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July 24, 2019
Artsy Fartsy Island Batik Ambassador Challenge from Quilted Delights

The July challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors is titled Artsy Fartsy and we were challenged to use three different weights of Aurifil thread to create a fabric work of art.

This was a fun challenge that focused on the threads first instead of the fabric.  It is like buying a cool pair of shoes and then searching for the perfect outfit to go with them.

I was sent some dark purple and peach Aurifil thread in my first Ambassador box and then I received a light purple and an orange a little later.  I must say it was a struggle ...

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December 5, 2018
Spectacular Sunset from Quilts + Color

This photo can not do justice to the spectacular sunset last night.
I happened to glance out the window and this is what I saw. I grabbed by phone so I could share it with you.
Paradise for sure!

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June 26, 2018
And Then This Happened..... from Sew........This Is My Blog

June has been the craziest month ever!  I knew I would only be home for 10 days this month, what with two trips to St. Louis, one to Indianapolis, one to Asheville, and one to Destin.  I knew I would be too busy to get much, if any, sewing done.  BUT, I thought if I took it with me everywhere I went I could get a little hand sewing done.  AND, I really thought since I had lots of photos on my desktop of previous projects I would have time to blog at least a few times.  Huh!  Guess I ...

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May 17, 2018
Facing A Quilt from Sew Karen-ly Created...

Facing a quilt is way less terrifying than the ominous-sounding "facing the music" (a phrase, which frankly, I've never understood.  If I paid for concert tickets, I would not be very happy to NOT be facing the music! :))  Adding a facing is similar to a binding, except unlike a binding, it does not show.  It flips out of sight to the back of the quilt.  It's a nice finishing technique to use when you want a clean, crisp edge on your quilt. I used it on this "Tempus Fugit" quilt featured in my book "Quilting Beauties" as I ...

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January 1, 2018
Life Over the Holidays from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

I'm lagging behind on the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt, #OnRingoLake which isn't unusual for me at this stage of the game.

I've even entertained the idea of adding a little zip and zing with the addition of lime green placed sporatically throughout the quilt. What do you think?

The small group around our table for Christmas lunch included Paul's sister Jeanie & Galen, his folks, and Amy & Ashton.

Sunset at our house from the other side of the pond.

Paul worked on Ashton's hover board ...

... and got it going again.

If only that 300 lb. sow ...

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December 29, 2017
Red Sea from Pebble Creek Arts

I bought a box of soft pastels and wanted to use them.

This is an 9″ x 12″ pastel on UArt 600 pastel paper. The colors on the pastels are so vibrant. I really like them. They are Sennelier soft pastels. I also really like the paper. It hurts my finger if I blend too much, but you can use other tools to blend. The best part is… no fixative required!

You can see the video of this one on my YouTube channel or on my videos page. Please give it a like!

Signing off for now. Happy Friday!


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December 18, 2017
Sunrise, On Ringo Lake, Boys, Sunset from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

Sunrise in the East

This just can't be right for Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt #OnRingoLake; but it's fun to play with a layout.

After playing for a while at our house, I took Rusty & Teryn to the field to ride in the tractor with their dad.

Let's make plastic! Cornstarch, water, glycerin, and vinegar. The boys found this DIY on youtube.

Sunset in the West

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