Chawne is a multi-craftual quilter who channels all her nervous energy into making blankets and quilts to keep folks warm. She blogs about the processes at Completely Cauchy.

This post comes with a language warning: [be prepared for some thought provoking (some might say shocking)  images – ed]

The diversity of the crafting world can often surprise crafty folks and astound non-crafters. Among us there are young and old, male and female, able-bodied and physically challenged, tall and short, and conservative and liberal. The public stereotypes are blown away by visits to sites such as Mr X Stitch and Craftster, where featured crafter-artists are shown expressing themselves in unique ways. There is a sense in which one need not self-censor if there is a principle to explore and more of us ought to embrace this spirit of individuality and fearlessly show it in our work.

Did you know that some crafters verbally express themselves using curse words? This is the non-stereotypical behavior (by that I refer to the externally constructed stereotype) that currently interests me.

With the publication of Word Play Quilts, more and more quilters are including text in their quilts, whether to emblazon with the name of the giftee or to send a sweet special message. It has opened up a whole new way to express oneself in textiles. But are there boundaries? One must eventually wonder if quilts are somehow a sacred space on which certain profanities must not be uttered. My own recent quilts have tested this in a small way. Reactions have been mixed and, surprisingly, the negative reactions are deeply personal even when the message is a positive affirmation.


Find out more about this quilt pictured above: Chawne has written a follow up post on her blog 

I needed to know how other crafter-artists felt about the act of cursing in cotton. So I invited a wide swath of textile artists in the US, Canada and England to participate in an ongoing communal Give a F*ck quilt project back in November 2011. Using a variety of techniques—patchwork, embroidery, and filet crochet—they are expressing their potty-mouths by making profane quilt blocks. There are few restrictions, including a size range, a “decency” level, and the requirement that the word “fuck” appear somewhere so that it is legible at a nice distance.

The diversity of interpretations of the request has been impressive and will make the ultimate quilt all the more interesting.

Sample Block Artists: Daniel Rouse :: Corrine Bayraktaroglu :: Jeni Baker 

The blocks are still arriving in the mail, but the artists have been telling me of their experiences while making them. Most common are comments about the cathartic effect, releasing anger or frustration. Yet others express youthful glee about doing something they perceive as “naughty.”

The blocks will be assembled into a quilt, likely a cacophony of f*cks. And we will then see what it is like when several crafter-artists express themselves at once. This project aims to face the issue of language boundaries head-on so that we can all return to free and nuanced expression in the future.


Edited to add: Chawne has written a follow up post on her blog – head over there to read more about her work.

Please read my response to the comments on this post here and Chawne’s response here.


There are so many gorgeous quilt designs available – it can get a little overwhelming – as a beginner quilter where do you start? What design/fabrics do you choose?

Here I have gathered up some simple quilt designs/patterns that can be found online – perfect for beginner quilters.

Simple and colourful quilts

Quilting Resources:


Any way you slice it: Quilts and other works by Denyse Schmidt
October 21 – December 3

At the University of Bridgeport’s Arnold Bernhard Center Gallery

Quilts pictured here in order all by Denyse Schmidt: Works Special Edition, tangerine poppy; Outlaws, Denver Series; Hope as the Anchor of the Soul, Mount Lebanon Series, Quilt #3.


book: city quilts

by kath_red on 12/09/2010

in Books, Quilting

City Quilts: 12 Dramatic Projects Inspired By Urban Views By Cherri House. Stash, C&T Publishing (June 16, 2010).

Cherri house is known for her geometric designs using bold solid fabrics and in this book she takes these two main ideas and showcases her series of 12 quilts around a solid ‘city’ theme. She discusses her inspiration, her fabric choices and her design methods – and with her simple and achievable quilt designs this makes this book perfect for the beginner to intermediate quilter who wants a modern and fun design without a lot of fuss.

If you followed the City Quilts blog tour then you will have discovered a few gems along the way. Fat quarterly interviewed Cherri House as did naptime quilter, and true up discusses the fabric.

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I love discovering new online freebies – here are some new quilt patterns that are available for download.

Unfurnished pattern by film in the fridge – is offered at Robert Kaufman.

Weeks Ringle has a quilt pattern wheezy rider and the Deep Breath quilt pattern – donate to Week’s charity of choice when you download her free quilt pattern.

Crazy mom quilts – fair and square pattern – she asks that you consider making another quilt top for donation.

Indigo star quilt from Alabama Chanin.

Rainbow bunting quilt pattern.

Fresh lemons quilt

You can download the Yellow Potpourri pattern from Kaffe Fassett’s Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts – from the Melanie Falick sidebar

simple nine-patch quilt

ps. I love this new fabric line from Urban chiks for moda – wow- like vintage sheets! and am super excited about Moda’s new Chocolate box pre-cuts. mmm and Tufted Tweets is delicious.