Recently I discovered The Village Quilter in Mount Holly, a fun alternative to my local quilt shop that's not too far from home. I went over there to poke around and couldn't resist picking up a charm pack of Moda's "Hunky Dory" fabrics, thinking I'd do a quick prayer quilt and get to work with some pretty prints at the same time. They soaked me for another couple of yards of fabric by handing me a "free" charm quilt pattern, but I tried not to be too bothered by that. Here's the result:
I enjoyed working with the fabric so much that I decided to quilt it instead of tie it, so I made another quilt to give as a prayer quilt and did some outline quilting and bound it instead of turning it. I like the backing too; it was fun to use a big piece of a large-scale print. These pictures were taken with my phone and do not do the quilt justice -- I will try to get better ones up soon.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I have been busy making bags, because (unless they're the plastic grocery kind) you can never have too many, and it is always possible to make one suited to your exact purpose that is also pretty.
|These were a snap to make using Betz White's tutorial.|
For example, these shoe bags from vintage bedsheets (and yes, I have a pair of pajama pants in each of those patterns) replaced the plastic bags my dear friend was using to pack shoes in when she traveled.
|This bag was a bit challenging with its pleats and lining, but look how cute it is!|
|What a fabulous way to repurpose a pillowcase!|
|I'm going to make a dress for K with the other pillowcase from this pair!|
Friday, April 16, 2010
Carefree Clothes for Girls.) And I have become One of Those Moms who stay up late the night before The Day Of, sewing the costume the child Has To Have and didn't plan ahead for. I could kick myself for doing it, but at least she looks cute -- if not exactly authentic. (Her idea was to go in her Sock Monkey Pajamas, because they say "Made in Vietnam" on the label. Not exactly what the teacher had in mind, honey. I like your creative thinking, though.)
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I have officially declared May "No New Fabric Month." In preparation, I have been rummaging through my scrap bins to identify usable material, and cutting it up into sizes predetermined by the good folks at Moda, who make those irresistible charm packs, layer cakes and jelly rolls lying around next to the bolts in the quilting stores.
|This is what I got out of the "small scraps" bin!|
I could buy any number of books of quilt patterns that utilize the pre-cuts, but I was feeling thrifty and started hunting around on the web for free patterns, and I found this tutorial for a Value Quilt. I love it! It cries out to me! I must make one! You will excuse me, please, if I go back to my scrap bins and keep cutting. I am on a mission!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I needed a quick project to do this morning in between finishing a quilt top and preparing it for quilting, and the guinea pigs needed some new bedding, so --
|I think the blue of the mattress pad brings out the rust in Gordon's fur!|
|If I had given Chancellor his name, it would have been Spike.|
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I was not at all certain about the plaid fabric for the backing, but I dove in with it and I think it gives a fresh, modern look to the old-fashioned florals. I would have liked to quilt this one but of course the prayer quilts are tied, so I put in pink pearl cotton ties and it's all set to go. An extremely satisfying 24-hour project. Will definitely be doing this one again.
Who has time to post with a collection of vintage linens this pretty? I'm making a prayer quilt, a tablecloth, a set of napkins, a dress (dresses?) and some charm packs for a rainy day out of the scraps. Who has time to clean up the studio with all that to do?