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June 5, 2019
AGF PURE SOLIDS - 20 NEW COLORS! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Because we're always listening to you and hearing which colors you're searching for on your sewing journeys, we created 20 NEW COLORS for our PURE SOLIDS!

That's right! We decided to expand our range of hues, so you have more options to match with our collections or simply use on their own. Now you'll find that "slightly more lemonish yellow, brighter shade of red, or ever that super light lilac." Our unique and improved dip-dye technique leads to the most brilliant shades ever, and now all of our Pure Solids are internationally OEKO-TEX certified, so you ...

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April 2, 2019
Hourglass Quilt Gifted from Fret Not Yourself

Happy birthday to the young recipient.

Here it is, quilted, bound, and washed. No quilting design seemed a good fit to me. Either they distracted from the colors or they seemed too prominent on the solids. Finally I simply stitched in the ditch along each seam line.

Hourglass quilt in solids
The back really shows the crinkling effect of the quilting design and batting choice. Stitch-in-the-Ditch emphasized a gathering effect not seen on my other quilts. I think the combination of two threads (nylon monofilament and cotton) in the ditch and solids caused this. Other fabrics may behave the same ...

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March 26, 2019
Time to Sew a Top from Fret Not Yourself

You can't go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending.
~C.S. Lewis~

You know the drill. Sew the blocks into columns; sew the columns into pairs; repeat until the top is done.

Sewn. Wow. These colors look like stained glass.

A rainbow of colorful fabrics makes this simple pattern into a stunning quilt.
Hourglass quilt in solid fabrics

I'm not sure what quilting will enhance/ complement this design.

Enjoy the day, Ann

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March 19, 2019
Hourglass Solids from Fret Not Yourself

What gives dignity to death is the dignity of the life that preceded it.
~Sherwin Nuland~

Still in recovery. This is a quilt I made but didn't blog because I wanted to make a video. Haven't done that; probably won't now.  Still, it's a pretty quilt to share.

When I reorganized/cleaned my sewing room last year, all threads and sewing supplies went back in their respective drawers. That's not much but makes the room neater. The biggest decision was to put all the "pulled" fabric back in the stash. The partially sewn blocks are ...

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July 6, 2018
Accidental Skyscraper Quilt, Plus One for a Quirky Baby from Gefilte Quilt

It's amazing how many quilts I make when I'm trying to make something else entirely. Take this one:


Even closer, you can see the Chrysler Building quilting.

(Here's the actual top of that iconic New York building:

Photograph by Leena Hietanen:
I didn't set out to make a quilt about New York City. While scouring my stash for a backing for a different quilt. I happened across a stack of Jan Mullens fabric scraps, purchased in the 1990s at (before it was bought by ...

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Final Two Leaders and Ender Quilts from TheEclecticAbuela

These are my last two Two-Rail Fence leader and ender quilts for my year-long project. I have enjoyed making and donating these. I've experimented with colors, fabrics, layouts, and quilting methods. And after making 11 of these, I'm done!

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June 4, 2018
celebratory from Charm About You


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June 3, 2018
Mini-Quilt Challenge: Connecting With Hard-to-Love Colors from Gefilte Quilt

A personal question: How do you feel about this color scheme?

It's the palette for Curated Quilts magazine's "Connections" new mini-quilt challenge (There's still time for you to enter - photos due June 15, challenge rules here!) 

My first reaction was "ugh!"  They're calling that color in the upper right, in the picture above, "mustard." And the middle bottom is named "moss green." But it struck me how similar they are to the colors of my late unlamented 1960s childhood kitchen, avocado green and harvest gold, which themselves are euphemisms for "overripe avocados" and, I am sorry ...

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April 1, 2018
Simple Squares, Striking Modern-ish Quilts from Gefilte Quilt

A couple of years ago, I got myself hooked on squares. Among the results is a set of 5 sibling quilts - quiltuplets! - made up of 4" squares. Even beginners can do this. Here's #1. 
Detail - easy freemotion designs repeated along the diagonal. 
 Baby #2 below. It has a preppy border...
And insanely simple quilting....
  Baby #3: I satin stitch appliqued the smaller squares.
 Baby #4, with paper-foundation-pieced scrappy triangle borders:
And finally, I chopped up leftover squares to make the youngest and kookiest (which squeaked into QuiltCon.)
Below are some of the dozens of photos I took of ...

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March 11, 2018
Epic Rhyming Quilt: Just Attach Trash! from Gefilte Quilt

SAQA, the Studio Art Quilt Associates organization, recently hosted a "Rhyme or Reason" challenge, and entries closed at the end of February. Here's the piece I entered. 
If you like crossword puzzles, Scrabble, and other word games - and sewing tiny random things to quilts - you might want to consider making a variation of this kooky, obsessive project. It's a brain teaser for the maker as well as the giftee. 

I started by sewing 100 2" squares together. 
(I'm hooked on running up and down the value scale and all around the color wheel, brightest values in the ...

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March 1, 2018
Overstimulated: QuiltCon 2018 Charity Quilts and Shopping from Gefilte Quilt

There was so much to see at QuiltCon 2018, which ran from last Thursday, Feb. 22 through today, that just thinking about writing a report for this blog overwhelmed me. I took 562 pictures - (no more than half of my own quilt). So this blog post is going to tackle just a small fraction of two aspects of the show: the charity quilt challenge; and the shopping, featuring not even all my favorites, just those that broke through my quilt show trance (which is much like my supermarket trance, but much more hysterical.) 

(Update: Part II, about the juried ...

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January 23, 2018
Quilt Show Rejection? Win Your Own Awards! from Gefilte Quilt

I love other people's quilts, but can be very hard on my own. I haven't made many quilts that I look back on and think,  "Dang, I like it!"

This one, finished last year, comes close. I call it "Eyeshadow," because the blocks look like eyes wide open, with rainbow mascara, an invention which, now that I think about it, could earn someone much more money than making quilts and submitting them to juried shows.

It's just been rejected by QuiltCon 2018, and I was sad until I perused the hashtag "#QuiltConreject" on Instagram, here.  OMG, I ...

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More QuiltCon Rejects, and One that Squeaked In! from Gefilte Quilt

I am still excited about being a QuiltCon reject! Last week, I showed one of my favorite quilts (that I  made) which was turned down by QuiltCon, the country's preeminent modern quilt show, which will be held in Pasadena (the city next to me) in late February.

I was, of course, sad, until I found all the other fabulous losers on Instagram, using the search term #QuiltConReject. If you were turned down too, head over there and you'll feel mostly much better (you're in great company!), and maybe only a teensy bit worse on one count ("if ...

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November 13, 2017
Celebrate Catastrophe! Turn UFO's into FrankenQuilts! from Gefilte Quilt

Presenting my new FrankenQuilt! 
Yes, sort of like that, except in fabric!
It's stitched together from old body parts stashed in my UFO* cupboard, a freakin' scary place. Said cupboard contains 25 years worth of aesthetic outrages, piling up since I started quilting.

I normally avoid this cupboard, to preserve my sanity and self-esteem. Occasionally I squint my eyes and shove things in, slamming the door shut quickly so nothing escapes.

But the demise of my computer forced a confrontation. The computer was behaving so badly that my DH had to send it to a computer meditation retreat, where ...

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October 24, 2017
Birds and Fruit from TheEclecticAbuela

I wanted to make a quilt for a friend, and I decided to use some panels I bought quite a long time ago with her in mind.

I rarely use panels, so I worked up a quick layout by measuring them and constructing alternate blocks in the same size.

The dark rectangles represent the panels.

The construction was easy, and soon I had a top.

Top before quilting

Luckily, I bought some fabric to match the panels when I originally got them--it was perfect for the centers of the alternate blocks, the backing, and the binding.

Backing and binding detail ...

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September 25, 2017
Quilts, Etc., Made So Long Ago, I Almost Forgot About Them from Gefilte Quilt

I love it when people send unexpectedly me pictures of quilts I gave them. Especially when it's something I made long ago (= more than a month) and pretty much forgot about. 

A couple of weeks ago, my cousins in Arizona, sent me a bunch of photos like this:
They're time lapse photos of their cat emerging from underneath a quilt. It's one of the first quilts I ever made, more than two decades ago, which I hadn't thought about in a long time. Here it is flat:
Thank you, I know it looks okay from a ...

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