Sunday, January 31, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Where do I begin? Well, this is actually the quilt that inspired it all. Aneela of comfortstitching came up with this one last summer. I immediately fell in love with it and knew I had to make one. But I didn't really know when or what colors or anything.
Until then I saw this....
photos courtesy of film in the fridge
Ashley of Film in the Fridge had this as the back of her nine-patch quilt. I love nine-patch quilts, but the back of this one won me over.
I LOVE the dark Kona coal and all the scrappy colors with the white border. Love.it.
So, this is what I came up with:
And again - I love it! The one thing I wish I maybe would have changed is to have a larger white border, but for every bit I make that larger, either the gray or colors get smaller. At some point I might re-work this block to make it a different size and play with that stuff, but for now, this works!
Technically what I've shown is only a half block, as the block (as the original tutorial is written) makes a 14"-ish block out of four 7.5" (or in my case, I squared to 7.25").
I'll be sharing more (and hopefully better pictures!) over on the Nittany Block Party blog in the next day or so for anyone who's interested in making something similar!
Wanda wanted 12.5" improv blocks with "people" fabric in the middle. I didn't think had any people fabric and then realized my mermaid fabric would work. So I chose the aqua mermaid and went with coordinating aqua/green/brown fabrics.
For the second block, I remembered I had some of Aneela's beautiful fabric (her own designs!) and chose the cute skippity girls. I love this block - I love the cute little girls and tried to stick with aqua/blue and red pops of color. And of course, how could I make a block with little jump-ropers and not finish it off with some Katie Jump Rope fabric?Aren't they so cute? I could do a whole quilt in this color scheme - I love it!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I have quite a bit more on there now than is shown in the picture, but you at least get an idea of some of the things I'm working on!
Friday, January 15, 2010
Craft Hope has opened up a shop on etsy and every item being sold (including my dress) has been donated by the crafters. The proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders. Even if you're not the market for a dress, please check out the shop. There are some amazing things that have been donated and it's for a great cause that desperately needs the funds right now.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I wanted to join for a few reasons. I thought that it would be a great way to push myself to finish more quilts this year. I love quilting, but the shop often robs me of quilting time when filling orders. But, as with anything, when I have a deadline or a commitment, I find a way to make it happen. I also thought it would be a great way to try and learn new blocks, especially things I might not try on my own.
So, I ended up joining three quilting bees this year. Nittany Block Party (though the Illini in this house would object strongly to this bee's name!), Modern Tradition, and The Bee's Knees. You can find links to each bee's blog on the right hand side of my page, and also find our groups on flickr.
The first blocks I worked on this month were for Tracy of The Bee's Knees. She wanted Wonky Pinwheels and has a blue/brown combo going - very pretty!
Here are my blocks for this month. I hope she likes them!
These were easy blocks and went together fast. I'm especially glad I checked our group blog before putting them together as the tutorial she provided has the smaller part of the pinwheel towards the center - opposite of what Tracy wanted. Phew!
I already have 2 of my blocks picked for this year (one more to go!) and my first month is February for the Nittany bee. My biggest problem was deciding which of the two to do first! But, I figured out what I want last night and will spend some time tonight working on some practice blocks. I'm working off a tutorial for a block but want to change it up a bit, thanks to an inspirational quilt. More on that later!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I'm a very lucky girl!
Remember this block? What I've turned my attention to next. Loving the colors - can't wait to see it all pieced!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
I try....I really do. But I just simply lack the awesome photography skills necessary to capture the items in their full glory like Kelly can! Well, that and she also happens to have two very adorable models available 24/7. My only willing model (Noah doesn't count when it comes to skirts and dresses!) can't even walk yet. I think that may be a sign that my "boy" items need to come sooner rather than later! ;-)
Here are some sneak peeks in the meantime. These are just a few - there are more already listed in the shop and even more to come! Tomorrow, more quilting!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
What do you think?
Friday, January 1, 2010
I have big plans for 2010....so many new shop items to debut (and not just at Noah and Lilah...HomeModern also!), new studio space, three online quilting bees...just to name a few. Much more on all that to come, but in the meantime, take a look at what we've been up to over here (and why I haven't posted since before Christmas!):