“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way--things I had no words for.”

~ Georgia O'Keeffe

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Amaryllis, Baby Girl Quilt

Finished another quilt! This quilt was inspired by another one of my quilts, the Whirleygig Quilt. I just loved the fabrics in that quilt and wanted to use them to create something saturated with those warm colors. I chose to use a half square triangle technique to create a zig-zag chevron design, contrasting the greys with the warm reds, pinks and golds. It was a lot of piecing and lining up points but I think it turned out very pretty, indeed.

Most of the fabrics are from various lines by Denyse Schmidt but there is also Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Sandi Henderson and Lotta Jansdotter. The most special part of this quilt is the backing! My 90 year old mother-in-law graciously gave me some of her fabric from when she was a seamstress back in the day. I was delighted to find about 5 yards of this soft pale pink and white cotton fabric in the stash she gave me. My husband said it was probably at least 40 years old so I decided to give it a good hot wash and a tumble dry to see how it held up. It was gorgeous, soft and oh so pretty! 

I had originally planned to back it with the usual pink flannel, as soon as I got around to ordering it but then I was presented with a lovely vintage gift and it is perfect! I will be backing many more quilts with this fine fabric, thanks to Noni!

Amaryllis, Baby Girl Quilt. Measures 45" x 35. Perfect for a toddler bed or crib.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Back to the Drawing Board

This bag was originally going to be my new design for a large tote for the shop. It was completed a few weeks ago during my zipper melt-down period. It was a lot of work and I don't think I'll be making another, so back to the drawing board for something more manageable. I purposely allowed my 19 year old daughter, Eliza, to choose the fabrics just in case I decided not to feature it in the shop. Lucky for her it is now hers. I wanted to create a large bag with a sturdy, heavy duty zipper that could be used as a  gym bag, overnight bag, diaper bag or book bag. I just need to make a few changes to the overall design and the zipper installation, now that I am more confident in the zipper department.

I love the fabric combo and plan to use it again with my new design. The two fabrics in the front and back are from Anna Maria Horner's newest line, Field Study. The side panel is from her Innocent Crush line and the Zipper panel is Paula Prass Botanika. I always use heavy cotton canvas for the lining and straps in my bags which makes them very sturdy. I hope to have a revised design very soon. I'm excited to get some large bags in the shop!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sassy Zipper Pouches! (aka: my love/hate relationship with zippers)

I have made a few zipper pouches in the past in order to hone my zipper skills. No matter how many pouches I made I still was not getting the whole zipper thang, there had to be an easier way! I had purchased a whole bunch of colorful zippers with good intentions of practicing and practicing and practicing until I had it down but I'd get frustrated with the results and throw the project across the room in a huff, vowing never to attempt zipper installation ever, ever again...and the rest of my zippers sat at the bottom of my drawer forgotten and unloved. A whole year later I had recovered enough to consider revisiting those sad little zippers to see if I had grown stronger and more resistant to zipper failure. I referenced several online tutorials but just found them confusing so I trudged on, figured out where I was making my mistakes, created a few prototypes and in the end created my own pattern for a fool-proof zipper pouch, so there! I was so excited that I had finally conquered the zipper that I went ahead and used all of those neglected zippers to create a bunch of sassy Zipper Pouches for my Etsy shop, yeah!

Only $15.00 each!

The perfect gift for Teacher or that special friend that listens to you whine on and on about how much you hate zippers!