I've added lots of new things to the shop!
I've added lots of new things to the shop!
I get asked often if I ever sell any of my quilts. I never really have, and I'm not sure why. Honestly, I'm flattered just to be asked. Maybe it's hard to let go of them, they certainly labors of love. Truth be told, to make room for more quilts, I really should clear some space around here. So, I've opened a new shop, wise craft handmade, which will carry any original pieces whenever I have things available for sale (including the ornaments I am making for the holidays.) If you're ever interested in original pieces of any kind made by me, this shop is where you'll find that.
The wise craft handmade etsy shop will continue to carry PDF patterns (and look for more of those very soon!). Did you know that any PDF pattern purchased is available for download immediately after purchase? You may remember the old days ,when you had to wait for me to get to my computer and send you an email with the file attachment. Well, no more!
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I have been hard at work behind the scenes updating my 3 current pdf patterns. Sunshine Medallion Quilt, Friendship Bracelet Quilt, and Echo Star Quilt patterns. These newly updated versions contain even more helpful information, photos, illustrations, helpful links, speed piecing techniques (when it applies), with, last but not least, the new wise craft logo.
Each of these quilt patterns are fun and approachable designs for anyone who would like to try out a quilt project.
These are all available as instant downloads in my etsy store. If you have previously purchased one of these patterns from my etsy store and would like the updated version, send me an email at email@example.com and I will get you the updated version.
From now on my etsy store will only carry downloadable patterns, and the good news is there are more on the way, so stay tuned!
I have finally put the pattern for the Echo Star quilt in my shop. This is a downloadable PDF pattern, as all my quilt patterns are. When you place and pay for the order, you can immediately download it.
This pattern also contains instructions to make a pillow version of the Echo Star.
Several of you have asked about this pattern, and I'm so sorry for the delay. Working with your husband can sometimes be, um, interesting (love you Peter!).
My original Echo Star quilt and other beautiful star quilts made by the members of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild will be on display at Island Quilter on Vashon Island as part of their June Artwalk, with an opening reception on the evening of June 7th. This is a wonderful Island, wonderful shop, and if this gorgeous weather holds out, a wonderful opportunity to walk around the island. I can wait to see all the star quilts hanging together!
I've been wanting to play with my Friendship Bracelet quilt pattern again. Someone once asked if this pattern could be done with pre-cut jelly rolls, and after the Jelly Roll Race quilt and the Echo Star, I decided to actually try it. I thought it should work, but wanted to sew one up to be sure. Plus, this quilt is so quick to sew up, I knew it would be a relatively fast project.
I am inspired by so many things, I decided that every Friday, I will highlight a favorite person, thing, or idea. Maybe you will be inspired too! See all past Friday Favorites here.
Updated to add: The Echo Star quilt is now available as a PDF pattern here!
There is lots of art created and given on Peter's side of the family during the holiday season, we've done this for years. So long, in fact, that I think we would all feel cheated without getting something handmade by each other. Plus what do we really need? What's fun about giving art in this family is that everyone gets excited, and there is a so much appreciation for every type of art and everyone's unique style, medium, and talent.
In my father-in-law's home art studio in their home in New Mexico, he has created a family art gallery space in one area. There are many stories in that corner.
There's work from Kurt's mother Marjorie (Peter's grandmother), who was a fashion illustrator and a wonderful watercolor artist (we have 2 of her illustrations in our own bathroom, above the tub, which you can see a bit of here).
- from Emma (this painting was done a few years ago). The painting you see underneath was done by Kurt himself.
from Peter (I really wish he would pick up a paintbrush again)
from my sister-in-law Jen, who is a printmaker and also does gorgeous bontanicals
even the ojo-de-dios I made as a housewarming gift for them over the summer
We've yet to get art from Ian up there, he insists he works only in 3D, Lego primarily.
For my in-laws this year, I made a new painting, a New Mexico quilt star, to celebrate their new home. I challenged myself to work with earthy colors and, even though I had my doubts the composition and color scheme I used was working early on (I used a page from an old Anthropologie catalog as inspiration for the colors). But I came around to like it a lot and think it really fits in their new home.
My father-in-law, and Jen are both doing the year-long daily sketching with me. I love how different our styles are. The daily sketches can sometimes take on a daily journaling aspect, which is kind of fun since we are scattered all over the country.
I have begun listing some of my original paintings in the shop. I went back and forth with creating a whole separate shop just for the paintings, but decided not to. I kind of like everything being housed in one place. I figure all of it represents what I do as a maker, so why not have it all together?
I heard from several of you that you were interested in patterns of these three original pillow designs and I wanted to say that they are happening! I am hoping to have them done very soon (and by posting this, it sort of holds me accountable, right?).
Meanwhile, the originals are available in the shop. I will update you on the patterns soon. Thanks for the interest.