I trimmed it down to 45″ square, backed it with a vintage sheet I love, quilted it in Virginia with a needle and thread pattern, machine bound it in musical notes, added a hanging sleeve, and now it adorns my studio wall!
I spent a lovely and snowy weekend in Roanoke with Lindsay and Ursula working on a few quilts.
I took two with me and finished up a third one while I was there. I left behind a feather pillow (made from Anna Maria Horner’s block pattern found here) as a gift to Lindsay for all her help and willingness to let me use Ursula. And of course, for her friendship.
This quilt was the February project from Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts that Cait and I did. I finished it today and I am donating it to a charity auction for a woman named Sarah Garcia, a 32 year old mother from my church that has triple negative breast cancer. The benefit is Thursday night and I hope it goes to loving home and helps out the Garcias.
This goes on my list of favorite quilts. I ventured into unknown territory for the quilting, trying a feather fill for the turquoise areas. I definitely had a few puckers but overall it went really smoothly and much quicker than I anticipated.I backed it in some fabric I got from my cousin last year (from Ikea maybe?) that has a nice silver shimmer to it. I added one of my labels and bound it in a Habitat by Jay McCarroll and old Joel Dewberry print.
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!
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!
Each month my friend Cait and I make a project from Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts. You can see past projects here.
I really struggled with this quilt, part of why I finished it a week late.
Picking out the fabrics was the most fun for me. The cutting felt tedious, the sewing wonky, and the finished top does not lay flat. And it got dirty while taking pictures.
But from far away, I love it.Be sure to check out Caitlin’s lovely mini!
Cait and I got together one Sunday afternoon and made these simple pincushions, a much welcomed break from quilts. I grabbed scraps to make two and I’m really happy with how they turned out!
The blue and turquoise one in the front is Cait’s pincushion.Be sure to check out Cait’s post!
Next month: Color Wheel quilt.
I began writing the post for July’s LMP+QG project on the 16th of this month, having just finished the front, back, and binding, way ahead of schedule. Then I was hit with two weeks of sickness and I went from being ahead of the game to behind, once again.
Caitlin and I decided that this month’s quilt would be small, which made for a pretty quick baby sized quilt. I wanted to work completely from my stash but I didn’t have any yardage of solid so I went with this small dot that I’d used in this quilt.
For the back I used a Lizzy House Castle Peeps print and lengthened it by using the same technique from the front to make larger pieces with the same black prints.
The front is really minimal and sophisticated while the back is more playful. I’m not sure if they really work together though, or which one I like more…
I have no idea how I’m going to quilt this but the binding is made from the bias print plaid and a couple more snippets of green.
Be sure to check out Caitlin’s beautiful pillow!
So it turns out that sewing on snap tape sucks.
It was definitely the most labor intensive part of this duvet cover, Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts’ long-overdue June project. (You can see past projects from this book here.)
Now it’s finished and I’m happy about that, but I’m not sure I actually like it. I bought the Meadowlark by Denyse Schmidt print before I decided to paint my bedroom wall bright magenta, but hopefully the colors are bright enough that the combination will grow on me.
I don’t currently own a comforter, so I thought this would be a good motivator to buy one (and dream of colder days). The pattern made a duvet 80″ x 86″ but most of the comforters I found at Ikea were 86″ square so I made the outer borders all the same width. I also varied from the pattern by top stitching two lines in bright orange around the outside.
Make sure to check out Caitlin’s beautiful duvet! I love that Lotta Jansdotter print, I’d like to make some curtains from that (if it didn’t seem to be sold out nearly everywhere)!
I haven’t been very productive on the quilting front lately but I did finish the Summer Breeze Picnic quilt this week from Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts and I love it!
I added ties to one end while I was sewing on the binding so that it can be rolled and tied up. I’m happy with how compact it is while still being a nice size when spread out.
You can see my first post about this quilt here. I was going to back it in one vintage sheet but the one I had used on the front had a lot of yellowing on it so I used what I could of it, scraps from the front, and another vintage sheet from my stash.
I quilted it in vertical organic lines with a dark sage colored thread and bound it with a green gingham from Denyse Schmidt and the same solid blue as the front. I matched the binding seams with the quilt design for the first time and I’m really happy with how it turned out.
Hopefully I’ll get to put this utilitarian quilt to good use soon!