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tea towel time

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Tea towels are the ultimate functional kitchen item. Drying dishes. Protecting from heat. Cleaning up. But why use boring towels?! We all have family recipes that have been passed down through the years. One holiday I printed tea towels for my family with my grandmother’s hand-written cookie recipe; it was a lovely connection to a shared family history. I’ve since added others to my collection, and each one tells a story. Mom’s lemon meringue pie, Mary’s mother’s treasured recipe collection, etc. They make a...

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aprons are back!

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

After taking a little time away from them, I miss my aprons, so they’re coming back! (Karen, Michelle, Ross … you’re welcome! :) ) Aprons offer a unique opportunity to combine the frivolous with the functional, and, at a reasonable cost. Putting on a fun apron might just inspire an untapped domestic creativity to share with friends and family. After all, the kitchen has always been the most popular gathering place in the home. So, tie on an apron, and bake some cookies or heat up some pizza. Then invite the neighbors and...

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the #60project

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in #60project, emily, quilt, sources | 0 comments

the #60project

This year I will be celebrating my 60th birthday. As many of you know, this has been a goal of mine for a number of years … every birthday my sister asks, “Aren’t you 60 yet? What have you been doing with your life?!” Well, now that I will be achieving this new decade, it has come to my attention that I need some new goals. And so, introducing … the #60project! the #60plan The plot is to make sixty 5″ quilt squares over the coming year. And each is to have some meaning to me; I’m keeping a list of...

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who’s a good boy? …

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in pet portrait, pets, pets, pillow | 0 comments

Of course, all dog (and cat) owners know the answer to that question! Dogs are thrilled to learn that they are the good boy (or girl), and it never gets old. Cats, of course, have always known that they are the good boy/girl and will walk away acting unimpressed; but, really, even they appreciate the recognition. And so, what could be better than a portrait of your most important family member to let them know that you, too, always know “who’s a good boy?” Even when you’re not there to let them know of their revered...

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holiday burn-out …
and hurrah for neighbors

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

holiday burn-out … and hurrah for neighbors

This fall has been a whirlwind and so the usual last minute sewing for the holidays has been ratcheted up yet another notch. And then came the holiday burn-out. Not for me, but for my trusty sewing machine. I had taken a quick snack break and then sat down to finish up the last batch of luggage tags. Hurrah! Lovely range of blue fabrics. Flipped the switch. Silence. Tried again. Unplugged. Replugged. Checked outlet and power cord. Silence. The only sound; a muffled whimper coming from the vicinity of my soul. Pulled out the screwdriver and a...

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tip of the day

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in techniques | 0 comments

tip of the day

Wow. How many years have I been carrying a bag with a pincushion? How many times have I pierced my finger on said pins? Years ago, my mother wove some lovely fabric and made me the bestest pincushion and needle folder. They travel with me regularly for all those sewing emergencies that come up if your life is fabric. And many was the time when I would reach for the pincushion and stab my finger. Then one day, unexpectedly, my brain kicked in and did this: Yeah, that should not have taken 20 years … it’s not rocket science. And...

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quality control is everything …
mini pets for art-o-mat

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in artomat, techniques | 0 comments

quality control is everything  … mini pets for art-o-mat

Whether it’s an apron, quilt, pillow, or toy, I take pride in sewing with quality craftsmanship. It’s just one of the lessons my mother (Dora) instilled in me. Just finished another batch of MINI Porta-pets for the Art-o-mat folks and was able to call in some help for that all important final QC check! After careful consideration, Morrison approved and the shipment went out yesterday. Maybe they will be arriving at an Art-o-mat near you? Don’t know what Art-o-mat is? Check out their website or Facebook...

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pet escape!

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Cambridge Artists' Coop, pets, pillow | 0 comments

A large gathering of pillow pets (and their catnip toy friends!) escaped the confines of our deck and are now roaming the fabulous Cambridge Artists Cooperative! Stop by next time you’re in Harvard Square and see them hanging out in the window and on both floors of the gallery. Well, maybe it wasn’t really an escape … I drove. But I am thrilled to have them invited to the gallery and honored to be included with so many incredible artists. If Cambridge isn’t on your usual route, check out their website to see photos of...

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open what?

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in woot | 0 comments

open what?

It’s Newton Open Studios time again! Last year I finally took the leap and showed my work during Newton Open Studios. I shared an exhibit space with 5 gifted artisans and had a wonderful time. And told everyone I knew how much fun it was. But I was surprised by the number of questions I received from friends who had never visited an open studios event. So, since Newton Open Studios is all about community, I thought I’d share some of those questions & answers. What is Newton Open Studios? Newton Open Studios is an annual...

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Mo’ Mo

Posted by on Mar 20, 2016 in pets, pillow, quilt | 6 comments

Morrison the muse. Who knew his furry persona would inspire so many fabric conversations … and not just about dry cleaning bills! Nancy Zieman’s blog (one of the thousands I seem to subscribe to) had a call for a pillow contest. I’ve been playing with fabric collage and thread painting so I thought this would be the perfect incentive for trying a pet portrait. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough daylight left before the contest entry deadline to get a good picture. But I got a better one this morning … and, of...

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