Colors for Her

My stepdaughter (SD) has basically eschewed all things girly, especially girly-colored for almost as long as I have known her.  When I was a tad bit churlish / naive / selfish, it used to bug me.  Because I like girlie things, particularly colors.  But now I correctly see this as just part of the tapestry being woven to make the spectacular person she is.  Completely and totally unique and awesome.

There are a couple things I need to make her this November.  She is at the top of my to-do sewing list.  Most needed is a canvas bag.  This year she downsized her school bag because the school was moving to books on iPad.  (Sigh).  Well there ended up being a TON of stuff still to carry around.  So I coaxed her to let me make her a bigger bag.

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This is the color combination we landed on.  Not girlie at all – but very stylish.  The pattern is “Plaid” by Ty Pennington – I will go with a navy canvas for the lining.  And I used my The Kona Color Card of Many Hours of Frustration To Make to pick the perfect colors for accent colors – Glacier and Copen.

I will be making the Poolside Tote by Noodlehead.  Definitely big enough, I think.

And then there is her quilt.  She doesn’t want or need it, but I want to make it.  There are some fabrics that are just her that I want to include in something for her.  And she is always cold, so it isn’t like she won’t use a quilt.

 

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This is the fabric stack – 60 different fabrics – mostly low volume with pops of orange, yellow, navy, green, and mint.  Woot.  I will power through the bag so that I can move to this pile of joy.

Minecraft Diamond Sword Quilt

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This was a special request of a friend at work for her daughter who loves Minecraft.  Definitely not a quilt I was looking forward to, all solids is not really my thing, and these colors are not girly.  Plus I had to design the pattern, being somewhat difficult since I have never played minecraft.  It ended up being a couple long weekends, and ended up being more fun than I expected.  This was the sort of quilt that you just start and try to move through as quickly as possible because you want to make it for the person who will get it.  A labor of love for the recipient, rather than the quilt.

Each pixel is a 3×3 square.  But I made some strips to reduce the number of squares.  So there are some 3×6 and 3×9 rectangles in there.  I became acquainted with my hera marker and did a 3×3 quilted grid.  I am happy with this quilt, and also happy that I don’t have to make another.  But the proof is in the pudding of this adorable picture of my friend’s daughter loving her quilt.  So worth it.

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I still have my notes for this quilt, so if anybody wants a rough pattern, let me know and I can write it up pretty quickly.

—-Update 10/6/2014—–

This is the cutting list and layout diagram.  The quilt finishes at 54″ square.  The cutting dimensions are unfinished, assuming a 1/4″ seam throughout.

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The Slightly Less Unruly State of Things

For the past 4 weeks, I have been chugging along at finishing about 2 quilts a week.  They were small quilts, mostly done, and I have gotten good enough at machine binding that it doesn’t embarrass me to finish quilts this way. 

This weekend my pace got a lot slower.  On Saturday we went and lived a bit of life with a trip to Weston, MO.  So I really had only one full day of sewing (cue tiny violin).  Plus I hit the part of my to-do list that required making quilt tops, not just quilting and binding. 

I have a friend who has daughters for whom I have wanted to make quilts.  One of them really would love a minecraft quilt.  Which I wasn’t too excited about – because it would need to be a biggish quilt (well, bigger than a baby quilt – she is 9 years old) and it would be with just solids.  But over the last week I have buckled down and am almost done.

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I ended up having a lot of fun with this quilt.  I LOVE the color combination of the blues and pale greys and beiges.  And I used up some white on white fabric, which I can’t imagine I would use otherwise.

The quilt for her second daughter is going to be “pixelated” also – using the Scraps, Anyone pattern from KC Project Linus.  I only allow myself to use one of the awesome KC Project Linus patterns “for personal use” if I also make a quilt FOR Project Linus using the pattern.  So add that to my list.

With not even getting one whole quilt done last weekend, I think I have to adjust my to-do list expectations for August.  I had wanted to get done with everything except for just-for-me fun sewing, but there is no way I can get done with 8 Project Linus quilts by the end of the month.  That was crazy.  So my goal is to get through 4 so I am caught up for the year, and make the rest once-a-month as planned.

This is where my list is:

1. Irish Chain Interrupted – still need to be liquid enough to send this off for quilting.  WAY too big for me to do at home.
2. Warm Star Project Linus Quilt – DONE!!  🙂
3. Bluebird Park Triangle Project Linus Quilt – DONE!!  🙂
4. Minecraft Diamond Sword Quilt – Almost done quilting
5. Shades of Blue Pixelated Quilt – Piecing in progress
6. Teal Star Project Linus Quilt – Top done, need to baste, quilt, bind
7. Shades of Yellow Pixelated Project Linus Quilt – Just in my head – to pay for the karma of using pattern for #5.
8. SD’s Brick Quilt – I really do need to make quilts for my own kids.  I don’t think it bugs them as much as it bugs me, but I want to get a quilt for at least one of them done this month.  Or at least pieced.  This one will need to be sent off for quilting.

Once I get through this list, I can focus on some selfisher quilting projects.  Which is good, because the list is GROWING!! Windmill quilt, gypsy wife, new living room wall hanging, single feather wall hanging, hexagon placemats – oy, so much to do!

Commissions in Gray

One of the things that makes me happiest is when a friend asks for a piece of custom work.  It does wonders for my ego, as well as give me a chance to design something with someone else’s style vantage.

First up – some dinosaur earrings.  They are made using plastic dinosaurs and an outdoor paint that works on all surfaces.  A few years back I found a paint that works for painting dinosaurs – a unique and frustrating problem.  It was fun to use this technique again – and the results are lovely and menacing.

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Next up – a dresden pillow that I LOVE.  A friend said that she would love to have the extra dresden I have, but I knew the colors didn’t match her home, so I created a new one that matched her gorgeously decorated bedroom.  Did I mention I LOVE this?  A great example how changing my viewpoint can create something lovely.  This was done all from stash fabric except for the gorgeous linen-looking charcoal.  I tried three different circle fabrics before deciding on using the dark gray in the middle.  Much more modern and gorgeous.

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