February 28, 2014

Our Peppermint Quilt

Finally! It's complete! A little late, worth the wait!
Really, the label says it all -

Instead of thinking "this quilt was meant to be for last Christmas," I have decided to think, "this is a really early finish for next Christmas." Eh, pretty clever? I really like the bright red binding and crisp red and white contrast. It measures 56x70. My daughter slept under it last night, and that's a big moment for a quilt. This morning, at 7am, I went in to wake her up for school and I saw the quilt was pulled way up and tucked under her chin. I thought about how quilts are a powerful extension of our love.

My daughter also loves the tossed gingerbread backing fabric and when she first saw it she said, "GINgerbreads!" and there was a wonderful squeal accent that she included as she said the word.

I managed to find the original sketch which, in all of it's arcane coded scribbles, reminds me that every project has to start somewhere. And how a simple hot mess of a sketch can become something gorgeous, containing an indescribable amount of passion and devotion.

Linking my seasonably late finish up to Finish it up Friday...Happy Quilting!

February 23, 2014

Christmas in February

I am trying to finish this "Peppermint" Christmas quilt, you know, the one that was supposed to be under the tree on Christmas morning?

I'm excited about this quilt because it's a keeper for my family. I had envisioned it being my Christmas gift to 
them this (past) holiday. My future vision for this quilt involves packing it away all year, then bringing it out exclusively at Christmas time to envelop chilly winter shoulders or lay across our laps as we watch holiday movies. Once Christmas is over, I'll fold it up until next winter. I chose to quilt it using chunky criss-cross straight stitches and bright red thread.

 It's probably taking a million years to complete this Christmas quilt because it keeps getting bumped back by other quilty projects like these...

 Sofia's Quilt (above, complete and gifted) and 
A Star Wars Portraiture quilt (below, also complete and listed here)

...and then there's the weather which greatly effects photographing completed quilts outside in "natural light."

 Ahhh, February in the Pacific Northwest. Stay dry friends.

February 10, 2014

A Star Wars Portraiture Quilt

Last September a new tradition began in our family, taking my daughter to the bus stop each morning to catch the bus to Kindergarten. She goes to a K-6th grade elementary so some of the other kids at the bus stop are older, 4 older boys and 1 older girl in total. The older boys are extremely ruckus! It's like walking into a laser tag game every morning. You have to dodge flying pine cones and sticks become loaded weapons.  What surprises me is that Star Wars seems to be one of the the main inspirations behind their gaming antics. Star Wars is, what, 40 years old and all of the kids know it, some kids know it backwards and forwards, and they still do the Darth Vader breathing sound with menacing, "Luke...I am your Father." I can't believe it! So, every morning I see this Galactic action play out and I can't help but feel affirmed in my choice of fabrics and their lasting popularity...and I wish I could take this quilt down to the bus stop to show them. I just can't risk a light saber cauterizing through it, you know?  

I used The Force and listed this quilt in my Etsy Shop, free US shipping and discounted shipping for any Galaxy far, far away. Happy Quilting!

January 25, 2014

First Finish of 2014, Sofia's Quilt

It's going to be a good year, I can feel it. My first quilt finish of this new year involves something I usually don't do - use pink. Nothing against pink, I just always gravitate towards bold, dark, cooler colors, retro patterns and anything techie. But this quit has made me fall in love with soft pink mixed with spring green. What a wonderful combo, like peanut butter and jelly, or milk and cookies.

This is one of those cases where I like the back of the quilt just as much as the front. Tailor Made pink waves (cute!) atop Out To Sea pink mermaids (cute, cute!). This mermaid print is fairly large so it works well as a back panel.

This quilt is for a baby girl named Sofia. She was conceived through in-vitro fertilization and she is nothing shy of a miracle. Her parents waited and tried 8 years to have a baby.  In the beginning, she had a brother to accompany her in the womb but he passed away early on in the pregnancy. He became her angel in their warm silent world, giving her more room to grow and showering her with golden light. Sofia fought hard and she was born at 30 weeks.  She has been in the neonatal unit for about 6 weeks now and she's almost 6 pounds. Let's just say, this little girl deserves a beautifully crafted quilt that celebrates the divine feminine power to grow and flourish. Bless your heart Sofia, and if you can read this, we are so glad you are here.

December 30, 2013

2013, In Retrospect

I asked my self recently, "How did I survive 2013?" What a year, and I am glad it is coming to a close. Through the ups and downs of this year my creative space and the time I spent quilting was a source of peaceful escape. Making a quilt was, at times, the only thing I felt like I had control over. I find that creating quilts is predictable (in a good way) which is something life in general, at times, just can't offer. So to sit down and sew or spend time cutting and piecing became a welcome space where there were no surprises. My creative space became a place where I could take a deep breath and decompress. 

 These are the quilts that got me through:

A Custom 1980s themed Plus Plus Quilt

A Scottie Value Diamond Quilt

 a custom project to make 50 Porcelain Doll Carriers

  Southern Vintage Star Quilt


The Up Up and Away Quilt

 Two Whole Cloth Quilts-

And a...
 (I just realized that I am finishing the year the way I started it by making another)
...1980s/Star Wars quilt
This was also a big year for the business side of my quilts, which I feel extremely fortunate to say. Many quilts sold and two were donated to auctions in order to help organizations raise money. I am overjoyed to think of my quilts in other peoples' homes and my original idea still remains that quilts are useful, beautiful art and life is way better under a quilt. 

Happy New Year and Happy Quilting!

December 20, 2013

3 Projects In Progress

That's right,  three projects! Sounds provocative doesn't it? Here's the next part - each project is going at a snail's pace. Um, yeah not so intriguing now is it. There's nothing about snails that "brings sexy back." Well, each project is exciting and demands my focused attention, as they always do. It's just the season, the holiday season, that slows things down. It's also me and my desire to slow down and be with my family more; to just sit on the couch and provide hugs, sessions of thumb war, read books and help with puzzles. This has been quite a year. Unlike any year I have ever lived through. This year has changed me for the better by presenting me with unbelievable challenges. I like to think I rose to the occasion each time a challenge came by working through it, day by day and sometimes hour by hour. My quilting and creative flow was a spring of relief and here are the projects that will finish up this year....

(I love making these) A Star Wars quilt, c'mon that's bitchen!

My family's Peppermint Quilt, basted, not quilted yet, maybe before Christmas though, fingers crossed.

...and last, a baby quilt for Sofia - look out world, she's a fighter - who joined us on December 14th.

 From my family to yours, may peace and warmth be ever present for you this season. Happy Quilting!