This weekend, I finally got the chance to spend some quality time in my studio. It required getting up before dawn both Saturday and Sunday, but it was totally worth it. I am bound and determined to make a dent in my pile of quilt tops that need quilted this fall. So I dove head first into my special stash of batting. (psst…it’s the best. Trust me.)
Wound a bunch of bobbins.
Then commenced walking back and forth through two Harry Potter movies until beautiful straight lines covered this entire quilt.
It felt good. So good, in fact, the next one is ready to be loaded in the next day or two. I can’t wait!
I summon to the winding ancient stair;
Set all your mind upon the steep ascent.
-William Butler Yeats
This quilt. I just love how it turned out. After seeing (and making) Deborah’s tutorial for Improv Stripped Geese, this design immediately popped in my head.
This color scheme isn’t typical in the modern quilting movement. Using brown seems to go against every fiber of my being…and yet. It’s warm, it’s inviting. There’s a perfect balance of color with those little pops of red, don’t you think? Sometimes it’s nice to step out of our “normal” color schemes and see what happens! It’s quilted with a very shiny gold thread and up close it just sings! As a final touch, I couldn’t resist taking it’s picture in front of our new duck house. The red background seemed perfect for this finish.
I haven’t mentioned it here much, but if you follow me on Instagram, you have no doubt been introduced to our new little flock. We have six little ducklings that joined us a couple months ago. They’ve grown quite rapidly, but have been heaps of fun!
Quilt Details Finished Size: 56 x 80 inches Techniques: Improv pieced blocks by members of the Imagine Circle of do. Good Stitches; long arm quilted by me using an edge to edge meandering box pattern; machine bound Fabrics: Various prints/solids from each member’s personal stash; binding is Flea Market Fancy print by Denyse Schmidt
Fall has arrived. The cooler air is starting to blow in and with it comes the need to slow down, curl up under a quilt, and indulge in some seasonally themed stitching.
I’ve taken to stitching the Autumn Harvest Festival in the afternoons while my girls nap. The repetitive nature of the design has been peaceful and calming and just right for a middle of the day break. I’ve paired it with my favorite tea and a new BBC show, Our Zoo, which is a lovely series based on the true story of the Mottershead family who, “in the face of staunch opposition and huge personal sacrifice, founded Chester Zoo in the 1930s.”
All was going well with my stitching until my youngest found the scissors. Eeeeek. Now I’m figuring out how to keep the hole from getting larger while I finish the top section. Wish me luck!
What’s that saying? Things come in threes? Well, it seems that’s ringing true for blog hops this month. Jacey of Jaceycraft invited me to join the Around the World Blog Hop and since she’s pretty good at convincing me to join in on all kinds of crafty goodness, how could I say no? Maybe you’ve seen some of the posts around? I think it’s been fun reading all the different perspectives. So here we go…
1. What quilting/sewing thing am I working on?
I wish I could say I was one of those people who completes a project from start to finish before moving on to the next, but unfortunately, I’m not. Making a new quilt top is fun and fresh and I succumb to the draw of new beginnings often. Thus, I now find myself knee deep in quilt tops that need backings and to be quilted. I’m pulling fabrics this week! Maybe next month will be a month of finishes. *crosses fingers*
Remember how I said Jacey talks me into all kinds of things…yeah…this is one of those. The Scrappy Hue Shift blanket. It’s super squishy, super portable, and is a nice long term project to have around when I need a quick feeling of accomplishment. Finishing one small block feels great!
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My strength in quilting is an eye for color, pairing fabrics, and keeping a cohesive theme. This hasn’t always been the case, but with practice and time spent contemplating choices, my eye for what works and what doesn’t has been developing almost without me even knowing it. The end result are finished projects that I love because they feel balanced and complete.
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Quilting is definitely an outlet for me to challenge myself, stay creative, and to take risks. It’s my way to stay sane as a stay at home mom…when I need to relax, I turn to my craft. When I am feeling bored, I stretch myself by trying new techniques. Most crafty people would probably say they create because they *have* to create and I agree. I found that quilting is my “thing.” I find joy both in the making and sharing along the way.
Heidi quilts with me in the Imagine Circle for do.Good Stitches and I am in awe of all her awesome EPP work. Seriously that girl has some skills in the hand sewing department. She’s also an awesome long arm quilter – so definitely check out her stuff!
Natalie, I met back at Sewing Summit years ago and I currently sew with her in the Love Circle for do.Good Stitches. Natalie is my modern quilting idol. I admire her color choices as well as her spin on some traditional quilt blocks. I think one of my favorite quilts from her is the Improv Double Wedding Ring. Omg…amazingness!
As Kim describes it, “Tidal Lace is my imagining of lace and the tide pools woven together, full of fascinating details and bursting with color and life.” I couldn’t agree more. The shapes and the colors found in these fabrics are spectacular and will, no doubt, leave your mind swimming with ideas. Inspiration for my quilt design came directly from one of her drawings.
See those little round clusters of shells? Oh how they called out to me! Paired with my current obsession with curves and large scale piecing, Tide Pool was born.
In my imaginary world, I pictured a wave crashing over my background fabric and leaving behind three tide pools of differing sizes. There, within the nooks and crannies, you might find a variety of sea creatures and shells with their own varying characteristics waiting to be discovered, surrounded by the swirls and bubbles leftover from a passing wave. I don’t know if it’s really like that, but for a girl living in Texas, that’s how I imagine it.
Every single print in this collection is beautiful with a little something for everyone. For quilters looking to enhance a fabric stash with good blenders, you won’t be disappointed. Several prints that would be really cute used as clothing for children and adults. In fact, check out the Tidal Lace Look Book for some examples. My favorite fabrics in the collection are the Tidal Lace prints, with my most favorite being the white variation. Little did I know when I chose to add it that the fabric was ombre. It added a wonderful depth to my quilt and I loved how it looked different each place it was added. All the line work is so beautifully done and even though many of the prints can read as a solid, they have a little something extra because of the detailing.
I hope you have enjoyed learning a bit more about Kim’s new fabric line and my quilt, Tide Pool. The pattern for the 60 x 72 inch quilt will be coming soon.
:: GIVEAWAY ::The giveaway has officially ended. Thanks to everyone who participated. The winner is #3, Teresa @Aurea’s Kitchen. Congrats, Teresa!
In the meantime, if you would like a chance to get your hands on some of this awesome fabric, you are in luck! Windham Fabrics is giving away a fat quarter bundle of Tidal Lace to one lucky reader! To enter please leave one comment below telling me what you’d like to make. I will randomly select one winner on Thursday, September 25th, 2014. International entries are welcome. The winner will be announced in this post and contacted via email.
Good luck everyone!! And don’t forget to check out all the other stops along the Blog Hop for more inspiration and chances to win.