Announcing the Awkward Animal Portrait Quilt Series

Announcing the Awkward Animal Portrait Quilt Series {an Art School Dropout's life}I have been scheming and collaborating with the talented Samarra Khaja behind the scenes for months now on a HUGE project! Let me introduce the Awkward Animals Portrait Quilt Series.

Samarra came up with a bunch of fantastically awkward pixelated animal illustrations and I took them and transformed them in to quilt patterns. There was a lot of back and forth about things like colors, placement, which animals to release when, etc etc. So you know your getting the best product we could think of.

This will be a monthly PDF pattern release with each set going live the 1st of the month in Samarra’s shop. Each quilt will have its own personality and story, some even have bonus content (hint hint: short videos).
This month we have TWO quilt patterns to share, so it’s double awkward… Continue reading

I Joined a Makerspace…

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As the title says, I joined a makerspace. Specifically the Makersmiths in Leesburg, VA.

It’s been my dream to own a laser cutter and 3D printer all my own, but the universe (and my neighborhood HOA) has other ideas. So I found a place where I can use both pieces of equipment and more.

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I have been spending every Tuesday, Thursday and sometimes other nights at the space learning and experimenting. I have never been happier.

I grew up surrounded by wood shops and metal shops.

My grandfather owns a HVAC company with its own CNC machine that makes the ducts. I was fascinated with it from first sight. I worked for him when I was a teenager in the office and I would sometimes head out back to watch the machines.

My mom always had a wood shop in every house we lived in. Sometimes in the garage, sometimes the shed out back and mostly in the basement. She would make super cute decorations that she sold at craft shows. I almost always helped in someway or another.

I also spent a lot of time at my grandmothers house where I was taught to use a scroll saw and sander. She is also the person who taught me how to sew, which i will forever be grateful for.

I continued adding to my childhood skills by taking mechanical and architectural drawing in school, as well as woodworking almost every year.

I just love creating with my hands.

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So when I found this space that had every piece of equipment I was comfortable with and more, I had to join. I took every training needed to be able to use the laser cutter and 3D printer right away, and I am currently taking CAD classes to up my 3D printing skills.

It is taking away from my time behind the sewing machine, but it’s adding to my happiness which is what truly matters most. Plus I have always been good at mixing mediums…

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As you can see above, I’ve already started!

You can follow along with my new journey here and over on InstaGram.