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Upcoming May Exhibitions
Upcoming May Exhibitions

Join me in May for three art exhibitions around the Phoenix valley: Tempe Center for the Arts, Biomimicry, opening reception Friday, May 19 from 6-9pm. Design inspired by nature: work by artists in collaboration with ASU's Biomimicry Institute. Runs May 19-July 28....

quilted kuspuk
quilted kuspuk

Quilted kuspuk test garment: repurposed cotton sheets, quilting thread, CNC long arm, custom bias tape trim, and toggles TBA. This piece came out super warm and snuggly, but a bit too big for me: I'm calling it a size L-XL. Contact me if you'd like to commission a...

Tote Tuesday
Tote Tuesday

Today is tote day, y'all: these two tiny-ish totes are made from scrap fabrics and extra bias tape. Out of the UFO pile and into the emergency gift cupboard! Whatever totes your boat.... Special thanks to Molly Koehn for her...

TOP SECRET quilts for friends
TOP SECRET quilts for friends

These two quilts for dear friends were made from scraps and hope to grace their new homes with amazing memories and good luck for years to come. Collaborative quilt made from a quilt top and fabrics by the fabulous Madison Creech (creechers.com). Madison's pieced...

Cactus Wren free motion quilt
Cactus Wren free motion quilt

Cactus wren and prickly pear, free motion 'sketched' using TechShop Chandler's HQ Avante18 long arm quilter. 12x12" on cotton muslin with King Tut thread.

sneak preview: grand canyon quilt
sneak preview: grand canyon quilt

Here's a preview of an upcoming show with TechShop's artists in residence, May 5-13 at Vision Gallery, 10 E Chicago St, Chandler, AZ. The show reception is Thursday, May 5 from 6-8: hope to see you there!       Vision Gallery's hours are Monday-Friday...

leather-bound long stitch books
leather-bound long stitch books

Leather-covered hand-bound blank books or journals made with long stitch and inscribed with quotes by Albert Schweitzer and William Morris. 'As we acquire more knowledge things to not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious.' Albert Schweitzer 'Art is man's...

japanese stab stitch books with hand marbled paper
japanese stab stitch books with hand marbled paper

Stab stitch / side stitch books made in the Japanese tradition with hand-marbled paper, solarprint, plastic canvas, vellum, and waxed cotton thread. Books with bright-colored marbling are watercolor marbling inks; the subdued colors are suminagashi, or traditional...

quilted yoga mat and laser blocks
quilted yoga mat and laser blocks

I made this quilted yoga mat and laser cut plywood prop/support blocks, all made with scraps from around the shop, for TechShop Yoga, Mondays at 6pm. The mat was made from a staff member's colorful old duvet cover, trimmed with scrap Kaffe Fassett quilter's cotton,...

day 354: linen short shorts
day 354: linen short shorts

Shorts made with linen and linen/cotton blends and notions from Fabric Depot, Portland, Oregon, and Vogue pattern 9008. Orange with yellow pom-pom trim, black and white polka dots, and light denim.

day 349: k-bag industrial edition
day 349: k-bag industrial edition

K-bag duffel made with coated polyester. Download the pattern on the original K-Bag post and check out other color versions here.

day 345: hot mess quilt
day 345: hot mess quilt

"Hot Mess" scrap quilt made with Kaffe Fasset shot cottons and polar fleece backing (no batting), quilted on an HQ18 Avante CNC Long Arm at TechShop Chandler.

day 294: scrap quilt scrapbook
day 294: scrap quilt scrapbook

Research for an upcoming scrap quilt class at TechShop Chandler: rag quilts, jean quilts, scrap quilts, abstract quilts, and fussy cut scrap quilts.

day 271: special snowflake quilt
day 271: special snowflake quilt

Quilted at TechShop Chandler on their HQ18 Avante long arm with a combination of CNC stitches and free motion: about 6 hours of setup and quilting time.

day 267: sinbad pants
day 267: sinbad pants

Pajama pants inspired by Sinbad and his amazing colorful wardrobe. Long live the 80s and crazy prints!  

day 208: em-broidery test
day 208: em-broidery test

Sample embroidery from TechShop's embroidery class. When you get an oval instead of a circle, it's time to calibrate your machine! Polyester thread on cotton canvas with medium-weight stabilizing interfacing.

day 114: embroiderthon
day 114: embroiderthon

The holidays are a great time to try out a time-intensive, technically challenging new project: this year I chose machine embroidery with a Bernina Aurora 440 QE, Bernina ArtLink 7 software, a free trial of SewArt, several seam rippers, and a large special egg nog. ...

day 51: long arm quilter

TechShop Chandler features a CNC long arm quilter that I hope to use very soon. This HQ Avante 18 can handle a king-size quilt and can be used as a free-motion or CNC machine.

day 7: shorts
day 7: shorts

At long last, I finished two pairs of shorts, just in time for my end-of-day deadline. From Vogue pattern 9008, I had some trouble finding the right size and relearning how to install a zipper fly, but overall, I'm pretty happy with these. JoAnn Fabrics provided the...