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October 29, 2021
Idiosyncratic Quilting from The Snarky Quilter

It’s been a while since I bought a quilting related book, but I decided to spring for Paula Kovarik’s “At Play in the Garden of Stitch: thoughts that come while eyeing the needle.” Like the capitalization in the title, Paula’s … Continue reading

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October 22, 2021
Really Cheap Art Journals from The Snarky Quilter

A quick browse of Etsy for art journals will reveal a dizzying choice of journals that range in price from $15 to $150 plus. Some are so gorgeous that I would be afraid to even write my name in them … Continue reading

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October 8, 2021
A Different Way To Collage from The Snarky Quilter

Almost all paper collage techniques involve glue – gel medium, glue stick, Sobo, wheat paste, rice paste, etc. Because my fine motor skills are subpar I usually end up with glue, and sometimes bits of paper, all over my fingers. … Continue reading

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September 24, 2021
File, Act, Toss from The Snarky Quilter

One of the few staff development seminars I recall was F.A.T, or file, act, toss. The idea was to clear your overflowing desk by going through all the paperwork on it and decide whether to keep it (file,) respond to … Continue reading

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September 10, 2021
Blue Plate Special from The Snarky Quilter

Do you have old pressed glass pieces hanging around your abode? I inherited plates, bowls, small pitchers, and cups done up in pressed glass that were meant to pass for crystal or cut glass. Because it was machine molded it … Continue reading

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June 11, 2021
Sticky Fingers from The Snarky Quilter

I’ve been paper collaging like mad the past week or so to give my brain time to develop quilting plans for a few pieces. Ignoring something is often a surefire way to have solutions find me. And I wanted to … Continue reading

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May 21, 2021
When More Is Too Much from The Snarky Quilter

“Less is more” and “More is more” are common design mantras. Each has its adherents. A recent design experience took me way beyond “more is more” to deep in the weeds. I’m writing about my recent failure as a lesson … Continue reading

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April 9, 2021
More Painted Textile Pieces from The Snarky Quilter

Since last week I’ve continued to work on my small (about 10 inch square) pieces for my From Sketchbook to Wall class, and have five done (mostly.) I’ve learned that it’s hard to hand sew through fabric covered with acrylic … Continue reading

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April 2, 2021
A Different Kind of Textile Class from The Snarky Quilter

I’m in the middle of a two week online class on textile creation given by Tansy Hargan, a British landscape architect and textile artist. It’s called From Sketchbook to Wall, which is an accurate description. We began with en plein … Continue reading

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March 19, 2021
Trying Out 3D from The Snarky Quilter

For many years I have planned to make a 3D quilted object. I have sketchbook drawings to back up that claim. My scheme was to create multiple small connected units with see through spaces between them. The piece could cast … Continue reading

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March 11, 2021
The End of the Line, Part 2 from The Snarky Quilter

My January line a day challenge did go for all 31 days, though I stretched some work out over a few days. While the original intent was to keep the time spent on each response short, sometimes that didn’t happen. … Continue reading

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March 4, 2021
The End of the Line, Part 1 from The Snarky Quilter

Challenges are always more fun with company, and my friend Penny joined me in playing with line. She has been working with collage and gel printing recently, and her responses to the prompts reflect that. I asked her to be … Continue reading

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February 21, 2021
Absolutely PERFECT Bindings on the Janome M7 from Art and Quilting in Camden

This time I surprised even myself. After cutting 850″ of 2 1/4″ bias, I sewed it to twelve (what was I thinking???? clearly I was not thinking….) placemats and a 44 by 15″ table runner, ironed it, glued it to prep for machine sewing. Then, in about 65 minutes I got the second side of ALL the placemats AND the table runner SEWN! Check out the pictures and video!

First, I select my favorite buttonhole stitch: one forward stitch, then one to the side and back. I use the mirror image function to switch it so the sideways stitch ...

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February 5, 2021
Paper and Thread from The Snarky Quilter

What if I could have the fun of creating art with paper without the gluey mess? Last month I took David Owen Hastings‘ Stitched Paper Collage online class in the hope of finding an answer. As a result, I now … Continue reading

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February 4, 2021
Postcards from Quarantine from Quilt & Textile Collections


I’ve always loved the idea of making quilted postcards to send to fellow quilters, but I always had excuses. It takes too long and I’m behind on my sample quilts…the post office will just tear it up…I already see these ladies regularly so why take the time to make a postcard. Then almost a year into the pandemic, I don’t see my quilting bee regularly because the facility we meet at is closed to strangers. Our guild is meeting via Zoom, the list goes on. I realized; it is the perfect time to send a ...

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January 15, 2021
Line By Line from The Snarky Quilter

Temporal challenges to create art abound on social media: 100 days of postcards, 52 weeks of collages, a year of daily ambient temperatures, etc. I wanted to begin 2021 with some sort of daily art prompt, but I didn’t know … Continue reading

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January 8, 2021
In The Rear-view Mirror from The Snarky Quilter

My husband and I were fortunate enough to be able to self-isolate for much of 2020, so we’ve remained untouched by the Corona virus. Self-isolation gave me lots of time to devote to my art, and I think I made … Continue reading

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December 30, 2020
D*rth V*d*r Meets the Hatchet Mask–it might just be the perfect mask! from Art and Quilting in Camden

For months I’ve been wanting to mess around with some of the new patterns for masks in pursuit of something that is breathable, comfortable, doesn’t fog up my glasses, and lets me use fun fabric.

If you are impatient, here’s a link to the free pattern—please, it is ok to make your own, even sell in your own Etsy shop, just no mass production! And yes, the sloth fabric is totally punny!

SO, I played around yesterday and DRUM ROLL PLEASE…. I think I’ve got it! up I merged the free PDF pattern for a ...

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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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