My next fabric collection…DREAMER!

I can finally share my next fabric collection with you. (You know it is so hard to wait nine months before I can share.) But here she is...World, meet DREAMER!!! This sweet, fresh, bohemian collection is filled with layered patterns I made both with my typical collage technique and by hand-painted watercolor. This collection is a love song to the earth and to our ancestors around the globe who were MAKERS and who lived in harmony with nature. (by Rachael Gander) (by Jenny Haynes) (by Read more [...]

Quilt Talk by Sam Hunter

I'm excited to be a part of the blog party today for my friend Sam Hunter's fun new book, Quilt Talk (Stash Books).  I met Sam years ago at the Long Beach Quilt Festival and we connected through our art school pasts.  Sam designs patterns for her company Hunter's Design Studio. We swapped stories and ideas. I always enjoy speaking with her–she has a cool and calm spirit.Her new book features my favorite thing (and I know yours, too) WORDS AND LETTERS! Can we get enough? I don't think Read more [...]

Fear of flying

So, I got a call about two months ago. It was Vivika De Negre from Interweave. I have always liked her when we've met at Market. She is lovely, warm and genuine. She said they'd like to produce a DVD of me doing some of my fabric collage and teaching design basics. She said they'd also film three segments for Quilting Arts TV on PBS on the same day. She said it would be filmed the week of March 24th...in a production studio...in Ohio. Solon, Ohio...just outside of Cleveland.Well, what would you say Read more [...]

The idea of colors

A painting of mine from this year called The Ecstatic Beauty of It All (Carrie Bloomston)I wrote in the last post here about the "idea" of colors. I also wrote about how we are instructed early by painting teachers to never use paint right out of the tube. This is such an important point and I want to explain it further here as it applies to every area of art, design, sewing, crafting, etc.There are hundreds or thousands of varieties of each and every color. But if I say "red" you will conjure images Read more [...]

The Nest Quilt

Welcome the Nest Quilt! It may just be my favorite. In this, my newest pattern, we aren't putting a bird on it (for once). Nope. This time we are becoming the bird. This pattern really exemplifies my branding and desire to help you Celebrate your inner artist. You will need to be wild and free like a bird as you create this quilt: gathering scraps, quickly placing them, and creating your own nest. There aren’t templates for every step. You are going to have to trust the directions and trust yourself–break Read more [...]

My mom’s good karma

Many of you have met my amazing mom. She's rather likeable and charismatic. She is bold and brave and a take-charge kinda gal. I love going to Quilt Market and Festival with her because she is my one-person cheerleading squad. She is incredibly supportive of me and always has been. And we laugh a lot together. When she said she wanted to make her first-ever quilt, in characteristic style, mom decided to make a king size quilt for her own bed! (I still haven't even made a king size quilt.) Although Read more [...]

The Patterns are here!

Oh, I just love it when a plan comes together. Besides being a ton of work, this pattern business is absolutely so much fun. Even the hard work is fun. But there are exciting moments when months of effort, thought, and coordination come to fruition in one long-awaited PDF. It was all for this. All the designing, sewing, talking, quilting, photographing, more designing, much editing, and then here they are!   My two new quilts serve several functions. Measuring at 24" x 66", they are designed Read more [...]

LEGO sewing machine

The reality is, we spend most of our hours at the LEGO table..at least two hours a day: Lately, I have been making gardens—carrot trucks, flower vendors—anything natural—because LEGOs are so completely unnatural. I like the contrast. Big boy has been making vehicles. He tends to be more into movable creations than static ones—everything is on wheels...or pontoons...or is a spaceship...or floats...or is made of ice. These days it is all about the little LEGO people. Today, he asked me Read more [...]