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Today is my sister’s birthday.  Wishing you sunshine, B!

This is for my niece.  She had an accident and got kicked by her horse and I thought she needed someone to cuddle.  Made from bits and scraps of wool and super soft baby alpaca yarn.  The pattern is by fuzzymitten.etsy.com. Super easy instructions to follow and I knit it all over the course of two evenings!   I have nicknamed her Chai.  She’s off to her new home in PA tomorrow.

image by Gina Sekelsky at Dreamland

I am stuck.

My friend Gina and I are collaborating on a skirt.  It’s a skirt with words all over it.  Gina’s a calligrapher, so it is pretty.  You can read all about hers on her blog. (Go there, really, it’s awesome)  You can see it at the Textile Center right now too, coincidentally.

I saw hers.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  I decided I needed to have one for all of the conference teaching I am doing this summer and needing to look artsy and awesome.

I have my colors all picked out, but I got to the words and froze.  I don’t know what it should say.  I have ideas, I have a feeling, I don’t have words.  So I need quotes.  PLEASE help!  What’s your favorite quote?

Here are a couple I like:

A mind lively and at ease, can do with seeing nothing, and can see
nothing that does not answer.  (jane austen)

i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands  (ee cummings)

(That one is probably too long, maybe just the last 2 lines?)

Help!

I realized I never shared this quilt. ( This is a spectacularly awful photo and maybe my sister will take pity on me and send me one that is actually in focus.)

This is the quilt that I made for my sister Rachel for her 18th birthday.  Her favorite colors are all in that purply-blue-turquoise range.  There are a bunch of batiks in there, fabrics from costumes, fabrics given to me by friends, fabrics from some of her favorite shops to visit when she comes to see me.  The binding is black with constellations because she is a night owl.  I love how the colors blend from one into the other.

The pattern is New Wave by Elizabeth at Oh Fransson.  She writes beautiful instructions.  I plan to buy her book.

I have added these cute little “Share this” buttons to my blog.  Now you can tweet it or Facebook it, email it to a friend or print it out.  Fun stuff!  They should now appear at the bottom of each post.

This is my piece for “A Common Thread” annual members exhibition at the Textile Center.  It is “interactive” art.  The background of the piece is digitally printed fabric, which is a “QR code”.  This is like a bar code and if you have a smart phone, you can get a QR reader app and scan this art.  Then what happens?  Your phone will zap you off to my website and a journal of the making of this piece, which you can find right here. Go there and read all about it!

Valentines projects seem to be in the air.  Here’s a link to one I did last year – a free Quilted Valentine‘s tutorial.

Last Valentine’s and this year as well, Etsy made a call for handmade valentines to distribute to seniors with a Meals-on-Wheels program.  I made a couple of these cards and sent them off last year and will probably make more this year.

Thank You to everyone who weighed in on my e-Book survey!  The favorites were “Stuff to make for boys. The cool auntie’s guide to things your nephews won’t hate. (Making things for girls is easy).” and “Ornaments. Whimsical tiny things for your tree or little gifts.”, which happen to be my favorites too!  I may also be working on that Digital File to Fabric one because I am teaching a class on that in June and I would like to offer that to my students since I know I won’t be able to get everything covered in the 45 minutes I have for class.

I was the substitute teacher for a knitting class with teens this afternoon.  I worked on this scarf because it was something I could pick up and put down a bunch.  The girls were really intrigued.

I think it is a lovely way to show off this skein of handdyed/handspun that I got as a gift.  It came from etsy – jilldrapermakesstuff.etsy.com

The pattern is Pioneer Braid, which I found on Ravelry.  You can also find it on the designer’s blog.

I made this cute tam for my friend Danielle for Christmas and after I posted pictures on Ravelry, several people asked me to share the chart.  So here it is.

Goth Girly Skulls

Mostly digital artwork this week.
Updated etsy shop banner and redesigned the front pages for all of my patterns.  Now they look cute no matter what size or aspect ratio they are cropped to in the various views on the site.  I also put together a unified color scheme – 8 colors that coordinate with the banner.

This is a snippet of another piece of art I am working on.  A little Rube Goldberg kind of vibe.  File has been sent off for printing at Spoonflower.