I’m here! I’m here!

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.

IMG_1852This quilt is for my dear friend Holly and it took me 4 YEARS TO MAKE. It didn’t have to take that long, and it shouldn’t have, but thank you so much to Holly for her patience!

IMG_1854When 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.

IMG_1856The 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.

IMG_1861I 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.

IMG_1859I 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.

IMG_1862Thanks again Holly for still being my friend through this ordeal! I hope you love it and use it forever. xoxo

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A hint of a quilt to come.

A friend of mine commissioned a quilt from me and wanted a sneak peek in time for Christmas, so I whipped up this pillow.IMG_1613I 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.

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A little more catch up.

I did a lot of sewing leading up to the holidays that I haven’t shown yet.

Krankies Craft Fair was the weekend of December 13th and it was better for ::kaitcetera:: than I could have imagined!  I sold 4 quilts (the three on the left and one not pictured)!IMG_1585Two of the quilts included some custom embroidery work that I just recently completed and was really happy with.  It makes the gift so much more personal and sweet.IMG_1699

On the Far Far Away plus quilt, I embroidered the recipients name over the quilting, which I had never done, and it turned out great.  The label on the back was embroidered first and then sewn on.IMG_1697 IMG_1674I made some iPad and Kindle cases for the fair that were fun and did well.  I also made a few more crayon and colored pencil rolls which people love!

IMG_1600I most enjoyed making some quick patchwork Christmas pillows.  I started cutting 2½” squares of red and green to make stockings for me and the pups but decided on pillows instead.  I quilted them with a heavy 12 weight Aurifil thread and I loved it.  It really makes the simple stitching pop.IMG_1710IMG_1709

Current WIP pile.

I’ve always said I’m not a New Years Resolution type person, but I usually do set goals for myself in Januarys.  This year I’m not even feeling into that, though it is a good time to take account of all the things that I’ve started.  Some I am eager to get completed while some will languish for a while longer, and I’m okay with that :)

Current WIPs:

  • Wonky Crosses. Gift.
  • Arkansas Traveler. Commission.
  • Flying Geese. Trade for blog design!
  • Selvedge Spiderweb.
  • Between the Lines. Gift.
  • Voile strings.
  • T-shirts. Ridiculously overdue commission.

Upcoming commissions:

Fabric piles:

Equinox.

IMG_1544Way back on the first day of autumn, I finished this quilt top.  It took me another few weeks to finish the whole thing but it’s done and in it’s new home.

IMG_1546I pulled fabrics from my stash and based it off the modern maples quilt pattern by Amanda, changing the direction of some of the blocks and adding a tiny leaf in one corner.

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It’s backed with more autumn colored fabrics from my stash (some of my favorites) with a label pieced in, I long arm quilted it in a pattern called Scribble with khaki thread, and machine bound it in a brown Katie Jump Rope fabric.

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Many Trips Around the Briar Patch.

It’s not often that I buy a whole collection but when Briar Rose showed up at The Little General, I had to buy a fat quarter bundle.  I knew two things immediately: I was going to jump on the scrappy trip around the world quilt bandwagon and that I’d use a particular vintage sheet for the backing.

IMG_1569I did not like this quilt until it was finished.  It is really busy and I wished I had included some white or coordinating solids so that the eye could rest somewhere, but after many hours of work and the last stitch on the binding sewn, I fell in love.

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I quilted it on Lindsay‘s long arm in a four leaf clover pattern with bright yellow thread.  It measures about 58″ by 60″, it’s backed in a super soft combed cotton vintage sheet, bound in a pale yellow solid, labeled, and is on sale at The Little General!

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Year in review.

It’s time for the proverbial look back at the past year.

I made a lot of smaller things this year but some of my favorite quilts and pieces of clothing as well.  This mosaic is only a few of them.

2013 mosaic
1. Untitled, 2. Untitled, 3. Untitled, 4. Untitled, 5. Untitled, 6. Untitled, 7. Untitled, 8. Untitled, 9. Untitled, 10. Untitled, 11. Finally starting on craft fair stuff today. T-minus 11 days. I’m loving this heavy weight Aurifil thread!, 12. For Sale: Tetris, 13. Lamp redo, 14. Baby Wauford, 15. Have It All wallet by Straight Stitch Society, 16. Made two little quilts for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative today, one for each of my grandmothers (miss you both so much!) Inspired by @insidethepaperbox on the tiny Dresden :) Check out AAQI.com and buy a quilt to support curing a terrible disease.!, 17. For Tara & Jeremy., 18. Field Study triangles., 19. Untitled, 20. For Mom., 21. Small studio projects, 22. Small studio projects, 23. Field study feather pillow for Lindsay., 24. Chicopee cabin, 25. I finished myself a dress today. Simplicity 2281. I would do a couple things differently next time but i love it!, 26. For the Pfeiffers, 27. Baby Roller Rink, for Conner., 28. The Virginia star, for Catherine., 29. Kindle case for Sarah, 30. Another finish! To be washed, photographed, and blogged soon.

I will be updating my Finished and Works in Progress tabs very soon, as well as adding some to my Future Projects hopes.

Happy new year, y’all!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for my puppies Adelaide and Jackson, for a cozy apartment on a cold winter’s day, for the pumpkin cheesecake in the oven and the bread rising on the counter, for all the friends I’ll be spending my afternoon with, for the anticipation of getting a tree tomorrow, and the approaching Christmas holiday.  For my friends and family near and far, and for all of you, thank you.

QuiltsI have three quilts to show off to you very soon!  I am thankful for those, too :)

Pillows for far away friends.

Two pairs of friends moved away in the last couple months and I wanted to make gifts for the both of them.IMG_1494 Jess and Ryan left North Carolina for Portland, Oregon (a place I’d love to join them one day!) so I made them a pillow from 50 Fabulous Paper Pieced Stars, a combination of North Carolina star and an Oregon star in blues and greens from my stash.

IMG_1016I outline quilted parts of it in light grey thread

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and backed it in a cute umbrella print I got from a friend with an exposed zipper. It fits an 18″ pillow form.

IMG_1018Sam and Amanda, whom I also made this quilt for, left us for Grand Rapids, Michigan so I made them a star from, as you probably guessed, part North Carolina and Michigan.IMG_1486IMG_1487The print on the border of the front, from Pat Bravo’s Indie line or Art Gallery Fabrics, is one I used in Amanda’s quilt so I pulled colors from there and mimicked the design in the quilting, too.IMG_1492

It’s backed in a Joel Dewberry print, has an exposed zipper, and fits a 16″ pillow form.

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These are both in their new homes and I hope they will be loved very much!

I love making these stars so much.  I think it might be time to make myself a pillow with them!  Or maybe a small quilt of all the places I’ve lived.