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March 12, 2019
Want Negative Space? Then you’ll want this book! from Mama Love Quilts

Hello dear reader,

Today is my turn on The Quilter’s Negative Space Handbook blog hop! If you’re new here, feel free to pull up a chair and have a look around.

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Courtesy of C&T Publishing

I’m so tickled that Sylvia Schaefer of Flying Parrots Quilts asked me to review her new book. She has done an amazing job of providing step-by-step instructions on how to design quilts using negative space.

The book walks you through nine design techniques. The techniques range from removing parts of quilt blocks to supersizing quilt blocks. With these techniques, Sylvia makes ...

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March 3, 2019
Raspberry Swirl and Trinket SAL from Sew Preeti Quilts

It is said that every end is a new beginning. Well, I have both a finish and a start to share with you. Plus a bit of bragging :-)

1. Raspberry Swirl
2. Trinket SAL
3. Meet Cute is on QI

First the finish.  Meet Raspberry Swirl.

Raspberry Swirl

Raspberry Swirl is the finished quilt resulting from my workshop with Debby Kratovil.
First quadrant

Two done, Two to go

Completed center

This was my first workshop and first time working with my Dresden ruler.  I am sure the ruler was feeling bereft and was thrilled to come out and play :-)  I ...

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January 19, 2019
Get Away – Storm at Sea from Carol Lyles Shaw

Get Away is the Island Batik Blog Hop theme for January 2019. And, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to make Storm at Sea, a traditional block–but I ended up altering it in a modern way.

First…the Fabrics! My fabrics are from the Soul Song Collection by Island Batik.

This collection goes from brights to muted black/cream.

I decided to use these fabrics shown below in the project–you’ll see why in a moment.

I used these Island Batik Soul Song fabrics and added an Island Batik neutral called Whip Cream.
I love the words ...

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January 14, 2019
Getaway Blog Hop + Giveaway from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hello Friends! The Island Batik Ambassadors are all taking part in a FABULOUS Giveaway and Blog Hop to celebrate the latest fabric collections. My Post with my project and GiveAway is up HERE.

In the meantime, here are all the Ambassador blog links in one convenient post!

WEEK 1

Monday, January 7 – Crystal Ball

Maryellen McAuliffe- Mary Mack’s Blog
Sandra Walker- Musings of a Menopausal Melon

Tuesday, January 8  – Ditty

Stephanie Jacobson – Steph Jacobson Designs
Michelle Roberts – Creative Blonde

Wednesday, January 9 – Elk Lodge

Connie Campbell – Free Motion by the River
Anna Branch- Ark Angel Creations

Thursday, January 10 ...

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January 4, 2019
Sarah on The Quilt Show! from Art and Quilting in Camden

Yep, 2019 is shaping up to be a great year because I’ll be able to tick off a Bucket List item: in early April I’ll tape an episode of The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson! Here’s a preview I taped with Ricky while I was teaching at International Quilt Festival 2018 in Houston last November. I’m so psyched–gosh they made my work look SO GOOD!

Interview with Ricky Tims about my upcoming visit to TheQuiltShow.com . I’ll tape the episode in April and it will air later in 2019, I’m ...

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December 23, 2018
Moments, Hours, Days, Autumn, a Book of Hours from Art and Quilting in Camden

Happy Solstice to one and all…at last the days no longer get shorter! To celebrate and as a Christmas gift (whether you celebrate it or not, it’s a gift of the season) to one and all, I thought I’d share a video I recently uploaded and just shared with those on my Newsletter List. (To sign up for the newsletter, go to my home page and fill in the blanks—about once a month I’ll pop in with this ‘n that.)

Those who follow me on Facebook (here) will recognize this pond and view which is ...

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December 3, 2018
Island Batik Improv Log Cabin Tutorial from Carol Lyles Shaw

Making an improv log cabin quilt was a fun challenge.  In my newest Island Batik challenge, I combined two themes to create an improv log cabin wall hanging–here’s the tutorial showing how I did it.

Cozy Log Cabins is the first challenge theme that I used!  Log cabins are a great traditional pattern and I remember making many versions when I first learned to quilt many, many years ago.   It’s also a traditional pattern that you can easily make modern and I will show you how I did that.

The second theme is Whimsical and Wonky!  I ...

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November 24, 2018
International Quilt Festival #4: Fine Finishes (to be retitled to Bindings and Piping and Facings, Oh My!) from Art and Quilting in Camden

Bindings and Pipings and Facings, Oh My! class in Houston 2018:  Truth in teaching: this is usually what my teacher’s table looks like: a hot mess!

I LOVE teaching this class!  I LOVE that EVERYONE gets how to achieve a perfect mitered corner no matter what width your binding!  I LOVE showing students how to use Susan K. Cleveland’s Piping Hot Binding tool–students come into class thinking “I’ll try it but don’t think I’ll ever use it” and leave with the tool in hand planning how they CAN use it because it rocks!   Then ...

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November 22, 2018
International Quilt Festival #2: Collage the Garden, Wednesday and Preview night from Art and Quilting in Camden

First off, Happy US Thanksgiving to one all around the world–this was written ahead and scheduled to post because (a) not everyone is in the US and (b) sometimes we need some R&R from the feasting and festivities!

My second full day at International Quilt Festival 2018 I got to teach one of my “Quilting the Garden” workshops, Collage the Garden.  Along with Thread-Coloring the Garden, the two classes can be combined into a two-to-five day workshop–any guilds or retreats out there interested????   My students were, of course, brilliant!    They had a choice of either the tiger ...

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November 16, 2018
Start Your Art Bloghop from Art and Quilting in Camden

Hot off the press, Lyric Kinard’s Start Your Art deck of cards / prompts is available as an actual deck or a digital download. You can get it here

Art and quilt teacher and friend Lyric Kinard (website and Facebook and Instagram) delighted me recently when she asked if I’d like to be part of a bloghop to launch her new prompts deck of cards “Start Your Art: 48 Warm Up Exercises to Jumpstart Your Art”…of course!  I shared a sneak preview two weeks ago, here; In that post I shared an exercise done waiting for an appointment ...

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November 1, 2018
A sneak preview…Start your Art – Lyric Kinard from Art and Quilting in Camden

Art and quilt teacher and friend Lyric Kinard (website and Facebook and Instagram) delighted me recently when she asked if I’d like to be part of a bloghop to launch her new prompts deck of cards “Start Your Art”…of course!  The official bloghop is in about two weeks after International Quilt Festival, but I’ve had a chance to download the pdf and play a bit.

Hot off the press, Lyric Kinard’s Start Your Art deck of cards / prompts is available as an actual deck or a digital download. You can get the deck here at Lyric ...

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August 29, 2018
Island Batik Great Outdoors Quilt and Giveaway from Carol Lyles Shaw

August is a fabulous month: It’s the Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop and I am sponsoring a Giveaway for my dear readers. [Fabrics used in the project and the items for the giveaway were all provided to me by Island Batik, Aurifil and Hobbs who are sponsors for the Island Batik 2018 Ambassadors.)

My Giveaway details are at the bottom of this post!

Throughout the month of August, my fellow Ambassadors have been featuring Island Batik’s newest lines of fabrics and many have great Giveaways going on!  Be sure to visit all of the Ambassadors to enter ...

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July 22, 2018
An app to practice color with your camera (on your phone!) from Art and Quilting in Camden

My Quilting Arts Article, August-September 2018, on using your camera–in the case of this article, the one on my PHONE…nothing fancy!

Hi everyone!   The answer is yes, people ARE reading my article in Quilting Arts.  The even better news is that a few have contacted me because they had trouble finding the Pantone app (both Apple and Android).  Luckily I have been able to help; UPDATE:  I added some “how to” at the end of this post with step by step instructions on saving/exporting the palette. I use the PANTONE Studio app, which looks like this (purple ...

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June 30, 2018
The Artist Within–My Latest Podcast from Carol Lyles Shaw

I’m honored that Danielle Palli, host of Birdland Media Works, featured me on her podcast series,  The Artist Within.

In this interview, I share tips for unlocking your own creativity as well as my lessons learned for getting a quilt pattern design business up and running. I had a lot of fun tlaking with Danielle about being an artist, creating a business and where I find inspiration for my quilt designs.

MidCentury Modern Curve Workshop–inspired by many artists I mention in the Podcast.

Here’s a Link to my podcast below–there’s a brief commercial and then ...

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January 27, 2018
Inspiration in the Ordinary, links and sites from Art and Quilting in Camden

Hi everyone!   Thanks so much to those of you who were able to attend my new lecture, Inspiration in the Ordinary.  Thank you so much to the many guest artists who allowed me to share their work in my lecture.  You’ll find them below, along with links to a couple apps that I mentioned in the lecture as well as website links to two exhibits and several books, including The Art of Sarah Ann Smith…so far.  

Street shots from Lowell, Massachusetts. All images (c) Sarah Ann Smith

Inspiration in the Ordinary                   A lecture by Sarah Ann Smith

 

Guest ...

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September 17, 2017
My Quilt is featured on Quilt Inspiration! from Life in the Scrapatch


My free tutorial for my


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I have always been awed and inspired by 
the many free quilt patterns on this site
and am feeling honored to be included in the updated post.



In 2015 I made a larger version of this quilt and added


These quilts are my favorite Halloween decorations.

Maybe this year I should hold another quilt-along.

What do you think?




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January 12, 2015
Quilt Inspiration in a Bathroom from Quilt Notes

Bathroom floor quilt inspirationThis weekend I attended an business event at the Hotel W at 201 Park Avenue South in New York City. It is a refurbished life insurance building and an absolutely beautiful hotel.

In my non-quilting life, I teach female small business owners how to be more visible online — which includes helping them find ideas for their blogs. I regularly suggest blogging about what they see — no matter how mundane they think it is.

To prove the point, I took a photo of the floor tiles in the hotel restroom. Aren’t they beautiful? Wouldn’t they make a great quilt ...

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