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Endings and Beginnings – A Personal Note

“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” This quote, usually attributed to Lao Tzu, but perhaps written by someone else entirely, nonetheless speaks to me – especially given what is happening in my life right now. Journal Quilt – Tree of Life. Journal Quilting is one of the ways I process my life experiences […]

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Quilting Reviews

What I Did This Summer… Fun with Sew Alongs on Instagram

First, for those who enjoy a little backstory: (if you don’t care about backstory, skip on down to the Sew Alongs – I won’t be offended!) One of the challenges of pursuing your passion (or something related to your passion) as your vocation is the risk of adding so many financial and/or performance related pressures […]

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Out of My Comfort Zone – Desert Modernism Challenge

Why do I love Spoonflower so much? As an independent designer (as well as consumer), I get a terrific way to create custom textiles for my own use, as well as to sell 20+ different types of fabrics (plus wallpaper, gift wrap and ready-made home decor items) printed with my original artwork to designers and […]

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Adventures with Spoonflower – Changing Seasons

Note: if My Spoonflower Shop links aren’t working (the system has seemed overloaded at times recently) you can also find me at and by searching on “bethannwilliams”) In my last post, I shared the origins of my Around the World and Back Again collection. This time, I’d like to share a bit of […]

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Adventures with Spoonflower – Around the World and Back Again

Note: if My Spoonflower Shop links aren’t working (the system has seemed overloaded at times recently) you can also find me at and by searching on “bethannwilliams”) I haven’t been posting lately, but I HAVE been creating. 🙂 Working on designs for a couple of new fabric collections has made me reflect a […]

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Reviews Spoonflower

My Adventures with Spoonflower

Sadly, the repairs, unpacking, and setting up again of my basement studio has yet to be finished, which has really been cramping my creative style… However, Spoonflower is having a fantastic half price sale on fat quarters (all fat quarters – not just mine!) now through midnight on Nov. 8, 2018 – which also reminded me […]

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Bargello Color & Value Quilting

Colorwash Bargello

What makes a quilt a bargello quilt? And what does colorwash mean? In the introduction to my second book, Colorwash Bargello Quilts, I credited 3 main influences: Centuries-old bargello needlepoint, also known as Hungarian point, flame stitch, or Florentine work. Modern strip-piecing methods pioneered in the 1970s by quilt artists such as Barbara Johannah Colorwash/watercolor quilting designers in […]

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Celtic Quilting Quilts

Celtic Quilts – My Journey

My first book Celtic Quilts: A New Look for Ancient Designs was published in 2000 by Martingale & Co.   The following has been excerpted from a lecture/trunk show that I have shared with quilt guilds, quilt show attendees, and various community groups around the country. I’d like to share with you some of the things […]

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Legacy Journal Quilt
Quilting Quilts

My Quilting Story

Back in March of this year, the Missouri Quilt Co. ran a contest: ”Quilting touches so many of our hearts on a much deeper level than just pretty fabrics pieced together. For some, quilting is an artistic outlet. It is a medium to allow your creative talents to really shine. For others, quilting can be […]

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8 Tips for a Creative Life

This is a reprint of an article that originally appeared in the magazine CraftSanity, Issue 2, published by Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood. © Beth Ann Williams, 2011. I also had the pleasure of being interviewed by Jennifer on CraftSanity Episode 116. CraftSanity. Making stuff. Crafting Sanity. Sometimes it’s about having something do to with my hands while my […]

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