Sew an Easy Ironing Board Cover! How to Ice Dye this Summer! DIY Pressed Flower Jewelry! Ode to Dads! Bead Artist, Olga Orlova! Free Spool of Thread Screen Saver! Knit a Papagena Scarf! DIY Twig Terrarium! Piece an Amazing Tea Party Quilt (you won’t believe the border)! Easy DIY Cat Toed Shoes! Create a Doughnut-Themed Caftan! Embroider a Sashiko Sekka Bunny Sachet! Make a No-Sew Beach Cover Up! Sculpt and Color a Mandala Magnet! DIY Embroidered Canvas Shoes! How to Make a Sock Doll! Crochet an Amimono Kimono Jacket! Sew a Modern Granny Square Quilted Pillow Cover! PLUS . . . Recipes, Videos, Inspiration, Creativity, Ideas, and More!

 

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The bells have stopped

But the flowers are still ringing

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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?  This is called Tantra 04-15,2015 by Dieter Balzer.  $15,000

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YOKE DU YOUR

John was the cop in a small town where everyone knew each other. One night, during his night patrol, he spotted the town drunk walking down the street looking like he was up to no good.
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“Hey!” Said John, rolling down his window. “Your not heading for any trouble, are you?”
“No sir!” Responded the drunkard with a big smile, “I’m heading to a lecture!”
A lecture?! thought the cop incredulously at 1 am!? this I gotta see! After following him for a few blocks John was surprised to see him going into his house.
“Hey!” John screamed out his window. “I thought you were heading to a lecture?!”
The drunkard just held his index finger and headed inside. Sure enough within a minute John heard the lecture loud and clear through the upstairs window, “JUST WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU DOING OUT ALL THIS TIME YOU NASTY GOOD-FOR-NOTHING…”
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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? Tableware and architectural tile masters Heath Ceramics have teamed up with boutique wallpaper company Hygge & West on a collection of wallpapers that carry on the signature Heath aesthetic.

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IDEA I LOVE

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Cute, cute, cute. Try your hand at making a little bunny sashiko sachet.  I want one. Let’s do it!  Here’s how:

http://embroidery.about.com/od/Easy-Embroidery-Projects/ss/DIY-Sashiko-Stitched-Zakka-Sachet.htm#step1

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IDEA I LOVE

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Drop the crayons and actually draw something!  Start with a simple mandala on air dried clay.  Then, make a fridge magnet.  Here’s where to start and how to make a few:

http://journeycreativity.blogspot.gr/2016/06/mandala-clay-magnets.html

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BREATHLESS INSPIRATION

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Artistry by Russian beadwork artist, Olga Orlova.  Click on the link to see much more of her work:

http://viola.bz/russian-beadwork-artist-and-jeweler-olga-orlova/

 

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SHOPPING!

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Sink your toes into the sand with these needle arts projects!

Staples of needlepoint, embroidery floss and threads are crucial to any project. Whether you’ve already purchased a needlepoint kit and want a few extra skeins of floss in case you run short, want to substitute a color or are creating an embroidery design from a cross stitch chart, embroidery floss is a “must have” for any project. Shop the Keepsake NeedleArts collection of embroidery floss and threads for all of your needlepoint needs, including embroidery floss cards . Keepsake NeedleArts embroidery thread and floss lines are of the highest quality and sure to make your needlepoint projects easy! They also offer a wide variety of embroidery floss storage tools and organizers so that you can always find exactly what you’re looking for when you need it!

Sink your Toes into the Sand with NeedleArts Projects at Keepsake NeedleArts

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Embroidery Floss and Thread for Needlework Projects at Keepsake NeedleArts

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YUMMY DISH!

BIG JOE’S CHERRY CHICKEN BBQ

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What You’ll Need

  • chicken thighs
  • fresh cherries
  • habanero infused honey
  • barbeque Sauce
  • orange juice
  • bourbon liquor (optional)
  • garlic
  • butter

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  Big Joe’s Cherry Chicken BBQ [Recipe] | http://nj1015.com/big-joes-cherry-chicken-bbq-recipe-3/?trackback=tsmclip

 

 IDEA I LOVE

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If anyone can figure out how I can make some coin from the burn marks on my ironing board cover, please let me know.  Maybe if I didn’t forget to actually pick up my iron occasionally, I might not have to make a new cover.  Anywho, this is totally on my TO DO list.  Make on with me.  Here’s how:

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

 

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IDEA I LOVE

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Yipee!   A no sew beach cover up.  Mine would have to have printed words on it.  “Do Not Net. This is Not a Whale!”   You can just cut, knot, and wear.  Here’s how:

http://theseamanmom.com/no-sew-beach-cover-up/

 

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SO DRINK, CHUG-A-LUG CHUG-A-LUG 

Watermelon-Tequila Cocktail

When watermelon is in abundance, this is a great way to use it. Bobby Flay purees seedless watermelon chunks, then strains the juice through a sieve and mixes it with silver tequila, sugar syrup, blueberries, mint and fresh lime juice.

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What You’ll Need

  • water
  •  granulated sugar
  • seedless watermelon (1 pound)
  • fresh lime juice
  • blueberries
  • fresh mint leaves
  • silver tequila
  • Ice

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 FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/watermelon-tequila-cocktails

INTERESTspiration

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STUDY SAYS MAKING ART REDUCES STRESS EVEN IF YOU MIGHT SUCK AT IT

Read the article here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/study-says-making-art-reduces-stress_us_576183ece4b09c926cfdccac

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I’m actually waiting for an order of Procion dyes from Dharma in San Raphael.  I have this art quilt idea (No, I am NOT telling).  In the meantime, I’m firing up my ice maker.  I can do a little ice dyeing with the leftovers from my project.  Here’s how to ice dye:

http://jojotastic.com/2015/09/10/diy-how-to-ice-dye/

 

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WORDS TO LIVE BY

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Now is a wonderful time to find and press wonderful flowers for your bejeweled adornment. Here’s how to create these made with nature crystal charms:

http://monsterscircus.com/2016/06/10/diy-pressed-flowers/

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MAN CAN LIVE BY BREAD ALONE!

SWEET APRICOT BREAKFAST BREAD

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What You’ll Need

Crusty flat bread dough

  • water
  • dry yeast granules
  • mashed potato
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • high-grade or baker’s flour
  • salt

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.annabel-langbein.com/recipes/sweet-apricot-breakfast-bread/407/

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAYspiration . . .

Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dads out there

 

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IDEA I LOVE

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Wow! How cool is this embroidery on canvas shoes?  I love this so much.  Don’t stop at flowers.  Or, don’t stop with embroidering only a few flowers.  Go for it, kids.  Here’s how:

http://mottesblog.blogspot.de/2015/04/all-tangled-up-diy-embroidered-canvas.html

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COOKIES! 

SPICY PINEAPPLE LINZER COOKIES

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These sandwich cookies, adapted from chef Frederico Ribeiro of New York’s Te Company, are an homage to the classic Taiwanese pineapple cake. Here a super-buttery vanilla bean shortbread gets a nutty dose of hazelnut flour, and sweet pineapple-rosemary jam gets balanced by the spicy, fermented, and grassy flavor of Japanese yuzu kosho paste. Be sure to let the cookies rest overnight (or at least a few hours) after assembling so the jam sets in place, and don’t skip the lime zest and flaky salt topping for a sweet and savory cookie that has a nice habit of electrifying your taste buds.

What You’ll Need

For the Cookie Dough

all-purpose flour
hazelnut flour
baking powder
Kosher salt
unsalted butter
granulated sugar
eggs
vanilla bean

For the Pineapple Jam
pineapple
granulated sugar
rosemary
Kosher salt
lime
yuzu kosho
Maldon sea salt

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:  http://www.saveur.com/pineapple-linzer-cookie-recipe

 

FASHIONspiration

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Naeem Khan

Strapless Embroidered Illusion Gown, White/Multi

$14,990.00

 

Check out the most beautiful runway show ever . . . keep your eyes out for this strapless embroidered illusion gown!  Tell me what you think in the comments section.

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IDEA I LOVE!

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Meow meow meow Mr. Rogers meow.  Meow painted shoes meow.  If you’re a cat lover, you are going to love these DIY shoes.  Here’s how to make them:

http://www.sopurrfect.com/2016/06/easy-how-to-cute-diy-cat-toe-shoes/

 

 

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Live…every Sunday morning

Here’s what you missed this morning:


Here are some of the answers to today’s questions from viewers (if you have any questions, leave them in the comments section below)!

  1. Terry Maleski, I am so happy you liked the Quilts of Valor II  PBS special. It was such a wonderful opportunity for me to share my love of quilting with my quilting buddies, along with Quincy Collins.
  2. Su Holmes, I am always collapsing after I record one of these things. It is so much fun to do when to actually engage with people who my love that it’s worth the hangover.
  3. Pat Goltshalk, I don’t know really much about the project from the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild.  I think I’ve heard they are collecting quilts for the families of those killed at Pulse? Don’t forget that I’ve been off-line since the massacre. Here is a link to what I have found:  http://theorlandomodernquiltguild.blogspot.com/2016/06/details-for-quilts-for-pulse-donations.html
  4. Candace Roen, I’m officially out of the dude group.  I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing LOL
  5. Beverly Pearce, I have only used Aida cloth for cross stitch one time when the world was still using gas lamps. I don’t recall, but I don’t remember it getting softer as I stitched on it.
  6. Cealie Grim Cushing, I am using this for bookbinding so I may not be using thread. If I do, it will be bookbinding thread. However, Deborah Wilson-Zweig says she uses fake sinew when she makes moccasins and things.
  7. Trish Powers Wells, I purchased the mesh bags at Joanne Fabric near the cash registers.
  8. Ronnie Anger-Gearhardt, I had totally forgotten about revealing what my big decision was going to be. I made the decision and I’ll tell you next week just remind me.
  9. Bill Locke, I guess I never knew I could get an eBay store? I’ll have to look into it. I sell under the name PickeRoadStudio.  I will be posting links to all of the auctions.

BE DAZZLED!

Rare Art Deco tutti frutti brooch

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A very fine and rare Art Deco tutti frutti brooch, designed as a stylised diamond tree set with four engraved ruby leaves. The diamond flower pot is decorated with black enamel. Mounted in platinum. Circa 1925. Total diamond weight: approx 1,35 ct.  $19,858.66

 

PATCHWORK, BABY!

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Isn’t this the most beautiful treatment for a quilt border?  From my buddy Barij, here’s her free downloadable pattern for her garden tea party quilt.  Get it here:

http://barij.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/05/garden-tea-party-free-downloadable-quilt.html

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SHOEspiration

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Dolce & Gabbana

Red Painted Sandals with Pom Pom and Sequined Toe
$1,895  $1,043

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IDEA I LOVE

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I thought you might like this. It’s a free screen saver for your iPads, phones, laptops, etc. of spools of thread!  Download it here:

http://www.cozyreverie.com/blog/free-download-spools-of-thread

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KNITspiration

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This is the Papagena scarf to knit.  Now, if you’re wondering why there is a flute in the picture it’s because Papagena is a character in the opera, The Magic Flute.  Get it?  Here’s the free pattern:

http://knitting-and-so-on.blogspot.ch/2016/05/papagena-scarf.html

 

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GARDENspiration

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OK is this twig terrarium not the cutest?  Now’s the time to plan and create your DIY indoor garden.  Just walk outside and start digging up wonderful little plants for your jar (if you like something in your neighbor’s yard, just nab it — they won’t mind).  Start here to make your own:

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/design/projects/diy-twig-terrarium/#page=0

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MUST HAVE

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 Really?  I have to.  I … just  ….  just . . . . have to have a mermaid tail!

Chic Knitted Warm Fishtail Blanket For Women, $22.16

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What a fun little doll to whip up… and from socks!  So make one, or 10.  Not so sure, however, how she might look with tube sock stripes running across her face . . . just work with it.  Here’s how you make one:

http://www.ohohblog.com/2016/05/how-to-make-sock-doll.html

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DESSERT!

STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CHEESECAKE

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What You’ll Need

For the Crust

unsalted butter
graham crackers
sugar
grated nutmeg
kosher salt

For the Filling and Garnish

sour cream
cream cheese
sugar
unsalted butter
eggs
dark rum
kosher salt
vanilla bean
Sliced strawberries, for garnish

FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE:   http://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/cheesecake-with-charred-rhubarb-compote-and-sliced-strawberries

 

CROCHETspiration

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Love this simple crocheted Amimono Kimono jacket.  I especially like it because of the wider, somewhat larger cut.  Not designed for a carrot stick.  Here’s the free knitting pattern:

http://www.classiceliteyarns.com/pdf/AmimonoKimono.pdf

 

 MY CRAFT UNIVERSITY CLASS

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Instead of adding plain borders, elevate even the simplest quilt top to a work of art. Mark uses humor and creativity to teach borders step-by-step, making this a great online course for beginning and advanced quilters. After you learn these borders, you will want to make them again and again.

You Will Love This Course If You:

  • Want to add new borders to your skill set
  • Enjoy making your own artistic choice
  • Want to make your borders shine
  • Like to learn more about working with panels
  • Enjoy getting inside info and history about quilting
  • Enjoy creating holiday-themed quilts
  • Enjoy quilting for yourself and others
  • Want to add a holiday theme to your quilt borders
  • Want to add interest to your borders
  • Want to design your own holiday border blocks

For more information on how to take my class or to take the class, Just click here:  http://bit.ly/20yUzWK 

 

IDEA I LOVE

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I know this is called a ‘modern granny square’ quilted pillow cover… but it looks like a non-modern, very classic, Irish Chain, to these old eyes.  That said, what a beautiful combo of colors. I love this project.  Check out the See Kate Sew blog for a tutorial:

http://seekatesew.com/modern-granny-square-quilted-pillow-cover-tutorial/

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PERSONAL STUFF

 i bought my first pattern

Oh, yeah.  Mark Lipinski in a dashki in 3…2…1…   I’ve never sewn apparel.  This oughta be hideously good!  Bwahahahahaha

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dyeing fabric for an art quilt

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I ordered a half dozen small Procion dyes to create an art quilt.  They should be here within a few weeks — Dharma delivers by horse and buggy — and I’ll get started.  I have a vision but it’s ‘out there’ and may be difficult to impossible to get together.  If anybody can pull it off, I can.  I’m preparing myself for permanent multicolored hands, face, clothes, grass, trees, etc.  It’s how I roll.

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thank you for your birthday wishes

Thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday on June 15.

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It’s going to take some getting used to finally hitting my mid 30’s.  I will try to stay strong.

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The Quilt Show

My episode airs on The Quilt Show today!   I was already pretty sick when I shot this episode with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson but didn’t know just how sick.  I had begun to have night sweats in Denver and within 3 weeks I was hospitalized with 104-105 degree spiking fevers once or twice a day. I hope you enjoy the show. Here’s the link to THE QUILT SHOW, check it out:  https://thequiltshow.com/watch/show-list/video/latest/show-1813-quilts-of-valor-and-intent

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quilts of valor

What a small world.  I was contacted by the Quilts of Valor reps to see if I might be able to award a quilt to someone in New Jersey.  I agreed.  When they sent me the information —  the request was from my neighbor for her father who fought in Korea.

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Now, I don’t know this neighbor as she lives about 2 miles away, but apparently walks on Pickle Road (it’s a dirt road and where my Pickle Road Studios is located) and we get lots of walkers and horses.

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We’ll be meeting next Saturday when I present the quilt. I’ll post pictures on the next blog.

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I guess we need more funding cuts for art education in schools to support more pop up stores like these. Fostering the lack of creativity and any kind of original thought is the new American way.

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Found on Facebook:

“Come to the Strand for a Pop-Up Coloring Bar: an evening of relaxation, creativity, and self-reflection. The Real Art Therapists of New York Coloring Book features artwork by 50 professional art therapists living and working in New York who invite you to start a new journey towards a more creative and de-stressed life. Join us in the Rare Book Room and choose a page from their beloved coloring book to see first-hand how art can be used for wellness and discovery.

Purchase of a book enters you in a raffle for a chance to win a private art therapy session with a licensed art therapist.

Purchase a $10 gift card to attend. Colored pencils and coloring sheets will be provided!”

I guess we need more funding cuts to art education in schools to support more pop up stores like these. Fostering the lack of creativity and any kind of original thought seems to be the new American way. Please contact your school board and advocate for art education.  Volunteer. Mentor another human and help them find their inner artist.  We all have the capacity to create — not color in the lines.  Blech!

cross stitch pattern coming

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Well it happened.  Caitlin Eichler is now Caitlin Holder. Cait is Kidney Mary’s daughter  and Kidney Mary is my kidney donor, making Cait and me kinda brother and sister as we both of organs from Kidney Mary.

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This is the ring bearer pillow I designed and made for her.  I designed it, and sewed it with the intent of deconstructing it, so that I could then stretch and frame it for hanging. She wants the pillow.  I understand that. The rings are new, the day so sweet, the experience so fresh . . .  and as my buddy Alex Anderson said, “Give her five years, she’ll be asking for the frame!” LOL  So true.  Anyway, I’m creating a PDF pattern of Caitlin’s Ring Bearer Pillow that will be on sale within a few weeks.  I’ll let you know when.

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new quilt design coming

I had mentioned that Mr. Electric’s first book with Simon and Schuster will be released in 2017.  Of course, I’m designing a quilt that will celebrate the book.  I’m also designing a few cross stitch, and redwork embroidery pieces.  All of these patterns will be released around the time of his book release.  Can’t wait.   Once luscious color is missing here — on back order.  It’s supposed to be here this week.   The fabric, by the way and if you even give a damn, is Michael Miller’s Cotton Couture.  The hand is just wonderful.  I might have to say “toodle loo” to kona. 😦

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paying my bills

I’m still de-stashing as a way to clear my physical space, my creative-in-my-head space, and to continue to pay off my medical bills.  I know it’s a pain in the buttinski, but consider this like an NPR fund drive.  I don’t have sponsors so I’m relying on this stash busting to help me pay my bills and continue to put food on my table until I can get back to work.  I’ve already booked 2 venues for 2017, by the way.  I will post all listings to eBay on my Facebook pages and on the blog so everyone can have a chance to bid on what you might like.

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After 12 Years

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After send my quilt to a long armer 12 years ago, I finally got it back last week.  When I sent it away, and over the course of quilting it, some of the fabrics ran when trying to get the blue water soluble marks off of the quilt. Embarrassed they put it into a box and forgot about it, to ashamed to tell me.  Yes, there is some bleeding, but I love this quilt.  As I wrote on my Facebook account:

“IT’S HERE! THE QUILT CAME HOME! I opened my door today to find a postal box and there it was along with the beautiful note from the long arm quilter. It seems there had been a bit of a problem with the quilt, an honest accident, and I totally understand why the quilt stayed away for so long. When I sent the quilt to be quilted originally, I received a phone call asking if the long armer’s daughter could quilt it for me instead of the woman I had originally sent it to (and I think she did a very nice quilting job, by the way). In any event, and for whatever reason, the quilt was marked with a water soluble pen (… And we know how that goes…). When the quilt was dampened to remove the water soluble lines, some of the appliqué pieces and embroidery thread began to run. Horrified and embarrassed, they tried and tried to ‘fix’ the bleeds. Neither of the quilters knew what to tell me and how to handle it and so they waited. I understand that– who wants to give that kind of a news? So the quilt sat there, then went into a box, and out of sight, out of mind. Out of sight, out of mind just happens to be the story of my life so I get the pathology and fear and procrastination that goes along with that. LOL Yes, there is some bleeding on the front, And some fairly significant bleeding on the back at the quilt which is white fabric. Of course, this means I will never be able to enter it into a show. The good news is this was NEVER EVER meant to be entered as a show quilt and was just a signature quilt of sorts by a group of friends to one of their own, who supported their act of civil disobedience and equality when Jeff and I married for the first time in New Paltz, New York, and marriage equality was illegal. As I laid this quilt on the ground to photograph it for you, I became very weepy as I read the names of all of the quilters who pieced a block – some now very elderly, some now are very sick, some no longer with us, many moved away. Bleeding, not bleeding, I love this quilt so much. You know, I think I might have been the first OUT gay that many of the quilters in this little country guild had ever met, and they welcomed my family and me with open hearts and open minds. I don’t care about the bleeding fabrics. I don’t care about whether it had been wet or not. I don’t care if parts look jacked or screwed up. It was an honest accident. I know that I &%)# up several times a day! I just don’t care. I am so thrilled to have this very special piece of my personal history back where it belongs. I knew this quilter was honest, there was never any question in my mind about that. I knew that one day I would get the quilt back. Thank you for your support as I waited. Today I am humbled and grateful and basking in the memories of my old buddies and that once upon a time quilt guild. xoxom

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OOOOO MMMMMM GGGGGGGG   A doughnut themed caftan?  A CAFTAN?  Order me a bolt o’fabric and laser cut me some doughnuts. Oh, and pass a jelly filled.  Start here to make your summer caftan:

http://studiodiy.com/2016/06/02/diy-donut-caftan/

 

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  1. Maureen W
    June 19, 2016 at 3:05 AM #

    You make me laugh ! ❤️

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  2. June 19, 2016 at 6:01 AM #

    Thank you very much.

    Kindest regards

    Marilyn Carrigg sent by my iPad

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  3. Susan Bennett
    June 19, 2016 at 7:56 AM #

    Donated my flag quilt from your Quilts Of Valor to a veteran also. Loved the design! It worked up quickly and beautifully.

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  4. Patricia Palmer
    June 19, 2016 at 9:15 AM #

    Mark I love your blog
    Keep on going

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  5. Susan Brooks
    June 19, 2016 at 9:54 AM #

    Mark your mid thirties are looking good on you. This blog had me clicking and searching all over the place! The strawberry rhubarb cheesecake link lead to fudge but really it saved me lots of calories.
    I felt sad with your opening but thank you for letting me read each name. It reminds me there are names along with the numbers.
    Life is like that too sadness with some laughs sprinkled in.

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  6. Karen Falvey
    June 19, 2016 at 12:07 PM #

    Amen to coloring outside the lines and art education and public schools. On another subject, cotton couture is lovely. I used it for the background in a monthly group at a local quilt shop. When I did show and tell with this quilt-people commented on the lovely grey background- they noticed even without touching it that it wasn’t the usual kona or bella solid.

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  7. stichnnurse
    June 19, 2016 at 12:19 PM #

    so glad you got your quilt back!!!! special quilts should be HOME!!! It reminds me how is EVAN doing??? we don’t hear much about baby dumpling very often????
    love the beaded necklaces. i didn’t go to the site. mine would end up a bin of beads, threads, fabric, parts on a shelf…..lol. love the cameo!!!

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  8. Sandra
    June 19, 2016 at 2:29 PM #

    I always look forward to your blog, today’s was a real good one. I’ve definitely will have to make the ironing board cover. Thanks so much for the blog, take care!
    Sandra

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  9. quiltipatti
    June 19, 2016 at 4:18 PM #

    hi mark. thanks so much for your tribute to the people in orlando and those we lost. so many are still trying to heal. we expect to see the first responders having issues after all the horror they saw that day. on a cheerier note, loved the watermelon recipe. i, too, love the cotton couture, so much that i bought a bolt of light gray. i love reading your blog and pray that you will heal as you are meant to. (poor grammar i know) take care of yourself. patti in florida

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  10. June 19, 2016 at 4:24 PM #

    Great ideas as usual Mark…BUT….I did not appreciate the humor (?) in placing a Trump head on a dancing chicken. Poor taste Mark, you usually aren’t guilty of that? Shame on you!!! Please don’t do that again.
    I am a fan of yours AND a BIG supporter of #makeamericagreatagain Donald Trump. I hope you don’t continue this kind of thing as I really want to keep reading your blog. I think you should read your own post!! Raditanath Swami would not approve of the depiction, I think. We can all have our own ideas and still be friends but we shouldn’t make fun of the others point of view 🙂
    Remaining your friend, Vickie

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    • June 19, 2016 at 9:17 PM #

      I’m a bit amused you were so disturbed by the dancing chicken gif. Being an advocate for Mr. Trump, I can understand how you might think I would stop the presses to accommodate only you as I consider my blog content, BUT here’s the thing: Believe it or not I write this blog for me. I like doing it. I enjoy learning from it. I don’t get any payment whatsoever for writing it. It’s free to whomever would like to read it. It’s just another aspect of my creative expression. Now, if a meme of a dancing chicken with Trump head has you in a tither and has affected you in such a profound way, I think you should probably stop reading the blog now, and not visit again. If you’re trying to edit what I do here then, no, we cannot be friends. Frankly, I don’t want to be friends with anyone who wants to limit me, my opinions, my self-expression, or humor. Thanks for dropping by, and thank you for not dropping by again.

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  11. ann w.
    June 19, 2016 at 4:55 PM #

    I love everything about your blog, including the dancing chicken! You were very generous in the way you reacted to your missing quilt – it is a treasure of memories. Stay well, the quilt world needs your special brand of humour.

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  12. gretchen
    June 20, 2016 at 2:59 PM #

    I love your blog. I really missed them when you were so ill. People are so afraid of others reactions if they make a mistake. You handled it so gracefully, honesty…..life happens. The quilter had to live with nervous fireflies probably affecting her future work. Found your work again and had to relive the fireflies again. What a sigh of relief its done for all involved!!I was a dog groomer….too short, not short enough..drama. Communication without negativity. Have a great Fathers Day Week!!

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  13. Polly Jones
    June 23, 2016 at 1:45 AM #

    Ok..I got my dyes..when are we going to do this? ?we need to do it the same day. .what kind of fabric are you going to use? ?

    Polly

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  14. Susan Forsythe
    June 23, 2016 at 12:17 PM #

    You continue in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you well and hope every day is better than the one before!!

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  15. June 24, 2016 at 7:39 PM #

    Love your blog. Thank you so much for the list of names at the beginning. Much more real than the #49. Sick for all those lives interrupted. Who knows what we’ve lost. Sorry I missed your birthday. You are holding your age so well. Just like Jack Benny did!! Stay happy and healthy.

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