Various & Sundry 2022 #5


The tutorials page has been updated. Look for links to the posts on how to make bullseye blocks. These are older posts. I ramble quite a bit more on my tutorial posts from back then than I do now. I might rewrite the posts, but for now I am leaving them as is. You can enjoy a small glimpse of my 37 year old self.

Other Artists

C&T has posted a video of me showing most of the quilts from Red, White & Blue Star Quilts at the Springfield quilt show. This book is now available. Judy Martin is awesome and you should buy her book. She also now offers acrylic templates for some of the shapes in her books. Read this page to order.

Create Whimsey has an interview with Judy as well.

Friend Julie’s April Cornucopia post is up and always worth a look.

Projects, Classes, Patterns & Tutorials

Take a look at this useful and fun needle pie. The pattern is from Etsy. I think it would be a great addition to sets of gifts or swaps. A clever stitcher could have some fun with the design. Note that one picture shows storage for WonderClips**. There is ample opportunity for embellishing in different creative ways on the outside as well.

I really miss the short-lived magazine, thr3fold, by Linda and Laura Kemshall. I recently saw advertisement of a video by them on making Tyvek beads.

Remember when I talked about the bag Mary M made for the guild door prize? I found the pattern. It’s from Ginger Cake not Gingiber and it is listed on the Modern Quilt Co website. Mary M said she would add pockets next time.

I don’t really think you need a tutorial on Sawtooth Star blocks., but Blossom Hill has a slightly different take on the block she calls Star Stamp. She also links out to Accuquilt** instructions. Every month she has a Scrap Buster block, which might be a great way to use up scraps if you aren’t making journal covers or strip blocks.

Tools, Books, Fabric, Notions & Supplies

I talk about, or maybe allude to, my fabric tracking exercise. The spreadsheet I use is from Pam of Hip to Be a Square podcast (no longer in production). I recently found one by Jeni Baker of In Color Order blog (and those fabulous drawstring bags).

Judy Martin has come out with another book. Red, White & Blue Star Quilts: 16 Striking Patriotic & 2-Color Patterns was released in late February. The cost of the book is $28.95 plus shipping. Order it through Judy’s website.

Some interesting and unusual fabrics as well as some usual fabric can be found at My Handmade Space. They also have bag hardware and zippers. Some of the zipper tapes have stripes and florals.

I like the way Stitch Supply Company displays their fabric on their website. They also have a lot of Aneela Hooey patterns.

I keep getting ads on FB for My Favorite Quilt Store. That always makes me suspicious, but they do have some super cute fabrics. I might be starting on a pillowcase project for two nephews who are heading off to college in the Fall. If I do this project, the florals from Philip Jacobs that I love are not going to cut the mustard. They have a variety of Pokemon fabrics, a lot of great Disney fabrics, including a fun evil witch option, steampunk Halloween, holiday and many others. I haven’t ordered form them, so we will have to see.

Paintbrush Studios has more solids. Not as many as Kona, but you know how I feel about Kona. Check out their new and upcoming print collections as well.

Articles and Other Information

The essay by Franklin Habit is brilliant, sad and and makes you want to hug him. It is also nominally about knitting. I like it because I felt the same way when I moved to Austria and again when I came back to the US. It also talks about not being able to knit for someone whose life is knitting. You can link to his YouTube channel and buy him a cup of coffee via Patreon.


Subscription boxes are (or were???) all the rage. I subscribed to a few, as you know, but quickly unsubscribed. I finally found one I enjoy, the Sew Hungry Hippie Happy Box. One of the things I like about it is that it is not all about sewing. Natalie describes it as about mindfulness, wellness self-care and happiness. I don’t get things I already have or fabric I don’t want. The other thing I like about it is that there is a project, with all of the pieces, parts and pattern, included. I just have to sit down and sew it like I did with the rainbow pin cushion from March. I received a new one the other day and actually watched the video that Natalie made about it. I loved hearing the stories about the items and their makers. The April theme was bananas. I thought the execution of the theme was pretty clever. The project that came with the box was for a banana bag. It is kind of hilarious. I haven’t made it yet, but I will definitely make it, though I will probably gift it. I may still not keep this subscription forever, but for the moment I am enjoying the bit of fun.






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Other Artists

Valerie has a fantastic sunflower block (quiltlet?) on her blog. It very cleverly uses  Drunkard’s Path units to make up the design. This would be a very effective and not difficult design to make. I wonder if I could make it larger? Or with more sunflowers? Great job, Valerie! PS Valerie has an Etsy shop where she sells some of her quilts.

Electric Quilt IG post
Electric Quilt IG post

The Electric Quilt Company posted this wise advice. It is a good reminder for non-quiltmaker family members that not every minute is a good one to complain to Mom/Sis/Auntie.

Projects, Classes, Patterns & Tutorials

Charlotte Hawkes, remember my Scrapitude quilt?, has another mystery quilt. Valerie stopped by the blog the other day. I checked out her blog, which I haven’t been to in awhile and saw her progress on on this quilt.

Because I have no will power I bought the Kit Supply Tote pattern by Aneela Hooey. Have I made it yet? No. The link is to Aneela’s site, but I bought it from the Fat Quarter Shop. Although I prefer paper patterns, I bought the PDF downloadable version as that was all they offered.

Mary C is doing the Glitter Ball BOM. I took a look at the site and this is a really cool looking quilt! Quite different from other BOMs. More like a row quilt.

Tools, Books, Fabric, Notions & Supplies

I found a shop called Flying Bulldogs. They have great fabrics including some older Martha Negleys. Not the mixed vegetable fabric with the black background, but some nice ones. Really excellent prices, too – $8.00/yard for many prints. I should make sure they are not based overseas as shipping would kill me. They have Joel Dewberry prints, which I haven’t seen anywhere in awhile.

Molly was machine quilting a doll quilt. She has some trouble opening and closing regular safety pins so she was using straight pins and Pinmoors. Pinmoors are bits of foam you put on the ends of pins to keep them from scratching you while the pins are in the quilt. Really great idea! This happens to me all the time. I almost bought some the other day, but decided to wait until my next order.

If you buy a lot of vinyl and are now addicted to glitter and star vinyl, check out Sew Hungry Hippie’s VIP Membership. It’s $5/month and you get a variety of discounts. Click the link to check out all of the benefits.

I do love Sew Sweetness, but I am always on the lookout for other bag hardware purveyors. I found, somehow, Idleblooms. The look and feel is cheerful and they have a variety of interesting bag hardware:

      • castle zipper pulls
      • Hogwarts zipper pulls
      • teacup zipper pulls
      • zippers with different coil colors
      • all sorts of webbing
      • made bags

Take a look when you need some bag hardware

Tutorials, Articles and Other Information

Remember my zipper head tutorial? Natalie from Sew Hungry Hippie has a video version. She uses a jig, which I believe she sells. You can also use the towel holder I use or a fork. Check my tutorial for more info and other tutorials.


Remember all those merit badges I sewed on to the YM’s sash for Boy Scouts? I have a few by Moda, too, but I can’t find a photo at the moment. I came across merit badges for adults**. These could provide impetus for you or someone else to get things done. Also, who doesn’t want a merit badge for doing something you have to do anyway?


Better late than never: Check out the  QuiltCon Winners.

I found a talk from some academics on contemporary quiltmaking. You’ll have to tell me how it is as I haven’t had a chance to listen.









**Obviously, you should shop at local quilt shops. However, I use affiliate links and may be paid for your purchase of an item when you click on an item’s link in my post. There is no additional cost to you for clicking or purchasing items I recommend. I appreciate your clicks and purchases as it helps support this blog.

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Other Artists

Sandy over at Quilting for the Rest of Us is back. She is blogging again and, apparently, podcasting, too. I got out of the habit of listening to podcasts when my last iPod died, so haven’t checked. I hope that means that the design series episodes we did back in the day will be available again. I also haven’t checked, but will put that on my list.

Check out Friend Julie’s February Cornucopia post. Lots of great links! I love the one about the newly discovered mosaic. At first, I thought the floor was a kind of medallion. If it is the inset (sort of) triangles make a really interesting design. Julie said it inspired her to possibly make a quilt. Me, too. It also reminds me of a book

Tools, Books, Fabrics, Notions & Supplies

This video on why irons leak was posted to my guild forum. People commented on how useful it was.

I may have shared this shop, Modern Quilt Company, with you before, but it is worth sharing again.

I got a link to the new Keepsake Quilting website. I remember getting the catalog and poring over it with a friend, buying fabrics by writing their numbers and descriptions on an order form and sending it in. Their stock seems to be much reduced, however I was interested to see A LOT of different rulers. Many of them I had never seen before. If you are in the market for longarming or quilting rulers, take a look. I was also interested to see Century solids. They are described as “Andover Fabrics’ Century Solids collection is 100 hues of 100% premium fine-combed cotton with a lovely hand and drape.” I am very tempted by the swatch card, but since I won’t be buying any solids for the time being, I am resisting.

I know I haven’t been on my Tula kick recently, but I am back on that horse today. Tula talks about covering a backpack she made with vinyl to protect parts of it. Genius! Why didn’t I think of that? She also mentions the new ByAnnie vinyl product, which is great, because you can actually see the edge to cut it!

Check out Marsha McCloskey’s Sale Table, if you want some books at great prices or years worth of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazines.

For Aussie friends, I found an interfacing comparison chart, so you can buy interfacing in country for bag making. Less wait time, fewer supply chain issues. Will we still have to worry about supply chain?

Projects, Classes, Patterns & Tutorials

You all know I love Sew Sweetness patterns. I was scrolling through the FB group the other day and saw that someone had made the Hyacinth bag. I didn’t recognize the name and couldn’t bring the design to mind, so I looked it up when I was next at my computer. This is an overlooked gem! It is an older pattern, but a great, larger crossbody bag. As Sara says on her site, it would be perfect for attending an event like a quilt show.

In the Tula Tuesday video mentioned above (about vinyl), Tula also mentions a video for adding rivets to a project. I found it on YouTube, which was linked from the Sallie Tomato website.

Natalie from Sew Hungry Hippie has a great kit for a zipper bag using one of her fun vinyls. The vinyl is called Deep Space soft vinyl. The pieces are already cut!! There is a video walk-through included. This is a great project if you haven’t used vinyl. I have had good experiences using Natalie’s vinyl.

I saw another Tula video where she talks about fussy cutting. As she says, there is one out there, but why not do it again? The video talks about three types of fussy cutting: highlighting a motif, kaleidoscope effect and stripes, which she says is its own method. I saw the details in this video before in a Fat Quarter Shop video.This is a shorter video (25 min vs an hour-ish?), but still useful. I’ll try and find the longer one when I have a minute. It probably won’t be this time around.

Sallie Tomato has a pattern for the Townsend bag, which is similar, if smaller to the Cavalcade bag by Sew Sweetness. This bottom zipper compartment design is popular lately. Making both would make a great set and using Tula’s vinyl trick would keep the bottom clean while traveling. I haven’t tried Sallie Tomato patterns, but I have purchased her hardware. Maybe I’ll get the Townsend pattern and make a set with the Cavalcade bag?

Articles and other Information

QuiltCon ended a week or so ago and the winners raise a lot of questions in the quilt community. Quilting Daily had an interesting editorial.

You can find a list of the winners on the QuiltCon site.

I perused the QuiltCon site briefly and was disappointed they did not link out to the vendor websites. Probably better as I might have bought more quilt supplies.

Jane Brody is retiring from the NYT at 80. I read her last article in which she referred to an article on the health benefits of knitting. You may need a subscription, check your library. Substitute quiltmaking for knitting. I am pretty sure similar findings would apply.

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I actually looked at my statistics the other day and was pleased that 517 views happened one day in mid-January. WOW!

Projects, Classes, Patterns & Tutorials

A few years ago I made a Scissor Cozy for my mom and one for Julie. Svetlana from Sotak Handmade now has a video to go with her tutorial. She has updated the instructions so do watch the video.

In looking for something else, I came across this easy project for carrying your yoga mat. You can probably adjust the length of the strap to carry other things as well. I am thinking of a rectangular folding workout mat I have. It came with an elastic strap that is losing its stretch. This is a great way to use some of the gorgeous ribbons and webbing out there.

Want to make your own bag kit? Check out Build-a-Box from  Sew Hungry Hippie. You select the pieces you need. No more being subject to other people’s tastes.

From Pink Door re: managing a La Pass BOM:

Fun fact #2 of the week-
We have ordered (for months 1-6), over 8,700 yards of fabric. That equals 584 bolts of fabric, or 26,280 feet of fabric or 4.98 miles.
We’ve also ordered 1500+ lbs of paper. 
Edited to add: the 8,700 yards weighs about 3,000 lbs.
I was reminded about LillyElla Stitchery’s tutorials. I still want to make that Mini Maker Station

Books, Fabrics, Notions & Supplies

Sue Spargo posted about some precision tweezers called Pinzettes. Made in Switzerland. I do sometimes use tweezers when I am seam ripping and I thought the larger finger area would make them useful and also great gifts. Unfortunately, they are $50 so out of my budget right now. They are worth the money and I plan to buy some, but not today.

I saw Brick Bubble on IG one day and took a look at her site. There were a lot of great tags, especially one that says “Handmade – See I’m not just hoarding supplies”. I think it is hilarious.

If you don’t want to make your own using a Sew Sweetness pattern like the Percheron available in Minikins Season 3, you can buy a Maker’s Train Case, also from Sue Spargo’s website. It is designed to fit under most airplane seats allowing you to store all your knitting, stitching, and crafting supplies.

SewFinity found me on IG for the 2 minutes I was visiting the other day. They don’t have tons of fabric, but if you like Kona, this is your place.

Friend Julie reviewed the Sewline Air Erasable Pen I gave her for Christmas. My experience mimics hers.

If you are looking for interesting novelty fabric (I might be starting another college pillowcase project), check out My Favorite Quilt Store. I saw a lot of Disney fabrics I could use as well as other ways to interpret themes for each month. They have a Disney female villains fabric I might have to buy to make something for one of the nieces. They have some Flintstones, Sylvester and Tweety, Baby Yoda, Mickey & Minnie, Hot Wheels, vintage diner signs, bird watching, vintage letters and stamps and a ton of other novelty themes. They have a great selection of fabrics you can use for gift bags. I was really impressed with their selection of birthday relevant fabrics. They also have fun Christmas fabric.  I haven’t bought anything from them yet so YMMV.

Friend Julie has a quilt in the Curated Magazine coming out in April. She provides an affiliate code link which gives you 10% off, so read her post and get the code, then go buy the mag.


I saw an article on how to start knitting in the New York Times. You may need an account to access this article (check your local library). I like the way it talks about practical knowledge you need to know to get started, what the terms are, where to buy and the differences and benefits of a LYS vs Joann or Michael’s. There is also a getting started book recommendation.

I saw an article on the Cricut vs. Silhouette cutting machines

Design Walls, Furniture and Sewing Rooms

Christa Watson shows how to build a design wall. Check out the TikTok video on IG or the post on her blog. Can you believe how clean her sewing room is?


Letterlocking was the cyber cryptogography of Queen Elizabeth’s time. Check out the video to see how it worked.

Other Artists

Friend Julie posted her January Cornucopia. She has lots of great links, especially if you want to enter Visions or start a 100day project.

Sarah Goer sent out her recent newsletter, which is always filled with great links and projects. Sarah also has a 2021 wrap-up post. I enjoy comparing my same Year in Review posts with other people’s – not to compare who has finished more, but to compare the structure of the post. I don’t want to bore you so I am always looking for new ideas.

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Welcome to the first V&S for 2022. Hope you find some fun things in the collections I compile this year. Send along anything interesting you find and I’ll include it.

Projects, Classes, Patterns & Tutorials

I was looking at The Crafty Quilter site and saw a recent post. When I saw the picture I thought for sure Julie (of The Crafty Quilter not Friend Julie) had made a Mega-Pinnie. I have never seen anyone else make a Mega-Pinnie, so I was intrigued. It turned out to be a super box-like pouch not a Mega-Pinnie. The post, however, reminded me of the Mega-Pinnies. Maybe I need to make some more. Gifts??? The Mega-Pinnie designer’s post has some interesting options. One has a wrist strap. I didn’t see that before and it would be useful. Another uses horizontal stripes for the pockets. Blue Patch Quilter shows a number of different Mega-Pinnies. They are used for different things and have a variety of features and decorations. Would you use one for remote controls?

QuiltFolk is supporting a Kaffe-style color class.

Two people brought needlepoint projects to the Sew Day Holiday party last month. NEEDLEPOINT! I didn’t really think people did needlepoint anymore (stupid, I know), but there they were. Now I am seeing it everywhere. I saw a link to Ehrman Tapestry for Brandon Mably designs. I navigated around and found some Kaffe pages with inspirational information and a video. Now I want to do needlepoint. I am not going to buy a kit, though. I don’t need anymore cushions and I don’t need anymore handwork. Still it is tempting.

Tula had a video on how to sew 30 degree triangles.

Natalie from Sew Hungry Hippie has a whole Drive folder full of free patterns.

Check out the Bust the Stash Challenge from Border Creek Quilts. The block is now available. The block information is very complete and looks like the author knows how to write quilt directions. If you make at least 52 blocks (one per week for 52 weeks), you can qualify for a special prize. The page has previous stashbuster challenges as well. This project forces me to ask will your stash ever be busted? What does busting a stash look like? Will my stash ever be busted?

Do you want to know how to use SVG files with your Cricut Maker**? This is made with information from Michelle Graham who works with Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness.

Books, Fabrics, Notions & Supplies

Enamel Color Wheel Pin
Enamel Color Wheel Pin

Enamel pins are not really supplies, but Sew Hungry Hippie has some cool examples. I saw the color wheel pin and had to buy some as gifts. They have others that have really great crafting sayings.

I found this shop, Modern Quilt Company, when I was testing a tool at work. I always use quilt topics as I know the subject so well. I can identify the errors or weird results more quickly. They have the regular modern fabrics. They also have a blog with an interesting bag pattern. I also like the way their menu stays the same regardless of what page you are visiting. That feature makes it much easier to navigate. Lots of pre-cuts. If you want the Daydreamer kit, Pining for You by Tula Pink, they have some.

There are a lot of great places to buy zippers. Have you tried Zipper Valley?


I am thinking of buying an EddyCrest Cutting Table. The model is 6040. I met this company when I went to Houston in 2014. They have really nice pieces. The sewing table I have now is really nice, but it doesn’t fit my upgraded machine, so I think a new sewing table is in my future as well.

Media and Inspiration

Barbara Brackman posted a unique and beautiful red and green quilt on 12/27/2021. Apparently there are three of them, which she followed up showing on subsequent days. I know this is really a modern quilt, but the angle of the swags and the spinning look of the Rose of Sharon variation blocks is amazingly beautiful. The quilt is owned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It makes me want to make one.

The Butler Method is a technique of putting in a zipper pocket. Someone mentioned this method when I complimented them on their work and they shared this video.

Check out the Quilter’s Last Will & Testament






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Various & Sundry 2021 #13

Projects, Classes, Patterns & Tutorials

Jennifer Marx has a lot of CriCut tutorials and classes as well as a complete guide. she has lots of tutorials on paper and wood, but I also saw one on cutting fabric.

 I’ll be making a couple of bowl cozies as gifts. I was given a tutorial to use, which seems ok. Do you have a favorite?

Books, Fabrics, Notions & Supplies

Someone in the Sew Sweetness group turned me on to Hapa Fabrics. They don’t have a lot, but if you like anime or Disney fabrics, take a look.

I also found Stitch Supply Company, which has a great selection of fabrics, but also has a fantastic variety of bagmaking supplies. I am not talking about a few patterns. I am talking about different kinds of hardware, different kinds of interfacing – the whole 9 yards. I haven’t ordered anything from them yet, so I don’t know how their customer service is, but I will definitely order something and check. They have a lot of colors of strapping for handles, lots of ByAnnie products such as zippers, mesh and Soft & Stable.

Ginger subscription boxes are available on their site. Do you need a birthday or holiday gift for someone special?

Short V&S this time.

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Projects, Classes, Patterns & Tutorials

My friend Marty showed me Kohatu Patterns website. She was making a pumpkin tablerunner. I decided I want to make a pumpkin tablerunner for my buffet after seeing her blocks.  I was interested in the patterns, but not as much as the blog, which has some very interesting tips and tricks. She calls them Modern Quilting Guides.

Lindsay pointed me to an older Tula Pink project called Rainbow Waves. It is a basic Storm at Sea quilt, but the fabric selection is GREAT.

Watch Sara from Sew Sweetness as she talks about the magnetic snap die for a rivet press.

If you want to sew along with me, get the A Place for Everything v.2 pattern from ByAnnie. Watch Tula Pink’s video on her versions.

I thought about joining KnitStars this year. It looks awesome, but I slapped myself and didn’t. My knitting skills are not up to the challenge even though I want to pretend they are. Also, remember when I said I was super busy?

Bonnie Hunter has written the introductory post for this year’s Mystery Quilt, Rhododendron Trail (I can see this name quickly becoming RT!). I will definitely read and save the posts, but I am going to wait for the reveal to see if I want to make the project. I do like the colors, however. The pinks and turquoise/aquas are right up my alley. That Burgundy/ Garnet, however, ruins the look for me. Bleah.

Emmaline Bags has a tutorial for installing an internal zipper pocket into a bag. I still like Sara’s video.

Books, Fabrics, Notions & Supplies

Stash Fabrics has a Kona themed wall calendar. Even if you no longer use a wall calendar, this one would be a great year long color inspiration piece.

Modern American Vintage has some beautiful tools. They make wooden point turners, seam rippers and Hera markers. Often wooden tools are over the top, but these are simple and gorgeous. They also have an IG account.

I found a shop called Mashe Modern. They have a great selection of fabrics and great prices. It is a great addition to the list of shops from whom I should not buy more fabric. < LOL >

I am thinking about getting the block-of-the-month option for making Tula’s Butterfly quilt. Petting Fabric has two great selections of fabric. remember when I talked about being super busy? That is what is holding me back.

I am a huge fan of color cards. They are very useful for online shopping and for identifying, especially, solids when they show up on your doorstep.  I have been using mine to differentiate between the Free Spirit solids, Sweet Pea and Freesia, in my Pink Door La Pass BOM fabrics. It comes in very handy for such things. Hawthorne Supply has a good selection.

Media and Inspiration

I haven’t been surfing much lately, so I missed some of Julie’s posts over at High Fiber Content. Take a look at Friend Julie’s August Cornucopia for more, interesting links.

Do you like mid-century modern designs? Carrie P pointed me to a site with a ton of mid century modern designs. They really should open a Spoonflower shop and make the designs available in fabric and wallpaper, etc.

I follow Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness on Facebook, as you know since I can’t shutup about her, and get to see the creations of of her other followers. One is Stephanie and she has a great shop filled with bags. She uses lots of Tula Pink fabrics, if that is your jam. She showed some fabulous Daytrip Wallets, but they never made it to her shop.

The International Quilt Museum presented “Abstract Design in American Quilts at 50: Raising the Profile” with Dr. Jonathan Gregory on June 9. The video is now on YouTube

Exhibits & Shows

Did you attend PIQF? I didn’t for the first time in, maybe, 15 years. I have scaled back my attendance in recent years, but have always gone. I wasn’t up for dealing with the crowds this year. Apparently, there were no crowds. I’d love to hear your thoughts about the event, if you attended.

Other Artists

One of the things I enjoy about fiction set in England is how well versed the fictional British are with poetry. I think they are often assigned poetry in fictional schools and it carries over into their fictional lives where they quote it at appropriate times in their fictional days. I read Shel Silverstein poetry to my son and he demanded more and more. Beyond that and a few long poems in high school, I am woefully under-educated in poetry.  One of my exceptional nieces (I have a few), Michaela, is a talented performer. She has recently started a YouTube channel where she reads poetry.

The County Library System is creating a makerspace and they need supplies. Take a look at their wishlist and buy something or send them a gift card. I hope they get the Cricut so I can try it out.

Melody Johnson of the Chicago School of Fusing fame is creating some really great knitting lately.


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Books, Fabrics, Notions & Supplies

Recently my guild had Heather Black as a speaker. She was a really good speaker. I went to her website after and bought a couple of her books. The price was better than on Amazon! I also noticed that she has the Classic Curves ruler for sale. This is the Color Girl quilts ruler I bought some time ago. The thing I liked about Heather’s site was that she said which of her patterns could be used with the Classic Curves ruler. GREAT idea and GREAT marketing. Heather is also updating her blog again after some life upheavals.

The last time I bought Decovil Light (Pellon #525) I had to buy it from Emmaline Bags. That isn’t a bad thing as Emmaline Bags is awesome. The problem is they are in Canada so customs, shipping, etc. I found some, based on a recommendation from a fellow Sew Sweetness fan, at HarrisSquared on Etsy.

Projects, Classes, Patterns & Tutorials

I am thinking about doing Tula Pink’s Butterfly quilt. I have the pattern, but have never made it. Friend Julie pointed out the Colorways shown on the Gnome Angel site. I found a site called Petting Fabric, which has kits that are much more my style. Now I have to decide if I want to take on another kit type project like this.

Angela sent me a link to Kitchen Table Quilting’s ‘Valued Scrap Quilt’. The pattern reminded her of my Fabric of the Year quilts.

Need to make a simple tote bag? Apple Green Cottage has a basic pattern that you can use to make a quick gift. They have a ton of other free patterns as well.

If you are interested in the A Place for Everything 2.0 bag, you can see a full demo on one of Tula Pink’s IGTV videos. It shows the size, which is smaller than I thought, and all of the features. Tula also talks about the differences between the newer vs the older versions.

Sara Lawson just came out with 4 new patterns. If you want to see the first two, check out her Sunday Sewcial where she shows and talks about two new tote bags.

Really interesting patterns on the In Sewing Times page. The iron carrier is interesting. It looks like the same idea as the Mini Maker Case I made awhile ago. I also like the Swing Basket.

Judy Martin has reduced one of her patterns and recolored it as a wreath. Great idea for reuse.

Basket tray free pattern from Noodlehead. I saw it mentioned somewhere…NY Times, maybe?

Carrie P shared a new pillowcase video tutorial with me. She made an adorable mini-pillowcase for her friend’s travel pillow.


Accuquilt has videos on how to use different dies. I think they come out with them as companions to a new die. A recent new die is the Schoolhouse block. To accompany the new die, they asked Barbara Brackman for a history fo the block. She has some great examples of Schoolhouse quilts, including one that is a village, in a recent blog post.

Sara Goer pointed me to Material Girlfriends, a blog and shop. They have a cheerful tone in their posts.

Timna Tarr’s gallery is awesome!

Check out John Lovett’s color page. It is fantastic!

Exhibits & Shows

Luke Haynes and Joe Cunningham will be doing a collaborative show. the opening will be on September 26 at 1803 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103-1107 from 3-6pm. Find out more information on their FB page.

Other Artists

You can now purchase your own Gee’s Bend quilt from the comfort of your living room. Etsy has partnered with the Gee’s Bend quiltmakers and XX to make their works available with no fee for the quiltmakers from Etsy. A blog post talks about the whole program and provides links to the individual quiltmakers’ shops. I found all of the information in a New York Times article about Souls Grown Deep, a foundation working to preserve art made by diverse artists. The details of documenting Joe Minter’s installation artwork is amazing. The photos in the article are interesting as well.



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Events, Articles, Exhibitions and Shows

Bonnie Hunter reminded me that the Quilters Take a Moment virtual event is coming up on September 17-18.

Quilters Take a Moment is a virtual fundraising event for the nonprofit Quilt Alliance, featuring captivating speakers, deep-dive interviews, joyful conversations, a quilt exhibition and moments of community for quilt lovers everywhere. Tickets are now available. Because the event is online you can watch live or watch the recorded content any time, anywhere! And because it is a virtual event – you can participate from anywhere in the world, from the comfort of your own home, wearing whatever you want to wear.  We live in the world of Zoom, etc now, so we all know this, right?

Lots of interesting artists, speakers & presenters. I was interested to see that there were a number of researchers and historians on the agenda.


If you want to learn how the best way to thread a hand sewing needle, watch the EPP n.2 video with Tula Pink. Check at about minute 13.5 or 14.

If you want to learn how to glue baste fabric to EPP papers, watch Tula’s first EPP video, about halfway through.

Tula talks about pattern-first quilting and fabric-first quilting in a recent video. She also talks about making colorwash type quilts (similar to my Fabric of the Year quilts).

I am sort of Tula obsessed right at the moment. I blame Lindsay, though I have to admit that she helped open my eyes to the genius of Tula. I still am not a huge fan of the animals, but I admire her work ethic, her creativity and her willingness to share her process. I love process and hearing about other people’s process for creativity. I found an old interview with her from a UK Quilt Shop. In that interview, she talks about a book called Quilts from the House of Tula Pink**. I want to take a look at it.

Needlework pocket-book 1781, RCIN 45126
Needlework pocket-book 1781, RCIN 45126

A needlework pocket book was mentioned in a recent Barbara Brackman post. I was able to find it in the collection of the Royal Collection. [Warning: librarian speak coming] I was disappointed that the metadata wasn’t better and I wasn’t able to find it using Mary Delany or ‘sewing’ as search terms. I am interested in this as I ma making some Sew Together Bags and the items are related because they are both designed carrying tools and supplies around. I wish the Royal Collection had a picture of the pocketbook open so I could see how it was laid out. Also, I wonder what some of the items are used for. A spoon? What about that twisty hook tool (bottom right)? Eventually I’ll look them up, but for now I will wonder.

The Wall Street Journal, periodically, attempts to talk about crafts in an intelligent way. They don’t seem to be able to find someone who actually does the crafts and come up with interesting, if somewhat stilted articles. This time it was about crochet. (You may need to login or use your library)

Other Artists

Friend Julie put up her cornucopia post at the end of July. It is so interesting to see what different sites and links she finds, then chooses to share. One interesting link was for Seamwork – a kind of how-to-sew network. I hope they can make it work.

Projects, Classes, Patterns & Tutorials

We all need a plush whale, don’t we?

Need some chickens? These are appealing to me, probably, because of the polka dot fabrics. Make them into pincushions and give them as gifts.

Books, Fabrics, Notions & Supplies

I am obsesssing, as I have said, about Tula Pink right now. I don’t have an embroidery machine, but I wanted to see her machine embroidery options. I finally found a link, which was not quite as easy as I thought it should be.

I am trying not to buy more bag making supplies, but in case YOU need some, check out Gold Star. they have a wide variety of different things. It looks less ‘curated’ than some of the quilt shops. they have some industrial type machines to install grommets and such in case you are churning out bags for sale. They have a variety of lobster clips in different shapes and finishes.

I have the Tula Pink Butterfly Pattern. I saw the video she produced about her updated version of the quilt and it got me interested in making it. I saw a quilt store that has fabrics packs – a kind of subscription – for that quilt. I don’t think I want to buy it. I have a lot of fabric and I want to use it. Anyone planning to make the Butterfly Quilt?









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Various & Sundry 2021 #9


Anyone whose email is on my Feedburner list has been moved to the WordPress feed. If you have not verified your email, then you won’t get any emails. I have deactivated the Feedburner feed, so if you weren’t able to make the change up until now, you will no longer be hearing from me. 🙁

If you have no idea what I am talking about, then ignore this admin talk and read on for quilty goodness.

Projects, Classes, Patterns & Tutorials

Check out Friend Julie’s village blocks. I think this is a larger project. Are you working on these blocks?

As I said, I am gearing up for the La Passacaglia project. The first month’s shipement of the BOM is shipping at the end of this month. <squeeeee!!!> The BOM group is really fun and I can’t wait to read the messages every night to see what people were talking about. Many of the participants are trying to organize their supplies. To this many are making the A Place for Everything 2.0 bag from byAnnie. I, too, would like to make one as I do think it would be a great bag for this project. I might make one, but I don’t have the bandwidth right now (have  you read my posts about clearing out my workroom?). I do enjoy thinking about it, though.

Tula Pink has a FB video where she talks about her process for making byAnnie patterns. One of the things she highlights is the way she chooses fabric with fussy cutting in mind. I think I am seriously going to make the A Place for Everything bag for the La Pas project. When? Who knows. Soon. Maybe. I enjoyed the TulaTalk video, though she does say ‘like’ a little more than I like. ?

If you want to learn the basics of EPP, Naudia Tatum has an EPP 1 video where she discusses making the Smitten BOM with Pink Door. This BOM has already started, but you can stretch your imagination to your own project and learn about the tools she uses. She goes into a good amount of detail. From what I have watched, I agree with her on most points about tools. She uses the Jen Kingwell template grips**. As she shows how to use them, they look just like True Grips**, which are what I am used to using. I use a different kind of thimble, but any thimble that works for you is fine. The second part of the video discusses cutting.The third part discusses glue basting. I don’t glue baste, but I was interested in her discussion of the direction of her dog ears (at about~50 minutes). I can use that information, I think even though I will be thread basting.

A good follow-up to Naudia’s video is another one by Tula Pink. The thing I like about this video is how she talks about choosing fabrics. She says choosing fabrics for EPP is like eating an elephant. If you try to cram the whole thing in your mouth, you will choke. Watch this video. It is really helpful.

Yes, I have EPP on the mind!

Barbara Brackman’s Flora Delanica block-of-the-month has setting and fabric options posted, now that all the blocks are finished.


In another video Tula talks about the new Free Spirit pre-cuts. In an offhand sort of way she highlights that nobody ever knew where to measure pre-cuts when they had pinked edges. FreeSpirit is now cutting layer cakes and 5 inch charm packs with straight edges! Yay!

Alison has shop called And So There. She makes beautiful cards, journals and other paper products. Take a look at her small journal with the scissor motif.

Textiles in Lockdown is a podcast by Ruth Singer which “explores the research project ‘Textiles In Lockdown’ which she has created for Gawthorpe Textiles Collection. During August 2020 Ruth created surveys to delve into the stories of textile making practice over the months of lockdown. 180 hobby makers and over 120 textile professionals responded to our survey to share their stories.” The “Gawthorpe Textiles Collection is an internationally renowned collection of global textiles located in the heart of Pennine Lancashire. The Collection is an accredited museum and independent registered charity with a focus on education, well-being and the preservation of traditional craft skills.”

Books, Fabrics, Notions & Supplies

I was led to the FIGO fabrics site and spent a happy amount of time looking at their current and forthcoming fabrics. I love their solids and Bijou is interesting.

Check out the Hemline various bags and boxes for sewing supplies. Their Craft Bag looks very similar to the Ultimate Carry All Bag.

Articles, Exhibitions and Shows

I found an article on Fons & Porter in the Quilting Daily. I think I saw it on Friend Julie’s blog. While their quilts may not be your style I have always admired them. I watched their shows on Friday nights while the YM and my DH were at Scouts. I would draw pictures of interesting blocks in my journal and try to make them later. This is an interesting article about the trajectory of their business and what they have been doing since they sold it.

Russel Wright Pitchers
Russel Wright Pitchers

I read an article about Russel Wright and his ceramics in the Wall Street Journal while I was waiting for a meeting to start. That sent me on a journey to find out more about him and his work. I read an Artnet article. I love his dishes and, especially the pitchers.  They have a great shape.  I saw a blog post, which shows more of his work and links out to the Metropolitan Museum of Art article about him.






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Various & Sundry 2021 #8


Google will be removing FeedBurner from its suite of products. I don’t know when. They sent me an email some time ago and I thought I would deal with it later. Well, it is later, unfortunately.

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Projects, Classes, Patterns & Tutorials

Moda Blockheads #3 has an archive of all the blocks, the blog posts and the instructions. What a great idea! Thanks to Cyndi W.

Crafty Gemini has a new, free mesh tote bag video tutorial. If you need something for wet bathing suits, this is your bag.

My mom told me about a Missouri Star Triple Play video she watched. She loved the special surprise in the middle of the video. I liked that segment as well, but I REALLY loved Natalie’s version of their Missouri Star quilt. It is a small Missouri Star block in a large Missouri Star block. I think what I really like about it is the True Kisses by Heather Bailey fabric she used. I might have to make a block to see if I want to make a quilt. They use a perfect trimmer**, which I have never seen before. I may need to try one.


It is worth checking on this NY Times article on crafts, What We Learned from a Year of Crafting, for the following quote “And the qualities that craft teaches — resourcefulness, resilience, flexibility — were much needed in a year filled with so much uncertainty and loss….”. It talks about crafting during the pandemic, how it took off, the benefits, how people returned. A great acknowledgment of something many of us do on a daily basis.

Check out Friend Julie’s Cornucopia post. Lots of interesting links to follow.

Books, Fabrics, Notions & Supplies

Check out the Remarkable Rainbow Block Resizer from Tartankiwi. The Remarkable Rainbow Resizer is a simple table which will allow you to increase or decrease the size of a wide variety of blocks.

Articles, Exhibitions and Shows

Check out the crocheted coral reef.

I really like Joanne Sharpe’s work. Take a look at her website.








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Various & Sundry 2021 #7

Other Artists

The Gee’s Bend Quilters are raising money to improve the lives and working conditions of their quilting community. Make a donation now.


I recently took another class from Maker’s Mercantile. This was a color class. Though I am confident in color theory and choosing colors, taking a class is a good way to learn new things. During the class, they instructor used a site called Unsplash to find photos he could use in his presentation. The site describes itself as “… the Internet’s source of freely usable images.” I, of course, tried looking for ‘quilt’ – just doing a simple search in the search box. The photos that came up were beautiful, but there is a lot of scope for more beautiful quilt photos. I also searched for ‘Austria’ and found photos of places I know. In searching for ‘red-violet’, I came up with a variety of subjects which all included that color. I am impressed with the search engine.

Adobe Color site
Adobe Color site

The other site I learned about was the Adobe Color site. First, choose a ‘rule’ on the left, then move the arms on the wheel to your desired color. Under the color wheel, you will see the colors based on your choices. The colors are listed as RGB, but you can switch to CMYK, HSB and LAB, if you prefer. Use your fabric color chart to match the colors listed to fabric.

My guild was filmed back in 2016 and the video has just his YouTube. I am not in the video, but many current guild members are pictured. Many quilts are shown as well. If you want to see what our guild is about, take a look.

I mentioned Alex Anderson’s Stash building classes a few weeks ago. These are free classes on YouTube. She styles herself as a Luddite and that gets old since she is clearly successful in her profession and not an old geezer. I watched two and half of them the other night. They are seriously dumbed down color classes, but not without their usefulness. The first ‘class’ is about Value, Character and Color Family. This class was interesting, especially when she showed examples of different kinds of fabric and show she puts them together successfully. She uses a lot of tone on tones/blenders in these examples and doesn’t show many ‘modern’ fabrics. I think you could translate what she is showing to your own fabric collection. She also uses solids a bit throughout the series. The second is about how to use the color wheel for different results. The third is about how Alex buys fabric: quantities, etc. I like the terminology she uses for the different fabrics and she goes into that a bit more in the third class. I didn’t plan on watching the third class, but they lost Internet at the end of the second class so she finished up her talk about the color wheel at the beginning of the third class. The classes are free, but you have to watch the bits of The Quilt Show marketing she throws in. I did skip some of that, which was possible since I wasn’t watching it live and didn’t have much interest. Also, she shows pictures of her grandchildren and talks about her family quite a bit. In a way, these classes are part of the conversation Alex and Ricky are creating in the Quilt Show. They want their viewers to think they are part of the family. I respect that.

Books, Fabrics, Notions & Supplies

Those tempters ad temptresses at Maker’s Mercantile send me a newsletter every week. It is often easy for me to resist the fabulous yarn temptations, but this most recent newsletter showed that they have mulberry silk embroidery thread. It comes in a bout 33 colors, some of which are variegated. I’d love to try it. There is no shortage of embroidery floss at my house so I am resisting for the moment.

Various & Sundry 2021 #6

For Sale

$60+ shipping: La Passacaglia papers and acrylic cutting templates. PayPal cash only. This set includes:

  • Complete Piece Pack Includes ALL the Pre-Cut Papers, approximately 2900 pieces, to make La Passacaglia.
  • 5 Piece La Passacaglia Acrylic Set includes shapes A, B, C, D, and E and is available with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

I updated the Minikins page and the Supplies page.

Articles, Media, Exhibitions and Shows

Sara Lawson’s Sewcial Sunday from a few weeks ago included an interview with Megan Doherty.  Some parts of it made me laugh out loud.

The 2021 Quilting Trends survey is out. According to the survey, “…there are now 85 million “active creatives” in North America, meaning people who have done at least one creative project in the last year. Crafts generate $35 billion in annual sales. There are currently 10-12 million quilters and the quilting market is expected to approach $5 billion by 2026-2027. In 2020 there was a more than 12% increase in the number of new quilters. The quilting market is expected to grow to $5 billion by 2026.” Can you believe the increase in 2020? I guess people had to do something with all their free time during the shelter-in-place orders. I’m glad it was quiltmaking.

I know most of you had crayons when you were a kid and probably, like me, coveted the giant box of colors. I also jealously guarded my box and refused to share with my sister, because she would break the points. I never delved into the history of the humble wax implement until the other day. I read the LAPL newsletter, which had a brief history of the crayon. It was so interesting. Did you know Crayola LLC is now owned by Hallmark? Did you know that Mr. Binney’s wife helped create and name crayolas? Another woman nobody ever heard of until now. Did you know that Binney & Smith bought the Munsell Color Company in 1922?

Barbara Brackman recently posted about an interesting wreath quilt on her Material Culture blog. It is the first picture of a square wreath quilt and it is really interesting. I love the woven and squarish look. I’d like to think I would make one, but I probably wouldn’t.

Sharon at ColorGirl Quilts shows you, in her newest video, how make Flying Geese and half circles using her Classic Curves Ruler.

Projects, Classes, Patterns & Tutorials

Michelle Graham, one of the moderators of the Sew Sweetness Facebook group mentioned Sincerely Jen, a pattern company with a lot of bag patterns. They do not have as many patterns as Sew Sweetness, but some are interesting. I particularly like the Rossatron.

I have been contemplating different methods of organizing my Sew Tites. Funnily enough a new pattern designed by LillyElla Stitchery for a folio that holds Sew Tites along with needles, etc was advertised in the most recent SewTites newsletter. It is like a needlecase, but includes storage for Sew Tites as well. Pattern is a free download.

Because I think Im ight become a great knitter some day, I look at some knitting sites and newsletters. As you know, I do knit a bit, but I struggle. One thing with which I struggle is the organization of my circular needles. I prefer circular needles, but they don’t really fit in a conventional bag. I saw one by DellaQ in the Maker’s Mercantile newsletter recently. It turns out that DellaQ has quite a few knitting needle bags. Because I can’t leave well enough alone, I went hunting for a pattern. I love the DellaQ versions, especially the one in turquoise, but I have a lot of fabric here, so can’t I just make one? I found one pattern from Charlotte Copper that looks reasonable. I also found a pattern by Olga (@zaudalcreates )on Etsy that I really liked. You can see a video tour of the case on IG. She has a website, too. I found a nice tutorial for a large shopping/travel tote, which I think would be good for the guild officer gifts. She uses a lot of canvas. If I make the circular needle case, I may have to use quilting cotton and Soft & Stable instead of canvas to make something I like. I don’t really want to get into buying canvas, but I understand the need for stability.

I am tempted by Olga’s Oslo Pouch (different from the Sew Sweetness Oslo Craft Bag). It looks like a cute little handbag. I am trying to be restrained as I just bought the Minikins 3 and have only made 3 projects from that set.

If you need to match a binding in various places to specific designs in your quilt, A Quilter’s Table has a tutorial.

I saw the Bubba Bowling Bag in the AGF newsletter. There are some nice photos on the page, but none of the inside. 🙁 I even checked IG and didn’t see any. Of course, I could put whatever pockets I wanted inside, but I still like to see what others did.

A few weeks ago, I talked about cross body/Japanese aprons. Alison, a friend from the guild, mentioned a pattern I had found before from Purl Soho.

Books, Fabrics, Notions & Supplies

Clover Hot Press Perfect Ruler
Clover Hot Press Perfect Ruler

Recently, in various patterns I have had to press pattern pieces a certain amount (usually 1/4 inch). This is such a hassle as it is a small amount and I have to keep my fingers out of the way. I have a weird double headed stiletto type thing that I use, but it doesn’t help with the measuring. I found a ruler by Clover that I am considering called the Clover Hot Press Perfect Ruler **.  Keep in mind that I haven’t used this, but it looks like you can lay this down on the fabric, fold over the part you need to measure and then press. That would be perfect, if it works and isn’t too thick. I Like Clover products and think they are high quality, so fingers crossed that it is a good product. Let me know if you have one or if you have tried it.

Check out the Tatter Journal, a quarterly publication “offering of original content, which explores our relationship to cloth through a quarterly theme.” The first issue is about isolation.

I am still on the hunt for a chart of zipper sizes and descriptions. I found a comprehensive blog post about zippers, which is really interesting and helpful. It only gives a brief description of what size zippers to use for what project. Not helpful for my purposes, but interesting. It also says that a zipper foot is a must. I have never had good luck with zipper feet. I use my 1/4″ foot. Perhaps it’s my machine?

I found a yardage converter page on the AllPeopleQuilt site. My only question, because it is not readily obvious, is 4.5 inches x what equals 1/8 yard. I presume 42 inches or the fabric width from selvedge to selvedge. The chart does implicitly say.


Other Artists

My friend Nancy created a website recently to showcase her artwork. She is much more deliberative in her work than I am. Thus, the pieces she shows are carefully selected.










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Various & Sundry 2021 #5

I updated the About page to include the most recent podcast in which I was featured.

For Sale

$60+ shipping: La Passacaglia papers and acrylic cutting templates. PayPal cash only. This set includes:

  • Complete Piece Pack Includes ALL the Pre-Cut Papers, approximately 2900 pieces, to make La Passacaglia.
  • 5 Piece La Passacaglia Acrylic Set includes shapes A, B, C, D, and E and is available with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Carnivorous Plant inspiration
Carnivorous Plant inspiration

Projects, Classes, Patterns & Tutorials

You know you want to make a flock of chicken ornaments. Check out this tutorial from Ann Wood Handmade. She has a number of free patterns and resources, including a slightly grumpy looking apple core ornament. This site, which is new to me, came through the Oliso newsletter. They frequently have interesting sites to visit. They also tell you about new products and when irons are back in stock.  Sign up for their newsletter through MailChimp.

Check out the BlockBase Sew-a-Long.

Barbara Brackman is starting a new appliqued BOM. Free patterns will be released on the last Wednesday of the month. It is taking place on her Civil War blog, but think about what you could do with more contemporary fabrics.

Marie Bostwick has new pattern, designed by Deb Tucker, to go with her new book, The Restoration of Celia Fairchild. Find other patterns linked with previous books in the same location. Deb is the head of Studio 180 Designs, and creator of two of my favorite rulers, the SplitRects, which I have discussed before, and the Wing Clipper.

Katie Ward is hosting an HRT class on May 15.

Sew Kind of Wonderful is hosting a Rock-the-Block Sew-a-Long. Maybe it is a Block of the Month? Anyway the blocks are really great. They do require all three of the SKoW rulers – the Quick Curve ruler**, the Mini Quick Curve ruler** and the Wonder Curve ruler**.

Articles, Media, Exhibitions and Shows

Clementoni 6000 piece Neuschwanstein puzzle
Clementoni 6000 piece Neuschwanstein puzzle

As I may have mentioned, I signed up for Winsor & Newton’s articles on color. The recent one is about about Green, specifically Chromium Oxide Green. What caught my attention was “What humans do have in common is a shared ability to recognise variations of green better than any other colour.” I have been thinking about this in the context of our 6000 piece puzzle. We have done all the easy bits – the castle, the wall, the lakes. Now we are on to trees (green), mountainsides (green) and sky (flat blue). It is a matter of trying every piece in every space and celebrating when you find one piece. BUT that has nothing to do with what I was talking about. I have been trying to sort the green pieces in this puzzle and I realized that I my efforts were working, but I wanted to sort them in much more detail. While driving down the highway recently, I glanced at the mountains and noticed (again) how many greens I could see. Somehow all of these experiences came together with the Winsor & Newton newsletter.

The other thing the article says is “The average number of colours humans can distinguish is around a million.” A MILLION!! Sheesh! No wonder my photos never look like what my eye can see.

Books, Fabrics, Notions & Supplies

The Glenstone Museum in Maryland is having a Faith Ringgold exhibit. Faith is an artist who sometimes works in textiles and quiltmaking. She expand one of her quilts into a book called Tar Beach. There is a book that goes a long with the exhibit. The buying process is a little strange, but I am sure the book will be fascinating.

I was a little disappointed in the colors I received from my recent zipper order. It occurred to me that there might be such a thing as a YKK zipper color card. There is! I’ll add it to my WAWAK order next time I get zippers. It is also available at ZipperStop on Etsy, but is slightly more expensive.






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Various & Sundry 2021 #4

I updated the Minikins page after I made another project from the Minikins series. I am not making great progress on this series of patterns, but I am making some progress.

Articles, Media, Exhibitions and Shows

Friend Julie had a great February Cornucopia on her blog at the end of February.

Barbara Brackman posted a wonderful article about Arnold Savage, a quilt historian of sorts who shared his family’s quilt legacy with others. I didn’t know she had designed a fabric line using his fabrics as inspiration.

AllPeopleQuilt has an article about where to donate fabric scraps. If you have a lot, this might be a good article to start with. If one of these places takes your scraps it is much better than putting them in landfill. You can also make pet beds and fill them with your scraps and schnibbles.

I was looking up information about circles on Latifah Saafir’s website when I saw she was part of a ‘Back to School’ blog hop. Her post is about accurate seams using masking tape. Other entries in the blog hop are about sewing long seams without stretching, Say Yes to Y Seams (or just read my tutorial) ruler slipping and a lot of other basic-adjacent topics.Take a look at the whole list included after the end of Latifah’s post.

Sharon from ColorGirl Quilts has posted a video on making HSTs from scraps. she uses the method where you have to draw a line. This is a fine method and you don’t need additional tools. However, check out the Simple Folded Ruler for another method with no drawing of lines.

Weeks Ringle is starting a lecture series about color … “She is a modern quilter and taught at a college along with her husband Bill Kerr …. They always have interesting videos. ” The first video is now available.

Melly Sews has a post called “9 Things Sewists Do That No One Understands”

Projects, Classes, Patterns & Tutorials

I was surprised to the see the Emmaline March Bag of the month club pattern, The Tumbleweed Toiletry Tote. It looks just like the Cavalcade Travel Bag by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness, though smaller. It makes me suspicious about copying, though it is also none of my business. I do like the smaller size of the Tumbleweed.

The Bagineer Bonanza is coming from Mrs. H and her affiliates. By joining you can sew along with Mrs. H and friends. There are a number of bags you will make.

Vanessa at Crafty Gemini has a new Snappy Wristlet video tutorial. She says that it is a quick weekend project. This was part of her 12 Days of Christmas series of small projects from a few years ago, so you may have seen it already.

In case you don’t have enough machines associated with quiltmaking, there is a tutorial on making templates using a 3D printer.

Bonnie Hunter shows readers how to make a zillion HSTs with the Simple Folded Corners ruler in a recent (for me) tutorial. I wasn’t able to find any tutorials on how to use that ruler for more than flippy corners, like I talked about in my tutorial. I am sure there is a discussion in the many patterns available, but I was hoping to see something so I could make HSTs or other units when I wanted not as part of a pattern.

Zen Chic has a tutorial on getting a perfect 1/4″ seam every time.

If you want to learn to read a knitting chart (not quiltmaking, I know), check out the Maker’s Mercantile video on that subject. I actually sat in on the class and it was great. I have a much better understanding of reading charts. I wouldn’t say that I am an expert, but it was very useful. Perhaps I’ll try a knitting project that requires a pattern!

Olfa has a tutorial on making HSTs. It is the two triangles method. This is great if you want scrappy HSTs.

Books, Fabrics, Notions & Supplies

The new and improved updated Blockbase is now available. To celebrate EQ is hosting a BlockBase quilt-a-long. Starting March 29, the team will feature a block to sew from BB+ every two weeks. Each blog post will highlight a different feature of the BB+ software. You will choose the size and method you want to use to make the blocks. “At the end of each two week period there will be a link up post” on the EQ blog “so you can share a photo of your sewn block and we can all oohh and aahh over each other’s beautiful blocks!” The only requirement is that you have the new BlockBase software installed on your computer. You can purchase it (no affiliation!) on the EQ website. Check out the chart comparing the older version of BlockBase with the new version.

Here is a chart for hand sewing needles.

Want to know about the new Tula Sew-Tites? Friend Julie has a review.

Craftsy has a sale going on. I get notices in my email, via FB and IG. You get a premium membership for $2.49 per year for one year. Yes,  2 dollars and forty-nine cents. I almost did it, but then I read the rules on cancelling. The good part is that you can cancel any time. The bad part is that you have to call their customer service and request cancellation. That means talking to a person who will, probably, do a really big and hardcore sales job on me to try and get me to keep my membership. I completely understand why they would want to do that, but it makes it hard to cancel. I’ll think about it. I haven’t watched many of the videos I have there now, which tells you how much I might use it.

I saw a box called The Sew Stack by Noble Notions in the Maker’s Mercantile newsletter. It is mostly a knitting/yarn related newsletter, but they are starting to have fabric and I can pretend I am an experienced knitter. There are two versions of the Sew Stack. One is for machine feet and the other is for bobbins. They also have one for thread. The thread color would be protected by the solid colors. I love the shape and style of these things. I can’t tell whether they are a soft plastic or hard. They are latex free & made in the USA.

For those of you who used to work in offices and have been working remotely for the past year, you may have heard rumblings about going back to the office part-time. I read a WSJ article that said that a certain pouch would be critical for carrying cords, chargers, etc to the office as we would not have desks to stash these items ever again. Of course, by the time I clicked on the link, the pouches were sold out. I could still see them and though they were very basic. I have started to troll my favorite bag designers for something similar. I think the Crafty Gemini Zip Away Organizer is the perfect type of bag. You no longer have to buy the club, but can buy the pattern (with video!) on its own. I think it might need a wider spine and more cord holders on the inside, but it is the right shape and the zipper all the way around would make it fit a lot of those types of items. If I figure out how to make the modifications, I will definitely let you know.

Other Artists

Need to pass on some good quality materials? Friend Julie provided a list of Native Americans who accept good quality fabric for mask making and quilts.

I watched a video from Ehrman Textiles about Kaffe Fassett and color in his house.




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