July 30, 2010
July 27, 2010
July 26, 2010
I've had the flu for almost a week now and can't seem to shake it. I decided to bow my head and try to plow through it, but it seems my body finally caught up with me. I woke up like a zombie this morning, called work, and then slept until 11 am. So here I am...lying on my sofa, watching old episodes of the X-Files, and blogging. And even though I'm sick and he's not, my dog has been even more worthless than me today...he's been asleep on the sofa next to me for the past few hours. As you can see, everyone in our family loves quilts.
This latest project is for my former college roomie (and bridesmaid) who's one of my best friends. Normally I wouldn't recommend that friends room together because I saw many friendships implode that way, but Meghan and I were awesome roomies. Possibly because we're the only two people on Earth that love all of the following: 1980's Care Bears Movies, Fran Drescher, and Broadway Showtunes :)
Anywho, when she visited a few months back, she fell in love with the brick path quilt I was making. She loved the simple pattern, and since she lives in frigid NYC, I offered to make her a quilt to bundle up in on those cold winter nights. I told her to consider it a thank you for putting up with me for so many years ;)
I let her rummage through my giant cabinet o' fabric, and she came out with a set of Modern Meadow fabrics I got from Fabricworm awhile back. I thought the Anna Maria Horner voile would be perfect for the back because it's ridiculously soft and perfect for snuggling under while watching a movie. For the binding I'll be using Honeycomb in Sunglow because the I think the pattern will work well for bias binding.
Here's hoping I feel better in the next few days so I can get to work on this. She'll be moving into a new place soon and I'd like to send it to her as an "apartmentwarming" gift.
July 24, 2010
July 22, 2010
I don't have much time because we have to run out the door in a few minutes to celebrate my brother-in-law's 23rd birthday, but here are a few quick photos of the finished Girly Girl Quilt. I'm mailing it off to my cousin in Kentucky tomorrow morning!
July 21, 2010
I've been meaning to buy the Kelp Stripe for a while because I want to make a flocked pillow exactly like one I saw in One Yard Wonders. The fabric.com Last Chance sale seemed like as good a time as any to finally buy it. I also picked up 2 yards of the Teeny Tiny Zoo because I make a ton of baby quilts. Can't beat $4/yard with a stick.
On a happier note, I plan to use the scraps from all these Christmas fabrics to finally make a skirt for our tree. It's been naked the past three Christmases. And to double the fun, I'll be backing it with the fabric pictured below. Isn't it presh? Took me a full year to track it down because it's a discontinued print from a 2007 Michael Miller Christmas line. It's called "Holiday Hostess"...how cute is that? I think I might make a table runner out of it too...and cook pot roasts to set on it like Sissy Spacek in Blast from the Past. I love that movie.
July 19, 2010
Anywho, I didn't know what such a thing as a "hair bow holder" would look like, so after 30 minutes of googling, I stumbled across some that looked like princessy dresses. However, they were made of solid wood and hand-painted, and since I don't have a woodshop tucked away in my apartment, I had to come up with a fabric-friendly alternative. Below is a picture of my spin on things :)
The strap is linen tape. I sewed it onto the top of each side and made fabric flowers to cover the stitching.
July 18, 2010
...hovering under a honey tree (this is the latest song that's been stuck in my head while I've been quilting).
I drew and posted a sketch of my Doll Quilt Swap 9 project about a month ago, and I finally started working on it this afternoon! Now that the beastly double wedding ring project is out of the way, I've actually had time to work on several different things (more on those later).
I like that the hexagons are so portable, but they're ridiculously time consuming! I still have 2 more clouds to go - the other two will be a little less symmetrical than the one pictured.
July 16, 2010
I have quite a few "commissioned" projects for paying customers due in the Fall (aka my friends at work want me to make birthday/holiday presents), so I thought I'd go ahead and order fabric for them while the gettin' was good.
July 14, 2010
But I realized after work today I had to squeeze in some sewing because I had nothing for the show & tell at our Modern Quilt Guild meeting tomorrow night. Since I'm the one driving this flying umbrella, I couldn't show up to the meeting with empty hands. The DWR Quilt occupied all my sewing time & energy for so long that I didn't have any other projects I was working on, except for a pile of cut fabric I'd set to the side for my cousin Nikki's baby quilt. Out came the blocks, and up and down went my needle.
I only got the first 3 rows done, but that's good enough for my purposes.
July 12, 2010
My impatience was rewarded (a small victory for character flaws!) because not only were my two new blocks inside, but a loverly little pincushion from Natalie! (by the way, I can spell, I just have a really annoying habit of mimicking Liza Doolittle by saying things are "loverly")
Can I admit another flaw? I love gifts. I know...that probably makes me sound like Dudley Dursley counting his birthday presents, but it's true. Doesn't matter how tiny or seemingly insignificant the gift may seem...I get excited about everything! Last week a lady at work gave me an extra purse-size first aid kit she got at a Humana meeting, and it made my day. Seriously. I even used a band-aid from it while we were driving to Kentucky. Score. And on that note, another Bee member Kerry send me a sheet of adorable stickers with her blocks (all the way from England!), and I thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. I make/draw a lot of cards for people, so if you're a friend, you may see some precious new stickers incorporated into your mail soon ;)
Since I had enough blocks to make some decent sized rows, I thought I'd take some photos to showcase our Bee's talent. Everyone's done such a great job and I can't wait to snuggle under my international quilt! Enjoy! Gotta run....my mouth's ready for an asparagus party that'll be arriving from my oven in about 2 minutes.
July 7, 2010
We're driving to Kentucky today after work, so wish us luck! Our car ride will include an impertinent Scottish Terrier and a giant box of french pastries from La Boulangerie, so cross your fingers that both the pastries and the dog make it up there intact :)
I tried something new with the binding for this quilt. I've found that the weakest link in my quilts is always the hand-sewn back of the binding. Since it took me almost three months to make this quilt, I was determined that it be of such good quality that it would hold up for years and years (and years...and years). That's why I did the painstaking free motion quilting to hold the layers together, and ultimately why I decided to try machine quilting both sides of the binding. To do this, you sew on the front of the binding like usual, flip it over, and then finish the back with a decorative zigzag stitch (making sure the stitch lines up on both front & back). I'm happy to say it was surprisingly easy! I may start doing this for all my quilts.
We shall see...
July 6, 2010
Hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend!