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The Studio is introducing a new ongoing workshop. Join us on the 4th Sunday each month for our “Quilt Block of the Month” (BOM) series. This will offer a chance for beginning quilters to learn new skills and techniques and for those who have experience quilting will discover new patterns while enjoying fellowship with like-minded crafters. We will create a new block each month for a total of 12 designs. During the sessions we will also use the “Quilt As You Go” method so that at the end of the year you will have a beautiful sampler quilt! This is a great way to discover new patterns and new methods that you can apply to other projects throughout the year. Be warned though: THIS IS A FUN AND ADDICTING HOBBY!!!! LOL! (Can you tell that we are excited about this project?!)
The first block we will be making is the “String” Block. String quilts originated as a technique created by budget-conscious quilters as a perfect use for leftover scraps of fabric. It is a great way to use quilting scraps but it is also suited to purchasing fabrics that coordinate and cutting them into “strings” or using jelly rolls. We will learn to use the easy sew-and-flip technique with this block.
For this first block you can come and use “scrap” fabric that we have available. That way you can decide if you like quilting before making an investment in fabric. Then if you want to continue to join in the year long Sampler Quilt project you can pick up your own fabric featuring colors and patterns you love. Or if you are sure you are going to LOVE this (and I know you will) you can go ahead and select some fabrics to use for the project that will make a beautiful end result.
First Session Fee: $ 25 includes written instructions as well as in person instruction for the Block of the Month as well as ideas for other projects for the block. (Space is limited for our sewing sessions so register early.) Click here to register.

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I am not sure whether to thank or curse the day I discovered a YouTube video on Quilt As You Go (QAYG). I wish I could remember where I first saw it but it was probably on Facebook but I had been wanting to do some quilting but I don’t have a long-arm machine and when I had tried in the past to quilt on my “regular” sewing machine it was just too bulky to work well. But then I read about QAYG…..and I am hooked. It is addictive (or maybe it is just my personality that becomes addicted to fun projects). It is so easy and fun and looks great!!!! These photos are the front and back of my first QAYG quilt. It’s a String Quilt made from a box of scraps that I was getting ready to throw out. I’d gone through the box a few times and pulled out larger pieces but these were all very small and had been sitting in a closet for several years and I wanted to clean out the space. So before I tossed the box I thought why not see if there is a project that might work….and I found this String Quilt idea…..and I LOVE IT! As you can imagine, I have LOADS of ideas for other quilts to make. Can’t wait!!!

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Van Gogh – The Immersive Experience in Washington DC was an interesting show. Here is a video to give you an idea of what it was like to be surrounded by his painting, projected all the way around the room and coming to life.

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It’s Almost Fall

It’s almost fall. Time for some pumpkin paintings….and more! Pumpkins, hay bales, mums…..

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I recently drove out to The Farm at Clover Hill....a great little a new flower farm offering beautiful cut flowers. You can cut your own or they will cut for you. And the flowers are gorgeous. I am hoping to have a paint class out there soon……maybe when it cools off a little outside. Be sure to check them out and go cut some flowers soon. I got some lovely sunflowers that I created this painting using as reference and also some zinnias that I hope to paint today.

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Everyone did a great job on the Feeder and Fence painting last night. It was a night of fun and laughs…and a challenging painting. Beautiful!!!!

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It’s Open Studio Friday where you can come from 10 am – 1 pm and bring your projects to work on with us here. Why not join in with others creating and enjoy some time spent with other creative people. If you don’t have a project going just come on by and let us help you get one started! It’s fun and only $10 for 3 hours. We meet every Friday. Join us today!

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This was in my mailbox when I got to work yesterday morning. I LOVE IT! Thanks Aiyana. You made my day! And I’m so glad you came to sewing camp. You did a great job!!!!

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Tuesday evening we had Famous Painter Night at The Studio and recreated Franz Marc’s “Dog Sleeping in Snow” from 1910. Everyone did a great job tackling this expressive, cubist painting. These evenings are a great opportunity to learn more about color mixing and improving brushwork. Join us for the next session on August 24th at 6 pm as we recreate Van Gogh’s Wild Roses. Click here to register.

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