Rebecca was right, Lucy’s tutorial is invaluable! By the time you read this post, I’ll have had a chance to try them out with actual sewing, but I can already tell that this is a game-changer for me: just the way she explains how to deal with seams (or not deal with them, as it were), seems so obvious, but really wasn’t to this hand-piecing newbie. I’m so excited to get back to my stars – thank you so much, Lucy!
If you’re interested in giving hand-piecing a try, definitely check out Lucy’s post, “Hand-Piecing A Quilt” as well as her more recent post, “Homemade Amusements – Dolly”, where she gives a detailed explanation of how to put together a more complex block by hand.
A bunch of awesome peeps have posted about the Foldio lately and I totally have toy envy! What an awesome tool – UK shops: pretty please stock this asap, ok?! Thanks.
My lovely friend Cheryl (aka elephantjuice on IG and Twitter) shared this link about The Worst Star Wars Exhibition Ever. And it really is. But oh god, how I want to go to it. Seriously, so much.
I’m taking deep breaths and keeping calm, getting ready to make a Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented for the upcoming Fat Quarterly Retreat (not that it’s only a week away and I’m totally running out of time or anything) – I’ll show you my progress soon, but in the meantime, there’s some beautiful versions below and some excellent tips at From The Blue Chair. Wish me luck!
Now that everything’s all prettied up, I’m ready to get back to my regular blogging adventures. Here’s some randomly awesome stuff – put your feet up and take a little break from the week. You know you need it. (Me too.)
This is a great little article from Buzzfeed about Why You Should Read Like A Teen Again. It’s as if someone dictated that right from my mind! I am forever trying to re-capture that feeling, even – just as the author said – through the shame of enjoying (and hating, simultaneously – ugh, the loathing of Bella and everything she stands for!) the Twilight series. What’s the last book you read that gave you that reading-like-a-teen feeling?
Pretty Woman is coming to Broadway. Oh, for god’s sake. Seriously?!? Do people really want to go to the theater to see a movie? REALLY?? These things always make me feel bad for all those talented playwrights out there that can’t get a job now.
Holy cow, it’s been a long time since I posted a mid-week break! Yikes. My ‘regular feature’ posts were put aside during the chaos that was Christmas and, well, all the surrounding months, so I’ll try to get back into the swing of things over the coming weeks!
Speaking of, it’s no secret that I love 80s and 90s television shows (what’s your favorite? I love recommendations!) and My So-Called Life is one of the very best. I actually came to this show as an adult, but I love it so so so much. The A.V. Club agrees in their article, “My So-Called Life Set The Path All Teen Shows Would Follow”. Indeed.
On a more serious note, if you’ll allow me a moment: I recently watched this Ken Burns documentary about the Central Park Five and was horrified – and yet, sadly, not shocked at all. I’d somehow never heard about this case, but was hit with a deeply disturbing sense of deja vu – you could simply replace the names and be reading the story of the West Memphis Three, which happened right around the same time but in a town a lot of us could explain away as being ‘backwoods’ if we wanted (which is of course too simplistic). I think we’d have a harder time making the same excuse for this remarkably similar case in New York City. It’s an upsetting story all around and only served to remind me that I must find a way that I can support the Innocence Project, which I think is doing incredibly important work.
Ok, speechifying over. Want to see the pretties? This week’s is a particular pretty mosaic, isn’t it?! Have a good week, friends!