Archive - October, 2008

Balancing…

With a job having started up, I’m needing to find a new balance to find time for sewing. All day, every day isn’t possible anymore and boy do I miss it. I’m just going to have to get used to a slower pace of progress on things.

Just have to bind this and it’s all done!

Baby Boy Quilt Close up

And I’m popping these in the mail for the Spare Change Swap. Can’t wait to see what I get back!

Spare Change Squares

Land & Sea Quilt, all finished!

I’ve decided to call it the Land & Sea Quilt because it’s got lots of things from land (flowers, birdies) and sea (mermaids and erm…giant squid!) in it. Couldn’t think of a better name, so I settled on that.

Land & Sea Quilt

Land & Sea Quilt

It is BIG. 88″ x 100″. Queen sized for sure and the biggest quilt I’ve made.

Land & Sea Quilt - Angle

I think that the Alexander Henry birds pop oddly in this next photo of the back, but in person, I really like the choice. Plus I was out of white fabric and determined not to go buy any!

Land & Sea Quilt - Back

And just a couple more photos because my sister Cate (who the quilt is for! Happy housewarming!) loaned me her killer fancy camera and now I want it. It takes photos that are so much better than the ones my camera takes.

Land & Sea Quilt - Close up

Land & Sea Quilt - Binding

As one comes to an end, another begins!

So close to finished! Should post completed pics tomorrow…

Binding Detail

And on to the next! The steady stream of friends having babies continues… next up, a boy!

Baby Boy quilt top on design wall

Simple squares looking a bit messy on my design wall.

I’m excited about this one…

A quilting marathon later, all that’s left is the binding!

I'm excited about this one.

This will be my very first patterned binding. I’m not sure why. Somehow I’ve just never done one before!

The next quilt top.

Just finished the next quilt top. It’s the only WIP I have going. I’ve come to realize that I’m not a quilter who gets loads of things going at once. For the most part I just make one quilt at a time, from start to finish. Am I weird? From reading other people’s blogs I feel like I am!

My New Quilt Top!

This one’s going to be queen sized. I got to pull out all of my favorite fabrics and mix and match to make loads of blocks with them. I love each block individually!

Quilt Top Close up

I’m excited to get to the quilting of this… off to start the back…

A fun scrap challenge!

I signed up for the JC Handmade Spare a Square scrap challenge and made this fun little wall hanging! The idea is that we all sent in a square of fabric, they were cut up and we got back ten different scraps to make something (anything!) with. We could add anything we want, we just need to use all of the scraps.  Here’s what I did:

scrap challenge wall hanging

I’m forever obsessed with wonky log cabin blocks, so I indulged my obsession. All of the patterned fabrics are the scraps I was sent, and the solids I added. It was fun to to stretch myself a bit and use colors I’d normally not use…

scrap challenge wall hanging - close up

It’s small. It measures 9″ X 31″ and it’s now hanging in my sewing room!

Scrap challenge wall hanging - size perspective

This and that…

After finishing the two pink and green baby quilts, I found myself with NO quilts going!! I was at a loss and a bit in shock… so I quickly fixed the problem by starting another one.  I’m about half way there on the blocks. They are super bold and colorful and I love them! I’m going to frame all of these with my usual white sashing.

Fun blocks

More Fun Blocks

And I had to make something that I’d see every day with a bit of the amazing Echino Nico fabric I got, so a new lap top sleeve was the answer! I’m going to get a little bit of happiness every time I use it.

Lap top sleeve

Boy do I love these cars.

Cars close up

Pink & Green quilts for some twin baby girls!

I finished up the set for my friend who is expecting twin girls.  She told me that she’s doing her nursery in greens & tans, but I can’t resist pink!  I figured this way, they will match but add a fun pop of pink.  To my knowledge, my friend doesn’t know about my blog, so here’s hopin’ it’s still true!

I used the same fabrics in both quilts, but one is simple squares and the other is a zigzag quilt.  I had fun making them both, but it’s official that I just don’t like working with triangles as much as squares.  I’m just a squares kinda girl I guess!

Pink & Green Squares Baby quilt

In looking at this next photo, I’m made highly away of the fact that I could be a bit more of a perfectionist in my quilting… I need to work on that. Just a tad more diligence and this line wouldn’t look so stupidly wonky.  I generally like wonky, but this was unintended wonk…

Pink & Green Squares Back

And the zigzag!

Pink & Green Zig Zag Quilt

I broke a few needles quilting these triangles… how does one make the bump of layers where all of the triangles meet, thinner? Is there a trick or tip I don’t know?

Pink & Green Zig Zag - Back

And a couple of close ups:

Pinks & Green Squares - detail

Pink & Green Zig Zag quilt back detail

And on a completely different, yet quilt related, note this is so great!

Lots of little stitches.

These are almost done – just need to bind number two!

Pink & Green Quilts - almost done!

Meanwhile, I’ve discovered that I love to sit and embroider while I’m watching a little tv at night.  I feel useless when I’m not doing something with my hands, and there’s only so many bindings to stitch… plus, for some reason my past obsession with knitting has died completely (to hopefully one day return? Has this happened to any of you?).

Maybe I’ll do enough of these little cuties to have them be the centers of blocks for my next quilt.

Swallows

I was lucky enough to pick up the Sublime Stitching book for $5 at a little weekly street fair nearby and I’m so happy to be finally putting the patterns to good use!

Flowers

Next up… pears!

Next up...

A problem.

I have a fabric problem. I’m completely addicted. And you know the addiction runs very deep when you’re on a buying ban, and you still manage to get a fix!

Exibit A:

Fabric Score!

A good friend of mine was helping someone move who needed to get rid of two big garbage bags of fabric. Umm.. yes please!! And this was only some it!

Exibit B:

Pretty Fabric

Cate, my sister, wanted to buy me a gift for doing a lot of sewing for her new house… There’s only one thing I want. More fabric!

I mean these Alexander Henry birdies?!? C’mon!

Birdie

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I’m going to be relishing my time this in the days to come as it looks like I may have (finally) lined up some work and will soon have much less time to sew. Working freelance is great in that it allows for full time sewing spurts, but it can be baaaad for the piggy bank. And working means being able to buy more fabric… why does it always come back to fabric??

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