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Creative Sharing

I mentioned yesterday that I’d share my quilt with you… I think sharing bits of our work motivates us to actually do more of it. You can spend so many hours online finding inspiration, but what are you doing with that after you log off? Thinking more about this myself, I recently got back into quilting, inspired by my BFF and quilting extraordinaire, Andrea. I finally finished the edges…

I can’t wait to add the cotton batting and apply the back. The fabric on the back is the medium blue print you see with the small floral pattern on it. If you look at the third photo, count 3 in and you’ll see it.
Here’s a view on the bed… It’s not usually there, but it’s easier to show you the overall pattern this way. The quilt is twin size, so it will be used as a throw in my bedroom upon completion.

I snapped a photo of it in the sunlight so you can see how it’s sewn – just a series of squares really. Not rocket science, but definiately requires patience. If you lack patience, there’s no better training than to take up a craft where tons of it is needed. Your passion for the craft will drive you to finish the project.

If you’re working on something for the home that makes you smile, and want to share it with decor8 readers, drop me an email with a link to your photos. Thanks!

(images by holly becker for decor8. please click on them to enlarge.)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on January 17, 2007

Amy Butler’s *New* Lotus Collection

I’m such an Amy Butler fan, she is the one designer that I’m longing to meet one day. I’d love to sit down with her, tour her studio, and just chat about her career and where on earth she finds the ideas behind her textiles, because with each season, her new fabrics are even stronger than the last. This is from the latest collection called Lotus. Aren’t these beautiful?

I can’t help but think that the fabric used for the apron below would make the most lovely curtains (center image)…

The shot of the quilt below reminds me, I have to show you the quilt I’m working on these days, don’t I? Winter put me in the mood to get back into quilting again, so I’ll post my latest creation tomorrow.

In the meantime, here’s some more eye candy from Ms. Amy…


A few of my favorite designs…


A stunning quilt…

(images from amy butler)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, textiles on January 17, 2007

Lily Yung of Tendril in Canada

Sit back and enjoy the works of Canadian artist Lily Yung of Tendril designs. If you plan to attend the Toronto Interior Design Show on 2/22-2/25, Tendril designs will be there on display for all to see. I’m so impressed by this lovely, innovative use of felt, and the tactile, organic beauty, wool loops and links intertwined with others, it’s gorgeous. I just want to touch it. If you don’t plan on attending the Toronto show, you can still view her work online. Homewares and jewelry in striking 3-D are shown, but her die cut wallhangings in felt are a favorite of mine. I spotted her work last night in the January issue of Canadian House + Home magazine. If you have that issue, you won’t want to put it down, it’s delish! They predict trends for 2007, from Moorish to Pastels, so I suggest you pick up your copy (I purchased mine at Barnes + Noble). Enjoy!

(images from lily yung)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, events + markets on January 16, 2007

Creative Sunday: Paper Source How To Videos

Looking for something creative to do today? Check out the Paper Source How To Videos. You can watch them online and the instructor is darling, she’s like the art teacher that everyone loved from school or something. I love her laid back charm – she makes everything look so easy.


I really enjoyed the flower kit video because I have most of the supplies already, so this would be an easy and inexpensive project for me. I’m thinking these flowers would be adorable for a Spring ladies tea party, you could make mini flowers, tie them on ribbons, and wrap them around linen napkins, placing one on each plate. You could also create some pretty flower garlands to string around the backs of chairs or over the windows.

Paper Source has dozens of free instructional videos online – so enjoy!

Boston locals: Paper Source is located in Brookline, Boston, Cambridge, and Wellesley. They have fun workshops in their store locations. The Polaroid Transfer class on February 18th interests me…

(images from paper source)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration, tips on January 14, 2007

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