Swoon Quilt Ideas

I probably won’t be working on this quilt for quite some time. I don’t even have the pattern yet. I have a lot of other projects I’ve got in my head and already bought fabric for so I feel like I should work through those before I get to a swoon quilt. I really really love it though. Here’s my color palette for what I’d like to use in my future Swoon quilt.

Here is my color palette.

I LOVE these colors. I hope I can eventually get to it soon!


New baby quilt layout and Valentine’s dessert

So things have been busy, as usual. Just lots of work things. I haven’t been able to do a lot of sewing, not to mention once I get home, I don’t really feel like doing much of anything except lay on the couch and watching trashy tv. I did recently start watching Archer, as in I started it to days ago and finished the first season yesterday.

I have been doing a little sewing. Last Saturday, I went to Downtown Sewcial at Crimson Tate. However, I forgot my phone so there are no photos of this awesome time. I got a request from the shop I sell stuff at in Chicago for some iPad cases, so I whipped a few of those up and got them sent off yesterday. I think I am going to make more and in different styles. I also have three (or maybe four, but I’ll save that for another day) quilts in the works. I have my personal project, the Solid Chevron Quilt. I’ve been pressing seams like crazy mostly. I got all of the squares sewn, now I just have to put them all together.

I’ve also been working on the quilting for the baby-sized Single Girl blanket. I love it, but the quilting is totally exhausting.

Then, while going through some boxes, I found a stash of pieces left over from the Bow Tie Quilt I made a while back. Instead of making a matching one, I mixed the pieces up and started sewing them together. I didn’t get much done, but it’s a start.

For Valentine’s day I made these. They are super intense. It’s a lot of chocolate. I wanted to dip them in white chocolate, but when warming up the white chocolate…I kind of burnt it…and totally ruined it. There was no salvaging it. Oh well.

Also, I applied for a pretty awesome craft fair here in the summer, so I am hoping I get in.

That’s all for now. Hopefully I will have more for you next week than I did last week. I have Monday off for President’s Day and I’ll be going to my first Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild meeting on Saturday. Hopefully it will fire up my motivation to actually finish something.

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?



Angie Lewin

While on the subject of printmaking, I wanted to share a wonderful print maker I came across.

Angie Lewin does printmaking,

Inspired by both the clifftops and saltmarshes of the North Norfolk coast and the Scottish Highlands, I depict these contrasting environments and their native flora in wood engraving, linocut, silkscreen, lithograph and collage. These landscapes are often glimpsed through intricately detailed plantforms.

Attracted to the relationships between plant communities on an intimate level, even the fine lines of insect eggs on a flower bud are observed in my work. Still lives often incorporate seedpods, grasses, flints and dried seaweed collected on walking and sketching trips. A Wedgwood cup designed by Ravilious, may contain feathers and seedheads.

Check out these gorgeous prints.

Yellow Rattle Linocut Image size (mm): 517w x 230h - Edition: 50 Mounted print £285.00

Alexanders, Aldeburgh Linocut Image size (mm): 495w x 270h - Edition: 40 NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Winter Spey Wood engraving Image size (mm): 125w x 100h - Edition: 50 NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Salthouse Linocut Image size (mm): 360w x 245h - Edition: 50 NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Beach with Alexanders Wood engraving Image size (mm): 100w x 125h - Edition: 35 NO LONGER AVAILABLE


Castle was founded by Rachel Castle, originally making bedding for family and friends, it has grown into much more. I love so many of the things on Castle, I can’t even begin to show you all of my favorites.

Embroidered Artwork


I love anything with lots of happy colors. I love these pretty silkscreened prints.


Pretty bedding.


There is really too many I love to share them all. Go check out the rest at Castle.

Manicures I Love

I am not exactly the person to go to for manicure advice. I was a nail biter for years and as I write this now, my nails look like this:

However, I love these manicure styles.

I would probably go with something a little more subtle than black and white, but this one is gorgeous.

Maybe something like one of these.

I really love this gold, but it may be a bit flashy for me. Pretty though.

Books by Color

I love things organized by color. I recently attempted to reorganize my books by color. Unfortunately, my shelves did not like this idea and decided to come crashing down. Don’t worry, not book were hurt. After doing a little reinforcing, I was able to get the shelves to hold all my pretty books. I put them a little closer to the ground this time though.

Book incident: (sorry for the cell pic)

Happy books:

Here are some of the books that will become several different book-related projects.

Here are some very happy color coded books. Enjoy!

Gareth Spor

Here’s another book project I found recently. I love the color combination.

“Often fixating on the physics of light, the cosmos, and the geometries of space and time, I work across a diverse range of media to explore the states of wonderment achieved when people contemplate things larger than themselves. My work is a means to feed my own curiosity and to share some of the wonderment I feel with others.” – Gareth Spor.


Before and After – Living Room

Soon after painting my dining room orange, there was a giant ice storm that left me in my house for three days. Seeing as I can’t sit still for long, I decided to tackle my living room. I went with a deep purple.



Looking into my orange dining room: