• Pieced,  Quilts,  scrap

    Mad Farmer’s Medallion – Complete!

    One of my favorite Wendell Berry quotes is this one, from his famous poem “Manifesto, Mad Farmer Liberation Front“: Expect the end of the world. Laugh. Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts. And another, from another well know Berry poem “The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer“: I am done with apologies. If contrariness is my inheritance and destiny, so be it. If it is my mission to go in at exits and come out at entrances, so be it. I love both poems and they kept coming to mind as I embarked on this ridiculous medallion quilt about three years ago. Here is a post…

  • Pieced,  Quilt Guild,  Quilts,  Uncategorized

    #QuiltsforPulse #OHCraft

    The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild put out a call for local guilds to make blocks and quilts for the survivors and families of the horrible Pulse Nightclub shooting earlier this year. The response has been astounding – over 1,000 quilts! Here is one more to add to the mix. The Group #OHCraft is a crafting community that includes people from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.  Volunteers from the group made the blocks, Lorna put them together, and I quilted the finished project.

  • Sewing Clothes,  Tutorials,  Uncategorized

    P4P Sunshine Dress Lined Bodice Tutorial

    I have a favorite hiking dress made by Eddie Bauer, which I have outlined my quest to re-create here (using the Colette Wren) and here (using the Patterns for Pirates Sunshine Dress) I loved the Sunshine Dress but wanted to have the bodice lined, so I experimented a bit and came up with the method below. My first two dresses I made using this pattern are really low cut – due to some bad adjustments I made, but I am happy to layer them I know I’ll wear them all the time. Adding the lining takes a while longer, especially the first time, but I am really happy with the…

  • Sewing Clothes,  Uncategorized

    My Quest for the Perfect Wrap Dress Part 2: P4P Sunshine Dress

    I have detailed the first part of my quest for the Perfect wrap dress using Colette Wren Pattern – which I liked but didn’t love – especially the neckline which wasn’t what I was looking for. For reference, this is my favorite dress that I was trying to copy. So when the Patterns for Pirates Sunshine dress came out I bought it immediately! I then immediately made a dress in the wrong size. Ooopsies! Measure twice cut once, right? Patterns for Pirates patterns always have a lot of options and they make a lot of special adjustments to make their patterns more user-friendly for pdf printing. I highly recommend them for beginner sewists! About…

  • Sewing Clothes,  Uncategorized

    My Quest for the Perfect Wrap Dress Part 1: Colette Wren

    I have a favorite dress, which I call my hiking dress. I got it at an Eddie Bauer warehouse sale about 4 years ago for $4.  How do I love it? Let me count the ways! It’s easy, flattering, doesn’t wrinkle, and you can nurse in it. I wear it hiking, to weddings, and chase toddlers in 90 degree heat at the zoo. Though I have been gifted the perfect dress, perfection is never enough. I want more. I have been on a quest to copy the dress ever since I had a vision of it made with this fabric from Peek a Boo Fabric Shop. I immediately ordered the fabric (it…

  • Baby,  Sewing Clothes,  Uncategorized

    Toddler Party Dresses! Playgroup, Snapdragon, and Bonny Leggings!

    I have been making some little party dresses for my animal loving toddler. First up, the Fox dress! The pattern is the Playgroup Dress by Fresh Stitch Patterns. I like this simple pattern, which uses woven fabrics (like quilting cottons) with a fully lined bodice and an option for a cute decorative panel. My only complaint is it doesn’t come with a print guide (that I saw – I have been known to miss things) so I had to manually go through the pattern pages to see which I needed to print. Either that or print out the larger sizes which go all the way up to 10 years – and…

  • Quilt Guild,  Quilt Olympics

    How to Host a Quilty Olympics at Your Quilt Guild

    This blog post should really be titled, “How to get other people to host a quilty olympics at your quilt guild” because I didn’t actually participate in the Quilty Olympics that I helped plan for the  this month in honor of the slightly higher profile Olympics currently happening right now in Brazil. I did however, help with the planning until I got sick and couldn’t go to the guild event. So my awesome Quilt Olympics Team (aka the IOC) took over and made it happen without me – thanks team! However, I thought this write up we put together would be helpful for other guilds!

  • Bells Palsy

    Bell’s Palsy Supplements, Vitamins and Essential Oils

    I was recently diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy, which is damage to a facial nerve which causes facial paralysis – among other symptoms. I have been frustrated to find there are not a lot of great resources for people dealing with this.  My doctor was initially particularly unhelpful and dismissive of my concerns. It seems that a lot of people heal quickly and don’t have a lot of symptoms beyond the paralysis. I don’t think my doctor realized the severe nerve pain that can accompany Bell’s Palsy and I think she might have thought I was being overly vain or over-dramatic about my symptoms. I have had to do a lot…

  • Uncategorized

    Giant Star Improv Quilt

    I don’t even know how to talk about this quilt. It was a headache from the first second – I changed my design about 10,000 times. They say improv is harder than traditional piecing – because you’re waiting for the quilt to speak to you instead of having a pattern to follow. I used Sherri Lynn Wood’s Improv book – the floating squares pattern. I copied the quilting from one of the quilts in the book. I loved the dreamy watercolor style fabric, but I couldn’t get it to mix right with the others. I just kept adding more and more white until I liked it.

  • Pieced,  Quilts

    Stop Mountaintop Removal T-shirt Quilt

    I made my first t-shirt quilt! It is for a fundraiser for an organization I have worked with for ten years – it’s their tenth anniversary. The shirt is from an event we hosted about 4 years ago. I have completely used up every “white with red print” scrap in my stash. I was really stretching here – but it’s all from stash. I used an orange peel pattern to quilt it. I wanted a more visible quilting to try and unify the design a little bit, since I think all the background fabrics are a little cacophonous, but the quilting ended up being very subtle. It uses mostly vintage…