Wednesday, February 29, 2012

lone star...




It is Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog Meet today. Thank you to Lynne. Well here it is... This Lone Star is partially sewn and up on the design wall while I agonize over choosing a background fabric.




The quilt seems to want to be noisy. Originally inspired by this, it is morphing into my own take. Instead of putting more mini Lone Stars into the corner blocks, I've decided to make Princess Feather blocks instead as they will give the quilt more movement. Am going to applique motifs of some sort in the triangles although I'm not sure whether these will be flowers or animals or some combination of the two.





Like Kelly from Pinkadot Quilts, I used printed interfacing from Quiltsmart that I bought ages ago. You can read her great visual tutorial about the process here or watch a video from the company's owner on Youtube.





A non-stick teflon or silicone pressing sheet is a must for this technique. I started without out one and made a nasty mess of my iron. Once I got into a rhythm, making the diamonds went really quickly. The points all match perfectly and it was very easy to do. Now there will be a brief pause in this quilt's progress until some of my background options arrive in the mail... So far so fun...




Lily's Quilts

Lily's Quilts

Monday, February 27, 2012

aurifil thread...




In an exchange of comments with Lynne from Lily's Quilts, I wrote her about a great and recently discovered online source for Aurifil thread. It occurs to me that others might be interested so I thought I'd post the info.  Tristan Threads is a Canadian company that ships everywhere and is clearing out their Aurifil stock. They have a variety of weights in both wool and cotton. Big stitch quilting is really tempting these days. The 12wt cotton door crasher pictured above includes 35 325m/383yd spools of variegated thread for the price of $76.00 CDN/$76.00US. One spool has easily cost me $8.95 or more elsewhere so this is quite the deal. Incidentally, this company also stocks the Tre Stelle thread that Sarah of The Last Piece recommends for her appliqué...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

yum... parson gray...lotta jansdotter... and downton abbey...



Accompanying a rather horrid set of bills, this package arrived today containing the most gorgeous fabric  "Curious Nature" from Parson Gray designed by David Butler who is the equally decorative husband of Amy Butler. It is a beautiful grouping and I have not been this excited by a fabric line since a bundle of "Echo" by Lotta Jansdotter was delivered a couple of months ago. Not sure what these lovelies will become but am open to suggestions...




As an aside, are any of you "Downton Abbey" fans? The site Vulture has the most amazing paper dolls of some of the characters in the series. Am seriously considering enlarging the Countess Violet "Eye Rolling" mask to wear for myself...


Sunday, February 19, 2012

tempted to crochet...




Crochet is one fiber art I have yet to master. Every so often I see a pattern that makes me want to try it. The colorful throw designed by Cécile Balladino pictured above appears in the latest issue of Marie Claire Idées. This is one of my favorite magazines ever. It is published in French but with all the internet translators and instructions that are mostly pictorial most people can figure the patterns out. Marie Claire Idées is filled with killer cross stitch, knitting, crochet, embroidery, patchwork and sewing projects as well as great features on fashion, interior design, travel and delicious recipes. As one might expect from a French publication the photography is stunning and the projects are incredibly stylish and charming. You can order single issues or subscriptions here.




Projects using African fabrics...






Tuesday, February 7, 2012

quilt interior...



I promised a peek at my latest project but thought I would share something with a more universal appeal. Am reading the most intriguing book about Gloria Vanderbilt. Such is my obsession with all things quilty, that my favorite parts of the book so far are the interior shots of 2 of her homes particularly those of her NYC master bedroom. She literally covered every square inch of this room in patchwork- ceiling, walls and even the floor! It is simply magnificent... And to my minimalist friends probably somewhat horrifying... Would love to translate this concept into my more modern home.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

OK Go and the color wheel...



Can't think of a better band to write a song that teaches color theory! If they come up with a sequel singing about the tertiary colors I'll be able to toss my color wheel. Also, in case you missed OK Go's hilarious video of "Here It Goes Again" you can find it here. Still working away on my Lone Star quilt. Will post a sneak peek soon...

Am linking up to Lily's Quilts today. It is so much fun to see what everyone is making...

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