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Jan
Cleveland
Interests: knitting, folk art, reading, painting, sewing, quilting, ethnic textiles, contemporary crafts.
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It's September! The 9th, already. There's been a little chill in the air the last few mornings. The regularity of cooler weather's arrival never ceases to amaze me. Warm weather in spring is always anyone's guess but early September seems... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Be*mused
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The last time I wrote about my Trip Around the World challenge project, I had just removed a couple of rounds because I didn't think the browns were working as I had envisioned. Since then, I've added another 4 rounds... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Be*mused
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Several posts ago I shared this sample block that I had drafted and stitched up to test my proportions and templates. At the end of the post, I noted that I wasn't happy with the background fabric color (Moda Bella... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Be*mused
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This is exactly what it looks like. After speeding through on my Trip Around the World Challenge and smugly waiting for the next set of instructions to be issued, I've been playing around on the design wall with a variety... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Be*mused
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Deep in the way-back drawers, I have a pile of these LeMoyne stars. They're many years old, tucked away after I made several quilts in the same color range and eventually tired of it. If you're a long-time quilter, you'll... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Be*mused
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I am totally obsessed with this project. But now I have my work cut out for me. While I enjoyed the wild ride of the smaller rounds, now each choice has more consequences. More squares per round means more time... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Be*mused
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It's been a busy last couple of weeks, but I'm back in the sewing room now, once again auditioning and moving things around. Our son and daughter-in-law were here for 10 days and we were busy with day trips, evening... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Be*mused
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Did you ever have a Ouija board? It came with a floating pointer, over which you lightly placed your hands. If you were patient (and happened to be at a teen sleepover), the pointer would start to slowly move and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at Be*mused
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Lots has transpired since my last post, but since it's been so long since I've written about a new project, I'm starting with that. If this looks a little familiar, I'll say at the outset that, yes, these were leftover... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at Be*mused
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Ok. So it's time to stop whining about what I can't do for the time being and focus on what I can. This project is so intense in color and design that I've found I need a little break from... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Be*mused
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MIA. That's me. Or rather, MIIA ~ Missing in inaction. Although I am loath to even mention it, this problem with my hand has thrown a monkey wrench into an already horrid spring. (May 2nd and I had to turn... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at Be*mused
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A while ago, I stumbled on the Etsy shop of Sarah Young, a British artist who, among many things, screen prints teatowels with her charming artwork. The towels are printed on 100% cotton and as she suggests on her website,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Be*mused
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April ~ finally! Did March not seem like the longest month ever? Today is starting out a bit gloomy, but I feel like we've turned the corner. I have, anyhow. Enjoying spring inside if we can't enjoy it outside yet.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Be*mused
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It's the first day of spring, though you wouldn't know it by looking out the window. But I'm in a spring mood, emerging from my winter routine. What was I thinking? For weeks I've been hunkering down, intentionally staying out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Be*mused
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Main Gate at Asakusa (36 Hours in Tokyo) January and February have come and gone but it's like the movie, Groundhog Day, here ~ still quilting Molly's quilt, still looking out the window at snow, watching it fall endlessly, once... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at Be*mused
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Just a quickie post to use for Lori's link-party for the end of her MidWinter Blues quiltalong. As I wrote earlier, we don't need any mid-winter blues around here this month, so I changed the color scheme for mine version... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Be*mused
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Thank heavens for daytime Olympic coverage! It's keeping me firmly in my seat and moving along on the quilt. I've found the stitching is so much better if I work during the day, in quality and progress. Probably a combination... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Be*mused
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When I got up this morning, I poured my coffee and couldn't resist heading into the sewing room to take a look at my completed blocks on the design wall. I moved a few things around and before I knew... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Be*mused
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On Friday, I took a few minutes to tend to my tulips, which were needing a little tidying up. Red & yellow tulips are a favorite of mine and so cheery in the kitchen against the backdrop of endless snow.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2014 at Be*mused
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It's been some winter so far, hasn't it? This morning I woke up to this view from my kitchen window ~ sunny, blue skies and unblemished, sparkly snow (like the old Christmas cards with German glitter). By now I'm sure... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Be*mused
I've had this pattern for a while but have never made it. Love this interpretation of it! I think I said on one of your previous Tova posts that it was inspiring me to finally pull out my pattern and find some fabric. Maybe this time? Hope springs eternal...
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Just popping in to share something I made for a Christmas present ~ one of Jenni Baker's drawstring bags. When I saw this floating around the blogisphere a while ago, I knew it was on my someday list. Now I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at Be*mused
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© Jun Ichihara How about HOT drinks for a COLD day? I grew up in Maine. I lived in Oswego, NY, during the storm of 1978 (83" of snow over a weekend). Still, I shudder at the sight of -15°F... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Be*mused
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The Year of the Horse Well, I'm not quite sure how we've arrived here already, but there you have it ~ another new year! I thought that 2013 would be a quiet year and although it was a fine year... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at Be*mused
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Just like UPS and FedEx, I thought I was ready for the holidays. The three of us hit the ground running the week after Thanksgiving, confident in our ability to get everything done before Christmas, no matter the challenges and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Be*mused
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