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Archive for 'English Paper Piecing'

Lottie Da + True Colors = One Lovely Apron & a Fabric Giveaway!

When the nice folks at FreeSpirit invited me to be participate in the True Colors blog tour, I wanted to freeze time and make a large quilt. Sadly, my crazy schedule didn’t allow time for a deadline sewing marathon. But it’s okay. My need for speed gave me the perfect opportunity to launch into one of my […]

Craft Away the Winter Blues with Free CraftSanity Workshops at Kent District Library Branches!

Hello! I’m taking a quick break from end-of-the-semester grading to invite Grand Rapids-area crafters to a series of free workshops I’m hosting with nice folks at several Kent District Library branches. I’ve been traveling across the state to teach workshops at my hometown library for for years and I’m very happy to get the opportunity to […]

CraftSanity Magazine Issue 8 Preorder Preview Sale

The CraftSanity Magazine Issue 8 Preorder Sale is on! Preorder your copy by Wednesday (11/14/12) and save a dollar off the cover price! You can also sign up for a CraftSanity Magazine subscription and have the next 4 issues automatically mailed to your home. Here’s a preview of the fun projects, stories and recipes featured […]

At Long Last: The Charity ArtPrize Quilts Are Complete

Finishing this quilt project came down to the wire as expected, but boy am I happy to be done. Crossing the finish line was very unceremonious and that was expected, too. I just left the quilts in a pile on a table at the David D. Hunting YMCA and went home. If I had not […]

I Can See The Finish Line, Folks! …And It’s Still a Few Miles Away

Doodle, doodle almost done. I love scribbling on fabric with thread. I machine quilted panels four and five of my charity ArtPrize quilts late Wednesday. High five, everyone! Later today I’ll be picking out fabric for the binding and weaving in thread tails. I can’t quite believe I’ve been working on this project every day for […]

Stitching On Deadline: My ArtPrize Quilt Continues To Slowly Taking Shape

This is what my ArtPrize quilt looked like yesterday morning. It was a box of 127 hand-stitched, paper-pieced hexagon blooms organized by color. (Note that navy blue dominates this box of blooms created using ties donated by prominent men in West Michigan.) I stitched the last 14 blooms at 35,000 feet flying to Seattle and […]

Interested in Learning More About English Paper Piecing? Take My Class Next Week At Lakeshore Sewing!

Hi. I’m back from an excellent trip to Seattle and busy catching up on all my projects. I spent the day stitching my ArtPrize entry yesterday and will resume work on the project today after a much needed workout at the Y. I will tell you all about my Seattle adventure soon, but for now […]

Stitch A Charity Quilt With Me At July 21 Stitch-in, Be Part of ArtPrize 2010

Finally updated with video Oh my word, I’m so tired! I’ve been stitching like mad lately and wanted to give you folks an update on the ArtPrize charity quilt project I’ve been working on. Check back here in a bit for today’s “Take Five” TV segment for an update on how things are progressing. And all […]

Hexagons in Bloom: More ArtPrize Stitching

This bloom was made with a necktie that once belonged to Lewis William Seidman. It was sent to me by his niece, Allison Aller, who happens to be a very talented quilter. She heard about the project through a friend and thought her “Uncle Bill” would have been pleased to have his power tie in […]

My Craft Marathon: Mad Hexagon Stitching For ArtPrize 2010

I spent Friday afternoon and evening deconstructing neckties and making more hexagon kits for my ArtPrize entry. This is the part of the charity quilt project that I’d skip if I could. But it has to be done to get to the good part – the stitching of the blooms. I LOVE that part. There’s […]

Feeling like a fish out of water, but this fish can still stitch… hexagon blooms

NO DIVING – that I can handle. But -NO SWIMMING – well, that’s a bit more of a problem. My favorite YMCA lap pool is closed for more than a month for regrouting and and I’m itching to swim in it RIGHT NOW. Tomorrow I’m going to try to test out the local high school […]

ArtPrize 2010: The Ultimate Opportunity To Blur The Lines Between Art & Craft

It’s official. I entered ArtPrize 2010, the international art competition based here in Grand Rapids. I’m working on a hexagon quilt called “Power Ties in Bloom” made out of neckties that will be displayed at the David D. Huntington YMCA in Grand Rapids Sept. 22 – Oct. 10.  The ties were collected by Safe Haven […]

A CraftSanity Apron Contest & Show Reminder and New Project Announcement

My oh my. I’m insanely busy and kind of loving it. I’m exhausted and I don’t really know what day it is, but, wow, am I having fun! I’m very excited to report that awesome apron designs have been submitted to the first-ever CraftSanity Apron Show to benefit Safe Haven Ministries. Thank you to those […]

A Paper Piecing Tutorial for You at Petite Purls

The latest issue of Petite Purls went live today and includes a couple of my paper-pieced ornament projects. There’s still time to make the flower ornament pictured above, and a related festive wreath ornament, too. So head over to Petite Purls for the directions. This issue is packed with great patterns including fun crochet “Foamies” […]

CraftSanity on TV: English Paper Piecing & a Stitch N’ Pitch Ticket Giveaway

Hi folks. Here’s the video clip from my latest “Take Five & Company” craft segment. If you’re local, I hope to see you at the “Stitch N’ Pitch” event at the West Michigan White caps game Aug. 2. This is a fun way to watch a game and hang out with a group of like-minded […]