Improv Quilt Design with Heather Jones

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It goes without saying that the “biggest” thing I did when it comes to quilting this year was to travel to Austin and attend the 2015 QuiltCon. But in second place, and very close to first place, was my visit to Dayton, Ohio, to attend Heather Jones’ Improvisational Patchwork Workshop this past April. Her approach to quilt design, construction and piecing opened my eyes and my senses to a whole new sense of how I quilt.

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Our class took place at the Front Street Studio in Dayton. The artist’s studio we were using had beautiful whitewashed floors that quickly became a great backdrop for snapping photos of the blocks we made throughout the day. Heather started out the morning with an overview of what we would be working on before diving into our first blog assignment. (more…)

Hanging Out at the Bracelet Bar

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Once again, Willys Detroit knocked it out of the park with their workshop offerings. Last summer I found myself enjoying a quiet Sunday afternoon in the store making minimalist bracelets and necklaces with artist Debbie Carlos and her Bracelet Bar. Debbie provided everything we needed to make these striking, simple pieces. The workshop was perfect for both beginners and experienced jewelry makers as it was a great refresher in the fundamentals of construction. Debbie’s approach is to focus on just a few beads rather than a large, chunky accessory. The pieces I made that day tended to focus on one standout bead paired with 1-2 other smaller findings.

If you’re not following Willys on Instagram, make sure to add this to-do to your task list. They share workshop and store news there each week.

Memphis’ Modern Quilt Shops

I love this scrap-busting strand of garland found at Bumbletees Sewing Studio!

I love this scrap-busting strand of garland found at Bumbletees Sewing Studio!

Earlier this month I was in Memphis celebrating my youngest nephew’s first birthday. Just with any trip to a new city and/or state, I made sure to set some time aside to explore a new-to-me quilt shop. Thanks to the great folks in the Memphis Area Modern Quilt Guild, I received some amazing recommendations for modern-minded quilt shops to check out. I’m so glad I did – they’re fantastic! (more…)

Take a Coloring Break with Wendy Piersall’s “Coloring Flower Mandalas”

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Grown-ups, when was the last time you sat down and enjoyed a brand new coloring book? Apparently not that long ago as sales of “adult” coloring books have been skyrocketing this year. Coloring books are showing up on The New York Times‘ Best Sellers’ lists as well as remaining in the top 10 for Amazon sales. In a given day when most of us spend more time staring at a screen than we do at the great outdoors, it’s not that surprising to see so many of us reaching for a pack of colored pencils and a coloring page as a way to relax. (more…)

A Summer Dedicated to Peonies

No matter where I went this summer, there was a gorgeous peony to look at, even at work.

No matter where I went this summer, there was a gorgeous peony to look at, even at work.

This summer my flower of choice was the peony. The fascination all started with a Pot & Box workshop, held in conjunction with Parsonage Events, at Willys Detroit. I’ve loved taking workshops at Willys this year and they always have a lot of interesting options to choose from every few months. When this particular workshop was offered as a way to look at arranging flowers with a focus on the peony, I was hooked. (more…)

Kaffe Fassett to Visit Ann Arbor October 2015

Kaffe Fasset quilts and books on display at the Ann Arbor Sewing Center. Photo via @AnnArborSewing.

Kaffe Fasset quilts and books on display at the Ann Arbor Sewing Center. Photo via @AnnArborSewing.

This fall is shaping up to have some great crafty offerings here in the greater metro Detroit area! For quilters who adore luscious colors and bold designs, mark your calendars – Kaffe Fasset is coming to Ann Arbor.

Thanks to the Ann Arbor Sewing Center, Kaffe will be making a visit to Michigan in October as he promotes his latest book, Heritage Quilts, set for release Sept. 1, 2015. While his hexagon workshop is already full, tickets are still available for his two Sunday lectures, set for Oct. 11. The lectures include a slide show with studio manager Brandon Mably, a Q&A session and a book signing. For just $40, it’s a great way to meet such a well-known face in the quilting world. (more…)