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.

 

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

 

Baby Shower

The baby shower was lovely. It was a beautiful day and the decoration ended up matching the flowering trees. Here is a terrible photo of the paper lanterns and paper garland that I made. It looked way better in person, I promise.

Adorable and delicious cupcakes.

And the quilt was adored by all.

And now for some more works in progress.

This has been sitting in a box FOREVER. I’ve had the blocks made for a while and just never put them together. This is 12 of the blocks and I have 9 more. I think I am just going to turn it into two small quilts instead of one larger quilt.

This second quilt top is my own design and I love how it turned out.

That’s all for now. I plan on having a lot to post while I am on break so check back again soon!

Furniture Shopping

A while back I posted about finding something to display my quilts in. I didn’t find exactly that, but I did find something I couldn’t pass up. This lovely piece. I was in love the moment I saw it. Not to mention it was a steal especially since some of the IKEA pieces I had been looking at were $100-$200 more!

I love it even more with my cameras all set up in it at home! Swoon! I totally shoved my dining room table into the corner of the room so this could be center stage.

 

I also came across this. A giant Nixon. Any takers?

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!

Summer Porch – Outdoor Living

I haven’t touched my porch since moving into my house last summer. I had other things that I needed to take care of first, like making sure I had a bed and finding the coffee pot so I would have adequate caffeine to complete all my new and exciting projects. Now that warmer weather is (hopefully) right around the corner, I really want to make my porch a place I’d actually like to spend some time.

When I moved in, this bench was left on the porch.

It would be perfect with some cushions. The only problem is, it’s not any sort of standard size. It appears to have been made from scraps left over from the posts. Apart from a a few hazardous looking nails, it’s totally salvageable. I’ll just have to make my own cushions. The only issue I’m having is cost. That foam filler can get a little pricey.

So now, let me share with you my
“If Money Were No Object, Which Unfortunately It Always Is, Porch Makeover”!

First off, cushion fabrics. I love color and I’m really into Moroccan patterns right now. Here are a few picks for cushions.

1. ZEN SUNBRELLA OUTDOOR SPA

2. JUNCTION OUTDOOR LAGOON

3. RIGBY OUTDOOR PAPRIKA

Next, accessories.

1. Casbah Rug $79.95

2. Sundial Outdoor Pillow $27

3. Abra Hurricane $89.95

4. Elan Coffee Table $635

5. Casablanca Lanterns $-7.95 – $49.95

6. Sausalito House Numbers $14 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.