In the middle of an afternoon full of household activity, Isabel took her napping quilt, a pillow, and found the one sunny spot in the room and promptly napped. And I am reminded why I love to make quilts.
Hello there…anyone still out there visiting me? I’m so grateful that you do check in on me. Lots of goings on in my sewing room here this summer and so I’ll have lots of posts in the near future. First, I did finish my half square triangle quilt for my living room and it’s new color palette.
Here’s the flimsy, all ready for quilting. I need thoughts on how to quilt this. Normally, I’d just be very happy with an all over stippling or loops, but this one wants something a bit more orderly. Hmmm…feedback please.
The precision of getting the seams nested together rewards you with nicely lined up triangles. Just when I think that I don’t need anything to be balanced and precise, and that improvisational piecing is the thing that I love the most, I fall in love with all the nice clean lines here. I do apologize for the less than stellar pictures. Here in Northern California, we have had the foggiest summer I can ever remember and I waited and waited to take this picture and a bright, sunny day never came.
Some of my favorites from Anna Maria Horner appear here, along with a little Cake Rock Beach, Alexander Henry, Parisville from that fab girl Tula, a Japanese print with an apple…
and do you see right here…below the apple? Yep, it’s something that doesn’t often come up in contemporary quilting. It’s a Civil War Reprint. I absolutely love it for the color and the little squiggly lines. I think it looks right at home here with the other prints on this quilt.
Other Exciting News!
I joined a virtual quilting bee with some fabulous peeps! This quilting bee is unique in that we’re only using two colors; orange and aqua. Accordingly, it’s called To Bee Orange & Aqua. I was happy to make some blocks for my quilting pal IRL Beth who is an incredibly talented quilter. She used to come visit me at Hart’s when she lived here, but now she lives away and I can’t chat with her about fabric or her fab tattoo. With the fabrics she sent, and requesting maverick stars, I made these…
Gotta love that grumpy owl!
I have more to share, but I think I am going to save it for tomorrow. School has started and the early morning routine means no more sewing until 1 a.m. like I did all summer. ;) Speaking of the kids being back in school… the always lovely Katy wrote this bit about that very topic and I think she speaks what many feel, but don’t say aloud. I appreciate these kind and honest words about needing one’s own quiet space and time for creativity as moms. (Or mums in her case…thank goodness I speak U.K.)
Now…off to bed.
The other day, I took a good hard look at my living room. I looked at what I liked and what might need some help. My reading chair really needed help. As usual, when presented with an idea or opportunity to start a project, I did so and straight away. So, in my usual haste, I do not have a “before” picture here. Let’s just say that it would be pushing the limit to say that the covers on these cushions were shabby chic. Maybe they were shabby, not so much chic. Anyway, this is what can happen when kids are in bed early and you have a few movies sitting around waiting to be played.
So I had a fresh chair just like that and I liked it. I had that back pillow from Pottery Barn from a few years ago. It’s a wood-block print from India. The little pillow is a lovely Kaffe Fassett shot cotton with a wide strip of an Amy Butler print. The bottom is a large-scale Anna Maria Horner print from her Innocent Crush fabric line. They all play well together I think.
Then the inevitable happened. The bright and new cushions made the rest of the room look sad and neglected. “A quilt for the couch and some throw pillows” was my very next thought. Never mind my idea of not starting any new projects until the old ones are done. I started thinking of my color palette and what would look nice in this room. I looked around the room and looked at this:
I thought about the colors; pale aqua, ruby, even bits of pink, garnet, pale grass greens. I started pulling fabrics and made many, many half square triangles. They look like this: