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Craft Shows and Events

The Sewing Party + A Giveaway

The Sewing Party + A Giveaway | The Zen of Making

Have you heard about The Sewing Party?

As one of the blogger partners for this awesome all day online event, I’m super excited to tell you about The Sewing Party AND offer 5 lucky readers the opportunity to take part in the festivities for free with the giveaway below! (Scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter. Each ticket is valued at $40.00.)

About The Sewing Party:

The first ever all-day online DIY event in history!

On November 8, 2014, thousands of DIYers will gather for a fun-filled day of sewing and crafting classes taught online by leading bloggers and educational experts.

PLUS, the Party continues for 90 days AFTER the event. You’ll continue to have access to view ALL the classes (or re-watch your favorites!)

Connecting. Crafting. And Creating.

If you love to sew, you definitely won’t want to miss this party. Space is limited and likely to fill up fast!

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The Craftys: Awards That Celebrate the Best in Craft

The Craftys: Awards That Celebrate the Best in Craft | The Zen of Making

Attention crafters, makers, and DIY-obsessed bloggers: Have you entered The Craftys?

If you don’t already know, The Craftys is an online event celebrating the many awesome people and projects in the world of crafting. And, as it happens, I’m one of the judges. (Hooray!) There are only a few days left to nominate and vote—both end on May 26th—so head on over to the site and get involved!

While you’re there, you can vote on your favorite entries and nominate your favorite crafters—or even yourself—in 10 categories, including the following:

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Today’s Craft Social: Show Booth Success

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Attention crafters: Join us TODAY for the Craft Social Twitter chat!

Ready to talk show booths, craft fairs, and eye-catching display design? Join your fellow Socialites, along with hosts Barbara (@penguintrax) and Haley (@thezenofmaking), this afternoon (Tuesday, December 17th) from 2-3PM EST to get into the craft-selling spirit!

HOW TO JOIN:

When: Tuesday, December 17th, 2-3PM EST
Topic: Show Booth Success
Hashtag: #CraftSocial

Join the conversation using Twubs, or look for the #CraftSocial hashtag on Twitter.

Want to know more? Head over to Craft Social.

You can also follow along using our handy Craft Social Twitter widget:


See you there, crafty pals!

Your Grandmother’s Quilts (Or Not): alt_quilts at the American Folk Art Museum

Your Grandmother's Quilts (Or Not): alt_quilts at the American Folk Art Museum | The Zen of Making

Your Grandmother's Quilts (Or Not): alt_quilts at the American Folk Art Museum | The Zen of Making

One of my favorite things about quilting is how incredibly versatile, rich, and relevant such a traditional art form can be to today’s makers. I love that an art quilt can look right at home hanging between an antique log cabin quilt and a top pieced of paper, and that all three will have drawn from the same vibrant heritage of creativity, utility, and craftsmanship. Regardless of when or how a quilt was made, I always find myself attracted to the tangible sense of history and connection that it brings to the quilters who have come before me, and I’m always eager to know the stories that tie this quilt to its maker and its time. Quilts in all forms provide an enduring look into the lives and the worlds of the quilters who made them, and, from pop culture icons to double wedding rings, we can learn a great deal from their designs and the materials used to create them. The American Folk Art Museum seemed to have these ideas very much in mind when they created their alt_quilts exhibition.

I had a chance to see the alt_quilts a little more than a week ago when my friend (and talented quilter) Susan was in town, and we really enjoyed seeing so many lovely quilts in one place. Here are a few photos of my favorites:

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