My labour day deadline is fast approaching, so I need to start making decisions. I keep flip flopping back and forth between a classic or a freeform look for the quilt.
Modern free form waves?
I started my shopping, as I’m committed to my beach blue colour scheme. Last Friday I biked up to Effiloché, a nearby store filled with neat fabrics (and knitting yarn as well). I browsed about and was happy to pick out a few blues. Then back at home I made an order with Sew Fresh Fabrics, one of my favorite Etsy fabric shops. Now I get to patiently wait for my package to arrive. Or maybe not I think I’m going to start playing around a bit in anticipation.
I’ve made quite a few greenish themed baby quilts over the last couple of years, so I’m ready for something new. I’m thinking nautical themed. Lots of blue and yellow and white and red. Maybe some grey thrown in to balance things out.
I’m starting with a really neat fat quarter of fabric I bought while in Paris, at a quilting shop called Le Rouvray:
Moucheron #3 Marine
Isn’t it neat? It’s called “moucheron”, as in “little flies”.
It reminds me a lot of the time we spend in New Brunswick visiting family. Here are some pictures from previous trips:
Back to fabric!
I hunted around a bit on etsy and found this beautiful blue sailboat fabric:
The Fleet Navy from Seven Seas – Cloud9 Organic fabrics
Then I found lots more neat stuff:
Fish Scale in Tea by Alexander Henry Fabrics
Mountainz in Mint from Monsterz – Cloud9 Organic
Scribble in Gray from Happy Drawing – Cloud9 Organic fabrics
Static in Yellow from Monsterz – Cloud9 Organic fabrics
I was recently away for a couple of weeks (more about that another time) and upon my return I was excited to see a big envelope siting on my kitchen table waiting for me (I am very thankful for friends who are able to drop by to bring in the mail and water the plants!).
I’m not sure yet quite what I’m going to do with all the charms. For now I’ve been enjoying flipping through them, using them as a sort of catalogue of fabric designs out there. I don’t get to see many “in person” on a regular basis since there are not many designer fabric stores nearby to me (or at least not within my daily walk/bike trajectories, I tend not to stray too far from home on a daily basis). I generally stick with Fabricville or buying online (though this summer I should take some time to go a a few kms out of my way to explore what my city has to offer). So I’ve been spending quality time flipping through, enjoying all the rainbow goodness. Good picks everyone!
I particularly like this red print. Perhaps a dress?
And in case reading blogs has been getting you down because everything looks too perfect, a “behind the scenes” look at what goes on in my home. Yes, that is our little cat Lola trying to bite her way into a bag of catfood. After I shooed her off the table and resumed taking pictures, she decided it was time to grab onto my skirt with her claws and not let go. Fun times. And yes, my home is cluttered. Fact of life when you live in an apartment and have lots of stuff.
I’m slow in updating here. Combination of being on vacation and being in the middle of a major craft room overhaul. I’ve already posted about the loot that was waiting for me at home, and I’ve got lots of other stuff to share, including loot that I picked up while away, and how my two zip hipster fared after sustained use. Today however I’m going to share a project I started specifically to take on vacation with me, and I will continue to work on this summer outside on my lunch hour, and on future mini weekends away camping.
It’s no secret I enjoy paper piecing. I’ve made many hexie projects. This time I wanted to try something a little different, and stumbled upon this over on Flickr. That was it! So I grabbed a bunch of scraps left over from my red and white and black project (still in progress!), printed out the templates, and packed it all up in a little clear case.
Since I planned on taking my project on the plane with me, I made sure to organize myself so I wouldn’t need scissors. I know that according to the CATSA website my little swan scissors would be acceptable, but the idea of bringing a sharp object onto a plane just doesn’t seem safe to me, so I used a little pack of travel dental floss to cut my thread, and precut some of the fabric to size.
As a bit of an aside, I’m really glad I didn’t bring them on the plane with me! While I was waiting to board the plane to come home I noticed a woman across from me pull out a craft bag very similar to mine, filled with needlepoint supplies. “wow! Another crafter!” I thought to myself. Then it started: ” How come SHE is allowed to bring her scissors on the plane and I wasn’t allowed MY pen knife!”. A man sitting nearby had had his knife confiscated by security and was quite sore about it, and passive aggressively grumped about this woman’s tiny sewing scissors for a very long time. Reinforces why I don’t bring scissors on a plane, and stick to dental floss containers!
Totally off topic, isn’t this pizza box amazing? The pizza inside was pretty good too
I’m playing around with some scraps I had from cutting up my purple fabric for that massive colour wheel swap (all done cutting, phew!) and a few strips from a grey jelly roll. At first I was leaning towards a more modern zig zag, but I think I like the pinwheel like design more. Choices . . .
The colours are a bit off (thank you lack of natural light + iphone!), but at least its a good visual of the contrast.
It seems like everyone I know is expecting lately. I feel like I can’t go to a family gathering without someone making a “big announcement”. It must be my age, or something.
I look on the bright side of things: crafting goals! It’s tough sometimes to be creative “just for fun”, so it’s nice to have a goal within which to get things done. Right now I’m getting started on a quilt for one of the (many) expecting mothers, with the hopes of getting this one out of the way so I’m not frantically sewing them all up at the last minute. The parents have decided to go with a safari theme for the baby’s room. Check out the set they picked:
I went through my stash and picked out some coordinating colours:
I’m going to use that charm pack on the right hand side to make a bunch of half square triangles. Once they are all sewed up I will play around with design, but for now I’m digging the colours.
And in case you were wondering, yes, that’s a shovel you see in the background of the above picture. This is what our alley looks like at the moment:
I have been taking the little bit of downtime I have over the holidays to play around with some quilting ideas. I have a few close family members with babies on the way in the spring, so I am taking advantage of not having to produce any baby quilts for a little while to play around with new ideas.
Tube quilting is a great way to produce lots of blocks fairly quickly using jelly roll strips (2.5″x~45″). I really like using precuts like jelly rolls and charm squares, because I do not like cutting fabric, so the less cutting, the better!
Here is a link to a great tutorial from Ginger Quilts that explains the concept really clearly, and best of all, is not in video format! Is it just me, or do other people dislike watching video tutorials? I can see their usefulness for complicated concepts and for people who prefer to learn that way, but for me I much prefer a nice typed out explanation with pictures or illustrations. I can slowly work my way down the page figuring out each step as I go.
Here are some of the different arrangements I came up with using the resulting blocks:
As you can see, I like drawing out my patterns to get a feel for how they work together (it’s the Engineer in me):
One of the work in progresses I was working on for awhile was an advent calendar, a little countdown to Christmas that I filled with treats. I made it with a selection of green quilting cottons I had leftover from making a baby quilt this summer, so I went with a green + brown theme, and used a red trim. I really like it. It isn’t perfect, but that wasn’t really the point, the point was to make something for fun that I would use. I think I succeeded.