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September 13, 2019
Power Struggles from Where Art & Life Meet

Above is one of the images my teenage daughter sent me saying that she wants to dye her hair pink. I don’t have a problem with that, except for the fact that her hair is already pretty fried from having gone platinum (like Gwen Stefani) for years, and only in the last year plus has… Continue reading Power Struggles

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September 9, 2019
Left-Handed in a Right-Handed World from Where Art & Life Meet

I am left-handed. While only about 10% of the population is left-handed, there are a great many who work in the arts. I don’t know that a greater percentage of artists are left handed than in the regular population, but I do know that we lefties have had to come up with a great many… Continue reading Left-Handed in a Right-Handed World

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September 8, 2019
But is it Art? from Where Art & Life Meet

This is one of those questions that guarantees the page will remain blank, the canvas untouched, the design wall bare. This is a question best left unasked. It’s like asking, “Do I look fat?” Whatever the answer, it will do nothing to placate the nagging doubt. Ask 100 people how they define “art” and you… Continue reading But is it Art?

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March 1, 2019
Finding One’s Voice from Where Art & Life Meet

In January I had the opportunity to go to one of Sue Spargo‘s fabulous workshops in Tucson, Arizona, a place I’d never been. While there I met some lovely people, one of whom was Anna Bates, who has a blog, Woolie Mammoth, a YouTube channel – Quilt Roadies, and blogs for The Quilt Show once… Continue reading Finding One’s Voice

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February 12, 2019
3 Quilts & the Journey Continues from Where Art & Life Meet

I think about art all the time: the process, the way life impacts it…  Wondering about how other people will see it, whether they will approve, like or dislike it, is the biggest buzz kill to creativity that I know of.  But, I find, silencing those worries often difficult.  The best steps I know to… Continue reading 3 Quilts & the Journey Continues

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December 18, 2018
2018 - A Look Back - Part I from twiddletails

In my effort to revive this blog (Don't you think blogging should make a big comeback?), I'm going to post some updates on what I've been working on this past year.

First, my Sue Spargo Folk-Tails quilt. I was really hoping to get it done by December 17th (which would have been 1 year since I started), but it obviously did not happen. I'll get there eventually.

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June 15, 2018
June Beginnings from Quilting & Learning

My life is overflowing with quilting, embroider, EPP and other fibre art projects. I love it, especially since there are no real deadlines. Here are some of the things I've been working on this week.

Connected by a Thread Art Quilt

The Out of the Box FibreArtist group has a challenge so that we can eventually create a body of art for an exhibition. It's really weird working on a piece for eventually. It's also really nice since I get to explore without a deadline.

Trying out some stitches on felt

The theme is Connected by a ...

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June 12, 2018
Fresh Cut :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

The pattern books are now available so I can finally share with you my version of Sue Spargo's 2017 BOM, Fresh Cut.


I was in the last group to receive my kit each month so I started this at the end of January 2017 and finished it in April 2018. It is all hand applique, hand embroidery and hand quilted with a seed stitch. The finished size is 49" by 49".

See, this is one reason why I don't have too much to share with you here. I am not able to share my progress on Sue's ...

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May 29, 2018
How did your weekend go? from Kelly Ann's Quilting

Sundays and Mondays have been our weekend for years ~ it's strange for me when there is a holiday on a Monday, and the grocery store is full of people shopping ~ I'm like ~ What the what, where did all these people come from? Trying to get back on east coast time is getting better ~ 8:15 for me, which isn't too bad. Off to the grocery store because I had big plans for my afternoon ~ I needed

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How did your weekend go? from Kelly Ann's Quilting

Sundays and Mondays have been our weekend for years ~ it's strange for me when there is a holiday on a Monday, and the grocery store is full of people shopping ~ I'm like ~ What the what, where did all these people come from? Trying to get back on east coast time is getting better ~ 8:15 for me, which isn't too bad. Off to the grocery store because I had big plans for my afternoon ~ I needed

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May 19, 2018
Quilt Market - Day 1 from Kelly Ann's Quilting

Day 1 ... doesn't everyone start the day with a blue cow selfie? WOW...lots of fun stuff to see and I did not break out the phone to take any pictures. BUT...I did manage to hit the Sue Spargo booth... can you say WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER This thread is a 12wt 2ply, 50/50 Wool/Acrylic Blend. Perfect for all the wool workers out there and will also be beautiful on hand embroidery.

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Quilt Market - Day 1 from Kelly Ann's Quilting

Day 1 ... doesn't everyone start the day with a blue cow selfie? WOW...lots of fun stuff to see and I did not break out the phone to take any pictures. BUT...I did manage to hit the Sue Spargo booth... can you say WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER This thread is a 12wt 2ply, 50/50 Wool/Acrylic Blend. Perfect for all the wool workers out there and will also be beautiful on hand embroidery.

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March 20, 2018
UFO’s, Birds, Blues and Snows from Cookie's Creek

Happy First Day of Spring!

Are we tired of Old Man Winter or what?  A “Spring Break” visit to a dear relative in Connecticut came in the midst of a giant snow storm!

My grandson thought it was great!

Before, during and after our trip I’ve been working on UFO’s and a couple of new projects (creating new UFO’s </p>
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March 2, 2018
Holiday Sewing Part 4 - Sue Spargo sewing roll from Wendy's Quilts and More

This is the last last item from my holiday (Christmas) sewing with Mum.  We were very productive, but we did also go out and enjoy the outdoors.

Last year Sue Spargo shared a gorgeous sewing roll pattern in Inspirations magazine.  Here it is on the cover of Issue 94.


Mum and I bought supplies to make our own versions back in May last year.


Mum finished hers long before I started mine, so when she was here for Christmas, I plucked up courage and made a start on mine.


I designed my own cover and I quite like it.  I ...

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December 28, 2017
Challenges from Cookie's Creek

Oh my goodness, the 2018 UFO Challenge is almost upon us!  But wait, I haven’t finished the unfinished objects from 2017!

I got some finished, I’ve moved some to the 2018 list and I’ve decided to skip some of them for now. Notice that the 2018 list is typed… that’s because I’ve had my own challenge… a minor bit of hand surgery (to fix arthritis in a thumb joint) has limited my writing and my hand sewing as well as rotary cutting and scissor cutting.

Number 12 on the UFO list is a project that ...

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November 13, 2017
Woolly Thoughts and Small Worlds from Cookie's Creek

I know, I haven’t written a blog in months (actually, almost a whole year). My only excuse is the many projects, retreats, vacations, stitch days, bee days, guild days, workshops and other fun stuff.

But today I want to share with you my two most recent obsessions — Sue Spargo wool applique and My Small World.

I’ve done wool applique before but it’s always been a simple blanket stitch.  Now with some projects, that’s what is called for.  But all there are all kinds of wonderful stitches you can use with wool that add dimension, interest and ...

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