I’ve been extra productive lately! I finished a quilt top last week,
two quilt tops on Monday,
started a new quilt,
and started two new shirts!
I’m super excited about all of it.
Remember 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.
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.
I hope Connor and his parents (and his grandma) love this quilt for a long time.
I’m ready for this to be the best year of my life.
2012 was a tumultuous year, but one filled with a lot of personal growth. I’m excited to be living by myself with my puppies, dating such a wonderful guy, and being able to make money doing what I love. Here’s to a productive and rewarding new year!
1. Pin cushion, 2. IMG_0126, 3. Crafty organizer, 4. IMG_0142, 5. IMG_0152, 6. Finally! A finished dress, only two and a half years after I started it. Blogged soon., 7. for erik, 8. For Silas, 9. Clothespin bag for Charla, 10. For Kyle, 11. IMG_0125, 12. Tea cup journal cover, 13. Travel embroidery kit, 14. Baby quilt, 15. Tonight’s accomplishment: 18 lined zippered pouches. Now to bed!, 16. It’s Blowy Out There., 17. Patchwork dinner napkins, 18. IMAG0981, 19. LMP+QG: January: colored pencil roll, 20. Stacked Coins, 21. Rosie Peanut, 22. IMAG0632, 23. Duvet cover from LMP+QG, 24. Little Bits., 25. LMP+QG July: Pincushions
I finished 10 quilts in all, numerous other projects, and sold at four craft fairs.
Thanks for continuing to read my blog, despite my often erratic postings. That is also a new years goal so help me stick with it! Other goals are completing 15 quilts, reading at least one book a month, and keeping up with my One Line A Day journal.
Here’s to the best year in all our lives.
I have been crazy busy and distracted lately, but I can hardly believe I have neglected this space for so long! I’m so sorry guys; I’ve missed you! (Sorry the photos aren’t the best quality, they’re from Instagram.)
This first half of May was spent cutting, cutting, cutting,
and sewing, sewing, sewing (thanks to gutenTAGS for the rush printing of more labels!!)to make things to sell at the Hand to Hand Market this past weekend,
which, as it happened, didn’t go very well. I don’t know what happened but the attendance was not what was expected by anyone. It was nice to hang out with Caitlin for a day though, we met a couple other really awesome vendors, Andy and Nicole, and I have very little more to do to get ready for the Krankies Craft Faire in July, so that’s pretty nice.
The week before the market I was fortunate enough to go to the beach with some friends for my birthday! I spent 4 days in Emerald Isle with a fun group of people and got to begin my 27th year relaxing with a good book and the ocean.
I went from the beach to Columbia South Carolina to see my friend Joe and my favorite band, mewithoutYou. The show was so good. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you might have seen something I posted afterwards that said, “I fell in love with a boy @mewithoutYou tonight. We danced next to each other & then he shook my hand & walked out of my life.” to which mewithoutYou responded “missed connections, find him!” Am I the post-to-missed-connections type? Why not! *blush*
So coming back to town, it was right back to work Monday morning and I have begun moving into my new place. I wish I could fast forward and just get in there and get settled but it’ll probably be a two week process and it will definitely be a sparsely decorated house for a while. But I’ve never lived alone and I’m really excited about it!I don’t have too much on the creative front right now. I have May’s LMP+QG project to get started on, another quilt I REALLY need to finish, and I’m anxious to finish the hand quilting on my Single Girl quilt which is taking forever.
Sorry again for my absence but thank you for sticking around! I’ll be back soon, I promise. xo
I had a really long post written up, catching you up on all the latest happenings.
And then it felt like a chore, getting it done and getting everything in there.
So I deleted everything I wrote and will just say this: Instagram is on Android and I couldn’t be happier (except that it doesn’t upload to Flickr quite yet). So, at least you can see what happened recently. It includes a music festival in town put on by my friend Philip, fabric, beautiful weather, beer, and friends. It was the best weekend ever.
I feel an amazing summer coming on.
I am not really one to name quilts but as I worked on this commission that’s inspired by the ocean, it came to me. Have you read “The World According to Garp” by John Irving? I read it a long time ago (in 6th grade, maybe?) and there is a part when Garp is a kid and his parents tell him to watch out for the under tow while swimming in the ocean, but being a kid, he thinks they are talking about a huge toad that lives under the water that will get you if you venture too far. Beware of the undertoad.This quilt doesn’t have anything to do with toads, but it’s filled with flowing water and sky. This is the third quilt for my childhood friends, commissioned by their dad. Taylor and Casey received their quilts at Christmas and Erik received his this week, on his 24th birthday. Erik went to Thailand just weeks before I did last year and took some beautiful pictures of the ocean, which is what I kept in mind whilst I sewed.It’s completely inspired my Sew Katie Did‘s Half Square Triangle love quilt and made of 11 different solids, picked because of their names that allude to water (and a couple others to round out the color spectrum: Kona cotton in Asparagus, Cyan, Jade Green, Sky, Lagoon, Lake, Pacific, Marine, Cross Weaves in Aqua and Storm, all ordered from Marmalade Fabrics). I didn’t do the math before putting the quilt together and I ended up without enough fabric so I scampered around town trying to find some more blue solids and got this great Robert Kaufman organic solid in teal. At $12/yard, I admit it was more than I wanted to spend but it was the perfect color and I’m happy I went with it. I used a few extra blocks I had to bring the movement into the border.
It’s backed with a Lotta Jansdotter print that reminded me of kelp, Heath in turquoise, a dark habitat print that reminded me of sea anemones, and all the scraps from the front. It’s quilted in a cloud pattern with pale blue thread on Ursula the Long Arm, bound in a Kaffe Fassett shot cotton stripe that worked perfectly, and labelled.
Did I mention I made this quilt start to finish in 10 days? Yeah, part of it was procrastination and part of it was because of the studio move and not having the space to spread out and work on it. But I finished it! It’s amazing what I can do on a deadline :)
I hope Erik loves his quilt. This has become one of my favorites and I will definitely make another HST quilt in solids one of these days.
I went up to Roanoke last weekend to work on a quilt with Lindsay (that I will be able to reveal in all it’s beauty next week) and hang out with my best friend Catherine. On Saturday afternoon we went on a couple short hikes with her dog Django, her friend Ryan, and his dog Harold. It was a beautiful day. Hopefully this spring will be filled with hikes with my dogs.
I love making quilts as gifts for people. If only it wasn’t so hard to keep it a secret! (Warning, this is a picture heavy post. I’m in love with this quilt!)
This one was especially hard to not talk about. May I just say this is one of my most favorite quilts of all time. It’s for Taylor, my best childhood friend and I started it, ahem, two years ago. She began hinting pretty hard that she wanted a quilt from me so I asked her if, theoretically, I was to make her one, what her favorite colors were. She responded with “lavender and paisley.” Few things could better describe Amy Butler’s Love collection, which I’d already bought for her quilt!
I based the pattern off of Amy’s Sexy Hexy quilt pattern but I didn’t want the hexagons that big, nor did I want to applique the center hexies. I had the fat quarter stack above to make the quilt out of and some coordinating solids so I figured out how big the hexagons would have to be to make the best use of the fabric.
As you can sort of see from the above picture, I sewed two sets of three strips together
and using a Super 60 ruler, cut the sections out:
3 full and two halves from each set, resulting in the sections for two full hexagons, one with the purple on the outside, one with the light blue on the outside. I sewed three sections together and after laying them out on my design wall,
sewed the hexagon halves into strips and the strips together to make the quilt top.
The half sections were then sewn into full hexagons
and used on the back (that’s a lot of seams meeting in the middle!).The rest of the backing is a couple of the prints from Love in flannel, and small sections of the fat quarters I didn’t use on the quilt front.
Lindsay helped me quilt this beauty on her long arm machine Ursula in a lovely feather pattern with pale blue thread. It’s bound with one of my favorite prints, water bouquet in midnight and labeled.
The day after I finished the quilt, Taylor’s dad asked me to make her one for Christmas. What perfect timing! That left me more time to work on another quilt I will get to show you soon. Taylor received it from her dad the other night with exactly the reaction I could hope for,
I just wish I’d been able to see it first hand.
I hope you get many years of warm comfort from the quilt, Tay! I love you, friend. Hope you don’t mind I put this picture up here :)