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Call For Kids To Create – An IKEA Drawing Competition

Kids 12 and under are invited to enter a Drawing Competition hosted by IKEA, where they draw their own soft toy!


Artwork of 20 lucky winners will be selected by voting, of which 10 will be turned into soft stuffed toys, to be sold at IKEA. There will also be three age group winners who will receive $25 IKEA gift certificates.  Drawings can be submitted online or in store, but need to be submitted by October 30th.


For more info on this challenge:

Why Women’s Clothing Sizes Do Not Make Sense

Ever feel like you can’t trust the size of a clothing pattern, or confidence of purchasing pre-made clothes based on a particular size?  Seems that what might be a size 10 by one company is a size 8, 12 or 14 as defined by another company.  All so  confusing.  Here is a video that provides some great background info on how this all happened.  I hope you find it as interesting as I did.

If you are having problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube:



San Diego Quilt Show – Weekend Quilt Fun

san diego quilt showThe San Diego Quilt Show is going on this weekend and I want to share a sneak peek, with more to come soon.  If you have the opportunity to go, definitely go, this year, or in the future.  It is a small, but growing show, which continues to improve.  And this years a fantastic show, with something for everyone:  traditional quilts, art quilts, great classes, wonderful vendors and more.

Edyta Sitar, designer for Moda Fabrics, and founder/owner of Laundry Basket Quilts is the Guest Artist.   She is an amazing woman, very talented and very approachable, and she shared  an amazing display of her spectacular quilts (and fabrics).

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There are many fun themed quilts, including  pet/animal themes.  This beautiful quilt made by Wanda Pasek caught my attention.  The adorable fox quilt design is Jenni Baker’s design and published in the book “Fun-Size Quilts“, compiled by Karen Burns, published by Martingale.

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There are many quilts with inspirational free-motion quilting.  I also enjoyed watching people take time to admire the stitching on these quilts.  While many caught my attention, I wanted to share a sneak peek on a close up of a quilt made by Katie Greene.

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There is a great  Vendor Mall.  And   Pacific Rim Quilt Company even introduced a new pattern at the show (not yet available via their website, or any store, but will be soon).  Here is a sneak peek:

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I do hope you have a chance to visit the San Diego Quilt Show this year, or in the future. If you live far away, San Diego can be a great vacation place.  I met attendees of this event that had come from England, as well as Australia and they loved it!  But as I realize we can’t travel and visit every quilt show, I will be sharing more insights about this show in the very near future.

Lastly, I want to share that Craftsy has ALL of their classes on sale for $19.99, or less, including their new classes.  Treat yourself to a class this Fall, as your own personal back to school personal development plan.



You can find the San Diego Quilt Show at:

Movie Alert – The Dressmaker

Needless to say, I’m absolutely thrilled about a soon to be released movie called “The Dressmaker”, with Kate Winslet, which is scheduled for release in the US September 23rd (released in Australia in 2015).


Here is a movie trailer:



Based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham, THE DRESSMAKER is a bittersweet, comedy-drama set in early 1950s Australia. Tilly Dunnage (KATE WINSLET), a beautiful and talented misfit, after many years working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, returns home to the tiny middle-of-nowhere town of Dungatar to right the wrongs of the past. Not only does she reconcile with her ailing, eccentric mother Molly (JUDY DAVIS) and unexpectedly falls in love with the pure-hearted Teddy (LIAM HEMSWORTH), but armed with her sewing machine and incredible sense of style, she transforms the women of the town and in doing so gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong


If you’ve already read this book and/or seen this movie, I hope you’ll share your perspective.  Just looks like a fun movie that many sewing and quilting enthusiasts would enjoy.

QuiltCon 2016 – EIDOS Quilt Pattern

While at QuiltCon 2016 I was dazzled by a quilt that was designd by Agatha June, pieced by @dontcallmebetsy and quilted by @gina_pina.  Some lucky attendee won this quilt, but I’m not sure whom.    But this EIDOS Quilt Pattern is available for purchase from the MQG.



I loved the overall design, the colors, the strong angles in the quilting, that complimented the overall design.20160221_123844

I was drawn back to look and admire this quilt many times.20160221_123848

I found this quilt to be refreshing.


Definitely a quilt packed with #CreativeGoodness

You can find the Modern Quilt Guild at:

What do you think about this Modern Quilt?  


I hope you’ll have a chance to attend QuiltCon 2017





Happy Canada Day


For inspiration today, as well as to Celebrate Canada Day, for our friends to our North, I want to share a creative and inspirational story that I came across last year, as it was a special anniversary for Canada and the Woman who sewed the original Canadian flag was honored:

The Star, a Canadian newspaper also has a great online article that you may want to read as it provides more info on this inspirational story.

Happy Canada Day!  


Benartex ezine – Modern By The Yard

Have you seen the new FREE ezine magazine from Benartex, called Modern By The Yard?

benartex modern with a twist

Four refreshing and fun projects, along with inspirational fabrics shared in this free magazine.

If you have problems viewing this embedded version, here is a direct link:…/view/552…/modern-by-the-yard-issue-1

logoYou can find Benartex at:

Memorial Day – May We Never Forget

Here is a video created for Memorial Day, by Chad Warner, showcasing pictures and the song “If you are reading this”, by Tim McGraw.

And, here are some beautiful patriotic quilts that caught my attention on Pinterest:


I wish you and yours a Happy Memorial Day Weekend.




How to Design Fabric ? – Highlights of a Class on Creative Bug.

I’m a new member of  Creativebug.  I actually signed up taking advantage of their current Mother’s Day Sale, where you get a one year membership, to view any/all of their videos/classes, during your membership, plus a 15% off coupon for (coupon comes via email after you sign up).

creative bug mothers day special

Their year membership program, provides not only access to ALL video classes during your membership, but you get to select 12 video classes to archive to watch again and again in the future (forever).  

I wasn’t really certain what I’d find on the Creativebug, but I quickly began watching some excellent online classes, many of which I’ll share insights with you in the future.  But the series for “How to Design Fabric?” just locked me in and I honestly felt this class alone, was worth the fee for a one year membership to the Creativebug, at any price.  Thus, today, I want to share insights about this series:

Here are a few inspirational words of encouragement that I picked up while watching:

  • There are no real rules
  • Do what you want to do as you have no clue where it may lead you.

Each part of this series is packed with great insights about How to Design Fabric, as well as to encourage you to be confident with your creativity.  Each part also has a gallery where participants can share photos of their work and get feedback.   And a great Discussion area for participants to ask questions and get feedback from the Creativebug teachers, as well as fellow students.



What makes a fabric collection? How do repeats work? Where do you even start? This overview introduces you to the fundamentals of textile design, along with inspiration on how designers kick off a new collection. Hear the stories of each designer featured in the series, and follow along with an eye-opening paper exercise that helps you grasp the concept of a repeating design.


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Next we learn the fundamentals of building a repeating pattern. In Part 2, you will learn how to take a design and work it into a repeating pattern, and then let Lizzy show you how to block print the repeating design. All three designers also cover the sketching and drawing stages that ultimately translate into digital designs.


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Let’s move on to digital designs. Heather shares her process, which originates within Photoshop, and Denyse and Lizzy show how they draw and then create repeats in Illustrator (both presume a basic level of knowledge with each program). This episode also shows how to manipulate scale and tile designs, as well as pointers for getting the hang of drawing digitally.


part 4

Color is a whole other story unto itself. From sourcing inspiration to developing a palette, each designer talks about the importance of color in their work, and how to use color in effective and inspiring ways.

PART 5: EXPERT ADVICE (34:48 minutes)


Whether you are a casual designer or looking to work professionally, this final episode offers straight talk from the pros. Learn from industry experts as well as each designer, all of whom share their advice on how to approach fabric manufacturers and their evaluation of the retail fabric market. This episode gives you clear insight on the practicalities of developing and producing printed fabric.

My conclusion, this class is perfect for anyone interested in becoming a Fabric Designer, as well as those creative individuals that simply want to better understand the process.  And, from the classes I’ve taken so far, I definitely see a value of being a member of the Creativebug.  I’ll share insights on other classes on the Creativebug platform in the near future.

You can find Creativebug at:


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