So, I got one more surprise from In The Beginning Fabrics- I had asked if they had any scraps of their Modern Solids that they could throw my way. In stead of scraps, I got this:
A fat quarter bundle of the whole range. Yum yum….
The Modern Solids are cross-weaves, which means that two different colors of threads are woven together to make a solid. Jason from In The Beginning chose threads with only slight color variations, so the effect is very subtle- but it gives the fabric more depth and it’s just a little more interesting than a plain dyed solid. It’s a really wonderful idea.
My favorite part of the bundle is the lovely range of neutrals that’s hiding under all the color:
The fabrics are a little sturdier than Kaffe Fassett’s shot cottons, but not as thick as Robert Kaufman’s Carolina Chambrays. In fact the weight is really similar to other quilting cottons, which makes them perfect if you’ve been afraid to quilt with the shot cottons.
Tonight is the hand-sewing club at Patches, so I have these cut out and ready to go!
Thanks again, In The Beginning!
Last week I received a box from In The Beginning Fabrics- wait, let me back up…
Last month when I was mocking up this quilt pattern, I used several of Lida Enche’s fabrics from her Painted Summer line:
And I thought I really would like to have more of that fabric in my stash! Fabric shopping has been on a bit of an involuntary hiatus around here, though, so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to write to In The Beginning and ask if they had any fabric laying around they could send me. I also mentioned that the DC Modern Quilt Guild was holding a weekend retreat and would they like to send any additional fabric as door prizes for the retreat?
So. I got a box! With four full sets of caps of Lida’s lovely fabric! These are made up for the sales reps to bring around to quilt shops to show off the fabric line. They’re organized by color stories which makes them so very appealing! Each set of caps is about equivalent to a fat eighth bundle of the entire line. I kept one for myself and the other three were given away as door prizes at the retreat. Mine are washed and dried and sitting in a lovely pile on my
dining room sewing table.
Last week my favorite was the little flower print:
But tonight I’m smitten with these birdies in the garden:
What do you think I should make with them? I’ve got a couple of ideas brewing but I’m not committed to anything yet.
(Oh and there was one other thing in the box that will get its own post really soon…)
Looks like a good day to sit by the window and sew.
I love to watch a storm blow in. Dramatic, beautiful, little bit scary, making you realize just how big the sky is up there. My favorite kind of day.
The huge raindrops make a pretty pattern on the sidewalk. Later I’ll send the kids out to puddle-stomp and make muddy footprints all over the porch.
I finally sewed this appliqued panel into a pillow this week! I never had a plan for the arrangement of these shapes, I just sort of piled them on there. I love how it turned out. Everything I did here, I want to do again on a bigger scale- the orange peel shapes, the random curvy hand quilting, the neutral colors with just a bit of bright color. I’m glad I at least have something small that I’ve finished, though!
In other news, are you on Instagram? I finally upgraded my phone so I could join, and I’m finding it really hard to get back to blogging now that I’m on IG! It is just so easy and informal. Love it.
I have a new tool-
My entry-level Singer, 15 years old, finally died on me a few weeks before Quilt Market. The same day, I found out that my newest fabric line wouldn’t be ready to show at this Market. So, kind of a crummy day. After being all sad and sentimental about the machine for about 12 hours (hubs gifted it to me when we were newlyweds), I realized it was rather fortuitous that my fabric wouldn’t be showing- now it made sense to skip Quilt Market and use the money we had set aside to buy a better quality machine instead. I was bummed to miss Quilt Market, especially since it was in Portland OR, but without any fabric to show, it seemed like a pretty easy choice to trade the nebulous benefits of Market- attending lectures, spotting trends, sourcing notions.. for the very tangible benefit of being able to sew.
I got a Husqvarna Viking Mega Quilter… it’s a discontinued model which figures because it was the one I wanted- I just want a machine that can sew nice, straight seams really well and really fast. I did not want a touch screen or a million different embroidery stitches or a laser level- I just want a machine that sews. I’m like my grandma when it comes to technology; I don’t want to learn how to use something new, I just want to turn it on and have it work. I’m making my old-lady crone face now.
So, it is discontinued, but my local quilt store still had one in stock, so double-bonus. I got the machine I wanted at a nice price, they got it out of their inventory just in time to go to Quilt Market and buy some new stuff for the shop!
It really is a workhorse. 1600 stitches per minute! It’s heavy and sturdy. My productivity is through the roof. Other than that I don’t feel compelled to gush about the machine or to review every feature so I’m not gonna fake it- I am glad I have it; I needed it more than I knew, and that is that
Here’s the first thing I made with it:
It’s all fabric from my stash, and the piecing went insanely fast. I really did fall in love with the machine a bit. I’m trying to decide if the quilt needs a big black border or not. What do you think?
I love how spring is so much more than green. In the hills around here, the first colors of spring aren’t really green at all, it’s the reds and golds and ochers of the flower buds that the trees sprout before they start to leaf out. It’s like a little preview of what’s to come in the fall, and it’s glorious, albeit brief.
I took this shot of a red maple in the beginning of May, when the leaves were fresh and young. Creamsicle, ocher, lime, chartreuse, against a bright white-blue sky. So rich. Coral wings on the bright green seeds are an extra surprise. By the time summer is in full swing, the leaves will be a dull dark green, so why not immortalize the spring colors now in a quilt?!!
1. Lida Enche Painted Summer Small Floral Blue 2.Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet Glacier 3.Lida Enche Painted Summer Stripes Yellow 4.Lida Enche Painted Summer Berries Green 5.dear Stella Zig Zag Yellow 6.Tula Pink Prince Charming Dandelion Olive 7.Alexander Henry In The Kitchen Heath Metal 8.Cosmo Cricket 2wenty Thr3e Modern Girl Clementine 9.Lotta Jansdotter Glimma Kulla Orange Nut 10.Moda Cross Weave Red Yellow 11.In The Beginning Modern Solids Daffodil 12.Michael Miller Fabrics Pippa Citron 13.Carolyn Friedlander Architextures Ledger Ivory 14.Mo Bedell Full Moon Lagoon Sea Kelp Chain Citron
Thanks Pink Chalk Fabrics for use of the fabric images!
I did it! I finally filled in all the info and published my dolly carrier pattern on Craftsy! I had this huge mental block about re-typing all the fabric requirements and such. Took me two months to suck it up and get it done But here it is, the project that I dreamed up to go along with my Jasmine Tea fabric-
Because I had all things baby on my mind when I was designing Jasmine Tea-I designed it during that little “honeymoon” period with a newborn when they are so sweet and squishy and cuddly and all you want to do is hold them and carry them around all day- so it only seemed fitting to design a doll carrier so big sister could carry her baby around too!
The pattern has two sizes, to fit dolls up to 14″ or 18″. The dolly quilt features sweet little butterflies which you can make from tiny scraps. And I even included instructions to make a matching child’s quilt!
I’m so happy to finally make this pattern available – my 4 year old uses the samples I made every single day to put her babies to bed, and I’m sure the children in your life will love it as well!
If you use the pattern please send me pics, I would love to see them!
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.
This pale blue glass bottle came from an antique mall nearby. A few weeks ago when Garrett took the kids for a weekend at his parents’, that was the first place I headed. I was actually looking for cobalt blue glass, but the first rule of antique malls is that if you go in looking for something specific, you are sure not to find it! I was bummed at the time, but since bringing this (and a few friends) home, I realized that this color goes with just about anything! Today I’m pairing it with pale green for a nice soothing palette. I have plans, though, to pop in some orange flowers and lots of white linen in the background. I think that will be just smashing. Have to order the flowers though.
Fabric Images courtesy of Pink Chalk Fabrics
1.Denyse Schmidt Shelburne Falls Deco Fans Willow 2.Free Spirit Designer Solids Arctic White 3.Moda Bella Solids Feather 4.Robert Kaufman Quilter’s Linen Platinum 5.Moda Bella Solids Ruby Ice 6.Lucie Summers Summersville Spring Tread Lime Juice 7.Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Honey Dew 8.Monaluna Modern Home Mod Boxes Blue ORGANIC 9.Robert Kaufman Spot On Mini Dot Pond 10.Trenna Travis Bekko Tatami Aqua – Home Decor 11.Trenna Travis Bekko Swirl Aqua – Home Decor 12.Valori Wells Cocoon Shine Aqua – VOILE
For now let me say though that if anyone wants to make this quilt for me, I pay in fabric.
For the first time in what feels like months, no one in my household is sick. We had one final checkup this morning for miss Evelyn Bea, who got the all clear from our now-beloved pediatrician. No one has been seriously ill, and for that I am always thankful, but it’s been a series of small sicknesses, robbing us of productivity, robbing us of sleep, seemingly since Christmas.
Hard as it has been, isn’t there something about a sweet little bundle of baby who needs you? One morning a few weeks ago, Garrett came down to find that I had spent the entire night sitting up on the couch with poor Bea nursing an ear infection, and all I could say to him was “more!” I do hope that more kids are in the cards for us. I love mothering and I always hoped for a big, boisterous family. We’ll see
I feel like this whole winter has been a fog, from which we are only now emerging. People are sleeping through the night again, so if I need to I can stay up and get things done at night. The day light is coming back, we’re making plans for fun outdoor projects. We are looking forward to spring!
Back in the morning with a pale and pretty palette.