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  • The Story Behind The Box

     All my quilts come packaged in a handcrafted cedar box. These beautiful boxes are made by Kelly DeWitt here in Austin. Kelly is an amazing woodworker with a budding collection of well-crafted products. My favorite so far (besides the quilt boxes) is her garden toolbox and her coffee table. Both have elements of steel worked into the final design. Also, fun fact about Kelly, she has a piano in her workshop and enjoys making melodies on the ivory keys between projects. Check her out at KKDW.  

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  • Growing a Business

    I've been working through business exercises and in the midst of my 5 year plan I felt inspired to compile a list of example businesses that I relate to and feel inspired by. Thought this maybe helpful to share with you.    Alabama Chainin: Natalie Chainin has created a signature style using a reverse applique technique and everything is made by hand in the USA. From embroidery to seam, the garments are completely hand-sewn by artisans working in their own homes and business using a modern cottage industry method of manufacturing. A company and community.   Swans Island Blankets: Weaving and natural dyeing is a labor...

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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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