Northwest Flower and Garden Show

February 20th, 2009

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February 18-22 is the Northwest Flower and Garden Show at the Seattle Convention Center. Woodinville quilt shop Gathering Fabric is there with a Woodinville nursery, and they’ve already won Silver for their booth display of quilts and flowers! I’ll be there tomorrow from noon-3pm signing books, so if you’re interested in the show come by the Convention Center and say hi!

The New Handmade meets Stray Threads

February 6th, 2009

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Tonight I had the honor of speaking (rambling?) for the Stray Threads Quilt Guild in Woodinville, Washington. I talked about the book and showed a bunch of different projects. Several of my lovely Martingale coworkers are members, so having them in the audience helped, though I was still a bit nervous! It was fun, though; everyone was so welcoming and enthusiastic. It was a wonderful group of women and I had a great time.

Shameless plug time! If you picked up a book at the meeting tonight, make sure to take photos of your projects and add them to The New Handmade Flickr Group. It’s very easy to set up an account, even easier if you already have a Yahoo! account (Flickr is part of Yahoo). Even if you don’t have project images, check out the group and see projects made by others.

Etsy + Victorian Cameo Bag = Love

February 3rd, 2009

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My beloved Victorian Cameo Bag is featured on Etsy’s “How-Tuesday” today!

I’m so excited to see my project on such a great site, and paired with so many inspiring items from Etsy shops. If you’re a visitor from Etsy, welcome! If you give the project a go, please share a photo on The New Handmade Flickr Group. We’d love to see your work!

Dinner Party Grocery Bag, v1.2

February 3rd, 2009

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An adaptation of the “Dinner Party Grocery Bag”, I made this for my mom for Solstice and I’m very pleased with the results. It helps that the fabric (2D Zoo by Alexander Henry) is utterly charming! I added an extra layer of home decor weight fabric on the bottom of the bag for contrast and extra strength. The darker color will prevent dirt from showing as much, as well.

This was a super-easy adaptation. Simply cut at additional 5 pieces from a contrasting fabric: one piece the same dimensions as the existing bottom piece, and four pieces matching the widths of the bag’s sides by 7″ high. Iron over 1/2″ along the top edge of each of those four side pieces. After you’ve sewn the straps down but before sewing the sides together, layer the contrast pieces on top of the main side panels. Match bottom raw edges. Topstitch a scant 1/8″ along the fold that you ironed over to secure each contrast piece to the side panels. Now treat each of these four sides as a single piece of fabric, sewing both layers into the seams. With the bottom of the bag, simply layer both bottom pieces right sides out and treat as a single layer.

Comment if you have any questions!

New Flickr Group: Add your photos!

February 2nd, 2009

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Now that The New Handmade has been out there for a couple months, it’s time to show off your own work! I’ve set up a Flickr group that anyone can add photos to. All you need is a Flickr account (create one here). So when you finish projects from The New Handmade, snap some photos to inspire others!

Go to The New Handmade Flickr group.

Creatures, Monsters, and Aminals: Etsy Plush Art

November 12th, 2008

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I was so exhausted after getting back from Quilt Market that despite being so excited and inspired by all the wonderful patterns and designs and fabric I saw, I just haven’t been able to get moving again. I have managed to write out some new ideas, make some sketches, but as far as actual work? Not a thing. In fact, my sewing area is an official disaster area from the manic last-minute work before Quilt Market.

But before the hard work of cleaning up begins, I’ve decided to ratchet up my motivation by doing a little Etsy-mining and share my finds with you. My friend and coworker Adrienne really got me going just before Halloween with a monster (hehheh) list of links for all things spooky, but I lazily failed to post it when it was relevant. So instead, the first Etsy post will all things plush.

I’ve made a handful of stuffed toys over the past couple years, but seeing the variety and creativity on Etsy is incredible–and incredibly motivating. Check these out, and let me know which is your favorite.

Fangirling at Quilt Market

October 28th, 2008

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After I met Jay McCarroll at Quilt Market, I kicked myself for not getting a picture. I was already feeling like such a a fangirl, and he had plenty of people to talk to besides me. But afterwards I realized I didn’t care. So I had a mission to accomplish before the end of Monday.

I tried to nail him down all day, but he was in meetings or at lunch or out seeing other booths. Finally, with 15 minutes to go at Market, I gave up and went back to the Martingale booth. Luckily I went down the main aisle, because I ran into him on the way back! I’d signed a copy of my book for him (because Jay really needs to know how to make a tote bag, right?) so I intercepted him, gave him the book, and had his sister Janet take our picture. Woo-hoo!

And with that…Quilt Market was over! I’ll probably write another post about it all, but suffice to say it was exciting and exhausting and went very well. It’s always fun to see new fabric and patterns and trends, to meet new people, and to just be surrounded by all that creativity. It really gets me excited to go home and get back to work on new projects! For the time being, though, I’m taking a vacation (well, as much of a vacation as one can have while still going to work…)

I’ll finish up with a picture for you all to drool over. This is the “Echino corner” of the Seven Islands booth. Not only does Etsuko Furyuya design killer fabric, but she now has coordinating notions and patterns! Seeing stuff like this is like a kick in the pants to get back to designing new projects.

Quilt Market Madness!

October 26th, 2008

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Whew! I’ve been trying to write a post for a few days now, but between working in the Martingale booth and talking to as many people as I can, and trying to visit the rest of the vendors it’s been a busy few days!

Friday was Schoolhouse, where vendors (authors, designers, product inventors, etc) give little presentations to shop owners about their new product or book or fabric line. I was nervous for mine, but it ended up going great. The presentation is only 15 minutes long, so I figured I could get through that all right. We brought almost all of my projects to Schoolhouse and everyone loved seeing the bright colors and the variety of projects. I had a full room, which was really exciting! We also gave away most of the wrist cuffs, which proved to be more popular than I’d imagined.

Yesterday was the first day of Market, and I had a demo at Martingale in the morning and then a book signing at Checker in the afternoon. book signing at CheckerThe demo was great, I just sat at the booth and enticed folks over with projects, the got to chat with them about class ideas, or my goals for the book. It was nice to talk one-on-one with different kinds of customers and shop owners. The Dinner Party Grocery Bag and the Bird-Watcher Messenger Bag are popular! I made a new Bird-Watcher in chartreuse Echino fabrics, and made sure to show it to the folks at Seven Islands (who distribute Etsuko Furuya’s Echino lines).

Today I didn’t have anything scheduled, so I visited several booths over at Westminster and Free Spirit. I had a chance to show my book to Liza Lucy, Kaffe Fassett’s frequent design partner and co-author. She was so nice and loved the book. I also met the charming Tina Givens, Anna Maria Horner, and a new designer, Melissa Averinos (who is completely adorable!)

And for Project Runway fans, Jay McCarroll has a new fabric line out with Free Spirit and I met him! He’s awesome. Surprisingly enough, considering I know him from a reality show, he’s just as I expected. Super friendly, gregarious, and down-to-earth. His booth was great, his fabric is awesome. I can’t wait to design more projects and play with it! In fact, his sister gave me some kits for a cute bag project they designed together. When I have a few more readers, I’ll have a little giveaway!

At long last…

October 22nd, 2008

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Or at least long-promised. My blog is officially launched! I’ll be updating links, Flickr images, and Resources files over the next week, so stay tuned for those. While I’m at Quilt Market I hope to make a couple posts, and if I’m really clever I’ll even include pictures.

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Welcome to The New Handmade! I'm Cassie, the author of the book (below) as well as your charming hostess at The New Handmade blog. I'm a graphic and web designer living in Seattle, Washington. I love sewing, drawing, painting, design, and generally geeking out on anything art-related. Have a wander around, feel free to comment, and don't forget to subscribe using the "get the feed" RSS link up there in the cloud!