The Longest To Do List

I think I am in the middle of more projects than ever before.

My friend Brooke got several of the usual sewing buddies to all sign up for the same class at Crimson Tate. We are doing the American Jane Merry Go Round Quilt. I am doing mine in Denyse Schmidt’s new Chickopee line. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this quilt. I really just wanted to hang out with my friends. But now that I have started it, I think I’m going to adore it.

Brooke and I are planning on doing Denyse Schmidt’s Single Girl pattern (again for me). I bought Tula Pink’s Birds and Bees line. I don’t want to cut it up. It’s amazing. The lady bugs are my favorite.

I am also working on a custom baby quilt. The woman I am making it for had scraps left over from custom bedding and curtains she had made for the baby’s room, so I used some of that mixed in with some other coordinating fabrics.
Here’s how it looks so far.

I am also working on a secret baby quilt so no photos yet. On top of those projects, a quilt for each my mom and sister are currently sitting on the back burner. I have also been attempting to finish up any projects that have just been laying around. I have a really simple queen sized quilt I am finishing the quilting on so hopefully I’ll get it bound and photographed soon.

I’ve also been messing around with designing fabrics through Spoonflower. I currently have several prints for sale. Here is my sampler I ordered to proof my designs so I could start selling them.

I’ve cut them down and even made a few items from the squares. I’ve been adding these and iPad leather accented bags on my Etsy.

Whew! In my free time (HA!) I’ve been trying to get some bags and accessories made for a show in September. More on that later.

 

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New Website!

I’ve been building a website for my design portfolio and I decided that while I was at it, I would make one for my crafts/sewing too. You can still read my blog here, but my blog is integrated into the site as well as a few other things including a page of finished quilts. I used Squarespace and it was really easy. I whipped this up on Saturday in about 3 hours.

Take a look! 1606shop.com

 

Vintage Postage Illustrations

I’ve been doing a lot of random doodles and patterns and illustrations. Here is one inspired by vintage postage and a Santa Fe themed color palette. You can see other projects on my flickr. I really want to turn these into some sort of pattern. What do you think? Do you have any cute illustrations or patterns?

 

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Pattern Play

I love creating patterns. Especially now that I’m doing a lot more sewing, I have been on a kick of making my own patterns. I would love to have a few printed on Spoonflower, but $18 a yard is a little pricey for me so I have to be sure it is just the right pattern. I think if I had done more illustration, I would have loved to be a fabric designer. Who knows, maybe I still could be. Anyway, here are a few of the patterns I doodled last week. I scanned in pages from my sketchbook and did a little cutting, pasting, and coloring to create these.

To see more, see my flickr set.

I think the blue and green feathers is my current favorite. What do you think?

Does anyone else do this? I feel like with Spoonflower, I’ve been seeing more and more of it. I want to see your designs!

100 Things to Draw

Such a good idea from Pikaland. A list of 100 things to draw. No excuses for Drawer’s Block now. Click through for the pdf download of the list.

I’ve been thinking a lot about drawing these days, and a lot of it is spent wondering about what to draw (raise your hand if you feel the same way!) So I did what an organized person would do – I made a list. At first I hit 50. Then 80. By the time I was done, I had about a list of 100 things to draw that must be shared! So for those who need a little inspiration on what to draw next, you can now download a small PDF of the list I made. (The preview image here is just part of it, but you can see a full preview of the file at the left hand side of the blog.)

Feel free to spread it around and send it to those who needs it!

UPDATE: In my haste of putting out the list, there’s some laughable typos and things that are plain wrong! What the heck are “Mosters”?? (#57) & toads and spiders are NOT insects! (#46) They’re reptiles and arachnids respectively!

Japanese Mini Letterpress Cards

Looking around Uguisi, an adorable Japanese stationery site, I found these little lovlies.

From the Kita no Moyo-cho (literally means “pattern book from the North”) letterpress card series, this mini card set in a match box is really adorable! 20 mini cards with blank back side. Made in Japan.

Could you combine all of the things I love into one!? Letterpress, notecards, Japanese stationery, and itty bitty things? Yes please. I will take one of each.

Beautiful Wedding Invitations

So I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but I have a thing for Indian/Moroccan design influences. These gorgeous wedding invitations from Ugly Kitty totally hit the spot. They were made for an Indian/American wedding for a friend. Love the colors.