Saturday, January 29, 2011

cut & paste

I agreed to make this as a sample for the quilt shop where I worked in Bloomington, thinking I would have lots of spare time once settling into Knoxville life, but that was not the case.  I am embarrassed to tell you how long this project waited for my attention, so let's move on!

It actually didn't take too long once I got going, but then again my mom lent a hand!  Can we talk about the above photo for a second?  It looks fake to me, like I Photoshopped the quilt top onto a photo of my backyard.  I guess because the quilt is in the shadow of my house...?  Anyway.

I seldom do applique, but it's actually kind of fun.  This is just fused and raw-edge, which is about as far as I will take applique at this point in my life.  I'll zig-zag the edges in the next few days and mail it off to Bloomington!

Pattern: Lilly Pilly by Don't Look Now!
Fabrics: mostly Westminster & Rowan brights on 100% linen

Thursday, January 27, 2011


I haven't made a quilt, start to finish, since Elvie's quilt last May.  Who am I?!  I've been focusing so much on Owlette that quiltmaking has taken a backseat.  Apologies to friends and friend-babies who are expecting a quilt from me--it'll be a while!

Contained herein are several patchwork-related works-in-progress in varying states of [in]completion.

Scraps from bonnet- and bloomer-making.  I intend to use these for my hexagon index quilt, but but the rest are for some undetermined scrap quilt project.  Suggestions?

Aren't pre-cuts glorious?  I have two of these Hello Betty 1.5" strip sets that I intend to combine with this odd taupe-ish solid in order to make a Trip Around the World quilt.  Just imagine!  It's going to be quite nice... one day.

I began piecing several blocks improvisationally, with the intention of making them into place mats or pillows or a table runner or something.  To be honest, I am a lover of planning and organization, and this project was neither of those things.  So until I can figure out how to plan spontaneity, these blocks are on hold!

Right now I am battling an overwhelming urge to piece my little heart out.  Do you ever get into sewing/crafting moods?

Monday, January 10, 2011

crocheting the night away

All the women in my family crochet, back to my great-great grandmother Ingeborg.  (What a name!  She was Norwegian.)  I just learned, and am finding it rather enjoyable.  In keeping with my own tradition, my first project is enormous.  Here it is, what will someday be a decent-sized afghan:

It is just vertical stripes of single crochet in varying widths, inspired in part by traditional Amish bars quilts. Who knew crocheting would require so much yarn!  I still have a lot to learn, but I like having a new way to busy my hands while the rest of me relaxes.

Do you crochet?  If you know of any contemporary crochet blogs, beginner resources, tutorials etcetera, please share!  I would be so grateful.  The modern patchwork and sewing community is vast and thriving, but I am finding it more difficult to break into the parallel world of modern crochet--surely it exists!

Next time I take up a new craft, I must remember to start small.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

excuses & eye candy for you!

Hello Friends!  It's been a while, hasn't it?  I have excuses of course: for the first half of December, I was on a road trip of sorts, from Knoxville through Indiana and Ohio, to Pittsburgh and rural Pennsylvania, on to New York City and then back to Nashville for the holidays!  Also, my computer died.  I wanted to do another Year in Sewing post but every blasted photo I have is on that hard drive.

Well, I'm tired of being a deadbeat blogger so here is a quilt my mom and I made together!  I pieced it and she quilted it.  Please disregard the fact that it's hung upside down.

The fabric and pattern are by Tula Pink, from her line Plume.  I pieced the top as a sample for the quilt shop when I worked there, and once it aged out I got to take it home.  Oh, how I miss the perks of working there!

My mom quilted this with irregular vertical lines and haphazardly-placed patches of horizontal crosshatching.  It's just a little modern and a little relaxed, which I think suits the patchwork style quite nicely.

Maybe you can see the detail a little better here?  I really like how the quilting turned out!

My cousin Jessi and her husband Danny were married in August 2009, and a year and a half later, we sent them their wedding quilt!  We are now part of the proud tradition of quilters who finish a wedding quilt after the first anniversary.  It happens.  Late or not, I hope they enjoy their quilt.  They've been together for over ten years already, since they were in high school, so married or not, they have more than earned it.

In other news, I've started crocheting!  It is a confusing sort of fun.  I will post photos once my work stops looking so beginner-ish to my eye.  Now that I have a use for it, I can justify one day learning to spin yarn!  Oh boy...