When working on a project, I spend half my time thinking about the recipient loving the gift. So I am full of joy to get this picture of this beautiful little girl smiling on top of the quilt I made for her. Happy happy joy joy, indeed.

Thursday Therapy


I bought this lovely book with a gift card I received for Christmas.  It really has lots of wonderful patterns in it – and I have been thinking about working on a sampler quilt to build my skill.  So on Thursdays, I am going to do a little patchwork therapy for myself – and in a few months I should have enough squares for quilt top.  Woot.

First up is “Landscape”.  Lovely – made totally from stash scrap fabric.


And I did improve my ability to make points match up.



No. More. Fabric. I mean it, srsly. Total ban on all fabric shopping until Valentine’s day. This. Means. You. (well, me). I have tried to focus on projects that use up my stash – the problem is that so much of it is pretty old and not what I would choose to quilt with nowadays. Lots of beige-y yellows and forest greens. But once I get through the following list, I will make a month of just quilting with stash – all fabric is pretty if chopped up small enough. 🙂

I will start as soon as I get through this to-do list.

1. Arrrrgh! Pirate Quilt for a baby coming soon in the family. I am going to use the Brickyard pattern to show off all of the awesome fabricy goodness in the Buried Treasure collection . Mail ordered fabric THAT. SHOULD. BE. HERE. ANY. DAY. NOW.

2. I on a whim bought some Joel Newberry bungalow charm packs. Not knowing what I was going to do with it. Rookie mistake. Super rookie. And so I started an epic baby quilt for a friend who I think had a girl. Ugh. It is beautiful… but has many many 2.5 in squares. And so it didn’t get done because I got sleepy. I need to buckle down. If she had a boy (we have fallen out of touch), I will give it to Project Linus.


3. I need to quilt and bind a top I finished a loooong time ago using fabrics from Bluebird Park. The color scheme just didn’t speak to me. I love the fabric and pattern, but I think I should have chosen another color for the background than that blue. But once I quilt and bind I can send it to Project Linus who will hopefully find a home for it.


4. Um, so I need to finish the new quilt I started on SUNDAY. (J’idiot) because I got some Oh, Deer! from Sarah’s fabrics. I just couldn’t turn away from it. I am 80% done with the quilt top. And then it will go on it’s way to Project Linus.


5. I am going to do the Feathers Quilt-a-long, using True Colors by Anna Maria Horner, I can’t frickin’ wait.

I think that is it… I’ll keep you posted. And no more fabric. No more.

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.


Perfect Fabric Ribbon Squares


The squares aren’t perfect, but the fabric is.  I spent many weeks trying to find the perfect fabric to fill up a big space in my dining room.  I wanted something with enough color variation that I could do lots of different things with tablescapes, and bright but not too childish, and lots of blooms.  Eventually I found Lilly Belle by Bari J. for Art Gallery Fabrics.  I love, love, love the fabric.  And the big floral prints were perfect for this project.  Next time I work with Art Gallery Fabrics it will be for an actual quilt – the fabric is SO.SO.SOFT!

Blue Grey Squares

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A wide and short wall hanging to cover the weird bit of wall above our bed.  I don’t have a lot of wall space in this house, so I use almost every little blank spot.  I am loving squares.  And I loved doing the diagonal straight line quilting in this one.  Might be my thang.

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I love quilt blogs.  Seriously L.O.V.E.  And so I am adding mine into the world.

In addition to quilting…

1. I have a mid-to-high pressure corporate job which I almost-always love, but it does drive me to patchwork – so most weeknights you will find me hunkered down at the cutting mat and machine.

2. I have all the standard quilt blogger stuff: two awesome stepkids, a darling husband, an old-but-loved house, a sweet dog.  A big fabric stash.

3. I also love ballet, modern art, indie folk rock.

I think that is all.  This blog will be dedicated to my quilting follies.  If you like this blog and want to read about all the more personal, less photographed areas of my life, just contact me and I will send you a link.  That blog has a lot of oversharing and cursing.  Woot.

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