Sunday, February 21, 2016

pennants...


I found this really cool quilt made of souvenir pennants on 1stdibs. It is such an original use of textiles that might otherwise end up in the garbage after their sentimental appeal was lost. The colours and typefaces make a beautiful and graphic design. I've seen quilts made of other unconventional fabrics such as dish towels, work clothing, bandanas and even candy wrappers. This quilt  inspires me to try something similar with a box of horse show ribbons from younger days. Need to figure out the best way to sew them- foundation piecing? What's the most unusual material you've ever used or seen?


Saturday, February 13, 2016

sewing with sheets...


Was at Ikea the other day and found this queen size sheet set discounted. The price for the yardage was more than right. To the naked eye, the thread count looks very similar to high quality quilters cotton. Presumably, the fabric will be durable. My digital camera is upping the colour contrasts but I think it will make a good background for saturated prints. Has anyone ever sewn with Ikea sheets? Any tips? Anything to watch out for? Quilting with sheets- yea or nay?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Happy Days BOM month #1...



Much more subtle in real life but sewn, here is my month #1 block for the  "Happy Days" BOM  finished albeit unpressed...

Thursday, February 4, 2016

sarah fielke BOM stars...


I've finished all the background stars for the BOM in one swoop - all 24 of them. Thought it would be easier than making one or two a month. Hopefully, will get to making Block #1 and the bonus block book on the weekend. Everyone's fabric choices are so inspiring that I'm actually using my idle Facebook account to check out all the posts in the group:) On Instagram the tag is #sarahfielkeBOM. If you'd like to join the Block of the Month you can find the all the info at Sarah's site. There's going to be a gorgeous bunch of quilts at year's end...

Monday, February 1, 2016

Ombre Olé...


One of the advantages of having a niche passion by mainstream standards is that friends and family tend to give me textile-related gift certificates for Christmas and my January birthday. Am so excited that these beauties arrived guilt free today:) They are the Ombre solids from VandCo. The colour gradient in each hue from light to dark makes the eye bounce around in the most delightful way. They are a super alternative to conventional solids with greater visual texture and a depth that looks like sueded silk but is as smooth as conventional cotton. I can see them in many kinds of quilts- modern ones but also traditional applique with lots of shaded flowers and in apparel too. Not sure what they will become but am enjoying petting them lovingly...