This quilt is a surprise for someone this holiday season…! It’s now back from the quilter and waiting to have its binding added. This quilt was quick to piece and features some of my favorite fabric companies, like Riley Blake, Robert Kaufman, Moda and Windham.
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Yes! Quilts I took to the quilter this summer have returned to me and are getting the binding treatment. Now, I can’t show all of them just yet as some are slated for Christmas goodies (!), but here’s one that is so colorful and full of intricate pattern designs to stare at. Meet my Briar Rose lap quilt. A collection from Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics, I received a charm pack of this line to play around with. As soon as it arrived I put it to good use.
For the blocks, I simply framed each charmer log cabin style. For some prints that had an especially fun or whimsical focus print, I cut them into smaller squares and made the frame much bigger. When I pieced them together, I just grabbed and sewed. It was nice not having a plan for this and just seeing what came together.
For the solids in the quilt, I pulled from my stash. The back was also made with stash fabric.
My wonderful quilter Karen quilted this for me. This lap-size quilt would have been right up my alley to quilt myself, but I was curious to see what Karen would do with my only direction of “whimsical.” I like it! Lots of leafs, curly Qs and variegated rainbow thread.
And, of course, Ronnie wanted the finished quilt to be hers as soon as I was done documenting it. Not happening, kiddo. This quilt will most likely go to a new home!
After binge watching all five seasons of “Breaking Bad” in a matter of months, Nick and I were caught up for most of the past season and definitely ready for the finale. I’m so glad we were caught up – it was awesome watching it live and chatting with friends and co-workers about our favorite moments.
To celebrate the evening, I decided to make a last-minute tiny Heisenberg quilt along with some fake meth-inspired cupcakes to enjoy while watching. (more…)
While it’s not far away from home, I’m off to the first day of the American Sewing Expo in Novi today bright and early. I’ll be covering the event for some recount reports, but make sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter for as-they-happen updates if you’re DYING to know.
I spent yesterday at the expo for a pre-event workshop checking out the Serger 911 class with Kathy Ruddy. I don’t use a serger very often, but I feel like I definitely got a good education and have a lot more to learn.
When I got home from my workshop last night I decided I needed a new handmade bag to take to the expo tomorrow. I picked up some of Riley Blake’s “Gracie Girl” collection as well as a Robert Kaufman Kona solid and voila! A new tote I designed on the fly was born. I don’t make bags very often, let alone line or interface them, so I’m pretty proud of myself.
If you’re heading out to the expo, perhaps I’ll see you there!
If you enjoyed my Eames-inspired summer stripe tablecloth, here’s a fun table runner you can make to match. I had enough scrap Colonies Solids fabric left over that this size (almost 60″ in length) worked perfectly for me. You can customize your runner to the size of your table – just keep adding fabric! Once you’ve cut your fabric the assembly couldn’t be easier. Pour a glass of wine, put in a DVD and get ready to make a fast table runner.
Cutting Guide – All pieces are 40″ in length
- Purple and Orange: 5″ wide
- Yellow and Green: 3″ wide
- Red: 1.25″
Sew your long pieces of fabric together with a 1/4″ seam. Alternate ends when sewing together to keep the long pieces straighter.
Once your long pieces are put together, add a green rectangle (18″ wide and 10″ tall) to either end.
Pair a coordinating piece of backing fabric to the piece, cut to size. Sew wrong sides together, turn out, and top stitch close. Add additional top stitching as you like. I stitched in the ditch for each long bar of color.
I’m a huge Ray and Charles Eames fan. Working at a museum I’m lucky to have a bit of Eames in my work day more times than not. Ray herself loved color. She contributed a lot of the color and style direction to the Eames duo. Watching the Eames’ collection of films, you’ll see how important color was to their design approach.
When challenged with creating a project around Windham Fabrics’ Colonies Solids by Nancy Gere, my mind went immediately to Ray and Charles. While the collection is described as being great for “any historic or traditional project and be amazed how well it coordinate with the many projects on which you’re about to embark,” the bold, solid colors made me think of the same powerful palette of Ray and a simple, pleasing approach for today’s entertaining needs. (more…)
When I first moved in with Nick, the house was in some desperate need of curtains on the open windows. Trying to buy nice curtains for ALL the windows all at once was definitely expensive, so I looked for less-expensive options to hold us over.
Tan cotton panels were what I went with. Nothing really fit our windows quite right, so I hemmed them to try and make them work. Well, “holding us over” turned into almost three years – whoops? Time for a change.
To get ready for a big weekend of celebrating birthdays and Father’s Day just a few days ago, I made new curtains for the two smaller sets of windows in our kitchen. With the excess fabric I made a table runner for our kitchen table.
The biggest challenge this time around was a few goofs on my calculations. I thought I had measured many times before I cut, but small things, like remembering the drop on the curtain rod rings, made the panels either a bit too short or too long for the windows. Or forgetting to make your last cut and sewing too long of a pattern, as seen above… Lesson learned!
I’m really happy with how they turned out and I’m learning more about pairing matching patterns together for items such as curtains. Each panel was paired with a solid white back and hemmed so that the part outside folks see looks nice. The fabric? Riley Blake’s Chevron in aqua, from my stash.
The great thing about tackling curtains? Knowing that you can do it and that you can make more…
Once upon a time I worked at a PR agency in Ann Arbor called MS&L (I think that’s what it was called – the agency changed names three times while I was there and I think we all stopped counting). Lots of fantastic people worked there (including the guy who designed this blog) and many, MANY good times were had. Perhaps too many? Eesh!
Anyhoo, one of the good-time-havers was Nichole, one of account supervisors. Originally from Georgia, Nichole always indulged my “Steel Magnolias” trivia and secret desire for Starbucks. After we moved on from MS&L, Nic’s travels took her across the pond to England. She picked up some awesome souvenirs, one in particular; this adorable little baby, Ryder! (I hear they give them out over there?) ANYHOO, her family is back at home for a new gig and it was time for me to FINALLY send a baby gift. He’s six months old. That’s cool, eh? Quick! Somebody find their Emily Post books!
I made a small baby quilt for summer romping. The front is pieced with red and black for the University of Georgia (where Nichole went to school) with gold (really yellow) and white for Georgia Tech for Andrew (gold and white – that’s what the Internet told me). No pattern used, I simply pulled some favorite pieces from my stash and started assembling the top. The backing is a flannel for extra snuggling.
There’s nothing more fun than making something for someone, especially when it’s one of the cutest British/Southern Kids the Internet has seen in a long time.
Have you joined Pink Castle Fabrics’ Stash Stack Club yet? Because I’m obsessed with any subscription-by-mail service these days, I knew I had to join immediately. The all-prints fabric offering follows a color theme each month. I signed up just in time for the May mailing and I’m glad I did – it was all about red! From the current selection it looks like gray is on deck for June. The fabrics are selected by Pink Castle Fabrics and In Color Order.
I’ve already started playing around with the pieces I’ve received AND upped the amount of fabrics I receive each month.
I’m proud to say I made my very first table cloth this weekend. Thanks to our smaller dining room table we purchased, I can, for the first time, make our own table cloths! A small victory, but when you’ve had a giant dining room table that required VERY expensive table cloths due to size alone, this is a big victory for crafty me. (more…)