Wonky log cabin

log cabin

I found a really well made tutorial for wonky log cabin blocks. It’s called Artful Improv Demo with Cindy Grisdela. It’s a promo for her book, which is also called Artful Improv. Here’s my block, made following her directions. Hers was made entirely with solid colors. I decided to go with a combination of solids and prints. I don’t know what I’m going to do with this block. I just wanted to try one while the directions were fresh in my brain.

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Stenciled bag

I found an old canvas bag, and stenciled both sides.

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The hamsa stencil was made from the freezer paper left over from designing a 12 x 12 hamsa. The mandala was a raizelech or snowflake, also cut out of freezer paper. I stenciled each color carefully, one after the other. The leaves are some of April Sproule’s stencils.

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Video of me!

Here’s a brand new video of me teaching you how to make a paper-cut hamsa. https://www.bimbam.com/paper-cutting-hamsa/ There are two more videos coming soon.


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Making my own stencils


Although I had a great time exploring stencils in April’s class yesterday, I missed using my own imagery. Flowers and insects are great, but I missed hamsas and pomegranates. So I decided to make some of my own. Here are some of my new stencils. Most are make of plastic, but the white ones are freezer paper. I’m going to another stencil class with April Sproule on Monday. I’m going to try out these stencils there. I don’t know if the freezer paper will work. It might be good for a single use.

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Stenciling with April Sproule


I had a fun time today, taking a stenciling workshop with April Sproule. Although this isn’t my usual cup of tea, it was interesting to play with her shapes and colors. The bugs and the leaves were my favorites. With my new volunteer position in EBHQ as the workshop assistant, I will be taking a free workshop once or twice a month.

Here are some of my tee shirts with stencils on them. I really like the bug on the sleeve detail.

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Pomegranate hamsa quilted


I sewed a straight stitch on both sides of each vine! Although labor intensive, this is quicker than the zigzagging I used to do on each edge.

Here is a detail:


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Fussy cutting

imageI’m not usually a fan of fussy cutting, but sometimes it’s what you need to do. I decided I wanted four squares with this ball/flower in the middle. Now I remember why I don’t like fussy cutting! There’s too much wasted fabric.

imageOn the right are the squares. All the fabric on the left is not usable for this block. Of course I won’t throw anything away. I’ll save it for another project.

I’m making a block for a friend. It’s a liberated or wonky star.

imageHere it is, done!image

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Wonky Stars class!


I’m teaching a class on “Wonky Stars” at Hello Stitch on October 8 from noon to 4 PM. click here for the registration link. This class is good for beginners as well as more advanced quilters. It’s a simple stitch and flip technique. If you don’t know what that means then this is the perfect clas for you.

Here’s another quilt with this technique.


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Making more postcards


I’m back to making postcards for EBHQ to sell at the next Voices in Cloth quilt show. This one has Laurel Burch cats, and a sun made by machine stitching. Instead of zigzagging around the appliqué as I usually do, I just did a line of straight machine stitching on the outside edge of each piece.

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Pot holders for a new apartment

There are a lot of interesting fabrics in these pot holders. Double click on this image to see all the great details.

imageMy younger daughter just left for her freshman year of college and her first apartment! I offered to make her something, and she asked for pot holders. (I made her a quilt for her bed several years ago). She requested black and white fabric with one additional color on each.  Above are the finished pot holders, and below are in progress photos.




The skeleton fabric is on the back. My daughter loves drawing skeletons, so that’s why I used this fabric. Most of the fabric on the front of the pot holders was also chosen because it’s something she likes: shoes, Dr Seuss, chickens, dragons, recipes, tea, etc.

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