Machine Quilting Quilting Quilts

Quilting Inspiration from Nature

What inspires you? What do you think about when you choose fabrics for a sewing or quilting project? Do you find yourself drawn to certain colors, shapes, or pattern styles? I get much of my creative inspiration from nature. Some of my earliest and most enduring memories are of specific landscapes and places and the […]

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Color & Value Quilting Reviews

Cotton Cuts and the Value of Value

“Color gets all the credit, but value does all the work.” I don’t know who first came up with that quote; but I’ve seen many, many versions of it – because it’s so true! Most quilt books have a section on how to choose colors for a quilt. Color theory can be very helpful, but […]

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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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Color & Value Mixed Media

Fun with Paints – Acrylic Pours

I am very grateful to note that the dryer, hot water tank, chimney and furnace I mentioned in my last post have all been repaired and/or replaced.  Yay! But my sewing machines, fabrics, and tools have yet to be unpacked and sorted out.  (They will be soon – I just haven’t had time!) Meanwhile, I […]

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Machine Quilting Quilting Sewing

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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2013 Zen-Tangle
Machine Quilting Mixed Media Quilting Sewing

Finished Is More Important Than Perfect

Finished is more important than perfect. Anyone who has participated in one of my classes or Demo Days at Lakeshore Sewing has probably heard me say this – it’s one of my favorite mantras when teaching. The second part goes like this: The more you finish, the closer to perfect you’ll get. It’s generally true, […]

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