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Warren Township HS Bandbooster Craft Fair

Posted by fionatranter on October 31, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Get into the Holiday spirit and come support the CWarren Township Band Boosters Fundraiser Craft Fair


Saturday 7th November, 2015

9am to 3pm


Warren Township High School on Almond Road in Gurnee


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An Original Jewelry Artist and Accessory Show

Posted by fionatranter on November 22, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Just in time for the holidays our local bead shop "Ayla's Originals" has organized a jewelry and accessory show. This is a great opportunity to pick up gifts for the favorite people on your list and support local artists.

For one day only on Sunday 14th December in Evanston from 10:00am till 4:00pm at the Best Western hotel, 1501 Sherman Ave, Evanston, Il.

More information about the artists, location, transpor...

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Autumn Equinox

Posted by fionatranter on September 23, 2014 at 8:25 AM

The inspiration for my latest necklace was changing seasons and the transition from summer into Autumn and the Autumn Equinox seemed like a good day to write about the piece.

The focal leaf is enameled copper that was expertly created by Anne Lichtenstein of

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Oakshot Cotton work in progress Wednesday

Posted by fionatranter on September 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Back in 2013 I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK. One of my purchases from the day was a pack of fat 1/8s from Oakshot Cotton. I have pondered for quite some time what design would be worthy for this beautiful fabric and finally decided upon the Double Disappearing Nine Patch. I first found this design on pinter...

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Shimmer and Bling Bead Expo

Posted by fionatranter on August 31, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Several of my designs use glass beads from the very talented Teresa Silbert of Hobo Glass.

Teresa has a booth this coming weekend (7th September) at the Shimmer and Bling Bead Expo and has graciously offered to have some of my work available for sale.

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Christmas in August

Posted by fionatranter on August 10, 2014 at 9:10 AM

At a recent Northeast Illinois Modern Quilt Guild meeting one of the quilters brought a beautiful I-spy quilt for show and tell. The inspiration for the quilt was a personal goal to make three quilts from their stash this year and the end result for this quilt was lovely.

This reminded me of a little bundle of 4 inch squares I'd received as a Christmas present one year. The bundle was made up of lots of fun prints but...

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Crochet Heart

Posted by fionatranter on June 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Since my aha moment last year concerning bead crochet I have been enjoying using the technique to create bangles and ropes. Once you have the beads threaded the project becomes very portable and I've been able to crochet on the plane and in the car and at art and craft fairs. These days even threading the beads is less of a chore as I have a bead spinner and can finally use it successfully.

Here is one of my latest projects. The Lisa Peters Raku cerami...

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19th Annual Grayslake Art Festival

Posted by fionatranter on June 17, 2014 at 8:20 AM

What fun we had this last weekend at the 19th Annual Grayslake Art festival. The weather was perfect, beautiful blue skies, a slight breeze and lots of sun.

Here is Jobi at our booth ready to start the day.

The Grayslake Chamber of Commerce lined up some...

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Tula Pink Block 4

Posted by fionatranter on June 4, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Here is another Tula Pink block from her book 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. I'm not managing one a week and at this rate I'll be making a quilt for my sisters grandchildren!

This is the layout for block number 4. I used central park fabric designed by Kate Spain for Moda and a kona solid for the purple.

As you can see from t...

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Grayslake 19th Annual Art Festival

Posted by fionatranter on June 2, 2014 at 8:00 AM

I am very excitied to have been accepted into my first juried show and will be attending the 19th Annual Grayslake Art Festival on 14th June.

The show runs from 10am to 5pm and I will have a selection of my latest designs available for sale.

Jobi from One Cheek Crafts will be sharing a booth at the show and the organizers promise great food, entertainment and activities for kids.

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