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October 15, 2021
Sip-n-Paint Pumpkins on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 First of all I want to say SORRY for setting last week's post  to go off on a Saturday instead of last Friday.  We are in the middle of Fall Rush at work and I'm talking to 55 ladies a day...I swear I don't know  if I'm coming or going!

So this week I had fun!  Social Fun!!  Yes, I said it ....socializing fun!  For the first time, I tried a Sip-n-Paint.  Now, I know this type of event has been around for a while, but I sew ...not paint so I've never tried ...

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September 24, 2021
Update on the Safelight Quilts from From My Carolina Home

It was fun to go to the post office this week, as blocks are coming in for our Safelight Quilts. Not only blocks, but ready-to-quilt flimsies, plus two fully completed quilts!! These wonderful scrappy blocks were sent in by Joan Hannes. Thank you!

Then, ten red and white blocks arrived from Carole Leaverton.

This flimsy was given to our guild from a gentleman who wanted to find a charity for his late wife’s unfinished projects. I said I’d take it to quilt, and donate to the Safelight quilt drive. I found some fabric that will work for a ...

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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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February 16, 2021
How To Make A Frame With Mitered Corners from Nikki, In Stitches

It took me awhile to perfect my technique for making a frame with mitered corners.

It wasn’t the frame itself that I struggled with, but really what was the best way to attach it to my sign.

I like painting signs like these on 1/4″ plywood. The thicker stuff is heavier, and I don’t like the weight it gives my finished pieces (plus it’s not usually as smooth of a surface to paint on!)…but you can’t really nail a frame to 1/4″ ply.

I came up with the following system, and I love ...

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February 3, 2021
Snow Day Painting from Nikki, In Stitches

Large Silhouette Stencils With Registration Marks

I had some time to myself yesterday while the kids were outside sledding in the snow and felt inspired to do a little painting.

Actually, the truth is, I started this months ago for my youngest and was feeling more than a little guilty that it still wasn’t finished.

I made one for my oldest over the summer and they’re meant to be a set, since they share a room.

We’re a hockey family over here…can you tell?

There’s a video below for those of you that ask about ...

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January 14, 2021
Thornton Dial and His Art from Where Art & Life Meet

There was a show at the David Lewis Gallery that my husband and I recently went to, which absolutely stunned me. It was one of those exhibits that takes your breath away. A solo show by the artist Thornton Dial. I walked in with no expectations and left profoundly moved. It was a visceral response… Continue reading Thornton Dial and His Art

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January 8, 2021
End of 2020 from Pebble Creek Arts

Well, for the end of 2020, I decided to get my art organized. I had been researching taking photos of my artwork. I had been practicing and trying different things. I finally found what I think is the correct formula for me. Once I did, I set out to re-take all the photos of the artwork I still had in my possession. I spent a long time trying to get it right. I feel like it was worth the effort. I now have photos of my artwork that will print off just right. I also catalogued and made certificates for ...

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In The Rear-view Mirror from The Snarky Quilter

My husband and I were fortunate enough to be able to self-isolate for much of 2020, so we’ve remained untouched by the Corona virus. Self-isolation gave me lots of time to devote to my art, and I think I made … Continue reading

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September 24, 2020
I Become A Color Whisperer from The Snarky Quilter

After years of avoiding color theory practice (the practice means you have to make a color wheel) I finally broke down and signed up for Jane Davies’ downloadable class, “Unlocking The Secrets of Color.” I have to say that color … Continue reading

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August 26, 2020
Masks and Painting Progress from The Quilt Rat

You are all probably growing tired of seeing all the mask tutorials circulating online, but I think we are gonna be wearing them for quite some time. So, why not have a design that is easy to make, functional and great fitting. I am not doing a tutorial here....instead,  I am going to direct you to the site of the amazingly talented Judy Coates Perez where she has posted a wonderful step by step tutorial, includes a link to a video by the original designer and as an added bonus, Judy has designed fabulous fabric that you could purchase ...

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August 14, 2020
paint party Friday paper and fabric from Not Afraid of Color


 Let's talk about paint, shall we? I did one watercolor on paper this week, but spent an amount of time painting on fabric instead. The above painting was done on a linen white fabric with textile paint.(they are acrylic with textile medium mixed in) 

I used to teach painting techniques on fabric, and have quite a number of different brand paints in my supplies, so I pulled out some that looked like my pink flower series, went outside

in the wild fire smoke (three blazing out of control fires at the moment in Colorado)(people still have firepits ...

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July 10, 2020
Momma’s Orchids from Pebble Creek Arts

This painting is from a photo that I took when my mom visited me several years ago in Nashville.

I started this painting in 2014 and set it aside. It was one my many works in progress that sat around the studio. I have decided that I will finish them all before I start any new paintings. I will still work on charcoal drawings in front of the television some nights with my husband, but no more new paintings until I finish all of them. 21 was the Pebble Creek painting I posted about last week. This is number 20 ...

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July 3, 2020
Pebble Creek Logo from Pebble Creek Arts

I decided it was time to finally finish all of my works in progress. Many of them aren’t what I would choose to paint today. Many of them have problems with the composition. However, I started them and I should have finished them at that time. I will never learn anything if I don’t finish most of my pieces. I had 21 wip’s before I finished this one. Now I am down to 20.

I decided to work smallest to largest. It is my hope that I will make some improvements in my work before I get ...

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June 26, 2020
Bella from Pebble Creek Arts

This is the first piece of art that I have created in more than a year.

My mother died on June 6, 2019. I was a wreck. My sister and I had spent over a month in the hospital with her. It was a drain on us both. I was barely holding it together during her illness, but after she died, I was broken. I thought I had an aneurysm or a stroke. My language skills were depleted. My memory was unreliable. My emotions were chaos. I didn’t feel like myself and I didn’t think I ever would ...

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June 5, 2020
Watching paint dry.... mandalas flowers mermaids from Not Afraid of Color

welcome to paint party Friday... lots of color being used this week.
Painting takes me to where life is manageable...
Continuing with my circular/mandala series, I always think I will paint a simple one, then ink over it.
then I don't. This one reminded me of a landscape/sky in the circle, surrounded by water. The only ink added was Posca pen in white for little horizontal dots and the spiral bottom right.
I painted, dabbed, over-painted, dropped color on in dots, watched it all merge and spread as it dried...
The color is intense. The process for ...

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May 13, 2020
Tricks And Tips For Editing Fonts In Your Silhouette Software from Nikki, In Stitches

It has been FOREVER since I’ve posted a Silhouette Software tutorial which seems so crazy to me because I literally feel like I’m in there every day working on sign layouts and mockups for clients.

I thought I’d share today some of my go-to tricks and tips for editing fonts.

This is honestly the easiest way to take your designs to the next level. Without paying for expensive fonts or additional editing software, just a few adjustments can give your layouts more visual interest, making them that much more dynamic!

In the video below, I walk you ...

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April 24, 2020
Working on SAQA Auction Quilt from From Edge 2 Edge

I have been working on some smaller pieces lately and decided to make my SAQA auction quilt. I still have a little bit of work I want to do to this but for the most part I am happy with the result. I still have to block it, add a sleeve and a label.

I am thinking I might do just a touch more color work on it to add a bit more contrast in both the background areas and the foreground. I will be darkening some background so the hills are a little more defined. I will consider adding ...

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April 17, 2020
Still Painting After All These Years from From Edge 2 Edge

I decided on a limited color palette for my first official pieces. I wanted something that would read 'Arizona' for a piece I have in mind. I mixed an orange, a deeper red orange and a turquoise blue. I started out lighter and added additional pigment to my mixing cups part way through. Since the paints are in a transparent base the lighter under colors will be overlapped in areas by the darker colors. Since orange and blue are compliments, I have a fourth, greyed color that works well in the piece.
I use several different tools to get my ...

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April 10, 2020
Back in the Painting Saddle Again from From Edge 2 Edge

I cannot tell you how happy I am to be told by my governor that I should shelter in place. That means that I can play and I don't have to listen to that inner nag that tells me 'You have to get all your work and errands done before you can have fun creating art'. Now I can tell her to shut up, I am not allowed outside where other people are.
I haven't worked with my ProChem PROfab paints in a LONG time so I thought that I would do a couple of practice pieces and ...

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April 7, 2020
Little Paintings from Pinkadot Quilts

The motivation is still on the loose and I can't seem to catch it! I was reading this morning, painting and sewing. Now I am not sure what I want to do...
Today is a beautiful spring day so a little sunshine was also in the mix while I finished my book.

I enjoy reading about history and the Gold Rush era is one of my favorites. This book bounces between now and the mid 1800's. He should have stayed in the 1880's, it was way more interesting. I found my self skipping/speed reading through the ...

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