Fluttering Leaves Quilt Pattern! Personalized Luggage Tags! Fancy Free Cocktail! Vintage Wobble Afghan Pattern! Fat Quarter Veggie Bag! Chapstick Cozy Tutorial! Comfortable Pouf! PLUS . . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!

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A Bible group study leader says to his group, “What would you do if you knew you only had four weeks left before the great Judgment Day?”

A gentleman says, ”I would go out into my community and minister the Gospel to those that have not yet accepted the Lord into their lives.”

“Very good!” says the group leader.

One lady speaks up and says enthusiastically, “I would dedicate all of my remaining time to serving God, my family, my church, and my fellow man with a greater conviction.”

“That’s wonderful!” the group leader comments.

One gentleman in the back finally speaks up loudly and says, “I would go to my mother-in-laws house for the four weeks.” The group leader asks,

“Why your mother-in-law’s home?”

“Because that will make it the longest four weeks of my life!”

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ARTspiration

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?   By artist, Vitaly Makarov.

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DESIGNspiration

Look around you. Design is everywhere! How can you incorporate the beauty that surrounds you into your art or craft?   The brickwork at Oxford University.  

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IDEA I LOVE

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Easy to make POUF (hmmmmm, isn’t that what they might call me in England?).  I can’t say I”m loving this solid color assortment of fabrics.  I want color and pattern.  Don’t be afraid of pattern and be less afraid of mixing color.  It makes the difference between STUNNING and SNORE.   Make a pouf of your own (or ask me over for a visit).  Start here:

 http://www.designsponge.com/2010/05/sewing-101-making-a-pouf.html

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IDEA I LOVE

 

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A little mesh, a fat-quarter and you’ve made yourself a reusable vegetable bag (and who CAN’T live without one of these?).

http://www.sewmamasew.com/2012/04/fat-quarter-project-produce-bags/ 

 

GARDENspiration

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Royal Pavilion, Brighton

According the The New York Times, “The Grade II-listed gardens at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, an Indian-style palace built for King George IV in the early 1800s, were designed by John Nash to create a natural-looking shady retreat. Over time, the gardens were heavily altered, but in the 1980s work began to restore them to their Regency style.”

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IDEA I LOVE

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Easy, textured and crocheted,  Why not grab your yarn, this pattern and start adding a little creative time to your day.  I really like this one!   Check it out:

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YUMMY SIDEDISH!

SWEET POTATO ALMONDINE

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

sweet potatoes
olive oil
Apple cider vinegar
Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
unsalted butter
sliced almonds
shallot (thinly sliced)
torn parsley leaves (to garnish)
lemon

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://chubbyvegetarian.blogspot.com/2014/08/sweet-potato-almondine.html 

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BREATHLESS INSPIRATION

“Korean sculptor Seung Mo Park has been able to create these beautiful dreamlike portraits by meticulously cutting and combining several layers of mesh wire. Each piece starts off by superimposing photographs over the layers of wire using a projector, Seung then starts to manipulate the mesh to re-create the photograph. To add an extra dimension to his pieces, Seung spaces the layers of mesh a few finger widths apart.”  – inspirationhut.com

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Check out Seung Mo Park’s website: http://www.seungmopark.com

SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG 

FANCY FREE COCKTAIL

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  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: large orange twist

    Place a large ice cube in an old fashioned glass. Add bourbon, maraschino, orange bitters, and Angostura and stir until chilled, about 15 seconds.

    Garnish with orange twist and serve.

WORDS TO LIVE BY

 

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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 Gather your autumnal fabrics, put a few half-square triangles together and keep yourself cozy this fall under you own Fluttering Leaves lap quilt (so much easier than having to rake the damn things).  Here’s the pattern:

http://www.mccallsquilting.com/content_downloads/Fluttering_Leaves_Lap_Size.pdf

MEMBA?

The Bouffant.

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MUST HAVE!

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I have to have The Ham Dogger!  First of all, I will never have to buy two kinds of buns again!

Apparently, The Ham Dogger is easy to use and makes 1/4 lb. hot dog shaped hamburger patties. Or make specialty dogs using ground sausage or turkey.  $8.00

http://www.thegreenhead.com/2012/08/ham-dogger.php 

DESSERT!

Trader Joe’s Hack:

COWBOY BARK COPYCAT

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

dark chocolate

Milk Chocolate

mini pretzels

chocolate-stuffed Oreos

 toffee bits

coarsely chopped peanuts

coarsely chopped almonds

sea salt for sprinkling, to taste

 FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:

http://www.averiecooks.com/2014/05/cowboy-bark-trader-joes-copycat-recipe.html

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IDEA I LOVE

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Put your  personal signature on your traveling bags with you own DIY luggage tags.  You’ll know your bag as soon as it hits the tarmac!   Here’s how you make them:

 

 http://www.soubelles.com/2012/04/diy-luggage-tag-pattern-tutorial.html

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SHOEspiration

CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA, of course!

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IDEA I LOVE

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Apparently, Lindsey Weight, has very good taste!  She fashioned this keychain Chapstick cozy from my Califon fabric line!  I was gobsmacked to find it still on the web.  This is a really quick and easy stocking stuffer and shower favor!   Why not make up a few for when you need them!   Here’s the tutorial:

 http://fortworthfabricstudio.blogspot.com/2014/08/chapstick-cozy-tutorial.html

Chapstick Cozy

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I’M SPEAKING IN ATLANTA!

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THE SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT

Saturday, September 13, 2014

TAKE A LOOK and REGISTER HERE: 

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THE LEMON CATHEDRAL TOUR CONTINUES!

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Next stop:   SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS 

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

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MQX BANNER

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

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

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

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

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“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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5 Comments on “Fluttering Leaves Quilt Pattern! Personalized Luggage Tags! Fancy Free Cocktail! Vintage Wobble Afghan Pattern! Fat Quarter Veggie Bag! Chapstick Cozy Tutorial! Comfortable Pouf! PLUS . . . Recipes, Jokes, Art, Design & Memories!”

  1. August 24, 2014 at 9:52 AM #

    Shared on FB and Twitter. When are you coming back to New England??

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  2. August 24, 2014 at 10:09 AM #

    I love the shoes that you end each blog with. I read the whole blog just to get to the shoe spiration. Thank you..love the blog.

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  3. Carmen
    August 24, 2014 at 10:12 AM #

    Oh dear I saw your note about speaking in Atlanta followed by the clip from Gone with the Wind. So now I have this image in my head of you in the Carol Burnett drapes with the whole curtain rod thing. See what happens when you stir the imagination!

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  4. cindy reaper
    August 24, 2014 at 11:47 AM #

    I love your posts! I want to make the fluttering leaves quilt for a friend and the link took me to Another quilting site!!!!!! I found the pattern, but you should check and change the link.

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  5. August 25, 2014 at 6:55 AM #

    Loving your blog every day! Entertainment, inspiration and some useful information all rolled up into one click. Thinking you need to come to South Florida in the winter (really).

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