Tutorial: No-Sew Animal Badges or Hair Clips

This project is so obvious, I can’t believe I didn’t make this one first. Turn the Animal Badge patterns into actual badges. It is SO quick and easy. Best part: no sewing required! (There are a few places where stitching is optional- read on.) You can easily make these into pin back badges or hair clips, depending on what you fasten to the back. You will need : Animal Badges pattern 3.5″ square of cotton for badge 3.5″ square of {Read More}

Introducing the Animal Badges Applique and Embroidery Pattern!

I am so excited to share with you a new pattern for applique and embroidery that I designed: Animal Badges! It’s ten different animals, each enclosed in a circle, like so: Which animals? I’m so glad you asked. ★ Cat ★ Dog ★ Rabbit ★ Chicken ★ Duck ★ Pig ★ Butterfly ★ Owl ★ Lamb ★ Skunk (Why skunk? I don’t know! But I think he’s the cutest of the bunch.) As you’ve probably guessed by now, I am {Read More}

Making complex appliques – almost a tutorial!

Recently I made this art quilt portrait of Frida Kahlo: I thought it would be fun to walk you through the process. If you’re inspired, you could create something similar. You know, using your own drawing and stuff. My way of doing this isn’t by any means the only way, or even probably the best way. (I mean, it’s the best way for me so far, but I’m open to learning new techniques!) Anyway, it starts with an idea, and {Read More}

TOPANGA! (the art quilt)

I don’t know what to tell you about this one, except that it turns out that I am a crazy dog lady. This one is TOPANGA! in case it wasn’t obvious already. She was quite a canine. She was my muse for a long time. I took literally thousands of photos of her, and made many drawings and plushies and what not. And I wasn’t the only one. She was special. This art quilt took me about three months to {Read More}

False starts and stops

The simple thing to do would be to say, “Hey, you guys! I made a thing!” and to flash some pictures at you, like so: But you all know that I’m not one to do the simple thing and leave a short story alone. I’ve got so much backstory on this. I’ve got hopes, dreams and philosophies stitched into this thing. Whatever it is. (Textile art? Embroidery? Applique? Fabric collage? Oversized overfancy coaster?) But I can’t get the words to {Read More}