inspiring sites

the art and business of surface pattern design.

For the past several weeks, I have enjoyed taking an introductory course on surface pattern design. I stumbled on it when I was searching for craft business mentoring, craft related retreats, creative seminars- something, I was searching for something. I have been feeling a lack of focus on where I am headed with my business and creative direction. I came across Make It in Design’s Design School page. I researched it obsessively, looking at past alumni and everything they had to offer. I was hoping it would offer me an opportunity to put all of my creative energy into one place and let me be creative again with blinders on, so to speak. And that is exactly what it did for me.

It took a back to basics approach. Go outside. Find beauty and what inspires you. Now go recreate that in various forms. It is remarkably easy to forget that and so reinvigorating to recapture. This class brought me back to sketching, looking at things in new ways and finding unexpected beauty.

I am old school. I would rather write with a pencil than a keyboard. The thought of working in Photoshop and Illustrator was paralyzing. That’s what my husband is for! He builds my website, turns my scribbles into sewing pattern booklets and everything else I need. I’m lucky to be checking email! Depending on him has handicapped me and made me lazy to learn. This course slowly gets your feet wet in these applications and allows you to gradually build on what you are learning. The pace was just right for me.

I am looking forward to the upcoming modules of this course. I have learned so much and have enjoyed being a part of the wonderful community that it has provided.


going places · inspiring sites

Quilt Market 2011.

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again. Our annual trek to International Quilt Market in Houston. So inspiring to see fresh new lines, old favorites and new ones!

Here are just a few of the scenes that caught my eye. From left to right:

Echo by Lotta Jansdotter

Fiesta by Jennifer Sampou

from the Anna Griffin booth

birch fabrics

Shabby Chic by Rachel Ashwell

Amy Butler

Michael Miller

ellie mae designs

basic grey

inspiring sites · sewing · whichcraft?

Officially an Applet


I just got these prints that I have been excitedly waiting for. I bought them on Etsy from The Black Apple. I am so in love with her work. The eyes of her subjects just mesmerize me. It was so hard deciding on which ones I wanted. I got the Salt Meet Pepper for my girls’ room because that is totally them. One is a spitting image of me with tan skin and dark hair, and the little one must have been switched at birth, because she is fair with light hair. And the other print was a romantic scene that looks like it was set during WW2. Plus, the little hedgehog was an added bonus. I just bought a hedgehog beanbag chair from Ikea because it reminded me of her work. Can’t wait to frame these goodies!


o.k. I lied. My next project was not “my next project”. It isn’t even my next project. It never is. I’m so easily sidetracked. But this was on my to do list. I am loving how this quilt turned out. A few unexpected changes, but beautiful nonetheless. I am calling it “Parisian Summer”. Michael Miller fabrics abound in this striped little number. My favorite part is the little ruffly fabric on either end. It is so sweet and innocent. Which is something I am not, which may explain why it seems so novel to me. Sweet, on a good day, innocent…never!

This was one of the biggest things I have made. I think it’s about 54×43 and was a pill getting it in and out and around my machine. I’m curious to know how I was ever able to make nap mats with my old machine, which seemed a great bit smaller. Perseverence. That’s how. I could use some of that right about now, but I’ll settle for a bowl of Reese’s Puffs cereal.