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The Quilted Aria – A New Song

This little birdie is singing a new song!

Aria ahr-ee-uh: expressive music often heard in opera – she’s a singer!

Check out this incredible fabric from RJR! It’s a Digiprint called Arcadia “Secret Garden” and it makes a fabulous focus fabric for this vintage machine pattern!

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The focus fabric kit is available NOW in my Etsy Shop HERE (while supplies last). If you are familiar with my designs, you know you’ll use BOTH sides of the fabric for the machine and binding (use the front) and the stork scissors, thimble, and pennants (use the reverse).

As you can see above, this vibrant digital fabric has a hand-painted look of bouquets of flowers, three different birds, and a soft shadow design throughout.

Using BOTH sides of a focus fabric provides a subtle difference in value that makes your quilts sparkle (or in this case, “sing”)!

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In fact with each pattern you’ll learn how to audition both sides of your focus fabrics and your background fabrics- learning the nuances of value – which is a “valuable” skill for all quilters (see what I did there?).

I drew this pattern from my own little machine, my favorite “stork” scissors, and my late mother-in-law’s thimble. I love using my featherweight – there’s just something special about her – so this pattern has a piece of my heart in it.

SHOP this and all the #usebothsides patterns and kits HERE.

Below is the original quilt and a Tula version, which had to be PINK (also available as a focus fabric kit)!

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To find out how I even know what an aria is, see “Popular Vintage Machine Quilt” HERE about my opera singer daughter.

Image of Paige in Our Town

See the original article “Vintage Machine Quilt Pattern” HERE.

This focus fabric is also available for “Merle’s Bouquet” kit – used as a modern broderie perse (cutting fused flowers from the fabric motif) to arrange the bouquet in a vintage watering can (reversed).

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“Merle’s Bouquet”

Have some florals in your stash? Pull them out and turn them over! You might be surprised! Individual patterns also available.

Have a great day and enjoy your quilting journey!

Where We Sew

Whether we are finishing old projects, starting new quilts, making masks… or all of the above, sewing can change our outlook on life…and WHERE we sew can change our outlook, too!

I work from home – almost all the time. Unless I’m teaching or presenting to a guild, I’m in my basement studio…sewing, designing, blogging, quilting…being home a lot shouldn’t make much difference in my productivity, mood, focus or lifestyle. But, wow, is THERE a difference! For some reason, because I HAVE to stay home, everything has changed.

Today I’m going to share some inspirational friends’ sewing spaces. You’ll see a few sweet “regular” sewing spots and you’ll see some where the quilters have moved their machines for a fresh view or to be nearer to family.

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Linda’s sweet sewing spot (loving that colorful “card catalog” cabinet)!
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Merle’s new sewing spot (award-winning and published quilt on the wall). Octavia Marie was “born” April, 1940.
Mary’s sunny porch view that got us all thinking! That’s LauraLouise in the corner.

I’d love to share some outdoor sewing views, but it’s too cold and rainy here for that! Those will be coming soon, I hope! So in the meantime, here’s my beach-dreaming quilting spot (in the form of a quilt). See more about this quilt HERE.

I’d rather be quilting at the beach!

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Shop #usebothsides patterns HERE!

A Quilter’s Observations

When everything around you changes, you tend to take stock of what you have…

Not talking about toilet paper here, although it’s apparently been on everyone’s minds lately!

Some things I’ve noticed…

Quilters don’t get bored.

We have plenty to do, to finish, to start, to distract – I’m quite thankful not to be someone who has nothing to do.

Quilters respond.

So many quilters have responded to the call for home-sewn face masks that it is almost overwhelming. I will not post any pics of masks here…for three reasons: 1) depending on who you are making them for or where you live, there are different requirements, opinions, recommendations…it can get confusing! 2) I just ran out without taking a photo, so I need to make more, and 3) If I see one more post of mask pictures…(kidding/not kidding). Click here for the post of face mask ideas, but be aware that there are MANY options not listed!

I have not considered the need for olive drab in my stash!

This would have been my Marine husband’s choice of color for a mask – I have USMC fabric, but that’s too flashy…:)

I have more stash than I realized.

Anyone? I KNOW I’m not alone! But I must say, it’s been nice to have plenty of quilting/sewing supplies when availability is limited on so many other things.

Sometimes its good to work on something pretty.

I believe in being informed (fully informed – not just the headlines, ma’am), but sometimes our brains and emotions need a rest. Do you find that to be the case, too?

I’m not getting as much stitching done as I expected.

…But I’ve more than doubled my “to do” list in my studio and around the house. So while it’s not on a grand scale, here’s my progress promised in “Quilting Accountability-for FUN”.

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Click on the link above for more information about this English Paper Piecing project.

My patience with making masks is incredibly short.

You’d think that because quilting is such a long process that requires patience and lots of time that I’d be okay with one mask taking me more than 30 minutes — but I’m NOT. I don’t know why, it just seems they shouldn’t be more than a “10 Minute Table Runner ( which, come to think of it, also takes me 30 minutes…hmmm).

Quilters are creative.

There are online quilt shows, lots of themed shares on Instagram and Facebook, online classes and more ways to stay social while doing, creating and learning.

I hope you can relate to some of my observations and can share some of your own HERE on my Facebook page: Creative Bee Studios. Please follow, like and share. Bee well, bee safe, everyone!