612 Chapters
Medium 9781607058861

Chapter 5. Blossom Fairies

Salley Mavor C&T Publishing ePub

Make a collection of fairy dolls, from the tiniest 1½˝ baby to a full-grown 3½˝ fairy. These dolls have floss-wrapped arms and legs, which require more skill and dexterity than the children’s fairy project. Construct their wrapped wire bodies (see Step-by-Step Directions for Doll Bodies) and dress them in bright petal petticoats and embroidered wool felt tunics. After the glue dries, they are ready to fly!

For more specific directions, see these sections:

Basic Materials for Most Dolls

Faces, clothing, and accessories: See Making Wee Folk and Fairies.



Additional Materials

Makes 1 doll.

Wooden bead head 10mm–16mm

Embroidery floss

Wool felt for tunic

Faux flower petals for skirt and wings

Wool fleece for hair

Acorn cap for hat


1. Add the flower petal skirt (see Faux Flowers, Skirts).

2. Embroider the felt tunic and poke the neck through the neck opening.

See All Chapters
Medium 9781607058861

Chapter 1. Once Upon a Thread

Salley Mavor C&T Publishing ePub


Salley at Rhode Island School of Design, 1977

y favorite way of working is in mixed media. For as long as I can remember, I have felt that my pictures were plain and unfinished unless something real was glued, stapled, or sewn onto them. I have found a method of working that allows me to explore and play with a variety of supplies and techniques. Although I have no set formula, the common thread in my work is, well, thread. I embroider, wrap, and sew felt and found objects together, creating three-dimensional scenes in relief that are photographed and reproduced in picture books and on posters and cards.

Growing up in a home full of art, music, and dance contributed to my belief that creative expression is a fundamental part of life, defining who we are as individuals and as a society. When I was a little girl, my sister and I spent countless hours creating a miniature world with our toys and found objects. Scraps of cloth, old buttons, snaps, and eyehooks became clothes, accessories, and furnishings for our dolls. Our measure of excellence was the impeccable doll clothes sewn by our Southern great-aunts, Dell and Alma Salley.

See All Chapters
Medium 9781617452826


Emily Breclaw C&T Publishing ePub

MADE BY Emily Breclaw

Fabrics: Vintage Japanese yukata

This fun quilt is the magnum opus of the entire book—a crazy quilt made of units from previous projects, plus some unique rosettes, triples, and singles. Make this quilt your own by swapping blocks for your favorites. (For Japanese yukata fabrics, okanarts.com is a good source.)


NAVY: ¾ yard

GOLD: ¾ yard

ORANGE: ⅜ yard

PINK: ½ yard

TEAL: ¼ yard

BLACK: ⅞ yard

RUST: ⅜ yard

LIGHT BLUE: ⅜ yard

PURPLE: ¾ yard


CREAM: ⅛ yard

BLUE: ½ yard

ASSORTED PRINT FABRICS: 2½ yards total for background hexagons (If using scraps, be sure each strip is at least 5¾˝ wide.)

BORDER: ⅞ yard

BACKING: 4¾ yards

BINDING: ⅝ yard

BATTING: 75˝ × 85˝


Use the 3˝ hexagon family of patterns. In the instructions that follow, large shapes measure 3˝ on a side and small shapes measure 1½˝ on a side.

See All Chapters
Medium 9781611690477


Bonnie K. Hunter Kansas City Star Quilts ePub




My lily blocks from the 1990s finally found a home! I started these blocks when we still lived in Idaho. They traveled with me through two relocations in Texas, a move to South Carolina and finally to North Carolina. The reason they languished? They were so boring! Every time I laid them out to figure out what to do with them, all I saw was huge amounts of beige background fabric. Of course, laying them out on my beige carpet didn’t help matters. They needed color to give them life, and lots of it! They needed updating to bring them into this century, and the wickedly wild string setting blocks gave them just the right place to bloom where they were planted.

The pinwheel border was made with bonus triangle units left from some other quilts – the remainder of which came to live on the back of the quilt.

This quilt does require some careful Y-seaming and a bit of basic applique. Because these blocks and pieces are large, this is the perfect quilt to push your skills to a more advanced level.

See All Chapters
Medium 9781607051985

Totally Square

Kim Schaefer C&T Publishing ePub

Wall Quilt

{Totally Square is a fun and easy quilt to make. With a contemporary feel, it’s perfect for today’s modern quilter. The center square of each block is surrounded by one, two, or three rings of color, each made from a set of four rectangles.}

Quilted by Diane Minkley of Patched Works, Inc.

Finished block size: 8″ × 8″

Finished wall quilt: 56½″ × 64½″

5 yards total assorted teals, reds, grays, browns, and tans for pieced blocks

3 yards for backing and binding

½ yard for binding if different from backing

61″ × 69″ batting

The pieces for each matching set of squares and rectangles are listed together.

Cut for block A:

• 11 squares 6½″ × 6½″ for centers

• 22 rectangles 1½″ × 6½″ and 22 rectangles 1½″ × 8½″

Cut for block B:

• 12 squares 2½″ × 2½″ for centers

• 24 squares 2½″ × 2½″ and 24 rectangles 2½″ × 6½″

• 24 rectangles 1½″ × 6½″ and 24 rectangles 1½″ × 8½″

Cut for block C:

• 7 squares 2½″ × 2½″ for centers

• 14 rectangles 1½″ × 2½″ and 14 rectangles 1½″ × 4½″

• 14 rectangles 2½″ × 4½″ and 14 rectangles 2½″ × 8½″

See All Chapters

See All Chapters