Monday, March 20, 2017

spring break and another quilt

Last week was spring break and so I got to spend some extra time with my kids. The beginning of the week was cool and overcast so I went to the office then, allowing us more free time on the sunny days. Our first priority was painting my son's room (on one of the cloudy days). New colors mean a new quilt, and since he is a bit more particular about his room now, it is a bit on the back burner as I work on ideas with him.

A friend requested a quilt for her bed, one similar to a throw sized one I made for her a couple of years ago. She wanted the color blocks larger. I didn't have any of those fabrics anymore so I just tried to stick with the same color scheme. Looking back at the original--well, I like that color mix better. It was a tighter composition of the colors. The smaller size of the blocks probably helped in that too. This version was a great stash and scrap buster though, as I tried to size the blocks so that I could get two per fat quarter.

I used flannel as the backing, hoping to give it some weight. The thin batting I use should keep it from getting too hot.

We ended the week at the zoo, again along with most of the people in the metro area it seemed. We ventured over to the other side of the zoo and found some of the more bizarre animals.

along with our usual mix of cuties

Glad for a slow week to rest some, tackle a few spring cleaning home projects, finish another quilt, and gear up for the weeks ahead as soccer and track and every other spring thing hit us full force now.

Friday, March 10, 2017

a bitty doll quilt for March

I'm started to get a bit more inspired to finish (or start) some projects. Warmer weather always helps me get more motivated for projects, any kind. And spring break is here!

I started on a little owl for my daughter but have had to stop until I get some white felt for the face.

I finished up the little doll quilt. So glad to have that project I was dreading simplified and finished.
I had some flannel for the back and added some scrappy binding to finish it off.

Since I didn't have the felt to finish the owl, I've been thinking through my next quilt (a modified log cabin) and started cutting some of the fabrics. I originally wanted to make one based off of a design in my little notebook but still thinking through how to make it without too much waste or an overly tedious piecing.
I think I know what to do and will do a test soon, probably on one of the upcoming rainy days. Hope my math is right!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Birthday Blue- a March quilt

This birthday quilt took shape quite quickly. I had made a pile of blue fabrics a month or so ago. When I found out that it was the favorite color of one of my friends, one with a birthday coming soon, I knew it was her stack of fabric. And at about the same time Jenny Baker posted a tutorial for her Heart Crossed throw quilt. It would be perfect for the blue fabric and for the recipient, and was a fairly simple pattern, one that could be finished on time.

I really love how it looks, with a great mix of cheerful blues and lighter crosses scattered through out. I used a blue and white striped backing I had and more of the stripy fabric from the front as the binding.
It is throw sized, just big enough for a lap quilt. I thought about adding a bit more but didn't have enough variety left in the fabrics to make it work without looking like something just added on at the end.

I finished that up last night. Today I decided to pull out a bin of a project I had started that I DID NOT like. I gave myself permission to just finish up what was cut and make it into a pillow or little quilt or whatever I could with what I had.

The half square rectangle blocks proved that I do not like to follow directions. And even when I did follow directions, the diamonds were just not coming out that great. So now it is a baby quilt top,
and will be finished up soon to giveaway. It will be pretty and colorful--and a bit of a mess with lots of chopped off points. But it will be done.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Easter Parade - a February quilt

Another of post Christmas purchases was a bundle from Pink Castle fabrics called Unicorn Whispers. When I saw a Triangle Parade pattern by Amanda Castor in Issue 28 of Love Patchwork and Quilting, I knew it would be a great way to use that bundle plus the low volume bundles I got in an earlier purchase.

Because I was using fat quarters, I made one small change to the pattern. Instead of cutting the fabrics into 10" squares, I cut them into 9" ones to get more out of the 18" x 22" pieces. It is a bit smaller overall but not too much so. I already had a backing on hand, which is great because I am really trying not to do any more fabric purchases for a while, for as long as possible. It's a bit of a creativity boost.

She picked the name.

Up next is a birthday present (not for me!):

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

here and there

I don't really have a lot of words but do have a few pictures to share from the past week or two. I've been trying to be more intentional about allowing times to rest and grow healthier this year, especially given some extra stresses about in my life. The weather has been cold and then warm, gradually creeping toward spring. So I have been in the mood for plants. Our garden is not ready and I do not have those cold frames, so I started a few seeds inside. And bought a few other plants while there.

I ventured up north on a road trip with my mom to an Inspired for Life conference to hear Sarah Bessey and Rachel Held Evans speak.
And found an Ikea there to get some flower pots for my new plants (not in the basket yet).

I've been working off and on with lots of half square triangles to piece together this quilt top. All of the blocks are done! My daughter (my biggest fan) is eyeing this one.
I'm thinking it will be finished next week. I've got another one in mind for a birthday present--great motivation to get this one finished and still give me time to figure out what I want to make next.

And we have been outside some. It was warm enough that they both took off running, with one herding all of the geese into the pond and the other trying some hills. I soaked in the sun and of course then got to do my running in the gym this morning because it was freezing cold again.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Backyard Garden - another January finish

I seem to be on a roll this year and finished another quilt. This one was based on a design I created during the 30 Day Quilt Design challenge. It is much like a rail fence of course, but taller narrower strips, like the privacy fences a lot of people have around here. I love pulling together a collection of fabric and then looking through the notebook and finding a design. A lot of the fabrics from this came from the Watermelon and Mint fat quarter bundle I bought during the 12 days of Christmas sales at Pink Castle Fabrics. I added a few more I had on hand.

When I looked at this picture I realized I was building a collection that coordinated with the little collage I've had on my window sill.

I loved this design because it used up almost all of the fabric cuts with very little waste or scraps.

The backing is a green and white geometric print from Joann, paired with some of the leftover strips and four more fat quarters. I was having wind issues so I did not get a good picture of the back besides this one.

This one is for sale in my etsy shop here, and if it sells in time, it will help me take my son on a trip this summer. Soon I will add a couple of better pics to help sell it!

Monday, January 23, 2017

a photo shoot

I've known for a bit that I have not really devoted any sort of time to my etsy shop for my quilts, aside from adding some occasionally. I do want to sell these quilts however, especially some of the older ones sticking around from when I first opened the shop. After talking to a friend about it, I knew the first thing that needed to happen is to update some of the pictures of the quilts. And with an ongoing sale, it was time for me to register for updates (and the original content) of SnapShop, an online photography course I had taken a year or two ago.

Saturday afternoon was overcast (which I learned from the online course was a great time for photos) but not too cold, so a recruited a helper and headed out in the neighborhood to find some places to take photos. I didn't have to go far, spying some fun areas at the neighboring houses. Leaves and railings and rock walls and metal gates, perfect places to try.

I didn't notice that cup when I took the photo!

We had one last quilt but at this point, we were starting to lose our clouds. That was lovely but made photos a bit trickier. And my "quilt stylist" helper was getting a bit pickier about arranging things--or wandering off a follow a goose or squirrel.

We ended the day with a few photos great for updates though, and I will keep an eye out for more overcast days and interesting places for the next few on the list. It was great getting to spend that one-on-one time with my daughter, being creative and enjoying our warmer weekend weather. I need all the sunshiny days I can get!