Stitch and cut appliqué tute
When your adding shaped (odd or otherwise) fabric pieces to a quilt, garment or bag. The stitch and cut appliqué technique is your best friend! It does 3 things for you; neatens the shapes edge, attaches it to the garment and reduces the likelihood of the fabric piece fraying. In the past I've blanket stitched (shakes head), not only is this a massive effort, it's putting the efforts of the industrial revolution go to waste by not letting the sewing machine do all the hard work! Click 'read more' to view the how-to.
Sophie Blackall - Missed Connections
Sophie Blackall, an Australian (but Brooklyn based) illustrator has put together a book of the sweetest drawings inspired by notes written to newspapers (like the Here's Looking At You section in MX) and missed connection websites.
I love the randomness of the bear suit one, I wonder if any of the original ads worked?!