Monday, August 27, 2012

Innocent Path Quilt

I started this quilt a couple of weeks ago on a whim.  It came to be because I've been dreaming of Fall and the intense jewel tones of Innocent Crush seemed just perfect for a cozy Fall quilt.  I have always LOVED this collection, and I've had this fabric for quite a while, but I've never fallen in love with a patchwork design for it.  Until now... 

I started this quilt just cutting triangles, not knowing exactly how I wanted to arrange them.  I used this EZ Angle template which I got when I made this pillow.  First, I was envisioning a single, straight column of triangles flanked by wide columns of linen on both sides.  But as I started forming rows, I thought offsetting the printed triangles and creating a turning path would be more interesting.     

In the end, I came up with this patchwork design.  I repeated the triangles in linen instead of just adding strips because I wanted a continuous triangle pattern over the quilt top.  And frankly, it was probably easier.  I'm calling this quilt Innocent Path. 

I plan to back this quilt in flannel and omit the batting, so it'll be nice and cozy but not too heavy.    Can't wait to finish this one up!  It has me dreaming of the glow of Fall, campfires, crunchy leaves, hot soup, and chilly mornings.    

What are you working on for Fall?  

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Life Lately

We discovered that our camera was broken a year or two ago.  It was/is still usable, but centering a photo was near impossible - just aim up and a little to the left, but not too much.  I constantly chopped the kids' heads off in photos.  Also, getting a clear image was a lot more difficult then when we first bought it.  Soooo, anyway, with the baby on the way, we decided to get a new camera.  We got a Canon Rebel T3i and a "nifty fifty" lens a friend recommended, which is working fantabulously in our low lit home.   I have a lot to learn in the photography arena, but I have had fun capturing some snippets of our life lately...

Some pretty Pentas in our garden...

Just one of our garden gargoyles...
Sleepy Gargoyle

A new quilt in the works...
Something in the works

Siblings **love**...

Butterfly on a fun trip Joe and I took to the museum with his Aunt CJ and cousin Riley...
Museum Butterfly

Park Time!  Today was the nicest day we've had in a while.  It's been raining cats and dogs...
Park Fun

Just a little fun and sparkle in our kitchen window...

Sweet Dulcie dog...
Dulcie Dog

I have a lot more to share and look forward to brightening up this space as we start to figure out our new toy!

Monday, August 20, 2012

What Don't You Think A Rainbow Shines?

Maggie is learning to sound out and write her own sentences.  It's so fun to see her learn something new and how excited and OBSESSED she becomes with it (I have no idea who she gets that from!).  All weekend she came up with sentences to write in her journal.  This one is my favorite.

Maggie's Sentences

I knew that journal would be a hit!  

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

My Hexy Quilt

I feel like I'm finally resurfacing this week from a cruddy illness that knocked me out for a while.  It was no fun, but at least I had some down time.  This week I've been working on quilts because I feel the need to finish some before the baby arrives.  I have four quilts in progress!  I will share a little about each one here over the next couple of weeks.

Today, I'm thinking about my version of Katy's fabulous Hexy MF quilt, which I'm making as part of Fat Quarterly's quilt along.  My version is smaller than the original layout here.  I opted for just 39 flowers in the main applique (7 columns alternating 6 and 5 flowers each) and I made them from 1" hexagons instead of 1.5".  

*via ImAGingerMonkey on flickr
Soooooo, over the summer I've been working away on these fun flowers and I finally have enough for the main applique part of my Hexy MF quilt!  I have to say I have LOVED making these.  Ive found that english paper piecing (EPP) is kinda like knitting for me, except once you get the hang of it, you really don't have to think at all.  It's relaxing and makes me feel old-fashioned.      

Now, that's a nice stack-o-flowers, but, I have a ways to go with this quilt.  Next I'll start sewing these together and then applique the whole piece to a background fabric.  Which brings me to where I'm stumped - background fabric.  This quilt will be for the baby.  I love how Summersville has played with dark and bold solids, but I want this quilt to be light and cheery and a little bit girly.  I could just go with a solid white background or maybe a light grey.  But, I'm just not typically a straight-up solids kinda gal.  I could do a different type of blender like Sketch or Quilter's Linen, but what color?  Or, I also like the idea of a subtle dot fabric like this, but would that be too busy?  

Hexy MF - background suggestions?!?!

Here they are on top of a piece of Kona Ash. 

Hexy MF - need a background

What do you think?  Solid, crosshatch, dots?  Something else?  For the first time, I'm stumped!  I would love your input.  In the meantime, I'm back to quilting!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A Little Sewing: Clutches

I felt pretty good today, so I did some sewing!  I've been thinking about adding some new clutches to my shop on Etsy, so I tried out a couple of options.

I actually finished this first clutch a week or so ago.  I used the Envelope Clutch pattern by Anna of Noodlehead.  Such a clever, fun pattern to sew!  This fabric is from Khristian A Howell's Desert Daydream collection.  I picked it out a while back specifically for clutches.  I was drawn to the design because it's a bit chevron-ish, but different.  The clutch has a magnetic snap and an inner pocket for a few cards. 

Envelope Clutch

Envelope Clutch Inner

Envelope Clutch Stuffed

I made this clutch using the patchwork chevron strip I came up with last week.  I love this one!  The chevron patchwork is made from Michael Miller's Cotton Couture fabrics and the coordinating outer fabric is Essex yarn-dyed linen in denim.  Love, love, love this stuff!  I also love the bright polka-dot lining and wrist strap. 

Chevron Pouch

Chevron Pouch Reverse Side

Chevron Pouch Inner

I plan to list both of these items in my shop on Etsy, along with some custom clutch options.  I would love to offer the chevron clutch in this design but with different color schemes.  I would also like to offer some other items with a patchwork chevron design - maybe more list-takers or, as suggested by my friend Mary - camera straps (brilliant!).

I've been doing more reading and relaxing (and watching lots of the Olympics) lately, and have been inspired by stories, some meaningful blog posts, and all kinds of good things people are doing out in the creative world.  It has made me think a lot about everything I do in this new creative life I've made for myself.  Perhaps I'll share some of that here soon.  Wishing you all some unexpected inspiration!