Monthly Archives: April 2012

Book Review: Showcase 500 Rings

Showcase 500 Rings: New Directions in Art Jewelry by Marthe Le Van This is another book I received from Lark Crafts. Thanks, Lark! This particular book is another gem from the Lark 500 series. I love this series, because it … Continue reading

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Block-a-Long #53: Four Columns with Squares

This block is related to last week’s block, #52 as well as Corner Squares in that I am working with squares and tall rectangles. I can really see this one going well with 2.5″ squares in the center. If anyone … Continue reading

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Fabric Papermaking

Last Saturday, CQFAers met at Sue’s house where she tried to teach us the secrets from Stitch Alchemy, a book by Kelli Perkins. The idea is to make fabric paper – a combination of fabric and paper. I hope to … Continue reading

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Fabric of the Year Late April

The pieces for this project seem to be multiplying by leaps and bounds. It doesn’t seem like I am working with so many fabrics, but I am sewing relatively fast, so, perhaps, I am. I am trying a new technique … Continue reading

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Book Review: Heat, Color, Set & Fire

Heat, Color, Set & Fire: Surface Effects for Metal Jewelry by Mary Hettmansperger This is another free book for review from Lark Crafts. Thanks, Lark! It is a large 8.5″ x 11″ book with gorgeous violet-lavender endpapers. In flipping through … Continue reading

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Creative Prompt #154: Escape

escape paintball Escape from Alcatraz I never hear the word “Escape” (144) By Emily Dickinson I never hear the word “Escape” Without a quicker blood, A sudden expectation – A flying attitude! I never hear of prisons broad By soldiers … Continue reading

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Design Series: Texture

Sandy and I had fun talking about Texture, another element of design, a few days ago. It is so interesting to do the research for these segments as I learn so much. Check out Sandy’s podcast episode 89 on Texture. … Continue reading

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Swoon #5

Here is the next Swoon block. As I mentioned, I have to finally admit that this is a project that will turn into a quilt. I am not quite happy with the blue, but I think it will be okay … Continue reading

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Flowering Snowball Update

I am progressing well on the Flowering Snowball. I seem to be able to sew about a block a night. These are hand pieced, which is why they take so long. I am trying to decide how to put the … Continue reading

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Block-a-Long #52: Four Columns Squares

This block is related to last week’s block, #51 as well as Corner Squares in that I am working with squares and tall rectangles. I can really see this one going well with 2.5″ squares in the center. If anyone … Continue reading

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Random Quiltmaking Update

I am not sure why I feel compelled to write at the moment , but I do. Perhaps I have been neglecting the thoughtfulness I try to put into my posts lately. Life is busy and that takes a toll … Continue reading

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Blue Donation Quilt

Last weekend I finished the Blue Donation top that evolved from blocks into an actual top.I am pretty pleased with the way it came out. Chunking made this go together really well. Last night I made a Franken-batting for it … Continue reading

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Various & Sundry 2012 #6

Fabric, Tools and Spools Sorry, I couldn’t help the rhyming. Moda’s Lissa had a great round up of favorite tools from various teachers and other prominent quilting people. She named it April Tools and posted it on April Fool’s Day. … Continue reading

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Creative Prompt #153: Arrangement

Flower arrangement What are your arrangements? Do you need help with the arrangements? What arrangement did you decide on for your blocks? order Music definition: The American Federation of Musicians defines arranging as “the art of preparing and adapting an … Continue reading

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Design Series: Pattern

Sandy and I spent some time talking about pattern the other day and here is the next installment of our Design series. You can listen to the accompanying podcast on Sandy’s site or via iTunes. Pattern is an Element of … Continue reading

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