Due to popular request, instructions for our original Tanabata Quilt Block pattern are now available as a PDF download! Learn how to make two different types of Tanabata blocks, and also follow instructions to make a lovely 19″x19″ candle mat to decorate an end table, desk, or counter top. Pattern is $8.00 and can be […]
If you’re a quilter or textile artist looking for a new twist — or rather, a new fold — on fabric origami, why not give my Tanabata block a try?
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a traditionalist or a cutting-edge fiber artist. The Tanabata origami quilt block showcases fabrics of all styles, especially when paired together in an old-meets-new combination. The picture at left shows the Altair variation, with a beautiful salmon-colored tie-dyed fabric as background A, and a floral Civil War print as the […]
The sky’s the limit when it comes to the many ways you can combine fabrics in a Tanabata quilt block. And even though the construction is easier than it looks, there are a number of things you should keep in mind before you dive in. Do … use quality cottons with a high thread count […]
A quick thank you to Jennifer Rogers of Crafters Quarters for coordinating the testing session for my Tanabata origami quilt block pattern today. Thanks, too, to the patient and insightful fiber artists who took time out of their day to troubleshoot the graphics and instructions in the “beta” version of the pattern. Once the recommended […]
Want to learn how to add dimension to your next quilt, home dec, or fashion accessory project? I’ll be at Crafters Quarters at 36 Main Street in downtown Amesbury teaching a 2.5-hour workshop that presents 4-5 easy-to-learn folded shapes. Bring to class: 8 to 10 fabrics cut into 5″ squares and 2-3 cut into 6″ […]
This private session for CQ members only is designed to test-drive my new Tanbata origami quilt block pattern, now available for sale. Thanks to CQ for helping provide a final quality control measure before the pattern becomes distributed nationwide!
Learn a variety of elegant fabric folding techniques that add dimension and interest to your next quilt or art-to-wear project. Origami squares and blocks are easy to learn, and make lovely additions to wall-hangings, purses, pillows, and more. Details: 3-hour class Workshop Fee: $45 Materials: Please bring several fat quarters of fabrics with small prints, […]
Thanks again to everyone I met this week at the Essex County Needlework Guild meeting. The fabric origami workshop I presented was great fun, and a learning experience for me. I loved looking at the many different fabric choices made by all of the workshop particpants, and I was challenged to find new ways to […]