A Poor Craftsman

… blames her tools.  That said, I’m about to blame Fiskars.  I bought a new rotary cutter, and it worked brilliantly.  For exactly 9 cuts.  Sad. Face. For. Real.  It’s going back to the store today.  I should have stuck with Olfa, but the shelf-talker sales sign sucked me in!

I’m using all my Charley Harper fat quarters to make a whole lotta quilts this month.  Crafty Supermarket is right around the corner, and I need some inventory — knitting takes me longer than sewing, so it’s just going to be kits for the knitters.  Everything else … sewing my butt off!


I had intended to cut 2 quilt tops last night, but after my Fiskars failure, I had to cut with scissors.  It was terrible.


The fabric looks faded in this image because I got my frustration sauce all over it!  Happy Friday!



It’s never been my thing.  I tried.  I even bought a floor loom.  It’s the set-up that gets me.

And yet …


Isn’t this beautiful?  (Photograph by Mimi Jung).  It’s the work of Mimi Jung, an artist at work in New York.  Though, I’m not sure what she means when she says her work is hard to explain to Lyft drivers …  (she really could have picked a less classist way of saying that she has difficulty articulating how complex her work is, instead of intimating that us regular Joes are too dumb to get it),  it is beautiful stuff.  Read about it here.

Be Still My Weird Heart

Because this:

Tourism Ireland managed to thread the history of Westeros into another legend—that of the Bayeux Tapestry. In a follow-up to its famous “Doors of Thrones” project, Publicis London created a remarkable tapestry depicting the many twisted plot lines of GoT’s first six seasons. At 77 meters, or more than 250 feet, it’s even longer than the the 70-meter Bayeux, which was created in the 11th century to document the events that led to the Battle of Hastings and the subsequent Norman conquest of England.

Here’s the teaser video:

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And, some images from the tapestry:


Read all about it here.

Here’s Something

Via swissmiss.   I love this list of questions — not just for interviews, either.


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Just a thought for Monday.   I’m on the hunt today for a new iron — a good one, but not the $150.00 Oliso Pro (even though I can only imagine how that bad boy could put a flattening on some fat quarters).  Hoping to finish 4 quilt tops this week — 2 dominos, and 2 St. George’s crosses.  But, I need that iron, boy howdy!  Have a great week!

Knitty Submissions

I’ve been wanting to submit a couple of patterns to Knitty for some time, but I never got it together enough to submit on time.  I have just a few patterns that I sell through Make.Do. and the ChicagoTextileWorks Kits, but they’ve never been peer-reviewed, as it were.  This is the chance, I guess!

Look here!  I’ve got a couple of months to get some of the completed patterns written up (with actual knitting notation instead of my scriggle-scraggle).

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This Gem

It’s worth taking the 5 – 10 minutes it’ll take you to give this one a read.  Really.  Click here, or on the image below to read.  See you on Little Friday Eve!

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Outta Control

Things are out of control in the best possible way.   I was very happy to see THIS via Fringe Association about slowing down and making and enjoying the craft in an interview with Sonya Philip.  She’s a rockstar!  Slow down and enjoy!