You’ve probably seen Funky Friends Factory patterns in a quilt shop somewhere along the way. They are popular among sewists, but usually whenever I’ve asked someone about their experience with the pattern, they admit that they’ve been too scared to try! Like so many fabrics and quilt patterns, these stuffed animal patterns often live in … [Read more…]
I finished a quilt –for myself!!– last month. It’s been on my to-make list for years, but in my life somehow for much longer. Let’s start back in 1999. Despite the amazing Prince song that most people are reminded of, there was no partying happening. It was the year I got divorced and embarked on … [Read more…]
Late last year, I teamed up with Bill Volckening to brainstorm some modern art-inspired quilt designs. Over a couple of dinner meeting, we settled on something reminiscent of Matisse’s paper cuts with a touch of Rorschach, deciding that it should be all needle-turn applique in the spirit of traditional Hawaiian quilt making. Over the next … [Read more…]
Did you know that your sewing machine has its own holiday? It certainly deserves it, if you ask me. I’ll forever be grateful to all those curious and industrious men who developed stitching machines that evolved into the beauty I get to sew on today. Go do a little sewing and celebrate this lovely invention.
Pardon me while I stray far from sewing on this post. First, a little backstory–many, many moons ago, I was married to a guy who had a love for Vespas. We discovered them together in the first year we were married. Having grown up on the back of my dad’s motorcycle, the love for two-wheeled … [Read more…]
I almost forgot to share the pics of Sew Expo–oops! Friday before last I got the chance to head up with the crowd of Fabric Depot customers to visit the Sewing and Stitchery Expo held each year in Puyallup. The best part was that my mom was already up there and we got to spend … [Read more…]
One of the things I’m really grateful for (it is November after all) is knowing people like Sam Hunter. I first heard of her and her amazing quilt late last year when I was working for Robert Kaufman Fabrics down in Los Angeles. Sam and I had, unknowingly switched places. She’d moved to Portland from … [Read more…]
I need to make room for fabric that is being stored for me elsewhere and what easier way to do that than with a massive destash. Join me this week (18-24 August) for flurry of fabrics ranging from fat sixteenths to fat quarters, patterns to yardage. I’ll be selling it off through my new Instagram … [Read more…]