Lotta Jansdotter is my best friend* + GIVEAWAY

*not really.  I’m just kidding.


In another life I worked at a local boss gift shop Silver in the City where I discovered amazing stationery and soft good designers such as Angela Adams, Lotta Jansdotter, and Juila Rothman.  Fast forward ten years later and am in disbelief that I design fabric along side two of these women I’ve admired for so long.  Windham Fabrics, I love you and thank you.  My gratitude is endless.  I can remember all the times we all huddled around the Lotta Jansdotter goods and awed over the choice of fabric (mostly linen) and that quintessential Swedish design.  In my arsenal of items from that era still exists, I have more leather handled Lotta totebags then I’d care to admit.


I’m honored to present and let you peek in on Lotta Jansdotter’s new book for STC Craft, an imprint of Abrams publishing, Everyday Style.


I took some time over the past few weeks to thumb through the book and I have to tell you, the images are inspiring.  Jenny Hallengren is the photographer who you might remember took the photographs in Heather Jones’s book Quilt Local.  Same photographer.  Lotta’s style combined with Jenny’s know-how is a powerful combination. Then add pattern designer Alexia Abegg to the mix, and it becomes spectacular.  I am particularly impressed with the hand drawn elements included.  Look at how sweet this is.

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The book is filled with simple skirts, dresses, bags, and more with a modern Scandinavian elegance.  I made a couple of projects from the book starting with the Wilma Bag.  It is ginormous.  Let’s play Who Wore It Better??  Here’s Lotta with her bag:

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Here I am with my Wilma Bag:


Ok.  You don’t have to comment on who wore it better but I did wear every striped piece of clothing I could find that coordinated.  I used an organic canvas ticking fabric and am glad I did.  It has a great heft and the size of this bag can easily accommodate a sewing machine or more.


I call this photograph “If Lotta Jansdotter, Amy Butler, Heather Ross, and Heather Givans went into a bar…”  Actually, that might have happened once.  I can’t be sure.  I stuffed this bag full of Indiana shaped pillows made from fabrics of some of these lovely ladies.  I also created a CUUUUTE hat with simple pompom instructions found in Lotta’s book.  It gave me an excuse to shop at Mass Ave Knits in Downtown Indianapolis.  It is a yarn lover’s oasis.  IMG_0853

I created this big ol’ pompom from a hand-dyed yarn.  I know.  I’ve probably offended yarn lovers with such a simple use of a beautiful yarn BUT I COULDN’T HELP IT.  I was a moth to flame.



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The pattern for this cute hat is by the crazy talented Crafty Gemini.  I used Echino jacquard knit instead of fleece and bam.  It worked beautifully. The pompom instructions are found in Lotta’s book.

Thanks for reading along.  I’m impressed with the visual inspiration found in Everyday Style.  I’m certain to create more projects from the book.  If you’d like to win a copy of your own, STC Craft, Tattly Tattoos, and Windham Fabrics are offering a prize package to include a copy of the book, a fat quarter bundle of Lotta’s fabric from Windham, Lotta temporary tattoos, and Lotta washi tape.  So make sure you follow along on all of the blogs in the series, leaving comments along the way to be entered to win and being inspired.  A winner will be chosen at each stop along the tour.

Dec 1 – Lotta

Dec 2 – STC Craft

Dec 3 – Windham 

Dec 4 –  Noodlehead

Dec 7 – Modern Handcraft

Dec 8 – Sew Scatterbrained

Dec 9 – Crimson Tate [you are here]

Dec 11 – Groovy Baby & Mama

Dec 14 – City Stitching with Christine Haynes

Dec 15 – Craft Sanity

Dec 16 – Aesthetic Nest

Dec 17 – Sew Mama Sew

Dec 18 – Lish Dorset

Dec 19 – Fancy Tiger Crafts

Dec 21 – Generation Q

Dec 22 – Carolyn Friedlander

Dec 23 – Crafty Planner

Winner on my blog will be chosen on December 26.  So you’ll have time until then to make comments about your everyday style,  Who Wore It Better, or just in general about your love of Lotta Jansdotter.  I’ll randomly choose.

Quilt Local :: Heather Jones Totally Inspires + {GIVEAWAY}

IMG_0021Have you met Heather Jones? I, as a fellow Heather, am so incredibly proud of my dear friend HBJ (Heather Braunlin Jones) as she created one of the most delightfully inspired collections of quilts in her new book titled Quilt Local : Finding Inspiration in the Everyday.  Her cohesive, minimal, recognizable style takes courage and design skill.  I, as a former high school art teacher, always admire art that is minimal and leaves breathing room for the viewer to fall into the work.  Heather Jones creates the most beautiful breathing room in her premiere book Quilt Local.

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We were fortunate enough to have HBJ at Crimson Tate recently for a book signing and a full day workshop instructed by Heather in our fabric store Downtown Indianapolis. IMG_0033 (1) We are never lack of conversation (as an aside riding together in the car for a weekend trip that lasted 9+ hours both directions and we were both hoarse by the time it was over), Heather and I, and that evening of nacho bar and buckets of beer was no exception.  I love that Heather is a delightful combination of studious and goofy, all at once.  I guess what I’m trying to say is that she’s real.  She’s a real girl doing exceptional work. Her approach to writing this book gives the viewer multiple ways to look at the projects. One quilt is rendered in solids and the next it’s peppered with printed fabrics.  How brilliant?! And to think that Heather created each of those patterns twice, taking on the monumental task of not only piecing, quilting, and finishing them on her own but also fully inspiring all of us to take a closer look at our surroundings in a more authentically inspired way.  We as quilters GET IT.  It’s a monumental task.  She gets it.  She’s good.

It was a pleasure and an honor to get periodical phone calls from my friend during her process of writing the book.  Finding inspiration in everyday is a creed I have adhered to as a life philosophy, myself.  But to step into Heather Jones’s inspiration leaves me with wonderment.  And the first time she saw the photos I happened to be with her at an event where we all stood around the laptop and cried because the photography of her creations truly captured the beauty of her.  And of her work.QL interior 2

When I knew that Heather Jones and I could be friends was when she started playing with color using Josef Albers theories on color.  She’s a girl after my own heart.  Eureka! This thing is brilliant.  And then here is her quilt in a repetitive fashion.


Heather encourages us to take note of our surroundings. For instance, I am inspired by the beautiful architecture of this Coca-Cola plant that is found right across the street from Crimson Tate.

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I also suuuuuuuuper find inspiration when I am standing in front Lake Superior as I visit my family in northern Minnesota.  Parson Gray Inspiraiton

Wouldn’t this Parson Gray bundle be a great jumping point to compliment Gitchi-Gami?


So tell me, where do you feel inspired? Leave a note, and one lucky person will receive an autographed copy of Heather Jones’s beautiful book.  I can’t wait to hear what inspires you.  And a big ol’ congratulations to HBJ on a job well done. xoxo.  Drawing will take place at end of blog tour November 13, 2015.  Each stop is offering a free book.