Whip Up an Oilcloth Pencil Case! Piece a Forgotten Five Mini Quilt! Sew a Set of Needle Pouches! Create an Abstract Fruit Bowl! Make Button Shaped Garden Stepping Stones! Quilt an Easy Table Runner! Fashion a Rotary Cutter Coat! DIY a Backyard Pizza Oven! Appliqué a Wallhanging! Sew an Knit a Seed Stitch Blanket! Ironing Board Cover! Make a Summer Adventure Journal! Embroider a Pansy Pattern! Crochet a Waffle Stitch Blanket! Sew a Hanging Fish Decoration! an Orange Dreamsicle Cocktail! PLUS . . . Recipes, Videos, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!

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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?   W.J.S by artist Steve Mills painted in 2015.  $54,000.

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YOKE DU YOUR

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A child asked his mother, “How were people born?”

So his mother said, “Adam and Eve made babies, then their babies became adults and made babies, and so on.”

The child then went to his father, asked him the same question and he told him, “We were monkeys then we evolved to become like we are now.”

The child ran back to his mother and said, “You lied to me!” His mother replied, “No, your dad was talking about his side of the family.”

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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? This is a work in progress, painted by my childhood friend, Gigi Goldenson.

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IDEA I LOVE

 

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I love an oilcloth tote and a little pencil case is just what I need for my backpack. I’ve given you two different links on how make them (don’t forget, less than 60-days until school begins!):

http://missmarysews.blogspot.com/2012/05/tutorial-oilcloth-pencil-case.htmlpencil_guy_dancing_hg_clr

 

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This is called the Princess wallhanging.  Get the pattern here:

http://www.fonsandporter.com/content_downloads/Princess_BONUS.pdf

 

THIS WEEK!

VISIT ME IN GREAT FALLS, MONTANA!

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 TO SIGN UP FOR MONTANA CLASSES AND LECTURES:

JULY 16-18, 2015

Big Sky Quilts 
101 Central Avenue
Great Falls, MT
406-727-1757


PROGRAM: The Slow Stitching Movement Lecture

PROGRAM: Creative Inspiration for Your Quilting Life Lecture

CLASS: Throw Me a Curve Mystery Quilt

CLASS: Stars & Stripes Quilts of Valor

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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.
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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 are starting to look 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!

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Program:  Bull in a China Shop or The Unexpected Journey of an Out of Control Quilter Travelling the World and What He Encountered Along the Way: A Trunk Show & Lecture

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.

Program: Creative Inspiration for your Quilting Life

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CLASS: THROW ME A CURVE MYSTERY QUILT 

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CLASS:  STARS & STRIPES QUILTS OF VALOR QUILT

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IDEA I LOVE 

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I love new ironing board covers.  Here’s an easy DIY for making your own:

http://www.sew4home.com/projects/furniture-covers/easy-ironing-board-cover

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BREATHLESS INSPIRATION

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YUMMY DISH!

QUICK AND EASY (AND INEXPENSIVE) OVEN FAJITAS

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INGREDIENTS:

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  • chili powder
  • paprika
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • cumin
  • cayenne pepper
  • sugar
  • salt
  • corn starch
FAJITAS
  • onion
  • green bell peppers
  • red bell pepper
  • chicken breast
  • vegetable oil
  • lime
  • tortillas
  • sour cream (optional)
  • cilantro (optional)

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/02/oven-fajitas/

IDEA I LOVE

 

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Step by step guide to embroidering this Pansy.  Give it a try.  Start here:

 http://www.trishburr.co.za/sites/trishburr.co.za/files/Pansy.pdf

 

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Start you KNITTING now.  Here’s a pattern for a bulky Seed Stitch Blanket:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/spinrite/pdf/WEB-BERNAT-MEGABULKY-K-SeedStitchBlanket-ENG.pdf

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ORANGE CREAMSICLE COCKTAIL

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Ingredients:

• Orange Soda Pop
• Whipped Cream Flavored Vodka
• Sweetened Condensed Milk
• Whipped Cream
• Sprinkles

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For the Full Recipe Click Here:  http://www.annsentitledlife.com/wine-and-liquor/orange-creamsicle-cocktail-recipe/

IF YOU HAVEN’T SUBSCRIBED TO THIS BLOG YET:

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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 MARK LIPINSKI’S 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 this blog. You can subscribe to this blog (only if you want to) to get an email each time I post a grouping of ideas, links, etc. and never miss a chance at inspiration.  

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IDEA I LOVE

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I know this is goofy, but I like this group o’fish.  It couldn’t get any easier.  Not into fish, take a look at the tutorial then choose a fabric motif more to your taste.  Start here  (by the way, needlework on these fishes would be divoon):

http://www.craftingfingers.co.uk/archives/diy-hanging-fish-decoration/

 

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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CROCHET! CROCHET!

NEVER GO AWAY! 

Give this waffle stitch a shot and learn a new stitch before fall crochet season arrives.  Here’s where you begin:

http://craftwithclaire.blogspot.com/2012/10/waffle-stitch.html

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

BLUEBERRY MUFFIN BREAD 

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

white sugar
Salted Butter
eggs
Milk
All purpose Flour
Baking Powder
Blueberries

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Baker’s Coconut Animal Cut-Up Cakes pattern books.

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COOKIES!

CHERRY PIE COOKIE RECIPE

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Ingredients:

  • sugar
  • butter
  • egg
  • vanilla
  • sour cream
  • salt
  • soda
  • flour
  • cherry pie filling
  • white chocolate, for drizzling on top

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.butterwithasideofbread.com/2014/11/cherry-pie-cookies.htm

 

 JUST BECAUSE, I  SWOON 

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Important and Rare 1968 Paco Rabanne Metal Disc Dress, $38,700

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IDEA I LOVE!

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There is still a lot of summer left for you to document.  Why not make this summer adventure journal to share you innermost personal thoughts in (then burn the damn thing!).  Here’s how:

http://blog.freepeople.com/2015/06/create-summer-adventure-journal/

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BE DAZZLED!

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PATCHWORK, BABY!

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this is awfully attractive and I like it in spite of myself.   Check out the pattern here:

http://www.modabakeshop.com/2013/11/the-forgotten-five-mini-quilt.html

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SHOEspiration

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Sophia Webster Chiara Leather Heels$580

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IDEA I LOVE

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Here’s a way for me to add yet several thousand more pounds onto my butt.  Homemade stone baked pizza for every meal!   Here’s how to build a DIY pizza oven in your backyard:

http://www.viralnova.com/diy-pizza-oven/

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IDEA I LOVE

 

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If you’re like me, finding all your little needle sets can be daunting.  Here’s a way to keep them organized.  Check out the tutorial:

http://web.archive.org/web/20120102063148/http://kathrynivy.com/patterns/extras/needle-pouches/

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GARDENspiration

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Easy to make garden stones that reflect your love of needle and thread.  Here’s how you make them:

http://markmontanoblogs.blogspot.ca/2014/06/button-stepping-stones-diy.html

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MUST HAVE

 

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This unusual Victorian silk quilt beautifully combines several patterns. It has Tumbling Blocks; Stars; Hexagons and Crazy. In addition to emphasizing the hexagon, the use of light colors for the Crazy pattern creates a halo effect around the central Crazy Star. The pride of the maker is evident in the embroidered inscription on the back “From Ma 1880 1106 pieces”. It is in excellent condition; Pennsylvania origin. The front of the quilt is silk with the exception of black velvet around the center star. The backing is a fine wool and silk mixture.  $2,200

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IDEA I LOVE

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This craft couldn’t get much easier.  I like the outcome, too.  Need something quick and bright?  Here’s your answer — and here’s your tutorial:

http://www.thesweetestoccasion.com/2015/07/diy-abstract-fruit-bowl/

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DESSERT!

CHESS SQUARES 

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HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • yellow cake mix
  • eggs
  • cream cheese, softened
  • butter, melted
  • powdered sugar

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE: http://www.kevinandamanda.com/recipes/dessert/chess-squares.html

 

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MARK’S IN FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA!

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LECTURE:  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 are starting to look 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!

FOR INFORMATION:  Please eMail Susan Roper at susanroper@msn.com  

AUGUST 10 & 11, 2015
Smoky Mountain Quilters
Tartan Hall
First Presbyterian Church
26 Church Street
Franklin, NC 28734

PROGRAM: The Slow Stitching Movement Lecture

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LECTURE: 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 are starting to look 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!

CLASS: THROW ME A CURVE MYSTERY QUILT 

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MARK’S IN PADUCAH, KENTUCKY!

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Quilts of Valor Benefit

The National Quilt Museum

215 Jefferson

Paducah, KY 42001

270-442-8856

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PROGRAM: The Slow Stitching Movement Lecture

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LECTURE: 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 are starting to look 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!

IDEA I LOVE

TABLE RUNNER

I get that this Jingle Jolly table runner pattern is holiday-ish, but I think with the right combo of fabric it can be transformed into  everyday-ish.  Here’s the pattern:

http://thehappyzombie.com/pdf/jinglejolly.pdf

SLOW STITCHING

THE SLOW STITCHING MOVEMENT BLOG

 

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Fiber Artist  Cyndi Sauder, Her Legacy in Quilts, and a Slow Stitching Journey

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READ CYNDI’S BLOG POST HERE

 

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Easy to make rotary cutter jackets are essential for keeping your tools in order, in good shape, and while keeping you safe.  What a great guild sew-in idea.  Here’s how you make them:

http://firstlightdesigns.com/?p=6726

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7 Comments on “Whip Up an Oilcloth Pencil Case! Piece a Forgotten Five Mini Quilt! Sew a Set of Needle Pouches! Create an Abstract Fruit Bowl! Make Button Shaped Garden Stepping Stones! Quilt an Easy Table Runner! Fashion a Rotary Cutter Coat! DIY a Backyard Pizza Oven! Appliqué a Wallhanging! Sew an Knit a Seed Stitch Blanket! Ironing Board Cover! Make a Summer Adventure Journal! Embroider a Pansy Pattern! Crochet a Waffle Stitch Blanket! Sew a Hanging Fish Decoration! an Orange Dreamsicle Cocktail! PLUS . . . Recipes, Videos, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!”

  1. PATRICIA Raygor
    July 12, 2015 at 2:51 PM #

    I love the way you brighten my dull life, Mark. Thanks. Pat Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2015 17:44:10 +0000 To: azgalpnt@msn.com

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  2. sjg627
    July 12, 2015 at 11:01 PM #

    wish there was a way to print out the “you are allowed” posting

    would love to post it above my desk

    once again mark, thank you for all your postings

    you probably do not want to hear this but I miss your magazine!

    Sent from Windows Mail

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    • July 13, 2015 at 1:57 PM #

      If you are on a Mac you just drag it to your desktop and print it out! 🙂 or click on it and save it as a jpeg and put it into a word document and print it out that way. Good luck! xooxm

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  3. July 13, 2015 at 12:07 AM #

    How in the world do you find so many wonderful things for us? (Did you clone yourself, lol?) I love the fish–maybe I’ll stuff mine with lavender to freshen our stale air-conditioned house until we can open windows again.

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  4. Susan Shaw
    July 13, 2015 at 12:00 PM #

    This was an excellent edition – as always! I’m very happy to have several of the attached patterns and recipes. Thanks for the inspiration, Mark.

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  5. Sad Play
    July 13, 2015 at 2:16 PM #

    Which I known of the secret to pitting cherries years ago. What a great way.

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    • July 13, 2015 at 6:25 PM #

      Don’t I know it. I made a big cherry pie ages ago and what a royal pain! Yikes! xoxom

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