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May 4, 2021
Coming to you from My NEW Website! from Where Art & Life Meet

Yup, you read that correctly. This post is being written within my brand, spanking, new, website. So let’s take a little look around, shall we?! (A quick note: my website is experiencing a few growing pains, so pages may load slower than you’re used to due to high volume, but we’re working on it.) First […]

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April 27, 2021
A New Pat Pauly Workshop! from Where Art & Life Meet

I’m sitting here in my workout clothing sans sneakers typing this as I didn’t dare put on my regular work “uniform” for fear I would never honor my Spin Class reservation that begins at 11am. And while we’re on the topic, I just have to say, workout bras are truly a form of torture. You… Continue reading A New Pat Pauly Workshop!

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New Pat Pauly Workshop! from Where Art & Life Meet

I’m sitting here in my workout clothing sans sneakers typing this as I didn’t dare put on my regular work “uniform” for fear I would never honor my Spin Class reservation that begins at 11am. And while we’re on the topic, I just have to say, workout bras are truly a form of torture. You […]

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April 23, 2021
A New Master Bath on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 


The longest Spring Rush continues at my house.  Contrary to what most people would think, Spring Rush is the busiest time of the year for selling women's clothing.  Apparently, ladies have places to go and "doings" planned for 2021.  As most things this year, Spring Rush is unprecedented.  What normally is a 2 week buying frenzy of everything short sleeved and coral has turned into 6 weeks with really no end in sight.  It's exhausting.  

This is the empty wall
As I spend my day talking to ladies about what size tank tops they need and if they ...

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April 20, 2021
Organisms & Hand Stitching from Where Art & Life Meet

When last we met, I had just pulled my Bernina 790 out of hibernation only to find it did not fit my Koala sewing cabinet and so I had to order a new insert. Check, check and check. Who says I’m not getting sh*t done? I know all of you want to know how Pat… Continue reading Organisms & Hand Stitching

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April 12, 2021
More Masks from Becca's Crazy Projects

A friend asked for some more masks so I grabbed some fabrics and got cutting. Lining and outer pieces cut and ready to go. Now, where did I leave those adjustable ear bands? 
I searched and searched and couldn't find them. I ended up having to do some tidying to find them. They were somewhat buried in the piles of creativity I have on my cutting table. I didn't have to dig very deep after all. That cutting table is still a mess.
These masks are really easy to cut with quilting rulers and your rotary cutter. You ...

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April 8, 2021
Swiss Lace & My Grandpère from Where Art & Life Meet

My father’s father, Maximilian Oscar Zürcher, my grandfather, imported Swiss lace to all the Couture Houses in Paris. Originally from Teufen, Switzerland, he moved to Paris where he and his wife raised my father, who was born in 1919 and my Aunt Jeanne. This was the extent of my knowledge regarding my grandfather. And then… Continue reading Swiss Lace & My Grandpère

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April 6, 2021
New YouTube Videos, & Other News from Where Art & Life Meet

I have a couple pieces I’m working on simultaneously at the moment. One is a piece I began for my Improvisational Stitching Workshop. We are having SO much fun! As I was working on it, I decided to do a video on one way I like to create organic looking shapes. That video is premiering… Continue reading New YouTube Videos, & Other News

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March 26, 2021
Lost In Design…And Loving It from Nikki, In Stitches

I’ve completely lost myself in my current design.

I don’t mean like lost my sense of style, or lost my motivation, or even lost track of what direction I wanted to take this piece.

I mean like I literally lost myself.

I’ve been in my studio for hours on end, draping, drafting, and editing on repeat.

I am a complete mess, in every sense of the word.

My studio is covered in discarded pattern pieces, scraps of fabric, and candy wrappers (yes, I’ve also stopped really eating anything throughout the day except Hershey’s miniatures.)

I ...

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March 25, 2021
Videos From My Mother and Other News! from Where Art & Life Meet

First things first. My mother sent me two videos this week and both are too wonderful to not pass along. The text within this video roughly translates to: “What an animal concert: The Cologne pianist Thelonious Herrmann came up with this unusual idea. He took his piano to the Koln Zoo to play among goats,… Continue reading Videos From My Mother and Other News!

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March 22, 2021
Two New Workshops Added! from Where Art & Life Meet

The Dorset Buttons Workshop was a huge success! As a result I am doing another and have added a Dorset Button II workshop for those who’ve completed the first and/or feel they have a working knowledge of how to make a traditional Dorset Button. Dorset Buttons Gone Wild Workshop: Wednesday, March 24th 2-5pm EDT.  $60.… Continue reading Two New Workshops Added!

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March 19, 2021
Color Trials Continue on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 So last week, I finally finished up my first exercise in color and value.  I'm all proud of myself since it really illustrated visually what I knew intellectually.  So much easier with a picture don't you think?  

You can see my observations on the first four columns here.  This week I added the last which was to add the complementary color of  the red - green.  Now it didn't turn all Christmas which was my daughter's guess.  I knew enough to combat that by  changing the saturations of the green.  What I did notice was that as ...

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March 18, 2021
A Beauty of a Quilt from Ann Quilts

 Here's a gorgeous quilt.  It's as simple as that.

This quilt came to me for repair.  The quilt dates to c1850.  As old as it is, it is in nearly pristine condition, save for a place in the center where it got wet somehow with something.

Here's how fabric looks in an undamaged block.

You can see that whatever spilled on the quilt ate away at the brown fabric, and also carried some of the dye into the white background.  It's interesting (though sad, of course) to witness how the liquid ran along the fibers of ...

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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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March 11, 2021
Vaccinations & Silk Cocoons from Where Art & Life Meet

First things first. There are just TWO spots left for my Dorset Buttons Gone Wild Workshop on Saturday, March 20th. So if you want to reserve a space, you’ll need to let me know right away! For those of you who watched my livestream the other day, you’ll know what happened when I cut into… Continue reading Vaccinations & Silk Cocoons

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March 9, 2021
New: Dorset Buttons Gone Wild Workshop! from Where Art & Life Meet

Some exciting news! I’m doing a Dorset Buttons Gone Wild 3-hour Workshop via Zoom. (It will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube, but will only be available to view if you have purchased the workshop. You can reference the entire workshop later or whenever you like once the workshop is over.) When: A 3-hour workshop:… Continue reading New: Dorset Buttons Gone Wild Workshop!

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February 28, 2021
In Which the Ghost of Claude Monet Wrests Artistic Control of My Kaleidoscope Quilt and Turns It Into Giverny from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Oh-Ma-Goodness; It's MARCH Already!  I'll save you the suspense and tell you right up front: Finishing all 63 blocks for my son's high school graduation quilt is my one-and-only monthly goal for March.  By which I mean, finishing the octagonal centers of all 63 blocks is my goal -- I'll be deciding on the corner triangles once all of the octagons are completed and arranged to my liking on my design wall.  

Nine 11 Inch Kaleidoscope Blocks Completed

Behold, 9 of the 63 block centers are completed and up on my design wall.  That's one row ...

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February 25, 2021
Exercise in the Time of Covid from Where Art & Life Meet

Before COVID hit I would begin the day by going to the gym, riding a stationary bike for 30 – 45 minutes, perhaps taking a 45 minute high intensity workout class before heading home. So when the gym closed I figured I’d landed on a “free space” meaning I’d start my exercise routine again once… Continue reading Exercise in the Time of Covid

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February 23, 2021
One Year Ago… from Where Art & Life Meet

I wanted to write this post on Saturday, February 20th, because that was exactly one year ago when I launched my first video for my Youtube Channel, Ariane Zurcher ~ On the Other Hand! Since that day, just over one year ago today, I have made and posted 248 videos! Yesterday I did a livestream,… Continue reading One Year Ago…

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February 20, 2021
PQ 12. 4 already = Animal Tales n Trails from Sew Sunshine


Project Quilting 12.4 challenge this week is inspired by the Snail Trail block. You can find details about the challenge with Kim from Persimon Dreams.
I have to say I am not really a fan of that snail trail block. 

It does change things when it is paired with other blocks or by the use of color. 
I played around with drawing a few ideas. I just kept thinking of a vortex and I wanted to do that improvisationally.  Not really what I had in mind for this challenge.  I started to think what could I do with 2 ...

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