Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day

(and happy Jelly Bean Day)

I've always said that quilting is the perfect hobby.  Not only can artists and crafters alike express their need to create or have busy hands through the medium of fabric, but they serving a dual purpose while doing so.  Perhaps they are creating something utilitarian for their home, like a new bed cover, or celebrating a family milestone such as a new baby or wedding with a gift of a quilt. In such a disposable, big-box society, it is refreshing to create, give, and receive things that are made to last and to be cherished for generations.  We even use up our extra fabric for scrap quilts and charity pillow cases and blankets.  The early quilters used old clothes - they were the first to reuse and recycle.  
This Earth Day, let's celebrate our love of quilting as one of the early 'green' crafts.  (And eat jelly beans.)

On the subject of creating gifts and using leftover fabric, Tammie had one of her ever-popular Coiled Bowl classes yesterday and we saw some fabulous creations coming out of StitchCraft at the end of a cloudy Sunday afternoon (a perfect day for a class!)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Do You Like Green Eggs and Ham?

Do you like them, Sam I Am?

Would you eat them in a house?
Would you eat them with a mouse?

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss was my FAVORITE book to read to my boys.  And to the classes that I substitute taught in.   Can you imagine my excitement when I saw that this literary gem was coming out as a themed fabric?!  Too cute!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Kaffe Fasset Collective Fabrics 2013

We received a shipment of the newest fabrics from Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably and Philip Jacobs.  They are so inspiring!  Some of the best designs we have seen (and there are not too many of the Kaffe collective fabrics that we don't like!)  In addition, we have added more shot cottons and stripes, influenced by his newest book, Shots and Stripes.

Planning to make the 'bowl' quilt in the book - looks like one of his paintings.  Do you have a Kaffe quilt that is on your 'to do' list?  Have you made one (and would you like to share your photo here?)