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May 25, 2019
Improv Triangles—Perfectly Pointless from Tales of a Stitcher

Over the years, I have made several quilts using the flying geese unit. I think the obsession started in Nancy Crow’s Workshop called Sets and Variables.

We were to select a motif to work with. I wanted to work with the flying geese unit. I started three compositions. None of which were the assignment–this was a problem. Still my love of triangles persisted.

The neutral triangle units in the upper right photo eventually became Birch Woods Glimmer.

Birch Wood Glimmer

While writing Improv Patchwork—Dynamic Quilts Made with Line and Shape, I had the opportunity to go even further down the ...

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May 1, 2019
Shifting Tides—The Application from Tales of a Stitcher

Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth grew into existence with the persistent volunteering of several dedicated SAQA members located in the SAQA regions associated with the Pacific Ocean and its coasts. 

This region SAQA exhibition is composed of artwork made by artists residing in Alaska, Hawaii, Northern California/Northern Nevada, Oregon, Southern California/Southern Nevada, Washington, and Western Canada. That is a lot of territory.

This team of tenacious doers representing all of the regions met on a regular basis to get all seven areas to agree on subject matter, size, exhibition venues, and more. Can you imagine getting a group ...

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March 31, 2019
Use Your Words (Carefully) from Tales of a Stitcher

Most of you know that I am a founding member of Cloth in Common a small international group of artists. Every two months, we get an unusual prompt from one of our members. We then create an individual response to the prompt by creating an original artwork.

Cloth in Common

Every Tuesday during this two month period one of us will write a blog post for the Cloth in Common website. These posts are our written responses to the prompt—what we are thinking about, what materials, or visuals ideas we are exploring.

This time the prompt was Dis-Unity. The journey I took ...

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March 19, 2019
A Quilt Story from Angel Scraps Quilting

I normally would only post pictures of quilts if I was working on a new quilt or had finished one and had pictures of the completed quilt.  But, life happens and sometimes there is a sad quilt story.  Thankfully, this is rare!

Two weeks ago the house my stepdaughter, her husband and three children (ages 2, 4 and 6)  were living in caught fire and they lost almost everything.  The wonderful thing about this tragic event is that they all got out safely without having a hair on their head hurt.  Thanks be to God!  They were renting this house ...

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December 28, 2018
Time Tunnel from Tales of a Stitcher

I was scheduled to write a blog post for Cloth in Common on December 25th. It didn’t happen. Why? Because I ran out of time. 

I am always running out of time. What is up with that?

I rarely waste time. I can tell you what I was doing last month, last Tuesday, and last year. My hours are always logged and documented. My goal is to have between 10 -12 hours of productivity every day. I know this is strange, but I am a Capicorn, and I enjoy being productive. It is what makes me meaningful to myself ...

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December 15, 2018
Jökulhlaup from Tales of a Stitcher

This is the story behind my latest quilt for Cloth Common, the small art quilt group I belong to.  Water was the prompt for the most recent two month period. 

According to Wikipedia, “A jökulhlaup (Icelandic pronunciation:  [ˈːkʏl̥øip]) (literally “glacial run”) is a type of glacial outburst flood.It is an Icelandic term that has been adopted in glaciological terminology in many languages. It originally referred to the well-known subglacial outburst floods from Vatnajökull, Iceland, which are triggered by geothermal heating and occasionally by a volcanic subglacial eruption, but it is now used to ...

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August 28, 2018
36th Annual New Legacies Contemporary Art Quilts from Tales of a Stitcher

I received an email from Liz Good the Visual  Arts Coordinator for the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. The email contained a virtual tour of the 36th Annual New Legacies Contemporary Art Quilts Exhibition. I enjoyed the tour so much, I thought I would share it here. First, let’s take a look at the venue.

The Lincoln Center features two performing art spaces, two Art Gallery spaces, an outdoor Rooftop Deck and Terrace, and three other indoor conference rooms for meetings, receptions, corporate events and community gatherings. That sounds pretty fancy.

Virtual tours are a great way for ...

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August 1, 2018
MXY Road from Tales of a Stitcher

I belong to a small art quilt group called Cloth in Common. Every two months we get a new prompt. When I learned the prompt for this round was road, I knew exactly what I wanted do. I wanted to piece the road that leads to here—the Wrangell St. Elias National Park where McCarthy, Alaska is located..We have a cute little cabin here.

And I love to spend my summers stitching away in my plein aire studio.I have been here since the beginning of July working every day on these three quilts.

My Cloth in Common quilts ...

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July 18, 2018
International Quilt Festival Houston 2018 from Tales of a Stitcher

Lots of Quilt Festival news.

First, the International Quilt Association announced the quilt makers who will have thier work on display at this year’s show. This news spread like jam on toast through out the Facebook Quilting community. I must say it is super exciting to see your friend’s work and know that they got into the show. Congrats to everyone—its a big deal, and it should be celebrated.

I feel very fortunate to say that I have two pieces going to the big show. Tic-Tac-OH! is ready to travel to Houston.

I think I like the ...

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July 8, 2018
New Quilts 2018 from Tales of a Stitcher

It has been almost two weeks since my last blog post. It is amazing how throwing a holiday on your Wednesday makes the entire week wacky. Still we keep doing what we do–around the sun we go.

I just got back from the photographer, and I have new work to share! If the quilt names have links attached to them, that means I have written a more in-depth blog post about the process behind that quilt.

I got images of Mosh Pit @ the Golden that I really like.

Last fall, I teamed up with Paintbrush Studio Fabrics. They sent ...

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June 3, 2018
Break Up from Tales of a Stitcher

In the Alaska, we can be well into May and still have patches of snow and ice. We were out in McCarthy, Alaska last weekend, and this is what the swimming hole looked like on Sunday May 27th.

From late March to the end of May life looks like this.

Last year, I wrote a blog post called Walking towards Winter’s End with lots of fun photos of what Break Up season looks like. 

I love this season. Everyone’s lawns look like junkyards, You spend your days adding an subtracting layers of clothing, and the daylight just keeps ...

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April 1, 2018
Spring Sprang Sprung from Tales of a Stitcher

Last fall, I joined an art quilt group called Cloth in Common. We are a group of eleven artists from around the world all working in fiber.

Every two months, one of our members gives us a prompt and we respond with a new quilt. We have two months to create, and then we each write a short blog post on our website to share the new work.

I wrote about the origins of our group here

Below is a list of the prompts and my responses. If you click on the links below, it will take you to the ...

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March 18, 2018
LUCY from Tales of a Stitcher

I married a Dead Head. I knew this going into the marriage, but I didn’t really know what it meant.

We spent our younger pre-kid years going to music festivals also known as “Following the Dead”. While seeing the Dead was the preferred experience, we attended all sorts of live music festivals in the midwest.

Eventually we migrated north, had children, and settled into adulthood, but my husband is still a Dead Head. This means he is the guy with tie dye t-shirt and Birkenstocks on. 


As I am piecing quilts, my husband often makes suggestions about what I ...

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March 11, 2018
HOT SEAT! from Tales of a Stitcher

Last summer, I decided to accept an invitation to join an international art quilt group. I wrote about the group in this blog post  The group is called Cloth in Common. Every two months, one of the members shares an unusual prompt. We then take turns writing blog posts about our personal responses to this prompt.  Eight weeks later, we reveal our compositions.

Cloth in Common Members

Our first prompt was SOUND, and I created  Truth Confessions: Cacophony/Euphony. You can read more about that quilt here.

True Confessions

Our third prompt was LYRICALLY SPEAKING, and I composed LUCY.

LUCY for Web

Our second prompt was TOUCH, and I ...

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March 5, 2018
My First Quilt: Jenny Doan from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

It’s March, and we all know what that means, it’s National Quilting Month, an entire 31 days dedicated to cutting, sewing, basting, and all kinds of creativity in between! This month, we want to share with you some inspiring stories from our Missouri Star team, and the reasons why they sat down at a machine and started quilting! The first story up is from Jenny! Read on as she shares how her quilting career began.

When did you make your first quilt?

I was actually quilting before I knew I was quilting. As a girl, I often sewed ...

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February 17, 2018
Mosh Pit—Quilt Riot—Stitched Anarchy from Tales of a Stitcher

Attentive readers may have noticed I am on a roll. This is the third Saturday I have positioned myself in front the computer and typed out a blog post. It’s taken many years, but I just might have found a rhythm to this blog writing thing. Start every Saturday with an 800 word or less ramble. How hard is that?

A couple of weeks ago, I explained the origin of these five small pieces


After that stitch fest, I did a bit of procrasti—knitting.


There is this weird thing with me and procrastination. Maybe it happens to you ...

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February 10, 2018
How I Quilt—Supplies, Techniques, and Reasons from Tales of a Stitcher

Since I have written Improv Patchwork–Dynamic Quilts Made with Line & Shape, I have received a dozen or so emails asking me all manner of questions about my quilting.

Today, to the best of my ability, I will try and answer those questions.

I use Warm & White by the Warm Company. I like it because, even though I heavily quilt my work, with Warm & White the final result is still thin and flexible. 

I use Aurifil 28wt. in my bobbin and I use Aurifil 40wt in my needle. I do this because I want to thread on my backside ...

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February 3, 2018
Memento from Tales of a Stitcher

For the past three weeks, I have been head down at my sewing machine in an all out attempt to making five small pieces of quilted goodness.

Last fall, the Alaska State Council on the Arts asked me if I would be interested in making half of the awards for the 2018 Governor’s Arts and Humanities Awards.

The Governor’s Arts and Humanities Awards is an annual partnership between the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, and the Office of the Governor to recognize and honor noteworthy contributions to ...

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January 20, 2018
True Confessions: Cacophony/Euphony from Tales of a Stitcher

I had a wonderful time teaching at Quilter’s Affair  in 2017. My students were brave fun souls.


I know it is difficult to create in an environment that is not your own.


Many of the students had limited fabric selections, borrowed tools, and new neighbors. (If you want the full story including awesome quilts in progress, you can do that here.)

I tell my students that claiming you don’t have the right fabrics, tools, space is a form of procrastination. 


Working with limited resources can be a great way to challenge yourself. What can you make ...

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January 1, 2018
The Year in Quilts 2017 from Tales of a Stitcher

My goal was to create 24 new pieces this year, but I came up far short of that. I find that I over and over again set unrealistic goals for myself. The good thing about this is that it pushes me. The bad thing about this is that I always feel like I am falling short.

The first quilt of the year was a huge push to create ONE more quilt for the book

Big Rad Plaid by Maria Shell

Big Rad Plaid 48″ x 54”

I stitched a small quilt for the SAQA Trunk Show which is traveling the world educating people about the wonder ...

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