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The Final Countdown!
Booth is

The Final Countdown! Booth is all ready for the artists’ show tomorrow! I guess I’ve made many collage art pieces! I’m really pleased with how everything looks and hope it goes well this weekend! If you’re in the Bay Area, try to come by! (510)-558-0218 * 5327 Jacuzzi Street, Richmond, California. 10-5 Saturday and 12-5 Sunday. ❤️ @sfbayquilts #sfbayquilts #bayquilts #bayareacraft #supportartists #supportyourfriends #bayareaartist #aletheaballard #exuberantapplique #rawedgeapplique #alexanderhenryfabrics #alexanderhenryfabric #phillipjacobs #philipjacobsfabric #snowleopardfabric #cottonandsteel #tokyomilk


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The Final Countdown!
Booth is

The Final Countdown! Booth is all ready for the artists’ show tomorrow! I guess I’ve made many collage art pieces! I’m really pleased with how everything looks and hope it goes well this weekend! If you’re in the Bay Area, try to come by! 10-5 Saturday and 12-5 Sunday. ❤️ (510)-558-0218 * 5327 Jacuzzi Street, Richmond, California. @sfbayquilts #sfbayquilts #bayquilts #bayareacraft #supportartists #supportyourfriends #bayareaartist #aletheaballard #exuberantapplique #rawedgeapplique #alexanderhenryfabrics #alexanderhenryfabric #phillipjacobs #philipjacobsfabric #snowleopardfabric #cottonandsteel #tokyomilk


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SIX!!! This is how I roll. Sor

SIX!!! This is how I roll. Sorry, I had to!!! Countdown to artist’s craft sale at Bay Quilts in El Cerrito! Doing family thanksgiving #2 today and my NOT gluten free contribution are these rolls! Don’t think I’ll get ANY sewing time today, but the rest of the week will be OFF THE HOOK! Please hold! #fooporn @sfbayquilts #sfbayquilts #bayquilts #bayareacraft #supportartists #supportyourfriends #bayareaartist #aletheaballard #exuberantapplique #rawedgeapplique #alexanderhenryfabrics #alexanderhenryfabric #phillipjacobs #philipjacobsfabric #snowleopardfabric #cottonandsteel #tokyomilk


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Hey y’all, it’s time for t

Hey y’all, it’s time for the countdown! Seven days and counting! I will be participating in a holiday craft fair at Bay Quilts in El Cerrito next weekend! Make sure to come and see all of my new work, as well as beautiful work from other local artists. @sfbayquilts #sfbayquilts #bayquilts #bayareacraft #supportartists #supportyourfriends #bayareaartist #aletheaballard #exuberantapplique #rawedgeapplique #alexanderhenryfabrics #alexanderhenryfabric #phillipjacobs #philipjacobsfabric #snowleopardfabric #cottonandsteel #tokyomilk


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It’s a lovely rainy day! 
Fo

It’s a lovely rainy day! For those of you who are asking, this fabulous fabric is a new Alexander Henry de Leon design group masterpiece. It’s called Good and Plenty. 💋 .Made specially for yours truly! Because ladies like me have curvy bits. For my Bay Area friends, I checked today, and Stone Mountain and Daughter has it in stock. It also comes in a natural/cream color background. Be sure to share with me what you create with it! That’s an order! @alexanderhenryfabrics @stonemountainfabric @philophillip #collagequilt #bayareaartist #rawedgeapplique #collage #stonemountainfabric #alexanderhenry #alexanderhenryfabric #alexanderhenryfabrics #deleondesigngroup #goodandplenty #zaftig #zaftigs #zaftigdiva #aletheaballard #tokyomilkfabric #jennifersampou


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Amor! 
This is a custom quilti

Amor! This is a custom quilting job I did on blanket for a dear friend. AND, No, I won’t make one for you! I doctored up the photographs so you could see the stitching, but it was a solid piece of red Kona cotton fabric (40”x56”), wool batting & pink thread. I drew a design on a piece of scratch paper, and then I free hand quilted it on my long arm quilting machine! Very pleased! #customquilting #avante18 #handiquilter #superiorthreads #fantastico #dreamwool #dreamwoolbatting #konacotton #konasolids #amor #corazon #corazón #aletheaballard


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What fun it is to collaborate

What fun it is to collaborate with the wonderful Nicole de Leon from Alexander Henry fabrics. She’s the most amazing painter! Here’s a snapshot of what she sent me and the first “draft” of my collage efforts. If only I lived in Burbank and could hang out at the studio EVERY DAY! ・・・ Repostapp @alexanderhenryfabrics wote: Creative collaboration with @maverickquilts : we hand-painted Frida and her butterflies, and then we shipped her off to Alethea for appliqué, piecing and quilting! Come to Booth #2434 at Quilt Market and see the finished product! ❤️ #alexanderhenry #designercotton #musthave #deleondesigngroup #folkorico #maverickquilts #handpainted #QuiltMarket #alexanderhenryfabrics #alexanderhenryfabric #aletheaballard #fridaquilt #fridakahlo #deleondesigngroup #nicoledeleon #watchmesew #exuberantapplique #rawedgeapplique #collage #collagequilt #nicoledeleon #deleondesigngroup #collab #collaboration #


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Cannot get enough of #fridakah

Cannot get enough of #fridakahlo thanks to #aletheaballard #quilt #collage


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Wanna get away?
There are stil

Wanna get away? There are still spaces available in my class on Sunday! Join me for some Exuberant Appliqué! I'll be at Bay Quilts for Wreaths and Hearts class! Here's a link. http://bay-quilts.shoplightspeed.com/workshop-class-exuberant-applique-wreaths-hearts-b.html You can make something like my secret project, shown here! Xo #bayareaquilting #bayquilts #exuberantapplique #bayareaquilting #quiltingclasses #rawedgeapplique #wreaths #hearts #inspiration #aletheaballard #alexanderhenryfabrics


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All ready for fusing! And then

All ready for fusing! And then on to quilting! . I love to look, eye level, at the forest of pins! Someday, I'm just going to leave them in the project! I'm working on a fun secret project. Will tell you all more more soon! Please hold. 😜 #exuberantapplique #maverickquilts #aletheaballard #bayareaartist #bayareaquilting #alexanderhenryfabric #alexanderhenryfabrics #deleondesigngroup #commissionedart #commission #corazon #corazón #corazones #fridakahlo #flowers #frida #inspiration #watchmesew #fabriccollage #rawedgeapplique #collage


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AFTER. 
I'm ready to quilt it!

AFTER. I'm ready to quilt it! What do you all think? I think Frida really wanted some red lips and some purple eyeshadow this time! I am very pleased with the red roses. I changed the leaves a bit, too. I am not entirely pleased with the dragonfly, but I'm letting it dry and then I'll probably tweak it. #dynaflow #dyenaflow #jacquard #alexanderhenryfabric #fridakahlo #jacquardpaints #exuberantapplique #maverickquilts #aletheaballard #bayareaartist #watchmesew @alexanderhenryfabrics #fridakahlomagazine


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La Caterina. New wall hanging

La Caterina. New wall hanging completed! I used inks and pens to enhance the features on the face, and change the colors a little bit for more detail and interest! The skeleton and kitty glow in the dark, of course! . @therootconnection 😍#exuberantapplique #lacatrina #rawedgeapplique #aletheaballard #coridantinifabric #skull #alexanderhenryfabric #cottonandsteel


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My house quilt is back from th

My house quilt is back from the quilter. Alethea Ballard did an amazing job. That is me in the left-hand window. #quiltsofinstagram #aletheaballard #freddymoran


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Greenpeace Trees quilt heading

Greenpeace Trees quilt heading across the pond to a dear friend in Denmark. All my love goes wrapped in these trees, stitches and colors. ❤️❤️❤️ #greenpeace #greenpeacetrees #aletheaballard #exuberantapplique #maverickquilts


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The art show was a huge succes

The art show was a huge success! I have to send some special thank yous to the people who made it possible. Thank you Nick DiTomasso for arranging the show. Thank you to The Coffee Shop for hosting the event. Thank you to Lisa for your last minute preparations and support. Thank you Phillip for the last-minute pep talk. Thank you to my husband for schlepping and hanging the works. Thank you to everyone who came and made a festive event! And a huge thank you to the talented Brendan McNaughton! Your music and singing absolutely MADE the night! I'm humbled and delighted. @mindtime9 @coffeeshopofficial @larkeymilarkey @philophillip @brendanmcnaughton #gratitude #appreciationpost #love #artshow #exuberantapplique #aletheaballard


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Hearts and wreathes went on a

Hearts and wreathes went on a field trip today. I displayed these beauties at my Monday drop in class at Bay Quilts today. It was fun to see them in the wild! , @sfbayquilts . Back on the long arm sewing machine today! I love the combination of the three elements here: the digital flowers, the hand-written script, and the detailed stitching! . . @mindtime9 @cottage_jewel_antiques #thecoffeelifestyle #thecoffeeshop #collage #collageart #collageapplique #exuberantapplique #aletheaballard @coffeeshopofficial #alexanderhenryfabric #digitalfabric #flowers #batgirl #fridakahlo #succulents #tulapink #tulatroops #tabbyroad #theghastlies #phillipjacobs #phillipjacobsfabric #superiorthreads #kaffefassettfabrics #freespiritfabrics #annamariahorner #minions


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Back on the long arm sewing ma

Back on the long arm sewing machine today! I love the combination of the three elements here: the digital flowers, the hand-written script, and the detailed stitching! . . @mindtime9 @cottage_jewel_antiques #thecoffeelifestyle #thecoffeeshop #collage #collageart #collageapplique #exuberantapplique #aletheaballard @coffeeshopofficial #alexanderhenryfabric #digitalfabric #flowers #calligraphy #hqavante #handiquilter #superiorthreads


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It's bag time!  I inked up my

It's bag time! I inked up my Maverick Quilts lino cut tonight and got some bags prepared for the art show! Just in case I sell some pieces. 😉 . .@mindtime9 @cottage_jewel_antiques #artshow #bayareaart #bayareaartist #maverickquilts #collageapplique #exuberantapplique #aletheaballard @coffeeshopofficial


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Here's a behind the scenes loo

Here's a behind the scenes look at my work. The good news: I have all this cut and ready to make art with. The bad news: every single surface in my home looks just like this! Please take special note of my beloved Kai microserrated scissors! The purple ones are the bomb for the work I'm doing! . @mindtime9 @cottage_jewel_antiques #kaiscissor #kaiscissorsrock #wonderwoman #batgirl #fridakahlo #foodtruck #thecoffeelifestyle #thecoffeeshop #collage #collageart #collageapplique #exuberantapplique #aletheaballard @coffeeshopofficial @diablomagazine @walnutcreekmagazine @wishwalnutcreek @downtownwalnutcreek @anthro_walnutcreek #dccomics #alexanderhenryfabric


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For the Sweet portion of the a

For the Sweet portion of the art show, I have some darling hearts! These cats are from a fabric called Tabby Road designed by the indomnible @tulapink! For the Sardonic portion take a closer look under the cat's foot. 😜 . @mindtime9 #artshow #artshows #bayareaart #bayareaartist #walnutcreek #walnutcreekart #thecoffeelifestyle #thecoffeeshop #collage #collageart #collageapplique #exuberantapplique #aletheaballard @coffeeshopofficial @diablomagazine @walnutcreekmagazine @wishwalnutcreek @downtownwalnutcreek @anthro_walnutcreek #tulatroops #tulapink #tulapinkfabrics #tabbyroad


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Tour de Fish fabric collage (t

Tour de Fish fabric collage (this one won't be quilted) falls into the Downright Silly category of my art show next Friday. Thank you to those who asked for the address, I will be excited to see you there! Here's the 411: WHERE: The Coffee Shop 1321 locust Street Walnut Creek WHEN: Friday, June 30 from 6-9! WHAT: Exuberant Appliqué: Sweet, Sardonic & Downright Silly, by Alethea Ballard. . @mindtime9 #artshow #artshows #bayareaart #bayareaartist #walnutcreek #walnutcreekart #thecoffeelifestyle #thecoffeeshop #collage #collageart #collageapplique #exuberantapplique #aletheaballard @coffeeshopofficial @diablomagazine @walnutcreekmagazine @wishwalnutcreek @downtownwalnutcreek @anthro_walnutcreek


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Can you spot the additions!?!

Can you spot the additions!?! My mentor Margaret Linderman says it's not done until it's overdone. I think this little cheerful (LOL) character needed some hair and dress embellishments, don't you? And I fixed the tree. I have the collages hanging on every surface in the house and go by and add things until they're OVERDONE enough to stitch together. 😜 . . . This is How I Roll: Summer -textile collage in the works. Things are all set for my art exhibition next Friday, week! It's at The Coffee Shop on June 30 from 6-9! Click here for the address! @coffeeshopofficial I will have small pieces from my Exuberant Appliqué series, Sweet, Sardonic & Downright Silly, on sale for the first time! Get them while they're fresh and hot! @mindtime9 #artshow #artshows #bayareaart #bayareaartist #walnutcreek #walnutcreekart #thecoffeelifestyle #thecoffeeshop #collage #collageart #collageapplique #exuberantapplique #aletheaballard #artforsale #artforsalebyartist #alexanderhenryfabric #denadesigns #heatherrossfabric @philophillip @mlinderm


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This is How I Roll: Summer -te

This is How I Roll: Summer -textile collage in the works. Things are all set for my art exhibition next Friday, week! It's at The Coffee Shop on June 30 from 6-9! Click here for the address! @coffeeshopofficial I will have small pieces from my Exuberant Appliqué series, Sweet, Sardonic & Downright Silly, on sale for the first time! Get them while they're fresh and hot! @mindtime9 #artshow #artshows #bayareaart #bayareaartist #walnutcreek #walnutcreekart #thecoffeelifestyle #thecoffeeshop #collage #collageart #collageapplique #exuberantapplique #aletheaballard #artforsale #artforsalebyartist #alexanderhenryfabric #denadesigns #heatherrossfabric @philophillip @diablomagazine @walnutcreekmagazine @wishwalnutcreek @downtownwalnutcreek @anthro_walnutcreek @theghastlies


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New work: photo bombed Polaroi

New work: photo bombed Polaroids! This is the don't ever travel with Batman series! LOL #batman #wonderwoman #supergirl #batgirl #photobomb #nyc #paris #london #funny #exuberantapplique #bayareaartist #aletheaballard #collageart #collagequilt #marvelcomics


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Pshaw!  Who needs the Museum o

Pshaw! Who needs the Museum of modern Art? I have Frida and flowers! Really enjoying working on this new series of Corazones and wreaths! Here is a pre-quilting photo! I am preparing for a show on June 30! Save the date, and come to Walnut Creek in the afternoon/evening! Deets to follow! @coffeeshopofficial @mindtime9 #quilts #quilting #collage #collageart #collageartist #bayareaartist #maverickquilts #aletheaballard #frida #fridakhalo #esperanza #corazon #corazones #tokyomilk #margotelena #neptuneandmermaid #lostatlantis #coats #alexanderhenry @alexanderhenryfabrics


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Bev's quilt top is complete!

Bev's quilt top is complete! I wonder if she knows a good longarm quilter?!? 😜 The plan is to quilt around all of the motifs on the red border. Then she'll cut so that a layer of black batting will show all around the quilt in a free-form, amazing way! And no binding! Stay tuned. 😍 Detail of bottom right corner. @alexanderhenryfabrics #carolvanzandt #ahfabrics #alexanderhenryfabrics #exuberantapplique #collagequilt #bayquilts #bayareaquiltclasses #aletheaballard #quiltteacher @sfbayquilts #sfbayquilts #kaffefassett #andoverfabrics #echinofabric #blackcat


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All finished! 
Good night belt

All finished! Good night belts. Good night boots. Good night floor. Good night wood. Good night four legs. Good night two irons. Good night noises everywhere. I'll take a nice picture tomorrow and reveal all! #aletheaballard #bayareaartist #warhol #warholelvis #longarmquilting #hqavante #handiquilter #superiorthreads #isacord #selfie


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Beware the eye of March! Can y

Beware the eye of March! Can you see all of the stitching in my art quilt? I always give all my quilted creatures extra eyelashes so why not myself? Getting nearer and nearer to completion. Stay tuned to this channel... @carolvanzandt #aletheaballard #bayareaartist #warhol #warholelvis #longarmquilting #hqavante #handiquilter #superiorthreads #isacord #selfie


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I can't even describe how exci

I can't even describe how exciting it is to look at this work in progress by @gerredavis! There is movement and color and beauty and shape and texture! I am so excited to get the chance to work with Gerre at the Bay Quilts Lab classes, and I will be so excited to post photos of this as it progresses to y'all! @sfbayquilts #sfbayquilts #exuberantapplique #mrchillingsworth #bayareaquiltclasses #bayquilts #aletheaballard #collagequilt #rawedgeapplique #quilt #quilts #artquilts #bayareaartist #coconutmask #skeleton #ahfabrics #alexanderhenryfabrics #ikeafabric


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Brilliant day at Drop In Lab a

Brilliant day at Drop In Lab at Bay Quilts! So excited to see the fabulous work in progress! Here is part of Bev's flower vases quilt. Check out @gerredavis to see what she was working on. SWOON! As always, Alexander Henry fabrics are in da house! And some fabulous Carol Van Zandt! (Quilt center❤) @carolvanzandt @alexanderhenryfabrics #carolvanzandt #ahfabrics #alexanderhenryfabrics #exuberantapplique #collagequilt #bayquilts #bayareaquiltclasses #aletheaballard #quiltteacher @sfbayquilts #sfbayquilts #kaffefassett #andoverfabrics


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Fabulous Pear Quilts represent

Fabulous Pear Quilts representing four seasons. Collaborated by @maverickquilts and Freddy Moran. Another must see exhibit at San francisco quilt show today. #maverickquilts #collaboration #artquilts #quiltersofinstagram #freddymoran #sanfranciscoquiltersguild #sanfranciscoquiltguild #aletheaballard


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Throwback to when I made this

Throwback to when I made this beautiful quilt! I had it out for a student, so I took a quick pic on the porch of a part of it for y'all to see. This was one of the first quilts on which I appliquéd over all the seams between blocks to control the color and movement and visual focus. Of course the faces on this Alexander Henry fabric fill me with joy! it is called Las Señoritas. ❤ @alexanderhenryfabrics @philophillip @stonemountainfabric #maverickquilts #aletheaballard #lassenioritas #alexanderhenryfabrics #senioritas #appliqué #quiltdesigner #inspired #stonemountainfabrics #lovelylandscapequilt #watchmesew #mexicanobsession #nopales #cactus


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Do you need some exuberance in

Do you need some exuberance in your quilting life? I have just the thing for you! Join me for my exciting Exuberant Appliqué class at Bay Quilts in El Cerrito on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Bring some favorite fabric and some scissors and we will activate your inner collage artist in a big way! Call Bay Quilts to reserve your spot ASAP! (510)-558-0218 Here is their website! http://bay-quilts.shoplightspeed.com @sfbayquilts #sfbayquilts #bayareaquiltingclass #quiltclass #collagequilt #exuberantapplique #aletheaballard #maverickquilts #alexanderhenryfabrics #flowers #dragonflies #superiorthreads #longarmquilting #avante18 #watchmesew#bayquilts #bayareaartist #quiltteacher


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Hey y'all! Did you know that I

Hey y'all! Did you know that I am a Top Quilt Designer? One of the chapters from my book, Maverick Quilts, has just been published in this new, exciting book from C&T Publishing. Run right out and pick it up and make a pretty quilt. You're welcome. 😜 #sewwithme #quiltteacher #bayareaartist #maverickquilts #flowereddishesquilt #aletheaballard #ctpub #ctpublishing #useyouryardage #topdesigner #quilts #quilting #flowerquilts


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Arbol de la Vida at the Pacifi

Arbol de la Vida at the Pacific International Quilt Festival! Hope y'all can see it in person. #piqf #piqf2016 #mancuso #caldelabra #arboldelavida #librodelavida #quilting #quilts #maverickquilts #aletheaballard


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My Moo business cards arrived!

My Moo business cards arrived! I got the standard size, so I could see more quilts! I need to work on the color for a reprint, but it's pretty exciting to see all the work I've done recently! I'm rocking it! #moo #moocards #rockingit #watchmesew #quiltartist #teacher #quiltteacher #quiltart #quiltartist #bayareaartist #maverickquilts #aletheaballard


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I made a funny quilt back. And

I made a funny quilt back. And an even funnier label! El Árbol de Luchador quilt. #quiltartist #aletheaballard #maverickquilts #bayareaartist #quiltenstein #alexanderhenryfabrics #alexanderhenryfabric #luchador


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Each cluster of items that the

Each cluster of items that the Domestic Goddess is juggling is a combination of things that bring domestic bliss! Who knew I had so many funny pieces of fabric to extract these images from? Um, I think I have 85 fabrics with food on them! The babies come from and Alexander Henry fabric from about eight years ago! I just have a tiny piece left, and I love how perfect these are in size and color, and the expressions on their faces are priceless!. #collagequilt #watchmesew #applique #appliqué #domesticgoddess #quilt #quiltenstein #maverickquilts #aletheaballard #bayareaartist #quiltartist #alexanderhenryfabrics


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I love these cooking utensils

I love these cooking utensils with the funny phrases like 'don't flip out' and 'perk up'. All over the borders I appliqued funny little words and phrases to express my angst and sardonic sense of humor. Clocks and the word tick-tock are a repeated theme throughout the whole piece. Time is always ticking! #collagequilt #watchmesew #applique #appliqué #domesticgoddess #quilt #quiltenstein #maverickquilts #aletheaballard #bayareaartist #quiltartist


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The Domestic Goddess quilt had

The Domestic Goddess quilt had a little photo shoot today! I'm going to share some pictures with you, and I hope you love her as much as I do. This is a very personal piece about juggling responsibilities, image, social pressures, internal pressures and much more. #collagequilt #watchmesew #applique #appliqué #domesticgoddess #quilt #quiltenstein #maverickquilts #aletheaballard #bayareaartist #quiltartist.#alexanderhenry #alexanderhenryfabrics #ahfabrics


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I am packing for my class tomo

I am packing for my class tomorrow. I am hoping to turn my 20 darling students into 20 crazed Quiltensteins in an Exuberant Appliqué class! I am going to make them all cut out funny people to start with and then go from there. Please hold… #wishyouwerehere #quiltenstein #collagequilt #collageartist #appliqué #applique #watchmesew #sewwithme #quiltclass #alexanderhenryfabrics #kanvasfabric #mariakalinowski #aldenlanequiltshow #aletheaballard #maverickquilts #bayareaartist


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The Domestic Goddess went out

The Domestic Goddess went out to play this weekend! She's juggling pots and pans, food and laundry, kids and cleaning supplies, and flames are licking at her feet. All the while looking like a sexy beast. You know, the normal, everyday maverick quilter. It was so high up in the trees that you kinda need binoculars, but I'll post a closer pic soon. It was posted in the C & T Publishing area at the Alden Lane Quilt show. Did any of you see it in person? #Quiltenstein #domesticgoddess #maverickquilts #aletheaballard #quilts #collagequilt #rawedgeapplique #appliqué #applique #alexanderhenryfabrics


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My Greenpeace Trees quilt (rig

My Greenpeace Trees quilt (right) was the very first quilt at the entrance to the Alden Lane Quilt show. In fact, six of my pieces, including the four pear quilts (left), are in the entrance area to the show! (Mermaid's Laundry peeking out - center) The sun was shining on everything so the photos are dappled with light, but I was pleased at the prominent placement of my quilts! #aldenlanequiltshow #quilts #quilting #greenpeace #treequilt #livermoreca #mermaid #pearquilts #aletheaballard #maverickquilts #freddymoran


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