Friday, May 22, 2009

Grand opening

Things have been a little slow over here on the blog recently, mainly because I’ve been busy getting a full-fledged website together, which is now up at I’ll still be posting here on the blog (and I’ll probably still be tinkering with the website for a while), but the website will keep you updated on my Feed Dog Designs patterns, both those in magazines and those available in the new web shop!

felt sweets: mini jam roll + swiss cake roll

Anglo-American Snack Pack No. 1 Quite some time ago, I promised felt sweets patterns “soon.” Well, later rather than sooner, I’ve finally got a few together. To celebrate the launch of my website, you can get my first Anglo-American Snack Pack pattern free [PDF]! What’s so Anglo-American about it? Because the pattern includes both a British version—a mini jam roll—and an American version, a Swiss cake roll. They use the same pattern pieces but slightly different techniques. Go check ’em out!


Anglo-American Snack Pack No. 2 If you like the felt rolls, Anglo-American Snack Pack No. 2, with patterns for a Bakewell tart and a snack-cake-style chocolate cupcake, is also available now in my online shop for $3.50.

I’ve done my best to make accurate, complete patterns as well as a straightforward purchase process (using PayPal) on the website, but if anything goes wrong or you have any questions, do let me know at shop [at] feeddog [dot] net. And if you make anything with the patterns, please upload a photo to the Feed Dog Designs pool on Flickr! I’ve got more patterns in the works too, especially quilt patterns, so keep an eye out.

In Between Stitches, Livermore, CA

In other news, if you happen to live nearby, my Bird Crossing quilt is hanging up at In Between Stitches in Livermore, California—one of my favorite local quilt shops. Earlier this year they moved into a new space that’s big, bright, and beautiful. Go check them out!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Quilts are stupid

While I didn’t start quilting till after I left home, I thought I at least had respected the Mother’s prolific and masterful quilting. And though I surely do now, apparently that wasn’t always the case. When I was back at the old familial abode to pick up the Princess, I helped clean out the Mother’s enviable sewing room, where she unearthed an unfinished quilt top she had started making for me when I was about to finish high school. I vaguely remembered her making the center with carefully chosen fabrics—newsprint because I’d written for our local paper, cows and cow spots ’cause I’d had an inexplicable affection for all things bovine, scraps from the bed quilt she made me when I was a kid, and even fabric I’d used to cover a book I made for a fifth-grade English class. But I’d more or less pushed the entire quilt out of mind. (Forgive the rubbishy photo—was rushing out to the airport when I took it.)

the gift that would have been

“Why do you think I only sewed one border on?” the Mother reminded me. “You said quilts were stupid, so I wasn’t about to spend the time for some ungrateful teenager!” I had been a little shit, too concerned with what my potential friends in college might think about me sleeping under mummy’s quilt to appreciate what I was being offered. We had a good laugh upon seeing the quilt, since I’ve clearly got over the “quilts are stupid” mindset. Sorry Mom...

Going through her stash was a revelation—it was the first time I’d seen her accumulated quilting gear since actually becoming a quilter myself. Quite a history lesson, too: some of the older fabric was so stiff that I was sure it was about to get up and walk out of the room by itself.

All this gear is now in storage waiting for her new home in China. So Mother’s Day is over in her time zone, but love you anyway Mom! Sorry for the teenage embarrassment.