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Blue String Quilt and it Only Took Forever

iron1Over a year ago, I started sewing some of my very favorite strings together.  All blue, deep teal with scattered with tiny confetti-like punches of red, yellow and orange thanks to my favorite print from the original Flea Market Fancy.  And then….I hit a wall.  Literally.  Those strings stayed on my design wall for a really long time.

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And then as quilters do, I started many more projects, went on with life, rearranged my sewing room, started a local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild in Santa Cruz  and moved up the street to a new house.

After looking through my many UFO baskets, I saw these lovely strings all sewn and waiting to be transformed into something big, I remembered one of my favorite quilts by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson

From the book Block Party:

elizabethI loved the interaction of off the warm colors, the improv coins and all that lovely negative space.  Right!  I knew what I wanted to do.

I took my pieces and went to work.  The waiting was worth it.

spare change 2I used Kona white as the background which is not my usual go-to, but I wanted that crisp brightness against the blue.

spare change1Flea Market Fancy – how do I love thee…

spare change 3Quilting was done on a longarm in a double circle that I let the quilter choose for me, and I’m really happy with it.  The solid orange binding finishes the whole thing off in just the right amount of contrast for me.

spare change 4Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts and her finish it Up Friday.  Happy Weekend to you!

June 7, 2013 at 9:54 am 11 comments

Oh Hello There! I’ve Missed You!

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Re-emerging very very soon.  Happy Sunday ;)

January 6, 2013 at 7:33 am Leave a comment

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

The Giant Innocent Crush Quilt (With a Little Loulouthi Thrown In Too)

Seriously people, it’s big.  I’m not even sure you can call it a quilt since it’s more like a bed spread.  (And what is the actual difference?)

At 100h x 188w, she’s the biggest quilt I’ve made by far and I knew going in that  this puppy would not be quilted by me.  I enlisted the help of the very friendly and talented Karen, of Karen’s Quilted Creations to stitch these delicious loopy-loops.  I really want to give props to Karen for her professionalism, courteous and prompt emails, and for her obvious care that went into the quilting.  She listened to my preferences and finished in a short amount of time, which is no easy feat given how big this project was.  Thank you Karen,  you will be helping me more in the future I’m sure.

Here you can see the quilting on the back.  I used Kona Muslin,  118″ wide in natural.    It has a high thread count and the feel reminds me of Art Gallery Fabrics.  I know. Soo soft!

This quilt is the simplest of designs so I figured we’d better have some good pillow action.  My friend Jo who is sassy and awesome, made the Amy Butler Midwest Mod pillow to sit here on my bed.  It features the same Innocent Crush print in both cotton and velveteen.

See those petals?  I just love it.    And little Isabel and I did some serious stitching with perle cotton on the Loulouthi pillow.

I’m not even kidding.  Isabel did the blue stitches you see here and other bits on this guy.  I was so excited to see her, hoop in hand and being incredibly precise and careful.  Until this was finished, she asked to stitch every day.

Lots of stitching.

Free-form hand quilting on the white part.

I believe I will be making more pillows because you really can’t have too many pillows on your bed.   I think rectangle is next.

Ok….you gotta see this…

I can barely handle the cuteness. ;)

 

November 15, 2011 at 3:58 pm 4 comments

Half Square Triangles & Stuff to Mention

Hello there…anyone still out there visiting me?  I’m so grateful that you do check in on me.  Lots of goings on in my sewing room here this summer and so I’ll have lots of posts in the near future.  First, I did finish my half square triangle quilt for my living room and it’s new color palette.

Here’s the flimsy, all ready for quilting.  I need thoughts on how to quilt this.   Normally, I’d just be very happy with an all over stippling or loops, but this one wants something a bit more orderly.  Hmmm…feedback please.


The precision of getting the seams nested together rewards you with nicely lined up triangles.  Just when I think that I don’t need anything to be balanced and precise, and that improvisational piecing is the thing that I love the most, I fall in love with all the nice clean lines here.   I do apologize for the less than stellar pictures.   Here in Northern California, we have had the foggiest summer I can ever remember and I waited and waited to take this picture and a bright, sunny day never came.

Some of my favorites from Anna Maria Horner appear here, along with a little Cake Rock Beach, Alexander Henry, Parisville from that fab girl Tula, a Japanese print with an apple…

and do you see right here…below the apple?  Yep, it’s something that doesn’t often come up in contemporary quilting.  It’s a Civil War Reprint.   I absolutely love it for the color and the little squiggly lines.  I think it looks right at home here with the other prints on this quilt.

Other Exciting News!

I joined a virtual quilting bee with some fabulous peeps!  This quilting bee is unique in that we’re only using two colors; orange and aqua.  Accordingly, it’s called  To Bee Orange & AquaI was happy to make some blocks for my quilting pal IRL Beth who is an incredibly talented quilter.  She used to come visit me at Hart’s when she lived here, but now she lives away and I can’t chat with her about fabric or her fab tattoo.   With the fabrics she sent, and requesting maverick stars, I made these…

Gotta love that grumpy owl!

I have more to share, but I think I am going to save it for tomorrow.  School has started and the early morning routine means no more sewing until 1 a.m. like I did all summer. ;)  Speaking of the kids being back in school… the always lovely Katy wrote this bit about that very topic and I think she speaks what many feel, but don’t say aloud.  I appreciate these kind and honest words about needing one’s own quiet space and time for creativity as moms.  (Or mums in her case…thank goodness I speak U.K.)

Now…off to bed.

 


September 12, 2011 at 6:53 am 6 comments

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway – My New Pattern + Lots of Fabric!



Tic Tac Toe, three in a row!  Introducing my first pattern!  I’m excited to finally be able to show you a pattern that will be showing up at your local fabric and quilt shop soon.

This pattern is debuting today which coincides with the annual giveaway
day from the great folks at Sew, Mama, Sew!
  The pattern includes fabric requirements and instructions on how to make this floor game quilt.  This is a perfect beginner’s pattern and a great gift to give little ones.  In my  giveaway, you’ll receive the pattern along with this lovely stack of  “treasures and tidbts” fabrics courtesy of Robert Kaufman. 


It’s quite a nice stack and certainly enough to make your own tic tac toe game for the kids in your life.  To enter to win the pattern and fabrics, just leave a comment, telling me who you might make this game for.  You have until the 25th to enter!  Good luck to everyone, and thanks for stopping by

Edited to add that comments are now closed and that the winner is…..

Kristy – Hopeful Threads |  May 23, 2011 at 11:11 am

LOVE this pattern! What a great giveaway! Can you email me a link where the pattern can be purchased in case I’m not so lucky to win? I didn’t see one. Keeping my fingers crossed on this one, my kiddos would love this and it would be safe for them to play around baby…unlike the beads they are working with right now! ugh! ;)

I’ll be emailing you!!!

May 23, 2011 at 1:36 am 468 comments

What I See When I Sew

Oh bother.  I haven’t been a very good blogger once again.  And I’ve also been quite a slow quilter as well.  All of my good intentions of finishing my UFO’s have been cast aside lately by the business of every day life.  My Single Girl quilt sits on the chair feeling very neglected and sad.  Out of anger, and also knowing how the curved piecing has me a bit undone, it taunts me.  I think I can, I think I can…Single Girl, I will conquer you.  Next week, maybe.

So, let’s just have a photo-heavy post on my little sewing room, shall we?  Yes.  And then perhaps my next post I will have something to actually SHOW you.

With a slight bit of guilt, I took over a room in our small house for sewing.   The sewing corner I once had was growing and carving out more and more room out of the living room and was generally bugging the fam here at the cottage.  I reasoned with the two girls that they hardly ever actually played in the playroom and before they could answer, I had turned the playroom into this…

That’s some fancy cinder-block, isn’t it?

Some of my Kona solids, chambrays, shot cottons and Essex linen.  I love my solids together in one spot.

A shelf just for Flea Market Fancy.  Because I love it that. much.

A rack from a garage sale that holds thread and perle cotton just perfectly.  The pincushion is one my mom made in 1941.  The pumpkin is circa 2006, made by Suzannah in kindergarten.

Little chair with even littler birds.  See the Liberty Tana Lawn behind it?  Sigh…

A little needlework I did in 1991 before I ever got the nerve up to think that I could ever make a quilt of my own.  I gave this to my mom for mother’s day.

Everyone has one of these, right?  Ye olde scrap basket.

And last, but definitely not least, my Christmas gift from Mr. Cottage.  My Rowenta DA 1560.  See that pointy tip?  Totally rocks.  When I’m piecing blocks, the compact size and shape is just what a quilter wants.  I recommend it whole-heartedly. That’s the sewing room here at the cottage…I’ll be back soon with what I’ve been sewing.  It’s not quilts by the way….

 

 

 

 

April 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm 3 comments

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