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Willy Loman collage

#myquiltcouldlivehere- Willy Loman Quilt

 

When I feel creatively stuck it really helps me to look back at the quilts I’ve made and create a #myquiltcouldlive here collage with them. A bit like revisiting an old friend, spending some time with these quilts reminds me of when I formed the initial idea in my head or when I worked through a design problem that I was feeling challenged by when making it. I believe every quilt we make, even the ones we really don’t like, teaches us something.

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fussy cut

Fussy Cutting for the #wisecraftstitchalong

fussy cut

Thanks to everyone for the overwhelming response to the #wisecraftstitchalong! We had a little bit of a blip there when the first big batch of kits I shipped out had been delivered to me missing some vital pieces, but we have gotten all that figured out (whew!) and folks should have their replacement pieces by now. If you received a kit and don’t have the elongated hexagon shapes that you need to complete this project, please email me at blairwisecraft@gmail.com and let me know.READ MORE

HandStitched Stitch along

Let’s do a Handstitched Stitchalong!

HandStitched Stitch along

Edited to add- The live stitch along lessons on FB Live are now over, but not to worry. Now you view all of the FB Live videos of me I stitching this project together  on my YouTube channel. Grab a kit and start stitching anytime!

 

Starting the week of September 18

Edited to add- The last day to order your EPP kit to ensure you’ll get it in time for the stitch along live FB videos is Tuesday, 9/12/17. 

Updated at end of post with Dates and Times!

Let’s face facts, Summer is winding down. It is kind of bittersweet, I know. But I can’t say I’m not ready for a little more routine around here.

What about you?

The biggest news here is that my daughter is leaving for college in a few days. She’ll be about five hours away. Not a terribly long distance, but far enough! We have bins to pack, sheets and towels to buy, dorm rooms to decorate, and you know what that means?READ MORE

Pam Garrison

Wise Craft Quilts Contributor Pam Garrison

Pam Garrison

One of my favorite sections in Wise Craft Quilts, is the one about quilt labels. To me, this was a section that had to be included in the book- sewing a label on to the back of a quilt is such a huge part of the storytelling process. In the book are full sized labels in the book that can be printed out at home (I use these ink jet printable fabric sheets) and filled in. Even better? A set of all five labels, ready to use are available in my shop.)

While writing the book, I reached out to some of my favorite artists and asked them to design a quilt label. I was over the moon with what they sent back! Each label speaks to the style of the artist who made it, and interprets the idea of labelling a quilt in their own unique way. I’ll be posting interviews with each of these very inspiring women! Today is my interview with the super talented Pam Garrison. I’m asking her a little about her work, inspiration, work space, and her thoughts on creating a label for Wise Craft Quilts.

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Tyvek quilt

A New Racer Quilt

Tyvek quilt

I recently made a new version of the “Racer” quilt in Wise Craft Quilts. Made entirely of Tyvek and synthetic knit racing numbers. I’ve made several of these now, but this particular quilt was extra special. And, a bit difficult to make. Made in honor of a family friend who passed away very suddenly while cycling last Fall. He loved cycling and competitive racing, as was very good at it. As with any important project like this, the hardest part is getting started. Once I push through the start, I can quickly get into the flow. I was a good quilter and actually ditch stitched each and every seam. After that was done, I decided to free motion quilt cog shapes randomly around the quilt with black thread, as well as outline every number. Such an honor to have been entrusted to make this piece.

(For those who are interested: There is a project similar to this, as well as tips I’ve learned from sewing with Tyvek material, in my newest book.)

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