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Vanessa’s Beautiful Flowers

Before the holidays I took a break from all the pre-Christmas bustle and went on a visit to a relatively new, and very talented, designer here in Phoenix. Vanessa Fromm started her company only in the last couple of years but already she has some gorgeous patterns out. Vanessa was all friendly hospitality when I…

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Experimenting with Hand Dyed Fabric

Patrick, ever the awesome husband gave me a bolt of Kona PFD (prepared for dying) fabric and Kim Eichler-Messmer’s new book on fabric dying for Christmas this year. How cool is that? I immediately went online to Dharma Trading Company and ordered a truck load of dye pigments and all the other paraphernalia needed to dye…

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Quilter’s Bookshelf: Steal Like an Artist

I was enjoying this little gem by Austin Kleon with my morning coffee today. Though not a quilt related book per se, this title is wonderfully inspiring for everybody who aspire to create on a regular basis. Steal Like An Artist is packed with advise for the creative person. I think my favorite line so…

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Fun Dress Repair

Maya was wearing a dress last Sunday. My favorite one that I have for her. It’s from Peek and it was in the price category where it makes me feel slightly queazy about handing over my credit card. (After all, she will only fit it for a few months, right?) Well, this dress seemed doomed…

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Norwegian Pepperkake Baking Party

For the last three years, we have hosted a gingerbread baking party before Christmas. We invite our friends with young children and strip down our kitchen and den enough to accommodate  ten or so messy minor and their not so messy parents for an afternoon of baking and snacking together. It always ends up such…

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Thinking About Butterflies: Part 2

I am playing with butterflies today. I love how vibrant the Island Batik fabrics are looking. By the way, go and check out their website www.islandbatik.com to see all their fabulous fabrics. This butterfly was in my veggie garden this morning. Wow!   I hope it didn’t lay any eggs because I would hate to see…

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Learn to Dye Your Own Fabric With Kim Eichler-Messmer

At Quilt Market I met a wonderful quilt artist named Kim Eichler-Messmer. She is out with a new book about dying your own fabric for your quilts. Kim had a few of her own quilts with her and they are simply lovely. The ones I saw were generally large blocks in rich tones. The kind…

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Thinking About Butterflies

I have been thinking about butterflies lately. The gorgeous jewel tones that I have from Island Batik are perfect for them. There are a lot of butterflies in my house. I have three little girls and butterflies kinda goes with their style. However, so many of the butterfly depictions that I see on stickers and…

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Purely Delicious from Island Batik

Look at these lovely fabrics that I got from Island Batik! They are inspiring all kind of mischief in my studio! Island Batik fabricsI thought they photographed quite well amongst the broccoli and Nasturtium in my vegetable garden. I am so looking forward to start sewing with these gems. It has been a long time…

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Chinese Coins in the Park

The not-so-serious Chinese coins quilt is finally done and it went on a little outing to the park with Maya and I on Sunday afternoon to enjoy the lovely Phoenix weather. As you can see from the picture, I used a big running stitch for the quilting and kept is simple and graphic. The thread…

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