Hello ! Happy 2014 !!! Bet you are expecting a blog post with a bunch of resolutions ?? Well, not this year. There are things I need to work on and have been working on and will continue to work on – but now see it is an evolution and not an on/off switch.
This is more of an administrative post. I have been having so much fun quilting (and blogging about quilting) that I am creating a new blog to focus on that here: http://weeknightquilting.com/. If you are interested in my quilting exploits, please add this blog to your reading schedule or your RSS feed. Please? Also, if you wouldn’t mind pinning or tweeting or facebooking some of my posts there so I can build my quilt blogger brand, that would be off the hizzle. What about if I promise never to use the word “brand” or “hizzle” again? I am hoping in the next 30-40 years of becoming a professional quilt blogger, so your help is appreciated. 🙂
This blog remains, and I am going to commit to at least one post per week about what is going on with me – good ol’ oversharing and whinging. So, yay.
And I decided I wanted to make a dresden plate. I made a couple coasters for my mom with a 1/4 dresden pattern. Then made this giant dresden that I am not sure what I am going to use it for (anybody need a soft color pillow or table runner?):
I thought I was dresden plated out for a while, and then I started struggling with the Jay McCarroll Center City Miami Midtown fabric that I thought I loved when I bought it at Urban Arts and Crafts (which suddenly has awesome huge selection of fabric, including precuts). I tried several designs and the fabric just looked icky. So, out of desperation I tried a dresden plate. The combination of the oldie-timey pattern and the uber modern fabric just sort of worked all of a sudden. I think part of it is that the fabric just looked better cut up smaller – and the pattern makes it look like more patchwork then it is. I quartered the plate to make it look a bit more modern.
All of my quilting projects have become so much white noise with DH and the kids. But this one turned out so well that even the kids noticed and said how good it looked. So, yay. I now have hit the maximum number of decorative pillows I am allowed per family law. So this may be the last pillow for a bit. 🙂
Sarah’s Fabrics drew me to Lawrence, KS at least once a week when I was on my sabbatical. It is a great store – full of very on-trend and fun fabrics. My husband is always willing to drive me – which makes it a much more pleasant trip. We get lunch at Free State, stop by Brits, and sometimes The Raven. We aren’t big shoppers, so we target these stores and then head home full of good food and a little to a lot of fabric. The last time we went to Lawrence I picked up a great tea towel from The Raven, featuring a print of the cover of one of my favorite books – Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse.
And so it became a pillow. And by far one of the cheapest, as the tea towel was only $5! I backed it with a soft fabric so that it doubles as a napping pillow for our new spacious couch.
Last year, I made booties for A, my sister-in-laws soon-to-be-born baby. They were not received in the way I was expecting, to say the least. I thought I had learned my lesson. And then I started working on a Project Linus quilt from the scraps of this bed quilt:
And it ended up taking a looooong time and being so adorable that I chose to keep it in the family:
Sweet fabrics, including the last bits of some of my favorite greys…
Mostly Amy Butler, but also some Anna Maria Horner, Michael Miller, a soupcon of Riley Blake… gorgeous, beautiful color…
Awesome scrappy binding…
And I learned how to use my Fons and Porter binding tool, so even the binding was gorgeous. Truly one of the better quilts I have done in design and execution.
And so I gave it to A – I (tried to) kick that football once again. With better results. So, yay quilt. And yay pretty handmade things staying in the family.
Dinosaur hot pads for a friend who loves dinosaurs… these were crazy fun to make. All out of existing fabric I have. And I got to practice my machine applique technique on my machine on their ferocious teeth and claws. Rawwrrrr!!
And this is an in-progress quilt for my parents’ dog. She hangs a lot at the science store, so a cuddly science quilt seems like the thing. And all fabrics I already have (my mom gave me lots of the planet fabric), so if she wants to use it as a chew toy instead of a blanket, that will be ok. This is my goal to finish for January, before moving onto Project Linus quilts.
I do not like negative space. I like floral patterns. And lots of colors. Saturated, bright colors. I can appreciate modern quilts for their simple beauty, but I am not sure I could ever make one. For example, the hexagon quilt – made from a pattern, I used a bright pink for my negative space – just to keep me interested. And then I made a hexagon quilt of my own design for a friend’s baby. And wow. Lots and lots and lots of color and print. No negative space. And I loved it – Although not exactly an easy pattern, I zipped through it, because every day I was glad to see it.
But when I confronted making a quilt for another couple’s pending baby, I had to back off pattern-craziness. And use negative space. And I really enjoyed working on it, and fell in love with the grey fabric I was using. And I really love the results.
The negative space print is Eclectic Essentials – Dictionary. The fabric has dictionary pages with words important to young families – like travel, tree, time, forgive, and flourish. I LOVE IT. I wish I could buy 50 yards so I would always have it for projects. And it was the perfect juxtaposition to the bright camping-theme fabric used in the strips and chevrons. Modern, fresh, and with negative space to make those colors pop.
So I am now working on two more projects with negative space. And lots of eye-popping color. Woot.
Christmas!! For some reason I am not dreading this year. Maybe because I am taking some time off before and after…. or because of the superdedooper fun quilting projects this time of year brings…
I made this Christmas Plus table topper, which I placed over some heavily on sale home dec fabric.
And then SD helped me make it super festive. The first time I have Christmas decorated in years without fighting off a strong desire to cry. Hopefully next year I’ll be so anxious to see my little piece of work again, I will be almost as excited.
I guess I am not really a 1/2 measure sort of person. I got (re)addicted to sewing during my time off.
1. These are trivets/giant hot pads I made (original design – obviously because hot pads this big are really not that useful unless you are in the NBA). One will got as a gift to a friend getting married. The other I am keeping in my kitchen. LOVE the 30s reproduction fabric.
2. This is a little bib I made that is going with some knitted burp cloths to a friend having a baby. The applique is sort of bad, but overall a cheery little bib. Right after I made this I mastered the tension on my machine. So the next applique I do will be better. I promise.
3. Milk and cookie mats I made for a couple that I owe a little thank you gift too. As you can see, I am getting into the quilting thing. This came from a pattern from Pretty in Patchwork Holidays . There are a bazillion other things in that book I want to make. Unfortunately I have to go back to working for a living 😦