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.