Hexy Talk

On a recent trip to Harsens Island, my friend Brenda (from just-a-bit-frayed) got me completely hooked on English Paper Piecing.  Now I can’t sit still without having a stack of hexies to work on.  It is a fun (and addicting) way to hand piece hexagons (and other shapes) and you can use scraps!  Brenda shows you how … Continue reading

Sew. Quilt. Give. – June Blocks are in!

I am part of a charity bee through flickr called Sew. Quilt. Give.  All of our completed quilts will be donated to Alexandria House in Los Angeles.  Charity bees are a great way to meet people and learn new techniques, plus I get a warm fuzzy feeling thinking that something I made will help someone who really needs it. … Continue reading

Spoonflower Weekly Contest

Check out my entryin Spoonflower’s weekly contest starting June 19th: fabric designs featuring extinct animals. To vote for your favorite entries, go here. My favorite extinct animal is the dodo so my first design idea is also posted (but not entered in the contest): For those unfamiliar with Spoonflower, the site allows you to order fabric … Continue reading

Quilty Time Capsule: Pascal’s Triangle

Quilty Time Capsule: Pascal's Triangle

In the spirit of nostalgia and spring cleaning (which are not as opposite as you may think) I dredged up this quilt top and finally batted, backed, and bound it. This top started before I knew _anything_ about quilting. My template for the triangles was from a pizza box and I cut out every single triangle with scissors (this was before I even knew about rotary cutting.) It is done in all black and white fabric from my own pattern. So, could I do this better now that I know more? Absolutely. But, it’s kind of a nice reminder how much I have learned in ten years and I may even attempt this pattern again.

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A Babe in the Woods

I was recently inspired by a story I heard about a new quilter preparing 13 quilts for her wedding.  I am not sure where or when the tradition originated (American frontier, pioneer era?) but it is tied up in the idea of a dowry or hope chest to prepare a new bride to set up … Continue reading

My First Quilt

To celebrate my daughter’s recent first birthday and because I have been prone to episodes of major nostalgia recently I thought I’d do a little reminiscing. I started my first “official” quilt (as in: I am seriously learning how to do this, no more mucking about) when I was pregnant with my daughter last year. … Continue reading

Fabric8 Contest

Fabric8 Contest

Sadly, I was not in the top hundred picked for the contest but out of 700 entrants I don’t know how you could narrow it down to even a hundred! The final hundred designs are beautiful – check them out and vote on your favorites! Luckily, you don’t have to pick just one!

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Frank Lloyd Wright Guild Swap

The theme for our Yankee Swap this month was Frank Lloyd Wright. I chose one of my favorite pieces of architecture as inspiration: Falling Water. In this house FLW commingles the natural with the created so that the living space has aspects of both. I generalized this idea when I made my pouch and integrated … Continue reading