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On the Auction Block – Quilted Coasters

Up for auction this week is a set of 4 quilted cotton coasters. I started making fabric coasters when my toddler started playing with the breakable ones I used to have. These can be tossed around the room without damaging anything. They can also be tossed in the washer if drinks spill on them or they become teething rings.

I am running auctions that start each Monday morning. If you’d like an email reminder when the auctions begin, sign up here.

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Julie Neu, quilted fabric coasters

On the Auction Block – Quilted Napkin Rings

Up for auction this week is a set of 8 quilted cotton napkin rings.  These are reversible with an interior fabric of blue flowers on a white background. What I love about these napkin rings is that they are also machine washable!

I am running auctions that start each Monday morning. If you’d like an email reminder when the auctions begin, sign up here.

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Julie Neu, blue and yellow floral cotton napkin rings


On the Auction Block – Rainbow Strips

As you read in my post on Thursday, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about art and commodity exchange and have decided to try an experiment. If my art is a gift and not a commodity, then I can’t put a price on it. So, I’m going to post one piece of art a week for a 72-hour auction on eBay. We’ll see what happens. Each piece goes on the block Monday at 9 AM ET. If you’d like a reminder email, you can sign up here.

The first piece, “Rainbow Strips” is up for auction now.


Coming Out of Hibernation

The fourth quilt in my Arabesques series has been sleeping the winter away in a heap on my work table. (I last posted about finishing the top in June!) I’d done some basic quilting over the summer (?) in the fall (?)  but put it away after that. I knew that it needed more quilting, but I just had no idea what so it sat. . .and sat…and sat until yesterday. I can’t explain why yesterday was the day when inspiration finally struck, but it did. I drafted up two quilting designs, found that I even have the thread I need (It’s a miracle!), and am ready to get started quilting over the weekend. Here’s one of the designs:

Iznik tile quilting design for Arabesque quilt

I know that sometimes quilts need a little time. I wouldn’t have thought it needed all of the fall and winter, but it did. I also can’t explain why yesterday was the day the quilt finally decided it was ready to be finished, but the months of hibernation did give me some experience working with more complicated quilting designs and led me to the books where the design inspiration came from. I guess sometimes a little hibernation is just what it takes.

2016 Year in Review

I’ve seen a few “Year in Review” blog posts lately and decided that it is a great idea.  I have long done that in my personal life and it seems like a good practice for my quilting work too so here goes:

  • One of my biggest quilting accomplishments this year has to be publishing “Ravaging Rio and the Ghost in the Library.” This project had been on my mind for years and this year, I finally finished all of the quilts for the pages, photographed them (learning how to take good photos of quilts in the process), and self-published the book. While a graphic designer and professional book publisher could have done more with it, there is nothing like having a book that you created in your hands and it was great to bring it to fruition.
  • I made 10 other quilts this year, in addition to the Rio ones. Most of them were wall hangings and many were created as small projects for the monthly BirdZeed challenges, but 10 completed projects is pretty exciting.
  • I also began publishing my Creative Play Newsletter this year, which has legitimized all of the time that I spend reading and thinking about creativity and has given me a good excuse to buy more books on the topic.
  • Lastly, I re-energized my teaching by participating in the New England Quilt Museum’s Meet the Teachers day in October. Self-promotion is not my strong suit, but I had a wonderful day meeting with guild reps and talking about the workshops that I offer. Actually enjoying that day reinforced for me that a quilting  career is indeed the right path because I’ve never had that much fun talking about consulting.

So, what’s up for 2017?  Well, 2017 represents my 20th year of quilting. I feel like I should have a celebration. I don’t know what that will be yet, but it gives me something to think about. Otherwise, here are my goals for the year:

  • I’m hoping that my sister finishes another Rio book and I can start working on some new illustrations.
  • I have several Arabesques quilts in mind so I would like to continue work on that series.
  • I would like to teach more locally and get back into teaching online. If you know of anyone looking for a quilting workshop, send them my way!

Happy Thanksgiving!

On this day of thanksgiving, in between the turkey and the really awkward conversations about politics with family, I want to take a few minutes to thank you for being here.  After some struggle, I am finally living the life of my dreams, pursuing the work that I believe to be my calling, but that at the very least brings me great joy.  I want to thank you all for being part of this journey with me, for reading my ramblings all of these years and for your support. I am extremely grateful for all of you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

TBT – Quilter’s Newsletter

Last week I learned that after 47 years, Quilter’s Newsletter will cease publication.  I am so filled with sadness by this news for many reasons. IMHO, Quilter’s Newsletter is very different from the other quilting magazines available because, though it has patterns in it, it includes articles about quilting history, quilt artists, the quilt industry and so many other topics that go beyond simple patterns for quick quilts.  This diversity is the reason that Quilter’s Newsletter has been the only, the ONLY magazine that I have continuously subscribed to for about 15 years.

Quilter’s Newsletter was also the first quilting magazine to publish something I wrote, which means it will always be near and dear to my heart.  I wrote a short “humor” piece (I put that in quotes because I don’t think that I am that much of a comedienne.) that they published in 2010.  Here it is:

QN 04 2010

Thank you, Quilter’s Newsletter.