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Quilt Envy

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

If I had unlimited time (and budget for buying fabric and notions), I would love to sew a lot more. One of my favorite quilters that keeps a weblog is Ashley of Film in the Fridge fame. Take a look at these gorgeous quilts:

Modern Quilts

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Tara Faughnan (website, weblog) makes beautiful modern quilts. I like the colors and the geometric patterns she chooses and wouldn’t mind having one to hang on our living-room wall. Or maybe I should steal one of her ideas, adapt to our color palette, and get on with the sewing myself!

See How We Sew: Tara Faughnan – Embrace your creative mess! and Part 2 – Tara Faughnan shares her quilts.

Michael Miller Fabrics offers a printed cotton fabric with the Fireworks design by her, and you can download the instructions (PDF) for her Prism Quilt for free. Jolene of Blue Elephant Stitches made this version using subtle prints next to solids.

Movie Mash-up

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

YouTube: The Lord of the Rings (Suicide Squad Style!) “Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy mashed in the style of the Suicide Squad trailer!”

Link via Garret.

Alan Rickman (1946 – 2016)

Thursday, January 14th, 2016


The Atlantic: Alan Rickman’s Extraordinary Legacy. “Through more than four decades of work on stage and screen, the English star was a definitive actor for generations of audiences.”

BBC: Obituary: Alan Rickman. “British actor Alan Rickman, whose career ranged from Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company to the Harry Potter films, has died. He was 69.”

BBC: Alan Rickman: A life in pictures. “Actor Alan Rickman, known for films including Harry Potter, Die Hard, Truly Madly Deeply and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, has died at the age of 69. A family statement said: “He was surrounded by family and friends.” Here, we present pictures of him in some of his best known roles.”

New York Times: Alan Rickman, Actor Known for ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Die Hard,’ Dies at 69. “Alan Rickman, the accomplished British stage actor who brought an erudite dignity to film roles like Hans Gruber, the nefarious mastermind of “Die Hard,” and Severus Snape, the dour master of potions in the “Harry Potter” series, died on Thursday in London. He was 69. A family statement published by the BBC said the cause was cancer.”

The Guardian: Alan Rickman, giant of British screen and stage, dies at 69. “Much-loved star of stage, TV and films including Harry Potter and Die Hard – and owner of one of the most singular voices in acting ­– has died in London.”

The Washington Post: Alan Rickman, actor who brought dynamic menace to ‘Die Hard’ and ‘Harry Potter,’ dies at 69. “Alan Rickman, the classically trained English actor who excelled as tormented fiends and aristocratic weasels in films such as “Die Hard” and the “Harry Potter” franchise, and who also used his languid manner to surprising effect in romantic comedy, died Jan. 14 in London. He was 69.”

The Washington Post: Daniel Radcliffe’s touching tribute to Alan Rickman: ‘He was so encouraging of me’. “Daniel Radcliffe grew up as the star of the “Harry Potter” films, living out the first years of his career surrounded by some of the most established names in British acting. One of those actors: Alan Rickman, whose death at the age of 69 was confirmed by his family on Thursday.”

Die Zeit: Die Stimme von Witz und Noblesse. “Zwielichtige Gestalten prägten Alan Rickmans Weg zum weltbekannten Schauspieler. Doch er konnte weit mehr. Sein Tod ist ein großer Verlust für Kino und Theaterbühne.”

MetaFilter: Alan Rickman 1946 – 2016 obituary thread.
As usual there are a lot of links to articles and film clips in there, as well as some personal anecdotes.

Woodworking for enthusiastic hobbyists

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Frank makes is the website of Frank Howarth, who is an architect by day and whose hobby is woodworking. He has an amazing woodshop and does all kinds of projects in there, from small turned Christmas ornaments to a whole new kitchen (first of 14 parts). Many of his videos include stop-motion-animation, which makes them extra-cool. Check out his blog or YouTube videos!