Giggle & Squeak!

I have been sitting on my hands and my hat for months, but I can finally show you what I have been working on—the Giggle & Squeak™ quilt and pillow pattern! This adorable quilt for boys or girls whips up so easily using simple fusible appliqué techniques. You are sure to giggle and squeak as you are creating these friendly animals for the kiddos you love. Also included in the pattern are instructions for creating a piped pillow in two sizes and guidelines for making the pattern as a twin quilt. read more

Hitchcock pillow!

In a birds-of-a-feather Crafting meet-up at BlogHer ’11 called Modern Marthas (as in Stewart), I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of the adorable Kate from PeepThread. She is a fellow blogger, mama, and sewist. Her blog is gorgeously photographed and bright. I am happy to say that we are now blog friends. (Hi Kate!) Take a look at the hilarious and creative way she used my Wonky Little Houses™ Pillow pattern—a Hitchcockian throw pillow. Great storytelling in this pillow. I have this same Echino bird print, but never thought to use it in such a clever and illustrative way. See more on her blog here. read more

First patterns…first giveaway!

I am trying to write this post but I keep deleting the whole thing because I have no words (ah hem…for once.) I think the pictures above speak more clearly than I can (also a first!)

I have officially published the first-ever sewing patterns for two of my designs. It was a lot of work and it took a village. I am so grateful to the amazing friends I have in my life who helped me with the graphic design, photography, editing, and proofing of my patterns. I am absolutely excited beyond words. (Flip, Lisa, Cyndi, Val, Jill and Sarah…thank you for your help!) read more

Wonky Little Houses Pillows finished!

Hi. Here they are–my finished designs. I love the archetype of the little house and all that it might mean and stand-for as an icon. And then I just love birds. They are decoration for the ages. It seems that art history is filled with little birds…flitting about, bringing a bit of string…being birdies. When I was in art school, there was no insult more complete, no critique more insulting than to call something decorative. That would be like saying to someone’s face, “There is nothing in your heart or mind. You are a ninny and the work you make is meaningless.” Except that would be kind compared to calling something decorative. I could wield that knife-like critique with the rest of them. read more

Wonky Little Houses…almost finished

Hi! Here they are…almost finished! I just have to put on the piping/binding. Am so excited because they have been sitting in an unfinished state for months. I’ll be teaching a class on this Wonky Little House design (as a mini-quilt or pillow) this spring over here and I am publishing the pattern soon. My fabulous and wonderful dad swooped in over Thanksgiving and bought me a Bernina. He believes in me. Always has. In fact, he knows way more about fabrics and sewing and construction than I ever will- so he gets it. He totally gets why I needed a really good machine. And he is the best dad in the whole world. Want to go into business with me, Pops? I need a partner. We could sell pillows and puppets? read more

sneak peek…

Here is what I have been working on. They are my original designs for pillows. Casitas de los Chuparosas (Little Houses of the Hummingbirds.) Stay tuned for more and you will soon be able to purchase things in my new virtual commerce division. Here is my little dream shop. O.K., so I made it out of Legos, does that count as “bricks and mortar?” read more