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    Karen Bolan
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I'm looking for opinions!! And I need another weekend, so if you can provide either I would be grateful. I was tired yesterday and didn't arrange the quilt as I had planned to. Today I took the blocks down and organized them by the warm colors, and feel closer to ready to put it together. What layout option speaks to you? #scrappytriparoundtheworld #triparoundtheworld #modernquilting
I'm looking for opinions!! And I need another weekend, so if you can provide either I would be grateful. I was tired yesterday and didn't arrange the quilt as I had planned to. Today I took the blocks down and organized them by the warm colors, and feel closer to ready to put it together. What layout option speaks to you? #scrappytriparoundtheworld  #triparoundtheworld  #modernquilting 
I really need to eat some breakfast but this is too much fun!
I really need to eat some breakfast but this is too much fun!
I got a nice surprise today! My four entries into the Sonoma County Fair all got ribbons. Thanks @kitchkouture for the photos! The red quilt with white stars and a third place is a group charity quilt by the North Bay Modern Quilt Group. I did the quilting. (@nicolepacheco707 @rgeorgevits @wardstorms and I don't know if I have instagram names for the rest of you, sorry if I'm blanking on someone. Let me know.)
I got a nice surprise today! My four entries into the Sonoma County Fair all got ribbons. Thanks @kitchkouture for the photos! The red quilt with white stars and a third place is a group charity quilt by the North Bay Modern Quilt Group. I did the quilting. (@nicolepacheco707 @rgeorgevits @wardstorms and I don't know if I have instagram names for the rest of you, sorry if I'm blanking on someone. Let me know.)
I started the day with a little cool thing before work! (Interesting auto correct...quilting sounds like cool thing, apparently!)
I started the day with a little cool thing before work! (Interesting auto correct...quilting sounds like cool thing, apparently!)
I had such fun today exploring strings in a class with @fern_royce and fellow Moonlight Quilters! I'm not usually good about using my scraps (I'm better at making them) but today was liberating and I enjoyed revisiting the stories behind each scrap.
I had such fun today exploring strings in a class with @fern_royce and fellow Moonlight Quilters! I'm not usually good about using my scraps (I'm better at making them) but today was liberating and I enjoyed revisiting the stories behind each scrap.
Finally some quilting to show you I haven't been 100% neglecting my machine! (Not my top.)
Finally some quilting to show you I haven't been 100% neglecting my machine! (Not my top.)
One unexpected benefit of having a window in my office...
One unexpected benefit of having a window in my office...
I'm SO PROUD of my mom right now! Check out the center of her first quilt! I've been teaching her step by step since October, intermittently because we live far apart, and today she sewed the rows together! We're planning a couple of borders next! This is her original design too! #newquilter #teachingisfun
I'm SO PROUD of my mom right now! Check out the center of her first quilt! I've been teaching her step by step since October, intermittently because we live far apart, and today she sewed the rows together! We're planning a couple of borders next! This is her original design too! #newquilter  #teachingisfun 
I'm so happy with how my "Ode to Carmen Herrera" turned out! I'm m facing it today! #modernquilt #sewsolid
I'm so happy with how my "Ode to Carmen Herrera" turned out! I'm m facing it today! #modernquilt  #sewsolid 
I'm finally starting to decorate my new office, after a month at my new job. I still have two more walls to do, but I'll need some more quilts for that! Now that I'm working all the time again, it's hard to make time to quit.
I'm finally starting to decorate my new office, after a month at my new job. I still have two more walls to do, but I'll need some more quilts for that! Now that I'm working all the time again, it's hard to make time to quit.
Fun with a #qdad spark today!
Fun with a #qdad  spark today!
I finished! Embracing the "done is better than perfect" attitude helped a lot!
I finished! Embracing the "done is better than perfect" attitude helped a lot!
In progress mini quilt for a retirement gift. "Good memories and good wishes!" Each fabric represents a memory or a wish for her future, and of course I arranged it as a trip around the world. I'm down to the wire and hope to finish tomorrow. #scrappytriparoundtheworld
In progress mini quilt for a retirement gift. "Good memories and good wishes!" Each fabric represents a memory or a wish for her future, and of course I arranged it as a trip around the world. I'm down to the wire and hope to finish tomorrow. #scrappytriparoundtheworld 
Design 10 for #30quiltdesignschallenge2018 . This time I started with a square grid (see second photo) and distorted it just for fun. @mmmquilts
Design 10 for #30quiltdesignschallenge2018  . This time I started with a square grid (see second photo) and distorted it just for fun. @mmmquilts
Number 9 for #30quiltdesignschallenge2018 by @mmmquilts was also a simple block of rectangle with a circle and a wedge on one end. Color and rotation make a big difference!
Number 9 for #30quiltdesignschallenge2018  by @mmmquilts was also a simple block of rectangle with a circle and a wedge on one end. Color and rotation make a big difference!
Design 8, a few days late, for #30quiltdesignschallenge2018  led by @mmmquilts . Simple layout, but different borders. The block is a half rectangle triangle.
Design 8, a few days late, for #30quiltdesignschallenge2018  led by @mmmquilts . Simple layout, but different borders. The block is a half rectangle triangle.
One reason I haven't put many quilting progress shots up lately is that I've been working on some clothes. I finally feel like this jacket is coming together after class today! I couldn't resist adding some detail on the back seam. It relates to the lining and to the last dress I made with flying geese in the waistband. #burdastyle #srjcfashionstudiesprogram
One reason I haven't put many quilting progress shots up lately is that I've been working on some clothes. I finally feel like this jacket is coming together after class today! I couldn't resist adding some detail on the back seam. It relates to the lining and to the last dress I made with flying geese in the waistband. #burdastyle  #srjcfashionstudiesprogram 
Design 7 for #30quiltdesignschallenge2018 with some playing on my phone today with touch draw. The final picture is the block I rotated and cropped to get the three designs. @mmmquilts
Design 7 for #30quiltdesignschallenge2018  with some playing on my phone today with touch draw. The final picture is the block I rotated and cropped to get the three designs. @mmmquilts