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July 26, 2018 | Protest Quilts

Line in the Sand, 2017

Here’s the finished piece for the BirdZeed January Challenge. “Line” was the inspiration word.  For this piece, I began by thinking of phrases about lines: “Walk the Line,” “Tow the Line,” and “Line in the Sand,” which is the one that Robyn mentioned in her blog post about the Alamo …

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May 18, 2017 | Quilts

New – May’s BirdZeed Challenge

This month’s BirdZeed challenge word is “new.”  I did not sit down with a blank sheet of paper and brainstorm what the word means to me as I sometimes do to get started. Instead, I was talking with a friend about taking a step and doing something new and I …

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March 3, 2017 | Projects

Photo Friday – Woman Made

This week’s assignment in my sketching and watercolor class was to draw a machine-made object. I spent some time noodling over what object had meaning to me that I wanted to draw when I looked down on my work table and the answer became obvious: Because this month’s BirdZeed challenge …

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January 5, 2017 | Uncategorized

2016 Year in Review

I’ve seen a few “Year in Review” blog posts lately and decided that it is a great idea.  I have long done that in my personal life and it seems like a good practice for my quilting work too so here goes: One of my biggest quilting accomplishments this year …

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December 23, 2016 | Projects

BirdZeed Project for December

This month’s BirdZeed word was “Celebration.”  In what was an oddly religious moment for me, I was inspired by the star shining on the night Jesus was born. (It probably had to do with trying to explain Christmas to my 4 year old after reading a book that had a …

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December 1, 2016 | Quilts


And, here is the completed BirdZeed project for the November “typography” challenge.  I had such a blast using the Tsukineko inks that I am looking around to see what else I can put ink on!

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November 29, 2016 | Projects

Design Wall Tuesday – Typography

I felt like a kid with a coloring book adding the Tsukineko inks to my illuminated letter for the BirdZeed “Typography” challenge for November. I am definitely going to have to find more ways to use the inks! The only bummer was realizing that I missed one of the flowers …

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November 22, 2016 | Projects

Now for the fun part!

I have been continuing to work on my BirdZeed project for November, for which I’m quilting an illuminated letter. I drew out my design on Golden Threads quilting paper.  This was the first time that I had used the paper and I’m sold. I used tracing paper before because I …

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November 17, 2016 | Projects

Birdzeed Challenge Design

This month’s Birdzeed challenge word is “typography.” My first inclination was toward Arabic calligraphy, but then I thought about illuminated letters.  This is just a rough sketch, but here’s what I am planning:

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