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May 18, 2021
Born to Be Wild Blog Hop ~ My Day from Life in the Scrapatch

Today is my "Born to Be Wild' Blog Hop Day!

I sewed a Book Cover Tote.

I am sew happy with this project! 

When I found this fat quarter Here when I was spring cleaning this year,

I knew it would be perfect for the 

While I was thinking about what to sew, the following song from 1982,

kept playing on repeat in my head.
This tune is way too catchy.

After much deliberation and too many replays in my mind,
 my quilty muse and I decided to make a quilted ...

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March 22, 2021
threads and pompoms from Karen Ann Ruane

threads and pompoms

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March 16, 2021
New: Improvisational Stitching Workshop! from Where Art & Life Meet

I am doing a new 5-day workshop! Improvisational Stitching! But what does that mean, exactly? Well funny you should ask, because I’ve given it a great deal of thought. Improvisational Stitching is what I call what I do when I begin with a piece of fabric, usually a piece of hand dyed linen, with no… Continue reading New: Improvisational Stitching Workshop!

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December 29, 2020
The Joy of Obsession from Where Art & Life Meet

Often referred to as a negative, I’ve always thought of obsessions as a lifeline to exploration, creativity, joy and boundless energy. Being obsessed with something (rather than someone) results in any number of truly awe-inspiring things, such as these artists who carve thread spools into amazing miniature works of art. Or Andrea Love whose website… Continue reading The Joy of Obsession

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November 5, 2020
Chaos, Humor & a Do-Over from Where Art & Life Meet

A little humor to start off the day. It must be said that my mother did not send me any of these, however she might have, had she seen them. Here you go, Mom. I love you. I’m feeling a bit like Pooh Bear. To any of you offended by the f-word, these are unprecedented… Continue reading Chaos, Humor & a Do-Over

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October 8, 2020
Organizing Threads, Stitching & Love from Where Art & Life Meet

Every now and then my work space becomes unmanageable. I’m not the most organized person, but I know where everything is in my little chaotic work area, until it reaches a point when I can’t stand it any more. So yesterday I did what my husband always does (he’s a masterful organizer) when he’s organizing… Continue reading Organizing Threads, Stitching & Love

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June 24, 2020
Sweetness, Forgetfulness & Finishings from Where Art & Life Meet

Had a tough night or day? Here. Watch this. Courtesy of my mother – a dose of sweetness. Thanks Mom. ❤️ I completely forgot to post anything yesterday morning. Even more egregious, I forgot one of my brother’s birthdays and yesterday finally remembered to call him more than a week late. Thankfully, he once forgot… Continue reading Sweetness, Forgetfulness & Finishings

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March 13, 2020
How to bind a quilt by machine that looks near to invisible from Quilt Social

The fabric’s been chosen, the quilt top’s sewn and the quilting is done. Now it’s time to add a binding to finish the Spring Blossoms for Mom lap quilt. I really don’t want to mess it up now and it’s all about the finishing touches that sometimes make or break a project. No FOB (fear of binding) allowed.

There’s a way, yes there is… to add a binding to a quilt by machine that does not look wonky, messy or unprofessional. Today, I’ll explain this process to you. You’ll need Gütermann invisible ...

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March 12, 2020
UNIQUE pattern tracing film helps to audition quilting options from Quilt Social

Sewing of the quilt top Spring Blossoms for Mom is complete. Quilting decisions can now take place. It’s important after all the work sewing the quilt, the quilting be considered carefully.

Quilting design factors

  • How much do I want the quilting to show on the front and the back.
  • What color of thread should be used.
  • Which fabrics need enhancing or showing off.
  • Scale of the quilt blocks and in this case appliques as well.
  • The use of the quilt. i.e. Quilt show worthy, art quilt to be hung, utilitarian?
  • How much washing may or may not take ...

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March 11, 2020
Gütermann cotton and invisible nylon threads for piecing and applique from Quilt Social

The last few days, I’ve discussed the materials needed and prepared the fabric for a really fresh Spring Blossoms for Mom lap quilt using HeatnBond Lite iron-on adhesive to make the tulip appliques. This quilt will be an awesome Mother’s Day gift this spring. I’m ahead of the curve and will have it made in advance. Today I get to sew with Gütermann cotton and nylon (invisible) thread. It’s sew time don’t you think?

Sew the background

  • Gather up the background strips and leave them in order from 1-5 as discussed yesterday.
  • Sew 7 strip ...

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March 10, 2020
How to prepare applique pieces for quilting from Quilt Social

Today, I’ll discuss how to prepare the strips for the background of the Spring Blossoms for Mom quilt I discussed yesterday as well as the applique fabric for the tulips with HeatnBond Lite iron-on adhesive. It’s so easy to applique with HeatnBond Lite iron-on adhesive and this technique will open your mind to thousands of applique possibilities.

Cutting the background

  1. Press all background fabric (gray as shown below).
  2. Lay out the background fabric in an order that pleases, keep in mind all 5 fabrics will be sewn into a strip set.
  3. Number each fabric 1-5.
  4. Cut 7 strips ...

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March 9, 2020
Spring Blossoms for Mom lap quilt from Quilt Social

By now we’re all tired of winter and wanting to look toward spring. It’ll come be rest assured. At this time of the year we’re also thinking about projects for spring and of course, I’m thinking ahead to Mother’s Day.

Join me this week as I share with you a new original design for a modern, strip pieced and easy applique lap quilt that can be made just for mom. I’ll be showing how to assemble easy strip pieced blocks, how to applique simply with Heatnbond Lite iron-on adhesive and Gütermann invisible nylon thread ...

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October 11, 2019
Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along – Block A from From My Carolina Home

The part of Autumn Jubilee you’ve been waiting for is here!  The Quilt Along starts today!  Get those sewing machines ready, as we also have two more sewing projects to come as well.  This year for the quilt along, I have a fun idea that really works nicely as a table runner.  It is quick, and fast, so we will finish in just two weeks from today.  You’ll have a Harvest Star runner in time for Thanksgiving dinner, or make it in Christmas colors for holiday gifts.  I will show you the first block today, the second block ...

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July 11, 2019
Scrappy Sunscreen from RobynsPatch

Old (… cringe …) blocks put to use at last. Oh what was I thinking! Where did these fabrics come from? I must have ‘acquired’ them some how, way, way, waaay back on this patchwork quilting journey. I do remember … Continue reading

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