here) using a layer cake by Lucy's Crab Shack. I chose the Lucy's Crab Shack line because I liked it and thought it had a fair amount of light and dark fabrics that might provide suitable contrast for the pattern. I like the way it looks so far and I am (surprisingly) enjoying the reptitive process of making the blocks.
This weekend is exciting for the Boston Modern Quilt Guild. We are having our meeting tomorrow with none other than Angela Walters! I am so excited - she is known for her amazing free motion quilting and I really love her work. I can't wait!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
I was inspired by this month's "Craft Book Month" theme over at Crafts Buds to make something from a book I received for my birthday a few months ago. I love this book: Bags: The Modern Classics by Sue Kim. It has so many simple patterns for nice bags, wristlets, totes, etc. A lot of the shapes inside are quite simple; it might be easy enough for a seasoned bag maker to figure them out on one's own - but for me, if there's a pattern available, I would much rather take advantage of someone else's hard work.
I chose to make the clutch on the cover. I would die for a half yard of that Echino leopard spot (!) - it's a gorgeous clutch, but since I don't have that print, I went ahead and used some of my Lark stash. I love the ikat print - I thought I would hate it when I saw it online, but it's actually my favorite print from that collection.ANYWAY- this project could easily be done in an evening if you had no interruptions - it's a very simple bag. I enjoyed making it and I am pleased with the results!
Sunday, September 16, 2012
This past week, I have been working on framing and adding to the "Beauty is You" panel that I had received for my birthday. Improvisational piecing is fun but not as easy as I had remembered. Maybe I found it more difficult because I was working from stash instead of scraps....
- What are my goals with my sewing? I am not sure if it is to learn new skills, to challenge myself, use up stash, to have gifts on hand for loved ones, to receive recognition, etc.... of course I do it because I love and enjoy it, but there is more to it than that.
- What kind of quilter am I? What is my style? I most aspire to be like Sarah Fielke - I love how she combines the most random fabric combinations and seems to make effortless masterpieces. But there are lots of times when sewing a bunch of charm squares together is quite satisfying too.
- How important is it to finish up UFO's? With time being so limited now, should I really dedicate myself to projects I don't care about?
- Should I consider making items to sell? It would be nice to put some money back into sewing and I think it would feel good to help our family save for a house, etc. But sometimes I check out Etsy and see people selling gorgeous baby quilts for a mere $100 or less, and I back away from the idea (are these people even covering the cost of materials?!)
- Why is it so important to make quick/easy items? Sometimes I want to tackle something more challenging, a project that would be completed over a long period of time. Like a giant spider-web quilt, or maybe something from Denyse Schmidt's new book..... But then I get scared of simply not having the space or the patience for something so big when life with 2 little ones is so crazy.
- What fabrics can I live without? I will admit to a hoarding tendency when it comes to fabric - some of the modern fabrics are just so gorgeous and unique, I have a hard time telling myself "no."
Sunday, September 09, 2012
I forgot to post a picture of the awesome tag I bought at Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver. What do you think? Would you put these on any handmade items you gave to friends or family?
This weekend I decided to tackle a pretty old UFO. A while ago, I had the crazy intention of making an entirely hand-pieced hexagon quilt and frame them in charcoal grey. It wasn't long before I realized that it was very time-consuming, but I didn't hardly love the look of it. I made myself finish 7 "flowers" and had the idea to applique it onto a large piece of fabric.
Thursday, September 06, 2012
I hadn't seen my brother in law and his wife since my wedding, so a stop to their house in the Springs was a must. They have a son about 6 months younger than Gregory, so I decided to whip up a big-boy bed quilt for him. I had made him a sock monkey themed stroller blanket when he was first born, so it was kind of cool that I "unconsciously" chose a monkey theme for this blanket:
I bound the quilt in a Jennifer Paganelli dot - a perfect basic. I did a new-to-me free motion squiggle design. The quilt measures 54 x 63.
I also made a stop on Ft. Carson to visit one of my first freshman year roommates, Melinda. She has three little ones, so of course, I pulled out my favorite stand-by children's gift: peg bears.You know the fabric obsession runs deep when you seek out local fabric stores when you are traveling. A few places had the whole range of Chicopee and I saw some Out to Sea and Field Study (the three collections calling my name lately!) but I decided to grab things that weren't so readily available online. I am thrilled with the Sarah Jane family tree panel, and I am really tickled to have the other three in the top row- I especially have wanted some of those foxes for forever! The cuckoo clock print is a lot of fun too.