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Magical Color Play - Dreaming in Color with Jean Wells
You are in for a color treat featuring Tonye Belinda Phillips! Tonye lives in Camp Sherman, which is near Sisters. I have known Tonye for years and her work is always fascinating and full of joy. She is a favorite...
Trying Ice Dyeing
We had a blast trying the new ice dyeing kits from Black Sheep goods.  It's a straightforward process that is easy enough, so you can focus on the fun of watching the ice melt and seeing all the patterns the dye made....
DIY Dog Bandana in 15 Minutes
Yes you can really make a cute bandana for your dog (or cat) in 15 minutes. These four were all made in a couple hours even though three of them go beyond the basic pattern. To get started, loosely measure...
Dreaming in Color - A Change of Scenery with Jean Wells
It always amazes me what happens if I take a different route on a walk, or travel to a new place. At the end of May, John and I left for the beach, which is three hours away, in a...
Dreaming in Color- Vibrant at 91! with Jean Wells
      Freddy Moran, one of my dearest friends, is an inspiration to me as well as to many of you, and I want to share some of her thoughts on color! She began quilting when she was 60...
Dreaming in Color - Dull vs Bright with Jean Wells
When I say the word “dull,” I find students kind of sit back, take a breath, and relax. The word itself is not very exciting and when you put a dull fabric next to a bright one...
Dreaming in Color - Mysteries in Nature with Jean Wells
  How else do you describe some of the wonderful color combinations found out in nature? They can be mysterious. On a summer visit to the Oregon Coast I discovered a small garden just as you drive into Manzanita. It...
Dreaming in Color - Enrichment in Quilt Design with Jean Wells
If you are like me there are times when you see a quilt that feels rich in color and you say how did they do that? Val pulled out several of her solid quilts this month for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show to feature on a video. When I saw her unfold “Colored Happy” it just grabbed me. I could not get the play of colors off my mind so I decided to talk about how we can use color in quilt design this month. There is so much variety in the colors she used, but yet ...
Sue Spargo Bird Play
A couple of weeks ago, we here at The Stitcin' Post had the pleasure of having Sue Spargo instruct some of her special techniques and patterns. We are always so honored...
Simple: Fleece blanket edging
Around these parts, you can get into some serious trouble if you are wearing the wrong colors! But in truth this house is divided so we are half Yellow/Green and half Black/Orange.
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Kantha Stitching with Valori Wells

Today is one of those winter days I am not fond of... it's cold, raining and the roads are icy. A good day to be in the studio.

A good day to...

English Paper-Piecing Tutorial
This week in our classroom, Jackie kicked off our Hexa-Mania series with a technique class on English Paper-Piecing. Because hexagon quilts are all the rage this season, we wanted to share...
Christmas Stocking - pattern & "how to"

Another great idea for Handmade for the Holidays - a Christmas stocking.

Carry Your Sewing Essentials in Style
When Craft Room by Dear Stella hit the floor we knew we had to whip up something fun...
Bordered Diamonds with Jackie

I love classes with Jackie...they are straight and to the point. If you want to make a quilt and actually finish it, take a class with Jackie. That being said, she always harasses me for NOT finishing quilts.

So this week is her final class...

Quick Strip Quilt - Variations
One our most popular posts continues to be our Quick Strip Quilt tutorial, so we wanted to share a few variations on that fast and easy quilt. We've created...
Dreaming in Color - Examples of Pushing Color with Jean Wells
February is always a favorite month for me as I start dreaming of spring and planting my garden. Half the fun for me is exploring what I might try to grow this year that is new to me and how I...
Dreaming in Color - Texture and Color Entwined with Jean Wells
The arrival of the Entwine line of fabric, by Guicy Guice from Andover Fabrics, gave me the idea to explore textural fabrics in terms of color. These yummy textiles offer an opportunity to...
Dreaming in Color - Looking with Jean Wells
Our environment is full of eye candy this time of year with all of the fall colors and textures. I really feel like an explorer trying to get last minute hikes and drives in before the snowfall. Lately...
Dreaming in Color - In the Garden with Jean Wells
It’s August already! Where did the time go? Many of you attended my “Dreaming in Color” Lecture series late this spring. After experiencing the stay at home order, I was...