Category Archives: Inspiration

An interview with Sandy Klop: The American Jane Story

Grab a cup of coffee, find a comfy spot and enjoy a visit with the ever-talented Sandy Klop of American Jane Patterns and fabric. I started quilting in 1979 when I made my first quilt for my son . Quilting … Continue reading

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Sandy Klop of “American Jane”–A Signature Look

A few weeks ago, I visited the home of Sandy Klop, owner of American Jane Patterns and Fabric. Sandy was hosting an Open House in her Northern California home, selling some of her wonderful fabrics, patterns, and quilts. I have know … Continue reading

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Shell Themes & Variations: Finding Quilting Inspiration at the Shoreline

In my heart, I’m a beach girl who enjoys nothing more than the sound of the shore break and the feel of sea spray on my skin. Now that I’ve got tetchy, ballet-damaged feet, sand-walking is the only thing that … Continue reading

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Looking to Nature for Inspiration

I spent the last few days with friends in Lake Tahoe, California at a little quilting getaway. As always, the views were breathtaking. Lately, I have been looking to nature for interesting patterns and images for inspiration  While in Lake … Continue reading

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“Go for It!” Says Fabric Designer Carol van Zandt — Part One

Have you ever thought you might like to try your hand at fabric designing? Jennifer touched on this subject in an earlier post while writing about Spoonflower, a popular online design site. I have the pleasure of knowing the talented … Continue reading

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Inspiration Plus: Putting Those Decorative Machine Stitches to Work

Do you ever wonder what you can do with that mind-boggling array of decorative stitches available on your sewing machine? If you’re like me, you may have tried a few–satin or blanket stitch for machine applique, perhaps–but that’s about it. On … Continue reading

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Improvisational Scrap Busting – French Style

I have spent the past two months finishing all the forgotten quilt projects I can possibly manage. This has been great for clearing my sewing room, checking off the to-do’s on my list, and giving me hope that I can … Continue reading

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Hari-Kuyo – The Ceremony of Broken Needles

In Japan, the Hari-Kuyo ceremony is held throughout Japan annually on the 8th of February. This 400-year-old tradition is held at Shinto Shrines and Buddhist temples as a celebration of the small tools used by seamstresses, embroiderers, and housewives over … Continue reading

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Embracing Creativity

I was at a planning meeting this week for one of my favorite quilt events of the year – Stitch Modern. I wanted to share with you some of the interesting events that they are sponsoring this year, but first, … Continue reading

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Handcrafted Cloth Dolls – Stitched Art

I have never really been a doll person. I appreciate them, but just never got that doll-bug as a child or as an adult. Looking back, I played with paper dolls and Barbies as a kid. Hmmm . . . … Continue reading

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