Cat's Cradle

6 June 2015 to 29 August 2015
Auction for House of Dreams
Carpenter's Square
Level of completion: 
Sewn, awaiting quilting

Dear quilting world – we need to talk. Now. We need to talk about why an amazing, comprehensible, gorgeous pattern isn’t ragingly popular. Say hello to the Carpenter’s Square pattern.

I don’t have to sell you on this pattern, because it sells itself. It’s a striking, unforgettable design, more so because it’s not being made very often due to lack of patterns. Odder still: this pattern is old. By leaning on the research of others, small variants on this pattern appear to date back to at least 1880-1890. Some examples:

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New pentagon in town!

Unsurprisingly, several people reached out to me to say HEY NEW PENTAGON AMY, DID YOU SEE? I love you. You know me well. 

angles of light

My time in Portland marks the first time in my life living anywhere other than a humid subtropical climate. Relocating into a temperate zone has forced me to rethink my relationship with the sun, in ways both expected and not.

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An intro to Octopus's Garden

28 December 2014 - 3:53pm - FINALLY! After four months, this beastie is finally done. 

Details on the construction of this quilt are available at

Pattern: Swirl.
Hand-pieced (NOT appliquéd!)
Machine assembled
Machine quilted

Time estimates on hand-sewing:

32 interior 4-swirl pieces: about 48 hours
28 exterior 3-swirl pieces: about 28 hours cnaOctopus’ Garden: complete!

Sevens and fourteens

It’s been a long time since I’ve talked on this site about Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, but if you follow me on social media (twitter, facebook, pinterest) it’s become clear in the past couple of weeks that I’ve gotten to work.