LOVE quilt tutorial and pattern download

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Last weekend's events made me feel numb. I just don't understand it, no matter how many NPR shows I listen to analyzing the latest information. I'm so sick and tired of the anguish and terror that spreads in the name of religion or ideology. Enough is enough.

Let's take our focus and direct it on each other with compassion and kindness, without expectations, without worrying about our ego, and give all our energy to thinking good things. I'm not saying have your head in the clouds and ignore what's going on. No, not at all. I'm saying don't give your focus and energy to it. Acknowledge it - and move on. Make a difference in your tiny corner of the world, somehow-no matter how small the act of kindness is it will be noticed--right?

Do you ever wonder what would happen if the newspapers could only report good things? If CNN tickers only shouted positive affirmations at us? If Wolf Blitzenwhateverhisnameis only screamed about really great people living all around us?

What if it was mandatory for  news networks to report at least 50% purely positive stories? You know, those kind that make you choke up and get all teary eyed? You know what I'm talking about.

It could be so amazing.

Because Humans are amazing.

Would you like to join me in sending some QUILTY LOVE to Paris?

**UPDATE**------ quilt is signed and ready to ship. It's going to Hospital Headquarters in Paris, where my friend Romain, has promised to get it to the hospital. He states this in his email back to me: "thank you very much to you and your community to this witness of compassion."

I hope in some small way this will make a difference to somebody out there. 

After last weekend's events, it's easy to think humanity is doomed. But it's the opposite. If you pay attention to history, things have gotten better over time. Much better. A few fools can't bring down the whole world. No way man. Not a chance.

So here's my little pattern for you, for your sewing happiness. Doesn't matter where you send it, or to whom, or if you keep it yourself. It's a  reminder to remain loving and kind. To do the best you can. And to stay the course.

We can do this.

F*ck terrorism.

If you'd like to join me in sending your Love quilt to Paris hospitals,here is a list of addresses below. Use a Priority Mail International box and it will arrive within a week. If you're in the EU it's even faster to mail. Royal Mail takes a couple days at most to reach Paris.

1. Hotel- Dieu  1 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
2. American Hospital of Paris  63 Boulevard Victor Hugo, 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
3. Hospital Necker 149 Rue de Sèvres, 75015 Paris, France
4. Hospitals Assistance De Paris 14 Rue Vesale, 75005 Paris, France
5. Hospital Broussais  96 Rue Didot, 75014 Paris, France

Wall Quilt finished dimensions 81" x 33 1/2"

The wonderful background fabric is by Carrie Bloomston via Windham Fabrics. It's perfect! I love Carrie's line of fabric and work. This is from her website:
Life is so beautiful.
We are lucky.
We do cool things,
collect experiences,
and hopefully,
love well.
My work-
whether abstract painting,
designing patterns and fabric,
or parenting,
is all about expressing joy and love.
For me, art is a place to figure the world out-
to make sense of it.
-Carrie Bloomston

Oh---and this--

I (heart) YOU!

Sew Fresh Quilts

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

I planned a really long, informative post about this book and some quilts I've done lately. Healing style, improvisational, and soul freeing. But to be honest, right now my heart hurts. I don't know what to think about the world right now. All I know is something has got to change. 

Worldwide.     N O W. 

Maybe tomorrow I can talk quilts.

I know you understand.

Having lived overseas for a good part of my adult life, this is too close to home.

I mean, it's going to be alright....  ..  right?

 Notre Dame visit 2013

spiritual offering candles Notre Dame Paris, France

French Madeline Cookies

What can a person do but keep breathing?
Stick with the status quo.

Keep going.

Somehow, believe things W I L L get better.

What you think about e x p a n d s .

So forgive me if I don't join in the conversation about "breaking news"---because to me, it does cause breaking-  of the heart.

And I'm not willing to be in that state right now. 

We all have the same worries I think, keeping our families safe, healthy, and happy. 
Sometimes I have this feeling of wanting to scoop my family up and run away to the mountains somewhere, where nobody can find us. 

I don't know...

I just don't know.

I have to believe that love will prevail. 

The only Bible verse I remember- "Love never fails." (First Corinthians Thirteen)

On that note, I'll be tuning out this week from social media. I haven't been active lately due to needing a break from it all, but now I feel like it's totally justified. 

Join me and meditate on love.
You don't have to know how. Just think loving thoughts deep in your heart. 

Thank you friends. 
And love to you. 

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Sewing pattern (top): Akita by Seamwork magazine (Colette Patterns)
Fabric: Cotton & Steele Mochi by Rashida Coleman Hale

I think I've mentioned my love for the Akita top and the digital magazine I subscribe to called Seamwork.  I made another, and I still love it. I've worn both out in public, which is saying something because usually I make clothes and then put them aside in a basket for posterity. You know, because I fear they look too "homemade". You know what I mean. It's like when you cook food, it doesn't taste as good because  you cooked it. You spent that time, now it's gone, and you're over it. All.  Like that.

Nature turns technicolor in fall-and it always seems to take me by surprise.

We keep in awe with color around here.

Tiny itty bitty apples begging to be bought, just cause they're so dang cute.

We've been spending lots of time at the Door Creek Apple Orchard lately. We love apples so much, and they taste so much better from a farm. I won't buy grocery store apples, they gross me out. If I want to eat a Styrofoam ball I'll buy one at a craft shop okay? Ok. 

Afternoon trips to the local State Park are best when we take quilts, books, snacks, and have no agenda. I love that.

Is it terrible if I don't want my kids in a million after-school activities? I mean, I like being with them, having time to explore, enjoy nature, and just--- be.

I like space.

Time to breathe and think and just live.

I don't need anyone around me to feel contentment. Is that weird?


Like my friend Von said once "thank God we're all different or life would be so boring".  I will never forget that.

Embrace it right?! This in mind, check out my new tunic made in less than an hour:
(Yeah yeah I know I need to press the hem ssshhhh just pretend I did that okay?!)
It reminds me of Picasso. (duh)

  Pattern: Vogue Very Easy 8950
  Fabric: Pat Bravo knit Cubist Perception

In this photo my arm looks strangely midget, but I promise it's not in real life. 

Like my leather leggings? Well this is as good as they ever look on me, chopped at the knees because a full length view is just...too ... much.  I look like I need to be on a Harley calling my motorcycle gang to stir some sh*t up. 
Or something.

I got them on Etsy here.
Go buy some so we can be twinsies.

You know you want to.

You probably want my rainbow mustache robe too.
Or my faux spectacles. (Great BTW for hiding "no mascara days", or for looking extra extra academic. Sherlock would surely ask my opinion on things, I just know it. )

Fleece from Joann Fabrics, pattern was an "easy sew" I forget which brand. I've had it for 25 years or something. Just now got to it.



In other news, I've made a Dragon costume for Mia complete with scale -y fabric and plush spikes and horns. 

Though she said I should've made "really much LONGER / sharper horns" if I was going for "realism".

Tough crowd, these kids now days.

Halloween pics are mandatory on HungryHippie, so those will post up soon.

We carved our Jack-o-Lanterns tonight and I must admit, I don't remember it being such a pain in the a$$ when I was a kid.


Ah well, all for the memories right?!

Oh-speaking of Halloween, if you follow me on IG you know I made this Reversible Box Tote, a free pattern by Very Shannon available here. It was quick and pretty easy, and the perfect size to hold my high fashion body loathing quilt magazines beside my bed. 

Of course it was the law, written in stone,--- that I had to make it with skull/skeleton fabric. 
This print is by Nicole for Alexander Henry Fabrics, available online. But don't buy any, because I'm ordering 25 bolts tomorrow. Step off.

I wanted to make a full fledged pant suit out of it, but my husband stopped me (he thinks).

You know, something totally wearable day-to-day like this:

You agree, right? 

I knew it.

Would probably only take 15 yards of fabric too, so very economical as well.

You're talking me into it. Stop.
Oh go on.

Last but not least, I updated my Apple Patchwork applique tote pattern (finally-- a year and a half later)--so now for $5 you can get it on Etsy, complete with instructions on how to build your own fabric "sheets" for patchworking like a pro...

uh huh


Thassss right.

I wish you a wonderful last week of October friends!

And I do wonder if I'm the only person who starts to say "octopus" whenever I mean to say "October". Surely I can't be the only one. Wondering this for years actually.. .Do let me know if you do it too, so I don't feel so alone in this.

And if you're a "scroller" not a reader, now you're wondering what the hell I just talked about. Bahahahahahaha

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