A total cliche, but I have developed a love for old typewriters. Last year, my calendar at work was gorgeous pictures of candy-colored vintage typewriters. I loved them. And occassionally I will do a little wistful shopping for vintage typewriters on etsy.
Ice Blue Royal Typewriter
They seem to be full of romantic notions for me – beautiful design and colors and the possibility of writing great things.
When I finished my Pretty Little Paris cross stitch, I decided I wanted to try stitching on linen. I went looking for a great typewriter pattern. I thought the one solid shape would help with the counting part of counted cross stitch on those tiny linen squares. I was right. The back is a mess, but I was able to keep track of what stitch went where.
I love this little piece – it looks a lot like the Royal typewriter above, doesn’t it?
So, the internet. I was a little befuddled on how to finish the cross stitch I have completed. I wanted to use hoops – I think that looks so sweet. I thought maybe you glued the fabric onto the hoop? So wrong. Luckily I found this helpful tutorial.
And it worked beautifully!! Pretty good looking for the back of something. Because the back of my cross stitch really is very private. Trust me.
I am in progress of making a quilt for my stepson using the Sunny Skies pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Co.
This is a really high-impact pattern. I am using Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe line and the coordinating solids – a jelly roll of each. The whole vibe is vintage sci fi, I think.
This quilt is a lot of work (even though Jenny says “quick and easy), but I think the payoff will be great. A truly awesome quilt for an awesome stepson. #cheesy ! 🙂
Take me out of the city
Where my shadow can roam
Let me breathe in the morning
Let my way be my home
– Dawes, “Take Me out of the City”
When I was fabric shopping a couple months ago, I went on a bit of a binge with V & Co’s Color Theory fabric. I bought two charm packs and a layer cake. I had a great idea of how I was going to use them, and then that idea dissipated.
I flipped through the patterns I have accumulated to try to find something I could use to make a baby quilt for a friend using the color line. My friend is not finding out the gender and the teal and yellow in the line seemed perfect for a gender-neutral baby quilt.
I landed on this pattern. And it does work wonderfully with these pretty blenders. I love the fabric. I respect the pattern. It does make a lovely quilt. But goshdarnit that’s a lot of 1/2-square triangles.
I took a break from the quilt to make this vase cover for my mom for Mother’s Day. The pattern is Spring Star from Farm Girl Vintage.
I have enjoyed working within one fabric line, one color palette, but I am bursting to start having some crazy, scrappier fun.
I have made lots and lots of quilts for other people’s children. This year I made a pledge to make quilts for my stepson and stepdaughter. Actually I made the pledge last year, but this year I pledged to really finish them.
First up is my stepdaughter’s quilt. It includes her favorite colors. Well, at least they were her favorite colors when I started the quilt. (now her favorite color is red. sigh.)
I included a lot of sawtooth stars, and lots of fabrics with her favorite things – matches, converse shoes, musical notes.
And I made one block that was inverse of the rest. Because she is totally a standout – in the absolute best way. When others zig, she zags – beautifully. My beautiful, sweet, stepdaughter. In her Ramones t-shirt and black converse. Zag.
I love the yellows in this quilt. and the blues. and the greens. I love this color palette and I love all of the great low volume fabrics.
I backed the quilt in this fun orange by Carolyn Friedlander. And used a sunshine-y binding. I love this combination.
The quilting is rudimentary. It is hard for me to quilt a quilt this big. So straight lines it is. With a few, uh, bumps along the way.
This quilt now happily lives in her bedroom. I hope she will treasure it for a long time. I think she will.
I have finished the Pretty Little Paris cross stitch pattern by Satsuma Street. This took me a long time, but so worth it. This is such a sweet pattern. My favorite bit is… well, all of it. Just so adorable from top to bottom. Just look at the sweet hot air balloon !!
Now I have to figure out what to do with it – specifically how to display it.
And, what to work on next? I have purchased the patterns for Pretty Little Italy and Pretty Little London, but of course what I really want to work on is a pattern I haven’t purchased – Pretty Little San Francisco.
Decisions, decisions! 🙂