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July 6, 2015
City Sidewalks from Dena Crain: Artist/Teacher

Redefinitions VI: City Sidewalks, featured recently in Studio Art Quilt Associations' online gallery Summer in the City, is now included as well in the newly opened Graphic Colour online exhibition, curated by quilt artist Alicia Merrett!

The post City Sidewalks appeared first on Dena Crain: Artist/Teacher in Kenya.

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Animals Everywhere. from Sunburnt Quilts

Some more finishes.

The first one is a flimsy I have shown before, but now that it is quilted and bound, it counts a a finish.

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It is lap size. Love these cute owls.

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The next one is made using up left over pieces from the jungle quilt I made earlier in the year.

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The little pictures were too cute to toss in the scrap box, so this was the end result.

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I had a little play with the quilting.

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The best part is that all fabric came from my stash.

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Both these quilts will go into a donation pile ...

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Mixed Blessings from Wedding Dress Blue

For a long time I have thought about making a quilt using multiple sizes of small squares.  This isn’t what I had in mind originally, but it does use variety and has its own appeal.

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Meet Mixed Blessings.

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I am not doing a full tutorial, but here is my original sketch that you can use as a guide should you want to mix your own blessings. :)

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It finished up just fine and someone who loves orange will enjoy this iteration for their baby, I’m sure.


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Hosed from ... Cat Patches

Before I tell you about today's sewing adventures, I want to tell you a little about our 4th of July celebration. In a word, it was hot. Hot, hot, hot. (Technically, that's three words.) The actual temperature probably didn't reflect how uncomfortably warm we all were. The humidity was the culprit. We were all grateful for our Arctic Chill Towels. Erik and Mike were particularly stylish in theirs:


Obviously, Erik has his on his head. Mike has his draped rakishly around his neck. First, you saturate them with water, and then wring them out. They are damp ...

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Hosed from Cat Patches

Before I tell you about today's sewing adventures, I want to tell you a little about our 4th of July celebration. In a word, it was hot. Hot, hot, hot. (Technically, that's three words.) The actual temperature probably didn't reflect how uncomfortably warm we all were. The humidity was the culprit. We were all grateful for our Arctic Chill Towels. Erik and Mike were particularly stylish in theirs:


Obviously, Erik has his on his head. Mike has his draped rakishly around his neck. First, you saturate them with water, and then wring them out. They are damp ...

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The Girls from Sew Quilt

The Girls is now quilted, bound and hanging on a wall, it always feels like quite an accomplishment to have another quilt totally finished. I selected the poodle, schnauzer and the golden retriever in honor of the breeds of dogs I have owned from Mixed Mutts, a machine embroidery pattern designed by Angie Stevenson. I refer to Katie and Molly as The Girls, so I decided to title my quilt, The Girls. Machine quilting was done by Jessica Jones Gamez. The quilt is 25 1/2" by 32 1/2".
You can see pictures of Katie and Molly my standard ...

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July 5, 2015
Finish! from April Sewing Journal

I finished this two weeks ago, but haven’t had time to post it:DSC05277

I started this quilt over eight years ago. It began with some Hawaiian shirts that Steve no longer wanted. He gave them to me and I cut them up and sewed them back together. This first run was not successful because these are either a lightweight cotton or rayon. The fabric didn’t have enough body to make quilt construction easy.

I had decided to make a dress out of the fabric, but this also wasn’t successful. I used muslin as a base, and sewed ...

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July 4, 2015
Happy 4th of July! from Cat Patches


It's one of my favorite days of the year because I'm just about to head out and spend the day with my kiddos on the East Bank of the Willamette River. We set up early to get primo seats straight across the river from the Waterfront Blues Festival. We tune the radio to a station carrying the blues, and listen from afar. Erik and Mae always bring something to barbecue, and I bring side dishes and dessert.

Yesterday I spent the day making a Seven Layer Salad the way my mother used to make it. It's Erik ...

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Happy 4th of July! from ... Cat Patches


It's one of my favorite days of the year because I'm just about to head out and spend the day with my kiddos on the East Bank of the Willamette River. We set up early to get primo seats straight across the river from the Waterfront Blues Festival. We tune the radio to a station carrying the blues, and listen from afar. Erik and Mae always bring something to barbecue, and I bring side dishes and dessert.

Yesterday I spent the day making a Seven Layer Salad the way my mother used to make it. It's Erik ...

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July 3, 2015
Slow Stitching on a Hurry-Up Day from Cat Patches

There's lots of cooking on the agenda today, not to mention watering, and feeding the starving birds. That didn't stop me from taking the last stitches on the latest block for the Gingerbread Square quilt:


This is the third of nine blocks. Here are the three I've done so far:


The next time I work on this quilt, I'll be doing the gingerbread church:


Next, I traced out some new little ones to work on. First, was Emily's block for the Live, Love, Teach quilt. This is Emily's submission:


The "beta" block I created ...

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Slow Stitching on a Hurry-Up Day from ... Cat Patches

There's lots of cooking on the agenda today, not to mention watering, and feeding the starving birds. That didn't stop me from taking the last stitches on the latest block for the Gingerbread Square quilt:


This is the third of nine blocks. Here are the three I've done so far:


The next time I work on this quilt, I'll be doing the gingerbread church:


Next, I traced out some new little ones to work on. First, was Emily's block for the Live, Love, Teach quilt. This is Emily's submission:


The "beta" block I created ...

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July from Marty's Fiber Musings



A few thoughts along the way today ~

the first day of July.  July, the warmest month in the Northern Hemisphere and coldest in the Southern Hemisphere.  Its birthstone, the fiery red ruby, represents love, passion and courage.

If you are in the Northern Hemisphere with me, you darn well know that it's hot and as I stroll about the garden with outside kitty, we hear the hum of air-conditioners.  Which brings about another thought:  Why aren't they called air-coolers?   

And I had to look it up.  I've forgotten so much about punctuation rules and wasn't sure ...

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Value-able from Terificreations's Weblog

daiwabo fabricsThe other night my friend and I had a discussion about value. Color value. She is an artist who takes actual classes, paints, quilts, plays viola, you get the drift. Part of the conversation drifted to the new job and one component that I am struggling with, less and less, but still struggling. There is a learning curve with every new thing we take on, this is mine at this moment.
While I don’t have formal training as an artist I get color intuitively, I know the basics: the color wheel, how to use it, how to show others ...

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July 2, 2015
Sparky and the Fire Truck from ... Cat Patches

Well, I'm having so much fun stitching this "To the Rescue" quilt. Today I top-stitched the pieces I fused yesterday. I started with the fire hydrant and stitched a buttonhole stitch around the outside edge. I used a triple stitch to fill in the details.


Then I stitched Sparky riding on his truck:


There are two of these trucks and dogs on the quilt. I gave Sparky two French knots for his eye and his nose.


Then I pieced Section A together.


Section A is in the upper left corner of the quilt. Next, I'll start on Section ...

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Sparky and the Fire Truck from Cat Patches

Well, I'm having so much fun stitching this "To the Rescue" quilt. Today I top-stitched the pieces I fused yesterday. I started with the fire hydrant and stitched a buttonhole stitch around the outside edge. I used a triple stitch to fill in the details.


Then I stitched Sparky riding on his truck:


There are two of these trucks and dogs on the quilt. I gave Sparky two French knots for his eye and his nose.


Then I pieced Section A together.


Section A is in the upper left corner of the quilt. Next, I'll start on Section ...

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Small Step from Wedding Dress Blue

The next step for the fairy panels was to move towards a setting idea.  One way to “grow” a quilt is to set the blocks on point, but I didn’t want those fairies to fall over.

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So, I added a triangle to each side to give the effect of being on point without tipping the fairies.

Hmm…what to do next???


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The Red, the White, and the Blues from Pink Doxies




The 4th of July is a few days away, and there are signs of it everywhere. This little town attracts huge crowds of people the same day each year. They come for bingo, carnival games, and chicken barbeque. The kiddie rides pulled in today, and more will follow. The parade is at 2 in the afternoon, and if you sit near the curb, you might get lucky and score an icy treat handed to you with a smile. Until a few years ago, it was entirely horse-drawn, if you can imagine. Things stay busy here until 10 p.m. when ...

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Reduce, Reuse & Recycle to make the best of all our God Given Resources. from Quilts and Stories by Sherry Ann





 What makes a great M-provisational quilt? I believe a person has to have a great imagination and a "try this to see what will happen" attitude . Also the employing of miscellaneous materials,left-over scraps, a spontaneity in the piecing and quilting processes, and the love of jazzing and spicing things up. Last of all, sometimes the artist must be brave enough to disregard strict structural rules. 



A lot of my quilt tops have been built as I sat at the sewing machine, or as I am hand sewing. I sew two or more scraps together and, if they strike my ...

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Keep on Truckin' from Cat Patches

My plan today was to get my hair trimmed and then go to the grocery store. Since I was already going to be on the other side of town, I had planned to shop at a strange grocery store. And since you know how I feel about grocery shopping, then you won't be surprised to know that it was easy to change my mind and go tomorrow when I can go to my regular store. With that in mind, I had some more time for sewing today.

First, though, I paid a visit to the tomatoes. Mike has been ...

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Keep on Truckin' from ... Cat Patches

My plan today was to get my hair trimmed and then go to the grocery store. Since I was already going to be on the other side of town, I had planned to shop at a strange grocery store. And since you know how I feel about grocery shopping, then you won't be surprised to know that it was easy to change my mind and go tomorrow when I can go to my regular store. With that in mind, I had some more time for sewing today.

First, though, I paid a visit to the tomatoes. Mike has been ...

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