Monday, September 29, 2014

Art Techniques for Quilt Design Blog Party

I mentioned in my last post that I'm really enjoying Carrie Bloomston's new DVD, Art Techniques for Quilt Design. I'm not sure how much I mention this, but skill-based learning is what it's all about for me these days. Anyone can follow a pattern. But when someone can teach you a skill, you can take that skill and apply it in ways that can really influence your own work and design. It's wonderful. And that's what you get with this video.

Carrie's background in the arts (she went to RISD! Jealous!) influences so much of what she does. You can see it in her quilt patterns and her fabric design. It's so interesting to get a peek into her process, and I can already tell that the skills she's teaching me are going to make a difference in the work I'm putting out too.

You can win a free copy of the DVD by visiting Carrie's giveaway post through October 4th. And don't forget to visit the other blogger's who are joining the party too!

1.  Erica Sage
 2. Brooke Sellmann
3.  Stephanie Denton
4. Claudia Gomez
6. Karen Lepage
7. Verena Ehrhardt
8. Amie Plumley
9. Krista Fleckenstein 
10. Jessica Godfrey
11. Tia Curtis
15. Angela Tackett
16. Kristin Schwarze
17. Christen Barber

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

what I love right now

I've always loved the name of my friend Ara Jane's blog-- you know what I love?-- because that's what blogging should really be about. It's been a crazy year, but I am slowly getting back into routines and am feeling jazzed about sharing what I love in this space again. There is so much good stuff coming up.

What I love right now:

Being Settled 

We moved into a new house in June, after living in a teeny condo for 9 months. It was crazy fast-- 5 days from making an offer to moving in. We traded my dream area for one that is actually more dreamy in the end. We are just a 5-minute walk to one of the best trail systems in Anchorage. Our yard has an incredible amount of aspen and birch trees and hosts moose just about every day. It's so peaceful here. But the best thing? I have a sewing room again. I'm calling it my studio though, because a lot more goes on in there than just sewing. I could pinch myself, I love it so much. The wallpaper? Not so much. But its time is limited.

It turns out that this glorious view is just a 15 minute walk from my house. Can't believe we hadn't gone down this way yet! Neighborhood cuties.

Dinner: The Playbook by Jenny Rosenstrach

Anyone who talks to me on a regular basis knows how much I loathe cooking dinner. It's not something that comes easy to me. I get distracted by the day's activities and then panic around 5:00. It's so much work, and with 4 kids, someone is bound to throw a fit about what I make.

I received Jenny's first book, Dinner: A Love Story for my birthday this summer and have slowly been reading it and loving it. So I pre-ordered her newest book, Dinner: The Playbook, and devoured it soon after it arrived. Something about the way she writes, and the way she lays out her recipes, clicks for me. We sit down as a family on Wednesday nights and plan for the next week. So far we've had things like shrimp rolls, chicken parmesan meatballs, kale and chorizo frittatas, and creamy greek chicken noodle soup. Everything has been delicious and totally manageable to make. The kids don't love it all, but they are trying things and getting excited about each new meal. I know that meal planning is nothing new. But I swear that this book has turned me into a happier and better cook already. If you don't have this book, get it.

Carrie Bloomston

I'm participating in a blog hop next week for Carrie Bloomston's new DVD with Interweave called Art Techniques for Quilt Design. I'll have more to say then of course, but after watching parts of it last night-- WOW. I've always appreciated her fabric lines and patterns, but she has so much more to contribute to the quilting world as an artist. I love watching her translate her artistic training into exercises to drive creativity. I'm excited to watch more, and learn more, in the next few days.


After what felt like a pretty big dry spell, I am back to making and creating every day. Some days that means waking up at 5:00 a.m. so I can get time to myself. Some days it means letting the laundry stack up. I've been carving stamps, dyeing and painting fabric, stitching quilts and bags and clothes, sketching, and experimenting. I'll share some of it. Some of it will have to wait for sharing until later. But it's so great to be doing what I love again.

Cleaned it up and put it on a moleskine. I could do this all day. Every day. #wishfulthinking
Back to an old favorite, in preparation for Loon Lake @kristieocd
We've all been painting this afternoon. Untitled

Friday, May 30, 2014

Shop Update Today-- and a Giveaway!

It's been forever, but I'm updating my etsy shop!

patchwork pouches

Today I've listed pouches made with my screen printed fabric and leather, some new patchwork pouches, and screen printed fabric panels! Right now I'm just listing what I have in stock as I've played with different colors, but you can also request custom panels. I'm doing free U.S. shipping (and discounted international shipping) through next week.

screen printed log cabin fabric
leather and screen printed pouch

To celebrate, I'm also going to do a little giveaway. Comment here for a chance to win a custom patchwork pouch! Comments will close on Monday. And have a great weekend!

Update: the winner of the pouch is Tamie!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Road Trip Pattern Club

Betz White Road Tripper Duffle Bag

Recently I got to test another pattern-- the Road Tripper Duffle from Betz White. Betz knows her stuff! Many of the construction techniques were new to me, and they produced a really sturdy and professional looking bag. Claire has been dying to adopt it to use for our road trips this summer!

Betz White Road Tripper Duffle Bag
Betz White Road Tripper Duffle Bag
Betz White Road Tripper Duffle Bag

You can get the pattern by joining the Road Trip Pattern Club. Upcoming designers include Patty Young, Carla Hegeman Crim, Liesl Gibson, and Carolyn Friedlander! So you know it's going to be good all summer long.

Betz White Road Tripper Duffle Bag

Fabrics used in the bag: Premier Prints Cameron in Aquarius (exterior), Essex in Flax (straps), shot cotton in Apricot (exterior details), and Leah Duncan's Gentle Breeze (lining).

Monday, January 27, 2014

Road Trip Case- a new pattern from Anna Graham

Have you seen Anna Graham's newest pattern, the Road Trip Case?

Road Trip Case

I had the opportunity to be one of her pattern testers-- totally exciting! I love using Anna's patterns because they are always completely unique and well-written. This one was no exception. What I love about it is the options-- you can sew up pockets to fit the so-very-popular Rainbow Loom or make it a more versatile case for art or sewing supplies.

Claire got a Rainbow Loom for her birthday last year and got really into making bracelets after Christmas, so I started with that version using some new fabric. Turns out that Lizzy House's Catnap and Carolyn Friedlander's Botanics are a match made in heaven...

Road Trip Case
Road Trip Case
Road Trip Case

I sewed up the alternate version this weekend to use as a journaling case for me. I tried a couple of modifications to the pattern this time. I used a fabric tab and snap as a closure instead of a button (I loathe sewing buttons) and used two different fabrics for the handles. I also added a couple of felt pieces for needles like I saw Anna do on one of her versions in case I want to use it for sewing later on.

Road Trip Case
Road Trip Case
Road Trip Case
Road Trip Case

My first case took me about 6 hours from start to finish, but the second only took about 4 hours. (If I wasn't so terrible with making and applying bias binding it would be even quicker.) It would be a great gift, especially filled up with goodies!

Road Trip Case