This N That #28

Wahoo!  Here’s an update from my crazy-busy world!
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Are you ready for the long holiday weekend?  I’m so excited I’m not going anywhere and can spend it in my studio working on a challenge piece that will eventually travel.  Oh if the quilts could travel instead of me for a while, that would be something! 
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I flew to Baltimore for business right in the middle of my hectic quilt schedule!  While no quilting was done I way overpacked on the projects on the off chance I was stuck somewhere.  It’s no surprise that I didn’t even touch the projects.
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One of my top secret projects is in the “can” and should be able to be announced shortly!
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At the beginning of June, I attended the Professional Art Quilt Alliance‘s meeting, since it was moved closer to my house.  I joined after one meeting.  While there, I was asked to run demos and make-it-take-its by Lois Jarvis (the RustTex lady!).  I had a good time showing folks at the Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fest how to make Mixed Media Artist Trading Cards!
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I finished up my last meeting as President of the Riverwalk Quilter’s Guild last night.  I’m still on the board, just not leading the group.  Two years went by fast!
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I’m going on a ATC retreat with friends in Rochester at the end of July which should be a lot of fun.  The gang I will be hanging out with are all part of a new website called WonderStrange.  You should check them out, they are a riot.
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Don’t forget I’m running challenges over on Quilting Arts’ website!  Our latest challenge is called “It’s Elemental”!  Come on over and play!  
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That’s all for now, but I will have more soon. I promise!

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New Weekly Quilt – QR Affirmation 1

Well, I didn’t expect this would be as popular as it is, but thanks so much to those who are viewing this from The Guardian Online!  
This is the first in a series of mini quilts I’m doing this month that are “affirmations”.  This is 8 x 8 inches.
These codes are everywhere and if you have a smartphone, you should be able to use a free QR code reader app to snap a picture of this and read what it says.  I’m not going to ruin that for you, so have fun figuring out what it says!

More are coming later this month.  This was a lot of fun.

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Studio Makeover – Shelves!

I’m so pleased that this little project is done!  

I finally have a place for the knickknacks that cluttered up the top of my fabric organizer systems and gives me more room to put up mini quilts.  
I made these from 1×6 pine with a nice rope trim that I nailed on the edge and then painted with 4 coats of white paint.  It’s hung “invisibly” by brackets that go upwards, drilled directly into studs for stability. 

I have so many little tchotchkes  from my childhood in here, my “little girl” room.  I also got to put up a lot of the mail art that I have traded for over the years.

You can see the pink foam for my new design wall.  It’s almost done and just needs it’s felt covering.  That’s coming soon!  After that, the room just needs one more tidying and my (almost year long) makeover will be complete!

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