Quilting, Sewing, & Fabrics

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…)

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…)

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…)

Designer Luke Haynes Joins 2015 American Sewing Expo

If you love looking at rows upon rows of fabric, the American Sewing Expo is for you.

If you love looking at rows upon rows of fabric no matter what types of projects you like to sew, then the American Sewing Expo is for you.

It’s hard to believe that we’re just a few weeks away from fall, which means the start of a new season isn’t that far off. And with the arrival of fall comes the annual American Sewing Expo at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi Sept. 25-27.

While the overall event is geared for all-purpose sewing, there are several quilting workshops offered each year and 2015 is no different. However this year I’m very excited to see that workshops are being offered by Luke Haynes. Known for his eye-catching design work, Luke will be on hand at the expo this year teaching several quilting workshops as well as displaying several of his pieces for a special gallery showing. Get a feel for Luke and his work by following him on Instagram.

Keep an eye on the expo’s Facebook page for news and updates. Visit their website to find out event pricing and to register for workshops.

Looking Back: QuiltCon 2015 Favorites

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It’s hard to believe it’s been almost two months since I headed to Texas for QuiltCon 2015. It was my first time attending the conference and I had a magnificent time. You can read more about my experience at the show over on DIY Network’s Made + Remade and my travels through Texas here.

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As a quilt lover and writer I really adored the vendor show floor at QuiltCon. It was great to get meet many of my favorite designers, learn more about new fabric lines coming out and try my hand with some products I’d been anxious to get a crack at. For my final QuiltCon recap I’m sharing some of my favorite products I discovered and interactions I had while in Austin. Hopefully you might like them, too. (more…)