Here's another item up for auction(made at retreat). The fabric is most of a Remix charm pack, (arranged so helpfully by Lori), bordered in Kona White, and again with backing supplied by the always wonderful Liberty. (It's a Riley Blake dot print), bound in a pretty Kona aqua color... I quilted it in double diagonal lines (thanks for the brilliant suggestion, Hollie), with (Hollie's) variegated thread... I love love love it.
My college roommate/bff and her hubs just had their first baby. OBVI I was gonna make him a baby blanket... about 4 months before he was born, I realized that as the son of 2 lawyers, nephew of 3 lawyers, and grandchild of 4 lawyers, there was only 1 thing to make.
I grabbed some navy pinstripe (a wool blend, not scratchy), and some solid blue shirting, and appliqued his full name, (but you only get to see a few letters, for his sake), using my all time fave, the blanket stitch on my Bernina, with his future title...
(sorry, I blurred out his name, but it was 3 rows, first, middle, last, all lower case, then the "esq." on the bottom line.)
I used more blue shirting to make a fluffy ruffle all around, and then the other side is plain creamy white minkee, so it's super soft for him.
perfect for a future lawyer.
(or, ya know, ceramicist. Do your own thing, kiddo. and welcome to the world, we're SO excited to have you here!)
and here's the back: those zigzag edges were not fun to bind.
C tried to take pictures of the long arm quilting I did. It was my first time, and even though I definitely made some mistakes, I think it's pretty awesome for a first time.
The main part of the quilt is like swirly waves, and then the border was sorta clamshell echos, sorta. (ideas and techniques badly copied from the FreeMotion Project)
I used a magenta-ish color (that I already had, because the Long Arm machine at Sew Modern uses the same Isacord thread that I use on my embroidery machine, so I have LOTS of colors.)
these are pics of the back, so you can see the quilting. it's a throw sized quilt, like 60x60, maybe? I forgot to measure it, and it's in Ipswitch now, so I can't measure it.
OK, prep yourself for a lengthy post... I'm gonna show you SOME of what I've been up to for the past 2 months: way back in september I pieced this first one for Robert Kaufman....
The yellow sashing here is Kona Dimensions, it's a silk cotton blend jacquard, and it's SO AMAZING. Soft like voile but not so delicate. and really really radiant.
(you've seen the scraps used for other projects already) (oh, and they're all organic!)
Then I Swooned for a while:
then I made another Seville (pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew) in the GORGEOUS satsuki fabric, this time with Kona White as the sashing:
then I played with this awesome Happy Home fabric: I made a whole kitchen set, but the quilting I did on the pot holder was my favorite:
I'm still working on getting C to repaint the kitchen so I can use all my scraps of this gorgeous line. I LOOOOOVE it.
then I think I did this:
and then this:
then I got to play! I got to DESIGN and make this one:
and then, with only a day, I whipped this puppy out:
This last one is the only one I actually quilted and bound, all the other ones went to Angela, who must be the most brilliantly talented long arm quilter in the whole world. She's seriously amazing. I'm all proud of myself for making 10 quilts, but she had 40-something at spring market, and I bet she had even more in Houston. I'm so so so honored to get to piece for her!
So that's just the quilts. I also made slipcovers, table runners, table skirts, and I hemmed about a million (ok, closer to 200, but still, a LOT) of 20" squares. RK will be posting soon about all of their stuff, but I need to start posing again, as I'm already forgetting 1/2 of it. Like, I think I did a whole 'nother quilt, but I don't remember what it was....
I think if I get the opportunity to do this many quilts again, I would like to go to Market to see them... hopefully in the spring? I really want to see them all finished and displayed!!!
the whole thing measures almost 5" square.
I love the backsides of C-Ws
I think I might need to make an Orange-peel quilt sometime soon...
I love the contrast stitching on the back...
I still need to trim threads and stuff, but my daughter stole it to be a blanket for her tiny flower fairy dolls...
Luckily C was home tonight, so he took some artsy shots for me...
C just sent me the pictures he took of it, all hanging and flat and well lit at his office... (it doesn't live there, I just made him take it there to photograph it for me, as we don't have the space to do so here) I love how ombre it is. LOVE LOVE LOVE this quilt.
Thank you, Aneela, for such a GREAT tutorial/QAL. thank you thank you thank you!
This post could also be acurately labeled as "Things that make me happy:"
I got a new planner last week (well, I picked it up last week, but I ordered it several weeks ago)
It's the LIFE planner by Erin Condren, and I chose to put my own picture on the cover (free option!), so I put my cathedral windows quilt on it. LOVE IT. It makes me SO happy. and it's useful, and I used a coupon, so it's basically a win all the way around.
I just received the Pirate Bunnies pattern, and am working on making D a matching sweater (useful) before making him the bunny (decorative)... hopefully both will be done by Xmas. I love the fabric of my little project bag, (I think it's Darlene Zimmerman, but I'm not sure), and I love mindless knitting, so this bag and the stuff inside is making me happy. (the natural wool is Cascade Ecowool, and the blue is a lighter weight wool, not sure what it is)
I've been working on my embroidered blocks; here's the one I finished in SF, and the current WIP. I'm a little stumped as to what this one lacks, but it certainly needs more... maybe a bee? I saw these teeny daisies at a bunch of parks in SF, but forgot to look at the leaves, so.... not sure what to do.... I love all the lazy daisy stitches though!
and I forgot what flower this one is based on, but my gram drew this one:
the stems were not done as planned, but I really liked the look as I was working on them, so I think I'm gonna leave them like this... I'm gonna show the close up, because I'm SO proud of my stem-stitch improvement!
Also, I have to show this: I took the picture because I love the colors, (it's my bedroom) of my Double Wedding Ring quilt and the walls, and I extra love that my daughter has taped some artwork to my wall. (the framed pic is an artsy pic of D in a field in Menocino, taken by C). Hopefully this is what my life stays like, happy and colorful and full of random artwork taped to walls....
So I made these 2 blocks a while back (shh, don't tell, but the yellow flannel-bush flower isn't actually done), but I really didn't like the black background, so I turned them into this little doll quilt.
I used... um, a light green kona that was in the backing fabric.
and the backing fabric was this really pretty, but also sort of odd, fat quarter I'd bought at Momen+ a long time ago and never used....
Here's a close up of the block I never posted:
(see the unfinished bit in the upper left corner?I just stopped.)
I hand quilted the whole thing in random straight lines, stopping about 1/2 from embroidery, and restarting 1/2" after. I LOVE it.
mostly because I can see major progress in my embroidery skills. These two blocks were mostly stem stitch with some chain and back stitching for the leaves. My stitches are finally becoming small enough to look good.
all these persnickety details mean nothing to The Bean, however, who claimed it instantly, rapped it around Maid Marion, and has used it daily.
(photos taken at the fort at the Marin Headlands, while C was taking pics of the bridge and some Anchor beer.)(for work, not for fun)
(not mine, they're already spoiled) My awesome friend Jon (one of the Bean's godfathers) and his LOVELY wife Catey, just had a baby boy. We're planning to visit them soon, but I can't wait (mostly because I want more pretty pictures (ie, the ones C takes for me) to "feature" on the home page. also because I lOOOOOOve this quilt. As does C, who is incredibly jealous of Baby S).
the top is pieced entirely out of scraps (from clothes for my family, and from J &C's wedding quilt), and then I used the most awesome thread in the world to hand quilt each little piece so that the color would blend in the front, but the back has some really cool colors/shapes.
I had a really hard time photographing the closeups, as everytime I put it down and stepped back, one of the cats would immediately test it for comfort.
Kieran here is being shooed off by the Bean as I take this picture, but he's been back. I'll wash it again, obvi, before I present it, but am nonetheless relieved it has passed the kitty-comfort test.
I'm soooo excited about getting to use fancy fabrics... I usually just buy remnants for myself, or regular old quilting cotton, but for this wedding quilt, I bought some Folksy Flannel, and some Little Folks Voile, and some Far Far Away double gauze... and then, because I liked the corderoy I used on my quilt, I got some for this one... the center of each block is a dark blue (not quite navy) thin waled corderoy... (Yale colors, since it's going to fellow Eli's for their wedding (thank goodness they don't read this!)). I'm also using various scraps that coordinate, just because.
The groom informed me that he likes green best, and she likes blue best, so I'm doing MOSTLY those colors, with pops of other colors...
I really really like it so far... I'm trying to find a balance between wonky and not wonky, so a few wonky scraps are in the mix, but the new ones are cut stright... I think the occasional wonky piece makes it more interesting...
just playing with the layout... I've never seen a string quilt with this sort of layout.....
maybe I should just make a big "Y" (KIDDING).
I think I might need a string quilt of my own...
(oh, I'm following the tute from here, and I'm using phone book pages cut to 8" square)
I also decided that for mother's day, I want roses... so I started making them tonight... I'm making a mixed baker's dozen for myself, 7 crimson, 7 butter yellow... we'll see if I go back for more lining fabric after I finish this... (I self-limited my color choices to the cheapest of the lining fabrics, but there are some really pretty pinks that I might go back for!). I used this tute, and I LOVE the result! I haven't actually sewn this one together yet, just gathered and wrapped, but so far I'm really happy with the result. This is totally next on my list!
(making an x)... I did a loose baste on the blue border, my goal is to
do some fancy hand quilting there... someday....
thimble. Now it's time to finish the Bean's quilt, and then plan one
for C. He wants a couch quilt, and I think I'll use a cowboy panel I
got over Xmas vacation to go with some of the squares.
I've never used one before. Clearly, as they've been around for
hundreds of tees, I'm late drinking the koolaid, but OMG they're
amazing!!! I have tried them before on my thumb or index finger, but
it turns out they go on your middle finger. I was able to FINISH 2.5
sides of my quilt binding soooo easily tonight, all due to my new
discovery. I'm in luuuuuurve. Seriously. If you've never used one,
it's worth trying.
I made a 15" warm block for the LA Modern Quilt Guild's charity quilt
a 12" Magic Cross block (this week's Modify Tradition block)
a 6" Forest Paths block (last week's MT block)
and I threw in an extra pinwheel... not sure what it's called, it's "Block Five" of the Pinwheel Quilt Along on P.S. I Quilt.
now workout, and then maybe a few minutes of sewing the binding on my quilt... I'm soooo close to being DONE with it!
I've pin-basted AND spray basted this quilt sandwich, but I still
haven't started quilting it!
A)I really struggled with the quilting design, but I think I've
settled on meandering diagonal lines.
B) how to quilt it. Should I do it by hand? It's REALLY big
(california King, 112ish" x 112ish"), so manouvering it through my
machine is going to be tricky
C) the bean likes it just the way it is on the bed (safety pins 'n'
all!). It's the perfect location for her to sit and shred a magazine
while I ponder quilting designs.