Saturday, August 15, 2009

At long last

I've named this quilt an ode to batiks, because it all started when I fell head over heels for the background batik. I bought the entire bolt, around 18 yards, and immediately knew I was keeping the quilt for myself. Indeed, the back is simply more of the same batik.

I actually finished this a few weeks ago, but I've been curled up in it ever since and hadn't snapped a picture.

I quilted this in slightly wavy straight lines through the small squares woven through the pattern. It's the first time I've used this technique - props to Red Pepper Quilts for the inspiration. It feels softer than I expected and I loved it, though it sucked down a huge amount of thread. I lost count of how many bobbins I used, and how many times I went back to my local shop because I ran out of thread again.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Border attached!

It stopped raining! At least for long enough for me to take pictures outside. I got the inner border fully attached, and the pieces even lined up in the corners. Bonus!


I've been busy working on a commissioned quilt, and my first time with curves has proved a success! I've got it laid out with part of the inner border attached.

Pardon my feet and the wrinkles, it's a work in progress.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sneak peak

I've been busy busy busy!

Here's some of the strips hanging on the ironing board. Guess what it'll be all put together!

PS: I also finished a quilt I've been working on for myself for the last three years. Pictures soon!

Friday, July 17, 2009



Me again?

I didn't mean to disappear, but suffice it to say that it's been a really difficult last four weeks. It's only in the last day or two I've been able to find the energy to get up and actually do things.

I can't wait until I pull the pins out of my bed quilt so I can post pictures. I'm thrilled with how the quilting came out and I'm almost done putting the binding on. I just need to weave in most of the threads and fix a few tiny spots of quilting and then it's done.

Of course, this hasn't stopped me from cutting out a new quilt. I was so inspired by this quilt posted on Red Pepper Quilts that ideas have been going through my head ever since. I spent the afternoon cutting out squares to Doctor Who commentary and have quite the piles! Tomorrow they turn into half square triangle blocks.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Sneak peak

I'm busy plotting a new project!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Getting ready for quilting

I finally have a photo of my bed quilt! It's all laid out to be pinned for quilting.

The story behind this quilt is that I fell in love with the green batik, and bought the entire bolt. This is not a quilt that will ever be leaving my hands - it's all mine!

Actually back, I think

That one good day sure was fleeting. Happily, I think I am feeling better, so soon there will be more to talk about.

Yesterday I stopped at The City Quilter, my favorite mostly local quilting shop. I have a commissioned wedding quilt I needed to get fabrics for, so I dove into their batiks and emerged victorious, leaving a trail of bolts behind me.

Please excuse my foot. The quilt is going to be a variation on the gorgeous color wheel quilt by Joelle Hoverson in her new book. Instead of doing the full color wheel, I'm using some of the bride's favorite colors, purple, green, and blue. We're also changing the background to black or dark blue, so I aimed for lighter colors to increase the pop. I may put in one or two darker fabrics to play.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Back in the saddle

I got back to the sewing machine! It's back from the shop, so far playing nicely, and so I whipped up the rest of the blocks for this quilt. It's just two fabrics, but they go so well together. All credit to my sister, who picked the combo.

I also got the most adorable pin cushion in the mail today! It's by ccampbell0509 at etsy. Not only is it cute, but it's really one of the better ones I've had. The pins slide in and out with little resistance, which is perfect for using when I'm reaching behind me for a pin.

Finally, I thought I'd introduce you to the troublemaker who had me so exhausted and fuzzy these past few days. And yes, it's green!