Monday, August 29, 2011

on Cloud 9...



Am thrilled to be part of the Cloud 9 Fabrics Challenge. Pat Sloan (who I am now convinced never sleeps) has joined Victoria to help with her ongoing Bumble Beans Basics Quilt Drive. The drives aids a charity that helps people in transitional housing from homelessness in NYC. Twelve participants are designing a quilt block using eight 9"x11" pieces of fabric from Cloud 9's Miscellany collection by Julia Rothman.  You can read more about this artist at Design Sponge. Am particularly excited because I am a huge fan of Julia R's work. She also runs one of my favorite blogs Book By Its Cover which features the most wonderful illustrations by herself and other artists. Looking forward to seeing what everyone creates from this lovely fabric. I am also making a quilt to donate to the Basics cause which I'll show at a later date....

Sunday, August 21, 2011

farmer's wife update...



Have decided to do things differently... Made up a diagram of the finished quilt in 1/4 scale and printed out a physical copy. I found the layout too small to just view digitally on the computer. As I finish each block am printing out a picture and taping it to my mock up. Am sewing 3 blocks with each solid at a time. Also I decided to make the blocks out of order. These decisions simplify balancing all the colors in the top. This method also seems my best shot at liking the finished quilt although it looks yucky at the beginning stages with such a limited palette. It is a less intuitive way of working than I enjoy but it was taking too much time choosing blindly before. Am hoping these changes to my process help me speed up considerably. Am somewhat concerned that I will be posting these FW updates several years from now if I can't streamline the way I complete this project.... Any other suggestions for picking up the pace?

Below are Blocks 72 and 2:





Below are Blocks 42 and 51...



Wednesday, August 17, 2011

shoes for fabric lovers...



Have fallen in love and not with a new man! Came across this website for an Icelandic store KronKron which sells the most extraordinary clothing and accessories. The owners Hugrun and Magni also design their own shoe line. I love these shoes because they are a bit "off" or "belle laide" as the French say which means "ugly beautiful". Would love to wear head to toe black with an assortment of these shoes as foot candy. They are so colorful, playful and even joyous... Apparently, Anthropologie also carries a few styles of this line... We spend so much time creating colorful pieces to adorn our furniture, walls and torsos... Why do we neglect our feet???


Saturday, August 13, 2011

too beautiful to touch...


My latest Farmer's Wife Quilt Along blocks would be posted today if there were actually more than one new one recently sewn to show. Part of my trouble (at least that is my excuse) has been that while there are lots of Kaffe scraps in my studio there has been a dearth of a range of solids for this project. Two Kona Basics Boxes of Lights and Darks arrived. They are so lovely just as they are. It will take some nerve for me to cut into them. Have the Kaufman solids swatch card but the samples are a bit small and I often make mistakes ordering online when my local stores don't carry the needed color. This collection of FQs will act as a sort of sample library until my scissors, rotary blade or cutter get too itchy... For the FW quilt  they will get nibbled at like a mouse on cheese. I'd also love to try to make a Mod Mood Quilt inspired by Sherri Lynn Wood... Check out her tutorials. Do you ever find it difficult to cut into your fabric? If so, how do you get over it?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

farmer's wife quilt... 2 down... 18 to catch up...



Am feeling irritable... Maybe it is the heat but sewing was frustrating today. My intention in this project is to combine Kaffe Fassett scraps with a variety of solids. Am worried that the large scale prints won't work with the piecing. Will have to see... Here are Blocks 1 and 5 of my FW Quilt. The 6" blocks in this project with all their tiny bits may be to quilting what socks are to the knitting world. I mean you can knit almost 1/2 a sweater in the time it takes to make a single sock. Had a free afternoon and was convinced I could bang out at least 8-10 blocks and managed two. I won't bore you with the litany of all the things that went wrong... Grumble, grumble, grumble.... Well as the character Scarlett O' Hara so famously said in Gone With The Wind:
 "Tomorrow is another day"....