I have a new stack of fabric that I am so in love with…
All shot cottons from Kaffe Fassett. This fabric, plus Dream Wool batting, makes the most squishy, silky soft and cuddly quilt you could ever dream of. And if a quilt doesn’t make you want to curl up with it, then in my book it’s not a successful quilt. So. These are for my darling 10 year old, my only son, who for the most part gets passed by when it comes to handmade things. Dolly carriers and tiny baby knits are what pop into my head when I want to make something for my kids, and I have to work a little harder to think of just the right something for an older boy. But he is such a sweetie, so loving, and for god’s sake he puts up with a lot, being here with two much littler sisters day after day. He really deserves to have something handmade by Mommy. So with much love I have been planning this project, and waiting and thinking while some other things were finished up, and now I’m ready to begin.
I have a couple of different sketches I’m deciding between, but it’s definitely going to be something improvised and free, just something fun for me to play with for a few weeks. I’m planning on some medium-dense hand quilting to really play up the lovely feel of the wool batting and make it something he will love to curl up with.
I’m popping these in the wash now as I type, and tomorrow they’ll be ready to cut into. Maybe I’ll have a quilt top by Christmas?
I started quilting this orange-peel thing. I’m calling it a coral reef, or maybe seaweed, and so I thought some seaweed-like tangled curves would look cool. I wasn’t sure after I drew it up, I’m still not really sure- but I’m just gonna go with it. What’s the worst that could happen, right?
In other news, it’s finally green outside-
My knees are dirty every day from the garden
My kids are dirty every day from who-knows-what- and I love it all
I’m working on pretty duvets for the girls beds, delving into my thrift-store treasures as well as the stash
Gus has his final homeschool review of the year (he made me so proud!) and now I’m dreaming big for 5th grade- and Kindergarten! Yup, this fall Violet will officially start homeschooling and I’m so excited to be planning kindergarten projects for her!
If you ask Evelyn if she wants to put her flowers in a vase, this is what you’ll get. Makes sense when you are Almost-Two.
A week or two ago I found myself craving, literally craving, an applique project. Like the way your hand can’t help but reach out to that bowl of mini Kit-Kats on your co-worker’s desk, my hands just needed to feel that comforting rhythm of hand applique. So I started something new.
It’s going to be a pillow. For a quilter/artist, my house is woefully under decorated, and I’m aiming to work on that this year! We’ve been renters for a while, and moving around practically every year it seems, and for like the past five houses all we’ve done is plop down our furniture and open up the book and toy boxes, and call it done. No curtains, no throw pillows, no art on the walls. No settling in. That needs to change. Our home should be a reflection of who we are. I’m working on it.
This little project has been living on my kitchen island so I can work on it a few stitches at a time, all day long.
Oh, and this stack of shot cottons and solids wants to be something. It’s not even a work in progress at this point, it ‘s a work-in-pondering. As in, what could I make from this. I think it’ll just hang out on the island for a few weeks until I figure it out.
I noticed that some of my friends are linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes, to encourage finishing what we start. I love the magic of setting goals, speaking goals out loud, writing goals down… It really makes it happen. So here are my sewing goals for this month:
I’d like to have this in and out of the hand quilting frame. I have it taped to the floor tonight so I can mark the quilting lines, and I’ll load it this weekend. No Prob, right?
Also, I need to hit Publish on my first pattern- The pattern is all done but I’ve been balking at filling out all the info on Craftsy. So here, a public declaration, the pattern for my doll carrier and quilt will be available THIS MONTH!
I’m so excited about my two newest works in progress- because new projects are so much more fun than already-in-progress projects
I cut both of these out over the past week.
This one is all my own fabric in the green and blue colorways that I haven’t really used yet- plus lots of light solid triangles. It’s going up on the design wall this week.
This one isn’t getting design wall-ed. I like having something I can sew together without thinking right now. The Heather Ross piggies were my jumping-off point when choosing my fabrics. It combines a few of my fabrics with a bunch that I “had” to buy because they matched my fabric, but it still needs something… maybe a warmer reddish-pink? I’ll look around next time I get down into the fabric dungeon.
Linking up to WiP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
I’m starting something new…
I was out of waiting-in-the-airport type projects so, (oh darn,) I had to start something new! So excited about this one! It’s my new favorite color palette: fuchsia, thistle, red, plum. A little flash of tangerine. So intense. I’m thinking it will be a table runner, English paper pieced and appliqued. Can’t wait to get started!
And not because there was nothing else I should be doing
I indulged in a little improv patchwork with my growing pile of Jasmine Tea scraps. And a little of the Fuchsia Echino birds that perfectly match my Fuchsia Tile print. I set my machine up on the kitchen table and let Evelyn and Violet hand me scraps to sew together. I finished it up this morning while Garrett vacuumed which was altogether a very pleasant morning. I intended it to be a cushion cover, a one-and-done sort of project.
Echino Birds matched my fabrics perfectly- I was literally obligated to make the purchase :)
But since this 20×20 square did not diminish my pile of scraps at all, I am thinking it needs to become something bigger. And so another quilt is begun.
My new fabric line, Jasmine Tea, is due out in stores next month! So exciting. I should have my preview yardage in hand any day now. Tonight I’m finishing a pattern to go with the line. Sewing up the test version in solids and I kinda like it this way.
I always love the backs of quilt tops. Sometimes I love them more than the fronts. It’s like a puzzle. Can you tell what the pattern is from the back?
Did I mention Gus and I are learning Latin together this year? Homeschooling is cool like that. My Latin name is Paula. Pronounced Pow-La. Kind of like a superhero name. My girls already have superhero names. Evil-Lyn and Ultra Violet. So it’s high time I got one. Lots of Girl Power in this household. Lots.
Just wanted to put out some quick pics of the charity quilt I worked on at today’s DC Modern Quilt Guild sew-in. I bought the focus fabric because I wanted to use the red-pink-orange trees in some pillows for Violet and Evelyn’s room, and I didn’t have any plans for the little umbrella girls, but they are so cute and cheery so it seemed perfect for some charity sewing. I picked a bunch of bright fabrics from my stash for the strips-
It’s an interesting balance finding fabric for a charity quilt, right? They have to be fabrics that I’m willing to “give up” but I still want the finished project to look like it was made with care. I want whoever receives the quilt to feel special. So several of the fabrics are new and haven’t even made it into their intended projects yet, but I included them anyway just to make it extra-pretty.
Don’t mind my crummy cell-phone pictures. It’s late and I have to get to bed so I can get up and drive to Philadelphia for a quilt show.
I made some progress today but I would have made more if there weren’t so many interesting people to get to know at the meeting! Life is rough, right?
I’m thinking of a young adolescent girl as I make this, so I probably won’t send it to the pregnancy center that the Guild selected this year. Maybe I will send it to the Hershey Medical Center with the other quilt that my Mom and Aunt and I put together over the summer.
And because Elle made me aware that Evelyn Bea has grown quite a bit since I last posted pictures, here she is doing big girl things:
Lest you should think that I am still sewing with a baby sleeping peacefully at my feet. Not quite.