ArtWalk, Radical Women Quilt & Yarn Brigade

Flint Handmade partners with The Local Grocer to participate in the FREE Second Friday ArtWalk in Downtown Flint organized by the Greater Flint Arts Council.

On the second Friday of every month from 5-9pm at The Local Grocer, Flint Handmade displays framed prints from a local artisan and hosts an evening of social crafting!

Participate in an all ages community art project that will become a window art installation. Feel free to bring your own project to work on or join in on our Quilting Bee + Yarn Brigade. See below for more information.

The Local Grocer provides free snacks and is open for general shopping. Pick up some great Made in Michigan products!

Check out photos from previous ArtWalks HERE.





Whaley Historic House Museum and Flint Handmade present Radical Women Quilt!

If you think of quilting as an innocent hobby that grandmothers taught their daughters in order to make pretty things for the home, think again! Women who quilted used their skill to…

– Run households
– Raise money for charity
– Support the household income
– Gain financial independence
– Take a political stand!

In an age when women lacked an official political voice, they used their “feminine talents” to circumvent the men who stood in their way.

If you quilt with the Whaley Historic House Museum and Flint Handmade, you are engaging in a century’s old practice. We’ll teach you to hand quilt and your efforts will help support two area nonprofits working to make positive change in the community, just like those rebellious ladies who came before you.

All skill levels are welcome and new quilters are always welcome to jump in and take part in this community art project! And men are more than welcome to join in on the quilting! If you have any questions, contact the Whaley House at (810) 471-4714 or director@whaleyhouse.com

The Whaley House caught fire on November 30, 2015 and is closed until further notice. The third floor attic was severely burned and the rest of the house suffered extensive smoke and water damage. The hexies already made were in the lobby at the time of the fire and were rescued. Our quilt will be the one that survived the Whaley Fire!

The finished quilt will be raffled off as a fundraiser for the Whaley House and Flint Handmade, both of which are 501c3 nonprofit organizations.

Click HERE for an article on the historical significance of quilting bees.
Click HERE to view photos from past Radical Women Quilt workshops.


Flint Handmade hosts a social knitting and crocheting group called Yarn Brigade at ArtWalk.

YB Sym & Hayley

Yarn Brigade was responsible for dropping a “Yarn Bomb” on the Rutherford Parking Structure at the 2012 and 2013 Buckham Alley Fest.

We are always accepting handmade hats, scarves and gloves for our annual community outreach project called Operation: Warm Up Flint. Every November, we attach cold weather gear to trees and poles in Downtown Flint with small notes reading: “FREE TO A GOOD HOME! If you’re cold, please take me to warm up!”

For more information about our projects, join our Facebook group!