Michael Miller Cotton Couture Solids

It’s a good day for quilters.  A new line of solids feels somewhat like when you were a kid and you got a big box of new crayons.  You know, the one with the sharpener in the back.  You opened up the box and saw all the possibilities along with the rainbow of color.  That’s how I felt today opening up the cutest color card imaginable.

I needed a yard of a deep blue or indigo for a quilt binding and was expecting to choose a lovely Kona cotton.  But lo and behold the Cotton Couture solids had arrived at Hart’s and I had to check them out.  My girl Dana pulled down a few colors I wanted to look at.  What struck me at first was the tone of the color range.  By comparison with other solids, the colors are softer, as though they are the solid versions of shot cottons.  Rich, but not dark or heavy.  I think these solids will play nicely with the harder to co-ordinate prints.  I’m thinking of Japanese fabrics, which seem to have a palette all their own and fabric designers who use more jewel-like colors.  I especially liked the neutrals, including several wonderful greys and taupes and off-whites which are so important to modern quilters.   I noticed distinct colors that I feel are missing in other solid lines.  HOORAY!

What cannot be underscored enough is the feel and drape of these fabrics.  Made with long staple cotton, these solids are soft and luxurious feeling.  I wouldn’t think twice about making a pillowcase or clothing with them.  Of course, they will do very nicely in quilts.  They feel lighter in weight than Kona cotton, which I quite like.

Though more expensive than Kona cottons, in my estimation, I’ll be using these solids a lot in the future.  Well done Michael Miller!

 

So Many Stitches

Before rampant holiday sewing set in, my older daughter’s school hosted a craft fair as a fundraiser for the school.  Local artisans were invited to come and sell their goods as well as donate one item to be auctioned off.  I was thrilled to participate.  I worked like mad to be able to produce a decent offering.  I started with baby and kid quilts.

This is a small, hand-tied double hourglass quilt made of vintage reproduction fabrics.  I made this with wool batting, creating a nice and lofty quilt.

Then came the castle quilt.  I think this one is my favorite.

This is how it looked before quilting.  Obviously, this design is borrowed heavily from Lizzy House, the wonderful fabric designer behind Castle Peeps, which you can see in the border.

Here we are, all quilted.   Can you see the quilted “grass” and “stones” that make up the tower?  I had a lot of fun with this one.

Then there was this one:

I imagined a little girl who likes pink, but likes other colors too.

And then I really started having fun.  A bunting quilt made with “Hullabaloo”

I really wish I had a picture of this one washed and crinkly.  I really loved these prints.

In the middle of all this, I started thinking about how so many girls at Suzannah’s school talk about their American Girl dolls.  I realized that these dolls need their own quilts and that they’d be a good thing to offer for sale.

I really had fun making such small quilts.  All that fun color made me so happy while stitching.  This was my first dresden plate, and I loved every minute of making it.  Above, you can see a simple doll’s quilt made from Sarah Jane’s At Play border print.  I quickly stitched over the balloon strings and bound it.  Lastly…

Far, far away, tiny laundry line, Snow White, and a few fabrics to frame it.  It was the first to be sold.  I will look forward to many more doll quilts in the future.

 

 

Fabric by Fabric One Yard Wonders – We Have a Winner!!

#28 is the winner for a copy of Fabric by Fabric One Yard Wonders.

 

  • 28.Anne Sullivan  |  December 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Great picture! ;) I would adore a copy of this book! Thank you for a chance to win. :)

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Anne Sullivan, you’re the winner for my giveaway.  Thanks for visiting my blog and your copy will be sent to you directly from the publisher.  Please email me your address.

 

Thanks to everyone for coming here and lurk, comment and read.  I love all of my readers!

 

Fabric-by-Fabric One Yard Wonders Blog Tour & Giveaway!!

Hey you guys!  Did you love One Yard Wonders, the book that showed you what great projects you could make out of one yard of fabric?  And now, the sequel is here.  More projects for you, using one measly little yard of all different types of fabrics.  AND…if that weren’t tempting enough, there is a project included in the book made by moi.  (invoking Miss Piggy with the “moi” bit)   I fashioned a  pattern using one yard of double gauze, some ribbon, crochet trim and wide elastic to make a high-waisted skirt.  I see cute versions of this skirt everywhere, but with high price tags.  Here’s my version….

You can make this skirt in about an hour.  So, if you’re going out and have nothing to wear, you can sew up the finishing touches while your date fixes you a drink.

Convinced that you must have this book?  I thought so.  Well lucky you!  You could win a copy for your very own self in my giveaway.   Here’s the particulars…

1. For one entry to win, leave a comment here up until midnight on Christmas eve, the 24th.

2. For another entry to win, sign up to follow my blog.

3. AND, if you blog about my giveaway…another chance goes to you.

Good luck to everyone and if you get a chance, take a peek at the other lovely and talented bloggers who helped make this book amazing.

 

12/13/2011 Craft Buds
12/15/2011 Nifty Kidstuff
12/16/2011 Nom Nom Nom Nom
12/16/2011 Quaint and Quirky
12/17/2011 ikatbag
12/17/2011 Two Brown Birds
12/18/2011 Sharon Sews
12/19/2011 LBG Studio
12/19/2011 Under Construction
12/21/2011 Craftzine
12/21/2011 Neuroses Galore
12/21/2011 Emily Steffen
12/23/2011 Spincushion
12/27/2011 One Inch World
12/28/2011 Sew Sew Etc.
January ‘12 Lu Lu Carter
January ’12 Fiberosity
January ’12 Zuhause
January ’12 Obsessively Stitching

 

Stitching with Loulouthi Needleworks

After I made my Big Quilt, three things happened.

It got a bit colder.

Wool batting came into our local shop.

Loulouthi Needleworks arrived.

What could I do but make a throw quilt made from Anna Maria Horner’s incredible Loulouthi Needleworks prints.  Printed on wide goods (thanks girl!) these prints are adorable on their own, or made sublime when you add your own stitches to it.  I purchased quarter yards and sewed them together along the  widths.  This was for sure a quick quilt to piece together and it looks very happy alongside its big sister.

I wish you could feel the perfect amount of loft of the wool batting.  It’s incredibly warm and snuggly.  Isn’t this why we make quilts?

Using perle cotton, I sprinkled cross stitches all over and some straight line hand quilting as well.

I can’t get enough of Anna Maria lately.  What a luscious color palette.

The Giant Innocent Crush Quilt (With a Little Loulouthi Thrown In Too)

Seriously people, it’s big.  I’m not even sure you can call it a quilt since it’s more like a bed spread.  (And what is the actual difference?)

At 100h x 188w, she’s the biggest quilt I’ve made by far and I knew going in that  this puppy would not be quilted by me.  I enlisted the help of the very friendly and talented Karen, of Karen’s Quilted Creations to stitch these delicious loopy-loops.  I really want to give props to Karen for her professionalism, courteous and prompt emails, and for her obvious care that went into the quilting.  She listened to my preferences and finished in a short amount of time, which is no easy feat given how big this project was.  Thank you Karen,  you will be helping me more in the future I’m sure.

Here you can see the quilting on the back.  I used Kona Muslin,  118″ wide in natural.    It has a high thread count and the feel reminds me of Art Gallery Fabrics.  I know. Soo soft!

This quilt is the simplest of designs so I figured we’d better have some good pillow action.  My friend Jo who is sassy and awesome, made the Amy Butler Midwest Mod pillow to sit here on my bed.  It features the same Innocent Crush print in both cotton and velveteen.

See those petals?  I just love it.    And little Isabel and I did some serious stitching with perle cotton on the Loulouthi pillow.

I’m not even kidding.  Isabel did the blue stitches you see here and other bits on this guy.  I was so excited to see her, hoop in hand and being incredibly precise and careful.  Until this was finished, she asked to stitch every day.

Lots of stitching.

Free-form hand quilting on the white part.

I believe I will be making more pillows because you really can’t have too many pillows on your bed.   I think rectangle is next.

Ok….you gotta see this…

I can barely handle the cuteness. ;)

 

Two Fat Quarters & Some Scraps

Occasionally I like to take a break and make a blouse or dress for one of my girls.  Suzannah is getting older and unwilling  more particular about what I sew for her.  Isabel showed an interest in some of the Just Wing It range of fabrics and I thought a little blouse would be just the thing for her.  I love the unusual color combination here with eggplant, deep salmon (dark coral?) tomato red, and a fresh green.  I had lots of fat quarters from this line and shortened this pattern to make an a-line top.

I cut out some scenery and did some raw-edge applique, added some bias trim and cut out a flower.  In about 2 hours I had made this top and she was twirling in it.

Local Modern Quilt Guild

Not one to keep secrets very long, there it is.  My news!  I’ve started a local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild.  I’m so excited!  I have been inspired by Alissa who along with Latifah started the Modern Quilt Guild in Los Angeles in 2009.   Alissa’s blog was one of the first I discovered ever since I started quilt blog stalking back in 2008.  Local guilds started popping up everywhere and I longed for one locally.  I did visit the closest one to me, but after a long day of work, I really just wanted to cocoon at home with my kids and my fabric.

We held our first meeting earlier this month and 12 people came and showed great enthusiasm.  It was exciting to talk about what we might do in the way of quilting together, sharing ideas, shop hops and group challenges.  Here are a few pictures from that night.

This incredible quilt is made by Carolyn, on the right, made from Amy Butler’s pattern and fabrics.  Completely paper-pieced, my hat is off to her for sure.

This is  Adrianne’s fresh and bold plus quilt.  This would look good in my girls’ room.  You know,  just in case you’ve run out of storage space.  ;-)

Here is Dana’s Single Girl Quilt.  Oh be still my heart!  Putting Joel Dewberry Trees in the middle is  a stroke of brilliance.  What you can’t see is the incredible hand quilting she’s doing.  I continue to love the combination of mustard and greys.  This is really more incredible in person.  Dana wants you to know that the kona background color is MeringueKaren made this quilt as a gift for a couple who are getting married.  I wish you could see her piecing and the obvious care she took in making this beauty.   What an heirloom!

We will be meeting at the very fun and vibrant SueDee’s shop in Scotts Valley.    If you are in our area and are interested in the Modern Quilt Guild even a tiny bit, please join us for a meeting.  There is much silliness and  inspiration to be had here.  You can visit our facebook page here.