New Year, New Quilt

The end of 2009 was heavy on the big (take forever to make) bed quilts so I thought it was time to whip up a fun and simple baby quilt.  Just getting started!

Baby Quilt Fabrics

Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010!!

2009 was good to me. Quilts, quilts & more quilts, a book deal, casting season 7 of Project Runway, starting the L.A. Modern Quilt Guild, plus endless enjoyment and inspiration from all of you in bloggy/flickr land has lead to a wonderful creatively fulfilling year. So thank you!! Happy new year to you all and may 2010 bring us all great things.

2009 Quilts
Some of my quilts from 2009.

Placemats

For my sister’s Christmas gift, I made her a set of placemats.

Placemats

I made six of ‘em but there were only four of us for Christmas dinner so here’s the table at the beginnings of being set. I’d show it to you all set, but then you can’t see the placemats!   I have to say, I’m very happy with how these came out.

Placemat close up

Why is it so hard to photograph dark brown and have it read true?   The placemats are 14″ x 16″ and I did some straight line quilting on them to keep them smooth and modern looking.  My sister loves them and they look great in her house!

Hope that you all have a happy and safe New Years Eve!

My last quilt of 2009

This will be the last quilt that I finish in 2009. How do I know? I have zero going right now. I’ll need to remedy that soon. Been too busy with the holidays to get anything started recently.

Meanwhile, the quilt!

Solid Squares

It was my Christmas present for my father. All Kona solids this time around and I tried to go for colors he would like. Somehow I didn’t think loads of solid white with bright fabrics involving polka dots and/or birds (kinda sums up a lot of the my stash…) was gonna fly for my father. And there’s actually no white in this – the light color is a light grey – Ash.

Another shot of it.

Solids 2

This is the first time I’ve ever put a border on a quilt. I’ll be honest. I didn’t initially picture it with one but I just could. not. make. one. more. block. I love the results of all solids, but they don’t make for exciting piecing. But I do really like the border in the end. And my father loved the quilt!

I did a very simple pieced back:

Solids Back

Can you believe that it’s almost 2010?!?

Happy Holidays!

Very little Christmas decorating going on around here.  We celebrate at my sister’s house and I’ve been busy with other sewing, so it got left behind this year.  Just a photo of festive fabrics for you today!

Festive Fabrics

That and a wish that you all have wonderful holidays this year!  I’ll be back in a couple of days with some of the presents I’ve sewn.  See you then and meanwhile I hope that you all have great food, fun and family time.  Merry Christmas!

Crocheting?

Crocheting!

I have never been able to tackle crocheting.  I’ve knit a ton, but somehow couldn’t get my head around crocheting on my own.  But I took a great class with Cheryl Cambras at Home Ec. the other night and for the first time, it clicked!  I might be hooked.  (Oh what a bad crocheting pun!)

Here’s the cute little bird I made! Please forgive those few weird stitches on his belly. I’m not caring seeing as it’s the very first time I’ve ever crocheted. I crochet CRAZY tightly apparently. I literally had to focus on doing it looser. Weird.

Birdy

Can’t wait to start the next little project but meanwhile it’s back to quilting all day today. That Christmas deadline is looming! Hope you’re all getting your Christmas presents done in time!

Bees!

I’m finally all caught up on my virtual quilting bees this weekend.  Good thing as I’ve joined two more than start in January.

For Nov. of 12 Squared, three little houses! Megan’s going to be adding the muslin to the top and bottom of them to square them up.

12 Squared - Nov.

Then Oct. of Sew Connected 2.  The theme was “summer at the beach house” so I attempted a very abstract landscape.  Can you see it?  Grass, beach, ocean, setting sun and sky.  Yeah – well, I tried!

Sew Connected - Oct.

And then finally some fun wonky stars for Nov. of Sew Connected 2.

Sew Connected - Nov.

A happy Monday to you all!

Quiet

That’s what it’s going to be around here until after Christmas…  You know what happens when you’re working on a book and you also are sewing Christmas presents?  You have nothing you can blog about!

I will show you the Christmas sewing once gifts have been given, but for today, just a picture of some Kona solids.  I can’t post without photo and they are pretty! Plus, some links to stuff I think you might like!

Kona Solids

Leah blogs about machine quilting – not piecing, but specifically machine quilting.  Her tips and suggestions are endlessly helpful.  This post from yesterday about how to quilt a big quilt is great.  I agree with her completely that you CAN quilt big quilts in your home sewing machine!  The rest of what you read about it tends to scare you off and I love her “you can do it!” attitude.

Did you see that Rashida, from I heart Linen (and one of the members of the Block Party Bee) has a book that came out?  I can’t wait to get my hands on it and her blog tour kicks off today!  Check it out.

And what? A blog just about what Michelle Obama wears? Love it.

Hope you all have great weekends.  It’s going to be a rainy one here in L.A. which means lots of sewing!

Pot holder swappin’

That’s some of what we did at Monday’s LA Modern Quilt Guild meeting. Here’s the two that I made for the swap:

Pot holders

And check out the one that I got:

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Two sided and so cute! You all know that I love me some Lush!!

So much fun to put together really quick projects and then all swap.

We also had another show & tell of our quilts. Something everyone loves and that we’ll keep doing. Here I am very seriously talking about my latest quilt.

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(Photo by Latifah Saafir)

We all enjoy these meeting so much. So inspiring and fun to be surrounded by people who are equally as excited about all things quilts as I am! And everyone is so nice and warm. I’m so happy we started the guild! Really, you should start one in your town too! A sister chapter perhaps??

Scrap winners!

Wow! 872 comments!  Thanks so much for all of your kind words.  Since so many of you commented I decided to pick two winners… here goes….random number generator says:

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SparklePetal Says: What a nice idea for a giveaway! I’d choose turquoise, lime and chocolate – I’ve got my eye on that nice piece of Katy Jump Rope in your photo!!

and

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Dorothee Says: For this purpose it’d have to blues and greens because I love them and they have been sorely neglected when fabric buying.

Congrats to both of you!! I’ll be digging through my scraps and putting together bundles for you today!

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