Folk Fibers Blog / love

  • The Back Story on Quilts

    Sometimes the backsides of quilts are just as beautiful, if not even more desirable than the tops. When I make the backs for my quilts I construct a free-form design by sewing together large pieces of fabric, usually remnants leftover from making the quilt top. This process is improvisational and creates a moderate design compared to the front of the quilt. The large blocky designs on the backsides are a nice breather after the intensity of piecing together the formal and forward design that is intended to dedicate the quilt. It's always a delight to see the hand stitches come to life...

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  • Our Hand Quilting Community

    Meet the Folk Fibers hand quilting community! From the left: Monica, Juliet, myself, and Mercedes March of this year I reached a point in my studio work that I needed assistance with the hand quilting process of my quilt making. A step that I was not ready to take years ago when I first had the idea to start a quilting business. This year was different, I was now ready. I started by simply placing an add on Craigslist, seeking the help I needed. It began through a process of emails and then meeting individually at a coffee house. Since...

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  • The Double Wedding Ring Quilt

    Meg + Johnny met while working at a preschool in Philadelphia, fell in love, and got married! It's only appropriate then that their backyard wedding was the most kid friendly wedding I have ever been to, ever. It was an extravagant feast of homemade food (mostly the brides loving labor) and fellowship among friends and family alike. Their ceremony was Quaker style, meaning without a lot of fanfare. Often referred to as the silent ceremony, Quaker weddings differ from the traditional ceremony in four significant ways: there is no officiant; no giving away of the bride; a wedding certificate is signed; and there is a long period...

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  • Quilts That Fly in October

      These are my latest quilts using naturally dyed fabrics and hand quilted with the help of my friends Juliette, Monica, and Mercedes. I have gathered inspiration for these quilt patterns from traditional American quilts, singling out a quilt block and creating it on a large scale is reminisent of barn quilts. The colors in these quilts are all acheived using natural dyes such as onion skins, walnut hulls, madder root, osage orange wood, and natural indigo.  

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  • Ambrose Road Trip Video

      This time last year my husband Chap and I were preparing for a 4 month road trip. We bought a VW camper van and fled Austin durring the hottest months of the year. The road has been calling me back...but before we finalized any new plans for taking off towards the West we decided to edit last years video. So much happened in 4 months, living out of our van, change in scenery everyday, twenty two states, and I realize we were often so taken with the landscape we declined to captured it on camera, which is wonderful in it's own way....

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  • Folk Fibers Quilts at Levis Malibu Store

      The quilts have arrived at the Levi's Malibu Store, and it feels SO good! It's a privilege to partner with Levi's, I have only great things to say about my experience. I am especially blown away with the spirit and teamwork happening over at Levi's Malibu store. Weeks before these three quilts were completed I received a message from Nick Osika, who has been the manager of the store since it opened 7 years ago. Nick expressed his excitement for the quilts to arrive and from then on out, he and the others at the Malibu store have been so supportive and helpful. If you...

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  • guided by hunger

    We drove out to Sonoma Valley... guided by our hunger to explore our surroundings, and our desire to eat at the Fremont Diner. As we got further away from the Bay and closer to the Valley my surroundings began to remind me of the Hampton's.  Maybe it was the sense that the country road was sprinkled with signs of upper class citizens.  Regardless, the view was pastoral, with rolling fields and abundant vineyards.  We found ourselves happy and full without a plan. I appreciate the laid back approach we all had for letting the day unfold, as it will. We decided to seek out a winery....

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  • This is bigger than me

      This is bigger than me Don't try to do everything by yourself  My dreams do come true Our wills are in harmony I feel like I have finally arrived  I am open to love Photo taken by Chap at Krause Springs on April 7, 2012 my 30th Birthday  

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  • Folk Fibers Quilts for Levis Made Here

      I am very excited to announce that I am making quilts for Levis!  You may have noticed a little lull in my online presents over the last couple of weeks. This was all due to my gusto and focus on getting a series of quilts designed and crafted for Levis - Made Here Stores. Made Here is a project created and run by Jay Carroll, a concept designer for Levis. Made Here are special Levis stores that deliver a bespoke interpretation of the Levi’s® brand. A meaningful component of the Made Here store is the initiative to sell beautiful objects...

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  • Monday April Ninth Two Thousand and Twelve

       everything your doing is cool Jay get a car without a top go camping in the canyon I'm loving squared off shots  I need to go float for awhile this feels like a wedding...  it's a partnership  Photo by: Jay Carroll

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