get a grip!

who will be there?  some modern, some traditional, some spontaneous, some subdued,  some young, some still young at heart.   how does one provide food for 25 when some eat fish, some are off carbs,    some are gluten free and some eat it all?  same rules apply when prepping for a quilt meeting presentation - provide a little bit of a variety.

so, the hint to the presentation will be entitled (appropriately) 'serendipity to a 9-patch' .   using only donated fabric, i'm ...

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March 6, 2019
Unconventional and Unexpected Quilt-a-Long from Marty's Fiber Musings

Remembering the collection of thrift store cotton and linen shirts that needed to be cut and sewn! When Sujata Shah at the The Root Connection enticed me into this quilt-a-long, I new exactly where to go for just the right fabric.....thrift store shirts.....cotton and linen.   Yes, the Unconventional and Unexpected lives in my house. 

OH HOW FUN this one was to complete.  Inspired by a quilt found in Coal City, Alabama, quilt maker and quilt pattern unknown, made with scraps of cotton and 51 in Roderick Kiracofe's Unconventional & Unexpected (American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 ...

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March 1, 2019
What's New? from Marty's Fiber Musings

February wasn't my typical month.  While there was some sewing going on, it wasn't so much in my usual setting, but in a hospital and rehabilitation center.  You see, the HuMan in my life had a stroke early in the month and is now recovering beautifully.   We are home and he is going through out-patient rehabilitation.   Life continues to be good as we take one day at a time and make it the best day we can.   

So, what's sewing on?    Quilting, whether by hand or machine,  continues to be my therapy....and it was very therapeutic ...

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December 31, 2018
Best of 2018 from Liz Makes Crafts

Cheryl Brickey from Meadow Mist Designs is once again hosting the Best of 2018 Linky Party, and I almost didn't join in this year, but after seeing everybody else's posts, I decided it would be fun to come up with my own top 5 list.

Most Viewed: Beach Retreat

Beach Retreat is a quilt I made for Kelly Young from My Quilt Infatuation's blog hop to promote her book Stash Statement. It was so fun to play with improv in a controlled setting, and I love the quilting ideas I did for this quilt!

Most Commented: Postage ...

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Goodbye 2018! from Liz Makes Crafts

It's the end of the year, and I just couldn't resist writing a summary post. It's so fun to look back on the year and see what I managed to do. Overall, it was a pretty exciting year, and I don't think it will be easy to top this one!

In Numbers

Completed quilts (throw size and up): 19
Runners, minis & mugrugs: 4
Charity quilts: 8
Bags & accessories: 7


  • In February I went to QuiltCon in Pasadena and met my quilting idol, Angela Walters. To say she changed my life would be an understatement!

  • I ...
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    November 7, 2018
    Mini Barn Quilt Shop Closing from Childlike Fascination

    If you are on the Mini Barn Quilt newsletter you’ll have already gotten the news but the Mini Barn Quilt shop will be shutting down at the end of this month and effective yesterday all kits are deeply discounted to 50% off!

    I’m planning to write a bit more about this from a perspective of a creative entreprenuer and what it’s like to ride on the rollercoaster that this project has taken me on but that’s for later.

    For now, you can find out more information about the details of the shop closing on the Mini ...

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    October 9, 2018
    On Becoming Minimalist ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

    Becoming minimal as to blog posts has not been my main goal.....however, it has happened of late.  While not here musing, I'm over at North Louisiana Quilters  and also currently blogging for Quilters Guild Acadienne.  Join in and celebrate the art of quilting. 

    A more minimal lifestyle is something I've been striving for for the past several years with good success.  Reading Joshua Becker's  "The Invitation of Minimalism" reinforces my thinking that less is better.  Joshua writes that minimalism gives us less stress and less debt, but more importantly, time to enjoy and value life. 

    Maximum use of scraps - circle quilt top by Marty Mason

    Maximum use of scraps - circle quilt top by Marty Mason

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    September 17, 2018
    Watercolor in the Mountains from Childlike Fascination

    This weekend B and I traveled up to camp in the Adirondack Mountains.

    Even though we were there for less than 48hrs, it’s amazing how relaxing a bit of outdoor time and pure , unadulterated sunshine can be.

    Last year when we went up for a week in August I had impulsively run to the AC Moore & Michaels a week beforehand and picked up a Koi traveler palette, a bag of cheap-ass brushes and a spiral bound watercolor paper pad. After a day paddling across Cheney Pond to the Boreas River and down to Lester Flow we went back to ...

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