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
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.
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.
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.
Then came the castle quilt. I think this one is my favorite.
Then there was this one:
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…
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After I made my Big Quilt, three things happened.
It got a bit colder.
Wool batting came into our local shop.
Loulouthi Needleworks arrived.
What could I do but make a throw quilt made from Anna Maria Horner’s incredible Loulouthi Needleworks prints. Printed on wide goods (thanks girl!) these prints are adorable on their own, or made sublime when you add your own stitches to it. I purchased quarter yards and sewed them together along the widths. This was for sure a quick quilt to piece together and it looks very happy alongside its big sister.
I wish you could feel the perfect amount of loft of the wool batting. It’s incredibly warm and snuggly. Isn’t this why we make quilts?
I can’t get enough of Anna Maria lately. What a luscious color palette.