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June 12, 2021
Quilting for Healing from Essie's Quilts

Warning: this blog post contains profanity and discusses serious topics such as death by shooting and mental health crises. Please read at your own discretion.

Marilyn Farquhar, from Ontario, Canada, is a member of the HQ Quilt Your Desire Inspiration Squad. Sadly, in late 2019 and early 2020  Marilyn lost her husband and father to cancer, then her brother, in a tragic shooting by police during a mental health crisis. In August 2020 Marilyn commenced a series of grief quilts, using quilting for healing to help her through the grieving process.

Quilting can be therapy in many ways and many ...

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Quilting for Healing from Gwen's Quilts

Warning: this blog post contains profanity and discusses serious topics such as death by shooting and mental health crises. Please read at your own discretion.

Marilyn Farquhar, from Ontario, Canada, is a member of the HQ Quilt Your Desire Inspiration Squad. Sadly, in late 2019 and early 2020  Marilyn lost her husband and father to cancer, then her brother, in a tragic shooting by police during a mental health crisis. In August 2020 Marilyn commenced a series of grief quilts, using quilting for healing to help her through the grieving process.

Quilting can be therapy in many ways and many ...

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Flower Power... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

It's Flower Power Friday...



The hens want to take you 

on a walk around the yard...





Rhodie by the Thread Shed...





Rhodie.....Close-Up View






Calla Lily...





Close-Up View






Lupine






Rose Bush






Peonies






Peonies....Close-Up View





Roses and Peonies






Yellow Iris






Light Blue Iris






Star Lilies






Star Lily.....Close-Up view








It is RAINING here in Western Oregon

so we aren't making hay just yet...

which means I am still stitching:


I am pecking away at this 

new improv piece on the design wall



I am half way done with the machine quilting

on the Orange Peel / Pumpkin Seed Quilt ...

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June 2, 2021
Planning Your Quilting Room from The Cloth Parcel

Your sewing space doesn’t have to be big, but we think it does have to inspire you. Whether it’s a vase of fresh flowers for your kitchen table, a new line of fabric, or a colorful rotary cutter, find something that inspires you to bring your quilty dreams to life! Both of us have recently […]

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May 27, 2021
Leaving For Las Vegas, Stitching & Other Thoughts from Where Art & Life Meet

The Dorset Button Workshop, which is for those who’ve never made a Dorset Button or do not feel entirely confident with making one yet, is this Saturday! There are still some spots available, so don’t hesitate in signing up as I will not be giving this workshop again. We have a lot of fun and […]

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May 25, 2021
Our Trip & a Travelogue from Where Art & Life Meet

After a bumpy beginning we are now in full travel mode as in we-have-to-cram-as-much-as-we-can-into-each-day-or-we-might-miss-something. This is how R and I travel. We are the same in this way and as a result we travel really well together. Even when things go awry, and they almost always do, we still keep going, joyfully, yet determined. We […]

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May 14, 2021
Art or Math? from Gwen's Quilts

There is a whole bunch of math that goes into creating a quilt. Geometry too. Those are scary words to a lot of quilters. Some think MATH is a four-letter word. Others will go screaming from the room at the mention of the “M” word. So the question is: Is a quilt Art or Math?

Quilts are made for beauty. But it takes a lot of math to get to the artistry. Spaces are divided into smaller geometric patterns that interlock. Tessellations. Angles. Measurements. Formulas. Calculations. Ratios.

     

But, when all those little pieces come together, a quilt is much more ...

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Art or Math? from Essie's Quilts

There is a whole bunch of math that goes into creating a quilt. Geometry too. Those are scary words to a lot of quilters. Some think MATH is a four-letter word. Others will go screaming from the room at the mention of the “M” word. So the question is: Is a quilt Art or Math?

Quilts are made for beauty. But it takes a lot of math to get to the artistry. Spaces are divided into smaller geometric patterns that interlock. Tessellations. Angles. Measurements. Formulas. Calculations. Ratios.

     

But, when all those little pieces come together, a quilt is much more ...

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Down the rabbit hole to Sutton Hoo from Art and Quilting in Camden

In 2014, I decided to travel to England again.  Back in 1978 I spent a semester in college in London, and while there saw and always remembered the phenomenal artistry in the Sutton Hoo artifacts at the British Museum.  Jump to 2014: Eli, our second son, asked if he could come.  Well, YES (except, food bills!  Teenage boy! kaChing!) !   How many 16 year old boys want to travel with their mom?  One that REALLY wants to travel LOL!  We had the trip of a lifetime!  First stop on Day 1 was the British Museum. You can visit online and see ...

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May 9, 2021
Hands2Help - Inspiration from Guest Blogger Wendy! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Welcome back to another Hands2Help Sunday!  As we get closer to the end of the Challenge, I am loving all the beautiful quilt pictures that show up in my in-box.  You are all fabulous!  This week is a check-in week, our last one before the final linky party at the end of May, so be sure to show off your progress in the link-up at the end of this post.  I'll be adding a post later this week showing all the quilts
that our non-blogging friends have sent me.

And now for our next-to-last guest blogger!  Wendy ...

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April 23, 2021
100 dagar from Veriquilt

Jag har varit med i SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Special Interest Group: 100 Days Project. Varje dag har vi visat något i vår Facebook-grupp och det har varit mycket inspirerande att se alla bilder. Några deltagare har arbetat med stora projekt som räckt alla de hundra dagarna och kanske mer därtill, andra har precis som jag arbetat mer varierat. Vissa dagar arbetade jag med vår svensk-danska utmaning och då fick det bli dagens bild, andra dagar kviltade jag på min stora svartvita kvilt och det blev också något att visa så min samling bilder (det blev 97 bilder) har ...

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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 16, 2021
Apply binding on the longarm from Essie's Quilts

I’m willing to bet 9 out of 10 of you bought your longarm machine because you were not happy wrestling that large quilt through your domestic machine to do the quilting. Am I right? We solved one problem. But, then what do we do? We finish the beautiful quilting on our longarm, then take the quilt off the frame and wrestle that large quilt through our domestic machine to apply the binding. Let me ask, does that make any sense? I am going to share a little tutorial on how to apply binding on the longarm. Sewing the binding ...

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Apply binding on the longarm from Gwen's Quilts

I’m willing to bet 9 out of 10 of you bought your longarm machine because you were not happy wrestling that large quilt through your domestic machine to do the quilting. Am I right? We solved one problem. But, then what do we do? We finish the beautiful quilting on our longarm, then take the quilt off the frame and wrestle that large quilt through our domestic machine to apply the binding. Let me ask, does that make any sense? I am going to share a little tutorial on how to apply binding on the longarm. Sewing the binding ...

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April 9, 2021
Creating Texture from Gwen's Quilts

Every time you quilt you are creating texture. The very nature of what makes up a quilt, three layers, with the center being a compressible fiber, means that when you stitch the three layers together you will compress that inner layer with your stitches and create texture. The location of the stitches will be lower than what surrounds them. The contrast, low to high, creates a variation on the surface of the quilt. That variation is the definition of texture. (See last week’s blog post to refresh your memory of that definition.)

Seeing texture

Sometimes you look at a ...

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Creating Texture from Essie's Quilts

Every time you quilt you are creating texture. The very nature of what makes up a quilt, three layers, with the center being a compressible fiber, means that when you stitch the three layers together you will compress that inner layer with your stitches and create texture. The location of the stitches will be lower than what surrounds them. The contrast, low to high, creates a variation on the surface of the quilt. That variation is the definition of texture. (See last week’s blog post to refresh your memory of that definition.)

Seeing texture

Sometimes you look at a ...

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April 6, 2021
It's a Wrap! from Quilty Folk

Last week found me taking pictures in anticipation of another blog post and then life just got way too crazy. Still running very behind with household chores, errands, bookwork etc., so I'm doing this as quickly as possible.

Wing and a Prayer is done!

Wing and a Prayer is now completely finished up, including being washed and achieving that wonderfully crinkle goodness! Don't know why, but it's suddenly in the 'favorites' group!

Scraps a few plus a few orphan geese

Not exactly springlike, but still, very bright and cheery! This improv. quilt was a great project, start ...

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April 3, 2021
Texture from Gwen's Quilts

There’s a lot of talk on quilting social media these days about texture. Just try a search on #TextureTuesday and you’ll see what I mean. What is texture, anyway? Dictionary.com says this:

Texture was what drew me to quilting.

I have no quilters in my family. My mother taught me to sew at a young age. But the intention was garment construction. She made our clothes, (my sister and I), until we were old enough to make them ourselves.

We had no quilts in the house as I was growing up. (Sad, I know). My grandmother knitted ...

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Texture from Essie's Quilts

There’s a lot of talk on quilting social media these days about texture. Just try a search on #TextureTuesday and you’ll see what I mean. What is texture, anyway? Dictionary.com says this:

Texture was what drew me to quilting.

I have no quilters in my family. My mother taught me to sew at a young age. But the intention was garment construction. She made our clothes, (my sister and I), until we were old enough to make them ourselves.

We had no quilts in the house as I was growing up. (Sad, I know). My grandmother knitted ...

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