Last fall, Spoonflower (my former employer) interviewed me for a small spotlight in their second-ever magazine/catalogue. In addition to answering a few questions, I also created two quilts for the publication using a selection of Spoonflower designs printed onto Kona cotton. For the first quilt, pictured above, I pieced together rectangular improv log cabin blocks using a selection of indigo, mustard, and peach prints. I also pulled together a pair of quilted pillow shams at the last minute to round out the bedding. You can see all of the prints I used in this helpful online collection.
For the second quilt, pictured folded and under the lamb softie above, I created a flying geese baby quilt using a graphic black-and-white print background and a selection of sherbet-color-inspired prints for the geese. You can see the full collection of prints I used here. Both quilts were beautifully quilted by Sarah at Crinklelove.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Jenny Nguyen, the talented bag designer behind the Austin-based Jenny N. Design. My article about Jenny appears in the January issue of Austin Monthly, which can be found on newsstands around town now.
Back when I was browsing Etsy for engagement rings, the work of Jaime Jo Fisher was definitely at the top of the list (I eventually wound up with a beautiful ring set by Kate Szabone). Jaime Jo is an amazing--and totally adorable--jeweler here in Austin who creates rings, necklaces, and earrings from a variety of unexpected and found materials--like shower curtains, pool toys, vintage glass beads, yarn, and sequins.
If you're interested in learning a bit more about the Austin craft scene and the recent launch of The Wondercraft, you should check out my article about both in the August 2009 issue of Austin Monthly.