• Baby,  embroidery,  Quilts

    Finished Woodlands Baby Quilt!

    So, I started this quilt a month ago and then the internet erased my post. Dangit, internet. This is a new thing for wordpress to do to me, and I hope it never happens again! Ok, fingers crossed this blog doesn’t disappear on me too! I finished hand-sewing this quilt. I previously posted about this quilt here and reviewed the Auriful Aurifloss I used to embroider it here.

  • embroidery,  Free Pattern

    Disgruntled Christmas Embroidery

    I love the holidays and family, but am not crazy about commercialism, and while I could frame it politically or from a feminist perspective, if I’m really being honest, I don’t like, basically, doing housework which I think the holidays involve way more housework and running errands than I am willing to buy into. But I like my family! And jokes, I like jokes and movies with jokes in them. So, some years ago I made these Christmas ornaments and sold them in the shop. They have some naughty swears in them, friends, so warning! For a few years, I sold the completed ornaments in my shop, but I fell…

  • Applique,  embroidery,  Quilts

    Cherry Blossom Mini Quilt

    Update: Here is the very simple Cherry Blossom Applique Quilt Pattern  I didn’t love this quilt at first, but I quilted it and quilted it till I knew it was dead and wouldn’t run away. Plus it gave me a chance to practice wood grain quilting which I’ve been thinking of for a while! I continued the wood grain quilting onto the binding, because the binding looked so static and blank compared to the super dense surface. I want to do a quick tutorial for this but it won’t be today. The linen binding was a bit of a chore and then I decided  to add all the extra flowers. Even…

  • embroidery

    Lotta Prizes!

    I haven’t mentioned it yet here, but I was surpised and happy to see that my Rainbow Derecho quilt won the category for Bed Quilt in the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival. Yay! My prize was waiting for me from the adorable shop Six Munchkin Stitching. It included a handy little bag and -gasp- some Lotta Jansdotter Fat Quarters! I have loved Lotta’s work for years and was so happy when she came out with a fabric line – but I haven’t actually picked any up yet (it’s been a few years) so it felt like Lisa was reading my mind! Thanksgiving last week meant a lot of hours in the car,…

  • embroidery,  Quilts,  Tutorials

    Sew Mama Sew! Contest

    I’ve long admired the Sew Mama Sew website and enterprise – fabric, tutorials and a great community – and I think their name is super cute. They recently had a Valentines Day Tutorial contest and ta-daaa, I was a finalist! I highly recommend all the finalists super cute ideas – and of course I LOVE the baby quilt made of vintage sheets – eco friendly and soft and sweet! One of the most awesome things is a chance to show off my fabulous front door, however! Here a link to the tutorial I put together to make the quilt (for the door, just add paint!).

  • embroidery

    It’s the Final Countdown…for Ornaments

    You have one week left to order stuff on Etsy for your Christmas. So, you should! I was tickled to see my Christmas Family Vacations swear word ornaments were featured not once but TWICE in this treasury. I know there is a limited audience for Christmas ornaments with swear words, but I love catering to it. This week I am focusing on the non-sewing part of my lifestyle – facilitating big conversations on big topics. Yay for movement building! I was going to come up with some metaphors to connect sewing and facilitating conversations and divergent ideas and projects towards collective action, like, uh, quilting stuff together and fabrics you…

  • embroidery,  Process Pledge,  Quilts

    Vegetable Star Quilt

    I was fussy cutting up some veggie fabric from Ikea and all of a sudden (ok, hours upon hours later) I had this ginormous star quilt. It is with my favorite scrappy blues and greens, which have shown up in crazy improv form and appeared as some pretty mountains.  I have enough left for another quilt or a back, but I’m going to try and give it a rest for now. It went from this layout (which I was stuck on for a while): To this – all sewn up ! I put a few of the blocks on a tilt because it was SO BORING with them all in neat and…

  • embroidery,  Other Stuff I Made,  Process Pledge,  Tutorials

    How to Transfer Your Handwriting to Fabric for Embroidery

    I made a bunch of Christmas Ornaments, which are slowly but surely trickling out of my Etsy shop and onto Christmas trees across America. My interest for the last week has been sewing random things that I scrawl onto random scraps of fabric, and then sticking them in the store too.  For example, some folk lyrics (plus a newt I traced off a picture I took one spring): Some Einstein: I don’t know why I’m so interested in embroidered handwriting, maybe it’s something about making a casual note so meticulously permanent, but anyway, I’m a few pieces in and just keep thinking of more that I want to do… So….click…

  • embroidery,  Other Stuff I Made,  Uncategorized

    Animal Jamboree!

    This is the pillow I was working on when I got in the newspaper. (and here is the pattern for the pillow). And some other pillows in my tree. Last winter I got really excited about making these bird wreaths and made a pile of them. They are so fun to sew! I think I’ll make the pattern available sometime soon….