Quilting Through Corona – Week 3

Is it really just week 3 of this? It feels like it has been so much longer! But, I have now gone through all of the stages and come out at Acceptance. I’ve gone from thinking, “I’ll just soldier through for a few weeks until this is over” to “Well, it looks like we’re in […]

Joan Shay's African Violet Pattern

Quilting through Corona – Week 2

Of course I have plenty of projects from which to choose as I hole up in my house and practice more social distancing than I normally do. But, I decided today that I wanted a change of pace. So, I dug into my UFO drawer (oh yes, I have plenty of those too!) and pulled […]

Dear Daughter quilt under the sewing machine

Quilting Through Corona – Week 1

A week ago, I was all shiny and enthusiastic about the prospect of being at home for weeks. Yes, I was going to still be working and yes, I’d be at home with an energetic 7 year old, but she would be having school. I made a pile of quilting projects and thought about all […]

Thread Painted Photo Tutorial

I’ll be sharing this tutorial at my guild meeting next week (Rising Star Quilters), but here’s a sneak peek. (The original thread painting is currently available from the Francesca Anderson Fine Art Gallery.) Why Thread Painted Photos? A photo gives you a place to start. You don’t have to create a design first, but can […]

The Legend of Gunna Brown

Bertha Smith Brown raised four fine sons, including a set of twins (one of whom was my grandfather), but the legacy she left to me was the lesson she imparted to her granddaughters. To them she said (often enough that her words are well known in the family still), “It takes a good man to […]

Creative Play Newsletter – New Beginnings

In last month’s newsletter, I discussed how to bring on spring after suffering through the dark time of a creative winter. I wrote about beginning new projects and the process for getting started.  I missed the connection at the time, but that turns out to have been a very appropriate article for July because it […]

#The100DayProject

I’m a few days late for the official start, but I have joined into #The100DayProject and will be posting photos of my projects each day to Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juliebneu/  The idea behind the project, which fits so perfectly with Creative Play, is to do a creative project every day for 100 days. I’ve been itching to do […]

Summer of Scraps Week 6

The photo I showed when I first started the Summer of Scraps project only represented a portion of the scraps that I have. I also have a bin full of bits and pieces of batik fabrics:So, this week’s project, which was also a UFO on my list for the American Patchwork & Quilting UFO Challenge, […]

Summer of Scraps – Week 4

I’m at the halfway point in my Summer of Scraps and I made a huge dent in the white scraps this week with this quilt top: The colored “scraps” for this one came from a strip exchange I did with quilting friends a decade ago. We cut 2 1/2″ strips of some of our stash […]