January 20, 2010

Up until recently, my 2 year old's intrest in drawing has been only to color on walls, floors and windows. for exactly one minute.

He is now "drawing" on paper! and not only that, he is drawing specific things! Or at least, thats what he tells me. His favorite thing to "draw"? Monkeys. And snow. I think its hilarious that he will prented to color on a sheet of white paper and then tell me its snow.

That kid is hilarious.

January 19, 2010

So for my sister's 21st birthday, I told her I would make her a quilt from fabric of her choosing. After a failed trip to Joann's and a few hours surfing the internet, she settled on Alexander Henry's Granville line. All she told me as to the design of the quilt was that she didnt want anything *too* traditional and she liked a lot of quilting texture.

So I came up with this.

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Semi-inspired by a quilt I saw on Flickr, this is an elongated wonky log cabin, backed with a solid aqua and quilted with *way* to many horizontal wavy lines. I think I figured out somewhere around 150 lines, spaced about 1/4 - 1/2 inch apart. It's a little stiff with that much quilting, but it will soften beautifully.

Its a smallish lap-size quilt, around 40x50 inches. (I prefer larger couch quilts..I like to snuggle.)

January 16, 2010

Finished Project Linus Quilt 1

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I had a heck of a time trying to photograph this quilt...it was the first time I tried out a nifty feature of my tripod..the horizontal arm. but lighting was not cooperating. (it is rather nice outside. but cold. and wet. and all our windows face the wrong way to let enough light in to be useful.)

Note to self: next photography goals are to a) get a decent flash and b)figure out indoor lighting. or not be lazy and take things outside to photograph in natural light. oh, also, c) practice more with new tripod so I can take pictures of a flat object so they look flat. may need a *wider* angle lens. d) stop coveting lenses I cant afford.

anyways.

I've been working on a couple of posts about my photography equipment. I have no idea if there even is anybody interested (mostly because nobody reads this thing), but I think it will be interesting to look back on them in a year or so to see what was awesome to me in the past.

Of course..little may actually change. but we will see!

January 15, 2010

So last night, I was surfing around the ole' innernets, and somehow landed upon a bunch of photoshop actions by a wonderful lady by the name of Nelly Nero.

And it was love. They are such beautiful actions, especially the skin cream actions. I love how they work so well to smooth skin, without ending up blurry!

you can find them by searching for "Nelly Nero" on flickr. trust me, they are worth every non-penny! (they are unbelievably free!)

I'm still playing with them, but be assured that soon I'll have a few photos using them!

January 14, 2010

Here is the zig zag quilt finished, but not washed yet.

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I backed it with an aqua sheet and quilted following the zig zags. There is one large pucker in the back, but I'm hoping that whatever child receives this through Project Linus will love it anyways!

Its so soft, I almost wanted to keep it for myself, but then I remembered that its baby sized, and we have enough baby sized blankets laying around!

I'm going to wash it tonight, and hopefully, the sun will be out tomorrow so I can take some better photos of it!

January 9, 2010

So, one of my goals for the year (I hate the word resolution. Its so...restricting.) is to use up some of my stash creating quilts for Project Linus. In a nutshell, Project Linus is an organization that collects handmade blankets and quilts for needy children.

With that said, here is the beginning of the first of several.

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zig-zag pattern from here but I didnt use a solid fabric. Just takes a little more planning.

Fabrics are from all over the place, some are from Joann's, there's some Moda, Heather Ross, some designer I cant recall and a bit from a crib bumper I never used for my boys.

January 8, 2010

First Quilt Ever!


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Originally uploaded by littlebluebirdie
I have been blogging off and on for quite some time, although at the time this quilt was made, I'm pretty sure I was off blogging.

This quilt was my first ever quilt., really my first ever sewing project outside of the shorts we made in 8th grade home ec...

this one was made almost three years ago when i was pregnant with that sweet sleeping baby. (who isnt so sweet anymore. just kidding!)

I was surprised at how easy a quilt like this came together, I was prepared for a whole lot more work! (although, if I remember correctly, I think I *did* put the two halves together backwards...the dark blue diagonal was supposed to be two shorter ones...or something.)

I handquilted this one, and have only hand quilted one since. handquilting is a heck of a lot easier when you dont have babies running around!

January 7, 2010

Snowy days equals lots of sewing!

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These are for my ever-present, slowly growing hexagon quilt. It started out as a reproduction 30/40's fat quarter pack that I cut to be a simple patchwork quilt for a quick project. But I underestimated my cutting skills at the time, and ended up with non-squares and super wonky seams that even *I* couldn't overlook. And I'm fairly flexible when it comes to corners meeting.

Anyways, I printed out a bunch of hexagons, started piecing, added in fabrics here and there (since my hexes are smaller than the original squares, I figured I would need more hexes)

What started out as a simple patchwork quilt with 15 or so different fabrics has turned into a 3 year project...that now has nearly 100 different fabrics. (estimated, I dont know how many at the moment. I'll count when its finished.) most are scraps, leftovers from some of my quilts from the past couple years. For the most part, the only yardage I cut was the original fat quarter pack!

So far, 650 hexes are joined together, with 300 or so left to be pieced in. I am putting my foot down on adding any more fabrics though! it currently measures around a small twin size...so this sucker is gonna be huge!