When I finished Polly’s quilt, I wasn’t quite done with rainbow hearts. I loved how happy the simple patchwork and, well, rainbow, of colors made me. So I made a tiny one. It is the first installment on my mini quilt rod that DH installed for me. Love, Love, Love that man. I have room for two more quilts which I will start working on once I get through the feathersqal deadline. That will take all of my spare time between now and midnight on Friday.
Back to the rainbow heart… the piles created while making this quilt are almost prettier than the finished product.
I recently stocked up on a lot of low volume prints. I used to dislike low volume prints… now I can’t get enough of them. Marking my words right now that I really don’t like solids or low volume prints with colors. So in a few months I think that means I will love them.
My parents’ pup turned two this year – and she didn’t have a quilt of her own. I know!! She is a working dog – going to and fro HMS Beagle everyday, so a quilt for her spot is a good thing.
I wanted to make her a heart because i loooooooves her. And I loved every minute of making it because I love the rainbow color scheme – definitely causes happiness.
I quilted in the ditch and diagonal both directions and machine bound it so it would be tough for a little puppy girl.
I think she likes it.
This is a close-up of one of my favorite things in the world – my Ginger Jar wall quilt my mom made me. The applique and quilting are gorgeous. My mom seems to effortlessly bring joy and love and beauty to everything she touches. I aspire to be my mom – to be as kind as generous as her, to make my kids feel as loved and supported as she always makes me feel, to set a table as well as her, and to quilt as well as her. She is and always has been my inspiration. Happy Birthday, Mom!
I made her this triple-zip pouch from this tutorial. The fabric is gorgeous. My top stitching and zipper sewing need some work. But my mom loved it – I know my mom will love anything and everything I make for her. I am very happy that I have that kind of mom.
This is a quilt for the pending baby of my cousin Josh. I really love this quilt. The theme for the baby’s room is Pirate. I asked Josh’s mom what the theme was when I was thinking about the quilt to make, and it was duh, Pirate. Josh and his wife take pirate-themed vacations where they dress up like pirates – like I said, duh.
The pirate quilt was fun and easy to make. Fighting against using negative space, I tried to come up with a design that would use the amazing pirate-themed layer cake that I bought for the quilt. But the fabrics were just too bright and busy. I realized this when I sat down to start piecing together my (already) cut pieces. So DH agreed to take me to the fabric store where I bought an awesome steel grey. I ended up using a lot less of the layer cake, but what I did use, really does shine now.
And the back is AMAZING. I love this fabric. I added a clumsily-appliqued anchor on the back.
And there are ships… and parrots… and sharks… and treasure. Arghhh!
I am starting to hate looooong strippy sashing less. It helped that this one only required width-of-fabric strips. I also couldn’t love the grey more. Greys are the bomb. All in all, guhreat project. As soon as I find the power to do it, I am going to write up the pattern for this one. If nothing else, I think I will want to remember how I did that one the next time I find a set of super busy prints I want to use for a baby quilt.
(Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish Friday. Woot!)
Since I got home from work yesterday, all I have wanted to do is dig into the Kristyne Czepuryk Blogger’s Choice bundle that showed up in the mail yesterday.
I drifted off dreaming of those dreamy fabrics. But I made a committment to myself to clean my closet today. And I did. But after that herculean task, I was exhausted.
But the call of the fabric was too much. So I thought I would do an easy block. Sigh. Don’t cut and sew tired, my friends. I sewed the little triangles onto the wrong ends. Seam rip. I cut the 45 degree angle on the back instead of the front of one of the rectangles. Seam rip. I seamed rip the wrong seam. Seam rip. And then I ended up with an 11.5 inch square. So a little gold border got added.
This ended up being an adorable little block, even with the random border. And now I am going to go to bed.
(What is Thursday Therapy? Every Thursday in 2014, I am making one block from Shape Workshop for Quilters by Katy Jones, Brioni Greenberg, Tacha Bruecher, John Q. Adams. Because the best defense is patchwork.)
Today’s fabric fancy all started with this post on Red Pepper Quilts. I love love love her quilts, and I can guarantee that whatever fabric she backs her quilts in, I will want a million yards of it. I usually am able to resist, but I absolutely couldn’t with that Julia Rothman typewriter print. Which followed too much time trying to track down where to buy some. Short answer: nowhere. I couldn’t find any place that had any. I am holding out hope for my next trip to Sarah’s fabric in Lawrence – that store can hold hidden gems.
But my trip to a bazillion online fabric sites yielded some other finds. I totally got suckered into the glasses trend. The damage is limited to these little bits. There are probably a dozen other glasses prints out there, but these will do for now.
I know they will make it into my “Favorite Things and Raccoons” quilt that I am slowly working on. Because one of my favorite things is my new glasses… these new specs were winding their way to me the same time this fabric was…
I think the geeky glasses might be one of my thangs.
A mixture of weather (good) and gastrointestinal distress (bad) meant less than the normal amount of sewing. Still a lot, but not a, let’s say, “crazy” amount. I did find time Saturday to work on my feathers blocks for the Feathers QAL – I still am a week behind. I am not fast at these, but they are fun. And the accuracy of the blocks is ta die for.
In addition to creating all the prettiness, I love how supportive and kind and generous people are with their encouraging comments when I post something to Instagram. Truly awesome. And I love seeing all of the other quilters’ fabric combinations. I am very happy I dove into this one. Sewing and kindness – can’t beat that.
My blocks E and F, mostly with fabrics from Joel Dewberry’s and Anna Maria Horner’s true colors lines. That pink medallion fabric at the upper left is my new favorite fabric.