Category: Creations

New Fabric and Fun!

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I’ve been seeking new “skin tones” for my art quilts. I often cannot find the variety I want from commercially available fabrics, so I started designing some new fabrics with my own handwriting or text. I love sharing my obsessions so I won’t be keeping these all to myself – I’ve added them to my Etsy shop.

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A few months ago, Brewer Sewing and Quilting Supplies, a wholesale distributor to quilt shops, started carrying my patterns! It’s a new adventure for me but my favorite part about joining Brewer is that I can inspire creativity in even more quilters and crafters. If you’d like to get your hands on my paper patterns, tell your local quilt shop to order a few when they next order from Brewer.

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I’ve been cleaning my studio and office space to prepare for a new year of creative fun. I needed to make some room for storing patterns and fabric, so I put together some fun bundles of paper patterns and fabric in my Etsy shop to inspire your creative play. The best part – they are on sale!
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Fabric Art Prints Quilted

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Ever wonder what to do with art prints on fabric or those fun panels commercially available?
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Cut batting, backing and fusible web to the size of the print or panel. Apply the fusible webbing to batting and fuse the print to the batting.
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Layer backing fabric right sides together and stitch around the edges, leaving an opening. IMG_9730-2017-10-15-21-15.jpg
Turn the quilt right side out and press. Stitch the opening closed and quilt! I like the lines – it lets the image on the print take center stage.
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Add a hanger to the back and it’s all set to display on your wall.

Bazaar Fun and a Giveaway

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After months of frantic stitching and not enough sleep, it all came together! The tables were full of journals, notebooks, art quilts, cards and prints. It was a fun day and all the work meant I had a well stocked booth and extras to restock local galleries and soon my Etsy shop – after a few more naps.

While I rest up, you have a chance to win some of my patterns and meet another quilting blogger. Jennifer of Chasing Bright Shiny Objects and See How We Sew has a special blog post about a quilt she created after seeing my patterns as a shop in AZ. Click the links, read her fun posts for a chance to win.

Happy Creating!

Stacks and Stacks

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I’ve been locking myself in my studio for the last few weeks amassing giant stacks of done and semi-done projects.
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I enjoy watching the stacks grow.
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The riot and colors and patterns that the stacks make is almost as fun as creating.
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One more week of this and I can relax.
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The frenzy of stitching will be worth it to see happy customers find the perfect gift at the bazaar on Saturday.

In Progress

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This is the start of somethings fun – that is until I paused to clean my sewing machine and dropped a screw inside the machine. After some creative tipping, I was able to retrieve the screw. I was ready to add a few drops of oil when I realized my sewing machine oil was missing. After hours of cleaning and organizing, my dear husband found it in my studio trash. I had inadvertently tossed it out with some fabric scraps. I now have a clean studio and a sewing machine ready for several very busy weeks of stitching.

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While not sewing recently, I’ve been helping my husband with an arts and crafts project of his own – a giant binder about how awesome he is and why he should be promoted. The life of a college professor is not glamorous and all this pretty tabs don’t print and organize themselves. I like that kind of work so I found it lots of fun.