Palate Cleanser ✴ The Quilt Show ✴ Longarming Workshops

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What do you do when you need a creative palate cleanser?

When I need a jump start, I drag my scrap bins next to my sewing machine and make string blocks. I don't have a plan in mind, I just sew different colors and textures together. This past month I have not spent very much time at my sewing machine due to teaching trips and summer vacation with my family (and as a bonus we combined a teaching and a vacation trip to Washington DC). I did spend a few hours in my studio on July 4th, and made the 4" (unfinished) blocks pictured above. There are projects waiting for me that require thinking and planning, but I didn't want to think. I just wanted to sew and making string blocks is perfect for that.


The Pink Rabbit (real name TBD), #11 in the Barnyard Series, is pieced and ready to go on the quilting frame. Animal #12 will be a sheep. The sheep is going to be hard, hence the string block palate cleanser before I jump into a wooly mess.

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As many of you know, in April I went to Denver to film an episode of The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. Now you can watch the episode for free through July 14, just use this link Stay tuned through the credits to fully appreciate my nerdiness.

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August 15-17 World Quilt New England will be in my backyard - Springfield, MA. If you are new to longarming, want to try out a machine, or need a refresher on some basic long arming skills, please join me for Longarming 101, Free Motion Fills, Feather Play, and Template Play.

For those of you who have taken my color class, you know that I love color, but harp on the importance of value. This month I am the Ruby Ambassador for Wise Craft Handmade's Ruby Ruler, a value finder, that also acts as a quilt ruler. I've been using mine for a month or so and I am definitely a fan. You can read more about my thoughts on value here.

And just in case you haven't had enough of me, you can see more of my thoughts in a Create Whimsy Spotlight, and see my studio in the latest issue of Where Women Createwhich is on newsstands now.