Everyone needs Demented Squirrels

Everyone needs Demented Squirrels

You know the phrase “you can do anything, but not everything”? Well, this year that has truly become a mantra for me. As my quilt life has gotten busier and busier, I have had to decide just how many ways can a person split themselves. Im still not amazing at it, but I do have […]

Drunkard’s Path a little too tipsy?

Drunkard’s Path a little too tipsy?

Im completely fascinated by the flexibility of a drunkard path block! A classic one has a distinct pie and L shape, forming a quarter circle. A more contemporary one moves the circle part out to the edges and looses its L…but both are wildly creative elements. Here is a basic tutorial on sewing a drunkard’s […]

Natural Egg Dying

Natural Egg Dying

Dying eggs naturally is a beautiful and rewarding spring activity! My children and I switched to natural dying about 4 years ago away from the nasty chemical garbage that is a traditional “Easter” thing to do. The processes is a little messy but hugely rewarding! First thing is to gather your materials. These are my […]

Aliens Anyone?

Aliens Anyone?

I have said it 100x. If you aren’t having fun while being creative, you just aren’t doing it right. Lord…I crack myself up sometimes. I saw an Alien face hugger leather mask yesterday that was to die for…It was amazing. I went to bed thinking just HOW FUNNY it would be to wear it out. […]

Art Therapy Thursdays

Art Therapy Thursdays

Hi Everyone…this is a stressful time and that calls for some artsy de-stressing. On Facebook, Im doing some live videos on Thursdays at 1PM EST using art. Any sort of art. I am going to imbed them here on this blog weekly if you enjoy that sort of thing! Love to all! Bethanne By special […]

Adjustable side face mask

I am working with my local hospital network that serves the 800,000 people living in my valley and beyond to galvanize the sewing community to make cloth face masks that they plan to use to cover their limited supply of N95 masks. As the national need and desire for a homemade mask has increased over […]

How Yarn Couching is like Having Babies

How Yarn Couching is like Having Babies

Well, really just the un-fun labor part. Not the making babies part. Which is a drag. Im so excited to FINALLY make my yarn couching DVD and On-Line class available to everyone! You can order a pre-sale of the DVD here (shipping in about 3 weeks, upon it’s arrival on my doorstep from the manufacturer) […]

Art + Coat = Fashion?

Art + Coat = Fashion?

I think I may have crossed some dark and terrible line lately. I’m totally consumed with making yarn couching jackets. I have made 6 or 7 and I have LITERALLY 12 or more “blank” coats on a rack waiting for the right combination of inspiration and time. I do enjoy wearing them, but it is […]

Meadow Walk, stumble, learn, walk some more

Meadow Walk, stumble, learn, walk some more

This jacket has been almost 18 months in the making. I started out great…with a wonderful plan of a Queen Ann’s Lace border treatment adorning this AMAZING fit and flair pink tweed spring jacket with eastern bluebirds winging in. I started by using the same approach that had worked for me with my octopus jacket…loading […]

Being Detail Oriented…is a bad thing?

Being Detail Oriented…is a bad thing?

Well. No. Of course not. But it does contribute nastily to my squirrel syndrome. When I first put tiny swag trim on my show quilt Gilding the Arbor back in 2012 I had no idea I was standing on the edge of a rabbit hole. My next show quilt, Shell Collector had the first version […]