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!
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!
I’m excited to get to the quilting of this… off to start the back…
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:
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…
It’s small. It measures 9″ X 31″ and it’s now hanging in my sewing room!
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.
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.
Boy do I love these cars.
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!
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…
And the zigzag!
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?
And a couple of close ups:
And on a completely different, yet quilt related, note this is so great!
These are almost done – just need to bind number two!
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.
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!
Next up… pears!
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!
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!
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!
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??
Got my new sewing space all sorted out!
I need to hang more pretty little things on the wall, but otherwise, it’s all set. I have a cutting table. Hurray!
And I get to look out these doors all day long. This is what I like about living in Los Angeles… it’s a big not so pretty city, but you can find calm green spaces to be in.
Lastly, this is the first use of my design wall!
Still need to buy felt that is all the same color but meanwhile I love it!! No more moving fabric around on the floor while I try to keep the cats off it. I can actually arrange and rearrange to my heart’s content!! And step back to gaze… I am oh so pleased about it.
And now, as I look at this photo, I see the need for some more rearranging! This is clearly the other half of the pink and green baby quilts for the twin girls. Decided to push out my usual love for squares and do something with triangles. Can’t go wrong with a fun zig zag quilt. Now to sew it all together…
Got this fun and bright baby quilt all finished up!
Settled on the name “Birds & Blooms” for it, but I’ll have to make another quilt with birds & flowers so that the name “Flowers & Fowl” is used.
Along with the new sewing room, I have a design wall and a new place to take photos of a finished quilt. I need to get the lighting sorted out more, but it’s already better the past situation: spread out on the bed where it was really tough for me to get a wide shot.
And a couple of individual blocks close up…