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I knew it was wrong…

Yep–I knew it was wrong when I was doing it. As I cut the fabric, I tried to convince myself that it would be fine. As I began sewing, I told myself that it looked all right. I turned the binding to the front edge, and I really tried HARD to think it was all good.

Nope–no way–unh-unh–ain’t working!

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This is where I left off…almost assembled and ready for quilting.

I put it together, which was also an exercise in why I don’t like templates and got it ready to quilt. That is what made me decide that I don’t really want to do this 4 times and make a 4 block wall hanging!

First thing this morning I got at the quilting. Leafy vein type stuff for the leaf parts–

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–and simple meandering for the outside edge.

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That’s when I took the wrong step. Really didn’t want to spend time hand sewing a facing so I thought I’d put on a binding–a green binding! Oh.so.bad!

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Here–get a better look at this bad boy!

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Glad I left quite a bit of extra fabric around the edges when I was making this, because it was easy to lop off that totally offensive green. Now I can go back and do it right!

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Filed under Art Quilts, Designing Quilts, Fabric

Workshop weekend

My local quilt guild is The Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild and this was workshop weekend. It’s so much easier than when I was the program director and had to take care of all the schlepping and details! This time I planned for my own selfish pleasure!

Our guest was Pat Pauly and Friday we had the Slash and Burn workshop. Totally improv, we started out with a couple of strip sets and attacked them with rotary cutters. I’m always so indecisive that it takes me forever to get to the finish line. Got this far, but I know what direction I’m headed, as soon as I have more time to play with it.

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Sooooo much fun!

Saturday was the guild meeting and lecture by Pat and I did a basic beading demo for our before meeting demo. So I got a little bead fix this weekend, too!

Sunday–second workshop day! Template based, the Big Leaf workshop was hard for me. I’m not good at following patterns anymore! Fabric decisions were even harder…you never bring exactly what you need to a workshop and often there is a change of direction after you get started.

I tried a lot of different combinations…

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I was happy with my choices as I was building the block, but when I was almost finished, I started second guessing myself. I’m not sure if I’ll stick with it or make changes. That’s what I have a design wall and studio full of fabric for!!!!

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It may be a learning exercise that I finish up and move on from. I learned a couple of good new tricks and, while I love the pattern, I would probably piece it improvisationally rather than template based were I to do it again.

OR, I may make three more and turn it into a four block, larger piece.

It’s play time again!! Oh, except for Thanksgiving and a couple of hockey games this weekend…I may be out of the studion and off the computer for a few more days…sigh! I just want to sew!


Filed under Art Quilts, Color, Designing Quilts, Quilting


My computer is back! I can get and send email and post blogs again! Hooray!

It helps that I’ve been super busy while the computer was at the spa.

My Whacky Quilters (the Knot Even Quilters group) met this week. We had lots of activity planned, but we chatted a lot and some of us didn’t get much done…

We tried out foiling on fabric, with mixed success. Tried different glues, ironing on and burnishing on.KEQ Nov 2

I haven’t done much foiling and I’m not sure that I will. It can give a great effect but I like the glitter and sparkle of beads and will choose that first.

Diana brought a friend’s die cutting machine for our fused card making. Not everyone had played with one before, so that was a lot of fun.

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We looked at stamp making ideas, too, but that was a quick show and tell. We’ll need to make a few and play with a little paint at another play day.

Mary Lee has been saving threads as she sews. She knew she would need them for a project sooner or later! Her little thread wreaths were delightful and I could see new ideas percolating as she worked with the threads.

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And then some of us decided to go have some ice cream across the street at the ice cream shop! Perfect end to the day!

And then…guild workshop weekend! Stay tuned…


Filed under Art Quilts, Non-traditional Quilts, Quilt Design, surface design

Tiny bits at a time

Made some decisions and a little progress on my new distraction. I felt that the fabric squares were still too big and that the color was too bright. A little spritz of green took care of the color and it’s always easy to make fabric pieces smaller!

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I wanted to fuse things in place but still have my raw edges, so I went for my fusible scraps. Do you have some type of container that you save all those little bits of fusible you trim off? I keep mine in a plastic jar and it’s perfect for something like this.

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Fusing just a bit in the center leaves me with options for loose thread or scrunched edges later.

AAARGH! For the first time in all the years that I’ve been rotary cutting, I took a little slice off my finger! And for all the years that I had adequate first aid supplies for kids, I did not have any for this. But I’m a woman…there are always panty liners and tape!

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My husband said to be sure and say that he laughed at me, but he didn’t! After a trip across the street to the store, he bandaged it up for me (with a real bandage) and I’m thankful that if I had to slip, it was not a bad accident!

So, a bit slower now, I trimmed up a piece of wool for the background, the commercial tree fabric on top and the bright fabric on the topmost layer.

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I’m happy with the piece so far, with plans for embroidery and beads, probably some machine stitching, too. But right now I can’t quite hold a needle and I didn’t realize how often you use your index finger when you type!

Good thing I have lots of other stuff to do this week…which will NOT include cleaning! I’ll need a few days to heal up. I need to give a beading demo this coming weekend. That could be funny without a needle!!!



Filed under Art Quilts, Designing Quilts, Life, surface design


Got my bead table cleaned off and thought I’d try to get this small side table cleared off and organized.

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And dangnabit! It happened again! I saw some fabric that wanted me to play with it right now!

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Needless to say, lots of other fabric came off the shelves to see if they could play with these pieces. I’m thinking and working on something here…

New distraction 3

I’m not quite sure what yet!


Filed under Art Quilts, Color, Contemporary, Designing Quilts, surface design, Thinking About Quilting!

Clean slate

My studio is a complete disaster. I’m trying to get things under control, a bit at a time. The combination of too much stuff, dislike of cleaning and distractions whenever I start moving things around makes it very hard to get any actual organization going!

I have a lovely table intended to be my studio beading area. The light above the table doesn’t work correctly and so I’ve kind of abandoned the area to collection of “stuff”. The other day the light came on, full and bright and it was almost a command to clean that table off.

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The “stuff” didn’t go far–just piled into another area,

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but at least this working area is now available.

My bead storage cabinet has also become very disorganized, so I wanted to take the opportunity to evaluate the beads and my storage plan. This is the pile of beads cleared out of the cabinet.

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And after a bit of sorting, this is what I have…

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I’d have to say, no real progress made! And distractions ruled—again! Sigh.

As beads came to the top of the pile, I found some that were possibilities for these pieces.

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Or maybe not…

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This one is better.

I really, really need to get it organized and finished, just so that I can find what will work on my various pieces.

But now that light is totally dead…and my distraction affliction is no better than it’s ever been…sigh, again…

Discipline–I need to find some! Does it come in a package at a store somewhere? I’m going on a ‘no-sew restriction’ until I can navigate my way around the studio again! I most definitely need to start with a clean slate!


Filed under Beading, Life, surface design

Baby quilt making

Spent some time this past week making a baby quilt that I couldn’t show you. It’s for my niece’s upcoming new baby and I think she reads my blog! She’s getting a baby shower today and will receive the quilt there.

I put in some cute little heart blocks, but the quilt mostly consists of my favorite easy improv block.

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This one is made of bright scraps, most of which have appeared in other baby quilts over the last few years!

Simple stack of squares, two diagonal cross cuts, switch the fabrics in each stack and, in this quilt, grouped in sets of four.

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Add sashing and cornerstones, get it quilted and voila! A bright, happy baby quilt!

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Winter is coming. I think she’ll need it!

And she liked it, especially the little hearts!


Filed under Non-traditional Quilts, Quilting, Use Up the Stash