About - Wise Craft Handmade
Upcycled patchwork, modern quilts, and books by Blair Stocker. Seattle, Washington
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← That’s me! Happy as a little wide-mouthed clam, minding my own baby business, not realizing that one day I would spend my days sewing quilts, writing books, and teaching people all over the world how to make things!

❖ I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A CLOTHING DESIGNER…

True story- When I was 12 years old, I got strep throat. I was sick at home and bored to tears, and picked up my first Vogue magazine- the September issue, in fact. I was obsessed with fashion from then on. Sitting in my tiny bedroom in rural North Carolina, I daydreamed about moving to New York City and becoming a designer.

On family beach trips, I'd change every time my suit got wet.
❖ I WENT TO COLLEGE TO STUDY TEXTILES…

…graduated, and got a job in the textile industry, working for the North American licensee of Marithé and François Girbaud. It was a fantastic learning experience (and I even met my husband, Peter, there). Fabric and fit were integral to everything and I learned things there that I still apply to my work today. I moved on to design for other companies both on the East and West Coasts. I loved the industry. But when I was pregnant with my first child, I left it to be home with her full time.

Me, post college, looking for a job in the classified section of the newspaper.
❖ I WANTED TO MAKE A QUILT…

The first quilt I ever made was for my daughter, when she was a year old. I wanted to “keep” all her beautiful baby clothes (fashion industry friends give the prettiest baby clothes!). Patchwork seemed inspiring to me, but I had never made a quilt before, had no one to ask, and no real idea what I was doing. The resulting quilt is clunky and “creatively pieced” quilt, but I was truly hooked. It was like a trip down memory lane all captured in my favorite medium. Fabric.

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❖ I STARTED A BLOG…

The internet and blogging was new, but I craved a creative outlet and started “Wise Craft” (named by my husband) in 2005. I wrote nearly every day- about my life with my kids, teaching them what they could make themselves, as well as recording projects I made for our family and our home. Time was short, but money was shorter. I learned to stretch my creativity in new and surprising ways. I loved (and still love) connecting with other creatives online and have made lifelong friends thanks to that simple plunge into the world of blogging.

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❖ I WROTE A BOOK…

I felt like there were so many creatives out there like myself, that wanted to try and beautify their own life without breaking the bank. I pitched a book idea and secured a book deal for Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects into Stuff You Love, which came out in 2014. That book featured 60 projects, all divided into 4 seasonal chapters with distinct color stories. Exactly how I work with and grouped color and design while working in the apparel industry.

My first book, Wise Craft, Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects into Stuff You Love
❖ MY KIDS GOT OLDER, MY INTEREST TURNED BACK TO QUILTING…

I began to feel free time was a little more on my side once my kids got a bit older. I really wanted to explore what about quilt making intrigued me so. The celebrating of fabric? The memory tied up in cloth? The need to keep a textile so we don’t forget? It all greatly inspired me and I spent some time exploring what I came to call Modern Traditional quilting. I used modern tools, was inspired by modern life, but there was a love for the traditional meanings surrounding patchwork and quilting. I spent a lot of free time making many quilts during that time.

My kids, before they got older.
❖ I HAD THE IDEA FOR ANOTHER BOOK…

I created and pitched a new book proposal, all about quilting this time. I wanted to create a book that spun stories of meaning and memory around fabric that is important to our lives. New or old fabric didn’t really matter, it was about exploring modern quilting through beautiful collections of textiles and inspiring quilts with meaning.  Wise Craft Quilts: A Guide To Turning Beloved Fabrics Into Meaningful Patchwork came out in 2017 and its still one of my proudest achievements.

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My newest book, Wise Craft Quilts.
❖ WISE CRAFT HANDMADE BECAME A BUSINESS…

Even though I adore quilts, there’s only so many quilts a girl can keep for herself. Wise Craft Handmade is now my full time business. I teach workshops, lecture, do online classes, create sewing tools, patterns, and kits. I can’t believe I get to do this for a living.

❖ I’M SO GLAD YOU’RE HERE

When you visit Wise Craft Handmade, I hope you feel inspired and excited about making patchwork. My goal is to give you the confidence, tools, tips, and motivation to use all those special fabrics in something like a patchwork quilt that will be out and used in your home and your life. To continue the story…

ARE YOU A BEGINNING QUILTER?
JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP!

Wise Craft Quilts Facebook Group is a private members-only group that joins together online for community stitch alongs and share knowledge and enthusiasm for quilting with fabrics that have meaning. Free to join, but please respond to the 3 questions you are prompted to answer when the request is made. We’d love to have you!

GET INSPIRED BY FOLLOWING AND POSTING ON THE HASHTAGS!

Find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest (this is my favorite board).

Let me show you my studio!