Triad City Beat, one of the local arts weekly around here wrote a really nice little article about our studio space recently, including a few awkward pictures of me. You can read it here
Remember this pillow I made for my good friends Austin and Erin back at Christmas? Well, it was a hint of a quilt to come that was finally gifted recently, for their soon-to-be-born daughter, Lucy.
I’ve wanted to make an Arkansas Traveler quilt for a long time and loved Salty Oat’s version with the dark background. Yellow was the only direction I was given so I went with what I had in my stash.
I changed the foundation paper pattern a little bit so there would only be 4 middle sections instead of 8 like the original, and got a bunch of them printed up at Kinko’s (I see another one of these in my future).
I took it up to Virginia to Ursula the Longarm and quilted it with a meandering heart pattern in golden yellow thread. It’s backed in a Flea Market Fancy (re)print and some pale yellow dots, labeled, and machine bound in a grey with yellow dots.
Erin’s comment was “I love this times a million!” so I’d say it was well received :)
The day after the quilt was given, Erin went into labor and Lucy was born on October 24th. Good timing!
I love a good trade. My friend Emily has a wonderful business called Em Dash Paper Co and I asked her earlier this year if she’d do some logo design work in exchange for a quilt and she accepted!
I had recently bought a fat quarter bundle of Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics that I knew would be perfect. I used this great tutorial to make four at a time and kept those sets together in the layout, moving from dark in the bottom left to light in the upper right.
I backed it with two of the 108″ widescreen, one more four geese set, and a label.
I long arm quilted it with a feather design in golden yellow thread, and bound it in scraps from the front.
Thanks so much to Evan for helping me take these pictures!
I love this fabric line and this is one of my favorite quilts I’ve ever made. Emily received it with much enthusiasm and I’m so glad it has a good home :)
In addition to the blog header, she also designed a logo for me that I printed through Spoonflower for some new quilt labels.
I also transferred it to felt and put it on a banner for use at markets.
For the last two years, I’ve had about 70 square feet of a studio space in a room with 7 other people, behind the coffee shop I work for. It came to me at a time I really needed it and it was great to work in a space with so many other creative people.
Back in April, we were told we needed to move out due to upcoming renovations at the coffee shop. It was sad news to hear but 6 of us decided to stay together and start a new venture. We found a building for rent just a few blocks away and started the process or forming an LLP and working with the city and the landlords to get into the space. After a lot of paperwork and waiting, Electric Pyramid Studios signed the lease on August 8th and renovations began.
We scraped peeling paint and plaster, painted walls and floors, tore up all the carpet upstairs (which revealed some beautiful hardwood but some was covered in glue so we painted that as well) tore out old phone lines, and cleaned every surface.
Except in my room. I had a vision and after not sewing for three months, I was ready to throw myself into a project…
I tore down a chair rail that remained on two walls and layers of wallpaper that had been painted over for years.
I started scraping paint from one of the plaster walls. See that little spot in the middle? It was a hint of brick and it gave me an idea. I bought a masonry chisel and went to work.
I exposed as much as I could without damaging the soft brick underneath and spent an evening sealing it. (I exposed more than the above picture but didn’t get a good picture of it.)
I painted three of the walls pale grey (goodbye terrible nude pink!) and one wall black.
I painted the window and door trim and the baseboards and gave the floor some extra attention. I loved the pattern of the plywood so I taped out a 20″ grid on the diagonal, painted a checkerboard pattern in white, and then sealed the whole floor with 4 coats of polyurethane. I love it so much!
One Sunday evening we got some of our friends together to help and moved out of the old space.
I hung up shelves, including one that goes all the way across the top of the window from which I hung the curtains and some plants (so I wouldn’t have to drill into the brick any more than necessary).
I put up my project wall, a pegboard, painted a new-to-me cutting table that I got from my studio-mate Gaby, brought in plants and flowers, an electric kettle for tea, hung a mirror, a clock, and a few mini quilts I’ve made or received over the years, added light, a chair and a side table, and more storage…
and got to sewing as quickly as I could!
Welcome to my new space!
I have tried multiple times to write a big post with so many pictures about my studio remodel
But alas, no pictures are uploading.
So, I will be working on a blog migration and hope to post about the last few months of my life soon, including some big news!
Thanks for sticking with me and I’ll be back!
A friend from church had a baby recently. A couple months back, when her shower was coming up, the 10 women that were putting the party together wanted to go in together and buy her a baby quilt. They didn’t know if they were having a boy or a girl but I was told she liked blue, green, and grey so I set to pulling from my stash and came up with this stack.
I based the pattern off of Cluck Cluck Sew‘s Pow Wow quilt with a little extra negative space. I backed it with more pieces from my stash, quilted it in a loopy meander with pale peach thread, and bound it in the grey seed print from Flea Market Fancy. Unfortunately, I completed it so last minute (what else is new!) that I barely got to take any pictures.
Her and her husband loved the quilt so much and hopefully their little one will too!
A few months ago, the fiance of an acquaintance came to me and said that she wanted to buy him a quilt for their wedding. We talked colors (burnt orange, brown, dark green, and cream), patterns (triangles and squares), and sizes (queen) and I quickly got to work.
A couple weeks later, he came to me saying he really wanted to get her a quilt for their wedding. I debated it for a while and wasn’t sure I’d have the time but ultimately, decided it was the cutest thing that they wanted to do that for each other and I had to do it.
He wanted a throw quilt in their wedding colors, pink, mint, and navy, and we decided on a log cabin block to symbolize them starting to build a home and a life together.
I based his quilt off of this photo I found on Flickr using Sew Mama Sew’s method for making 8 HST at a time, used peppered cotton in Coffee for the border, backed it in one of my favorite vintage sheets (the plaid) and some various green and brown fabrics, long arm quilted it in a maple leaf pattern with copper thread, and bound it in one of the prints from the back.
Hers is based off of the Clouds In The Sky duvet from Modern Log Cabin Quilting. I used another of my favorite sheets for the backing, long arm quilted it with pale mint thread in a swirly pattern called Denali, and bound it in a Cloud 9 print.
They are getting married this weekend but gifted the quilts, kept a secret for so long, last night and I think they were both pleasantly surprised!
I embroidered labels for both of them using the M&M design our friend Emily Poe-Crawford designed for their wedding invitations and their wedding date.
It was such a wonderful project to work on and I hope they love these quilts for a very long time to come.
Congratulations Meghan and Marshall!
Turns out a lot of the things I’m working on are secret commissions that I can’t show you. I will say I made this lovely little stack into a baby quilt last week
Whew, I did not mean to take 6 weeks off. But I will admit, it was a nice break. Now I’m back to show you some things I’ve been working on.
When most people think of t-shirt quilts, they imagine the shirt designs cut into blocks to be showcased and maybe surrounded by quilting cottons (like this one a did awhile back). So when I received Holly’s box of her old hardcore shirts, I got to work cutting them out, into all different sizes. Then we actually talked about what she was envisioning, which turned out to involve the shirts being cut apart and used in traditional quilt blocks.
The change of direction really threw me off and it became something I frustratingly picked up for a few hours every few months. I had gone to a local quilt shop where I knew they teach a shirt quilt class to ask about interfacing and they sold me something really thick and expensive that turned out to be pretty terrible. Through some internet research I found French Fuse and then a trip to JoAnn’s turned up something similar and really cheap.
I finally decided on making mostly stars. Since the shirts had been cut to different sizes, I couldn’t just make the same block multiple times so each one took different math and fabric pairings and there were a lot of partial seams. It was also hard because I couldn’t iron directly on most of the shirt designs so pressing became more complicated. Yet, s l o w l y but surely, everything came together.
I also owe many thanks to Cait for all her cheer leading! I long arm quilted it in a sort of angled meander with grey thread, it’s backed in a vintage sheet and the 108″ wide crosshatches from Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics, machine bound in scraps, and labeled.
A friend of mine commissioned a quilt from me and wanted a sneak peek in time for Christmas, so I whipped up this pillow.I used the Arkansas Traveler quilt block as shown on Freshly Pieced, though I changed it a little to eliminate the additional seams in the background. I used the few yellows I have in my stash, Free Spirit solid cosmic blue (the quilt will use assorted greys), and a couple fabrics from my stash for the back with a label and exposed zipper.