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I'm finally back! February was pretty much a waste. But now it's March 1 and I'm there with bells on! In this episode I announce the winner of the book giveaway courtesy Sarah of Houston; I give some Sandy Update about why I dropped off the face of the earth for three weeks; I talk about my adventure in hand-dyeing; and I do some listener feedback.

Mentioned in this episode

Jane Dunnewold's class The Art of Cloth Dyeing on Craftsy

Malka Dubrawsky's class Fabric Patterning with Wax Resist on Craftsy

Art Cloth: A Guide to Surface Design for Fabric by Jane Dunnewold (this is the book I bought after taking her class, but couldn't remember the title when recording my podcast)

Dharma Trading Co. is where I bought my PFD fabrics and is a great source for dye and fiber art supplies

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Catching up with y'all! I give a brief update on life in general, remind you of the Banned Book Challenge I'm co-hosting with Tanesha of CraftyGardenMom this month, talk about designing fabric on Spoonflower, and do some listener feedback.

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When recording this episode, I was under the mistaken impression that today was August 2. Ignore that. I was really recording it on August 4. Oh well. In this episode I just catch up on everything that's happened, quilty-wise (mostly!), while I've been AWOL. But now we're back on track and should be getting back into a regular schedule again! I talk about some fabric-y gifts and winnings and purchases, so it's just a textile extravaganza!

Mentioned in this episode:

Summer Gatherings by Lisa Bongean and Carole Charles

Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop

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As a follow up to my decluttering episode a couple of posts ago, this time I explore what makes us buy fabric. Sure, sometimes we buy for a project--but most of us probably buy fabric on occasion as "fabric retail therapy." This mostly-lighthearted exploration of the motivation behind fabric shopping includes listener input and my own thoughts. Looking forward to hearing what you have to say!

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OK, you asked for it, you got it. Several listeners had asked me to share about how I'm approaching the whole "empty nest" thing as I send my daughter off to college. I have been doing a lot of processing this summer, and am now sharing that with you. How does attending to our fabric stash relate to empty-nesting? You'll just have to listen to find out!

Mentioned in this episode:

Blog posting on quitting quilting in order to have an organized house: www.myspinningplates.com

Listener Jan's own reorganization of her stash and sewing room: http://quiltingrevolution.blogspot.com/2011/08/design-wall-monday.html

Peter Walsh, Enough Already: Clearing Mental Clutter to Become the Best You

Leah Day's blog post about clearing out her grandmother's house: http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/2011/06/estate-junk-clean-up.html

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I'm home! In this episode, I catch up on some life updates, tell the story of my "cautionary tale" quilt, talk about my recent shop hops across country, and give a book recommendation. Plus, as always, listener comments! (For pictures of my purchases, visit my blog.)

Mentioned in this episode:

Yoder's

Lolly's

Jelly Roll Sampler Quilts, by Pam and Nicky Lintott

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It's Quilter on the Road time again...and I'm posting this episode from a hotel room. I just had to share about a new quilt shop I visited today: The Quilt Foundry, in Maumee, Ohio.

The Quilt Foundry: www.quiltfoundry.com

Also mentioned in this episode: Five Yard Quilt patterns, available through www.easyquilter.com.

For pictures of my fabric purchase, visit http://quiltingfortherestofus.blogspot.com. (Sorry--hotel internet isn't playing nice with podbean to upload photos here!)

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On June 5, 2011, the fate of the world hung in balance while hordes of hexagons battled the earth.... The Attack of The Hexagons. In Technicolor.

Yes, folks, it's the hexie episode. Jaye of www.artquiltmaker.com (and http://artquiltmaker.com/blog) has convinced me--and Pam of Hip to Be a Square podcast--to take on the hexie challenge. We're inviting you to wander along the yellow hexie road with us to Oz. Or, at least, to join us in our hexie adventures and hopefully actually finish the dang quilt. In this episode I describe how this all came about, exactly what we mean--and don't mean--about doing this as a quilt-along, and some things I've already learned about working with hexies along the way. By that, I mean, doing math.

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Here are the fabrics I'll be using--or, at least, will most likely be using. Or not. Maybe take some out, add others...it's still in progress. But the basic color scheme will say the same.

My hexies will be about 5" finished, I think. I might have to try a few with scraps to see if that's a size I can live with for a long time to come.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Jaye's initial blog entry about hexagons that ultimately got me involved. (Note that this blog entry also has links to other photos and design possibilities.)

Little Bluebell's blog entry with information and the Kaye Wood cutting technique video link.

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Clearview 60 degree Triangle Ruler with no blunted tip' (Mine's the 10" size, they're available in other sizes.) And don't just trash the packaging--there's ideas on that too.

I also picked up the Fons and Porter templates in case I want to use them to double check the accuracy of my hexies cut the Kaye Wood way, or if I want to make hexies out of scraps.

I also mentioned Sandy's blog at "Quilting and More" in which she talked me into buying the pattern and hardware kit for making hanging name badge bags. It's a nice kit, and she speaks highly of it!

Don't forget to post photos of your own hexies as finished products or WIPs (or UFOs--maybe this can be your inspiration to finish them!) to the Quilting...for the Rest of Us Flickr group! (You'll need to have a Flickr account to post--it's free and easy to set up. Join us!)

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IMG_0786.jpgCharlotte Hawkes is our local Queen of Scrap Quilts. A quilter for 10 years, Charlotte's very first quilt was scrappy and she never looked back. In this episode, I interview Charlotte about her system for cutting and saving scraps, choosing quilts, and keeping track of all the projects she's got going on at once. I got a lot of great ideas from her, and I'm sure you will too!

I haven't been able to dig up a picture of the blue and white quilt she made that I referenced in the episode yet, but here is one of Charlotte with one of her more recent scrap projects.

Also in this episode: Sandy Update, Listener Comments, and many, many thanks!

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Howdy, podquilters! Today I bring you Erin Rissberger of Quilting Acres and her Etsy shop filled with beautifully colored, hand-dyed felted wool. She and I talk about how she got into wool, her process, uses for felted wool, finding wool in thrift shops and your closets, and a few other topics tossed in between! And yes, I announce yet another give-away! Woohoo-the presents are flying!

Erin's Etsy shop is: http://quiltingacres.etsy.com

Click here for instructions about how to felt wool yourself.

Felted wool give-away: For the opportunity to win a stack of hand-dyed felted wool from Erin Rissberger's shop, leave a comment about why you would like to have some felted wool! Leave your comment by April 30, 2011. Good luck!

Reminder on the Podcastiversary give-away: Deadline has been extended to April 18th, 2011. Remember, leave a comment about what you've learned (quilty-related) in the last year. Those who leave comments will have their names entered in a drawing for some fabricy-goodness from me in celebration of my first anniversary of this podcast.

And check out the Mystery Stash Challenge by clicking on the "Stash Challenge" tab at the top of this page. I hope you'll play along!

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