Art of Cloth

Hubby and I got in late last night and were up and on the way back to the airport by 4:30 this morning. Poor guy has a business trip to Mexico. I’m back home but even after only 3 hours of sleep, I’m wide awake. I’ll need lots of coffee to make it through this work day which ends at 9 tonight!

When we got to our terminal at Sky Harbor Airport, I found they had a small quit exhibition there!

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I was so glad we got there early enough to see it and I thought you would enjoy it too. Each quilt is followed by the artist info.

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There were a few more but these I liked best. Hope you enjoy these as well.

It was awfully hard to leave my kids yesterday but we made some wonderful memories! Thanks for continuing to visit even with my lack of responding to comments. I’m sure hoping tomorrow that I can get back to the sewing room.

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A Little Fabric Shopping

I made it to my favorite Phoenix fabric store the other day, SAS Fabrics on Indian School Road. It’s a fun place but you have to be willing to dig a bit.

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Me. Wonderful and #1 Son were a big help!

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And a quick look at my loot.

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We are flying out this afternoon and will get home late tonight. It has been a wonderful trip. Have a great day!

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Finish It Up Friday

Today I wanted to show you the quilts I made for my sweet little Lincoln. I made this first one long before he was born in anticipation that Liam would have a little brother or sister at some point. This one was made from shirts worn by his daddy, papa, and great grandpa.

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And here is the quilt I made last week to match the king sized quilt I made for his momma and daddy. 

       I used a very soft minky type of fabric on the back. I didn’t have any trouble at all long arming this but my Bernina does not like this fabric at all! I ended up finishing the binding on my vintage Singer 301.

Here is little tiny guy with big brother and Papa. 


Big brother thoroughly inspected the quilt and decided it should belong to him! 

  

  

  

  

  

 Guess I know what I will be working on as soon as I get home! Our time here is flying by all too fast. Loving spending time with my kids and babies. Thank you for all the lovely bcomments this week. Remember that my giveaway is open until next Tuesday. See last Tuesday’s post for details.

Linking up wit Crazy Mom Quilts, Richard and Tanya Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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Throw Back Thursday

Here are a few more red white and blue quilts from the days before blogging. 

        

I love the conversation prints in the one above. They came from Keepsake Quilting  back in 1997. I remember because I ordered these just before moving to France. 

           

All of these small quilts were pieced from vintage fabrics.

Thank you all for the input regarding quilt books to order for the library. I will draw a name from the giveaway when I get back home.

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WIP Wednesday

I’ve made a wee bit of progress on my EPP project. I finished the red ring and begun appliquéing it to its center.

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I glued the ring to the center with a glue stick.

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We enjoyed a day at the Grand Canyon.

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And a day hiking in Sedona with Daughter #2.

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Now we are back at my son’s to love on the littles.

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Linking up with Freshly Pieced and Sew Fresh Quilts

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When Quilting and the Day Job Mix

I work part time as a reference librarian at my local library. I am so blessed to have a job that I love! One of the best parts of my job is ordering new books. Since I order all the non-fiction titles, I get to order quilt books! Here are a handful of the books I have ordered in the last year. The newest titles were already checked out! 

  

When I get back from Arizona, it will be time to begin ordering books for the next year. So my question to you is, what quilting/sewing book would you like to find on the shelf of your local library?

I appreciate all of your suggestions. And just to thank those of you that are sticking through my not responding to comments while I am away, I have decided to bury a wee giveaway into this post. So when I get back home, I will draw a name from all those commenting on this post and that person will receive a mug rug made by me!

Thanks for your help!

Linking up with Free Motion by the River for Linky Tuesday.

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Design Wall Monday

Over the weekend, I showed you how I use my die cutter to help me keep my scraps in check and in a form that I will actually use. I began turning this pile of random strips: 

Into pieces like this: 

 And then used my die cutter to trim them to 3 x 6 inch finished rectangles like this: 

 Now I will share my plan for them. I have been looking at a lot of lattice type quilts on Pinterest lately and thought that would be a perfect use for these. I sketched out a quick block plan keeping in mind that I wanted to use my die cutter to cut all the pieces.  Here is my sketch. 

 The numbers refer to dies needed. This gives me an odd sized finished block but since all the blocks will be the same, it doesn’t matter to me. I am using a 6 inch quarter square triangle die because the rectangle has a finished size of 6 inches on the long side. Same with the 3 inch QST.

Because I want the edges of my block to be on grain, I have to pay attention to how I place my fabrics on the die. 

 

If I were using this die to cut actual QSTs, I would want the straight of grain to be parallel to the long side of the triangle. Since I am actually using  these as half square triangles, I want the straight of grain to be on the short sides. Here are all the pieces cut for four blocks. 

And two different arrangements of those four blocks on the design wall. 

  

 Sometimes we have to think outside the box when using die cutters. Often the dies we have can serve more than on purpose.
Linking up with Patchwork Times.

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