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When To Say "Enough Is Enough!"

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This block is one of those in the "secret project". Hopefully using this one, lonely, example will not get me kicked out of the group, but it has a special place in my soul now. This is the block that has "sunk" my self-esteem and caused me days of frustration. There are small 'v' points on each piece at the center...that are made to form a neat little point on each section. Our leader is an amazing, highly talented, pattern drafter and her measurements are always spot on. I have made the block as directed with picture perfect results all the way as I sewed the blocks together.....until I began to join the sections at the center! I tried hand piecing and machine piecing...with the same results. After making four I decided that it was, after all, just a quilt block and so I decided to "solve my un-ability" problem with a masking circle at the center. I actually don't mind this look...but....
I was still frustrated. So. I decided to give it one…

A Lucky Day!

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I'm am not one of those lucky people who seem to be able to win a things. I'm am blessed, but not in that particular way. So it was with a dollop of incredulity that I read an email from Patricia Beleya (Okan Arts owner and nice person extraordinaire) telling me that I had won a Yoko Saito pattern compliments of Priscilla Knoble and Stitch Publications. I have had my eye on two of Yoko Saito's latest books...but my personal exchequer has, thus far, nixed the idea of adding them to my library.One of those books is called "Houses, Houses, Houses". Hooray! Wee house designs are featured in this 'Parisian Bag' pattern - and that assuages my desire to have the book - at least for now!Patricia Beleya - as owner of Okan Arts- sells the most amazing, tantalizing, specialarray of vintage Japanese yukata cloth on the planet. Plus she is a very gracious, talented, and lovely person. Her friend, Priscilla Knoble, is the owner of Seattle based Stitch Publications (wh…

Converting Wood Block Stamps To Use On Acrylic Blocks Instead

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Not to make anyone have heart failure over my posting twice in two days....but....the siren song called and I followed!
I have tried very hard to stay away from paper-y play...but I always feel so happy when I sit down at my paper play table. Today, despite planning to sew, I have strayed. Today's simple pleasure is converting my wood block stamps to be able to use them with acrylic blocks instead. Not only is it easier for placement on paper but it is a real space saver. Many of my friends have been doing this recently and I had wanted to try it as well. Equipment:
EZ Mount Static Cling Foam (if not available locally Amazon and EBay offer good pricing). Hot Knife, non-stick scissors or hot tool of some kind. Thus far I am having the best luck with non-stick scissors. The hot knife is excellent, but the fumes are not! Alcohol- not needed really but I have been cleaning the back of my rubber stamp with it prior to pressing it into it new foam home and it cleans as well as removing …

Stash Fest 2016

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My friend Janet gathered together a few friends yesterday, volunteering to be the driver, and we headed to Stash Fest in La Conner. I had wanted to go for several years and I was not disappointed. I was gobsmacked enough that I never once thought to take more photos from inside the venue. Duh!
I am a true fan of Marcia Derse's fabrics and I was especially pleased to be able to snap up a (small) armful. It was like a feeding frenzy! I really should not have bought anything, but I splurged! I seldom have an opportunity to buy her fabrics and see them all in one place so, of course, I was very pleased to also be able to finally meet her. It seems that her fabrics (from Windham) always find their way into my work lately. If I had beaucoup dollars I would surround myself with bolts and make quilts of only her lines...at least for a time! She has a new line coming out in May...so be ready to fall in love!
My only other small indulgence was a quarter yard of marbled fabric from Suzi Sod…