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Trying to find the perfect button up: the Hawthorn.

I am on the hunt for the perfect button up shirt pattern, something I can fill my closet with.  This isn’t quite it but it’s close… it’s the shirt version of the Hawthorn dress by Colette Patterns (a pattern I’ve made two other times).

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I used Panache Fresco from Bari J’s Petal and Plume and Ladder Dot in Fuchsia by Denyse Schmidt for all facings and the under collar.


The fit is great and the peplum has the perfect amount of flare.

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I serged all seams and hemmed it with a single fold.



I’d love to try the Aster by Colette and the Archer from Grainline Studio.  Do you have a favorite button up shirt pattern?

For Lucy.

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!

Small studio projects.

I’ve had a list for a very long time or little things I’d like to make for my studio space.  With the recent organization and burst of creativity and productivity I’ve felt lately, I finally crossed a few things off.

I attempted to make a sewing machine cover a few years ago but never quite got the math right.  I took another stab at it though and this time it was a breeze!  I used some flying geese I’ve had for a long time for one side and an (Amy Butler?) home dec print for the other.  I think I like the orange side better, it’s so cheery!

I made a set of coasters I made years ago (incorrectly, I might add) that I always hated so I just threw them out and made a few more.  I used the stack-and-whack method, based on the coaster pattern from Denyse Schmidt’s Quilts but I only used 4 fabrics and cut each 5″ by 7″ (instead of 5 by 8). I wanted to pull from both the green wall and the orange sewing machine cover.

When I made an ironing board cover a year or so ago, I cut it too small but never took the time to fix it.  I finally tore out the old stitching and added another channel for the rope and it fits so much better!  No more coming off the board when I’m ironing fabric and pulling it towards me.

A lovely finish.

This was a quilt commission that I finished last week.

IMG_0341 IMG_0342 IMG_0344Gina passed my name along to a woman and after meeting at the Little General and talking it over a bit, we settled on a log cabin quilt made from Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee.  The blocks finished at a large 27″ each and I loved working on such a large scale.


Lindsay so graciously did a rush job on this quilting and I love how it turned out.  I bound it in scraps from the quilt and sent it on it’s way.  I hope it gets lots of love.


For Connor.

For ConnorRemember this quilt?  The guy I made it for is having a baby next month, Connor, and the first-time grandmother commissioned me to make a quilt for him.For Connor

It’s based on Oh Fransson‘s Baby Roller Rink pattern from her book “Modern Patchwork.” I pulled blue and green scraps and bordered the strips with FreeSpirit solids.  It is backed in a Denyse Schmidt fabric from JoAnn’s and some scraps, quilted in a meandering square pattern with pale green thread, bound mostly in Madison from Happyland, and labeled.For ConnorFor Connor

I was excited to take photos of this quilt on a train up the tracks from my work.  I’ve wanted to do a photo shoot there for a long time and a train was finally sided at just the right time.For Connor

I hope Connor and his parents (and his grandma) love this quilt for a long time.

Some things!

This last week has been one of the most productive in a while.  I’ve been pleasantly busy making some gifts.

My friend Sarah asked me almost a year ago to make her a Kindle case and it finally happened.  She told me she loves the tiny clothes fabric by Aneela Hooey so I pulled some coordinating scraps and used this pattern with a couple minor adjustments.Kindle case Kindle case Kindle case    Kindle case

This pillow is for my best friend Catherine.  She accompanied me to the Little General last year and bought some fabric that she left with me.  I used the Virginia star from Carol Doak’s 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars because Virginia is where we met and became friends (though I now live in NC and she in KY).

Pillow for Cat

I started with the Anna Maria Horner velveteen and pulled coordinating fabrics.  The velveteen was definitely a little harder to work with but it made for a really cozy pillow.  I fussy cut a few sections but you can’t really tell.

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It has an envelope closure and measures 18″ square.

Pillow for Cat

I made another pillow as a sneak peek of a quilt for a baby shower.  I didn’t have the quilt done in time but I wanted to send them something useful instead of just a picture so I made this small pillow.IMG_0158It’s based on the Baby Roller Rink pattern from Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman using blue and green scraps. The pillow made it to California just in time (I photographed it at the post office!) and was loved.  I’m hopeful they’ll love the quilt too, which I’m sending off on Monday.IMG_0156

It has an envelope closure and measures a very snug 12″ x 14″.


My current WIP list.

It seems like something that’s good to start the year with, a compiling of all the projects in some stage of completion.

Swoon: I finally finished this top a few months back and I have the backing fabrics all waiting to be pieced.  I’m looking forward to taking this to Lindsay and crossing it off the list!

Color wheel: this was one of the Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts projects that didn’t get completed last year.  It was a frustrating project and doesn’t lay flat but I’m hoping a little long arm quilting will help mellow it out.  It will make a great addition to my studio space.

T-shirt quilt for Holly: I have been working on this project for way, way too long.  I MUST FINISH THIS QUILT.

Selvedge spiderwebs: I have been working on this quilt for about two years.  I have all the linen cut out and glued to paper so I just need to sit down and finish it!  Maybe at a sewing retreat this spring.

Single Girl: I have been hand quilting this for nearly a year and a half.  While I am really wishing I had had it long arm quilted instead, I know that once I finish I’ll feel a huge sense of accomplishment and will cherish it for a long time.

It’s Blowy Out There: I made this HST quilt from scraps a couple months ago and now it’s all basted and read to be finished.

Before I tackle those, I have a few commissions and trades I need to get (started and) finished first!

Kindle case for Sarah: this should be a quick project but it’s taking me along time! Nothing like a deadline though, I have to finish it by tomorrow!

Baby roller rink: this is a commission for a family friend and her first grandchild.  It is based on this pattern and will be made of scraps.  I’m hoping to finish it by the second week of February!

Set of dinner napkins: this is a trade for an art piece with my friend Liz.  She is moving away in March so I need to finish them ASAP!

Chicopee log cabin: this is my first quilt commission for a stranger!  It’s a really nice woman named Sarah who is getting it for her mom, to be completed by the first week of March.

Kaleidoscope in Field Study: this is a queen sized quilt for a trade for a large painting by my good friend Laura Lashley.  I’m really excited about this and while there is no actual deadline, I’m hoping to finish it by the end of February.

One down, one to go.

I was a part of the Hand to Hand Market in Greensboro yesterday. There was a good turnout including some friends that came by to see me. It wasn’t quite as successful as I hoped but I had a good time and people seemed to like what I make. Special Friend Ian hung out iwth me for a few hours which I really appreciated.I am glad that I don’t have to sew frantically for the next two weeks to prepare for the Krankies Craft Fair.  I am going to make a few new-to-me things in that time, which I’m excited about.  Hopefully I’ll sell a couple quilts, too!

In my craft fair preparation, I finished two quilts last week, two that I had started a long time ago and am so happy to have finally finished!

This quilt started as one of a pair, a boy and girl version, but the first one was finished almost two years ago and I sold it at last year’s craft fair.

I used the grey, green, and blue colorway of Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley along with Kona in navy and charcoal. It’s backed with Valori Wells’ rose flannel, a strip of scraps, and my label, and it’s bound in a green solid from my stash and a few more scraps.

I quilted it with an orange peel pattern in navy blue thread, one of my favorite designs.  It’s a little wonky since I wasn’t really following any lines but it works.

Little Bits is a quilt that was one of the Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts projects I’ve been doing with Cait this year (read the first post here).I was going for a more sophisticated look on the front and more playful on the back.  I pieced in a label, quilted it in a swirly pattern with pale green thread, and bound it in a black plaid.These two were part of a basting spree I went on last week so I still have two more to quilt and I think I’m going to try something new on one of them.  I pieced in labels reading 2012 so I have to finish them by the end of the month!

Patchwork dinner napkins.

This is one of those projects that I’ve meant to make for years.  Whenever I go to Caitlin‘s house, I’m always pleased at all her homemade napkins used for every meal.  So much nicer than paper towels!  So, with a dinner guest coming last night, I decided now was the time.

I started with the Denyse Schmidt FMF bouquet fabric because I love it, I had a full yard, and my living room/eating space is grey and yellow. From there, I picked coordinating scraps, sewed some patchwork strips, and added FreeSpirit Arctic white.  I did my math a little wrong and they only turned out about 16½”, but that’s okay.

Now I want to make place mats, coasters, a table runner… all matter of useful things!

Finally: Sewing Summit, a gift, & a quilt

It’s been so long since I’ve made myself sit down to write.  It’s so hard to make the time sometimes!  I have a lot to catch up on.

Sewing Summit this year was fun.  It wasn’t as great as last year but I had a great time traveling with Caitlin and getting to wander around the city a little bit more than last year.

Class registration was a bit of a mess this year so I got 7 lectures and one hands on, a class in which I made a maxi skirt.  It was taught by the lovely Leanne Barlow and the skirt was so easy and is so comfortable that I want to make many more.  I loved Mena Trott‘s class on a handmade wardrobe and I’m so inspired to keep sewing clothing and to one day fill my whole closet.

Funny story: the one person I really wanted to meet at Summit was Katy from I’m A Ginger Monkey.  We crossed paths a couple of times but never really introduced ourselves.  A couple days after I’d returned home, she tweeted at me that she, and a girl named Laura, has a girl crush on me and that she was nervous to talk to me because she thought I was way too cool.  I couldn’t believe it!  I totally though she was the cool kid!  It bums me out that we didn’t both put our anxiety aside and talked to each other!  We could have been best friends!  Oh well; we will continue on in the internet world and one day we will meet again.

I left Salt Lake City so inspired and ready to sew.  It’s been hard to get myself into the studio but I’ve made a couple things.  My dear friend Rose wrote to me recently saying she’s beginning to do some embroidery.  She is in a band that tours a lot so I made her a travel embroidery kit with my favorite Aneela Hooey fabric and some sparkly linen.

There is a needle book with pockets for 5 embroidery thread spools and a pocket in the back, a pincushion (using the pattern from Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts), and a bag to carry it all in.  I went with kind of a weird color scheme but I’m loving the green Chicopee print with the grey.  I hope she likes it!One of my favorite little details is the pull tab of a book with an elephant on the cover :)

I also finished a baby quilt that I was supposed to have completed a long time ago.  I really hope to make commissions a larger part of my work but I need to get better about sticking to deadlines and communicating (including saying no sometimes).

They wanted trees to be part of the design and I had a hard time coming up with a way to create that and still stick to my aesthetic.  When I saw this quilt kit at a shop, I thought I had the design.  I bought the Lotta Jansdotter’s Belle collection but not wanting to to be too Halloween-y, I added fabrics (including some of Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee, Lizzy House’s pearl bracelet, and Amy Butler, to name a few) on the pattern adding a few other fabrics until I came up with this, which I love.It is 5 by 6 blocks measuring 50″ by 60″.  It’s backed with an assortment of fabrics from the front, quilted with a meandering pattern in pale grey thread, bound in Belle’s scattered dot in charcoal, and simply labeled with one of my little tags. I also whipped up something I had seen on Pinterest a long time ago.  I used some red vinyl I’ve had for a while and covered my Moleskine notebook I use to design quilts and make lists.  I love it!