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Empty design wall…

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Empty cutting table…

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Empty sewing machines…

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Yep, that’s about what’s going on around here right now.

I’ve got plenty of ideas and projects in mind. An overabundance of materials. There is only a lack of ambition. I think I’m taking a holiday weekend!

And then there’s this…

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Can’t find the top of this table. Everything I did towards the end of the summer was just dumped here for clean up later. I think it’s later now!

And I do want to get some stamps made with all these glorious materials before I start any new projects. You just never know when you might want to use a cool stamp!

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Taking it easy isn’t a bad thing. I could say that I’m prioritizing and organizing the direction in which I will go, but that’s not really true. I’m simply being lazy and enjoying it!


Filed under Life, Thinking About Quilting!

Annual ‘tradition’

Every year I fall in love with my hibiscus bush when it’s blooming.

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And every year I take photos of the beautiful blossoms.

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And every year I swear I’m going to make a quilt based on these photos.

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And every year, I don’t!

Aaaah, tradition!


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Oh, Quilt Shows…

…how we love thee! Beautiful quilts and vendors, vendors, vendors…

Had a lovely time at AQS Grand Rapids and going on a bus with a group is soooo easy.

I don’t usually take too many pictures at a quilt show, because I don’t do anything with them. I thoroughly enjoy them while I’m there, but don’t go back and look at them much or study them or use them for inspiration or base my work on someone else’s quilt. That being said, this quilt totally grabbed my interest and I had to take a picture!

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It just so happened that the creator of the quilt, Pam Beal, was right there when I took the picture and we got to chat for a while. We seem to like a lot of the same things about working with improv piecing and I believe I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of her work in the future.

After I walked the show and helped out the vendor’s bottom lines a bit, I checked how many pictures of quilts I had. Three, only three. I knew there were more than that which had caught my eye going through the show, so I went back and took a few more. I may not do anything with them, but I do enjoy looking at them more than once! Perhaps you will enjoy them, too.

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Maybe you noticed that I don’t have pics of ‘traditional’ work. And even the prize winners weren’t as appealing to me as these. I love all aspects of quilting, but I think my personal preferences are leaning more toward the graphic and ‘modern’ style. They look fresh and appealing, even though sometimes I say ‘been there, done that’ with techniques. Not a lot new there, but that also makes it accessible to new quilters.

All in all, a good day…and now to tackle that studio chaos!



Filed under Modern Quilts, Quilt Design, Quilting

Creating fabric

Had a marvelous time at the class I took this weekend on creating fabric. Started out with blank white fabric and ended up with printed magic.

Of course, not everything we print is awesome, but the fun comes from the playing and making!

And the magic with this class is that we learned so many different ways to put the paint on the fabric. It was so full of information that we didn’t even have time to try everything, but that info is filed away in my brain for future reference!

My buddy Carol created fabric in different classes all weekend and as I came and went, I admired a piece that she made. The little devil slipped it into my bag and I discovered it when I got home. What a sweetheart and now I get to have it and use it!

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My fabrics were truly experiments in using different tools and I certainly will be working into some of them with more ideas. I also think there may be some cutting into smaller pieces and collage work using these.

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Our instructor has an unbelievable collection of stamping items that she has collected and used over the years. And now there is nothing safe and we can’t ever throw anything away, because it might be good for printing someday!!

The only saving grace right now is that I have to order some supplies!


Filed under Color, Fabric, Quilting, surface design, Thinking About Quilting!

QU2015 Is Done…

…and I’m done in! Lots of fun and great classes–so much wonderful information! It all started on Thursday, with set up of the hospitality room.

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Teaching on Friday, and Patrice getting goofy early in the day!

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We really did get some dyeing done…

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And the hardest part is waiting for the dye to process before we can see how it turns out!

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Chatter and laughter at lunch, as well as door prizes! Hooray!

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And there are three days of this! If I stopped to take pictures of everything, I wouldn’t have had time to go to class.

Lots of people put in a lot of hard work to make this successful and I’m truly grateful for all that they did. But right this very moment, all I can think about is putting my feet up and doing nothing!

Ooooops! Only 1 day of that and I’m off to Blue Lake. Guess I’d better get packing…

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Enough for now…

Punishment sewing is over because a plan has emerged! I found some more green fabric to add to what I already had, but I felt the need to organize a bit before I proceeded.

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I cut all my strip sets into 12″ lengths. Surprisingly, I really didn’t have much in the way of odds and ends, so it was a lucky guess on that length. Then I cut the extra green fabric to the same length and it seemed much less tedious sewing those strips on.

Put a few of the sets together because I thought I might make squares and then recut and resew to mix things up and make a cool design. Then I came to my senses! Why would I do all that extra work for stuff I’m trying to use up quickly so I can go back to my fun fabrics?

Now the plan is to make a strippy quilt with 12″ widths and call it good. If I don’t keep it simple, I won’t follow through and USE those scraps.

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And I have plenty of other fabric to use for the sashing between the strippy bits. So, the “what if” is solved, the plan is in place and fresher, newer, cooler fabric will be coming up soon!


Filed under Designing Quilts, Quilting, Use Up the Stash

Backyard summer

This is what I love best about summer…

Working on a project…outside

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Looking around the yard to see what’s blooming…

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I love lavendar…note: plant more!

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This is the best this coreopsis has looked since it was planted!

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Project almost finished…

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And then we fire up the grill! Yummmmm!

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