Category Archives: Quilting

Creative Juice #60

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Creative Juice #60

Some beautiful, some quirky, all creative:

  1. Paintings with the look of vintage photographs.
  2. Vintage photographs taken by a teenaged Stanley Kubrick.
  3. These beautiful creations remind me of when I took up embroidery as a young wife. I miss those days.
  4. I always wondered how Chicago came up with the title 25 or 6 to 4.
  5. Paintings of Max Pechstein.
  6. I’ve read 12 of these, and I’d like to read more of the books on this book club reading list.
  7. Twenty-five free and easy quilt patterns.
  8. I want to win this contest. Only funny people need apply. Am I funny enough?
  9. Beautiful Christmas quilt—and links to many more original designs.
  10. The illustrations of Mike Ciccotello.
  11. That awkward moment at the museum when you see your portrait—and it was painted before you were born…
  12. Surreal images of synchronized swimmers.

Creative Juice #59

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Creative Juice #59

Beautiful, unusual, entertaining, fun, and creative:

Creative Juice #58

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Creative Juice #58

Your latest installment of beauty and creativity, just in time for your weekend enjoyment:

  1. More beautiful quilts from Utah.
  2. Fashion photography on location.
  3. Beautiful murals.
  4. Gorgeous paintings of animals.
  5. Lovely zentangles.
  6. Do you have your own unique sense of style? Maybe. Maybe not.
  7. What do you look for in a traveling companion?
  8. Crazy coincidental dressing.
  9. I’ve read three of these bestselling books of summer, 2017, and found one more I need.
  10. What would it take to get you to look out your train window?
  11. Light show.
  12. Cars and legs.

Creative Juice #57

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Creative Juice #57

Just in time for the weekend—thirteen articles to tickle your creative impulses:

Creative Juice #55

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Creative Juice #55

Fill up on these amazing glimpses of genius.

  1. More modern quilts.
  2. Rope art.
  3. Almost as good as being in a watercolor workshop.
  4. Taking paper flowers to a highly-refined level.
  5. What do you believe in?
  6. Sweet little rats.
  7. When I was a student in Pittsburgh, I visited Heinz Chapel and loved the blue light streaming in through the stained glass windows. Here’s a mosque in Iran whose windows cast a kaleidoscopic effect.
  8. I’ve read nine of these one-sitting books. Only 91 more to go…
  9. Pigeons wouldn’t be nearly so annoying if you could get them to wear crocheted duds.
  10. Gorgeous astrophotography.
  11. A gallery that features art of 60+year-old artists.
  12. A husband and wife who create snow globes together.

Creative Juice #54

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Creative Juice #54

Twelve more sources of creative inspiration:

  1. The guitar in art.
  2. Beautiful modern quilts.
  3. Man’s best friend.
  4. The loveliest GIFs ever.
  5. I always love seeing Suhita Shirodkar’s sketches.
  6. When I was in high school in the late 1960s, I sometimes took the bus into New York City so I could wander through Central Park.
  7. Unique, affordable travel accommodations.
  8. Take a walk in the garden.
  9. Prize-winning travel photos from the National Geographic contest.
  10. A new application for the Five Second Rule.
  11. Pixilation enters the world of sculpture.
  12. Lessons learned at Uffizi Gallery.

Creative Juice #53

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Creative Juice #53

Twelve creative articles for you to enjoy! May they inspire you on your artistic journey.

  1. Living in that uncomfortable place where you want to just create, but you have to pay bills.
  2. John Singer Sargent’s visual harmony.
  3. Photography: Princess Diana being a mom.
  4. Sculpture from garbage.
  5. How to paint heather. (Click the picture—it’s a video.)
  6. Good reading list. I’ve read at least seven of these. Disliked one, though.
  7. Gorgeous photographs. I just wish there were captions listing the locations they were taken.
  8. Watch these quilting videos, and enter this quilt giveaway today!
  9. You can never have too much summer.
  10. Thinking of visiting San Francisco? This will change your mind. Maybe.
  11. Minimalism in photography.
  12. An artist’s allegiance to watercolor.

Five Little Quilts

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Five Little Quilts

I am a member of the Piecemakers quilt ministry at my church. We make quilts that are given to members in need of comfort, and to babies being baptized, and to the Crisis Pregnancy Center. Today I’m sharing some of my recent projects.

This scrap quilt was pieced from odds and ends of donated fabric. The pattern is the traditional Rail Fence.

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This baptism quilt uses Snowball blocks alternating with Cross blocks.

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The blue fabric features little lambs.

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This scrap quilt, also made from donated fabrics, will go to the Crisis Pregnancy Center that our church helps support.

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The fabrics feature construction vehicles, cars, trucks, and trains. It’s backed with the star fabric you can see binding the edges.

If the comfort quilt below looks familiar, it may be because I posted a picture of it last year while it was still under construction.

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It was put together from snippets of donated fabrics. I pieced the backside (pictured below), too. (By the way, that center panel is a printed fabric. I didn’t put all those little rectangles together.) After a blessing ceremony at church, it went home with a man in our congregation who had been facing health challenges.

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The last quilt is a miniature I’m keeping for our bedroom wall. I started it twenty years ago, when my husband gave me several sets of Granny Nannies, little paper-piecing patterns. I sewed up these Log Cabin blocks and never got any farther with them, until recently. I hung it vertically on our bedroom wall, but I think I’m going to take it down and re-hang it horizontally. I think I like it better like this.

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Creative Juice #52

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Creative Juice #52

Your weekly fix of artistic inspiration.

  1. House block quilts.
  2. Palm paintings.
  3. Advice about creativity.
  4. A closer look at Gustav Klimt’s painting, The Kiss.
  5. How to get really good at something.
  6. I am such a terrible mother. I never even thought of doing this. My girls are now in their twenties and thirties. Maybe when (if) I have granddaughters…
  7. Photos of Jersey City and Manhattan. (As a former Jersey girl, I get a little homesick when I see scenes like these.)
  8. Do you have too many books? Maybe not.
  9. Amazing footage captured on a security camera and the science behind it.
  10. Art with an expiration date.
  11. How an engineering student became a children’s book illustrator.
  12. What do you see in the clouds?

Creative Juice #50

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Creative Juice #50

This week’s dozenly dose of creative articles:

  1. Personally, I love reading young adult novels. Here are this year’s best sellers.
  2. Breathtaking blue quilts.
  3. This looks like a great workspace setup.
  4. Photos of surreal beauty and long-past glory
  5. Did you know you can cultivate habits that make you smarter?
  6. These dishes give me the creeps, and yet I admire their artistry.
  7. Don’t fall into the comparison trap. Would you believe Henri Matisse felt he did not measure up to the other artists of his day?
  8. Kauai is on my bucket list, but one of my favorite artists is there now.
  9. The ultimate artist DIY—making your own paints.
  10. Inspiration for writers.
  11. Beautiful illustrations by Tina MacNaughton.
  12. Map of the world, redesigned to eliminate distortion.