Envelope Inspiration

So…that whole Elevated Envelope thing. I haven’t made any actual envelopes yet but I think I’ve settled on a theme.  I’ve been collecting inspiration images and sketching out lots of ideas. I’m thinking about something inspired by love notes.  Who doesn’t love mail and arn’t love notes the best kind of mail?


Clockwise from the top left

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Sketchbook Archive | 03.23.12

Some more from my trip to Houston.  This time the Rotkho Chapel.  It is amazing.  You should go.  I went there twice in two days just to sit.  As noted below the art itself is a “velvety purple you could fall into.” Beautiful.

From a sketching standpoint, it’s actually pretty awful.  The little gem is the broken obelisk in the corner.

Sewing Day

A way long time ago, like before Thanksgiving, I hosted a sewing day for my friend Jennifer.  I taught her to use my sewing machine and we each made one of Anna Maria Horner’s Figure 8 Scarves.


Dan Bennet for Rowan Premier Lord in Blue
Lotta Jansdotter Ruta in Navy


In retrospect this was maybe not the best option for a first foray into sewing as it contains both hand stitching and large pieces of fabric.  Regardless, foray we did and at the end of the day we both came away with this cute scarf.


Sketchbook Archive | 03.16.12

I went to Houston a few weekends ago and spent some time at a few museums.  Houston is a pretty amazing city for the arts on the whole in large part because of the Menil family.  I did a few quick (and I mean quick, like 90 second) sketches.  This is probably the first time I’ve done some sketching on the go since 2005 so it’s a little (a lot) rough. I’m not ashamed.  I’ll let you see them.

New Wave: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

I shipped another quilt last week to one almost-born-baby.

I finished this quilt back in January and just now have gotten it photographed and in the mail.  It could be my favorite quilt to date.  There is something about those whales…

I used Elizabeth Hartman’s New Wave pattern and found it incredibly easy to follow.  I chose to machine quilt staight lines following the gray sashing to bring the zig-zag pattern to the back.

The finished new wave measures approximatly 51″ x 55″.  You can see all the fabrics I used here.