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August 29, 2019
Introducing… Let’s Make Art from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Two years ago, Sarah Cray was a freelance artist… selling her prints on Etsy, illustrating books, and just simply exploring her creative freedoms was the life Sarah had fallen in love with. But then, she got a call that would result in her being able to take those passions and share her love of art with the world. The call was from ours truly, Al Doan, the co-founder of Missouri Star Quilt Co. The pair had briefly known each other in college, but after a bad experience in shopping art supplies online, he called up the talented Sarah in hopes ...

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May 2, 2019
Update! With a miracle thrown in.... from Stitchin' Therapy

   What a roller coaster ride the past few days have been.  My brother has had several more consults, exams, biopsy scheduled, and so on.  Nothing definitive, but general consensus was only biopsy will tell for sure....and it could be musculature.   Then yesterday he got up and said he felt normal.....less pain, and swelling down....what?

  He returned to his first doctor, and they talked about all the consults, and compared all to how he felt then.  Bottom line, he canceled the biopsy and is talking one week of steroids to see if all the swelling disappears.  He promises ...

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April 24, 2019
Simple quilting from Stitchin' Therapy

  Just a quiet week here.  So I am getting a start on some simple FMQ.  I had the leader and ender project already pinned.   I debated back and forth on how I wanted to quilt this one. 
  The center is all done in floral fabrics...meaning not much will show once quilted.  That really influenced me to just use a smaller stipple, and ignoring the darker triangles that create the star.  Of course, you can't see much from this photo, and when finished it won't really show either I suspect.

  Even a peek on the back doesn't ...

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April 19, 2019
Catching up once again from Stitchin' Therapy

   I slipped up again....being too quiet and got a text from Cousin Di to let me know I hadn't been blogging lately.    Since the sinus infection last month, it has been pollen season and the allergies have worn me down.  And now I have developed a skin condition.....peeling, scaly palms and fingers.  Thankfully, it is not painful but very unsightly.  Apparently it is related to severe  seasonal allergies.   Like I need more evidence that my immune system doesn't work normally. 

  Better things.....I watched the Live Podcast done by Helen Godden for Handi-Quilter.  She is absolutely ...

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December 23, 2018
Moments, Hours, Days, Autumn, a Book of Hours from Art and Quilting in Camden

Happy Solstice to one and all…at last the days no longer get shorter! To celebrate and as a Christmas gift (whether you celebrate it or not, it’s a gift of the season) to one and all, I thought I’d share a video I recently uploaded and just shared with those on my Newsletter List. (To sign up for the newsletter, go to my home page and fill in the blanks—about once a month I’ll pop in with this ‘n that.)

Those who follow me on Facebook (here) will recognize this pond and view which is ...

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October 25, 2018
Apple farm trip and an email note from Stitchin' Therapy

   Cooler temperatures finally settled on us this week.  Not really feeling like color at all in the trees, but we have had much lower humidity and nice breezy days.  I pulled out a few seasonal runners and wall quilts for a change from my summer assortment.
    I have been struggling with the neuropathy and so only minor sewing has happened.   I am not sure if the neuropathy in my legs or hands  has any improvement ....things are different.  Especially in the feet and legs, which has greatly affected my balance and standing.

  Anyway, we took a ride up ...

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September 28, 2018
Watercolor–a nifty little palette from Art and Quilting in Camden

You know you’re tetched in the head (old phrase from my mother and aunts, meaning a few bricks short of a full load a.k.a. crazy) when you like your paper towel swipes LOL!   I’ve signed up and am actually doing the lessons in a couple of online classes:  Journey Through the Natural Year with Val Webb and SketchbookSkool’s Watercolor Rules (are made to be broken).  So I’ve been playing.

Wiping my brush off may be one of my best watercolors to date LOL!

I’ll share some of my exercises as the classes go ...

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September 19, 2018
The Unexpected from Stitchin' Therapy

   Last week I was quilting.....meander quilting....the water color wall hanging.   I had made the blocks for  a class  using the strip pieced method.  Tutorial for this method is  found here.    This type of water color work is strictly dark to light in a block format.  I had at least 3 sets of blocks for this that were left over from demonstrations.

 I had put them together, but goofed.  The top row was sewn on upside down.  It did not look quite

  So a little ripping and re-sewing.......add a border  and finish it up. 

     At first ...

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September 17, 2018
Watercolor in the Mountains from Childlike Fascination

This weekend B and I traveled up to camp in the Adirondack Mountains.

Even though we were there for less than 48hrs, it’s amazing how relaxing a bit of outdoor time and pure , unadulterated sunshine can be.

Last year when we went up for a week in August I had impulsively run to the AC Moore & Michaels a week beforehand and picked up a Koi traveler palette, a bag of cheap-ass brushes and a spiral bound watercolor paper pad. After a day paddling across Cheney Pond to the Boreas River and down to Lester Flow we went back to ...

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September 14, 2018
A Little Knot from Stitchin' Therapy

  I had 6 blocks that did not get put into my large Garlic Knot top.  I thought they would be a good table topper.....A Little Knot.

   Before binding, I was just a little disappointed at how plain it seemed.  I debated on applique in the border or even adding additional borders.  I went ahead an quilted it up and then had the light bulb moment for the binding. 

 A cute flange binding would give this one a pop of extra color and hopefully improve it after all.  So the blue fabric became the flange and a floral print is ...

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September 3, 2018
Virtual Paintout from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

I can't draw or paint worth a toot! But I sure enjoy following along the Virtual Paintout. I decided I am going to at least try and see what happens. Last month we were to walk the streets of the Virgin Islands.

"Pink House"
9"X6" on watercolor paper

This month we were to walk around Amsterdam. I found this little cheese shop.  

"Cheese Shop"
12"X9" Ink & Inktense Watercolor on Watercolor paper

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August 17, 2018
I was ruthless from Stitchin' Therapy

  I haven't done a lot in the sewing room this week, but I wanted to get some fabric put away that I pulled out of the closet.  You know how that goes probably.  You have to re-arrange things to get it back in, and in the process you find things.  Don't even think about snickering because it could happen to you.

   First find......a water color wall hanging unfinished......and sewn together wrong!  I remember this one.  Oh  yes, from just before I got so sick 2 years ago.  This was from the last strip pieced class I ...

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June 25, 2018
Another inspiration photo from Stitchin' Therapy

  I love getting emails from like-minded quilters -----who love floral fabrics. 

Cynthia sent a photo of her recently completed water color quilt.  Look familiar?

 Scrappy Trips is done in floral fabrics.  The pattern is available at Quiltville under the free tab with a full tutorial on the block.   Cynthia was careful to keep a very light and a very dark fabric next to each other when laying out the strips for piecing.  That is how she achieved the distinct design.

  I have explained this before, but once more for new readers.  This pattern is made in blocks that look like ...

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June 22, 2018
Layouts from Stitchin' Therapy

  After messing around/playing with settings to fix the comment problem with the home grown fix from Amity Quilter post,  I was glad to get to the sewing room. Pat is our home grown, genius quilter/blogger to have found and shared this fix.  And we are all happy!

   In the sewing was bitter sweet to put together the last, the very last garlic knot block that I had in the rope bowl.    The blocks have been in the processing line for a couple of months and I was addicted to pairing them up.  I had developed a ...

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June 16, 2018
Across continents from Stitchin' Therapy

  With all the problems Blogger has given us in hindering our comments reaching inboxes of email,  I wondered if our blogging days were numbered.  I am really rebelling and not willing to even pretend to go along with the new "so called rules".   Other than to state this time only.....I don't make money from this blog, I don't collect email addresses to sell or share, I don't use cookies.  You are free to comment on my posts, and I am free to respond, or delete them if I feel they are spam, or etc. 
  With that ...

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May 31, 2018
My Other Habit from Ravelly1

 I can't believe that it's the end of May already. Where was I during all of it?! Not sewing anything, that's for sure. But it's hay season......again, so I've been busy making lunches for the guys and running around gathering baling stuff. I did get started on my latest watercolor project. I'll need to paint in the sky and do a bit more work on that pitiful tree. The bluejay is a little on the heavy side but I like him, I think.
How's your end of May going?

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May 24, 2018
Summer Light from Stitchin' Therapy

  A new wall hanging, door banner, or table runner.......this is for a donation to my guild's silent auction for the annual quilt show.  I debated on omitting the border.........but opted for making it  bigger for use as a banner.  I used straight line stitching  for the quilting. 

   The border is a very deep mottled green.  And I thought it needed a pop of color  to set it off. 

 The accent strip is a flange.  It is a 1''  strip that is folded in half.  The raw edges align with the edge of the pieced center.  I stitch ...

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May 12, 2018
Happy Mother’s Day with our $5 Friday from Wasatch Quilting

$5 Friday

With 85 million American’s now holding the job title as “Mother”, I’m glad we have this special day to honor and celebrate the things they have given up for us. Their waistlines, sleep, time, years of peace and quiet,  and even their lives. I chose to have my amazing mother draw a Peony for the $5 Friday this week because, like the Peony, our mother’s represent honor, romance, and beauty in all forms! Inside and out, our mother’s are graceful and beautiful!

Get it here:


I’m excited to show ...

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May 8, 2018
Variety and options from Stitchin' Therapy

  Time just gets away from me and blogging takes a hit it seems.  I did not realize it had been a week since I posted.  I was able to get thru most of the items I put on my list to accomplish last week. 

    I had the floral log cabin up on the design wall, and in need of squaring up the edges.  Got that taken care of and decided I needed a small border at least.  So I added that.  Now, she needs pinning and quilting.  I ordered batting and it arrived yesterday, so I am putting that onto ...

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April 27, 2018
On point from Stitchin' Therapy

    I love the look of blocks set on point,
but I sure hate the joining potion of the assembly.    To be clear it is the corners that make me batty.  So I tend to cut over-sized triangles to be sure everything fits.   I only ended up with one set that had to be ripped out....because of a setting triangle going in the wrong direction.  I am sure you never had that happen :) 

  Any way, by the time I reached this point 2 days ago, my wrist was in agony.  Inflammation from over use and low pressure system, I think ...

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