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Anatomy Contest Winners

9 Sep

Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit entries to our Anatomy Contest this summer. It was so much fun to see all of the creative responses to our challenge. We can’t wait to see what else you’ve been working on so be sure to share your latest projects with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Please help us congratulate our winners! We’re sure you’ll agree that they paid proper tribute to human anatomy with these beautifully handcrafted organs.


Ann Therese Griffin’s Felted Lungs took 3rd Place.

We were smitten with the vintage fabric and lace bronchial tube detailing.


Our 2nd Place prize was awarded to Ann Therese Griffin.

Her Human Heart was beautifully needle felted with so many delicate details, you can almost hear it beating.


Kusi Merello’s Hand Knit Lungs are the grand prize winner!


We were blown over by the texture, detail and dimensionality she was able to achieve with her knitted piece.

Congratulations to All!

Improvisational Patchwork with Denyse Schmidt

15 Apr

We are looking forward to hosting Denyse Schmidt’s Improvisational Patchwork Workshop at Brooklyn General on May 5th.  Students be able to learn Denyse’s intuitive design techniques while building a foundation for bringing your own individual style to quilts or projects from her book, or your own creations.  You will create exciting, rut-breaking work that will change the way you think about color, patchwork, and your own creativity.  Here is a photo of one of her student’s work using the skills learned in her workshop.


You can read more about Denyse Schmidt here.  If you would like to attend the workshop, you can sign up here.

Join us!

Spring Quilting Contest

1 Apr

Spring is on it’s way! Celebrate the change of season with our Mystery Block Quilting Contest. Throughout the month of April,  Brooklyn General Store will post a new “Mystery” quilt block to the blog each week. Your challenge will be to incorporate all four blocks into a beautiful quilt that reflects the season. The quilter with the most fun and creative interpretation will win a Brooklyn General Store gift certificate that can be used to stock up on sewing supplies and the winning quilt will be displayed in the shop window for all to admire.

A note about patterns:

Patterns use are formatted to “paper piecing” assembly. This means that they do not include seam allowances. Contestants are not required to use paper piecing techniques but should be sure to add a consistent seam allowance to the pieces before cutting for accuracy in assembly.

Rules and Requirements for Consideration:

  1. Contestants must incorporate all four patterns posted into the final quilt design. In other words, each pattern square must be used at least once in your submitted designs.
  2. Quilts entered must have a finished measurement of at least 36” on any side. The smallest quilts considered for this contest is 36” x 36”.
  3. At least one fabric purchased at Brooklyn General Store between January 1- April 30, 2013 must be used in quilts to be considered in this competition.
  4. Submissions will be accepted by email only. Contestants should email submissions to info[at]brooklyngeneral.com. All entries must be received no later than 11:59pm (est) on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 and must include 3-5 images of the final quilt submission. Please format images at 72 dpi and no more than 800×1000 pixels.
  5. Applications must be submitted by email and include contestant’s contact information in the body of the email: NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE and EMAIL address of contestant as well as a listing of attached photo images (e.g., 1. front view, 2. back view, 3. detail).
  6. The winner will be selected and announced on the Brooklyn General Store website May 6th, 2013. Good luck!
  7. Here is the first block: mystery1

Catherine’s Work

21 Aug

Well, I have been working on these for almost 3 years.  I started them around the time   of our squirrel contest, during my squirrel obsessed phase that has never really subsided.  I started by designing them in my little graph paper sketch book.  I made the left hand first, then changed the design a little for the right hand.  Finally, I created the pattern with Stitch Painter, flipped the oak leaves and came up with my favorite pattern after I had finished the right hand.  As you can see, I am not one for making swatches.  Good thing my right hand is so much longer than my left.  I used Canopy from The Fibre Company with a little trim of Raumagarn.  I am happy to share my pattern charts for anyone wanting to make these.  Just send me a note or come in to the shop.