Studio Snapshot | Free Motion Machine Sketches on my Zip Clutches

It’s such a treat to be making something that isn’t for the book so I can share it here! I had some time yesterday to free motion machine sketch some fun botanical motifs on the fronts of the Zip Clutches I’m making.

Here’s an Agapanthus:

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Some Blueberries:

A short, plump Black-capped Chickadee with attitude:

Here’s my first Iris:

And my second Iris, this one is for Barbara:

A branch of White Pine:

Hydrangeas for Mary:

and a branch of Tamarack Pine for Kira:

Now, to assemble all these!

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Studio Snapshots | Working on Some Zip Clutches

I dyed some luscious cotton sateen last weekend, and now I’m making a bunch of zippered clutches for my upcoming show. (Plus a few commissions, 3 folks who saw the fabrics on Facebook and asked me to make them one in a color that had caught their eye). The toughest part is cutting out all the parts of fabric and interfacing and fusing them all together. Now that that’s done:

clutch pieces

the fun can begin!

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Winners from My Handmade Gifts E-book Blog Hop

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Well my goodness, it’s time to announce the winners from my Handmade Gifts E-book Blog Hop! First up is the commenter on my stop to win the Quilting Arts Gifts 2013: Congrats to Kathy! And then the commenter entered in the grand prize drawing: Congratulations to Laine! Then I listed all the folks  sent to me…

Don’t Forget! Last Chance to Enter my Giveaway

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My giveaway celebrating the release of my e-book is winding up, you’ve got one last chance to enter! Comment on this post by Sunday, September 28th at 9 am PST. The first person they draw will receive a hard copy of last year’s Quilting Arts Gifts 2013/14: The second name will be included in the grand prize drawing!  I’ll draw…

Studio Snapshots | Freshly Dyed Cotton Sateen

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I’ve got to make some new zippered clutches for Fall shows, I was able to get some cotton sateen dyed last weekend, now it’s on to sewing!

September Goals Check-in

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The opening of this school year has been BRUTAL! Adding on the additional duties I have this year with committee/faculty senate duties and it’s been crazy busy! Add to that writing up all the posts and trying to spread the word on social media for my blog hop and woo nellie!!! September Goals Sateen clutches for…

Create Handmade Gifts for All Blog Hop day 9

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Hooray, today is the last day of the blog hop for my new E-Book “Create Handmade Gifts for All“:   I’m so lucky to have so many talented friends, most of whom I’ve only met through the internet, to share a bit of what’s inside this e-book! I hope you found them interesting as well! I’m quite…

Create Handmade Gifts for All Blog Hop day 8 | Vicki Christensen

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Today is the 8th day of the blog hop for my new E-Book “Create Handmade Gifts for All“: Vicki Christensen, who blogs over at Sew Inspired, makes quilts that I wish I had time to make!!! Seriously, just about every time she blogs a finished quilt, I just sigh and say “I want to make one of…

Create Handmade Gifts for All Blog Hop day 6 | Natalia Bonner

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Today is the 6th (well actually 7th, as  there were some technical difficulties…) day of the blog hop for my new E-Book “Create Handmade Gifts for All“: and the amazing Natalia Bonner is the next stop! She is an incredibly prolific long arm quilter who does amazing work on quilts for her clients:   who has also…

Create Handmade Gifts for All Blog Hop day 7 | Diane Doran

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Today is the 7th day of the blog hop for my new E-Book “Create Handmade Gifts for All“: and the lovely Diane Doran is talking a bit about the e-book on her blog Ooh, Pretty Colors. She’s got 2 Quilting Arts Workshops on how to use a computer to create one of a kind art quilts. In this…

Create Handmade Gifts for All Blog Hop day 5 | Sue Bleiweiss

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Today is the 5th day of the blog hop for my new E-Book “Create Handmade Gifts for All“: and the fabulous Sue Bleiweiss is the next stop! I first found Sue when I had an interest in fabric books a few years ago, she makes beautiful ones!   She’s written a book about the Sketchbook Challenge: Her…

Create Handmade Gifts for All Blog Hop Day 4 | Amy Ellis

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Today is the 4th day of the blog hop for my new E-Book “Create Handmade Gifts for All“: wonderful Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side takes the helm! Surely you know Amy, the genius behind Blogger’s Quilt Festival? Blogger’s Quilt Festival is for the online quilt blogging community!  Young and old, all styles are welcome.  There’s no…

Create Handmade Gifts for All Blog Hop Day 3 | Deborah Boschert

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Today is the third day of the blog hop for my new E-Book “Create Handmade Gifts for All“: and it’s the talented Deborah Boschert of Deborah’s Journal‘s turn! Deborah is one of the “12 x 12” art quilters who have created an incredible body of work. I’ve been reading her blog for years, she has inspired me in several ways: she has…

Create Handmade Gifts for All Blog Hop Day 2 | Vicki Welsh

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Today is the second day of the blog hop for my new E-Book “Create Handmade Gifts for All“: and the fabulous Vicki Welsh from “Field Trips in Fiber“ is at the helm!!  Vicki is the most industrious fabric dyer, quilter and blogger I know! She dyes lots of beautiful fabrics that she sells in her Etsy shop and she’s…

Create Handmade Gifts for All Blog Hop Day 1| Susan Brubaker Knapp

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Today is the first day of the blog hop for my new E-Book “Create Handmade Gifts for All“: and it starts with the fabulous Susan Brubaker Knapp who blogs at Blue Moon River. She’s the new host of Quilting Arts TV and is doing a wonderful job. Her work often involves wholecloth painted realistic subjects that are incredibly thread sketched, like…

Quilting Arts Holiday 2014

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I received my copies of Quilting Arts Holiday 2014 yesterday, look at these cute little coat ornaments on the cover: I’ve got 3 different patterns in it. As always, the stage them so well! I love the jewelled garland they used with my retro ornaments: These mugs look great on my snowflake coasters: And my…

Blog Hop Starts Monday | Create Handmade Gifts for All E-book

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Last week I shared with you the launch of my new E-Book “Create Handmade Gifts for All“: Starting Monday, I’ve got 8 awesome quilters lined up to share a bit more about the e-book, and there will be prizes! First off, here are the lovely women who will be taking part in the hop: Monday,…

Meetup | September Goals

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Well, the day job starts today! I do love my job, but I love summer vacation more! August Goals Finished New Clutch for me August 4 100%  Run Faux Snow Giveaway August 5 100%  Guest Post for Quilting Daily August 25 100%  Teach 2 Free Motion Classes – 6 sessions in all August 26 100%  Replenish…

Guest Post | Organization Tips for Making Quilted Gifts in Quantity

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Hopefully my  Handmade Gifts E-book has inspired folks to think about making gifts for their friends and family during this holiday season. The folks over at Quilting Arts asked me to write a post with tips on how to keep organized so making lots of gifts doesn’t seem so overwhelming. I also offer ways to make…

My New E-book! Create Handmade Gifts for All

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I’ve been mentioning a couple of mystery projects for the last several months…and today I can reveal one of them! 18 of my patterns that have been published in different Quilting Arts Magazines over the years are all together in one handy E-book! It’s called “Create Handmade Gifts for All” and is available to purchase right…