October 30, 2011

Whew. I got my habitat challenge quilt done! It seemed a little dicey for a while, but I finished just in time for our guild's reveal yesterday!

This is probably the most inventive quilt I've done so far - I am still not sure if I like it even, but it is interesting to say the least.

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I started out with the idea of doing a sort of wonky chevron, with my pieces being differeing heights and not meeting up, sort of like this pillow, but my strange "quick strip-ish piecing" method my tired brain came up with was. not. working. Just ended up wasting a bit of the fabric. (more than I would have liked! I wish I could have used less of the coal)

anyways, I cut what was left into 60 degree diamond shapes of differing sizes, and sewed them back together with some kona coal in a sort of expanded/free pieced/de-constructed chevron/friendship braid. Kinda cool, kinda weird at the same time.

I quilted it to emphasize the chevron-ness, in some places, the chevron gets lost, especially in the grayer areas.

I also learned something about thread during this quilt! I bought a different brand of thread for quilting this one, (Gutermann 100% cotton) and my machine does not like straight line quilting with it. At all. even with a walking foot. it was kind of weird. uneven stitches galore! But later, I put the Gutermann with a free motion quilt foot...and hoo boy. I found a perfect thread for FMQ! I'm so excited, FMQ has eluded me with my normal thread brand, and now I can really get going practicing!

October 12, 2011

whew. its been a busy week trying to keep up with threesixfive but I have managed!

Today seemed like a good day to pull out my sewing machine again, and get a start on christmas presents! I've been wanting to make this for my boys since 4yo was born...and finally now get to!




why a fish, you ask?

Well, I am making up a set of magnetic fish and fishing pole! I'm using a pattern out of a japanese crafting book for the fish (seems silly to use such a simple pattern, but I am too lazy to make my own when I have one easily available, and while stuffing it, I'll put small magnets in the fish, and a stronger one on the "hook" of the pole, so the boys can "fish."

I'll probably make some sort of drawstring bag or pouch to put all the fish in too...

October 6, 2011

Just wanted to let you know that I started a new blog, threesixfive I am attempting to chronicle my pattern-making and daily creative-ness there. I'll still post here my quilting and random life stuff, threesixfive is simply a way to keep myself accountable for creating daily.

September 30, 2011

Building a Quilt, part Finale

Whew.

It's been a little while since I posted anything, let alone progress on this quilt.

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Its done. Finished. Finito. Kaput.

Well, maybe not kaput.

Some final notes on what I have yet to mention on the building a quilt part:

When arranging blocks like this, the main concern I had was to keep groups of simaler fabrics from pooling together. by this, I mean that I kept my eyes on the dominant fabrics in each block, and paid special care to keep the same fabrics away from each other, so it doesnt look like a glob of blue flowers in this corner, yellow spots in another, etc.

Finally, I decided to quilt the long lines where the rows were joined together, which was a pain, but I really like how it looks.

(this much quilting killed my walking foot, btw. Though thats for other reasons beyond this quilt, really. but it happened)

also, I had early on, cut the binding strips so that I had one strip from each main fabric (except one, but thats because I was running out of the dandelions!) I almost used all kona coal, but 1. didnt have enough, and 2. I love a scrappy binding.

Sorry if this wrap up kinda falls short, but it's the best I can do right now. and I will leave you with a sneak peak of my Habitat Challenge quilt:

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September 1, 2011

This little guy has been hanging around my strawberry plants for a while now...he's absolutely adorably tiny - only about the size of my fingertip. my boys have enjoyed watching him hop around the plants.

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Taken with a 50mm lens reversed to get the macro effect. reversing the 50 gets almost too small a focus area for my taste, (I wish his little feet were in focus) but it helps me get so close up, its scary.

August 29, 2011

Testing Blogger app from my phone...

Woohoo!  It works!  I have officially caught up with the rest of the world and now have a smartphone (the EVO shift) and I love it!  Now I can be connected to everything at any time! 

Including midnight internet searches on what movies Ted Danson was in.

Don't ask.

Now switching subjects completely, we weathered hurricane Irene just fine, and beyond some downed branches, nothing major occurred at our house, for which I am extremely thankful, but my heart goes out to everyone hit hard by the storm. 

Subject numeric three:

I am hoping to remodel/redecorate our basement living room either this fall or next spring.  It also (currently) serves as the mister's office space, which is not well separated from the rest. 

The only natural light is from the patio-type doors, so its pretty dark most of the day.  It is full of cruddy wood panelling.  Has new-ish carpet, but I'm thinking of putting in some sort of solid surface. (Either laminate or tile)

I should take pictures.

But then I'd have to clean.

Anyways, I am looking for inspiration and info on turning this dark room into a bright, fun, kid-friendly living space.  Please share any home-y links!  I am already all over pinterest, (i am littleblubirdie if you wanna see what I'm up to..)

August 21, 2011

Quickie post today:

Sorry about the lack of posting recently, I have been working pretty much non-stop on the QAYG quilt, but it still is a pile of blocks. I should be able to start piecing the blocks together by the middle of the week.

Anyways, the real reason of this post is to inform you all that my blog address has changed! You can now access my blog through http://www.littlebluebirdie.com! I may or may not eventually change it again and re-build up my art website in conjunction with crafting, but that is a hurdle for another time. (and depends if I can get the time to make some new art to replace the old college work that I have for it currently..)

August 9, 2011

couple of things today:

One, I love, love, love this quilt as you go business. It feels like it is going so fast! I've got 8 blocks quilted, and another one basted and ready to go. Not to shabby for a weeks work, no?

(for anyone interested, I am using this method of QYAG. Its got a bit of hand sewing to join the blocks, but its not that difficult.)

Two, I've been having major headaches lately because of breaking my glasses. My new ones should arrive tomorrow! (not quilting related, but I am super excited.)

Three, Natalie of Threaded Mess and Nova MQG leader, and all around fantastic person has organized a block drive! For every 9 blocks she receives, a preemie quilt will be made to benefit the local NICU Preemie Unit. Head on over to her blog to find out how to contribute!

August 4, 2011

building a quilt, part next

proof I am insane:

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No really. I am.

This quilt is going to be a small queen/large double at around 80 inches square, if I dont add borders to make it a proper queen.

Now, I dont have a long arm, or even a large-throated machine. So figuring out how to quilt a monster quilt was a task I left for after all the blocks were pieced.

they are all pieced. (but not photographed..I have 10 or so to photograph and throw up on flickr)

I needed a soloution that wont bore me to tears or cause my upper body to be sore for a month.

After some research, I finally decided on doing a quilt-as-you-go method. I hope it'll work. The above photo is a single block (16in square) quilted and ready to be joined to another. 1/2 inch spaced quilting lines, in different directions to give it a little texture.

I'm in love..and they dont take that long to quilt! an hour or so each block seems like good time versus shoving and tugging a queen size through the machine for who knows how long..!

July 26, 2011

Warm/cool value HST quilt finished!

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I had a blast making this quilt, so thank you Jeni from In Color Order for hosting a quilt-along! (and I am deeply humbled that you chose to emulate my layout for yours!)

I started with a pile of scraps, and a charm pack of Kona Brights, paired each with an opposite color value, and went from there!

I certainly learned a lot from this experiment about color. If I were to do this again, there are a lot of prints and solids I would not include, in order to get the maximum effect. Greens, especially were hard, and there are several that I pushed to the warm side that should have been on the cool.

All in all, I think I was fairly successful, and while I debated making it a large quilt for my 4 year old, I think the smaller size fits it. The quilt will be donated to the local NICU through our Modern Quilt Guild's regular challenge - this time around the challenge was "Scrappy"

Some more photos:

back:
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closeup of quilting:
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July 19, 2011

Its about time for a finished quilt post, no?

I bought fabric for this one way back in January, first posted about it in April, and finally now I can show the finished product!

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and the back:

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I had a tough time with this one, to be honest. Girly is not my thing, so pink and yellow was difficult for me to work with. Much indecsion was put into this quilt, it was hard to decide on a pattern, then a quilting pattern, and in someways, my ambivalence shows. there is some bad piecing, puckering, and sloppy quilting..but I know that all these things are only visible to me, and the recipient will love it.

My favorite part is the back...I have fallen totally in love with that yellow print, it is the perfect yellow shade - not too neon, lemony or school-bus, but a nice mellow butter yellow.

Its quilted with double straight lines, following the diamonds on the front, which creates a neat texture on the back.

Off to the post office, the baby its for is due any day now!

July 14, 2011

Building a Quilt, part 3

This'll be the last post on this for a bit, I believe. I'm happy with where the quilt is heading (almost giddy happy, really)

The extra aqua fabrics arrived for my quilt, and oh my, did it make a huge difference. In all honesty, after piecing my test blocks, I was ready to shelve it for a while to let it germinate in my mind a little more.

Here's what I've done so far:

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If you notice, I've scaled back the excess piecing. Each round of "logs" is generally the same color, with accents thrown in.

What I love about the right block more than the left is that it has more "wonk" (for lack of a better term) than the left one.  But it doesnt feel like its forced!

What that slightly concerns me still: the kona coal (dark grey) in the left block sticks out a bit.   The giant block of Peacock blue is a little off putting as well. I think that it will stay like that, for now at least, and hopefully, once the whole thing is together, it wont stick out as much.

Next step in building the quilt:  finishing all 25(!) blocks, and then arranging them!

I'll be posting all the blocks on flickr as I finish them as part of the 60 Blocks of Summer group, so feel free to take a look!

July 12, 2011

Building a Quilt, part 2

Second post on my Building a Quilt series! This may be a bit boring to some, but I want to go through all the steps I take in working out a quilt of this type (i.e. improv/patternless)

Impatient to get something going on my new quilt, I pieced together a couple blocks, and learned a few things!

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First off, the blue geometric feels all wrong. I'm not sure if its the color or the pattern (too geometric/harsh next to the more organic prints), but it feels out of place.

Second thing, this approach, while it may work for others (super improv) I dont think its me. It's far too busy for my liking, plus, the "wonk" feels forced. I think I'm going to go with a subtler, purposeful wonkiness.

Third, the pieced log in the block on the right - too much. I'm not feeling it, its too busy (not to mention the little hope valley scrap is too bold and sticks out like a sore thumb) But I do wish I had more of whatever dot/cobblestone print that blue scrap is...the color works perfectly.

Fourth, I'm thinking in each block there will be either the yellow print or the orange. yellow and orange are very powerful colors, and can overwhelm a quilt pretty quickly, if you arent going for a yellow/orange quilt.

Fifth, I am undecided on the kona coal (dark grey) bits. I like when there is small bits of it, but the large log is a bit too dark for my taste.

Finally, the color palette isnt where it should be. I ordered a few more aqua prints, and will use the aqua to anchor it more. Perhaps when there is more aqua fabrics, the blue geometric print might blend in better.

Thats it for now, hopefully my order will arrive tommorrow or thursday so I can get going on this more!

In other news, my HST warm/cool value quilt is almost finished being quilted, and as soon as I get my Kona Ash, I can bind it, the pink/orange diamond quilt and another quilt that is ready for binding that I dont think I've shown...

July 6, 2011

random wednesday

A bit random today - its been a long day...

First thing:

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Pieced strip for the back of my HST warm/cool value quilt. This strip will be pieced between some Kona Peacock and Kona Bone. Next time I post about it, it should be quilted and bound!

Second thing:

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Set of placemats I made for my etsy shop. Available here:
littlebluebirdie etsy shop I dont usually talk about my shop here (mostly because I'm terrible at keeping it stocked) but I need to sell a few things to save up for a new laptop since I killed mine. (slightly embarassing story here..) Also contemplating selling my Gocco printer since I never use it, but I cant decide.

And finally, this:

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I've started to piece back together this monstrosity of a quilt...im not ripping it out again, so this is how its going to be. I just want it to be finished!

I've also started piecing a bit of the blue/green/orange/grey (bgog..oggb? bggo? I like bggo..) quilt and have made the discovery that the geometric blue flowery print does.not.work. and the kona coal only works in small bits. but I like where its going otherwise, and I will write up a bit more about it once I figure out the blue situation, and piece a little more.

July 1, 2011

Building a Quilt, part 1

Just because I need more to blog about on occasion, I am going to bring you all on a journey through making a quilt. I'll be posting about it as I go, so it may be a bit spread out.

I'll start today with inspiration and preliminary fabric choices.

For this quilt, my very first seed of inspiration came from the quilt on the cover of Block Party

link, because I'm not sure the etiquette on posting the cover of a book...

I love the aqua/orange/grey combination of colors (I actually haven't seen the book in person yet, but on my monitors, the colors are quite muted and soft) and the wonky log cabin is right up my alley! I need a quick (hah, yeah right...)project, so the large log cabins will be perfect.

Went to the fabric store today to begin picking out a couple focus fabrics, but was unimpressed with the selection of oranges, with the majority leaning towards the tangerine/neon side. I think I'm leaning towards yellower and paler oranges to get a dusty feel.

here's what I did bring home from the shop:

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the sanctuary tiles and dandelions go so well together its unbelievable. The green I threw in just because there was a bit in the tiles, and the yellow is a nice accent, not too bright, but still very yellow.

Now its time to pull from my existing stash and scrap bins!

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yikes!

I pulled pretty much anything I thought would work in, even if it was just a teeny tiny scrap....I think I pulled way, way too much.

Overall, the blues work pretty well, but most of the greens will go. I dont want another blue/green quilt! the bright orange dot is too bright, and the pinks just plain dont go!

here's what I have left:

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and what I took out:

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You'll notice the pile I took out is much larger than the pile I left in. This is partly because they just didnt work, but also because I am going for a pretty edited palette. I've done more than a few scrap busters lately, and have a need to have a go at cohesiveness.

I think I still might find another yellowy orange just to round it out a little, and perhaps another good aqua and grey to replace the kona solids. But otherwise, I think I'm pretty close to ready to cut, and its a great start for a quilt!

thanks for reading, and I'll try not to take too long to post about the next step, deciding on a pattern!

June 29, 2011

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finished the HST quilt top..I'm still waffling on whether or not to keep going with it or quilt and bind it as is. I'll probably finish it off and move on...but who knows.

I've got two more projects to post soon, just need to finished stitching down the bindings and then I can take photos!

June 27, 2011

Bear with me, I know its been a while since I updated my bloggity blog here...

but last week, I killed both my desktop computer and my laptop! (and 5 minutes where my ipod and the husband's computer stopped working freaked me the heck out!)

I'm waiting on a new power supply for the laptop, but until then, no new photos!

I've finished my value quilt (for now at least.) I stopped at 9 blocks, because I'm just not feeling it larger. I think I will make another eventually, but be more careful with my fabric choices. Its wonderfully scrappy, but some places dont read well. It'll be quilted and bound as is and donated.

Oh! and speaking of the value quilt-along, thanks Jeni for hosting it! And welcome to anybody who wandered over from Jeni's blog (http://incolororder.blogspot.com/) Thanks for featuring my value quilt layout!

Thats it for now, I'll be back once my laptop is up and running and have photos!

June 16, 2011

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Where my warm/cool value quilt is going...for now anyways. I've got enough HST units to make 10 blocks, so I think I will see how I feel about it then, and decide on size then too.

June 14, 2011

My little quilty blog has been filled with less than quilty things lately...so here is a little taste of what I've been working on:

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I love the idea of a warm/cool value quilt rather than the more common light/dark value quilt, so I joined the warm/cool value quilt-along (link on the sidebar). I've also joined the 60 Blocks in Summer group on Flickr, so this is my first entry!

This is the first block for the value quilt, and I quite love it. I'm not really following the layout Jeni is doing in the quilt-along...I hope thats ok... I started with a Kona Cotton Brights charm pack, and paired each with an opposing value scrap fabric. I'm not sure how big it will become, each HST unit is only 2.5 inches finished.

I'd love to make this twin sized, or even full sized for the 4 yo's grown-up bed (havent decided yet which size bed he'll get...) but I will need 1000 or so HST units...which makes me a little unsure...

Plus...before I get too far into it...I have several other projects that need finishing...poor hexagon quilt...

One more thing...because its a little funny... awhile ago, I stated on twitter that I did not understand the purpose of precuts...but for this, I do! the charms are so handy, especially for the easy method of making HST's video here

June 13, 2011

Just a quick observation for tonight - I've got a longer post coming up tomorrow or Wednesday after I take a few photos...

Have you ever thought about how your color sense changes over time?

I've been wrestling with a quilt top for a few years now, I sew it up a little, put it away, pull it out, fiddle, etc. Its the second quilt I ever started

its this stack of blocks I posted about some time ago:
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Mostly fabric from Heather Bailey's Freshcut line, with some random Moda prints thrown in. I bought the fabric for the quilt, 4-5 years ago, so its all out of print.

But I am just not feeling it. I pulled it out the other day after we painted our bedroom, and it just isn't working. I don't think its the pattern (based on Oh, Fransson's MixTape) but rather the fabric. The colors just don't speak to me.

I think I've been successful in my attempt to push myself color-wise - from this quilt, which is heavy on the greens and browns (if I decided to add more fabric, i would pull in some bright oranges and turquoise-y blues to round it out a little) to what I am working on now (a warm/cool HST value quilt for the warm/cool quilt-along) which is a rainbow of color, and I love it!

I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with the top, but for now, I'm pulling the white sashing out, and I guess I will go from there!

June 2, 2011

Sorry about not posting for a little bit...life happens, you know?

But a quick "recipe" for y'all (cuz I just made these. and its delicious. a stupid easy, not really a recipe...thing..)

ever have a craving for chips (one of my most major of food vices) and cant get to the store, or are trying to cut back on junk food?

here's my homemade tortilla chips "recipe"

preheat oven to 450f

take a soft tortilla shell (we usually have flour tortillas on hand, but corn would probably work as well)

brush one side with vegetable oil (or olive, if you feel fancy)

sprinkle a pinch of salt (sea salt tastes best!)

add whatever other flavors you want. I like dill, but have also used cumin, oregano, chili powder, garlic...powdered spices work best.

load up a cookie sheet with the suckers...

here's the trick though:

turn off the oven. seriously. turn it off as you put the cookie sheet into there.

let them cook as the oven cools. they wont burn. its ok if you forget about them for hours and discover them in the oven when you go to make supper... or if you are antsy, check them for crunchyness and take them out when sufficently crunchy. (10 minutes would probably be good)

May 17, 2011

Since today is my birthday, and its raining, and because today sucked, I thought I would share a quick little tutorial on how I made the blocks for this preemie quilt:

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(I do have photos of it finished (thanks natalie!) But they are currently buried in my email inbox, so I will upload them after I spend some quality time with the spam button...)

For the preemie quilt, I used 17 charms from a Kona Brights charm pack. My example here is using 6 prints that I color matched up to the Konas. You also need 1 inch strips of white (I used Kona Bone) and 1.5 inch strips of the same white.

I apologize in advance for the shoddy photos, it really is raining weird lately.

First step is to cut your colors. For the preemie quilt, I cut the charm squares in half on the bias to get a pile of Half Square Triangles (HSTs). its a little tricky on these to get accurate cuts, but if you are slightly off, its alright, you can always trim the blocks down. For the example, I did cut squares first (4.5 inches), then HSTs, but if you want to cut the HSTs from strips, that works too.

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In retrospect, I shouldn't have used both the two dark pinks. I had another light pink cut, but forgot to put it in.

Next step: separate the halves of each color, making two piles each with one of every HST.

Pair up your HSTs so that no two pairs are alike.

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Sew one HST to the 1 inch sashing stips, press and then sew the other of the pair to the other side of the sashing to create a square. (dont trim yet, unless your triangles dont line up relatively close. its ok if the sashing hangs out a bit.)

your block will now look like this:

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Keep sewing pairs together in this way until they are all sewn together.

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The next part is a little scary...so bear with me...

Cut each square in half the other way, perpendicular to the sashing.

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Rearrange halves until you are satisfied with their layout (I avoided sewing the same color into the group of 4, and tried not to pair the same two pairs together.

Sew the halves together in the same way you sewed the first round, with sashing in between.

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Trim the blocks to be square. The way I do it, is to find the mid point on the ruler and center it in the white sashing. In my sample, my blocks were to be trimmed to 4 inches, so I centered the block on the 2 inch cross hairs. I just eyeballed them, but they turned out pretty well.

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Arrange the blocks however you like. I prefer the on-point layout, with the 1.5 inch (unfinished) sashing inbetween, and use filler triangles to fill in the edge bits.

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On the preemie quilt, because I needed to hit a size minimum, I added the borders, which are 2.5, 1.5, 2.5 inches respectively.

the sample one I made for this will become a cute little pillow, and either make its way to etsy, or to my cousin for her baby girl.

May 6, 2011

I must apologize...I seem to have not taken photos of my finished quilts for the Kona Solid challenge...last week was kind of insane.

Anyways, on to new things! I've started a new project: project get my etsy shop going! here is a sneak peek of my current work in progress:

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Since doing the Solid challenge, I've wanted to push myself color wise a bit, so here is this green and orange pieced bit. What other color combos should I try?

Pink and grey is up next, maybe pink and green, and perhaps some blue/orange..

(purple still intimidates me...and I have almost zero in my stash with my fabric budget spent for the month already...)

April 29, 2011

I'll have a new post with some quilts and photos soon (the quilts I made for the Robert Kaufman Kona Solid Charm Pack Challenge)

but a little diversion:

http://www.pinterest.com

LOVE!

I've been bandying about the idea of making a quilt inspired by doors...and with pinterest, i can easily keep track of the images for my inspiration, without the hassle of saving them to a (random, easily lost) location on my computer.

I've also started a board for decorating my older son's room, and am going to soon start one for other rooms in the house.

you can look through other people's boards for ideas too, pin their stuff to your boards, or pin anything off the internet! (bonus, pinterest automatically links to the original posting of the image, so there is always credit for the original author!)

I can see all sorts of uses for this, from sharing cool things, collecting inspiration, and planning out whole home remodels.

my boards are here: http://pinterest.com/littleblubirdie/

April 8, 2011

Woo, back to the regularly scheduled blog now!

I cut out pieces for the pink & orange & grey quilt, and I was going to follow this tutorial pretty closely...but I cut out 60 degree diamonds rather than 45 degrees and I was playing around with layout a little...so..which is better: (sorry about the terrible photos, but the layout is all I was after..)

#1 Just like the original. I was also thinking of maybe having them horizontal rather than vertical..

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#2 randomly placed, but altertating directions

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#3 interlocking chevron-like

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Or something else I havent tried yet... (I didnt care for tumbling blocks, or true zig-zags)

April 4, 2011

A while ago, I posted about me struggling with reconciling differences between what I can do and what I want to do. That post came from a place of major frustration while working on a submission for the Project Selvage contest.

The results came out last week, and while I am not surprised that I did not make the cut, I still think my design is worthy of something..maybe with a few tweaks.

Anyways, what I am getting at is that I have ordered a swatch of the fabric from spoonflower! And after it arrives and I verify it prints the way I want, it will be up for sale.

the design that didnt make it: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/530348

My question to you, blog readers, would you be more likely to order through spoonflower directly? Or would you rather order through a site such as Etsy? There are pros and cons to both, with spoonflower, I dont have to take care of the shipping and packaging, or put out my own money at the outset. However, currently print times are horrendus, and it may take awhile. With Etsy, I have to take care of ordering, shipping, packaging and a few misc. fees that pop up.

long story short - spoonflower=long shipping times, lower cost, etsy=shorter shipping times, higher cost.

(right now, I have a design up for sale through spoonflower..but no sales..)

April 1, 2011

First bit of my pink/orange/grey quilt:

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...and no, I'm not going to do another entirely hand-pieced quilt. Just this one block, which will probably get appliqued onto the back. It measures about 14 inches from tip to tip, and was pretty quick to get put together.

March 28, 2011

I've been sewing a little more since I have my own space.

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Second quilt top made for the Kona Solid charm pack challenge. These are the warm toned charms that were left after the last top. (I have 4 squares leftover...I am not really sure what to do with them..)

I wasn't going to use prints on the top for a personal challenge...but I didn't have any solids that would work for the inner border, and the Amy Butler print was begging to be added..

I rather like this quilt, despite it not being colors I usually gravitate to (see! I can work with colors other than blue and green!) Its so candy-colored and happy, I hope it helps uplift the family of the baby who will receive it.

Also, this little quilt is the first time I've ever worked with triangles! Yay for me!

March 25, 2011

Rainy and cold days are good for cleaning...

I spent the past few days sorting, ironing and re-folding my fabric stash...which isn't really that big, but still gets disorganized pretty quickly.

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The bottom shelf is all my quilting fabrics, sorted by color (mostly) The last stack on the right needs to be sorted, but is all my fat quarters, so I don't really know whether to stack them on top of the larger pieces, or leave them in a pile of their own.

The middle shelf is (from left to right) sheets (some thrifted, some not) random other fabrics (home dec, non cottons, unknown stuff) the boxes both contain scraps (woo for classy storage...its temporary until I get around to making proper canvas bins.) between the boxes are odd shaped pieces of quilting fabric, mostly less than a fat quarter.

Top shelf is some knits, batting scraps, more sheets and for whatever reason, and empty bottle of amoxicillon...

I think I was being optimistic when i decided on the distance from the bottom shelf to the middle...it makes my stash look tiny! Though, in my old house, everything on the three shelves here had to fit on one shelf! (I had way less space in general, and *all* my office stuff had to fit on these shelves and a bookcase...)

March 23, 2011

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I know, yet another blue and green quilt, right?

This is a *little* different...there's purple!

Hah. Really though, this is the first quilt top I made for the Robert Kaufman Kona Charm Pack Challenge. I picked out the cooler colors from the Brights palette for this, and am working on using the warm colors for a second quilt.

Our guild is donating all the quilts made from the charm packs to a local NICU hospital for the preemie babies.

March 21, 2011

How do you reconcile the things you want to do versus the things you are able to do? I am not talking about time wise, but talent wise. I studied illustration in college, (after realizing that animation wasnt for me) but I was never very good. I still am amazed they passed me in several classes...they probably shouldnt have. I have a passion for drawing/painting, but have a hard time creating what I can visualize.

(this has come up recently because of the awesome Project Selvage contest at spoonflower..)

Am I just rusty from not having done much drawing in the past 3-4 years? Or is it time to move on, and concentrate on quilting, which I love almost as much as drawing. Or should I pursue drawing once again, and see if that is the way to go?

March 16, 2011

Its been awhile, no?

We have successfully moved into our new house in Virginia, and after an agonizing week of no internet or tv, now have plenty of both.

Moving overall was not as stressfull as I thought, granted there were days I wanted nothing more than to move back to my little Minnesota house, but really not too bad.

The month we spent living in DC was fun, I went to all the museums I could fit in (The Renwick Gallery and the DAR Museum are two favorites)

The biggest thing I absolutely love about my new house is....

My very own Office/Studio!!!

The plan was to share an office room with the hubs..but his silly gigantic desk wouldnt fit down the short hallway...so I get my own room! (though the silly gigantic desk is now sitting in the living area...but still. I even have a wall to use as a design wall!

and now, so that this post isnt completely text, heres a stack of fabric I'm going to use for a quilt for my cousin's baby:

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I'm not sure about the brown kelp stripe and the yellows above it, but they are there. Pink, Orange and Grey. Love the idea...but it was hard to make myself purchase the pinks.

The pink and grey fabrics were purchased at the ever fantastic Crafty Planet in North Minneapolis before I left. Lordy, I'll miss that store.

February 14, 2011

Inbetween the house hunting, museum going and sightseeing, I've had a bit of spare time to kill...

So I picked up some yarn and knitting needles...

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not to shabby for being a bit rusty, I think.

Its Eunny's endpaper mitts, pattern here

February 10, 2011

So I was thinking the other day about quilting...mostly because all my stuff is still in storage in MN and I cant do anything...but...

What comes first for you? the pattern/design of the quilt or the fabric that you are going to use?

I tend to go either way, but more often the fabric comes first...I constantly have little fabric stacks sitting around waiting for a pattern or idea for a quilt. (the stormy squares quilt that I just realized I have not posted here yet is one example...I think I posted the stack a while back though..)

Sometimes I do however, design first and then find the fabric..for instance, I have a fantastic idea for a space/firefly (as in the awesome show that was tragically canceled way too early..) quilt, but I do not (yet) have the fabric for.

February 9, 2011

Whew.

Things have been biz-zay around us for the last month or so since I last blogged.

Packed everything in our little house into an even littler PODS unit. Drove (drove!!) from Minneapolis to DC. Packed an insane amount of house-hunting into a week (we only get a short time to stay in the hotel for free..) and now are waiting on closing on a cute little house in Northern Virginia.

At least...it will be cute after we paint over the horrendous colors the previous owners painted.

And finally, I will have a sewing/art space to call my own...either a backyard shed (we couldnt get into it, but the listing says its a finished shed..but we'll see about that later..) or extra bedroom.

Yay!

January 3, 2011

So in my last post, I talked about what I accomplished in 2010 - not much.

I have goals for 2011 though! 2011 is the year I plan to get going on work. I miss drawing and art stuff, so I am going to start working on some fabric designs to be printed via spoonflower (possibly submit something to a big-name company..but I think spoonflower first to build up some confidence...)

I want to push myself creatively this year, so I am going to be sewing and selling more work. maybe I'll do a craft show. (might be a good excuse to come back to MN for a visit and do something like craftstravaganza or no-coast)

Color is going to be explored this year! I am always using the same colors, so I think I will branch out soon. I am in absolute love with Ashley of filminthefridge's recent Echino quilt, and if cost wasnt a problem, I would totally make a similar quilt.

Unfortunately...not much can be done until we move early February, too much else to be done. but once we are settled, I'm going to be a sewing monster!

And with that, I am going to have to take it easy on blogging for awhile, there isn't much to show because of all my stuff being packed up.

And really, how boring is it going to be with each post saying that I packed more...I do that enough on twitter! (feel free to follow me - I'm littleblubirdie (no e in blue. for real.)

I'll see y'all on the other side! (of the country, that is!)

January 1, 2011

2010 stats:

7 finished quilts (two were minis, one table topper, two baby size and two toddler size)

1 quilted pillow

1 set of coasters

2 tops that need quilting

1 unfinished top

2 soft dolls + clothes

1 almost finished potholder

and many more blocks to be put together.

It seems like I got more accomplished in my head than on paper...but 2010 was a strange year.

Here's to a fantastic 2011, hope its better than 2010!