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.
I used an assortment of FreeSpirit designer solids for the bricks. I realize that the design isn’t actually correct (in the game, if you fill a whole row, it disappears) but I was more worried about it being aesthetically pleasing. Which I think it is. Very much so.
I quilted it in orange thread with a jagged meander that gave it a lot of texture. It’s machine bound with Heath in black and labeled.
It measures 51″ x 68″ and it’s for sale at a local record/video game/book store called Reanimator for $400. If you’re interested in purchasing it, give them a call! Now I’m ready to tackle Space Invaders.
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.
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.
The Krankies Craft Fair was this weekend and it was a resounding success! I have very little left, having completely sold out of a few things. Thank you so much to everyone that came out and supported me and all the other awesome artisans that were there.
My tentative plan is to buy a new sewing machine which is a pretty exciting prospect!
Riding the inspiration and motivation, I’m looking into becoming an LLC and expanding into other shops and endeavors. It’s a little overwhelming but I think it might be the right move.
My Modern Stacked Coins was auctioned off on Thursday night and I’m thrilled to say it went to a friend of mine for $390! I’m so happy that so much money was raised for the Garcia Family that night and honored to have been a part of it.
I finished that quilt just in time! The bulk of it was done (everything but the binding) in four days in my studio, including about 12 hours of quilting alone, and I love how it turned out!It’s based on the Ice Pops pattern from Denyse Schmidt’s Quilts. I really don’t like how she uses pattern pieces for everything so I made these log cabin, chain piecing style and then trimmed them all a little wonky. The fabric is Indie by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics purchased from Stash Modern Fabric and FreeSpirit solids in Spark Gold, Grey, and Arctic White from The Little General.
Amanda received the quilt for her birthday on Sunday and I got a string of enthusiastic text messages of thanks afterwards :) Sam, her husband who commissioned me to make the quilt for her, kindly took some photographs for me.She asked how I could make it with fabric that was so perfect for her, which is a big compliment. All Sam had told me was that her favorite color was yellow (which I took to mean mustard, since that’s the yellow I love) and went with it. I’m so glad she likes it!
I have to make a quilt from start to finish in the next four days! This is the lovely stack I’m working with:
The complete Indie Collection by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics from Stash Modern Fabric on Etsy and some great FreeSpirit solids from Gina at The Little General (I didn’t catch the names!). I’m making the Ice Pops quilt from Denyse Schmidt’s Quilts book with my own methods.
Be sure to check in on Tuesday to see if I did it!
I believe I can!
Months ago, my friend Charla asked me to make a t-shirt quilt for her husband’s birthday out of some old shirts he loved. I went for a simple rectangle in a rectangle design with some scrappy strips. I got sick right around the time I was supposed to finish it but I powered thorough and completed it just in the nick of time, even if I wasn’t able to hand deliver it. It’s backed in a olive green sheet I thrifted, I sewed it around the edges and turned it instead of using binding, and labeled it.
Charla also asked me to make her a clothespin bag for use with her clothesline in her yard. After looking around online for ideas, I came up with this pattern using the raindrops print from Somersault by Erin McMorris and an unknown print from my stash, and I love it!
When Cait and I got together to make those pincushions, I was so excited to have finished something in a day that I left her house with a bunch of motivation and inspiration, something I haven’t had in a couple months.
I pulled out my Swoon quilt from the WIP box, a project I haven’t worked on in months. I had all the pieces cut out but only three of the blocks sewn together. Now, I’m happy to say I have a completed top! And I love it!
I finally went by The Little General (what used to be Karen Gray) over the weekend to see the ever lovely Gina and see her shop. I picked up a few lovelies to add to the stash and will definitely be back there soon. I was also able to drop off some business cards with the potential of more commissions which is exciting!
I haven’t had any deadlines for a couple months, aside from the Last Minute Patchwork projects (which I’m gradually doing worse on, it feels like. I will finish the duvet cover!) but all of a sudden I find myself having a craft fair on Saturday and two quilts due by the middle of August, not to mention another LMP+QG quilt!
The weather has cooled a little around here (lower 90s instead of lower 100s) so the studio has been bearable. I went in yesterday after work and found myself trying to pick fabrics for a quilt, making a new ironing board cover, sorting my craft fair things to see what else I need to make, drawing out a quilt design, and starting a special request project and I got so overwhelmed! So of course I started with the ironing board cover, the least important thing on the list..
Needless to say I will be really busy these next three weeks. I haven’t bought fabric in what feels like forever but I think I might get to indulge myself a little bit with these two commissions. I’ll do my best to check back in and let you know how it’s going!