ALS Association’s Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge

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Well. Here is my humble contribution to the ALS Association’s Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge. I chose the friendship star block pattern, using navy and mint Moda and Kaufmann cottons on a Kona white background. 
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Donated quilts will be given to an ALS patient, used to raise awareness, or used to raise funds for Lou Gehrig’s Disease/ALS research by being photographed, displayed, auctioned, or raffled.

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The guild I belong to hopes to break last year’s contribution of over 65 quilts!als2015-3

Counting my blessings. Have a good week! – – Joanne

Wedding Gift Quilt

Well, that’s it. Party’s over.  For many students in the States, it’s back to school (ummm, we started back two weeks ago). It still feels like summer and it’s a beautiful day to photograph a gift to my friends! This is the first quilt I’ve made that I am giving to someone outside my immediate family. No pressure!  😉 

quilt_lisa-deck1My dear friends are blending their families when they get married in September. I thought long and hard for the right design, feel and color. I wanted to give them something from my heart.

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They live at the oceanfront with their four boys and two dogs. Michael Miller’s Indigo Ikat line reminds me of the water, while not appearing too girly.quilt_lisa-beach1

I envision this new family snuggling together by the fire on winter nights as they watch a little TV wrapped in their family quilt.quilt_lisa-back

I hope they enjoy it for years to come!

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Have a good week! – – Joanne

Feathers in the Breeze

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I worked on this feather-inspired quilt off and on over the winter and finally finished it this summer. Why did it take so long? After running out of the quilt front background fabric, I found that it had been discontinued and was no longer available. :/ It took a while to find replacement fabric. Lesson learned: make sure to purchase enough fabric!

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I admired Ana Maria Horner’s feather quilt, but wanted a scattered look. I used scraps from other projects to piece the feathers and binding and Lotta Jansdotter Nopp in Sky from the Mormor collection for the blue backing.
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So far, this has been my favorite quilt project – – minus the long wait 😉
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Have a good week! – – Joanne

Ceiling Tile Works of Art

I love to visit my school’s art room to see what the students are working on under the encouragement of our fantabulous art teacher. A recent project was painting ceiling tiles for the art room and hallways.

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I’m ah-mazed at the vibrancy, depth and skill these young people displayed in their works. I just had to share a few close-ups of the tiles with you.

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Can you recognize the budding Mondrian, Warhol or Lichtenstein?

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I wonder if I can sweet talk a few into my classroom domain? 😉

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I hope you enjoyed the mini-gallery display. 🙂

Have a good week! — Joanne

Architectural Salvage :: Wall Art 2

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My daughter, Brianne wanted to create a salvaged bullseye wall art similar to a multi-colored one I made a few years ago.

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This called for a day-trip to Caravati’s Architectural Salvage warehouse. We rummaged  through 1000’s of bullseyes, looking for mostly white. 

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2013 Favorites

::<>::      Looking back on 2013      ::<>::

Another quick year gone. Is it because I am growing older that the years are flying? 😉

All the same, 2013 was a decent year. I dipped my toes, left my comfort zone. I was encouraged and I learned. I was inspired by some very clever folks, homegrown and professional. Here are just a few. Hats off and thanks to all of you (check them out!):

Old Pearly Jenkins

DIYPassion

Hello Scarlet

SUZIK

For Those Who Love Dresses

Pretty Handy Girl

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. . .And then, some of my own personal DIY favs that made me happy:

DIY Vintage Rustic Outdoor Wedding

DIY Blended-Family Outdoor Wedding

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Doggie Biscuits

Doggie Biscuits in a Jar Gift

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Dream Art Workspace aka Craft Room

Dream Art Workspace aka Craft Room

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What a year, right?  Thank you for visiting my humble blog. I look forward to another fantastic 365 days of sharing with you. 

May you have a happy and healthy 2014!

— Joanne