The Fussy Cut Sampler


The Fussy Cut Sampler is a beautiful new book by my friends Nichole Ramirez and Elisabeth Woo. If you like making the most of all the interesting images you can find on fabrics now a days, then this is a book just for you. Fussy cutting refers to the act of cutting fabric to target a specific area of a print, rather than cutting the yardage into random pieces.

The book features 48 unique 9″ patchwork blocks. The book is designed as a skill-building sampler. Each block builds on the next and has specific lessons like how to work with stripes, using limited color palettes, etc.

Nicole and Elisabeth asked me to review the book and create a block for their sew a-long. I love any excuse to fussy cut, and turned my block into a patchwork bag. I can’t wait to incorporate some of these blocks into the Halloween quilts I am currently working on.

February Crafternoon










Crafternoon from way back in February was cutting paper to create images, lots of florals. This was a fun one that most everyone seemed to get into. I made a baked cheese dip, had stuff for dipping and pastries. This one I ended up turning my flower headed gals into fabric, and even ended up making some ceramic versions too.

Plush Of The Month (Quarter One 2017)




Plush Of The Month Club boxes for quarter one shipped on March 1st. Since it felt like Spring would be just around the corner I went with a garden theme. The plush radish, a seed pack of organic lettuce seeds, and a realistic gummi worm (supposed to be rootbeer flavor which is an interesting choice for an earthworm) all packaged inside a green cardboard carton like you might see at a farmer’s market.