Friday, November 29, 2013

Instead of Sewing...

...I've been mostly just thinking about sewing.  Especially after we took the girls to the movies over the holiday weekend and saw Frozen.  Not only was it a great girl-power sort of fairy tale, it was visually gorgeous.

Image from Disney Concepts & Stuff by Brittney Lee
All the scandinavian designs, the details on the costumes, the colors...everything about it just screamed out quilt to me.

If only I could get all the ideas to gel into something!  But for now I'm good with just letting all this stuff marinate for a while longer.

Image from Disney Concepts & Stuff
And since I've been avoiding the actual sewing machine, I decided to gather the girls together for a baking project instead.  We kept the Frozen theme going with some melted snowman and snowflake cookies (excuse the poor-quality cell photo - they got eaten pretty quickly!)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

One Step Closer To An Amis Finish...

There's always such a great feeling of satisfaction when a quilt top is completed!  Although these few photos aren't great, I'm sure that there will be lots more photos to share when the entire quilt is finished - and I'm smart enough to avoid photographing on a windy day at the height of the noon sun.

I was so pleased that the Rangoon blocks (and partial seams in general) were not as difficult as I first worried!  It really is quite a lovely block both on its own and in a crowd of friends.

My other fear was that the brown when paired with touches of lime green and peach would read too seventies.  I think that once the entire top was together, I didn't have anything to worry about.  Does anyone else habitually have that panicky feeling about two-thirds of the way through a quilt that nothing is working out quite like you'd hoped?  It seems like I have that happen a lot...but when all is finally sewn together and seen as a whole, it all turns out pretty good!

I really love the border design on this quilt top - those small squares let me throw in a few extra fussy-cut owls and wolves for fun.  The Les Amis line is just so cute and made for fussy cutting!

Now it's onto figuring out how to create the back and then a quilting design...

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Little Bits Add Up...

I'm definitely sorry to say that I don't have another big reveal to share yet.  The Rangoon quilt top is still just shy of being complete, so I didn't end up meeting my self-imposed deadline of an October finish.  I guess I just got carried away with my black and white herringbones!  But since I finished that top, my week has been filled with a few little successes that have been on my to-do list for FAR too long.

I was simply buried under a pile of minky scraps from my cuddle blanket finishes in August and was trying to figure out if they were worth saving.  My oldest kept playing around with them and eventually asked me to make her a scarf with them.  "Sure - that's easy!" I said...and then promptly got around to it two months later.  Ah well - it's done now and checked off the list!  Of course, I still have enough minky scraps for at least 4 more scarfs, but all in good time.

The girls have been pretty interested in painting and crafting lately and our arts and crafts area is always the kitchen table.  Until this point, I had been using a fairly small scrap of laminated fabric that only covered about half the table but a trip with a friend up to Mardens gave me the excuse I needed to finally get off my butt and get some materials for a tutorial that I had seen in the August 2013 Parents magazine for a DIY tablecloth.  Laminated fabric is a mom's best friend - gorgeous fabric to decorate your table and you can clean up food messes, spilled and dried on paint, glue stick remnants and even markers with a simple swipe of a wet wipe.

Wait - did I say proper tablecloth?  How about this instead...I bought 2 yards of this beautiful cranberry Joel Dewberry oilcloth for $10 - that's right $10!! - and simply used my sewing scissors to cut curves around the fabric pattern, slapped it on the table and called it a day.  Check!

And that pesky pair of jeans that has needed a patch for a while now is finally fully dressed with a scrap of Salt Water that's a pretty good color match.  Check!

So not much showstopping stuff happening around here, but it feels awfully good to have so many little things done and off my list!  But speaking of a Showstopper - I saw this new pattern by Don't Call Me Betsy earlier this week and have been drooling over it ever since.  It looks like a lot of work, but certainly seems worth it to me!

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Back with a Black & White Bang!

Alright gang, I know that it's been pretty darn quiet around here lately.  But rest assured that my sewing machine has truly been getting quite a workout.  I just didn't think that you'd want to see a long line of posts about my continued machine production of black and white Broken Herringbone blocks for my MSBHQAL project.

I really didn't think that I'd manage to submit anything for Molli's wrap up linky party that has some fabulous prizes on the line, but I busted out over 20 blocks in just over a month and was able to throw together this quilt top.

My color scheme was based off of this beautiful palette

Even though my blues turned out a little more electric and bright, I think the colors still play really nicely together!

I don't know why I've kept black/white prints mostly for bindings before now.  I love how sharp and crisp they look next to those bright colors - each block that I created was so much fun to see as a completed square!  The scrappy black sashing gave each block a little chance to breathe without breaking up those geometric shapes.

I also had fun sparsely throwing in a few prints that showed a pop of color. The stripes of goldfish below were what sparked the idea.  They were just too cute to not make an appearance.

Surf 3 & 4

My original plan was to make it 6 blocks wide by 6 or 7 blocks tall - I'll probably end up going back to block making a ways down the road and add to it when I can put a fresh pair of eyes on it.  But for now, I think it looks exactly as I was hoping it would - scrappy but still fresh and bright!

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