A few works-in-progress. This pile of fabric came from a fun fabric swap with Trish. I’m putting together a Christmas quilt. Don’t ask me what I’m doing, I really don’t know myself. I’m kind of making it up as I go along. I had one thing in mind and I tried it and didn’t like it, so I hacked some more up and I’m trying something else. I like how I can now refer to my quilting mistakes as “improv quilting” and sound so much more creative and cool all at the same time. I will share the final results win or loose.
I’ve been trying to find more embroidery hoops for a wall collage in my daughter’s room for a while now. I’ve had an especially hard time finding small ones. This week I hit the jackpot at the thrift store. Yay! I found 7 small and 6 medium and got them all for about $8. YES!
After the last post, a few people asked me how I find my good thrift finds. Here it is: sheer luck. I have no great tips or secrets. I don’t have a ton of time to scour every thrift store and I don’t want to accumulate a lot of stuff I don’t need, so I’m pretty selective. In fact I have just one that I hit on occasion. Maybe it helps that I generally just stick with the one because I know exactly where to go in that store and I can do a pretty quick walk through of my hot spots. And it’s totally hit or miss. Sometimes I find something fantastic, most of the time not. The last time I went I spent about 10 minutes because I had kids with me and we were only supposed to be looking for Halloween costumes and embroidery hoops. No luck that day. I just happened to take a detour past the pyrex and spotted the green bowl. Total luck. That’s all.
This last time I went I was dropping off 4 giant bags worth of cleaned-out-closets (LOVE that feeling). I ran in to check for hoops and got lucky. But didn’t come home with much else. Just totally hit or miss. Luckily for me, it was a hit that day.
Here are some of the fabrics I’m using. Once again, I will post a finished picture as soon as I finish. I’m hoping to work on this project today.
And finally, a little pile of inspiration. I recently ordered a bunch of random fabrics from Fresh Squeezed Fabrics. Some Ruby, Sandi Henderson’s Secret Garden, a Strawberry Fields print that I love, a little Joel Dewberry, . . and when they arrived I was so smitten with how they looked all together. I feel another project coming on.
Hope Saturday is (was?) good where you are. It’s a rainy, blustery day here. Perfect for staying inside and working on projects and not feeling guilty because I should be outside doing yard work.
Also thanks for the very nice comments on the last post. There were some I could not respond to personally because they didn’t have email addresses attached, but I was very touched by all of them. Thank you, thank you.
Now that my red solids are washed, I’m ready to finish my Dresden blocks!
Next, I finished top for a baby boy quilt.
This one may end up in the etsy shop.
And some kits – I figured it was about time we did something ‘boyish.’
See that print of the cars driving on roads on yellow.
My 3-year-old informed me that it’s cars driving in the desert.
I love how kids see things differently.
To me, it was just the yellow colorway of that print.
Then there’s this beauty.
Yesterday I spent the morning (thanks to the kind generosity of my awesome neighbor who watched my little boys) with my mom’s cute quilt group learning this technique for making a traditional lone star. (Is that what it’s called?? My mind just totally went blank.)
For now, I’ll keep it to one star. My colors are inspired by Sandy and Nanette. I based everything around that turquoise. I love it.
I’m excited to see this one come together.
Can you tell I’m into bright colors these days? Maybe it’s my taupe/beige walls that need some cheering up. Maybe it’s my subliminal desire for summer.I’ve always been a little (okay, a lot) intimidated by this quilt pattern. Matching points on squares is daunting enough, but diamonds cut on the bias. Eeek. But this method was so slick!
It’s from a company called QuiltSmart and is so nifty! Basically, it’s like paper piecing only you don’t use paper you use pre-printed sheets of adhesive stabilizer, that you don’t have to remove when you are done. I’m not far along, so I’ll report back on my progress. Has anyone else out there used Quilt Smart before? I think I’m hooked.
Boy, do I have a ton of WIP(s). (How do you pluralize an abbreviation?)
More than usual, I think. The store I work for, American Quilting in Orem, Utah is part of the Wasatch Front shop hop mid-way through June. And I get to make 3 new quilts for the store before then. And I’d better get a jump on them now because I will soon have twice as many kids at home all day. 🙂
I am so excited for my first little project because I get to use the above Jelly Roll and Honey Bun! American Jane. I know, I’m so lucky. I think I’ll make one for myself in the process. 🙂
Next, I’m doing a quilt with a bunch of Amy Butler fabric. I know! Working with cool fabric that I didn’t even have to pay for. Some how I didn’t get a picture of the third pile, but it’s a more traditional, summery-looking table topper from this issue of APQ. (I started writing this post and realized I didn’t have the picture, but I’m too lazy to go take one, wait for it to load, etc. because the kids will be home from school any minute.) But I will show you this pile. These blocks are from the Block-of-the-Month quilt at American Quilting. We are finishing-up next month (and currently taking sign-ups for next year’s quilt that starts in July, if you’re in Utah and you’re interested.) Do you like my Dresden Plate? I feel so cool since these blocks are suddenly everywhere. But I really want to make one that looks like Vanessa’s or Sherri’s with bright, retro looking colors. Mmm.
And speaking of sign-ups for this year’s BOM here is a conversation that one of my co-workers had with a woman who called for information. The quilt is always a mystery quilt, but Amy, the owner and designer, always gives a theme. (And the quilt always turns out amazing.) This year was Americana, last year was spring, year before was winter, etc. So here is my co-worker, Gloria’s conversation:
Gloria: “Well, it’s always a mystery quilt, but this year the theme is a garden theme with a more primitive motif.”
Lady-on-the-phone: (after a long pause) “You mean . . . like . . . dinosaurs?”
A few new works-in-progress. First, binding the Recess quilt. It is turning out very cute. I will post finished pictures after it’s washed and cozy. That’s my favorite part of quilting – pulling that finished quilt out of the dryer. Well, one of my favorite parts.
I’m making good progress on my bag using Nanette‘s pattern. Maybe I will finish tonight. And then I’m going to make some more! This is a new pile I pulled out last week. I’m loving all the pink, red, and aqua/blueish quilts I’m seeing all over the blogosphere, so I decided to jump on that band-wagon. This is for a baby quilt. I had hoped it would be for my wonderful next-door neighbor, but she just found out she is having her fourth boy, so we’re going to come-up with something else for her! This little pile of scraps is for a Valentine’s table runner. I have a little kitchen table. It has a butterfly-leaf in it to make it expand into a bigger-square size table, but most of the time we keep it small. So regular table runners don’t work. If I do try to use them they encroach onto the eating space and end up with mashed potatoes and yogurt and all kinds of other food squished on them. I’m hoping a smaller size will still look cute, but reduce the spill-overs. I am realistic, however, and don’t expect it to ever make it through completely unscathed.If you want your own little pile of Valentine scraps, go check out Kim’s 100th post! I know Kim through my job at the quilt store in Orem. She is an amazing quilter. She has a very fun blog where she shares all kinds of tutorials and ideas. Go check it out!
Look at all those goodies! Also a work-in-progress: my healing finger. The pointer finger on my left hand had a head-on collision with the rotary-cutter last week. (Actually, the cutter ran into the side of my finger, next to the finger nail.) So stupid. I haven’t had a major rotary-cutter injury that I can remember. Of course it happened as I was trimming the batting from the Recess quilt and in the middle of pulling out piles of the above stuff and feeling so productive! I also had a bunch of kids at my house and couldn’t run to the doctor to see if I needed stitches. So I just band-aided and taped it really tight. The bleeding stopped and so far I’m doing okay. I had my dad check it last night and it appears to not be infected. Lame.
Oh, so many projects in the works right now. I think I am wearing too many hats. First: two projects for the store where I spend some grown-up time. One with this yummy felted wool and a quilt with a gazillion random plaids. It’s called the Boyfriend quilt. It’s SO cool when it’s all put together, quilted and washed. I will post pictures when it is done. (I made one 5 years ago, but it’s time to update.) Right now I’m up to my eyeballs in piles of plaid. Next, plans for an Etsy business using some of these beauties (and dozens more.) Should be very cool. I’m so excited for it. This is a giant leap for me. But I’m hoping the market research I’ve done locally will pay off.Then I have this pile of baby-gift stuff that I WILL finish this week. Nursing covers and diaper clutches. One for a friend who had her baby over a month ago. Sigh.On top of that: major design work on this humble little blog. I decided a month ago to just go a head a start something. If I waited until too long to get everything perfect, it just might never happen. So this is one of my biggest works-in-progress.
In other totally random/really cool news I went to my first ‘tweet-up’ this week. I am not a ‘twitterer’ – still haven’t totally come out of the technological stone-age- but I’m working on it. The very famous DesignMom/K*rtsy founder, Gabrielle Blair was in town for the Start-up Princess conference in Midway, Utah. (I SO wish I could have been there.) But I did make it for the Salt Lake meet-up.
This is so out of my comfort zone. Most of my social engagements include hauling kids, fruit-snacks & pretzels to the park. It was REALLY fun to do something fun and social. Gwen Bell (Gabi’s K*rtsy partner) was also really fun to meet. She wrote about it here. (And you can even see me in the picture. I am third from the left. Woo. I feel so famous.)
It was really cool to see Gabi, who I totally remembered from college. And we finally figured out where: the freshman dorms. Also Kelly Anderson, *THE* Start-up Princess who was also a good friend from college -we were roommates for a semester in London. (You’ve got to love when people from your past become famous. Seriously, I’m so proud of these girls. Both busy moms with kids, who took some creative initiative and are doing very exciting things. And still being moms.) And so much fun to meet the other amazing women there! Women who are doing what I want to do, but are so much farther ahead in the game than where I am right now. They were all so engaging and gracious and FUN. The most embarrassing moment of the night: coming in late and suddenly being asked if I have a blog by this hipper-than-hip group and wishing I had a much cooler blog to share with them. The coolest moment of the night: feeling the love and the real encouragement by these experienced women – feeling glad that I just took the plunge to show-up, start-up, and dream. Now back to work. . .
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