Wednesday, January 25, 2012


For the last few months, my friend Madeleine and I have been working on a super awesome secret project!

We've launched a small company, The Printed Bolt, and we are hosting a fabric design competition.  The competition will be held entirely online with monthly challenges from March to August of this year!

Check it out here!

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Generally when I think about creating something, I think about making quilts.  In order to finish my graduate degree on time, I am reconceptualizing creating to also include WRITING.  My thesis is focused on the Modern Quilt Guild, so it is totally awesome and fun, but it isn't quite the same as making stuff...Today I pieced together a few pages of my literature review while continuing to transcribe away.  I almost have 200 pages of interviewing transcribed.  And I have several more to do.  And then I need to whittle it down to a much shorter thesis...

After a few hours of that, I felt the need to reward myself with some quilting.  Apparently the reconceptualization is still taking hold...
So I did some cutting...and from this angle it doens't even seem like I spent too much time on it. 

But a few episodes of an unmentionable television show and several pots of tea later, I had these towering stacks...

And...these sheets from the mega-sale at the Garnet Hill outlet really want to be used as backs, so I guess I must continue to quilt...AND WRITE.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


It started a little while back, but I have been preoccupied driving back to Nebraska and mentally preparing myself for the final semester of grad school. 

Since I didn't blog for too much of 2011, it doesn't seem worth exploring all my craft accomplishments, so here are my goals for 2012:
  • learn how to free motion quilt 
  • finish all the quilt tops I have laying around 
  • use up all my fabric (mainly so I don't have to move it...)
  • Ohh, and I guess I should probably get a JOB after grad school...*
*If this list was in order of importance, this last line should would be moved to the top.

Knit cowl. Pattern on Ravelry. Basketweave Infinity Cowl by SuZan Bare. Natural dyed yarn; yellow=marigold and tan=black walnut.  Model: over tired/cold me.

Maybe and Also. Maybe craves my attention while Also rests peacefully, head nestled on hard plastic cone reinforced with duct tape. 

Pile o'homework.  Rivet-yawn-ing.

OMG. I love this thing.  I have been a Kindle hater for years.  I want to touch the paper...however, I got a kindle for Christmas, and always one to admit when I am wrong, I was wrong.  This little thing is amazing.  Good news: I am reading a lot more. Bad news: the book I plowed through in two days was called The Bigamist