Do you find that there is sometimes a little lag between projects, or during a project while you’re waiting for the next step to become clear in your mind? I also sometimes have to give myself some “thinking” time for the next inspiration, or “research” time to learn a new technique.
I must be in that stage right now–I think it’s related to making a decision about prioritizing. Do I want to do THIS before THAT. Sometimes cleaning and organizing the studio is enough, but yesterday I felt like my brain needed a little more time before I was ready to focus in on “the next big thing”.
So, I’ve started a scrappy little project! Nothing complicated, in fact sort of mindless. In the end it will be something functional and useful. I’ll be able to set it aside if needed once my brain decides to focus in on a more weighty project. But for now, I’ll spend a little time making this wrapped and coiled project which might turn out to be either a rug or basket–haven’t really decided yet.
I always pull out my older heavy duty Singer for coiled projects as it can handle the thickness of the cording, and has a nice big bobbin which allows me to sew longer. So far, I’m up to approx. 13″ x 18″ on the same bobbin using a moderate zigzag with poly thread which is strong and fine. She how I fold the strip of fabric over the end of the cord to keep it from fraying, and then start wrapping the cord counter-clockwise to start the coil. Hold, or pin the coil in place to start, and as the coil gets bigger it is easier to handle. I’ll show you a finish once I get to that stage, but for now, some good music and thinking time!
I’m excited to do some Blog Hop Show and Tell today! It’s finally my turn to reveal the project I made using Happy Hour Stitches Lindsay Mayland’s free Charming Mini Pattern! As you can see, I made a little doll quilt for Stella, (a charming mini herself) and she is delighted! Didn’t that work out well? 🙂
I used a couple bundles of Moda Mini Charms; Lydia Nelson’s “Darling little Dickens” which has sweet little animal faces and characters, and Sherri & Chelsi’s “Bright Sun” for added contrast. I also wanted to make the quilt just a little wider, adding a half-drop block to alternating ends of each row. This also staggered the seam allowances, so there were no seams to match as I was sewing the rows together. BONUS!!
The half-drop blocks were the perfect size to show off these bunnies from Elizabeth Hartman’s “Paintbox Basics” in a few different color-ways.
Obviously this is a very versatile pattern, and I know you will want to check out the other participant’s projects:
So excited to share with you my latest piece in publication! Quilts and More never disappoints, and once again the Summer 2016 issue is filled with fun projects, including mine (page 39!!)!! I will definitely make this quilt again, as it was so enjoyable to work on, and it is even finished with big-stitch hand quilting. The fabrics are mostly from a collection by designer Violet Craft, with a contrast red-orange by Denise Schmidt. Hope you will love it too!
Thanks to the Umpqua Valley Quilt Guild, I got to spend a fun 3 days in Roseburg, talking (mostly) quilting! The quilters there are very familiar to me since I’ve taught there a couple times in the past, and are so friendly and supportive. A special thanks to Helen and Teri for their organization in putting the show together, and to Margo who was much more than a contact for the vendors, and for me, the Featured Quilter. I’ve included a pic the wonderful sign Teri made for me, I was so surprised to find it in my booth!
The show was well lit, offered some great make-and-take classes and had a nice cafeteria with great food available. There were LOTS of great quilts, I got to spend a bit of time talking with the Best of Show designer and maker as she explained her inspiration and method for the beautiful landscape quilt she made.
Fun weekend, filled with quilters and quilt talk, who could ask for more?
Kelley over at The Scrappy Apple in Winchester, VA. sent me this sweet Color Wheel Pincushion her customer Dot S. had brought in to show her. We were all so excited as I happened to be on the phone with Kelley at the time! What a coincidence! Notice, that Dot used a covered button, it’s the first time I’ve seen that, and isn’t it a good choice. Love the batiks, and the color selection! Kelley will be teaching a class in making the pincushions in April, and will have lots in stock, so stop by to sign up for the class, and to see that and all her other goodies!
I love getting pics in the mail from quilters and crafters who have made projects using my kits. They seem to be mushrooming up all over the country, and internationally as well!
Kathy and Doris from Aurora, MO. sent me this pic of their pincushions. LOVE that they are so totally different from each other! Notice they don’t have feet, not sure if they will be added later, or if this is the final outcome. Congrats on your fabric choices and finishing elements–as well and your FINISHING! Thanks for sharing!
If you want to dream a little bit about making your own Color Wheel Pincushion or footstool, check my Shop Page!
It is so fun to see my footstool kits getting shipped off all over the country, and internationally as well! I recently had the great pleasure of working with Vanessa Christensen of V & Co., to put together a footstool for her booth at Fall Market! We used a jelly roll of her SPECTACULAR Ombre fabric for a footstool and a companion pincushion. She’s located in the Moda–Show Me The Moda– booth! I hope you’ll swing by to visit with her and see the footstool, and pincushion I made for her! Check my SHOP page if you want to order one for yourself!
I also just have to brag about one of my very generouscustomers who purchased a footstool kit for her dear friend in England. Kathy, what a wonderful friend you are, and Elizabeth, you are going to get such a surprise! Now, it WAS shipped to England, and her name IS Elizabeth–could it be? Yes??!! Maybe!!?? I think the Queen would look so cute with her feet up on one of my footstools, but I’ll have to let you all know later if it was her or not!
Just finishing up a few new pincushions this weekend. I love have some ready for a last minute gift! But I also LOVE thinking ahead and putting together fabric collections for specific people. Greens for Cheri, polka dots for Ellie, plaids for Jenn. Then there’s the fun of choosing the buttons to complete the mood, or punch up the personality. I always have the kits available here on my SHOP page! When you’re finished with yours, be sure to send a pic, seeing your fabric collection is a highlight of my day!
Believe it or not, this Men’s Neck Scarf was made with upcycled sweaters! It’s part of an article featured in the Fall/Winter issue of Make It Yourself magazine which you can find on newstands now, or you can get a digital copy by using the link. It is a fast project, very functional and stylish. Make it in team colors for your favorite sports fanatic, or like I did in monochromatic shades.
If you missed my previous post about this article, check it out here! Then don’t miss out on seeing the fb page for Make It Yourself, and for me!
I’m just like a lot of you, I love a quick project now and them sprinkled in with the more complex quilts I work on. Table runners are one of my go-to projects, when I just want to FINISH SOMETHING…….., ANYTHING! These pics are of table runners, and one horizontal wall hanging that have helped me keep my sanity that way! I love rich saturated colors, and making a small piece gives me a chance to work with different fabrics and colors I might not automatically choose otherwise. I can see how they work together, and that will give me confidence to use them in a larger piece as well. All of these runners were designed in collaboration with Lisa Bee-Wilson over at Towerhouse Quilts, so be sure to check her site to get a look at her versions. Click here to download the FREE patterns for each of them! The wall hanging, Waves of Hospitality is an art piece I did a few years back, and of course I teach classes in this technique, and have added my signature pieced borders to this one. Hope you enjoy seeing them!
The featured image at the top of this post is a table runner from “Perfect-Fit Pieced Borders” called “Black Eyed Batik”, another colorful favorite! That book is out of print, but I have copies available on my shop page.