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Sewing Machine Block and I captured a cashmere

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July color in the 2018 Monthly Color Challenge is yellow/green. I chose this print along with a Tami-revised sewing machine block. I somewhat followed the pattern posted at  amyscreativeside , and linked up at  inspiring-stitches.com . I made the block more difficult by adding the brown border. My first attempt reminded me of the puppet Ollie. Updating post to linkup at  patternsbyjen.blogspot.com   for the July Color Challenge.  I had hoped to make it in to the Fair awards ceremony but spent the morning feeling punk and having car trouble so it wasn't meant to happen. I felt as undetermined as this painting I also captured a cashmere and silk skirt at Goodwill. Very happy finds for me.  Posting some summer Patterns of the Day 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 Marking quilting lines for the Indianapolis Colts lap quilt and listening to shuffled music on my laptop. 

Piggy Bank Savings - Money for Quilting Challenge

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While most of the time I post on how I spent my money, this time I am linking up with a challenge at  Val's Quilting Studio on how much money I saved ... to spend on fabric. Such an ulterior motive!  I am hoping by this time next year, I will have greatly reduced my remnant fabric stash. I want to retain laser focus on projects and do my best possible work. I don't want to crank out quilts just for quilt's sake.  Thrifting update: newest find another quilt rack . This one, tall and narrow, holds a thrifted fan quilt and a Pendleton blanket. My lead crystal lamps hold court in the background. I have also been tidying up my collection room. I was sort of embarrassed to find a vintage Christmas doll in the back of my curio cabinet. She will show up in my lead off post in the Countdown to Christmas.  Crocheted Yosemite Sam Heading back to the California State Fair tomorrow for the crafts division awards ceremony. Hope to have some fun fair pics to share

I spent the morning at the California State Fair

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And you know where you could find me - at the Craft and Fine Art exhibitions. With my media pass, I signed in and entered the fair via the media center. I was able to photograph these superior creations without having to battle the crowds. So well organized! This one I believe took a First Place. Applique puppy in batik Ethnic and dramatic Americana Jaw-dropping precision needlework on this piece I knew there was a Steampunk category so I was particularly interested in this exhibit This piece you have to see in person Done in counted cross-stitch Whimsical and Wonderful You can see why it took First Place - Applique Quilts My piece is hanging in the display case to my right The Sacramento summer heat is oppressive so I am wearing as little as possible. I know a gal isn't supposed to wear a hat inside but I am matching my creation's hat she is wearing. Thought I would look the "artist" part. *grins* Award of Merit for this oil

Could you do - just 2?

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Ah yes, another slightly off post title. This one has me intrigued, whether I can pull it off or not is another question, but how about you? The American Patchwork & Quilting Two-Color Challenge has begun.   Introducing the  American Patchwork & Quilting  Two-Color Quilt Challenge! For this challenge, participants are asked to create quilts with only two colors. Finished quilts can be any size, but they must use ONLY two colors. Official category description:  Eligible quilts must use only two colors in their construction. Prints may be used as long as they consist of ONLY two colors.  Thread color and binding needs to match the two colors in the quilt. Backing can be any color. Solids used with prints  must   match one of the colors in the print  for a total of two colors. Tone-on-tone patterns count as  two colors. Shades of the same color count as  two colors. Neutrals (white, gray, black, etc.) each count as  one color. The deadline for submissions is Novemb

Destashing in the heat

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What do you do when it hovers around 100 degrees? You Destash! Some actually aren't fabric uglies - so what did I get rid of?  Christmas yardage .  I have made a few Christmas quilts and may do another holiday-themed creation but only with the prettiest of fabric I've saved.  Baby and kid-themed fabric . I don't have any small children in my life. I have one baby quilt in the pre-pin-basting stage for an expectant co-worker. ( No one is expecting at this time so this one is on hold .) Poor fabric choices . You can see one of those choices in the bag, a deep maroon with fly fishing lures. Bought secondhand but regretted a day later.  The fabric stash is being winnowed down. I am moving more toward collections of higher quality fabric for certain projects. Here are a few:  Asian-themed fabric - Bento box block Black and white print fabric - Pineapple block Black and pink print fabric - Perhaps a country pinwheel block I have in mind a quilt cen

2018 Mid-year review

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It is intriguing to look back at one's goals in the New Year to see what has been accomplished at this mid-point.  I did achieve one of my goals which was to create an art quilt for the twice yearly Art with Fabric Blog Hop.  Even outdid myself by entering it in the California State Fair and earning an honorable mention. I also queued up a hopeful finish to the Pantone Color of the Year quilt challenge but I never got off the ground with that one. I did a fabric pull and didn't  have that color, couldn't find the right shade at the fabric store and failed a finding fabric that spoke to me while competing in the FabHopShop.  Luckily, I only set the two quilting goals for myself this year. Oh, I have lots of WIPs and PIGs that I have organized in ziplocs. I have even posted my quilting hopes and dreams. No time like the present to revisit.  I am now swimming in batiks, I love them, but have yet to make a quilt with them.  I also have plaids, more plaids than I will ever