Monthly Archives: September 2012

The SHWS Gallery Opens with African Prints + Quilts = Magic!

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Hooray! SHWS’s Gallery opening day has finally arrived! Paula Benjaminson and I have been corresponding internationally via email and Dropbox (best way ever to transport photo files) for the past few weeks in order to gather quilts from the U.S., … Continue reading

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Fabric Adventures in Africa Part II + Exciting SHWS Gallery Opening Announcement

As you’ll recall in my last post, Paula Benjaminson who lives Libreville, Gabon shared some of her fabric shopping experiences in the markets of West Africa. Today she’ll give us a perspective on the types of fabrics that are made … Continue reading

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Friday Photo: A “Duckie” Preview from Darra’s New Quilt Book!

Rubber Duckies is one of 11 original baby-quilt designs from my newest book, Cuddle Me Quick, co-authored with my friend, Christine Porter. It’s brand new, published on September 10, 2012 by Martingale & Company. I’ll be signing copies at Quilting in the … Continue reading

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Bead-Dazzled: Add Detail and Sparkle to Your Fiberwork (Giveaway!)

What do the following little quilts–part of my self-imposed 30-Minute-a-Day Creativity Challenge –have in common? If you guessed beads, take your seat at the head of the class! As you can see, beads can play a starring role (the “prickles” on the cactus in … Continue reading

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Friday Photo: Mocha Art

Kudos to the barista in a little cafe in McMinnville, Oregon, who made a cup of coffee into an art form. You made my day!

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September Block of the Month: The Last Block!

September is the ninth and last block! Not only is it an easy one, but you only have to make two of them. Next month we’ll have instructions to finish the quilt – the sashing, the cornerstones, and the border. I’m excited to … Continue reading

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Catch a Class with Christie at Quilting in the Garden!

As you know, we are all busy getting ready for our participation in Quilting in the Garden, the upcoming event at Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore, CA, Sept. 22-23. In addition to the spectacular outdoor quilt show with featured artist Judy Mathieson, queen … Continue reading

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Rotary Cutting Without the Cheese, Please! Safety Tips and a Giveaway

With so many of us using rotary cutters for our quilting and sewing projects, I feel the need to take few minutes to share some  important basics for the use and care of these wonderful cutting tools. I can’t tell you how … Continue reading

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