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July 27, 2021
Visiting my Mother from Where Art & Life Meet

I’ve been traveling. Though I must say that though this trip to visit my mother and sister is a long one, involving connections and then an hour and a half drive, it was about as flawless and easy as traveling can be during these bizarre times. First off, the La Guardia Airport has done an […]

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July 22, 2021
The Joy of Taking a Pat Pauly Workshop & Panic from Where Art & Life Meet

As I mentioned in my last post, I put my hand stitching aside in order to take a Pat Pauly virtual workshop. It was all about line, setting, composition and boy did she pack a lot into those two days. So much fun! I’m not a quilter. I just have to say that. I mean […]

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July 20, 2021
Working & a Working Studio from Where Art & Life Meet

Wait, what??? I know, I know. You’re wondering if you stumbled upon the wrong blog. You’re thinking – what has she done? Where are all her beautiful threads that I so covet? What’s going on around here? Never fear. My threads, and everything else hand stitching related, are all, somewhat, neatly stacked on the floor […]

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July 8, 2021
Replacing “Have to” With “Get To” from Where Art & Life Meet

My husband and I read and contemplate a philosophical reading of some kind every morning. Every now and then there is one that is so helpful it stays with me, like this one from The Daily Stoic: “A long To-Do list seems intimidating and burdensome – all these things we have to do in the […]

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July 6, 2021
The Gradient Scale of a “Mess” from Where Art & Life Meet

Someone commented on my Youtube channel about messiness, saying that she was happy my work area isn’t pristine as that would be intimidating. And it made me think about the various stages of messiness. The gradient scale of messiness, because this is important.   1. Kind of “messy”, but it’s not a problem and anyway to […]

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July 1, 2021
It’s so hot… from Where Art & Life Meet

Dedicated to all of you who are in areas of the world where the heat is the only topic anyone’s talking about. From the south there’s this one: “It’s hotter’n a blister bug in a pepper patch.” And this one: It’s so dang hot, I just saw a hound dog chasing a rabbit and they […]

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June 29, 2021
The Weather & Stitching from Where Art & Life Meet

My mother hasn’t sent me anything in a few days other than requests for rain, which I’ve done my best to accommodate, but I only have so much reach when it comes to the weather. Speaking of which, it’s in the upper nineties here in New York City for the next couple of days and […]

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June 24, 2021
Sleepless in NYC & Stitching Projects from Where Art & Life Meet

There’s nothing quite like being woken in the middle of the night only to then not be able to go back to sleep. I took this opportunity to read. I read about Britney Spears and her ongoing battle to gain her full independence and then an article about how learning a new language will increase […]

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June 22, 2021
An Amazing Video From My Mother & A New Design from Where Art & Life Meet

My mother sends me some truly fabulous things, among them is this video of the Denver Airport. I promise you, this in NOT what you’re expecting! As the Denver Airport is one that I have frequented many, many times I was particularly pleased to see this. All airports should have things like this. It would […]

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May 25, 2021
Boro Stitching - Needles & Threads from Joy of Quilting

Following on from my Boro Bag Post .  I want to talk a little today about Needles, Threads and Fabric for Boro Stitching.

Close up of my own Sashiko Boro Stitching


Basically to get the best results (and the most stress free Stitching experience) you need to use the best combination of needle and thread for the fabrics you are using.

Because, if you use a needle that is too small or big for you fabric and chosen thread your gonna hit problems, and at the very least your work is going to fight you. Basically not so much fun as frustration. So it pays to use the right ...

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May 6, 2021
Blogging on my New Website! from Where Art & Life Meet

I just can’t tell you how thrilling it is to go to my website and write a new blog post! For those who may be confused, last week I was still posting on my old site, which now is housed under the umbrella of my new website! I know, I know, I’ve already talked about […]

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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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April 25, 2021
Boro Inspired Stitching from Joy of Quilting

 Hello there my Stitching Friends. Today I want to share with you my latest Boro Inspired piece of work. 


I find this Traditional Japanese style of stitching wonderfully relaxing. It's based on need rather than decoration but still manages to produce a visually strong finished piece of work. 

I'm making my piece of Boro fabric into a Bag. But technically that's the wrong way around! Boro traditionally didn't start It's life as Boro. It slowly became Boro over years of daily use and mending.....

Boro is filled with lots of lovely Hand Stitching called Sashiko ...

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April 22, 2021
MRI’s & Inspiration for Stitching from Where Art & Life Meet

Yesterday I had to have an MRI because I’ve been getting headaches that often wake me in the middle of the night. I was quite sure I was fine, but it’s a precaution and being an adult and all, it seemed the responsible thing to do. So off I went feeling I’d prepared myself adequately.… Continue reading MRI’s & Inspiration for Stitching

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MRI’s & Inspiration for Stitching from Where Art & Life Meet

Yesterday I had to have an MRI because I’ve been getting headaches that often wake me in the middle of the night. I was quite sure I was fine, but it’s a precaution and being an adult and all, it seemed the responsible thing to do. So off I went feeling I’d prepared myself adequately. […]

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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 15, 2021
Something New… from Where Art & Life Meet

“What fresh new hell is this?” You might rightfully ask upon seeing the photo below. Okay, sure YOU might not ask this, however these were the exact words that came to mind when I set up my sewing machine yesterday afternoon, only to realize that when I traded in my Bernina 880, which was plagued… Continue reading Something New…

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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 20, 2021
Pandemic Porch Quilt Show, Days 54 - 55: Hands for Grandma, Grandma's Hands from Gefilte Quilt

On Day 55, I hung two baby-related quilts that date back to the 1990s - and the one on the right was inspired by a quilt 140 years older than that! 
First, a nap quilt I made for my son, when I'd done very little applique, and wanted to dip my toe in the water. The flowers are raw-edge appliqued, with zigzag stitches to contain the fraying. The leaves were straight-stitch machine-appliqued, so their edges are nicely frayed.
Amazingly, the flowers and even their hand-embroidered centers have held up well over the years.  


The second quilt was made from my ...

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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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