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A Look Back.

2015 was hard.  Emotionally, physically, monetarily, and creatively.  It wasn’t without it’s small successes though, and making these mosaics reminded me that I actually made a lot of things!  (Although, to be honest, I photographed and blogged a lot of things that had been made prior to 2015, but pictures make them real and I can hardly remember dates otherwise :)

I made some of my most favorite quilts ever (and painted some cool murals), some I haven’t even told you about yet!  I’m proud to say that every quilt I made this year, aside from 2 yards of neutrals, was made using only my stash.  And somehow, my stash feels no smaller! ;)

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I made a lot of clothes, some more successful than others.

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I had my first, small solo show, I was part of a group show with my studio mates, and I sewed a lot of pillows!

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Perhaps most excitingly, I renovated the basement of my studio and brought this beauty home!  (It’s hard to take a good photo of her, I apologize.)

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Feathers and stars.

I realize I say this a lot, but this quilt is one of my most favorites.  For real.

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My friend Nathan commissioned this for his girlfriend before they moved to Colorado and as soon as he asked, I knew what I wanted to do.  I sat at Hoots Roller Bar and drew it on some receipt tape.

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It’s both the most planned and unplanned quilt I’ve ever made.  It looks largely improvised but was almost completely measured out.

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My stash is lacking in purples but I grabbed what I had and pieced some stars, some with log cabin centers.

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I made some feathers based on Anna Maria Horner’s pattern, some striped and some solid, and then using contractor’s paper, I drew out arcs and foundation pieced them to the paper.  It was nowhere near perfect but it worked!

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I backed it in some feather scraps and other purples and a striped vintage sheet.

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I quilted it in a looping pattern with white thread and gave it a scrappy binding.

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While I was photographing this quilt behind the funeral home next to my studio, a momma fox and her 6 little ones were watching me!  I tried to snap a picture but I couldn’t get close enough.

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I miss my friends now that they’ve moved away but I’m glad they have a little piece of Winston with them!

Commissions and gifts!

The holidays are quickly approaching!  They will surely be here before we know it.

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Are you interested in a custom quilt? Or maybe some throw pillows? Perhaps a set of placemats and napkins.  It’s time to place those orders!  (The pillow above, on the right is for sale for $40, more photos upon request.)

I wanted to show you some non-quilt commissions that I’ve never posted about!

imageI made this set of dinner napkins for some friends that got married.  I used the V&Co Zig Zag Ombre in navy for one side and white for the other.  A set of 18″ dinner napkins run about $40 for 4 or $75 for 8.

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I made this set of 8 placemats and dinner napkins for my dad last Christmas, commissioned by his girlfriend. He is a retired geologist and worked for the state water board nearly my whole life, so water and stone and earthy colors remind me of him.

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For the placemats, I gathered some blue scrap strips and some of the Joel Dewberry print I used on the napkins, cut stacks of three into wavy lines, switched the colors in the stack around, and sewed them together. I used four different kinds of neutral linen from my stash, and backed them in this grey dandelion print.  I quilted wavy lines only in the pieced section, labeled, and topstitched them.

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For the napkins, I used the same four different linens on one side and a Joel Dewberry print with a strip of an Amy Butler stripe for the other side.  They were pillowcase stitched, labeled, and top stitched.

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A set of 8 like this would run you $125, or a set of four for $75.

This pillow was commissioned by a friend for his son, made from a t-shirt.

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The kid always liked to look at it, to point out everything going on and a pillow seemed the perfect way for it to live on.  I cut the design out of the shirt and used it as the center of a log cabin block, using coordinating prints from my stash.

I quilted it very simply, outlining some of the center designs in black and square spiraling the block at random widths in white. I backed it in a Cotton + Steel print…

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With a lapped yellow zipper.

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This pillow is 20″ square with a down feather insert.  One similar runs $60 and up.

These are just a few examples.  If you’re interested in something like anything above, email me!

kait [at] kaitcetera [dot] com

For Scout.

My dear friend Emma commissioned this for a friend who was having her first baby.  She told me mellow, with pops of color, but something sophisticated. When I saw this painting on Pinterest, I knew it had to become this quilt, which quickly became a favorite.

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I backed it in a polka dot sheet I thrifted, a couple extra blocks, and some coordinating fabrics from my stash.

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It’s longarm quilted with a loopy bubble pattern in off-white thread,

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and it’s bound in the leftover binding from another quilt.

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It washed up so wonderfully soft and both Emma and her friend loved it.  I hope Scout loves it, too!

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(This photo, by the way, includes a mural I helped my friend Laura paint this summer at a local park that spread over 4 large walls.)

The cutest gift.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Congratulations Meghan and Marshall!

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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

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.

Group effort.

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Amy, a good friend of mine that goes to my church is about to have a baby any day now and I thought it’d be nice for all the girls in our small group to get together and make her a quilt.  We all had varying levels of sewing knowledge but they did awesome and it was so fun to work on something like that together.

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I took a couple quilt patterns to the group and they decided on a granny square quilt.  I knew Amy liked Lotta Jansdotter and I happened to have a jelly roll of her first line so I pulled some coordinating solids and we went to work.

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Baby Wauford back detail

The backing is the rest of the jelly roll strips and some Glimma prints I bought at The Little General.  I quilted it with a scripture and though you can’t read the white thread very well, I love how it turned out.  It reads, “every good and every perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights in whom there is no shadow of change james one seventeen”, written in cursive and sewn over twice.  (I drew it on paper to see how it would fit, drew lines across the quilt every 6 inches in chalk, roughly wrote the words, and then went for it.)

Baby Wauford label It’s bound in a yellow stripe from Glimma (I’m really getting the hang of this machine binding thing!) and I free-motion sewed a label.  We gave it to her at her baby shower a couple weeks ago and she was so pleased.  (Amy and her husband are also the owners of this quilt, btw.) I can’t wait to meet the little one and snuggle it in this quilt!

Gifts for friends.

My friends Austin and Erin, the people who graciously let me live with them last year after a break up, recently bought a house so I made them this mini quilt.

Pfeiffers Pfeiffers I pieced the tiny houses from scraps, raw edge appliqued a key in one block, quilted it in a boxy meander with their name in one corner, backed it in a vintage sheet with my label, and bound it in white with a couple scraps.

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Congratulations on the new home, dear friends!

My long time friend Tara got married recently so I made her a little wall hanging.HST heart

Her bridesmaids dresses were yellow so I pulled a few yellows and greys, drew up the plan, and put this together in a day.

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I have been inspired by Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations lately, her simple patchwork, her straight line quilting, her mini quilts.  This is the first time I’ve quilted something this heavily and I love it.  I can’t imagine quilting a large quilt like this but it was great for this little lady.HST heart

I backed it in a yellow floral I’ve had for a long time and bound it in more yellow with a tiny bit of heath in black. I’m really happy with it and hope they are too.

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Congratulations Tara and Jeremy!

I made this pillow a while ago but never blogged about it.  It is now my friend Lindsay‘s and I made it to thank her for her kindness and friendship.

Feather pillow I used Anna Maria Horner’s feather bed quilt block and her Field Study fabric scraps, surrounded them with FreeSpirit light jade, added an exposed zipper, bound it, and left it behind as a little surprise.

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Thanks for being awesome, Lindsay!