WIP Wednesday

On the design wall; Blocks from my bee peeps To Bee Orange and Aqua. Pattern is City Bank by the enormously talented Cherry House.   Seven more blocks to go!

 

February 22, 2012 at 2:28 pm 2 comments

Busy Little Hands

Here she is in her new natural habitat.  Isabel has been asking for me to sew with her for ages and I wasn’t sure that she was ready to be safe with needles, iron or machine.  But, I could not put her off any longer and so off we went into the WIP pile, along with the scrap basket.  As you can see above, she is learning to press open the seams.  Check out the look of concentration on her face;  She loved it!

This is a very old UFO which has not been completed since I cannot make up my mind what to do with the strips.  Hop, Skip, Jump quilt?  A version of This Quilt?  Isabel says she is thinking about “What we make whid it” and she’s going to let me know what she decides.

Her first thing to make was a mug rug for daddy’s coffee cup.  She carefully selected some scraps and she sewed this together with very little help (and intervention) from me.

Clearly, we have a quilting prodigy on our hands.  ;p

 

 

February 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm 4 comments

Michael Miller Cotton Couture Solids

It’s a good day for quilters.  A new line of solids feels somewhat like when you were a kid and you got a big box of new crayons.  You know, the one with the sharpener in the back.  You opened up the box and saw all the possibilities along with the rainbow of color.  That’s how I felt today opening up the cutest color card imaginable.

I needed a yard of a deep blue or indigo for a quilt binding and was expecting to choose a lovely Kona cotton.  But lo and behold the Cotton Couture solids had arrived at Hart’s and I had to check them out.  My girl Dana pulled down a few colors I wanted to look at.  What struck me at first was the tone of the color range.  By comparison with other solids, the colors are softer, as though they are the solid versions of shot cottons.  Rich, but not dark or heavy.  I think these solids will play nicely with the harder to co-ordinate prints.  I’m thinking of Japanese fabrics, which seem to have a palette all their own and fabric designers who use more jewel-like colors.  I especially liked the neutrals, including several wonderful greys and taupes and off-whites which are so important to modern quilters.   I noticed distinct colors that I feel are missing in other solid lines.  HOORAY!

What cannot be underscored enough is the feel and drape of these fabrics.  Made with long staple cotton, these solids are soft and luxurious feeling.  I wouldn’t think twice about making a pillowcase or clothing with them.  Of course, they will do very nicely in quilts.  They feel lighter in weight than Kona cotton, which I quite like.

Though more expensive than Kona cottons, in my estimation, I’ll be using these solids a lot in the future.  Well done Michael Miller!

 

February 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm 4 comments

Sunny Corner in Late Afternoon

In the middle of an afternoon full of household activity, Isabel took her napping quilt, a pillow, and found the one sunny spot in the room and promptly napped.  And I am reminded why I love to make quilts.

 

February 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm 3 comments

So Many Stitches

Before rampant holiday sewing set in, my older daughter’s school hosted a craft fair as a fundraiser for the school.  Local artisans were invited to come and sell their goods as well as donate one item to be auctioned off.  I was thrilled to participate.  I worked like mad to be able to produce a decent offering.  I started with baby and kid quilts.

This is a small, hand-tied double hourglass quilt made of vintage reproduction fabrics.  I made this with wool batting, creating a nice and lofty quilt.

Then came the castle quilt.  I think this one is my favorite.

This is how it looked before quilting.  Obviously, this design is borrowed heavily from Lizzy House, the wonderful fabric designer behind Castle Peeps, which you can see in the border.

Here we are, all quilted.   Can you see the quilted “grass” and “stones” that make up the tower?  I had a lot of fun with this one.

Then there was this one:

I imagined a little girl who likes pink, but likes other colors too.

And then I really started having fun.  A bunting quilt made with “Hullabaloo”

I really wish I had a picture of this one washed and crinkly.  I really loved these prints.

In the middle of all this, I started thinking about how so many girls at Suzannah’s school talk about their American Girl dolls.  I realized that these dolls need their own quilts and that they’d be a good thing to offer for sale.

I really had fun making such small quilts.  All that fun color made me so happy while stitching.  This was my first dresden plate, and I loved every minute of making it.  Above, you can see a simple doll’s quilt made from Sarah Jane’s At Play border print.  I quickly stitched over the balloon strings and bound it.  Lastly…

Far, far away, tiny laundry line, Snow White, and a few fabrics to frame it.  It was the first to be sold.  I will look forward to many more doll quilts in the future.

 

 

January 19, 2012 at 10:51 am 4 comments

Fabric by Fabric One Yard Wonders – We Have a Winner!!

#28 is the winner for a copy of Fabric by Fabric One Yard Wonders.

 

  • 28.Anne Sullivan  |  December 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Great picture! ;) I would adore a copy of this book! Thank you for a chance to win. :)

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Anne Sullivan, you’re the winner for my giveaway.  Thanks for visiting my blog and your copy will be sent to you directly from the publisher.  Please email me your address.

 

Thanks to everyone for coming here and lurk, comment and read.  I love all of my readers!

 

December 27, 2011 at 11:33 am 1 comment

Fabric-by-Fabric One Yard Wonders Blog Tour & Giveaway!!

Hey you guys!  Did you love One Yard Wonders, the book that showed you what great projects you could make out of one yard of fabric?  And now, the sequel is here.  More projects for you, using one measly little yard of all different types of fabrics.  AND…if that weren’t tempting enough, there is a project included in the book made by moi.  (invoking Miss Piggy with the “moi” bit)   I fashioned a  pattern using one yard of double gauze, some ribbon, crochet trim and wide elastic to make a high-waisted skirt.  I see cute versions of this skirt everywhere, but with high price tags.  Here’s my version….

You can make this skirt in about an hour.  So, if you’re going out and have nothing to wear, you can sew up the finishing touches while your date fixes you a drink.

Convinced that you must have this book?  I thought so.  Well lucky you!  You could win a copy for your very own self in my giveaway.   Here’s the particulars…

1. For one entry to win, leave a comment here up until midnight on Christmas eve, the 24th.

2. For another entry to win, sign up to follow my blog.

3. AND, if you blog about my giveaway…another chance goes to you.

Good luck to everyone and if you get a chance, take a peek at the other lovely and talented bloggers who helped make this book amazing.

 

12/12/2011 Becka’s Project Journal
12/13/2011 Craft Buds
12/14/2011 Patchwork Duck Designs
12/15/2011 A Spoonful of Sugar
12/15/2011 Nifty Kidstuff
12/15/2011 Becka’s Project Journal
12/16/2011 Nom Nom Nom Nom
12/16/2011 Quaint and Quirky
12/17/2011 ikatbag
12/17/2011 Two Brown Birds
12/18/2011 Sharon Sews
12/19/2011 LBG Studio
12/19/2011 Carolina Fair Designs
12/19/2011 Under Construction
12/20/2011 Little Blue Cottage
12/21/2011 Craftzine
12/21/2011 Neuroses Galore
12/21/2011 Emily Steffen
12/22/2011 Jenna Lou Loves You
12/23/2011 Spincushion
12/27/2011 One Inch World
12/28/2011 Sew Sew Etc.
January ‘12 Lu Lu Carter
January ’12 Fiberosity
January ’12 Zuhause
January ’12 Obsessively Stitching

 

December 21, 2011 at 8:42 am 64 comments

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