deer valley project

August 25, 2009

keeping blocks in order

keeping blocks in order

This is the start to the wedding gift for my cousin who requested something “maroon”.  I’m using the persimmon colorway of Joel Dewberry’s Deer Valley line and Oh Fransson’s mixtape quilt tutorial.  I am really like how this arrangement really shows off the fabrics.  I am using a neutral (not white!) sashing, and I think it really brings everything together.  I’m excited to finish this top.  Its outside my normal color choices, so it has been a fun challenge trying to get it all to work.  I pinned the blocks up to keep them in order, and also to give me some perspective, it really helps!  My “design wall” is actually just my living room wall, between the couch and my sewing area.  I need a bigger place to live so my sewing stuff can have its own room!

Closeup

Closeup

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the brick path quilt

February 20, 2009

I finally finished my brick path quilt last night.  I will have to wait until tomorrow to get some good pictures, hopefully there will be sunlight, but I was so happy to finally have it done that I did my best with my limited photography skills and got some pictures so I could post.

It was pretty straightforward to finish this, and thankfully there was no binding to do, although I had a terrible time getting those pom poms sewn into the corners.  And as you can see from my close up, one little pom pom thread still escaped.  Also, when I washed and dried the quilt after I was done, the pom poms got all linty.  I tried my best to get the lint off, but they still look a little dirty, which makes me a little sad, because I was really into those pom poms! I guess if I make another one of these quilts, I will leave them off.

Its becoming increasingly apparent that until I move into a house or bigger apartment, I’m only going to be able to make lap-sized quilts or smaller.  I dont have the room to lay out the quilt to baste!

That’s the biggest open area I have in my apartment, after I move the coffee table.  I live in a one bedroom apartment so there’s only 4 rooms, the living room being the largest.  As you can see, after laying out the batting and the backing, there’s not room for much else.  I am standing in my windowsill to take this picture. ( I have a huge windows at the far end of my apartment that fill this entire wall, with a low wide sill.) You can also tell I quilt with the tv on.  Shameful, I know!

I really like how the top turned out, even though my “random” assembly ended up having a lot of repeats in the end.  I laid it out on the couch for this picture so you could see have soft and pretty all the colors are.

Squaring up the quilt was really easy.  You can see my sewing table is really an old crate and barrel desk, I wish it was wider, but at least its long enough to get the job done.

In then end, I am happy with how it turned out, problems and all.  After washing it there was an issue with the pom poms and a seam on the edge of the quilt that I had to fix, and I also noticed that I forgot to quilt one of the rows!  After correcting all the issues, it turned out so cute.  I think its a perfect springtime quilt, and I am so over winter right now, its just the thing to perk up this grey time of year.

snow day!

January 28, 2009

the view outside my apartment window

the view outside my apartment window

Today I got to “work from home” because last night it snowed 12.5 inches in Indianapolis.  I started out the morning trying to dig out my car but gave up and called my boss.  She said to stay home, and I was more than happy to do that.  I sat around most of the morning working remotely, but it didn’t seem there was a lot going on so I started working on my Ohio Sky brick path quilt.

I got all of the rows done!  I really felt revitalized and happy today.  A snow day does a body good.  I decided to just use some unbleached muslin I had in my stash to make the extra blocks I needed. I ended up only needing 6 extra blocks so I guess I miscounted before but still –  I shouldnt have needed any.   I’m also really happy that I was finally able to take a photo in natural sunlight so you can really see how pretty the fabrics are.  They really are my favorite colors and I cannot wait to get this thing done!

its getting there!

its getting there!

I did get about 3 of these rows sewed together.  I may do more later, or I might wait until the weekend.  I’ve got some other things I need to do around the house today now that I have time.  I’ll see how it goes.

Also tomorrow, I am so excited to share with you the awesome banner and avatar my friend Christine made for my etsy shop!  Snow day was nice and all, but really it was seeing what an amazing job she did for me that really got my creativity flowing again.  Thank you Christine!  You are truly amazing.

rail fence

December 10, 2008

quilt close up

quilt close up

I actually finished this quilt last weekend, after the tie dye onsies, but I was debating wether or not I was going to post about it because I made this for my mom for Christmas.   But since I haven’t given my mom the link to my blog yet, I figured I would just wait until after I  give it to her to let her know I have a blog.

This quilt is the first “bigger-than-a-baby-size” traditional quilt I have made.   Before I started my blog, my first “big” quilt was actually for my friends Mischa and Chrystina as a wedding gift.   Since Mischa is such a video game fan, I tried making the ubiquitous video game quilt.  If you want to know more about that you can read about it in my craftster.org post.  It was a fun project and I would like to do more video game quilts in the future.   Maybe BurgerTime, my all time favorite classic video game.

somehow, i dont think this would work

somehow, i don't think this would work

More likely, I would like to do Q-Bert.  I have seen many awesome Q-Bert inspired quilts, and I would love to try now that I am getting much better at piecing and I think I could handle the tumbling blocks that the Q-bert pyramid is made from.   A particularly inspiring and awesome Q-bert quilt can be found on this girl’s Flickr page.

But back to my mom’s rail fence quilt.  Since I am still relatively new at quilting, my confidence can be lacking, which is why I haven’t ventured into making quilt blocks quite yet.  This was done using strip piecing, which essentially is sewing long strips of fabric together and then cutting blocks from that to sew together to make the quilt top.  It went really fast, which is nice, because I like to see progress before I get too frustrated or discouraged and give up.

the finished quilt front

the finished quilt front

I am really happy with how the “rails” line up, one of the biggest challenges in quilting is the precision involved.  It can be a pain in the ass, but I feel like at the same time I’m getting something out of having to be that meticulous.  It really puts you in the moment, applying those Buddhist principals of Mindfulness, being present, paying attention…everything I was taught in all my yoga classes that I never really understood how to use outside of the yoga studio.  Making this quilt has helped me to understand those principals, and I find when I am sewing I really just enter the “flow” I lose track of time, and I am happy.

back of quilt, i love the scrap strip to ad interest

back of quilt, i love the scrap strip to add interest

So while this quilt was made as a gift, the process of making it gave back to me.