I’m back from an amazing few days in Texas enjoying some vacation time with good friends and, of course, several days as an attendee at the now-annual Quilt Con, presented by The Modern Quilt Guild. My attention the past few weeks has been getting ready for the conference, from making DIY accessories to packing up all of our goodies to take on the road. Over the next few days I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the conference, so look out for that!
I saw so many wonderful vendors and fabrics at Quilt Con. My suitcases weighed A LOT MORE leaving Austin – I’ll leave it at that. One of my favorite vendors at the show was Cloud 9 Fabrics. Their soft, organic-offering cottons always catch my eye, but at the show last week they offered ready-to-go fat quarters and a look at some of their coming-to-us-soon fabrics that really caught my attention. My favorite had to be the new barkcloth “Time Warp” options coming from Jessica Jones. (more…)
Better late than never, right?! I made my tote of the month JUST in time for Christmas this week. With all the handmade gifts I’ve been making and fun parties to attend, this holiday season feels like it’s finally flying by!
Working on your gift wrap needs today? Head over to DIY Network’s Made + Remade blog and see my latest post on how to make a simple fabric gift bag for a flower pot. You know, just in case you’ll be bringing a gift for your holiday hostess!
It’s officially fall in Michigan and I’m trying to enjoy every second of this always-short season here in the Mitten State for as long as I can. There’s lots of plaids to wear, warm tea to sip and beautiful plant colors to gaze upon.
If you’re in the mood for more harvest hues in your home, you can add a simple canvas-denim-shirting wrap to any plain vase for a quick fall upgrade. This wrap is easy to sew; add it to your own vase for a harvest centerpiece or use it wrap around a bunch of flowers at the end of a dinner party to send home with guests. (more…)
This weekend I’ll be a part of the first-ever, all-day DIY event online: The Sewing Party! I’ll be hanging out in The Sewing Party’s Lounge from 12-1 pm talking about ways to put your stash and scrap collection to use. I adore talking about anything DIY, especially when it comes to finding crafting inspiration and making the most of what you have on hand, so this Saturday’s event is sure to be a blast.
I’ve started making myself one new tote bag every month. And I love it.
Last month I decided I wanted a fun work tote bag to carry all the loose nonsense I carry with me to and from work each day. I had a piece of Witches Brew from Maude Asbury’s Spooktacular Eve for Blend Fabrics that I knew would look great as a tote. Paired with a bold Kona solid for the lining and some bright orange belt webbing, I was good to go. And I had a new project: Tote of the Month.
This month’s tote fabric I used a piece from Rashida Coleman-Hale‘s “Moonlit” collection for Cotton + Steel. This fabric, covered with pennants, is deliciously soft. Once again I used a Kona solid for the lining and added some wavy lines of stitches to the top of the bag to keep the lining and handles in place. It’s charming and I’m in love with it.
What’s on deck for December? You’ll just have to wait and see…
Another Halloween is on the books. That went by quickly! One of the last Halloween craft projects I put together was a small Halloween lap quilt for myself. I tend to make quilts for friends and family, so I don’t have that many of my own at home to enjoy. In my ongoing scrap-busting quest to attack my fabric stash, I put together this quilt pretty quickly with pieces all from my stash.
The one and only awesome Amy Lobsiger quilted this for me and I love the results!
Now it’s time to turn my attention to Thanksgiving. There’s not a lot of turkey fabric out there, is there?!
I’m very excited to announce that on November 8 I’ll be joining a great group of sewing powerhouses for a day of classes, discussions and idea sharing with The Sewing Party! For just $40 you can get sign up to get involved with the classes offered that day that will the be archived for 90 days after that.
I’ll be online that day enjoying some great tutorials, but specifically I’ll be leading some online chats with Made + Remade in the Sewing Lounge, that hopefully reenergize your sewing outlook.
Made + Remade Live Chats in The Sewing Party Lounge
12 – 1 pm*: Lish Dorset will be Busting Scrap and Stash – Put your stash of fabric and scraps to work!
1 – 2 pm: Lish will help you Re-energize Your Sewing with inspirational tips and guidance for finding that next amazing project.
2 – 3 pm: Hannah Slaughter will be discussing ideas to Repurpose Your Relics.
Ronnie celebrated her ninth birthday last week and, yes, I made her a present. And got her some cat treats. And even made her wear an Oh Joy! for Target mini party hat.
Hi. My name is Lish. And I’m a cat lady.
Jokes aside, it was great being able to celebrate another birthday for Ronnie after her heart disease diagnosis this year. She loves sleeping on a mini quilt I made on one of our chairs, so I made her a larger chair with some of my favorite Birch Fabrics’ Circa 50 scraps I’d had in my stash for the past few years.
…as you can see, the quilt was a hit. Happy birthday, Ronnie.
I know a lot of crafty kids – I love it when they can help me with a project! Check out my latest how-to for DIY Network’s Made + Remade blog. I’ll show you how to turn an illustration into an embroidery pattern that can transform a variety of items, including a plain tote bag.
Thanks to the one and only Oliver for providing me with illustration inspiration!