How to Sew a Set-In-Seam! Portable Sunburst Quilt! Aromatherapy Sock Neck Pillow! Reversible Patio Set! Daiquiris! Daisy Heart Granny Squares! A New Free On-Line Class! PLUS . . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!




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Then there’s the woman who goes to the dentist. As he leans over to begin working on her, she grabs his crotch. The dentist says, “Madam, I believe you’ve got a hold of my privates.” The woman replies, “Yes. Now, we’re going to be careful not to hurt each other, aren’t we.”




Artists or art that turns me on and feeds my muse! Like it or dislike it, what about this art inspires your own art or creativity?  Look again!  Cool optical illusion painting by artist, Oleg Shuplyak. 




Look around you. Design is everywhere! How can you incorporate the beauty that surrounds you into your art or craft?   Gorgeous playing cards!







For some of us, it might be a little late to make these marvy reversible patio chair cushions, for others of us, it’s the right time to find summer fabrics on sale for next year’s cushions for for you tropical kids who can use these all year round (and we kind of hate you for it).  Here’s the tutorial: 





I love me a Granny Square but I’m thinking I love a Granny Heart better!  What an amazing and fem afghan this would make if your joint your hearts like you would a quilted triangle border — in alternating ways.  I love the little daisy in the middle (I kinda like daisies anyway).  Change your heart color to white, and alternate your daisy colors in bright Gerbera Daisy colors!   Here’s the pattern:


 Easy DIY Spray Starch fg2b.jpg


Can you ever haven enough starch?   Look, starch is inexpensive so I can’t imagine making my own unless, of course, you are using it for a crafting project.  In that case, have at it, dude:


 Torun in Poland tourism destinations

Guess who is leading a creative stitching/quilting tour though POLAND  September 2015?


Come along with me and other fun & creative people!

More details soon! xoxom



Poland 052 





1 package Fresh Express Italian, roughly chopped

1 lb lean ground beef

1/2 onion, minced

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1/8 tsp freshly cracked black pepper

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 cup aged cheddar cheese, shredded

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1/4 cup dill pickles, chopped

2 green onions, thinly sliced

1/2 cup bacon bits


1.) To make the burger balls combine ground beef, minced onion, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a bowl. Then using a teaspoon, form mini balls, set aside.

2.) Over medium heat add the olive oil to a large sauté pan. Then working in batches, carefully place the burger balls in the sauté pan. Cook each side approximately 1-5 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked. Make sure to carefully turn the balls so that are heated throughout. Once all the balls are cooked, place them on a plate and top with cheddar cheese. *(Make sure to add the cheese to the burger balls while they are hot so that the cheese melts.)

3.) In a large bowl, add the romaine, pickles, tomatoes and dressing. Mix well. Place salad on 4 separate plates and then top each plate with 4 burger balls. Garnish each salad with green onion and bacon bits.


Source. Take a look: 


 These unique stools have been created by Claire-Anne O’Brien, a textile designer from London.









 Here’s where I found ’em:







  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) fresh lime juice
  • 2 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) white rum
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Lime wheel to garnish


In cocktail shaker, stir together lime juice and sugar until sugar dissolves. Add rum and ice cubes and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into chilled Daiquiri or coupe glass and drop in lime wheel for garnish.









A roll away quilt isn’t just for picnics you know.  Perfect for traveling with a baby or if you want to take a piece o’home with you on the road.  I like this very much.  Heres’ how you make one:


“Melmack” Ashtrays


IDEA I LOVE (yeah, it’s a “how to”)!



Set in seams are my nemesis.  I have a Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton ( quilt top I’m working on — that is finished except for ONE set in seam that I’m dreading.   Maybe i’ll take my own advice and get cracking using this tutorial as my guild.   Check it out:



Grass Flip Flops. $49.00




Joe’s “Say Cheese” Cheesecake

with Fresh Strawberry Sauce


Cooking spray
1 1/2 cups fine graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
32 ounces (Four 8-ounce packages) cream cheese
2 cups sour cream
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Strawberry Sauce:
1 to 1 1/4 cups halved fresh strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 lime, zested

For the crust: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray the bottom of a 10-inch springform pan with cooking spray; line the bottom with a round of parchment paper; and spray the paper with cooking spray. Place the pan on a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil and bring the foil up around the sides to enclose the seam between the bottom and the sides of the pan (this will prevent water from leaking in).

Stir together the graham cracker crumbs and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add the melted butter and mix until the crumbs are coated. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan and up the sides. Set aside.

For the filling: In a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese together with the sour cream. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the sugar, cornstarch and vanilla, and beat until smooth.

Pour the filling into the prepared crust. Set the foil-wrapped pan inside a larger pan, and carefully pour 1/2 inch of warm water into the larger pan to create a water bath. Bake for 1 hour. Turn off the oven, open the oven door and let the cheesecake stand in the opened oven for 1 hour. Refrigerate the cheesecake for 2 hours or overnight before removing it from the pan.

For the sauce: Process the strawberries, sugar and lime zest in a food processor or blender until smooth. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving. (The sauce is best served cold from the refrigerator.)


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Learn to print your own unique images on fabric for wall hangings, quilts, artwear and collages.

Muslin, cotton or any natural fiber fabric works best, but polyesters and synthetics are OK, too. Old clothing, curtains, pillow cases, sheets, all are great for fabric printing.

I have to tell you that I’m far from nuts over the artist’s color choices and muddy painting examples, but you . . . YOU, cupcake, can use this wonderful technique to create your own fabric painting journey!

fabric 2







For the free video class, click here:



Nienke Van Dee





After a long day of gardening and soon to be preparing your gardens for the fall . . . and then raking LEAVES, you might want to make this handy dandy aromatherapy pillow while you still have your wits about you!   All you need is a sock, some rice and some healing essential oil!   Go for it.  You’ll thank me in September!  Here’s how:










Drive into Springfield from St. Louis!  Chicago!  Indianapolis! 




Crowne Plaza, Springfield, Illinois

September 24-27, 2014

 Attend my Banquet Lecture on September 26

And an all day Lemon Cathedral workshop on September 27




This is just one variation of the Lemon Cathedral quilt . . . 


And here’s what the students who took the workshop are saying:



“I had an absolutely amazing time this weekend at the quilting retreat!! Mark Lipinski was fabulous and so much fun! His lecture had us laughing so hard we were practically crying, and his quilts were outstanding. He’s a talented, entertaining and generous teacher. Even though I’ve been quilting for a long time, I learned some new exciting techniques and tips to help me advance my art! Can’t wait to hang out with him again.”  

Karen L.,  Quilter

We had such a great time in the Lemon Cathedral workshop. Thanks for a fabulous class and you are sooooo much fun.”

Carolyn S., Quilter

“My Lemon Cathedral class with Mark Lipinski at MQX was everything that I imagined. He had a way about teaching that put you at ease at learning a new technique. He was funny and engaging. I felt like everyone got his individual attention. I would definitely take another class with him.”

Michelle W., Quilter

“The lecture and lemon cathedral quilt class with Mark Lipinski was amazing and well worth the money! His lecture was filled with excitement, energy, laughter and spectacular quilts! The class was electric! Everyone loved the easy trick for making a quite complicated block! There were so many techniques used in this class, even the most advanced sewer will walk away with a “wow”!”  

Michelle Strassburg, Owner, Fabric Affair Quilt Shop

“The MQX Lemon Cathedral workshop was like five classes in one. Learned so many tips . Mark made us feel we could do anything. Best class ever.”

Donna  M., Quilter

“I highly recommend taking Mark Lipinski’s Lemon Cathedral quilt workshop. I took his workshop this past weekend and it was great. Mark is an excellent teacher. He is right there to answer any questions and give any help or advice you might need. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to be with and learn from Mark. It is more fun than you could ever imagine.”

Diane H., Quilter

“I have always been intimidated to try raw edged appliqué but this class was so fun and free spirited that all fear has vanished….now I’m looking for new applique projects. The cathedral windows block works like magic, thanks Mark.”

Lynn K., Quilter

“I totally enjoyed Mark’s Lemon Cathedral Quilt Retreat! This was my very first quilt retreat so I didn’t fully know what to expect. Well, it was two fun-filled days with Mark’s big magnetic personality. This man has incredible life stories! Also, I absolutely loved his quilts, so creative from a master quilter! Finally, during the Saturday class, Mark led us step by step in the creation of our quilt. I learned many new quilting techniques and now I’m looking forward to my next retreat!”

Rita J., Quilter

“This class with Mark has something for everyone from quilters who wish to be precise to those who enjoy artistic freedom to create. An added bonus are the laughs you get listening and mingling with Mark. “

Betty C., Quilter

“When I found out at the last minute that Mark would be in town I dropped everything to see him again. An evening of creative inspiration, warm camaraderie, fun stories and belly laughs was just what I needed to fill my cup. Spread the word: Mark Lipinski is back, and he’s better than ever!”

Lea P., Quilter

“Thank you Mark! We had sooo much fun and loved working with you on the Lemon Cathedral! Come back soon!”

Diane  L ., Quilter

“Mark’s lecture is worth whatever cost or trouble one goes through in order to hear it and see it. My husband and I saw Mark in Manchester, NH at the MQX show. The room was packed. We were at a table in the far back corner. In this position I could see the whole room. The problem with his lecture is that you are so sore from laughing and you can’t catch your breath. And he tells his stories as if you are the first audience to hear it. He has more to say than he does, skipping through quilts he brought to discuss at times. There were people at my table who also knew him, as I did. And others who hadn’t seen him before. He is very real…bearing it all. Therefore, we understand him and laugh because we have been there too. But, he is much more than that. He is at times frantic and crazy as he tells how he lives his life. If you haven’t seen his performance, make it a must on your bucket list before Mark gives it up. My husband and I think back on the things he said and did and laugh again. We have gotten great mileage out of his show. And if I ever have a chance to see him perform, I will do it. Because I had seen him previously, but knew I had to do so again. His show is always different and very worthwhile. And by the way, the people sitting at my table who had never seen him before were in shock…not knowing if his stories were real or not. But we who knew him assured them it was so, and they laughed harder than us. He’s great.”

Janet K., Quilter







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2 Comments on “How to Sew a Set-In-Seam! Portable Sunburst Quilt! Aromatherapy Sock Neck Pillow! Reversible Patio Set! Daiquiris! Daisy Heart Granny Squares! A New Free On-Line Class! PLUS . . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!”

  1. Barbara Bainbridge
    August 18, 2014 at 2:24 PM #

    Mark, I have been out of the quilting world for the past few years as I needed to concentrate on graduate school. I’m back and I love reading your blog! I look forward to seeing it in my “inbox!” You ROCK!!!


  2. August 23, 2014 at 10:16 PM #

    Dearest: That is not a set-in seam about which you are speaking. That is a partial seam, and as easy to do as breathing. Really. You can do this, and not even break a sweat. Trust me on this.


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