Boys are difficult.

los novios muertos by alexander henry

As soon as I posted a few camera straps, I had requests for boy-appropriate fabric. Don’t boys want to carry little tiny Wizard of Oz characters? I guess not. So this week, I brought my son, and we looked and looked for something cool. This is not really in the spirit of stashbusters, but I have to sew a bunch of straps on Saturday to stock the shop, so I deemed it a necessity. It really doesn’t matter, though, because the only kind of cool thing I found was this Alexander Henry Los Novios Muertos fabric. And it’s kind of girly! I think if I fussy cut some of the skulls, and do a mostly solid strap, it may work.

I also remembered that I had some different colors of corduroy in my stash that I think will work well. It’s tough to find fabric for men that isn’t cliche or cheesy. I think I’m going to be better off doing some color-block patchwork…like the grey cord with a strip of black or a black strap with a strip of blue at one end. We’ll see. Oh, and I’ve got some of my Army uniforms to repurpose as well.

Boys, are you sure you don’t love Denyse Schmidt or Heather Ross like the rest of us?

Sold! And Treasure, too!

I’m pretty excited – I sold 3 camera straps yesterday!!! The two Denyse Schmidt ones went right away, which doesn’t surprise me. I need to make some more of those RIGHT AWAY. And an owl strap is making its way to Poland! So awesome! My sales were to NY, LA and Poland…how’s that for a little internet shop? Super cool.

I’m working on my packaging – what do you think? It’s not perfect, but without making any kind of big investment – I think it looks nice.


And even more exciting, my most wonderfullest friend, Pancockies, sent me a box of Munki Munki treasure. When I was on my serious Munki hunt a few weeks ago, she took up the challenge and scoured her own Marshalls…all the way in the Sunshine State! She found these adorable kittens, which I believe, are the find of the century. She also found a lovely shoes robe and a couple sets of coffee pjs. She is the BEST! Think a coffee camera strap is a good idea?



What’s your opinion on Tiger?

Did anyone see Charlie Rymer start tearing up after wards? Give me a break.

It’s like when I watch politicians and can’t stand them and am amazed that people love them. Sarah Palin comes to mind. That’s how I felt watching this whole speech.

I’ve never been a fan of “it’s easier to ask forgiveness” living – I hope his sponsors don’t take him back because of this show.

It’s all VERY interesting from a PR perspective…I’m curious how it will all pan out. Will he bounce back? I think it will be a shame if he does, because it sends the message, “do whatever you want, say sorry, and you can have it all.”

How about the message, “make good choices?”


Heather Ross on Spoonflower


Gnomes!!! Mushrooms!!! Wildflowers!!!

I want all of the fabrics but I can’t afford them! My fingers are crossed that anyone will be able to orderĀ  a swatch collection from anyone soon. Right now, only designers can order their own swatch collection. But why would I want my own fabrics when I can have Heathers???

No matter what, I think those yellow mushrooms and gnomes on plum will have to be mine.

what does modern quilter mean to you?

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I’m a little late on this, but this discussion has been going on over at the Modern Quilt Guild blog. Today someone posted a great recap of the discussion, complete with VERY cool pictures. I wanted to add my two cents to the din because, of course, I have an opinion. As usual.

I just got one of Nancy Crow’s books from the library (talk about ahead of her time!), and she was talking about how (in the early 1990’s) it seemed like everyone was using fusible web to put quilts together, and she thought that machine piecing might soon go the way of hand piecing and be a thing of the past. I’m so glad she was wrong and that today’s quilters have so many methods to choose from.

When I think about what it means to be a modern quilter, I think about my own way of picking and choosing methods. I like to see what’s available (taking classes, listening to lectures, reading a billion blogs), and then cherry pick what suits me best. As a member of a traditional guild and now the LA Modern Quilt Guild, I’m surrounded by quilt makers of all skill and experience levels. People who love tiny details and people who hate tiny details – only loving big (fast) results. Some people love the tiny details and still have big, fast results!

I think it would be wrong to say that modern quilters aren’t precise or meticulous, because I know that to be false. Although many modern quilts do end up with a free or even haphazard look. It took skill and planning to get them that way. An eye for color, a certain whimsy…whatever it is.

To me, modern quilters are this: the ones doing the sewing. That’s all of us. The ones who find the time in their busy lives to create beautiful, useful keepsakes. Fabric hugs for family and friends.

I do think that the connotation ‘modern’ represents a certain aesthetic: bold colors in prints and solids, large geometric shapes – sometimes off-set, good use of negative space. This is just what I think of. And in my mind’s eye – I see quilts made by Elizabeth Hartman and Ashley at Film in the Fridge and a whole slew of other quilters setting the internet on it’s ear with all their gorgeous pictures.

I also think modern can refer to the seemingly thousands of quilters coming together online, naturally grouping because of similar tastes and styles and using every bit of the current social networking technology available to share ideas and accomplishments. I love watching what’s happening and being a part of it!

Its a great time to be quilting. No time like the present!

LAMQG Saturday Sew

I had a ball sewing with the LA Modern Quilt Guild yesterday at the Saturday Sew. I got all 45 blocks done for my crazy nine patch (thanks to Elizabeth at Oh, Fransson! for the awesome tutorial.)

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Although, somehow, I managed to mix up the stacks and ended up with two of the same fabrics in a bunch of blocks. I’m still not sure how I managed that.

I had planned to forgo the lattice layout and do white sashing instead…to make the quilt bigger and to calm down the craziness of my blocks. But it turns out that they lose most of their charm with the white sashing, so I’m going with the lattice. I also think my mistakes are VERY hard to find in the lattice layout…not that my sister would complain about them anyway. And this is for her. I may still have to add a border to make it a good nap size quilt. We’ll see. What do you think?

With sashing:
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I also got a couple of string blocks done for Urban Craft Center’s collaborative Haiti quilts. Thanks again to Latifah for picking up the fabric and instructions so I could participate!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

We’ve been hard at work around here…first with the cake pops, which were a big hit:

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Then we worked very hard on valentines for little buddy’s preschool class…he’s a great stamper!

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My husband and I didn’t manage to get anything for each other…I can’t decide if I like that or not. On one hand, it’s nice. On the other, we’re too lazy about these things. I did let him sleep in though, so that was my lame half-hearted gift :)

cake pops!

I found through Bricolage and Butter. What a jackpot of riches! So I immediately ran out and got cake mix, candy melts and lollipop sticks. Can’t be too hard, right? Bakerella spells it all out!

Well…I thought making the pops was pretty easy, although time consuming. But since good things usually are, that’s no prob. My main problem was making the candy smooth. I think a second coat is the trick to that, but I wasn’t able to do one. My kid was waiting and waiting to decorate, so we just dove in with the bumpy cake pops.

He was a great little helper though – I definitely recommend this project for kids. Very fun! Here are my photos.

crumbling the cake

mixing in the frosting

cake balls

bumpy candy

fancy 4 yr old decoration

special pepsi pop