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    Karen Bolan
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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
This is number 6 of #30quiltdesignschallenge2018 with @mmmquilts . Like I said, this shape was really fun to play with. See last post for the shape. For this one I added on a little to make it square. For some reason the second graphic didn't work, but this design uses only two blocks: the spiky HST and solid squares, but the color placement and rotation makes so many fun combinations!
This is number 6 of #30quiltdesignschallenge2018  with @mmmquilts . Like I said, this shape was really fun to play with. See last post for the shape. For this one I added on a little to make it square. For some reason the second graphic didn't work, but this design uses only two blocks: the spiky HST and solid squares, but the color placement and rotation makes so many fun combinations!
I keep forgetting to post. Here's one more #30quiltdesignschallenge2018 . This is number 5. I kept playing with this shape. More to come! @mmmquilts
I keep forgetting to post. Here's one more #30quiltdesignschallenge2018  . This is number 5. I kept playing with this shape. More to come! @mmmquilts
Design 4 for #30quiltdesignschallenge2018  again using a #qdad seed. @mmmquilts
Design 3 for #30quiltdesignschallenge2018  again using a #qdad seed and playing with different rows of blocks. @mmmquilts
Design 2 for #30quiltdesignschallenge2018  again using a #qdad seed and channeling Hawaiian quilting for my initial step. @mmmquilts
I'm going to try committing to #30quiltdesignschallenge2018 because I need to remember this is what I enjoy. I'm also adding the personal challenge of doing them in Illustrator. Here's number 1 @mmmquilts ! This one inspired by a #qdad seed from February 25. It's a difficult color palette for me.
I'm going to try committing to #30quiltdesignschallenge2018  because I need to remember this is what I enjoy. I'm also adding the personal challenge of doing them in Illustrator. Here's number 1 @mmmquilts ! This one inspired by a #qdad  seed from February 25. It's a difficult color palette for me.
I'm back from Quiltcon and here are my contributions: mini quilt for swap with @kristafleck , charity quilt for North Bay Modern Quilt Group quilted by me, charity quilt for Mostly Modern Quilters of Santa Rosa designed by me, and a picture showing the fabulous quilt @kristafleck gave me in the swap! #makeaminimakeafriend #quiltcon
I'm back from Quiltcon and here are my contributions: mini quilt for swap with @kristafleck , charity quilt for North Bay Modern Quilt Group quilted by me, charity quilt for Mostly Modern Quilters of Santa Rosa designed by me, and a picture showing the fabulous quilt @kristafleck gave me in the swap! #makeaminimakeafriend  #quiltcon 
I'm so proud! This is one of my students, who took both my classes (half rectangle triangles and free motion quilting) and completed this awesome quilt using her new skills! Isn't it wild?!
I'm so proud! This is one of my students, who took both my classes (half rectangle triangles and free motion quilting) and completed this awesome quilt using her new skills! Isn't it wild?!
Hooray for teaching! I taught beginning fee motion quilting last week to 18 fabulous students and I'm on the schedule again in April! The class covers five motifs, each with a lesson to learn. #freemotionquilting
Hooray for teaching! I taught beginning fee motion quilting last week to 18 fabulous students and I'm on the schedule again in April! The class covers five motifs, each with a lesson to learn. #freemotionquilting 
I finally cleaned up enough to do some work. I added round three to this Civil War medallion. Now it's off to get two more borders! And I'm ready to do something fun!
I finally cleaned up enough to do some work. I added round three to this Civil War medallion. Now it's off to get two more borders! And I'm ready to do something fun!