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November 24, 2020
How To Sew Curves With Just 3 Pins from Blossom Heart Quilts

The curve-alicious month continues today! Last week, I shared some tips on how to accurately cut curves for quilting, so now it’s time to move onto how to sew curves, and my 3-pin method.

how to sew curves

Yes, I sew most of my curves with just three pins. This method works for whatever type of curve you are sewing, whether it’s drunkards path like the Simple Curves chapter in Mini Masterpieces, or different types of curves like in the Complex Curves chapter. To demonstrate just how I do it, I have made a video tutorial to show you! Click on the ...

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November 11, 2020
3 Tips for Accurately Cutting Curves for Curved Piecing from Blossom Heart Quilts

This month for the Mini Masterpieces QAL, we’re up to sewing the Complex Curves chapter, and I’m sharing some tips throughout this month to help booster your confidence in sewing curves. Fun fact – I was too nervous of sewing curves for a few years, until I finally saw a friend sewing them in person and I realised it wasn’t so scary. For me, I had to see it to understand how it worked. So if that’s you too, then stick around to check out a video tutorial next week! But today, it’s first things first ...

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November 6, 2020
Progress on Mini Collages from The Snarky Quilter

As my fellow classmates keep noting, my Jane Davies Mini Collage class is indeed fun and agony. The class’s purpose is to push us to explore, to notice, to consider relationships among shapes. As Jane put it, “…we are not … Continue reading

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October 23, 2020
Mini Collage Cropping Exercise from The Snarky Quilter

This week my Jane Davies class didn’t involve paint or paste, just cropping our collages. My fingernails thank me. Here’s what I posted to my class. I’m showing only a few of the many cropping variations I tried. Some collages … Continue reading

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October 19, 2020
Artistic Endeavors from The Snarky Quilter

It’s been a while since I posted links to stories/videos/sites I found interesting. It’s so inspiring to hear artists talk about their work and how they’ve dealt with technical hurdles. Besides, I have more time for such listening and viewing … Continue reading

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October 9, 2020
Paper, Scissors, But No Rock from The Snarky Quilter

In parallel with my fabric activities, I have been taking another Jane Davies online course called Mini Collage. Both activities call on color theory and experimentation with color adjacency, but with Jane’s class I get to mix all my own … Continue reading

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October 8, 2020
A Dry Spell - Arizona Understated II from From Edge 2 Edge

I hadn't realized I had skipped so many weeks of blogging. I guess if anyone had really been concerned about it, they would have commented or said 'where are you?' I have been having fun finishing up projects, getting out on the bicycle and trying to get more fit.

SAQA Arizona extended the deadline (November 10th, 2020) for Arizona Understated (12W x 16L) and also said that artists are now allowed to submit more than one. I have decided to create another one and am actually going to do two based on my sketch and see which one I ...

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September 24, 2020
I Become A Color Whisperer from The Snarky Quilter

After years of avoiding color theory practice (the practice means you have to make a color wheel) I finally broke down and signed up for Jane Davies’ downloadable class, “Unlocking The Secrets of Color.” I have to say that color … Continue reading

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September 17, 2020
DIY Gone Awry from The Snarky Quilter

It’s always a leap of faith when I try to follow directions in a magazine. Will I forget a step? Will my minor supply substitutions cause an epic fail? Will the directions be specific enough for me to feel confident … Continue reading

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September 9, 2020
HOW TO FINISH A LINEN RUG WITH OPEN BACKGROUND from Quiltwoman Blog

I hadn’t seen this done before but when I hooked my lighthouse rug pattern onto a linen background, I decided it would look like a dark stormy or dusky sky if I left the background unhooked.

NDD-604 Lighthouse Rug Punching/Rug Hooking Pattern

That left me wondering how I would finish it so that nothing showed through from the back. Here is the method I came up with that worked very well and was very easy to do.

First I laid the rug face down on the cutting mat. Then I cut a piece of fabric that was close ...

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August 29, 2020
Winding Ways: quilt and done! from Art and Quilting in Camden

Good tools (AccuQuiltGO!), good fabric (Michael Miller Fabrics), good thread (Aurifil), good machine (Janome Continental M7), and some experience, and you can do a lot! This return to my quilty roots just makes me happy!

Over the course of the year I’ve shared progress on this quilt:

  • First, there was learning to use the AccuQuiltGO! which I blogged about here. It was a different block, but the easy applies.
  • Then there is the PIECING of CURVES: see the blogpost here or go directly to the video on my YouTube Channel here.
  • Now there is the quilting video (that covers ...

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August 28, 2020
Now For Something Completely Different from The Snarky Quilter

I sometimes advise fellow quilters to take classes in other media to develop composition and design skills. Finally I took my own advice. I just finished up Jane Davies’ Sketchbook Practice downloadable class, which I took with a friend. Working … Continue reading

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August 27, 2020
From Bits and Pieces from From the Strawberry Patch...

I was cleaning out and tidying up the other day and I ran across a bin filled with pieced four inch sub-units from a multi-session course that I attended a few years back, offered at my LQS. The course was "Tucker University" and we used  Studio 180 tools and technique sheets to make basic units: half square triangles, quarter square triangles, combination units, shaded four patches, square in a

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From Bits and Pieces from From the Strawberry Patch...

I was cleaning out and tidying up the other day and I ran across a bin filled with pieced four inch sub-units from a multi-session course that I attended a few years back, offered at my LQS. The course was "Tucker University" and we used  Studio 180 tools and technique sheets to make basic units: half square triangles, quarter square triangles, combination units, shaded four patches, square in a

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August 3, 2020
Piecing Curves…it is possible even for me from Art and Quilting in Camden

Whoo-eeeee! Lookit those perfect seams… this was my second block, and I think it looks pretty durn good for someone who doesn’t really piece a lot! There are a few MINOR things I can fuss at (like the seam allowance on the center top spike is a skosh wide and the upper left corner edge isn’t perfect, but still! Fabrics are batiks and Bright White Cotton Couture from Michael Miller Fabrics.

Precision piecing has never been my strong suit, but I am — like Michaelangelo at age 80 — still learning. One of the things I’ve learned is that ...

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July 24, 2020
Back To Quilting from The Snarky Quilter

I haven’t abandoned quilting amidst my printing and collaging. In fact, I finished “Whitewashed,” sewing straight line arrow heads with off white thread set at varying intervals. After a long time (years?) without buying a quilting book, I bought Jacquie … Continue reading

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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 17, 2020
Working Small from The Snarky Quilter

I realize that small is a relative term, both for ice cream servings and works of art. For me, a small work of art measures less than 25 by 25 inches, which is a medium for some. A small ice … Continue reading

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July 2, 2020
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch from The Snarky Quilter

As a matter of fact I have been sewing; in between collaging, printing, and virtual gallery viewing. Last month I improvised a piece from leftover blocks and some Grunge fabric I had forgotten I had. I overprinted my leftovers with … Continue reading

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June 12, 2020
Double Hanging System from From Edge 2 Edge

I had to figure out a hanging system for two different situations for some of my new pieces. I am targeting galleries as well as shows with these new pieces. The problem comes in because shows typically hang on rods and galleries typically hang from picture hangers or 'nail' type systems.

I came up with a way to have a versatile hanging system that would work for either situation. I used double sided Velcro in a size that is in scale with the piece. This allows it to be opened up to accommodate a bar or rod (the standard for ...

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