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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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Turns out AJ and I were taking the same Craftsy class at the same time! So I thought it would be fun for the two of us to talk, compare notes, and make suggestions of things we had learned along the way. Also included: Listener Feedback, Announcements, and a little bit of a Sandy Update.

In this episode:

AJ's blog post on her Stitch n' Slash finish: http://iknitnquilt2.blogspot.com/2012/07/too-many-projects.html

And her blog post on her Stupendous Stitching and BOM finishes: http://iknitnquilt2.blogspot.com/2012/07/happy-4th-of-july.html

My blog post with my Stitch n' Slash finish: http://quiltingfortherestofus.blogspot.com/2012/09/finally-finish.html

Stitch n' Slash on Craftsy: http://www.craftsy.com/class/Stitch-and-Slash/68

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I talk about some things I've learned about my quiltmaking during my sabbatical, and resources that helped me make those discoveries. But I mostly talk about Shiva Paintstiks. Yay, paintstiks!

Mentioned on this episode:

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

Transitions: Unlocking the Creative Quilter Within by Andrea Balosky (out of print, can be sometimes found used on Amazon or other sources)

Journey of an Art Quilter by Barbara Olson

A Fabric Journey: An Inside Look at the Quilts of Ruth B. McDowell

Ruth B. McDowell's Piecing Workshop

Sources for Painstiks and other supplies (plus tutorials):

Cedar Canyon Textiles


Dharma Trading Company

Laura Murray Designs

Learning Resources on Paintstiks and other surface embellishments

Paintstiks on Fabric, by Cedar Canyon Textiles

Fabric Art Workshop: Exploring Techniques and Materials for Fabric Artists and Quilters by Susan Stein

Laura Murray's Paintstik Inspirations: Shading, Stenciling, Rubbing Techniques, and More DVD

Jane Davila's Surface Design Essentials

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Like the Whos down in Whoville, I feel like I should be shouting, "I am here, I am here, I am HEEE...EERE!" In this episode, I talk a little bit about what's been keeping me away; but I also announce the winner of the stash mystery challenge drawing, I announce the next stash mystery theme, and I announce a surprise give-away this month! So listen up for all your opportunities to win fun stuff!

Mentioned in this episode:

Jaye's hexagon tutorial on her blog. (Her blog is www.artquiltmaker.com/blog. Easy to remember!)

Parallax: Views of Contemporary Quilt Artists, Booksmart Studio, 250 N. Goodman St., an international display opening June 1. 585-598-9322 or www.booksmartstudio.com.


Art quilts by Pat Pauly: solo exhibit at Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery, 4245 East Ave., Pittsford, June 30-Aug 14. www.naz.edu/art/arts-center-gallery


Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival, Sept 18-19, Hemlock Fairgrounds, 7370 Water St., Hemlock, Livingston County. Vendors, demonstrations.

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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.



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.



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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Welcome to episode 50 (50! Can you believe it?) and a fantastic interview with fiber artist Lauren Sgranfetto about thread-painting. Lauren taught the thread-painting class at my guild quilt retreat and she agreed to sit down with me to allow me to share the wealth with you through an interview!

You may contact Lauren directly at lsgranfetto@roadrunner.com.

Lauren also talks about her upcoming fundraising event for animal rescue, Whiskerfest. Sounds like a fun time and it's definitely a great cause, so if you're within driving distance of Western NY, you should head on over!

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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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I had so much fun talking with Kim Templin, inventor of the Double Diamond Ruler, for this episode! The ruler is cool and fun, and it's inventor is too! Listen in as Kim talks about the Double Diamond, how to use it, the process of inventing, and her favorite thing about quiltmaking.

To check out the Double Diamond Ruler, www.bright-quilting-notions.com. Don't forget--listeners to the "Quilting...for the Rest of Us" podcast can get 20% off their order by typing my name, Sandy, into the coupon code!

Other things mentioned in this episode:

Seamed Up: www.seamedup.com

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com

Stitchtalk: www.stitchtalk.com

New podcasts and less-new-podcasts to check out. Use these links or find them on iTunes

Crafty Garden Mom with Tanesha: https://tanesha.podbean.com/

Peacebrook Quilting with Victoria: http://www.peacebrookquilting.com/

History Quilter with Susan: https://historyquilter.podbean.com/

Katie's Quilting Corner with Katie: http://www.katiesquiltingcorner.com/

The Overall Quilter: http://www.overallquilter.com/

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