January 8, 2015

Fortunate Son













I had the wonderful opportunity this winter to make a custom baby quilt for a baby boy! Even though he's only 4 months old, this quilt is on the big side for him presently as it measures 55x72, but he can grow into it as he eventually moves into a big boy bed. The fabric we chose was from designer Sarah Watson and her fabric line called Indian Summer. It's such soft, buttery fabric and makes for a supple quilt that you can't resist touching. It's based on the idea of a whole-cloth quilt, where the fabric is used as a whole piece, but I added a contrasting panel on the front and back to add some extra width. On the back is Kona cotton, my favorite. I think turned out splendidly! Enjoy your quilt, little one.




December 11, 2014

A new home (squared)

Well, well, well, my Sunny Morning Farmhouse Quilt went to a new home recently. Love. 


I remember sitting in the driver's seat of my car, hand sewing the binding onto the back, while my kids were taking summer classes. A ballet class for her and a bug/science class for him. I would spend the time they were away wearing a thimble, contently stitching, and switching channels on the radio. Bliss. 



The design of this quilt is Double Irish Chain. I search pinterest specifically for Irish Chin designs, they are versatile and always make for a stunning quilt. I will make more. Also, our house got a bright blue coat of paint this summer. It feels like a new home and I like saying, "We live in the blue house."





It wasn't until I took this quilt out to photograph it that I realized the bright blue makes for quite a vibrant, artsy backdrop. I am loving the bright quilt againt bright blue. I like to live life on the bright side.

October 22, 2014

A Gifted Year


I am so very proud to say that all of the items I have made this year have been given away, as gifts. What an exhilarating feeling, not only to complete and wrap up a handmade item for someone special, but to feel their exhilarating upon receiving. In some cases I have gotten beautifully sweet notes in the mail with pictures of smiling faces wrapped in a quilt with words of thanks. Believe me, it's my pleasure.

 ------------A Peppermint Quilt for my family-----------


-----------Sophia's Quilt-----------

---------A summer wedding present Feather Quilt for Mathew and Spring-------


 ----A travel purse for my niece (she went to London, Baby!)-----
 
------------Orange Appreciation Pillows (for Adam, who appreciates orange)----------
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I hope at the very moment someone opens a gift I've made, they feel no worry, no stress; I hope the feelings are only pleasant. I hope they feel loved and transported to a kind, simple place where handmade gifts mean time for celebration. I have just as much fun making these goodies as recipients do opening them.

August 18, 2014

The Feather Quilt

This is my first feather quilt! I made this quilt over spring, and ironically the woman who received it as her wedding present (I have written about her before) is named Spring! Thank you, I needed a good coincidence!












I foresee making many, many more feather quilts in the future. This has become one of my favorite patters by Anna Maria Horner. One finished feather block is a whopping 9" wide by 18" tall, which makes the assembly of the quilt top (once the individual feathers are done) come together satisfyingly fast. Also, the feather blocks can be turned sideways here and there for an eye-catching effect.

The fabrics that make up the feathers in my quilt are from designer Sarah Watts and her line Timber and Leaf. I love the combo of turquoise and brown that this quilt follows, which matches Spring's wedding colors. The binding around the edge is mostly leftover scraps from the feathers. I decided to use straight stitch quilting, in a wave-like pattern (I call it "strata design") in which the waves grow and shrink with each new layer. I like it! It's queen size, perfect for a bride, the queen of her castle afterall.

And I heard this quilt got a permanent smear of raspberry wedding cake frosting after a post-wedding cake nosh fest in bed, well well. What happens under the feather quilt, stays under the feather quilt.

June 12, 2014

Orange Appreciation






 

We know a young man who is turning 16, learning to drive, and likes the color orange. He is my husband's cousin's fiancee's son...and, well, he's family. All I had to go on for his 16th birthday present was that he likes orange. For a quilter such as myself, this information is plenty and leaves a wide range of freedom for maximum creativity. If I knew he liked orange and triangles, for example, then my range of creativity lessens, and I am basically assigned to making something with orange triangles. So these pillows - a couple of comfort items for his room - are the result of maximum creativity at work. You might recognize some of the fabrics. There's some Kate Spain's "Good Fortune," Alexander Henry's "la virgencita," and Lotta Jandsdotter's "Echo," among others. There's lots of pattern and color play, and somewhere in the middle of the project I learned that his room is orange and black. Ooooh. More information, and the result of this additional information is the black binding around the edge. He's a good kid and I hope these bring him comfort. Being 16 is hard work.