Sewing

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A bit of sewing with my new Framework fabric collection. It’s summer, so the best I can do is share Instagram photos. The block above is a log cabin turned 45 degrees with an appliqué circle, echoing the design of the bottom fabric (Corners). And, yes, I mixed double gauze cotton with the linen/cotton blend. You can totally do that! Mixing fabrics creates texture and interest in your quilts.

Below is a storage cube, made basically like a pattern in my book 1, 2, 3 Sew. Quick, easy, and actually useful.

Look for Framework to be available in stores soon!

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Summer

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted here! I guess I’m in summertime mode, but things have seemed busy. You can see some project photos from my Framework collection over on the Kokka blog here and here. It should be shipping to stores soon. Photo above is by Kokka.

And I just submitted my collection for fall, which seems very close. Kokka works a little closer to production than some other fabric companies, which I like because I don’t have to wait too long to see the designs. I’m impatient. This summer I am also trying to wrap my head around my next book idea and leap over the mental hurdles that seem to be blocking me. In the meantime, I posted a few of my designs over on Nuvango (formerly Gelaskins), so you can order cases for your phones or tablets. Now they have a version to fit most any device. I’m excited to see what my designs look like in this context.

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A few weeks ago, we went to the beach and I read Heather Ross’ new book, How to Catch a Frog and Other Stories of Family, Love, Dysfunction, Survival and DIY. The book is about her unconventional childhood and her perseverance to find success. It’s well-written and gives insight into her fabric designs, which are lovingly romanticized expressions of her childhood memories. The book has clever DIY projects tied into each chapter. With charming storybook illustrations throughout, this memoir will help you remember to look for the beauty in life — even when it’s hard to find.

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It seems to me that these days artists and designers are putting more of themselves out there for the world, both in books and online. Whether it’s a natural result of the end of anonymity in our digital age or a conscious choice, it’s a brave thing to do and frankly, something that I’ve avoided as much as possible! But I’ve been thinking more about things now that I’m getting older and I want my work to have greater meaning. I just need to figure out what comes next.

Winner of Framework Fabric Bundle

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And the winner is….#9, Christy! Thanks to everyone who entered. My Framework collection will be shipping to fabric shops soon!

Pictured above: detail shot of frame pouches from Octopurse.

Framework Giveaway

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Giveaway! Six fat quarters of Framework, my new collection for Kokka. The collection will be shipping this summer. The fat quarters are pictured here and feature one of each print. Look over here to see the full collection, and here for more project photos. Three prints are in double gauze cotton and three are in cotton/linen blend.

To enter, simply share this post on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram and then leave a quick comment below. I’ll ship internationally. Enter by Friday, May 30 at midnight eastern.

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Bags in upper left made by Octopurse. On the top right is a tunic that I made from Simplicity 2689. Plus a patchwork baby duvet and tote bag. U.S. wholesale information can be found at Seven Islands Fabric.

 

Framework Projects

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Just thought I’d share these bright and colorful pouches that Kokka made for Quilt Market using my Framework linen/cotton fabrics. I love these! Follow Kokka on Instagram for more Japanese crafty goodness! Framework will be shipping to stores this summer, so look for it soon!

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