Stars on Fire

As new clients become regulars, I love seeing the range of the quilts they bring me. Some stick to the same color family. Some prefer one style of fabrics. Others are explorers. Sandy surprises me every time.

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Sweet Baby Peach

This baby quilt is all about the subtle details and colors. Lisa used a charm pack with soft peach and tan colors to make a quick and easy baby quilt. The squares were sewn straight, and then given setting triangles to turn them on their points and add some interest.

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Overwatch Baby Quilt

A good video game is a little bit like a quilt. Strong art, interesting characters, and good storytelling are like the fabric, batting, and thread. Those elements are stitched together to create something new and interesting. Blizzard’s Overwatch game is one of these ‘quilts.’ It’s all about heroes.

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How Knitting Drew Me Closer to My Grandma Six Years After Her Passing

I don’t quite remember if it was a small bedroom or a large closet, but it was in the eaves of my grandma’s old farmhouse. We called it the “dress-up closet,” and it was filled to the rafters with glamourous things: high heeled shoes, hats with veils, hoop skirts, and dresses with puff sleeves. I’m pretty sure they were real clothes, worn by real women, but that was a long time ago. I loved them, and I tried them all on.

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Photo Pillow with Printable Fabric

For a silly white elephant gift, I turned a photo of a friend’s coworker into a pillow that stole the spotlight at the holiday party. Printable Fabric is an amazing tool for your crafty arsenal. These cotton sheets slide through your inkjet printer and let you print any design onto fabric. Follow these simple steps create a unique pillow of your own using printable fabric.

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The Beauty of the Quilt Con

Convention, market, festival – whatever the name, I love quilt cons. The shopping, the like-minded people, and the excitement are all irresistible. But my favorite part is the booths. These 10x10-foot spaces are blank canvases. A well-designed booth isn’t just a display of fabrics and quilts – it’s a window into a lifestyle. As I walk down the endless aisles, the scenes change like pictures in a slideshow, and I’m transported from world to world.

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DIY Backpack

Sewing is magical. I can imagine a backpack in my mind, sketch it out, cut a little, and sew a little. And then the thing I imagined exists.

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Turn a Child's Drawing into Appliqué

My 7-year-old nephew didn’t know it, but he designed an applique pattern.  He’s learning to draw, and of course he draws super heroes. He was so proud of this drawing of the DC hero Robin that I decided to surprise him by turning his drawing into an applique pillow.

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A Digital Quilt Show

Over the last 14 years as a professional long arm quilter, I’ve helped my clients finish over 1500 quilts. Each quilt has its own personality, its own beauty, and its own story. As much as each carefully-handmade quilt wants a good home, they also want to be shown off. I know this because the quilts tell me.

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Quilting on the Brain

Quilting changes the way my brain works. After an afternoon of quilting last week, I was noticing beauty everywhere. A dusty path disappearing into the hills, bright flowers on long stems, the wag of a dog's tail. It turns out, this phenomenon is a real thing.

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