Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Lucy Goosey in 3D from MBS done with basic grey/figgy pudding. I was especially pleased with my quilting. I spent lots of time drawing holly and then practicing before I finally just went for it and free motion quilted the borders and sashing. I used a metallic gold thread that gives it some sparkle.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Well my goal for Thanksgiving was to make 8 napkins and a table topper to match my Rouenneries quilt. It seemed like a reasonable goal but I only managed to get 4 napkins made. I guess there's always next year: ) For these I used Essex Linen fat quarters with wide french-fold binding around the edges. They're awfuly fiddly to make and each one took about an hour which seems like a lot of work for a napkin. I think I'll prep the rest and sew them when I'm stuck on other projects. No telling when I'll get the table topper quilted.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I generally have a hard-fast rule against what I refer to as domestic sewing. Despite the fact that I rarely go 24 hours without sewing something I don't do practical things like replacing buttons or hemming pants. At the risk of sounding pretensious, I'm an artist, I have to follow my vision. So it's OK for me to create quilts for the beach house I don't have, not so much the house I live in. In general, the less practical the product the more compelling the project. Recently I had a change of heart. Since we moved in to this house 5 years ago my husband has been begging me to hang a curtain in the bathroom. Nothing fancy, just something to hide the ugly blinds. Let's just say I was less the motivated. Sure it was ugly but I don't use that bathroom. And I tried a couple of times but I could never quite find the "right" fabric to go with the fishies on the shower curtain. But sometimes things just come together and suddenly I was inspired... it started when I first saw the Robert Kauffman was coming out with Dr. Seuss fabric. We LOVE Dr. Seuss, it's my kids' favorite and I can recite The Lorax from memory when necessary. But I was still dreaming of the quilts I could make... until I saw Pottery Barn had come out with the shower curtain. Suddenly I had a plan. Of course like all my plans there were stumbling blocks. First I had to wait, like forever, for the fabric to actually be released. Then I thought I was going to use this but after ordering 2 yards of it and draping it on my window frame I decided the scale was off and I didn't like it for a valance after all. Fortunately I had also ordered fat quarter packs of both Celebrate Seuss and The Cat in the Hat so I could sample to my heart's content. Once I finally made the decision and tracked down the appropriate fabrics the construction was a breeze. Here's the final result... the new valance and shower curtain.
Friday, November 12, 2010
I really love this fabric collection so once I finished this quilt I decided it needed a matching pillow. I used Heather's tutorial over at House of a la Mode. It really was easy! The worst part was burned fingers from all the folding and pressing: ) There's still more of this floating around my studio and I found some of the matching chenille so I think there's at least one more Martinique quilt to come.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
The fun thing about starting a blog is I have lots of things to show. Things I've been working on for a very long time are new to you. So here is my latest finish... you probably recognize it since I got the idea from Jamie Muller over at the Moda Bakeshop. This quilt is going in my beach house, when I get one. I always love 3 Sisters fabrics and Martinique was no exception. I saw it as being more beachy and the ruffles reminded me of waves so I turned it horizontally and made this with a bunch of charm packs. In what can best be described as a moment of temporary insanity I decided to hand quilt this. I wanted baptist fans to go with my wave image and I was pretty sure my machine quilting wasn't up to the task. I also don't have a ruffle foot so that part was a bit of a nightmare. In the end it was all worth it; )
Monday, October 25, 2010
Look what I've been up to... I am all about pink and green so I instantly fell in love with Alexander Henry's Ghastly Manor and bought up every piece of it I could find.
The theme print is huge so at first I was stumped as to how I was going to cut it up and put it back together without losing the cuteness. I fussy-cut the motifs and went with a wonky log cabin. I'm more of a precision piecer so this was a stretch for me. I used Jason Yenter's Wintergraphix for the outer strips. I like the way it spins around and makes you a little dizzy. The back and binding are Basic Grey Onyx Grunge which really picks up the pink. Happy Halloween!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
So sure, I told you I'm an obsessive quilter but I really haven't done anything to prove it. Exhibit French General:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I realize I'm a little late to the blogging party. A few years ago when everyone started doing it I checked out a few Mommy blogs, followed my friends for a while, read some random stuff... but I didn't get it, at all. Why were people so fascinated by the minutia of other people's lives? Then I stumbled on some quilting blogs and I was hooked like heroin. So for the last year I've been stalking you. Not in a bad way, just checking out your latest creations, reading about your new fabric loves, and using your tutorials. No comments, no give away entries, just quietly watching and quilting up a storm. And thanks to you I've grown as an artist until I realized it's time for me to take the next step and start blogging myself. I hope I can do for you what so many others have done for me: make you laugh, show you how to do a thing or two, and ignite your creativity. Enjoy!