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April 12, 2019
A forest of comfort from The Academic Quilter

Hi all, and welcome to another spring weekend.  We have reached the point in the season where I wake up every morning with my eyes glued shut because there is pollen covering literally every surface in the whole world.  Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration of how much pollen there is currently floating around, but definitely not an exaggeration of my reaction to it.  I think all the rain we had last year has kicked all the plants into overdrive on the pollen front.

So, I kind of have an allergy fog right now, so much so that I forgot ...

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April 4, 2019
A Touch of Frost from The Snarky Quilter

No, the weather in northeast Ohio isn’t that bad, though we did have snow last Sunday. I’m referring to Robert Frost, the poet. I named my latest piece after a line of his from Stopping by Woods on a Snowy … Continue reading

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March 7, 2019
Evolution Of An Art Quilt from The Snarky Quilter

As I’ve told you before, despite my efforts to plan work in advance, often I begin with fabrics and work out a design from them. Recently I finished a top I call “Dark and Deep,” that grew from vintage linen … Continue reading

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December 24, 2018
Up to Here in Chocolate from Romany Quilting

First job in the kitchen today (Christmas Eve) was to make the filling for the chocolate cheesecake – the base had already been made and was nice and chilled in the fridge.  But why, I now ask myself, didn’t I read through the list of ingredients properly?  Yes, I had a tub of cream cheese, but I needed two!  Everything came to a standstill while my Christmas Pixie went down to the shops for me.  Once that second tub was in my hot little hands I got busy.  The filling was soon made, the melted chocolate mixed through, the whole ...

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December 18, 2018
lights, trees, gifts....Christmas! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

A last game for cheering
Christmas is my favorite holiday, though I do love Easter. Other holidays were simply reasons to have a day off of school. Christmas and Easter...those are THE holidays. We get to celebrate through Catholic rituals, beautiful masses, and family traditions.

We're still in Advent, so it's time to repent and prepare ourselves for Christ's coming, but by the third week of Advent, we can also rejoice. This is about the time that we put up the Christmas tree, get some shopping and gift-wrapping done, and rev up the family time. 

Let ...

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December 13, 2018
Christmas Markets and a Free Pattern from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

It's been a busy holiday season here in Germany! Christmas markets, cookie decorating, and of course, stitching. Today's post will share a little bit of what's been going on over here, and we have a free ornament pattern as a bonus! 

Christmas markets are quintessentially German, and around here they are in full swing. Last week I did a marathon of four Christmas markets—three in the Black Forest and one locally. Every market is a little different as each town puts their own spin on it. Some are small with a few vendors and others are ...

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October 16, 2018
Now in New Plymouth from Romany Quilting

We are in New Plymouth for several days, just take a look at this glorious mountain which is looking down over us.   Early mornings are often the best time to catch a glimpse of Mt Egmont without too many clouds obscuring the view.  Also known as Mount Taranaki, it  is New Zealand's most perfectly formed volcano. The mountain is around 120,000 years old and last erupted in 1775 and volcanologists agree that the mountain is 'dormant' rather than extinct.

Mt Egmont

If our little Gemma was interested in such things, she could look out the caravan window to ...

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October 14, 2018
From Tree to Shining Tree (With 3 Tips) from Gefilte Quilt

In our last installment, I showed off a commissioned tree-themed quilt. Sending it to its new owner broke my heart! It also lacked buttons. So I rapidly made the following three quilts, each about 15" square. A winter tree:

An autumnal tree (or maybe a summer citrus?)
Can you find the bra clip?
 Next: Winter again? The trunk is white.
But the leaves are green, so let's call it early spring!
The trunk is Jane Austen text so I added a metal heart charm (the text below it says "heart is really attached")...
...and a squirrel from the cake-decorating ...

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July 8, 2018
Fabric Challenge Quilt Step by Step from Splendiferous

Challenge pack with a fat quarter and rules, shown on back of quilt.
I participated ...

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Summer Trees, Summer Skies, and a Visual Puzzle from Ann Quilts

I take photos nearly daily as a kind of mindfulness, meditative practice.  "Stay here, stay present."  I've collected some tree photos I really like and share them here.  The final one is a puzzle!

I especially love this color combination - steely blue-grey storm clouds moving on to the east, with afternoon sun reappearing in the west, shining on bright green leaves.  This is the view from my front door.  I take this shot often in changing light and sky.  Living across the street from a park is the best.


Clear, clear summer brightness. The same view, taken moments ago ...

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April 29, 2018
Silent Sunday from The Inbox jaunt


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March 19, 2018
Workshop with The Valley Forge Homestead Quilters from Pinkadot Quilts

I had the nicest bunch of ladies for a workshop on Saturday! They all were so enthusiastic and willing to try making a quilt block without a ruler.

I especially love it when a student changes the "pattern" to make it fit their idea of what they want to make. It tells me that the wheels are turning!

Many made 2 or more blocks and tried some extra ideas that I gave them to get the feel for the technique.

You can see how hard they were working (-:

I am hoping to see some finished tops tomorrow night when I ...

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February 25, 2018
Another Quilting Shop from Romany Quilting

Quite by accident, we stumbled across another quilt shop on our travels.  “June’s Room” has only been trading for about three years, so was not here when we last visited Nelson six years ago.  I had a look around while Robin sat on the handy seat outside on the verandah.


What a delight of colour inside the rather plain shop front.  Beautiful fabrics, knitting yarn,kits and patterns,  and I rather liked the embroidered “chocolate” tea towels with the cute sayings.  There was a gorgeous range of batiks, I’m always rather drawn to them, and lots of black ...

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February 22, 2018
More Trees from Rana Quilts

This past weekend I took my bag of scraps and various other supplies to Augusta for the bi-monthly Art Quilts Maine meeting. I had been asked to teach my Tree Bits technique to the group. With only a couple of hours, we had time to get the trees from conception to adding tulle. Once the tulle was in place, people could carry their trees home without fear of losing all those tiny scraps! Photos of trees in progress have begun showing up on our Facebook page and in my email. I wanted to share a few here--isn't it wonderful ...

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December 18, 2017
Free Motion Quilting Video-The Cabin in the Woods from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Just a quick hello this morning to let you know that I have a tutorial at BERNINA’s WeAllSew blog. The tutorial is for this Cabin in the Woods motif which would look fabulous on the border of … Continue reading

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December 31, 2016
Pixel color inspiration from ART GIRL

I was looking for a photo and when I cropped it and zoomed in I saw these pixels in the top corner - the original picture was a photo with colorful trees in the background. I've thought about this idea off and on for several years- find pretty, interesting pixel groups in my photographs, then make quilts based on the color groupings or use the color palette as a starter for a painting.

The above square was taken from a small portion of this:

Which was taken from a small portion of this tree photo:

Think of all the possibilities ...

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