The Author

The Author
Brian Haggard

The Quilt Show

The Quilt Show
Episode 1106 available 09/10/2012

My Dyslexia

Having the skill to write, spell, and punctuate has never been my strong suit. Growing up as a young child I was always nurtured to be creative and artistic which came naturally to me but I could never quite grasp written language. I now know that it's a learning disabilty with a name: DYSLEXIA.

I write from the heart and I make my best effort to get the words on the page properly but as you'll see I don't always succeed. I ask you to enjoy what I write and post but to be understanding and kind. Brian

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Open Stitch on Sunday, September 29 is cancelled

 Hi All,

We will not be having Open Stitch this Sunday, September 29 due to a schedule conflict.

Our next scheduled event at The Crazy Haberdasher Studio will be our Silk Ribbon Retreat on November 8, 9 and 10. Hope to see you there!

The Crazy Haberdasher
Thursday, August 29, 2013

Retreat! Retreat! Retreat!

While your first thought when you hear the word "retreat" might be to turn around and run, we would like to invite you to JOIN us for a great time at The Crazy Haberdasher studio for a instructive but relaxing and fun weekend of crazy-quilting and stitching.

We will be gathering on Friday, November 8th; Saturday, November 9th and Sunday, November 10th and making a one block crazy-quilt featuring silk ribbon embroidery. Don't worry if you're a stitching novice or seasoned with a needle--we'll show you all the steps to get your block pieced and embellished. And, since we strive to make sure that your work shows your personal artistic personality--you get to work at a pace that suits you and make the piece as simple or elaborate as you want.

On Friday night we'll get started at 6 o'clock and begin by machine piecing your block. Once the blocks are pieced, we will put the machines away and start stitching. Class will end at 9, but the studio will be open until about 10 and everyone is welcome to stay and work or just sit and visit.

Saturday morning we'll begin again at 9 and work until 5. You won't need your machines at all--it's a full day of learning stitches and stitch combinations. I will draw personalized motifs on each student's block. We will break for about an hour for lunch mid-day. On Saturday evening, the studio will be open until 10 o'clock. We will go to dinner as a group for anyone who is interested.

Then on Sunday we will start again at 9 and work until noon. I will demonstrate how to finish the piece. Some of you will be ready to finish in class and others will still be stitching--that's just fine--there's no pressure to be at any particular point by the time you leave--it's about learning and enjoying which happens at a different pace for everyone.

The cost of the class and the kit is $195. Your kit will include everything you need to finish the top: a personalized photo transfer, fabric, foundation fabric, silk ribbon, perle cotton, and embellishments. You'll need to bring a sewing machine, neutral thread for the sewing machine, #22 and #24 Chenille needles, scissors, a rotary cutter and mat and rulers for cutting--at least a 12" square and a 24".

If you're joining us from out of town, there are several hotels less than 5 minutes from the studio.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

International Quilt Festival of Ireland - 2014 - Join us!

 Ok. We love quilting. We love travel. We love meeting new people. So. . .let's combine all three and join us for a fantastic, escorted tour to the International Quilt Festival of Ireland from June 3 to June 12, 2014.
The 10-day trip includes 2 days+ at the exciting International Quilt Festival of Ireland in Killarney. You'll get roundtrip airfare from Indianapolis, 4 and 5 star hotels, land transportation by private motor coach, breakfast everyday and dinner on four nights all for $2943.
In addition to escorting the tour, I'm excited to be teaching classes at the Quilt Festival! For more information and to book your trip, call Sew Many Places at 877-887-1188 or visit the website at Sew Many Places
If you or one of your traveling companions aren't interested in spending two days at a quilt festival--not to worry--participation is optional and it will be easy to enjoy Ireland with any number of other activities. 
The itinerary includes:
  • Killarney
  • The Dingle Peninsula
  • The International Quilt Festival of Ireland
  • Blarney Woolen Mills and Castle
  • Village of Avoca
  • County Wicklow
  • Galway
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Kylemore Abbey & Gardens
Optional events are:
  • Town of Dingle tour
  • IQFOI Opening Ceremony and Grand Reception including dinner and an Irish Music and Dance Show
  • Panoramic tour of Dublin
  • Tour of Connemara Marble Shop and Celtic Crystal Factory.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy 4th of July

 Hello everyone! I just wanted to wish you all a happy 4th and may you all enjoy the day you have been given, make it count.
All the best from your friends at The Crazy Haberdasher.

Until we meet again,
Keep stitchin'
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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Giving New Life


Hello Good Friends!

I just wanted to share a little gift that I received for Christmas from Mr. Kevin.  As always, he is so good to listen when I say that something would be cool to have or that I would love to learn something.  Fast forward to last Christmas when I was given the gift of upholstery classes.  

I set out to find a chair and I looked all over the Southport Antique Mall where my studio is located.  My search was fruitless so let the power shopping event start! We looked the city over and I could not find the chair that I wanted to work on.

When we returned one afternoon I called one of the dealers at the mall and asked if, by chance, he had any chairs he didn't have on display.  He was sorry but everything he had was already out.  We decided to take one last stroll through the mall and when I got to my friend's booth (the guy I just called)--there was the chair of my dreams!  I called him to ask why he didn't mention it earlier  but he thought we'd already seen it.   Anyway, despite the confusion I found the chair I wanted. 


I enjoyed a great 6 week class at ModHomeEc.  Shelly Leer, the owner/instructor at ModHomeEc was amused by my custom gift certificate for the class and included it in one of her blog posts:  Shelly's Post.  Shelly has a fun studio and is a great instructor!  I learned lots.  I've dabbled in re-upholstery for many years but I have to say knowing the tips and tricks and having access to the RIGHT tools (evidently, a butter knife isn't the all-purpose device I thought it was) makes all the difference.  If you're looking to learn about upholstery, check out ModHomeEc--Shelly will lead you down the right path. 

You can see the end result here (I'm sure you're shocked by the color selections) which will take a place of honor in my new living room.

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A dear friend and how proud of her I am.

Hello good friends.  I am very happy to say that all is going well and I can't be happier.

I want to share a story about a good friend of mine. When I was in the early stages of deciding whether I should pursue being a quilter, and if I had what it takes, I made a pilgrimage to my good friend Janet Brandt. I was so nervous to show her my babies. As you know, no one wants to be told that his babies are ugly and put them out there in the world for total judgment.

Much to my dismay, Janet said what are you waiting for?  I said I didn't know if I have enough material to write a whole book? She very kindly said that I had enough content to write twelve books and to travel and teach.  As artists I do think we always  have a way of  thinking maybe we aren't good enough. She gave me the confidence to make that dream for me come true and for that I want to say to all of you--follow your dreams!  As for my dear friend, thank you for lifting me up in life.  You mean the world to me and I value your thoughts and opinions.

I am now going to return the favor with this link to my friend's world.  I call it a world because it is not just a blog. It is Janet through and through. Janet has created a wonderful world for all of us to live in and I want you all to go to her site and share one of the world's gifts that I have received. You can take the journey by going through the archives on her blog at

Thanks for tuning in and seeing a little insight on how I am who I am.
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Open House will be. . .Open

Hi All,

Who would have thought that we'd be looking at serious winter weather this late in the season?  We ARE going to go ahead and be here to greet you.  Certainly, consider your safety and don't travel if you don't feel comfortable.  If you are able to make it we look forward to seeing you here.  If you miss, don't worry, we will publish the class schedule next week or you can schedule a time to come and see us.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Studio Open House Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Crazy Haberdasher Studio Open House on Sunday, March 24, 2013 from Noon until 4 p.m.

Bandit Dogs Wall Hanging

Hello Friends! Here's the piece I mentioned a few posts back. My friends, Tim and Sally, have a competition every year as to who can find the best gift for the other. Earlier in the year Sally asked if I would make her husband, Tim, a wall hanging that looked like a wanted poster. I got busy pulling fabrics and, of course, the background fabric is my very own. The poster outline is stitched barbed wire. I had a lot of fun coming up the design and really enjoyed making it. Here is it with the loves of their lives Molly (left) and Harry Rex (right.)

Psssst. . .a little birdie told me that she thinks she even saw a tear when Tim opened it. I'm just saying. We all love you too TIM. Kiss on the cheek from the dogs and us. Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did giving it to you.

Until next time, dear friends, keep stitching. Brian

The Gifts

I can't wait to share with you the very strange happenings  at the studio the week before Christmas. Let's start at the beginning. I had just finished my gift wrapping and placed my packages under the tree. I received a call from my Mom saying she and Dad had just finished wrapping and asked if they could drop them at the studio so they'll be there for Christmas.  I said sure and pulled up the leaf on the drop-leaf table and got ready to place the gifts from Mom and Dad under and around the red tree.  They arrived and unbeknownst to me the gifts were all in red and looked so pretty and looked so planned but it was not the case. Neither of us knew what the other was doing.

To make this even more crazy my sister-in-law and nephew called to see if they could bring their family gifts to the studio ahead of the snow that was about to hit.  I said sure bring them on down. Knowing they were on their way,  I went to make room under the other tree next to the fireplace and when they arrived I said to place the small ones under the tree in the big basket and then place the other ones around the tree base.  Can you believe that in all the madness I looked around and lo and behold, we had all made packages to match three different trees in the room by chance and by chance each of them got matched up with the right tree.  This was too crazy for me to try to explain!

Just thought I would share this very strange qawinkedink.

Many gifts I have made this Christmas

This blouse was made for my dear friend, Jane,  and the lighter one was made for her daughter, Alissa. I have wanted to make these for them for two years now and had the blouses for over a year.  Is this sounding like something you might have done before?  We all get behind but I though if I don't get them done soon the blouses may dry rot!   LOL  (And forgive the delayed post--we just had Christmas with Jane and Alissa this week!)

The pincushions you see have been made from velvet my new muse. I hope you like them. They are little labors of love but it has been lots of fun!

Check back soon.  One (including me)  never knows what I'm getting into next!

I hope this makes you want to get some of your UFO's ( UnFnished Objects) done after the holidays and create a memory for someone in your life.

Chat soon, Brian

Christmas Commission

I was asked by a dear friend to make her husband a gift for Christmas and she wanted it to feature their two babies--Molly and Harry Rex. Her husband has a Man Cave and a wanted poster was just the ticket!

So Tim, MERRY CHRISTMAS Good Buddy. I hope you have a place of honor for this.. your friend, Brian

Picture is worth thousand words

Well I am going to save you the trouble.  It won't take a thousand words. Kevin baked and  I and many others ate. Need I say more?  LOLOLOLOL This smell-a-vision brought to you by Crazy Haberdasher Studio.  Brian and Kevin hope you get to enjoy your own smell-a-vision this holiday. Chat soon Brian

Christmas Past

Merry Christmas everyone and all our best for the coming year, Brian

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas is here.......

Hello everyone! I hope you enjoy the view of our studio this holiday season.
This tree is one of my very favorites. It is all icy and antique and filled with many pieces that my family and I have made over the years.
Here is our little mouse that my Mom made. His name is Winkler and he is take the Polar Express bell to his home.

This is a favorite of the many ornaments that my brother gave me years ago. It's Santa riding a dove. 

 Here is one of the many trees that are out in full regalia: bronze, silver and brown.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night. Thanks for your visit and come back soon.

Love to you and yours this Christmas season

Brian and Kevin

Twas The Week before Christmas

 Twas the week before Christmas and all kinds of things afoot: present wrapping, candy making, friends meeting and the last minute things we all have to do to make it all seem so effortless in front of the people you host and the people you go to see. But you have to ask yourself, if we can put this much effort into making Christmas on this one day then why can't we do this all year long? What is wrong with us as a people? We make the effort to be the people we want to be at this holiday time but after the new year we go back to being the same lackadaisical people that we were before it began. If this for one moment has struck a chord in your mind then do as I am doing and give it a little effort to make this your solemn vow to greet people you see with a warm hello and a smile and thank people for what they bring to your life.

I received a text the other day thanking me for being a great friend out of the blue and it made me realize people are the one thing that make this life we live somthing worth holding on to.  They are the people that make getting up and greeting the day with a smile on our face and a happy thought in our heart.   This is dedicated to a dear friend, Jane Haganman, for opening my eyes and making me realize what it is that I have to be thankfiul for this holiday season and every day of the year. So DAMN it go out there and make someone's year.

Kisses from Brian and keep stitchin'.
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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Uber Excited

 Where to start? I must share a highlight of the Houston trip with you. I have to maybe go back in time a bit to set the stage. As a young person I have always been aware of my thirst for learning and I was introduced to this wonderful lady by my very own mother, Debbie Haggard, very early on.

Her name is Judith Montano. Early on, I started using her books as a great teaching tool for the classes I taught at The Back Door quilt shop here in Greenwood, IN. I have always referred to her as the QUEEN OF EMBROIDERY.

Fast forward to Christmas of 2011. Christmas eve I got word from one of the people working on the design of my new book that she too has been a long time fan and she is the designer of Judith's books. How lucky am I to have the same designer as Judith? But wait it--gets better. I am so corny. I wrote to Judith and let her know on Christmas Eve night the she had made a difference in my life and so many others and that I am an UBER FAN. I told you it was corny. But she, being the gracious person she is, wrote me back the next day being Christmas made my life long dream come true. Since then, we speak on a regular basis. Fast forward to Houston Quilt Market we had spoken briefly bye email before the show saying we would try to meet. As luck would have it she came to my book signing and got in my ear and ask me if Kevin and I had plans for dinner. I very quickly replied, "for you I am open for dinner!" She said she would text us later with the plan. I felt like I had won the lottery! As she said the text was sent and we met for dinner. It was a wonderful evening of laughs, chatting and talking about the industry and life. She is so open and candid with her knowledge and how grateful I am to have met her. So Judith if you read this, and I hope you will, you made this Midwest boy's dream come true. Thanks for being you and thanks for all you have give'n of yourself to the industry that I now call my home. Your friend, Brian Haggard

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Mrs. Haberdasher

This is a piece I created for Houston Quilt Market. It was in Windham Fabric's booth and featured in Schoolhouse. I've called it Mrs. Haberdasher
She's the lady in the middle of the quilt.  Her photo has been in my collection for a long time and now she has a place of honor. This quilt highlights an antique wool stocking, a great pair of glasses, pictures of great people past, handmade flowers with yo-yo centers made by my dear friend, Sally Frances, and a hanky.  I would be remiss if I did not mention the convenience panels from the fabric line so you don't even have to make your own squares to place in the quilt! 
I might also mention the shading on the middle border is BAM (Brian's Aging Mist.) It adds a nice touch, doesn't it? Chat soon friends. Until next time, keep stitching.  Brian
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Saturday, November 3, 2012

My Fabric Line

Hello friends! It's me just getting a chance to share my new line of fabric,
The Haberdasher Collection by Brian Haggard from Windham Fabrics.
We launched it at Houston Quilt Market and now it will be in quilt shops for you in February 2013. This is just one of the many pieces I made to show my vision of what can be made with it. If you get a chance, ask your local shop if they have it or if they will be getting it in.  I love the scissor sheath on this quilt. You will notice the three tintypes: mother father and son. I fell in love with these instent ancestors. Let me know what you think, I always love your feedback. Until next time, dear friends, keep stitching. Brian
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Gift Wrap Seminar November 14, 2012


It is that time of year again where we get all our friends together and have a fun-filled night of laughs and show the latest in Christmas trims and gift wrap.

Bring a friend or two and have some laughs and go home with a new lease on christmas and a renewed sprit.

It's on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. 

At The Haberdasher Studio
2028 East Southport Road
Indianapolis IN 46227
at the back of The Southport Antique Mall.

Come early to enjoy shopping with friends at the mall. You'll go home with new treasures and new ideas for the holidays and year around.

We will serve cookies, coffee and hot cider.

Admission is $25 per person for an hour and a half show.  

Register now--seats go quickly.

You can sign up online at or call 317 881-8955.
Monday, October 8, 2012

Studio Treasure

 My word people have ask me to show some pictures of my studio and show the display. Well here you go a little cart full of letters. Just thought I would say. LOL keep up the good stitch en. Brian
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Pretty Buttons

Well hello good friend and thanks for all the new people who have become a part of my little world here. It has been a really Crazy time here in the studio as of late but what fun it has been. The fabric line the new book the new CD my head is spinning. Just wonted to share this picture for you to make into fabric just save it in your comp. and then you edit how ever you wish to print it then make fabric to put in one of your creations. All my best to you all and keep stitch en. 
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