Anyone who enjoys seeing beautifully handcrafted items shouldn’t miss “Explore the Wild Side of Quilts” at Porter Branch. The Stafford Piecemakers Quilt Guild's annual show will be on exhibit October 20-23. More than 100 gorgeous quilts will be on display, with additional “It’s a Jungle Out There” challenge entries adding to the fun. Don’t forget to cast your ballot for your favorite quilts to win the Viewers' Choice awards, and stop by to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win the lovely “Tranquility” raffle quilt. There is no charge for admission.
For me, the sign of a good craft designer is a distinctive style. Norwegian designer Tone Finnanger started her company, Tilda, in 1999 at the age of 25. With her background in graphic design, her books are full of projects for both the fabric and paper crafter. Lovely, soft colors and whimsical dolls and animals populate her books. Check out her Sew Pretty series and Tilda’s Fairy Tale Wonderland to fall in love with Tilda’s fanciful style.
Local Fredericksburg author and crafter Jodie Rackley helps you stitch up a smile with her book, Happy Stitch. She stitches her fun designs in her home studio in Fredericksburg, which she shares with her pets, Captain Nibbles and Sleepy Kitty. The 30 charming and colorful felt and fabric projects in her book are uber cute.
Take some time this summer and stitch up a Monster Face Computer Cover or doodle on a denim skirt. If your older children are complaining of boredom, try one of the projects with them; for example, the Anytime Ornaments have simple cutting and stitching instructions that an older child can follow with a little guidance. Her instructions are clear, and she uses simple techniques.