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December 26, 2020
Every little thing equals progress from Sew Sunshine


I made 5 mini quilts! Yes I did...slow and steady like. These came about because my BEE mate Jen asked for quilted cards. I loved this idea though thought it would be daunting to make something so small. 
I am only supposed to tackle sewing projects in little bits of time, mainly because the posture (as you all know) in sewing can be very muscle fatiguing. 
I would guess about 5 minutes at a time I worked my way through the minis. They are all about 4.25" x 5ish" 
Of course I had a black and white theme ...

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December 6, 2020
Sarah’s Machine Quilting Forum II video–ends Dec. 12 from Art and Quilting in Camden

Now Registered participants ONLY can SEE it … CLEARLY!

If you were enrolled in the Virtual Quilt Festival’s second Machine Quilting Forum on Saturday, you know there were serious transmission issues with my presentation that made the video just yucky. TOTAL BUMMERS, but now TOTAL JOY! Thanks to the hard working folks in the Education Department (who should have been taking today off) you can SEE the video through December 12th. After that, like Cinderella’s pumpkin, it disappears. To access it, follow the following steps:

Registered participants ONLY can follow these instructions – 

—Go to My Schedule (be sure to ...

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November 24, 2020
mini design explorations from Karen Ann Ruane

mini design explorations, embroidery.

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November 22, 2020
a small design collection from Karen Ann Ruane

a small embroidered design collection

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October 6, 2020
lace and pattern, extending design from Karen Ann Ruane

lace and pattern, extending design

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October 4, 2020
design sheets from Karen Ann Ruane

embroidery, design sheets

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October 3, 2020
exploring lace, interpretation 2. from Karen Ann Ruane

lace as a focus for design

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October 2, 2020
exploring lace, interpretation..... from Karen Ann Ruane

exploring lace, interpretation...

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September 6, 2020
getting the cogs turning from Karen Ann Ruane

playing around with surface design

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August 10, 2020
Cinderella from Karen Ann Ruane

beaded and embroidered artist book

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July 29, 2020
An embroiderers cloth from Karen Ann Ruane

a hand embroidered wrapping cloth

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July 20, 2020
Screen Printed Garments! from Art and Quilting in Camden

My new Queen Anne’s Lace top. I screen printed my custom designs onto Cotton Couture solids (courtesy of Michael Miller Fabrics), this color is “Luna.”
In the summer of 2020 I saw Print Pattern Sew by Jen Hewitt somewhere online and ordered it immediately. It’s FAB! is available many places including Amazon . DO check out Jen’s site, here. Of course it took until April to start playing and until now to post. For the workshop and this post I wanted to use a pattern currently available that is similar to two vintage (circa mid 1980s) patterns that ...

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July 14, 2020
progressing my little stitched notebook from Karen Ann Ruane

progressing my little embroidered notebook

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June 30, 2020
Messy Painted Canvas... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



The tables are...set for FUN !


Messy Painted Canvas


Canvas / Duck Cloth





Inexpensive Acrylic Craft Paints





Found Objects for stamping





First Layer....Light paints.... rolled on

to create some background noise.





Second Layer....stamping with medium colors

with found objects.










Close Up View:  Found Object Stamping



At this point,  we have added several more layers

of darker paints and foam stamps:







The addition of the black and white paints

really makes the composition.....sing!





Completed Canvas








The final layer is adding detail

with black and white paint markers:


Linda using a white paint marker



5 Art Sisters each left with ...

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May 29, 2020
Wood Stain Test from Quilt Paint Create

Some ideas just won’t go away, and painting fabric with wood stain is one of them.
I looked it up online to see if it had been done before. Most sites discouraged using stain on fabric because of the chemicals in the stain. Since the fabric won’t be used in clothing, I did it anyway.
I used two different stains, an oil based stain (brown) and a water based stain (cranberry). I painted with q-tips to avoid cleaning brushes.
stain testI started with the cranberry. It was a lot like painting with acrylic paint.
I moved on to the ...

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May 27, 2020
pieces for the next page from Karen Ann Ruane

gathering embroidery for my stitched notebook

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May 24, 2020
recording design from Karen Ann Ruane

recording design, a stitched sketchbook

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May 17, 2020
revisiting my 'happy cloth'. from Karen Ann Ruane

hand embroidered wrapping cloth

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May 10, 2020
progressing my little design notebook. from Karen Ann Ruane

a little stitched notebook of embroidery design

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May 4, 2020
making decisions from Karen Ann Ruane

embroidered pages for a little design notebook

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