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(MINI) Modern Marvels

I have written once before about the Open Door Art Studio. It is a day program that provides art supplies and space for people with disabilities to create and sell their work. I wanted to share their summer exhibit, Small Wonders.A fun textile piece for us quilt lovers. I agree with the sentiment.I visit Open Door each month as part of my Day Job to deliver medications for one of the participants whom I help to look after. The woman who accepts the medicine each month happened to discover this blog through my last post on the studio and...

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A Process Post: Contrast

Contrary to the serious sounding title, this is the one where I make fun of myself a little bit.We all know that contrast is really important in choosing fabrics, colors, everything for a quilt, right?My problem is that sometimes I get so fired up on an idea that I don't really audition before I plunge right in.I am working on the last border of my Marcelle Medallion quilt, the little cross blocks. My plan is to make half the background dark, using scraps of navy and dark gray and blue, and half light, using just the peach crosshatch. The...

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My Crafty Crush: hexagons

I know, I know. I am a dork because I like hexagons and they are so trendy. Oh, well. I like them, trendy or not.I want to point a spotlight on the wonderful talent of some other quilters who have made wonderful things with hexagons....This beauty was pieced by my mom. Many of you are used to my sharing her quilts here and this is one of her truly great works. Some of the hexagons (look like wheels) are hand pieced, some by machine and then all machine pieced with zillions of set-in seams. In her usual style, it...

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Hallelujah! Conversion!

This is my friend, Rissa. We met when our kids were in kindergarten together. Our boys got to be friends, and we really like each other too.Last year, Rissa expressed an interest in learning to sew a quilt. Naturally, I was more than willing to get her started! She had never sewn, used a rotary cutter or anything before. I taught her to use my Featherweight and she has taken off.She wanted to make a t-shirt quilt for her step-son who graduated this past spring, so that was her first quilt. We worked on it all last winter, meeting...

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Surprise….lots of Winners!

Happy Friday.So, I love to have giveaways on the blog because it is fun to hear from people reading the blog. The problem I always have is that I want everyone to win.So, for my Funday Sunday Giveaway, I decided to choose more than one winner."Fiesta" is the winner of the 2 charm packs plus the patternI also picked four other comments to win a copy of the pattern only:Kathy, Tiffany, Dianna W., and PK Sews: I will email you for your addresses to send your prize.If (and I hope you do) make a quilt with the Reflections pattern,...

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It’s Growing In and Out

I am excited to have two more borders added to my Marcelle Medallion quilt, the one that looks like bricks and the floral fabric. Just the "plus" blocks left to do.I have mentioned along the way that I have improvised a bit, that is, strayed from the original pattern. I want to share what I did with the brick border.The pattern calls for piecing the brick borders and then cutting them to size and using corner stones, but I wanted it to be more continuous, to wrap around the corners (like shown above) and not have the ones on...

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Sunday Funday giveaway!

I am linking with Julie for....Are you starting to think about making projects for Christmas?For my Sunday giveaway, I am offering two charm packs of "cherry Christmas" by Aneela Hoey for Moda.Plus, to go with the charm squares, a pattern that just happens to use two Moda charm packs (for a throw size) for an adorable quilt, if I do say so myself!Enter to win the pattern and two charm packs by leaving a comment on this post. Be sure and visit the other Sunday Funday links for more fun.If you would like to host a giveaway with Julie,...

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Animal House

In case you haven't heard, my friend Jacque at Lilly Pad Quilts is having her annual "pets on quilts" show! isn't it funny how much our animal friends like our quilts and fabrics?That cutie above is Luke. She is a leopard gecko and one of my older son's pets. He is crazy about animals and would have every pet available if I let him! Since I share my home with all male humans, it's good to have the female energy from our pets, at least.My best friend, Cleo, was watching me take pictures of Luke and her curiosity finally...

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Home Again, Home Again…

Jiggity jig!what a fantastic vacation we had.Don't we look serious? a little bit of sewing with my lovely sister....A little bit of Nerf War mayhem between my boys, Uncle Sean and Noah,More than a little bit of quilt store shop-hopping.... One lost tooth at the airport.... Way too many sweet treats....the Professor, Em, the Pirate, and me on Vashon IslandAnd a whole lot of family fun!Loved our visits to Colorado and Seattle! I spent my fabric allowance for sure, so I better get back to sewing....Sharon

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Pink & Aqua: Palette Play

My kids and I flew from Colorado here to  Seattle to visit my sister, who is also  a fabric addict lover. We have been visiting fabric shops on our outings to see the city.I am starting a new collection for my Tula Pink City Sampler quilt. I am planning on doing some blocks with a navy background and pink/salmon/coral pieces. Above are some bits I have picked up. (love that navy print from the PB&J collection)Since my current fave is aqua, I also picked up some of those. I think they look fantastic with the pink as well as...

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