Jenny Doan’s family tree is stitched with needle and thread.
Look back two generations, and you’ll find a pair of great aunts, master seamstresses who traveled from Sweden to work for the acclaimed New York artist, George Inness.
They stitched and saved to pay passage to America for the entire family–including Jenny’s grandmother, who was just seven years old at the time.
Jenny says, “When I see these spools, I am reminded that sewing is part of my genetic makeup; it changed our family forever!”
This week, Jenny is stitching up a beautiful Big Spools quilt in honor of all who truly love sewing. And you guessed it: This quilt is quick, easy, and “sew” de-light-ful!
Burano is a tiny Italian island known for handmade lace and sherbet-hued homes.
Why were those little houses painted aqua, lavender, and cotton-candy pink? According to legend…it was to help tipsy fishermen find their way home!
This week, the Doan girls are stitching up 3 new Drunkard’s Path quilts, and they’re just as colorful and charming as the streets of Burano!
Watch the latest Triple Play tutorial to learn how to transform layer cakes and charm packs into Drunkard’s Path quilts that are quick, easy, and “sew” much fun!
Every year when the weather turns cold, the peacock butterfly finds a cozy bed inside a hollow tree. There she naps for months at a time, with her wings wrapped around her body like a quilt.
At the first sign of spring she emerges, wonderfully refreshed and ready to flutter! (Add a tiny sewing machine and a stack of pretty precuts, and I’d call that the perfect winter!)
This week Jenny is stitching up a new butterfly quilt using a border print and layer cake from the beautiful Elysian collection by Jason Yenter for In the Beginning Fabrics.
She starts with pieced basket blocks and adds easy applique handles. The quilt is finished with a sprinkling of butterfly blocks, a cheater cloth backing, and that gorgeous butterfly border.
No matter the weather, these butterflies will keep you snug as a bug for many years to come!
On live TV in 1956, magician P.C. Sorcar began to “saw” his wife in half. Suddenly, the host signed off and the program went dark!
Viewers across the country assumed the worst. (Something went wrong! The poor woman was dead!) But the truth was much less gory: The live broadcast had simply run out of time. How’s that for an illusion falling flat!
This week, Jenny has a trick up her sleeve that’ll earn you big “oohs” and “ahhs” without a single hiccup!
“Wallah!” – or voilà – is a magical layer cake quilt pattern from Material Girlfriends. With just a flick of the rotary cutter, ordinary four patches become magnificent star blocks—right before your eyes!
If you wish upon a star, your dreams
might come true…but be ready for a wait!
The closest star is 26 trillion miles away. That starlight magic won’t reach the earth for 4+ years! (If my calculations are correct, wishes from 2017 are just starting to arrive!)
Of course, if you’re short on time, you can whip up your own lucky stars in a jiffy!
The Brightly star quilt was designed by Allison Harris for Cluck Cluck Sew. It’s a stunning layer cake pattern that is timeless and modern all at once.
(Watch to the end of the video to see Brightly in Christmas fabric. I know you’re going to love it!)