Show and tell…

Jackie Liles and Diana Dodds just finished this fantastic quilt made from our Whimsical Quilt Garden pattern. They named their quilt My Nocturnal Garden. Don’t the colors shine!

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My Nocturnal Garden by Jackie Liles and Diana Dodds

Thank you both for sharing your quilt with us!

I gotta get me one of these!

I have managed to ignore 3D printing so far but over the weekend my friend, Ted, sent me a link to this video about the Glowforge 3D laser printer. Deep sigh. I have lust in my heart for one of these. If only I had a spare $2000 hanging around!

I am going to hope that, as demand grows, the price will come down.

Tune in this afternoon!

Today is the day! I will be Pat Sloan’s guest on American Patchwork & Quilting Radio today (Monday, September 28) at 4pm Eastern, 3pm Central. Click here to listen to the whole show. I’ll be on in the second half of the program.

If you can’t tune in to listen live, you can listen to the podcast later. Click APQ Radio and follow the instructions to find my podcast—and many more.

I’m looking forward to visiting with you over the internet radio waves later today :-).

American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 278 Becky Goldsmith

I’m in American Patchwork and Quilting!

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

My wool eyeglass project is featured in the December 2015 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine! See my project, as well as other featured projects from this issue, here: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/december

This issue will be on newsstands October 6, subscribers will be getting their copy any time now. Look for this cover:

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

These eyeglass cases are quick and easy, and they make a great gift! In addition to glasses, they will also hold a rotary cutter—great for traveling quilters.

Fabric note: I used Pepper Cory‘s Brushstrokes line (not Peppered Plaids) for the background fabric in these projects. The colors I used are Tangerine, Horizon Blue, and Sprout. They have a good hand, they are neither too thick nor too thin.

I also love her Peppered Cottons. The warp and weft threads are different colors which gives the fabric depth. These, too, are a very nice weight to work with.

For lots more information about wool applique, please do look at our book, Wool Applique the Piece O’ Cake Way.

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Which do you prefer?

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I’ve written before about the 52 Week Photo Challenge online class that I’m taking from Ricky Tims. Best class ever! This week’s assignment is how to add a text overlay to a photo.—yet another cool thing that you can do in Photoshop that I had no idea existed.

I’ve taken 3 photos (Splish is one of them) and I like them all. If you have a bit of time, please do click here and then leave a comment on this post telling me which one you like the best.

Choosing the word(s) was the hardest part of this photo challenge. The same thing is true when you add words to a quilt, as I wrote about in this post. Text is powerful. It draws the eye and, no matter how big or small it is, what you say can dominate a design. The quilt that I made after that post is called Say Something (below), which is in The Quilter’s Practical Guide To Color.

The words take up a small percentage of the space on the quilt, but they are the focal point, dominating the design. This is good to remember when you want to make what may be a simple quilt into a more complex statement.

Update: Thank you all for your comments! I’ve decided to submit the car photo because I like it as is. After reading your comments, I think I need to make the word “splish” more legible in the water photo and I don’t have time today to do that. So, the car photo it is and I can mark that off the list. Thanks!

Yet another use for binding clips…

I set a new quilt together yesterday but, I need to finish the applique. There are a few English paper pieced hex flowers that go over seam lines inside the quilt. There is a lot of fabric to hold onto while I’m stitching and I didn’t want to abuse the outer raw edges of the quilt as I worked.

It occurred to me that I could double-fold the 4 outer edges, leaving the raw edges encased in the fold, and use the Clover Binding Clips to hold the folded edges. I placed the clips 8″-10″ apart and they are working like a charm!

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