11.01.2014

Craftsy November Mystery Quilt Launch!


Today is the first day you all can see the entire Craftsy quilt!
 I love love love these giant stars - they make me soooo happy.
And y'all know I'm a sucker for a classic quilt block.




I'm crazy-obsessed with the golds in these fabrics. 
That Kona yarrow is killin' me!!

And one of my most favorite parts of this quilt is the little pop of aqua in the binding. Love that unexpected touch.

This quilt is deceptively easy - it's made almost entirely of Half Square Triangles that are made with a quick-sew method. Don't you just love that? Huge eye candy factor with a lazy quilter's approach. Win!

Click on the pic to go to Craftsy to get your kit and pattern.
Right now. 
Do It.

10.22.2014

Join My Craftsy Workshop!



Can't tell you what it is yet, but you can visit the CRAFTSY website for a peek!

This workshop goes live on November 2 and there are still a few kits left.

I promise we'll have fun!

10.15.2014

What Does Pat Bravo Think of MDCQ?

Pat Bravo - a dynamo of a woman in a tiny little package - finally, finally reviewed our book Modern Designs For Classic Quilts.  She's got some sweet things to say about the book and some general praising of Kelly and me that, quite frankly, I'm not at all embarrassed to brag about. Actually, I'm eating it up.

Kelly and Me meeting Pat at Quilt Market 2012

For those of you who don't know Pat, she's an energetic South American quilter who decided to start her own fabric company. She started designing fabrics for herself and was quickly encouraged by her quilting friends to market those fabrics to other quilters and thus, Art Gallery Fabrics was born. She employs an army of dark-haired beauties and is joined by her sweet and jolly husband Walter as her partner. She has also hired prominent quilters and surface designers to design fabric lines, all of which have been wildly successful.


10.05.2014

Smack-My-Hiney Fantastic - Big News Today




Well, I've kept this on the DL since May, but it's time to SCREAM this at the top of my freaking lungs!!

 
I
Have a workshop
with
CRAFTSY 
 
(I just screamed that in my head as I typed, FYI)

 
 
Yeah, that's right, uh huh
(insert disco dance here)
 
 
I got an email in May and they were like - hey, you wanna do this workshop thing and I was like uh, yes and they were like cool and I was like let's DO this.
 
 
So outta my mind excited about this project. I really love how this quilt turned out. But you can't see it yet.
It's a MYSTERY QUILT!

Pop over to to Craftsy now to get the details now!
 

10.01.2014

The WhipperCrafter Has Launched!

You guys!! This is so crazy exciting!
My friends started a craft magazine.
A. Craft. Magazine.
And it launches TODAY!
 
Can you stand it?!
Who does that?
Who's like - hey, you wanna, like, start a media company and publish a magazine?
 
These girls:
Shannon, Courtney and Kelly

This trifecta of creativity, brains, and humor can only mean that this venture will be amazing.
I almost can't sit still as I write this, people.
Just so darn proud of them and so so excited about the ovaries (not balls, those things are grody) it took for them to have a vision and bring it to life.
Makes me kinda verklempt, really.

 
Visit the REBEL CRAFT MEDIA website and get the Halloween issue right now.
 
RIGHT NOW!
 

8.27.2014

Oh How I Love Thee, Essex Linen



Oh Essex Linen, you slay me. Your nubby texture, your sophisticated weave. You're like a warm hug on a cold day. And Kona solids?  Your rainbowliciousness makes my heart go pitter-pat.
 
This bad boy is done. It's only taken me a year to finish it, but it's no longer staring at me, taunting me with its "just do it already" glare.
 
 I win this time, Unfinished Project Pile.
 
So this baby is ready to be quilted! It's a queen size - for my very tall, middle child.
He says, "Ma, make me a bigger one of these:"


 
And so I did. It's a tad different but basically the same.
And guess what?!
I'm writing the pattern for it and it'll be in my shop for you all to buy!
And the best part?
This pattern makes TWO quilts at the same time.
I know!
It's so cool.
 
But I digress...
Essex Linen is one of my favorite fabrics to use - especially the yarn dyed. It shrinks like a mutha, so if you plan on using it for a project, but at least a half yard extra.
 
I just wanns share with you one of my favorite quilts that uses Essex Linen
.
This was done by my friend Jessica of A Little Gray
Just love this.
The gray is actually called black yarn dyed.
It's delicious.

 
 Essex Linen - or another linen - in your quilting.
Like? Dislike? 
Discuss.
 

8.20.2014

Sneak Peaky - Part 2




Jenny Pedigo - who is one of the sweetest gals and hardest workers (and model-beautiful)  I know - is my longarm quilter when I need a complex, custom design. She did a few of the quilts in my book and always does a fantastic job. So of course, when I got a huge opportunity to do a pattern and workshop with a well-known company, she is my natural first-choice longarmer.

Again - I'm just not ready to share pictures of the entire quilt, but I can show you some of the detail work Jenny shared this week. The quilt is on its way to me as we speak and I'm so so excited to see it!

8.14.2014

What You Watchin' While You Sew?

I'm not really much of a TV/movie watcher while I sew.
 I'm more of a Pandora listener while I stitch - namely Nora Jones (yeeessss) or my current obsession, 70s Lite Rock Radio station.
 America, Kenny Loggins, Van Morrison, Cat Stevens. Christopher Cross
Mmm hmm. That's right.
Love me some Fleetwood Mac.
And sometimes, when I'm really lucky, I get a Doobie Brothers hit.
Makes my day.
 
But lately, I'm completely into watching movies while I sew.
And not just any movies.
British.
Period.
Romance.
 


 
 
Pride and Predjudice (every version I can find)
Mansfield Park
Jane Eyre
Emma
Wuthering Heights
Much Ado About Nothing
Young Victoria
 
 
 
 
Can't get enough.
I think it's also inspiring my next project, but more on that later...
 
What are y'all watching when you sew?
 
 
 

8.11.2014

Sneaky Peaky

So I've got this project I'm working on.
It's pretty awesome.
Like, pretty freaking awesome.
I can't give you a real picture of this quilt top, so I give you a filtered tiny-snippit-shot.
 


 
 
The fabric is Beau Monde from Robert Kaufman.
It's very art deco-y and asian inspired - I just love the blues and gold colors in these prints.
 
 
The block is based on the Love In a Mist block, which is one of my faves.

 
PLEASE go check out my friend Doris' Love in A Mist quilt HERE

 
 
So, I need a name for this quilt.
Pick a good one and I'll give you a free copy of the pattern!
 

7.27.2014

Ann Arbor - Here I Come!

I'm teaching at PINK CASTLE FABRICS on Thursday July 31 ! 
I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am.




I'll be teaching the Meshugana Quilt from my book Modern Designs for Classic Quilts at the very modern and sublime Pink Castle Fabrics in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

There are a few spots left, so sign up today!


I'll also be doing a trunk show at the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild meeting 
on Wednesday night July 30. 

If you've never visited the A2MQG's blog - it's a must. For real.
Tons of eye candy, tons of inspiration.



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