How to Sharpen a Rotary Cutter Blade! Make a Thanksgiving Apron! Fabric Origami Christmas Tree! Craft a Thanksgiving Banner! Knit a Broomstick Lace Hat! Piece a Starburst Quilt! Cat in Stripes Modern Cross Stitch! DIY Painted China! Make a Fabric Advent Calendar! PLUS . . . My Christmas Ornament Countdown Continues, Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!

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THE SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT! 

KNITTING!  CROCHET!  CROSS STITCH!  NEEDLEPOINT! WEAVING! QUILTING!

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Guest Blogger, Maggie Bonanomi, says

“Slow Stitching is just what I want to do.”

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YOKE DU YOUR 

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“Two old ladies were chatting in the park. “You know, my husband and I were happy for 40 years,” said one gal.

“What happened?” asked the other woman.

“We met,” sighed the first.”

 

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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?  Image by Alaiyo Bradshaw.

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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?  A decomposed, wet leaf photographed by Veronika K Ko

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SO EXCITED!

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SOOOOO EXCITED! I just got off the phone with my new BFF and owner of a Quilting School in Poland. She is arranging a Show and Tell with Polish Quilters (a brand new fiber art in Poland) and a Quilting Class (and other creative and patchwork-themed classes activities) for my trip to Poland in September 1-10.

Want to come?

It is going to be an awesome creative quilting experience! NOT just a tour of Poland — an ARTISTIC experience!  Not just sightseeing — an EVENT!

Wow! Call me! 908/876-1208

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IDEA I LOVE

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You know you need an apron, dude, if you’re going to make it through Thanksgiving.  So, go ahead, dig through your stash and grab some fall fabrics to create your one-of-a-kind Turkey Day apron!  Do it in black fabric with the white over apron — and voila! You’re the pilgrim you’ve always dreamed of (don’t forget the RED letter, gurl!).  Here’s how:

http://so-sew-easy.com/easy-thanksgiving-apron-pattern/ 

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IDEA I LOVE

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Some simple fabric manipulation, needle and thread and it’s CHEEEEEEE-ristmas!   It’s kind of neat and very different from what I normally  find.  So, here’s to you, cupcake!  Start a’foldin’.  Here’s where you start:

 http://nannynotes2u.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/make-fabric-origami-xmas-tree.html

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YUMMY DISH!

 

ITALIAN-STYLE CHICKEN STEW

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 INGREDIENTS:

  • skinless chicken thighs
  • dried Italian seasoning
  • garlic salt
  • black pepper
  • onion, thinly sliced
  • diced tomatoes
  • reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • quick-cooking tapioca
  • cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • black pitted olives
  • resh basil, torn into small pieces
  • biscuits(such as Pillsbury Grands) baked following package

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:   http://www.familycircle.com/recipe/italian-style-chicken-stew/

IDEA I LOVE

 

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Here’s a simple cross stitch pattern for creating this Cat in Stripes work d’art as a quilt block, pillow center, to frame, or whatever your lil’ heart desires.  Here’s the free cross stitch chart:

http://www.yiotas-xstitch.com/cat-in-stripes-modern-cross-stitch-kit-chart 

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SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG 

FIZZY PEAR GINGER PUNCH 

Pear juice gets a kick from spicy ginger in this autumn punch. The pear’s sweetness is balanced with fresh lemon, and you can garnish each drink with a little chewy candied ginger.

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INGREDIENTS:

For Ginger Syrup: 

  • fresh ginger, peeled and cut into thirds
  • water
  • sugar

For Punch: 

  • chilled pear juice, such as Looza
  • ginger syup
  • lemon juice
  • ground ginger
  • seltzer
  • ice block
  • candied ginger, for garnish

 

Directions:.http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/11/fizzy-pear-ginger-punch-recipe.html

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For well over 2 years, I have been posting up to 20 links per day or every other day, on the Mark Lipinski’s Fan Pageon Facebook. Of course, in Facebook’s never ending quest to make lots of money, Facebook seems to have abandoned their mission of a real social networking site and it has become more about Facebook revenue.

Several months ago, Facebook, without warning, had implemented a new business model. As a result, the vast majority of “LIKErs” who have been faithful readers of this Fan Page have been blocked from receiving my posts, time and time again, from getting all or a few of the postings onto their timeline feed.

The reason is, Facebook would like pages like, Mark Lipinski’s Fan Page, to pay money every day, and on every post, in order to advertise and lure readers like you, onto the Fan Page.

With out “BOOSTING” a post, only about 5% of people who clicked LIKE on the Fan Page are actually seeing anything I post — and it could be random – sometimes you get a post, and sometimes not. Basically, it sucks for all of us. I am finding that we are all better served if I posted my tips, ideas, links, and jokes, etc. to my blog. You can subscribe to my blog (only if you wan to) and get an email each time I post a grouping of ideas, links, etc.

I AM NOT shutting down Mark Lipinski’s Fan Page on Facebook and you are welcome to follow me there, too. What I am doing is putting everything that used to be on the Fan Page individually onto my blog, AND there will be a daily link to the idea blog on the Fan Page, just as there were multiple links to the various blogs that I’ve always linked to in the past. It’s not that different, really. It will save me a lot of time, and guarantee those who want to see the creative posts will actually get to see them. And Facebookers, will STILL have to click on “GET NOTIFICATIONS” in your Facebook Settings if they want to see what I post on Facebook (sometimes that works, but not all of the time).

Actually, my new model gives you at least TWO ways to get all of the ideas, etc. PLUS you can PIN them and they will be TAGGED so you can find them again in the search bar even years later. – through the FACEBOOK FAN PAGE and YOUR CHOICE (not mandatory) to subscribe to the blog and get email postings that way.

 

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IDEA I LOVE

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I so want to do this, painting on a toile plate, but I’m too darn lazy to shower, shave, dress, and go hunting in the thrift shops.  HOWEVER . . . should I find a paintable plate along the way, I’m buying and I’m painting.  You can do.  Try it here:

 http://www.creativebug.com/blog/diy-painted-plate/ 

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BREATHLESS INSPIRATION!

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Japanese artist and senior at Musashino Art University Nasa Funahara builds beautiful painterly compositions completely out of masking tape.

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See more here: http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/nasa-funahara-masking-tape-art

 

IDEA I LOVE

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Why not make a Thanksgiving banner this year?  Won’t everybody be surprised (including you)?  Here’s how you can create one (while wearing your pilgrim apron):

 http://www.tellloveandchocolate.com/2014/11/tell-thanksgiving-banner.html

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

 

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IDEA I LOVE

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I love the broomstick lace knitting look.  This is a pretty hat is a way for you to get your broomstick on (that is, if your mother-in-law isn’t using it to run errands . . . [Who said that?!?] )  Here’s the pattern:

 http://www.craftside.net/2013/06/broomstick-lace-hat-pattern-by-margaret.html

 

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 BE DAZZLED!

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Tammy Tiranasar‘s jewelry

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 EDUCATION

How to Sharpen Your Rotary Cutter Blade

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I haven’t tried this, so I don’t know. I do not know. I DO know that the blades are too damn expensive. PERIOD!  So there.  Try to sharpen your own:

 http://www.u-createcrafts.com/how-to-sharpen-your-rotary-blade/

 

MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

HOLY HONEY BUTTERMILK BISCUITS, BATMAN

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

 5 cups flour
1 tbsp. kosher salt
5 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
16 tbsp. unsalted butter, frozen
1¾ cups buttermilk
2 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. rosemary, finely chopped

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Honey-Buttermilk-Biscuits

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MEMBA?

Cedar Dresser Boxes . . . My grandmother had one that had “Mother” painted on the top.

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DESSERT!

LADY BALTIMORE CAKE

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

FOR THE CAKE:

  • cake flour
  • baking powder
  • kosher salt
  • sugar
  • unsalted butter, softened, plus more
  • whole milk
  • rose water
  • egg whites


FOR THE ICING:

  • sugar
  • egg whites
  • rose water
  • chopped pecans
  • raisins, minced
  • minced candied orange peel
  • dried figs, minced

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Lady-Baltimore-Cake-?cmpid=swmenews11172014&spPodID=020&spMailingID=7291065&spUserID=MzQxNzU2Mjg3NDYS1&spJobID=561844700&spReportId=NTYxODQ0NzAwS0

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IN PRINT! 

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  • Publisher: KP Craft
  • ISBN:  9781440238505
  • Form:  Softcover
  • Pages: 256
  • $28.99
  • Ask your local shop owner or independent bookstore to order your copy, FIRST. 
  • Amazon link: http://bit.ly/11sLFAK

I love me a thick book and The Quilt Block Bible*  is a full 3/4″!  It’s not like I haven’t ever seen a book like this before because I have — more than a few times (let’s face it, who could compete with The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns by Jinny Beyer, anyway?).  The Quilt Block Bible is a verrrrrry traditional application of verrrrrrrry traditional blocks, which might be just what you need to take a break from modern and bright and get back to your quilting, non-reactionary, un-trendy, always popular, in style, and appreciated patchwork roots.

The book comes with a CD, which is great if I hadn’t updated both my desktop and laptop computers where CD-drives are obsolete  and can’t be used. And while there are several quilt layouts (I love the samplers, Confetti General, American Dream, and Summer Batik Sampler, you have to run the damn CD in order to get the patterns for the blocks.  Sooooo, I pulled out my ancient, Intel Celeron Windows Visa Tobshia (that I bought years ago only to run my EQ program until it upgraded for Mac – which I love) to take a look.

Yikes!  I’m sure happy I opened the CD.  The CD simply includes a list of PDF’s, fashioned after the  “Dear Jane” book, which is a bunch of line drawings of the blocks that you have to either trace templates for (and add 1/4″ seam allowance) or redraw into your EQ files to get cutting and sizing instructions (you can decipher the mathematics in your noggin if your a left brain, right brainer).  Eeek!   I keep opening, closing, reopening, and closing, and reopening the CD again, hoping that I’m missing something.  I’m not.

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It’s a nice book to leaf through for creative inspiration (who said you have to stick with traditional coloring?), and as a Slow Stitcher, it is EXACTLY right up my alley.  This is a book turns out to be about the process of block-making, in an almost traditional way (only because it’s a book with a CD) from start to finish.  If you haven’t tried drafting and making blocks in this way, you should, if only for the experience as a well rounded quilter.  That said, if you’re looking for a comprehensive pattern and/or block book,  shortcuts, fabric requirements, entertaining banter, and cutting instructions, this one may not be  for you.

BTW, I love the newest quilt on author, Rosemary Youngs, website, called Shipshewana Happy Scrappy:  http://rosemaryyoungs.com/page2.php

 

* In the interest of full transparency:  Publications (bound and eBooks) are sent to me for ‘review’ by the publisher.

 

ANNOUNCING  . . . .

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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This Starburst quilt is pretty make it a bit smaller and you’ve got a baby quilt or enlarge it and you’re paying your longarmer for a California King.  Here’s the pattern:

 http://www.happyquiltingmelissa.com/2012/09/introducing-starburst-tutorial-and.html

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COOKIES

GERMAN CHOCOLATE BAR COOKIES

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Nabisco Famous chocolate wafers
  • unsalted butter, melted
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • semisweet chocolate chips
  • sweetened flaked coconut
  • coarsely chopped pecans

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.familycircle.com/recipe/german-chocolate-bar-cookies/

SHOEspiration

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Charlotte Olympia Orient Express Lace-Up Bootie, Black; $2295.00

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ORNAMENT COUNTDOWN!

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Make a ornament for everyone in your family!  Or consider hanging the initials for all of your friends on your tree.  When they come to visit, send them home with their letter.  Here you go:

http://www.skiptomylou.org/2014/11/16/scrap-fabric-initial-ornament/ 

 
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MUST HAVE!

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One a normal sized scoop is not big enough. OK, if I gain one more pound, I’m buying my next outfit in the Barrel Department at Sears.  Oh, yeah . . . .    Order yours at the link.  We’ll go barrel shopping together.

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IDEA I LOVE

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I never countdown with an Advent Calendar unless . . . it’s the chocolate one.  I do like this one, though.  I want every one of the notes to say “YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT A DIET.” Here’s how you make it:

http://www.tellloveandchocolate.com/2014/11/tell-diy-advent-calendar.html

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MARK’S ON CRAFT DAILY: AN ONLINE CLASS!

I HAVE A NEW CRAFT DAILY ONLINE CLASS!

Christmas Tree Quilt Borders from Strips of Fabric 

Create a festive border for your Christmas quilts or design a quilt of your own! 

In Holiday Borders Using Strips with Mark Lipinski, Pt. 2, You’ll Learn How To:

  • Create a random scrappy block for a Christmas quilt border
  • Use a Christmas tree template to cut your pieced fabric for a cohesive border
  • Sew your strips at various angles for a different or wonky look
  • Add visual interest to a Christmas tree border with alternating block placement
  • Create a 9-patch Christmas corner block for your quilt border
  • Add an interesting binding to a Christmas quilt that emulates piping

CHECK IT OUT BY CLICKING HERE:

http://craftdaily.com/p-1494-holiday-borders-using-strips-with-mark-lipinski-part-2.aspx

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Halloween and Thanksgiving Quilt Borders from Strips of Fabric

Create festive borders for your Halloween and Thanksgiving quilts

In Holiday Borders Using Strips with Mark Lipinski, Pt. 1, Mark Lipinski – fabric designer and quilter extraordinaire – shows you how to construct and assemble borders for two very fun quilts just in time for the holidays! Follow along as Mark demonstrates how to create festive borders for your Halloween and Thanksgiving quilts. Adopt some great seasonal ideas while getting into the quilting holiday spirit!

Included with this class are free downloadable templates available after purchase.”

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CHECK IT OUT BY CLICKING HERE: 

http://craftdaily.com/p-1478-holiday-borders-using-strips-with-mark-lipinski.aspx




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8 Comments on “How to Sharpen a Rotary Cutter Blade! Make a Thanksgiving Apron! Fabric Origami Christmas Tree! Craft a Thanksgiving Banner! Knit a Broomstick Lace Hat! Piece a Starburst Quilt! Cat in Stripes Modern Cross Stitch! DIY Painted China! Make a Fabric Advent Calendar! PLUS . . . My Christmas Ornament Countdown Continues, Recipes, Inspiration, Smiles, Memories, and More!”

  1. Sally Maxwell
    November 19, 2014 at 10:36 AM #

    You’ve got some GR8 stuff in the blog today, Mark! Like painting on a plate? Never thought of that! Lots of things that interest me…wish I had more time!!!

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  2. November 19, 2014 at 11:26 AM #

    Mark, you’ve sold me on the quilt block book. I’ve been looking for a block bible for some time and was thinking about getting this one. For this hand piecer, the fact that the patterns don’t include a seam allowance is the icing on the cake! I had to laugh at your freak out at the thought of having to do the math to add the seam allowances — I have to remove the darn things all the time. (Imagine looking at directions that say to slice a square in half along the diagonal and then having to figure out what finished size the resulting triangles are.) Turn about’s fair play! 😉

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  3. November 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM #

    Enjoy your blog, always read it first! Always a haha in it to start the day, thanks.

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  4. carolsart46
    November 19, 2014 at 3:07 PM #

    Hey Mark, I love your FB page and blog. I have added you to my new blog! You just have some awesome stuff to share.  Carol Harlan http://www.myartcarolannharlan.typepad.com https://www.facebook.com/carol.harlan.5 http://loveonaleash.vpweb.com

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    • November 21, 2014 at 7:20 PM #

      WOW, Carol, thank you! I really appreciate that! 🙂 xooxm

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  5. November 19, 2014 at 6:35 PM #

    Hey, I have a mini cedar chest on my dresser! Back in the 70’s in small town South Carolina, a local furniture company gave one of these to every graduating high school senior girl (suppose now that would be discrimination against the guys). They wanted us to come back when we got engaged and buy a full-size cedar-lined hope chest. Nice marketing idea! And I love the jumbo ice cream scoop. Perfect for my husband, who thinks a half gallon is the handy single serving size. 😉

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  6. Nanny
    November 20, 2014 at 7:17 AM #

    Hi Mark! Thanks for sharing my tutorial for the Xmas tree!

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    • November 20, 2014 at 6:30 PM #

      Thanks for sharing your creativity with the world! 🙂 xooxm

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