Stitch a Spring Fabric and Floss Embroidery Pattern! Can’t Find a 4-Leaf Clover…Make One! Use Up a Leftover Yarn Afghan! Create Hanging Fabric Storage Baskets! Make the Perfect St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Cowl! Craft Some No-Sew Fabric and Button Flowers! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!

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A police recruit was asked during the exam, “What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother?”

“Call for backup,” he said.

 

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? This is “Blue Poppies” by Mark English. 

 

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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?   Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, celebrates spring.

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Spring can’t get here soon enough.  Here’s a little embroidery pattern to push move things along.  I love the added fabrics to this embroidery piece.  Start here:

http://www.red-brolly.com/2015/02/spring-free-hand-embroidery-pattern/ 

 

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I keep preaching, “GET RID OF YOUR STASH BECAUSE IT’S BLOCKING YOUR CREATIVITY!”  Here’s a creative way to pair down your stash of bits and pieces of yarn!  Create this scrappy afghan with a simple crochet stitch and all the ‘extras’ you have junking up your space!  Here’s how:

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YUMMY DISH!

GRILLED PAPRIKA CHICKEN DINNER PACKS

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 INGREDIENTS:

 skinless chicken breast halves
small red potatoes
baby-cut carrots
frozen cut green beans
chicken gravy
flour
paprika
dried thyme leaves
fresh parsley

 

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Easy stenciling on fabric will give you Lassies the perfect shamrock infinity scarf!  I think it’s really pretty and there is also a kind of very freaky pattern for making shamrock shoe clips, too (not even my new kidney is THAT Irish).  Here’s where you begin:

 http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com/2014/03/shamrock-infinity-scarf-shoe-clips.html

 

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

GINGER ORANGE QUICK BREAD

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • flour
  • baking powder
  • cinnamon
  • salt
  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • crystallized ginger chunks
  • medium orange
  • milk
  • eggs
  • confectioner’s sugar
  • water

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MEMBA?

Chalk, china, and ceramic wedding cake toppers, with and without fabric!

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COOKIES!

PECAN SANDIES

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

flour
kosher salt
unsalted butter
confectioners’ sugar
granulated sugar
vanilla extract
chopped pecans
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FOR THE FULL RECIPES, CLICK THE LINKS: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/pecan-sandies

 

QUILTING, STITCHING & TRADITIONAL ARTS IN POLAND

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Using four simply cut pieces o felt will give you the perfect 4-leaf clover for your St. Paddy’s Day embellishment.  I hope they bring you the luck you deserve.  Here’s where I found this:

http://www.womansday.com/style/a47279/easy-st-patricks-day-craft/ 

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

Modern Prism Quilt using Michael Miller Fabrics!

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Here’s the pattern:  http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com/inspiration/freequiltpatterns/modern-prism-quilt.html 

SHOEspiration

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Rene Caovilla ,Floral-Embellished Coil Sandal

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DESSERT!

St. Patrick’s Day Green Velvet Layer Cake

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

Cake:
flour
unsweetened cocoa powder

baking powder
baking soda
salt
buttermilk
green liquid food coloring
vanilla extract
granulated sugar
unsalted butter
eggs

Frosting:
flour
milk
unsalted butter
granulated sugar
vanilla extract
salt
gel food coloring
Green candies and sanding sugar for decorating

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This hanging basket fabric pocket tutorial is pretty cool.  When you run out of room for your hoarding in drawers, closets, under the bed, and corners of the room, why not start stashing stuff you don’t need up all of your walls?  The perfect solution.  Here’s how you make them:

 http://www.themotherhuddle.com/tutorial-hanging-fabric-pocket-for-the-ikea-fintorp-rail-perfect-wall-storage/

 

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SWOON! 

 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Dress and the 6,5 metres long Robe. white satin, created by couturier Hartnell.
Love D’Artagnan.  Thanks for the hook up, Christine Burtch.

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MARK’S IN BEAVER DAM, WISCONSIN!

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inspiration_signMAY 9:   If your well of quilting inspiration has dried up, or you haven’t had a good quilting idea in years, fret no more. Mark will guide you through new places to turn for amazing quilting ideas, with practical examples that will give you motivation and inspiration for better quilting and a happier life. This lecture will open your mind to sources of creative inspiration you may have never considered. Bring along a notebook to jot down every last suggestion you hear.About Mark Lipinski:

  • International quilt teacher, fabric designer, and creator/former Executive Editor of Quilter’s Home magazine, Mark has been called the “bad boy of quilting” by industry press. His seminars are half quilting, and all stand-up comedy.

Register now and get a free 2015 limited edition Sewing Weekend souvenir pin. Limit one per order.

 

 

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MAY 7 and again on MAY 9 In our busy, multi-tasking world, the words “quick,” “fast,” and “easy” are the ones that capture our attention, but the can be fatal to the enjoyment of creative pursuits. If you’ve hit a creative wall, if you have more fabric and notions than inspiration, if all of your quilts arestartingtolook alike, or if you’ve been quilting for years and feel you have nothing truly unique to show for it, The Slow Stitching Movement is for you!About Mark Lipinski:

  • International quilt teacher, fabric designer, and creator/former Executive Editor of Quilter’s Home magazine, Mark has been called the “bad boy of quilting” by industry press. His seminars are half quilting, and all stand-up comedy.

Register now and get a free 2015 limited edition Sewing Weekend souvenir pin. Limit one per order.

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MAY 7:  If you’ve ever wondered why a successful television producer would give up a hefty salary for poverty wages to quilt, this lecture will surprise you. Travel with Mark from his boyhood home in Pittsburgh, to San Francisco, Miami, New York, Chicago and New Jersey to learn how each of these places led him to become the quilt master he is today.

From his first quilts to his most recent work, see how he transformed from a duckling to a swan – and feel better about your own quilting transformation. He’ll bring some of his UFOs and explain why he lost interest in finishing them. Hear what inspires him, and allow his life experience and outlook on the creative process to inspire you.

About Mark Lipinski

  • International quilt teacher, fabric designer, and creator/former Executive Editor of Quilter’s Home magazine, Mark has been called the “bad boy of quilting” by industry press. His seminars are half quilting, and all stand-up comedy.

One evening event attendee will win a Baby Lock Melody and Ott-Lite Marietta Lamp—a $1,894.98 value. No purchase necessary to enter and win.

Register now and get a free 2015 limited edition Sewing Weekend souvenir pin. Limit one per order.

 

SLOW STITCHING

THE SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT BLOG

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 Guest Blogger, LISA BINKLEY, on Connecting and Slow Stitching”

 

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READ LISA’S BLOG POST HERE

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Karen Montgomery is a nationally recognized quilt teacher, fabric, notions, and quilt designer!  Her shop The Quilt Company was established in 1993, included in Quilt Sampler Magazine in 1997 and featured as one of America’s Favorite Hometown Quilt Shops by McCall’s Quilting in 2010. It is the largest shop in western Pennsylvania. Located in the Pittsburgh area, the shop showcases Karen’s fabric designs for Timeless Treasures, her original patterns and the Quick Trim Ruler she designed for Creative Grids.  Karen’s projects can be found in catalogs and magazines around the world.  Visit Karen’s website at: http://www.thequiltcompany.com/home.aspx

Karen Montgomery’s Slow Stitching Movement Podcast is Posted on

 THE SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT WEBSITE PODCAST PAGE….

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 Wha wha wha WHAT?  No sew fabric flowers?  Well, I’ll be.    I wonder how they do in the wash?  Oops!  Here’s how you make them.

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APRIL 17 & 18, 2015

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CLASS:  This is a class of Mark’s Slow Stitching workshops!  How to write morning process pages from the inside out!  Learn several of Mark’s slow machine sewing techniques.  Practice finding inspiration all around you. How to plan, develop and create your legacy quilt.  Plus, more!
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8 Comments on “Stitch a Spring Fabric and Floss Embroidery Pattern! Can’t Find a 4-Leaf Clover…Make One! Use Up a Leftover Yarn Afghan! Create Hanging Fabric Storage Baskets! Make the Perfect St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Cowl! Craft Some No-Sew Fabric and Button Flowers! PLUS . . . Recipes, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!”

  1. March 11, 2015 at 10:41 AM #

    Hi Mark —–hope all is well! Just a note to let you know I’m teaching, lecturing, and creating using the concepts of slow stitching! It’s amazing, it works, it’s truly soulful! Follow my journey for a soon to be released new creation and info on my next venue and speaking event! Hugs for a happy and creative life! Renee

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  2. Sue Cole
    March 11, 2015 at 2:38 PM #

    Love Love Love your blog,but could you post a free machine embroidery design once in awhile. I am too old to get this hand stuff done

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  3. March 11, 2015 at 6:52 PM #

    Mark, the ginger, Guinness, spice cupcakes were great. I made them for a guild meeting – however, most of the ladies in my guild would rather eat store bought stale cookies, so I took the leftover 10 (actually makes 24 but I burned 4, oops) and gave them to my manicurist and her coworkers. Now those were happy faces. Thanks Mark

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    • March 11, 2015 at 9:45 PM #

      I hear you! I can’t wait to try them. Next weekend, after I get back from speaking in Portland! 🙂 xooxm

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  4. March 11, 2015 at 8:44 PM #

    Love this blog you are so fun thanks

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  5. Sandi Palmer
    March 12, 2015 at 11:01 PM #

    When are you coming to Columbus, OH with your Slow Stitching Movement Mark? We need it here, too!!!!

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  6. Gayle Ann Livecchia
    March 30, 2015 at 10:50 PM #

    I was given several boxes of fabric upholstery samples. I’ve washed them, separated them based in type, then colors. I’ve ironed the ones that needed ironed, and removed the manufacturer tags. Any ideas? The only thing I’ve come up with is to just do a patchwork. Overlap them by half an inch, and stitch on both size, then either a stitch in the ditch, or just use embroidery floss for a denim back.. I was looking at something for the beach, something for the bed, since we have two Goldens who love the bed, and something appropriate for either the homeless, or a place like Ronald McDonald House, which needs things that hold up to the wear. I think cutting them down into smaller pieces, is unrealistic. Also, I’m a beginner, and I don’t think I have the skill, or artistic design to do something with them. And, some will unravel if cut into smaller pieces. I thought that if just stitching them together was possible, perhaps sponsoring a day where some people wanted to spend an few hours to work on them. I thought that maybe overlapping the pieces about ¾ of an inch, and stitching on both sides would work for smoothing. I haven’t been able to get any good suggestions on how to use them. Some patterns are quite pretty. I’ve washed them, so shrinkage should be at a minimal in future washings. Do you have any ideas? They seem too nice pieces to simply toss. There has to be some use for them.

    Thanks for any advice. I appreciate it.

    Gayle Ann Livecchia, MBA MPA MS RS

    29 Brookside Lane

    Mount Arlington, NJ 07856

    973.303.2872

    gayle.ann.livecchia@gmail.com

    New Jersey: Live at your own risk.

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