I love typewriters… and the internet.

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.

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Orange Olympia Traveller Deluxe

Typewriter A2 Thank You Notes

Smith Corona Pink Typewriter

Write Your Bestseller Tee

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.

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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.

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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.

Impact!

I am in progress of making a quilt for my stepson using the Sunny Skies pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Co.

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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 !  🙂

Coloring in the Lines

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.

IMG_2391I 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.

IMG_2376I have enjoyed working within one fabric line, one color palette, but I am bursting to start having some crazy, scrappier fun.

My Stepdaughter’s Quilt

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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This quilt now happily lives in her bedroom.  I hope she will treasure it for a long time.  I think she will.

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Oui Oui!

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 !!

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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!  🙂