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ISSUE 87 :: WHAT'S UP :: WORTH A READ :: YOU ASKED :: ROUND-UP :: TUTORIALS & SUCH :: OFF TOPIC :: GOTTA LOVE IT!

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WHAT'S UP

Just one quilt finish to show for myself lately, but I'll take it! This is Doodled, based on a meeting doodle that really needed to be translated into fabric. It just so happened I had a couple of new fabrics added to my stash, and they were pulled into action for this fun, impromptu project.

WORTH A READ

YOU ASKED . . .

I get asked to make recommendations ALOT. Folks want to know the tools and resources I use to do what I do. You'll find alot of them on my A Quilter's Table Amazon Storefront. I keep adding items as I think of - and discover - them. Know that I will only recommend things that I either use myself or otherwise can honestly recommend. Even though I will get a small commission on any purchases from my page, I would never suggest anything I'm not willing to stand behind. Consider it a resource.... if it is helpful to you.

ROUND-UP

Anne/SpringLeaf Studios began her Arboretum, "a most colorful forest of fabric trees" on a whim, creating her own improvisational design. Tho she considered a staggered layout for her trees, she felt that keeping their trunks lined up gave the forest a sense of structure and unity. 
[springleafstudios]
(60" x 72")
Mini Prism Parkway was created by Kerrilyn/[crafterlyn] as part of a charm pack challenge, and the design is foundation paper pieced, based on a pattern by Sassafras Lane. I'd say it's a perfect pairing of pattern and fabric, which is by Alison Glass.
(12" x 16")



 
Elke/[felike_rb3] and her sisters took inspiration from my Wedge Slabs tutorial to create their 
"Hochzeits" (wedding) quilt, a gift for their parents' golden anniversary. Made from old fabrics, once their parents' garments, ties, curtains, etc., "it literally symbolizes 50 years [of married] life." How special is that?
Nordic Gem is a beauty designed by Saija/[saija_elina
herself and made completely from scraps. You can find instructions for making the quilt yourself on her lovely blog, 
Pomada.
(54 ½” x 72 ½”)

 
Jill/Pie Lady Quilts created Phyllis "after a guild mate who gave [her] a bag of solid scraps," in an effort to escape a creative funk. I hope it worked! It's certainly making me want to go sew! [pieladyquilts]
(20" x 30")

 
This quilt was a commission piece made by Arianna/Quilt Kween, and she said it challenged her to work outside of her normal color palette. I really admire her use of some traditional quilting shapes in this very modern work. I asked Arianna about her client's request, and she replied, "They basically gave me an idea of colors they wanted and sent me photos of my work that they loved the most and I kind of took it from there. He gave me a lot of freedom as the artist to go for it and I did just that." Smart client! [quiltkween]
(60" x 60")
Beth/[blue_dragonfly5]'s Roses Among the Thorns was made for a guild challenge, where they were asked to select a traditional block whose name began with the same letter as their first, middle, or last name, and then to create a modern quilt. Interesting! Obviously Beth took the Snails Trail block somewhere it had never been before! So wonderfully creative!

 

TUTORIALS & SUCH

OFF TOPIC

A couple of weeks ago Nicole of Modern Handcraft asked for suggestions for podcasts to listen to and got a whole bunch of suggestions, which she kindly saved in her stories. Surprisingly enough, one I have been enjoying is Dolly Parton's America.

More on topic was the episode on the thrive podcast where photographer Jeff Mindell shared How to Take the Best Pictures for your Blog

GOTTA LOVE IT!

Are there quilt (or other!) patterns that you really want to make, but are kind of scared of, for one reason or another? One for me is the Metrolink quilt, due to it's small pieces. But when I saw Alex/Teaginny Designs recently survived making her second Metrolink, and had fun doing it, I took another look. And wouldn't you know, the smallest pieces aren't as small as in the Scrap-ish Plaid-ish quilt I made over the summer. So now it's back on my list.... one of these days! Isn't Alex's latest version a beaut?! [teaginny]

P.S. Are you familiar with art teacher Cassie Stephens? If not, you should be, cuz she'll add a smile to your day. Can't resist sharing her DIY: Tree Skirt to Lady Skirt in 60 Minutes or Less pattern. Enjoy!

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