New team member. Or possibly very heavy decoration.

I’d never seen a bent wood sewing machine case before. I didn’t even know that was a thing. So when I saw one at a thrift store, the word SINGER gleaming under the fluorescent lights, I stopped in my tracks. “Is that…can I see that?” I plugged it in, and oh my goodness. It worked. The light (these things have lights?) lit up. The engine hummed as soon as the pedal was pressed. It was a little battered and had {Read More}

A few more weeks

I’ve been reading a lot about blogging lately, and therefore receiving a lot of conflicting advice. “Blog about your life!” “Don’t blog about your life, no one cares!” “Show your work!” “But not too much of your work!” If I was new to all this stuff, it would be extremely frustrating. (Official motto of the internet: You’re Doing It Wrong!) Instead, I’m taking it as: “Blog about what you love. Nobody really has all the answers to this stuff. What {Read More}

Organizing Fabric Scraps to Make Them More Usable

I have kind of a complicated relationship with fabric scraps. I love them. I love looking at them, because I love fabric, color, and possibility. I feel a responsibility to use them up, down to the tiniest part. It seems thrifty, and like I’m honoring the time, expense, and resources of everyone who helped to make them. It seems like the traditional thing to do. Did you know scrap bags were as much a fixture in homes of the not {Read More}

Make your very own Finn hat for a Chickenpants Baby! Free Downloadable Pattern.

One of the best things about Chickenpants is making accessories for them. Since I recently released the Chickenpants Babies pattern, I thought it would be fun to give you a free accessory pattern just for the CP Babies- the Finn hat. Finn hats are very easy to make, and they require only a few things that you probably already have around the house. What time is it? Tiny hat making time! Here’s what you’ll need: -about 5″x2″ of white felt {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}

Make Your Own Hexagon Quilt Starter Kit

Hopefully my last post about hexagons got you all fired up to make some of your own. And, as promised, here is the collection of the things I’ve found most useful in the making of hexagons. Everything you need to know to start sewing your own hexies. The tutorial I found most helpful was by Badskirt. It’s a downloadable .pdf with absolutely everything you need to know to get started, all illustrated step by step. It just made perfect sense {Read More}

An Introduction to Hexagon Madness

When I tell people I’ve been making hexagons, they look at me like I’m insane. Then I explain what hexagons are, because telling people you’ve been making hexagons nonstop does sound crazy. Then they look at me like, why? I generally take this as a sign that I am creating on the right track. I’ve been at it since March 2013. I even decked out a pair of Tom’s that needed a facelift. It should have an actual medical name, {Read More}

Wild Part – new fabric collage…thing!

I’ve been making a lot of experimental pieces lately. Honestly, a decent amount of them wind up back of the scrap piles they came from. It’s been more than a little frustrating. Finally, I have one I’m really happy with. I’ve been really intrigued by collage lately, and the idea of using some of those ideas with fabric. There have been many failed experiments (and a nearly ruined iron) with fusible web. This piece uses applique, hand and free motion {Read More}

Ode to tiresome projects

I hate unfinished projects. Don’t get me wrong: I love making stuff, and I (mostly) love the process of the making. However. Those projects that drag on…and on…and on…the ones you have to just chip away at…FOREVER. Those projects. I hate them. I try to avoid them. I believe that they take up valuable energy and space, and mostly they just need to be chucked. But sometimes, they cannot be chucked. You simply must keep chipping away. It becomes a {Read More}

A quick peek inside the crafty life of…me, actually.

I’ve been working like a plush making machine over here, readying all new creatures for Craftland. (Hence the lack of new Chickenpants lately.) Here’s a peek: I shot the video with my new phone, so the formatting is a little weird. Anyway, there it is. Hopefully the next one will be bigger. (Er, if I even should do a next one. We’ll see!)