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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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April 11, 2018
Vision Boards from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Yesterday,I found my sewing room was such a disaster that I couldn’t work. Why oh why can’t I keep my sewing clean!? One of the biggest problems was all the paper clutter.  All those scraps and doodles … Continue reading

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April 2, 2018
Looking forward to April from Stitchin' Therapy

    I took some time over the weekend to work on the Boxed Squares.  I just love that beautiful blue backing fabric.  I ended up quilting with a medium size meander in an all over pattern.  It is a motif that blends, and is me time to enjoy the quilting motion and pay attention to the fabric combinations that are in this one.     I completely enjoyed  the two sessions it took for me to complete this.  Now it needs a trim, squaring up, a label, and some binding.
Not a complete finish for the month, but close.    I will ...

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March 27, 2018
Place mats again? from Stitchin' Therapy

  I finished off a couple more of the smaller place mats over the weekend.  It was just too cold to go anywhere, or do anything else.  So I pinned and stitched a few things. 
   I had some leftover cuts of the fusible interfacing that were just big enough for a 8 by 5 grid for the watercolor.  That created a mat about 8'' by 12''---just a bit small, so I added a 2 '' strip of batik for an outer border.    No binding on this one either, just a simple pillowcase style edge.

   When I am not using binding on ...

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March 7, 2018
Fabric Selection from Stitchin' Therapy

   I had several questions in emails this week about fabric selection and where do I get my fabrics.   I buy fabrics everywhere.....remember I have been collecting these fabrics for a very long time.  But excellent fabrics are out there.  I do not purchase a full fabric line, rather I go for the ones that will work for these designs.    And I love to pick up older fabrics at estate sales or such. 
   As for fabric selection, these is a lot of info buried in my older  posts.  So I dug out a class handout that I have used to ...

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February 10, 2018
A New Watercolor from Ravelly1

Finally got this finish a bit ago. I was twitting my thumbs while waiting for the play tonight so I decided to work on #2. It feels good to at least finish something in this new year.

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January 30, 2018
New snack mats from Stitchin' Therapy

   While I was making the watercolor place mats, I put together a couple of snack mats.    A mug rug is not big enough for the island in the kitchen, and place mats are slightly too large.....snack mats are just right for here!


   The size is about 9'' by 12''.  Perfect for a small plate and drink.  I used leftover binding strips to finish these off.    Since these will get a lot of wear and be washed over and over, I use a zig-zag stitch to finish the binding on the front.

    I watch Bonnie on Quilt-cam while finishing up ...

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January 22, 2018
Watercolor place mats and values from Stitchin' Therapy

  The place mats generated a lot of emails and comments.  I put together this collage that includes:

  •  the work in progress,
  •  the finished place mat and 
  • a couple of guides for layout of the values.   
I am hoping you can click on the photo and open it in a separate window to print for reference.    Remember this is a guide for achieving a blend, not an absolute.  Every fabric combination will give different results.  The look will be different with the same fabrics depending on how each one is cut and how you place them.  

  Basically I used about 5 ...

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