Friday, March 20, 2015

Alec's Animal Alphabet Quilt

Alec's sister had a baby girl (her first!) at the beginning of the month. They kept it a surprise to whether they were having a boy or girl, so I had to be clever in coming up with an appropriate gift.

In 2007, Alec made a series of acrylic animal paintings that he turned into an alphabet book.  I took those awesome images, turned them into appliqu├ęd fabric patches and sewed them all together to make a quilt. Alec had different background colors for each of his paintings but I limited the background patch colors so it wouldn't be too crazy. For some fun texture I tried to incorporate printed fabrics where they seemed to fit. I machine quilted the layers together to save some time.

My favorite patch on is the scorpion, I like that he's a little angry. I also think the embroidery on the  hedgehog quills turned out well.

The quilt is backed in soft, yellow flannel.  I'm hoping it will get lots of cuddles and maybe even be made into some forts.

You can buy Alec's Animal Alphabet book on

Friday, March 6, 2015

Swish Fish Pattern

I just finished the instructions for my newest pattern: Swish Fish! This is a sweet and cuddly little fish that can be in all sorts of fun color combinations. I rated this pattern as beginner as it doesn't have too many pieces or complicated sewing. In no time you can make a whole school of cuddly, plush toy fish.

You can purchase the pattern digitally in the store.

 I've also have some ready-made fish toys in my etsy shop.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cyberteens in Love

I have warm feelings of nostalgia for the movie Hackers, even though I know it's not that great of a movie. It shows a world where hackers are cool teens who wear crazy outfits, spraypaint their computers and rollerblade through New York. I love how it tries to make hacking and the '90s internet look more interesting and interactive than it was.

I found out about a movie called Cyberteens in Love recently, but I haven't found much more than this clip. The clip does have superimposed over it. I checked out the site and they don't mention anything about Cyberteens in Love.  The IMDB has just the basic information plus a terrible review. Well I love terrible movies and I love dated projections of the future so I really want to find this movie.

If anyone knows about this movie and a way to find a copy, please let me know!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Frog Pond Pillowcases

For this past Christmas, I made two pillowcases using this cute frog pond printed fabric for a present.

Pillowcases are pretty simple to construct, just rectangles of fabric sewn together. I didn't have enough of the frog fabric to make two complete cases, so I made the main part out of white cotton with the print as a detail. I added green piping between the print and the white, plus lined the back of the frog fabric so that the print would be easier to see since it was a little transparent. A fun way to incorporate cute cotton fabric into everyday use.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Webbigail the Cat

This is my cat, Webbigail aka Webby. She is named after a cartoon duck, but she has very furry paws that almost looked webbed. She is a great cat who was shy at first but now rules the house plus she gets along well with Patty the rabbit. My other cat Nibs unfortunately died of FIP last year, which was traumatic and terrible but Webby is helping me get over it by being a total spazz.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Goldie Blox Costume Overalls

I got a really cool opportunity to make the Goldie Blox overalls that were part of the character's  costume for the Goldie Blox float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014.

Photo by Christine Zalocha @zalocha
It was an interesting project, turning an action figure's painted on outfit into a real costume that an actress would be wearing on a float. It took me awhile to try to find a right purple color to match Goldie's overalls. I didn't have an overalls pattern, but I started with existing pants pattern then added the bib and straps. The stitch lines are embroidered by hand with the side stitches using 4 thick strands of embroidery floss to stand out.

On the side opening I ended up adding a pants hook because I didn't want the snaps to pop open since Goldie would be riding a bicycle that powered her awesome spinning machine float. I ended up finding a corduroy fabric with a little bit of stretch in it, hopefully the thicker corduroy kept the actress somewhat warm since it's cold on that parade route.

Photo by Christine Zalocha @zalocha

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

San Francisco Bazaar 2014

I'll be at the San Francisco Bazaar this weekend, December 13-14 with my Fluff Engine toys and patterns. Support local craftspeople and get your holiday shopping done.

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