Quilt Market Inspiration

Quilt Market
I got back from St. Louis and Quilt Market yesterday afternoon. A bit of a whirlwind trip which started Thursday with a stop at the Portland Modern Quilt Guild meeting for a lecture and trunk show. What a highlight of my trip that group is, so welcoming and fun! I landed in St. Louis Friday afternoon and got to walk the show, talking and meeting people, for a day and a half. (Is it weird that I love traveling alone?) Anyway, it was such a fantastic trip and I wanted to share some of the beautiful quilts with you that inspired me while I was there. Of course there were lots more quilts, people, and products that were inspiring me too, but let’s settle into some of these beautiful works of quilting art that had me gasping.READ MORE

Wise Craft Quilts Contributor Lari Washburn

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Photo by Erin Little

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. (They will soon be available, preprinted and ready to use, from 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.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting interviews with each of these very inspiring women! First up is ceramicist, painter, and maker of all kinds of beautiful dots and lines, Lari Washburn.

Seattle Art Museum and Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent The Perfection of Style

Who sees quilting inspiration in this piece like I do?

Recently, my daughter and I went to see the Seattle Art Museums exhibit of Yves Saint Laurent’s body of design work. Entitled “The Perfection of Style“, it is a visual timeline of YSL, an important part of fashion history (and now). It presented not only many many of his classic designs, but also showed his many line sheets, swatch cards, sample print cards, and quick drawings of pieces he would eventually turn into designs. A true look into the mind of a creative genius.READ MORE

Scrap Quilting

Scrap quilting is the most ingenious trick I play on myself. You see, sometimes I need to clean out and organize my fabric shelves. Well, actually, most of the time. Patchwork is messy, especially scrappy patchwork, because it uses lots of different fabrics. I have found I can trick myself into getting my shelves organized by incorporating some sort of scrap piecing project. The ones that require the most fabrics cause me to pull all my fabrics off the shelves, cut from them, refold them, and tidy everything up. And I do love scrappy quilts!
scrap quilting

#100daysofthreaddrawing update

thread art
I am about 1/3 of the way through my #100daysofthreaddrawing on Instagram. I’ve written my thoughts here before about the power of a daily practice. I thought I would update those thoughts now that I’m 30 days in. Let me preface by saying 30 days is not that much when I’m committed to doing 100 days, but it feels like enough to give me a little perspective on my personal process, what I want to get out of it, and what I enjoy/dislike about it.

The Power of a Daily Practice- #100daysofthreaddrawing

100daysofthreaddrawing by Wise Craft Handmade
Late in 2015, I decided I would start a new creative challenge, beginning Jan 1. I’ve been creative my whole life, but I have usually followed what I wanted to try and created what interested me at that moment. When I was done with it or I lost interest, I moved on.READ MORE

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