Guest Series 2011

I am so excited to welcome Sherri Lynn Wood from Passage Quilting™ to whipup today. Sherri Lynn is discussing her Keepsake quilting philosophy and will also be hosting on her blog a 3 part series on how to make the quilt that she contributed to Whip Up Mini Quilts book + she is hosting a giveaway of the book.

I combine my knowledge of craft, sculpture, theology, and systems-centered theory to reacquaint people with personal agency, community, love and the basic skills of living. I have been making quilts since 1988 and began blogging in May 2010 at

Quilt Making Heals

In 2001 I was bored with all my materials and tired of consuming in order to create. You should have been at my studio sale as I purged my stash!

I was yearning to work with people in a more meaningful way. So I switched from an object based art practice, where I made decorative quilts for people’s homes, to a service based practice. I began working with people in transition to make improvisational quilts from their memory rich materials, such as the clothing of a loved one who had died. I soon realized the healing power of this hands-on, quilt making approach to bereavement, and named it Passage Quilting™ .

Gerda Renee Blumenthal (1923 – 2004), 74” x 80”, Fragments of Gerda’s housecoats, fancy dresses, sweaters, suits. Made for her nephew Peter Romani.

Gerda Renee Blumenthal (1923 – 2004) 67″ x 78”, Fragments of Gerda’s housecoats, fancy dresses, sweaters, suits. Made for her nephew Michael Brenson.

Gerda Blumenthal’s clothes and the two quilts made from them are pictured above:

Over years of working with people in the midst of change and loss, distinct correlations between Passage Quilting™ and the bereavement process became apparent:
1. The Clothing Left Behind is the gift that holds the story and memories of the person who gathered and wore them over time. In a way working with this clothing is a collaboration with the beloved.
2. Choosing The Clothing is an opportunity to gather together and actively remember, share and tell the stories of a person’s life, relationships and death.
3. Cutting The Clothing Apart is a definitive and symbolic acknowledgment of change and the beginning of transformation. The word bereavement literally means “to tear or rend apart.”
4. Remembering The Body through the architecture of the clothing holds the personal essence of the beloved. It is the starting point for the improvisational piecework.
5. Improvisational Piecework, piecing the quilt top without a predetermined pattern, provides a model for examining life patterns during a time of disorientation.
6. Hand Quilting provides an opportunity for reflection, meditation and prayer. It serves as a safe container for experiencing intense emotions of grief over time.
7. Quilting Together can be an opportunity for sharing emotions and experiences in fellowship with others.
8. The Finished Quilt is functional, providing warmth, comfort and consolation. It serves as a vehicle for remembering and sharing the life of the beloved.

Linda Susan Wood (1943 – 2003), 2006, A passage quilt I made for myself from my mother’s clothing.

The process outlined above can apply to just about any life transition including divorce, empty nest, menopause, career changes, marriage, birth and more. When Kathreen asked me to submit a project for her book, Whip-up Mini-Quilts. I presented the idea of a Keepsake quilt based on the Passage Quilting™ process (see the first image above).

To create the sample for Kathreen’s book, I asked a friend of mine, who at the time had a three year old, if I could make the mini-quilt in celebration of her maternity experience and the birth of her first child. She gave me a favorite sailor suit worn by her son when he was an infant along with one of her favorite maternity tops.

Interested in exploring an important life passage by making a quilt? Join me on and enter a giveaway to win a copy of Kathreen’s Whip-up Mini-Quilt book. Then gather your materials and stay tuned for a three part Keepsake Mini-Quilt / Passage Quilting™ How-to on daintytime in March.


I am so happy to welcome to Whipup, Cheri from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar.

Over at my blog I love to sew, paint, organize, photograph, decorate, and upcycle. I especially love boy projects because I have two little guys, but I also enjoy making something for myself here and there.

I have a simple tutorial to help you turn broken jewelry into a new hip jewelry. I had a necklace that had three strands with some orange beads on it and it broke. It was cheap to begin with, so I wasn’t surprised, but I couldn’t part with it. So, I turned it into this.

Here’s what I did. I cut strips of fabric and washed them so they would fray a bit. (I used some creme-colored canvas I had lying around.) I had to trim the frayed strips up a bit afterwards, but the dryer helped give them that frayed edge I wanted. (Tip: I like to wash my fabric strips in a laundry bag so I don’t have to sort through the whole load of laundry to find them and so they don’t get tangled with the other laundry.)

I took my broken necklace and cut it into three separated strands.

I glued the three strips of fabric together at the top, set a chain on top of each strand, and then I braided them together as shown.

The beads pop out here and there giving the necklace a fun pop of color. When the necklace seemed to be the right length I cut the strips and hot glued them together at the end. I cut off any stray strings of fray that had come out.

Lastly I glued a long narrow strip to each end so the necklace could be tied on. I love the idea of mixing different metals and fabrics to create unique jewelry.

And there you have it. Thanks for having me Kathreen. All of you are welcome at my place anytime. -Cheri


Today I want to welcome Christina Lane to Whipup – an all around crafty gal, she says that she loves everything from quilting, screen printing, embroidery and more! She has recently had patterns published in Quilts and More magazine and Lunch Bags!, a Stash publication. When she’s not creating for herself, you’ll find her longarm quilting for others. Christina loves to share her crafting journey at her blog The Sometimes Crafter.

Hello Whip-Up readers! It’s so nice to be back in this space guest posting at Whipup. Today I wanted to share a really great way of making half square triangles (HST) that I recently found online and give you some measurements to help you with making them just the size you need for your own projects. Ahead of me I have a quilt full of half square triangles, and I was not looking forward to the prospect of making all of them in the way i’m use to. Then I remembered having seen this video by The Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Her ingenious method of assembling a HST (half square triangles) for a pinwheel block is perfect for most HST projects I can think of. You simply take your two squares of fabric (usually a print and a solid), place them right sides together and sew around all four edges with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Then you cut the square on both diagonals and you end up with four pieces.

When you open out and iron them you get perfect half square triangles! It’s amazing every time. I recently made a bunch of these in different sizes just to get a feel for the math. I have some of the sizes figured out to get you started, but the basic math is a HST that is roughly 64% of the size of your original square.

So your math would be this:
Beginning Square Size x 0.64 = HST size.

If you knew the size you needed your HST to be, but wanted to find out how big to cut your beginning squares, you would use this equation instead:
HST / 0.64 = Beginning Square Size.

Of course it’s always a good idea to make a test square before beginning a project, as all of our sewing and cutting varies. Not every size is exactly 64%, but it’s a good place to start without getting too involved in the math. Below is a table that gives you the starting square size and the final HST size for sizes that I’ve actually tested. You may find as you make these that you can get 1/8″ to 1/4″ more from each size, but I like to play it safe. So many times when I’ve made HST in the past I find that I don’t have enough to trim away and get the size stated in the pattern, so i’d rather play it safe. Good luck and have fun creating!


Thanks so much to Danielle Holke from Knithacker who is joining us at Whipup today. Danielle is a digital provocateur for money by day, a resin-based jewellery maker by night and the curator of 24/7 – because the knitting never stops!

The best thing about has to be all the fascinating and curious food-inspired “knithacks” I come across. For your reference, I consider a “knithack” any non-traditional knitting or crochet (felted items count too) – could be two patterns mashed together or a project that uses fiber to make something not usually made with fiber, e.g. this knitted thyroid by Ben Cuevas.

Since launching 2008, a week has not gone by without one or two funny and inspired food-related knithacks. Here are my favourite six … with a bonus pattern at the end! It was hard to choose – there are so many good ones!

“skelly fish” Made and shared by nettness.

Presenting the … “choinkwich” Made and shared by alicia954

sushi! mmmm… Made and shared by Claire Soderstrom.

packaged ham and sausage. Made and shared by Originally uploaded and made by s.casper

it’s a threefer! Made and shared by Yummy Pancake (aka Denise Ferguson).

mini banana – free pattern! pattern by Ken of alterknit universe fame

Thanks for reading, it’s an honor to be guest blogging today. Hope you’ll join me at for more daily hacks and fiber madness.


Welcome Holly from Chezbeeperbebe to Whipup, today she is sharing a simple, easy-peasy art supply pouch.

My name is Holly and you may have seen me here before–I designed the Library Book Tote tutorial several months ago. I spend a lot of time designing toys from recycled stuff and then make lots of other stuff in between. You can find me at Chez Beeper Bebe where I blog about all the stuff I make and share tutorials for some of it. You can also buy some of the stuff I make in my Etsy shop. Come on over and say hey.

This art pouch is nothing complicated–just your basic zippered pouch, but I have custom printed the exterior fabric with photo images of the actual art supplies they contain.

The idea for this tutorial came about because it always seems like my 6-year-old son’s crayon/marker/colored pencil boxes are ripping and everytime he goes to retrieve them they end up all over the floor/art drawer/backpack. So, I thought some pouches would do the trick–but then I worried that he would forget which supplies were in which pouch so the supplies would end up all over the floor/art drawer/back anyway when he unzipped them and dumped them out to figure out what was inside. And this is where the idea for the images of the art supplies came in–a sure way to help him to know at a glance what is contained inside each pouch. Practical, yes, but I have to admit that I just love the colorful design a line-up of colored pencils can make–that colorwheel effect gets me every time).

Download the PDF for the Art Supply Pouch Tutorial here.

This does require printing on fabric–personally, I just started making my own printable fabric sheets using Bubble Jet Set (you can buy some here and really do find them superior to anything you could purchase at a commercial craft store (and at a fraction of the cost). If you do buy your fabric sheets, those that have a softer hand (more like fabric) work best here (some have a plastic-y texture).

Also, if you are new to sewing, or have just never sewn a zipper in place and are not up for the challenge (not hard, trust me–but I still have to get my sewing machine manual out every time to remind myself how to use the zipper foot), you can also use this same printed fabric technique to make a simple pouch that closes with velcro (in lieu of the zipper), or even a drawstring bag (Lovely Design has a great tutorial for these–find it here.)

And why limit yourself to art supply pouches? You can make a pouch like this for anything–why not take a photo of a few of your cosmetics and call it a make-up bag, or how about a photo of a few snacks and you can keep some wrapped snacks handy in your purse for kiddie melt-downs and missed meals…you get the idea. They would also make a nice gift paired with one of my Scenic Patchwork Sketchbooks I recently blogged about at Elsie Marley –if you are looking for that sort of thing.

So go wild, letter your inner-pouch lover out and become the crazy pouch lady you were meant to be.