Back to Work

Well, my long, wonderful spring break has come to an end…sigh. If you’ve just recently started reading my blog, don’t think I’m amazing because of how fast I’ve been cranking out quilts. It’s because I literally slept and sewed ALL break. I’ll still be doing quite a bit of sewing because I’m getting ready for the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange in June and just applied for another smaller show in the beginning of May. (Wish me luck!)

I am so excited for the Handicraft show. Look! There I am!

Also, I had a HUGE spike in my views on here and flickr. A friend informed me that Jeni of In Color Order had linked to my banner quilt on her blog. She also linked one of my sewing buddies, elle square. I am honored to be on her blog. I love all of her work.

I am totally eating up all of the love my quilts have been getting. I am so proud of my work and it’s always so nice to know others like it too! I am also really happy to announce that the Best in Show pattern is now available in my shop. If you are in Indianapolis, you can also purchase a paper pattern at Crimson Tate.

Thanks for the love everyone. I’ll try to keep updating often, just maybe with fewer projects now that I’m back to my day job.

Flea Market Fancy Banner Quilt

As I mentioned in my last post, that whole banner quilt pattern I was working on didn’t turn out so hot on the first try. I really wanted to have this finished by First Friday so I can show it off. I did it in a bit of a hurry, but took time to make sure everything was just right and record all of my steps so I can make a really good pattern for it.

I am sort of in love with this one. Here is the top (that I managed to crank out in just a few hours). I think Oliver (one of the kitties that lives in my yard) liked it too but wasn’t too keen on having her photo taken.

And here is the finished quilt.

And the back.

I am finishing up writing the pattern for this quilt and plan on having it for sale in my shop pretty soon.

I think I’ll be slowing down quite a bit since my break is almost over and I’ll be heading back to work. I’m really happy with everything that I completed though!

Pennant quilt and possible pattern

I finished up this lovely quilt top while at Downtown Sewcial at Crimson Tate last weekend. Heather posted a picture of it on her facebook and it’s gotten a lot of attention. People asking if it’s a class or a pattern they can buy. It’s just something I whipped up. Anyway, I am working on getting it finished so I can write a pattern for it and get it sold!

Would any of you be interested in a pattern?

Baby Things

It must be baby season or something. Lots of babies are on their way. A woman in my office is due next month and we are throwing her a shower next week. I made a quilt and people are pitching in for it to be a group gift. I’ve posted it here before, but it’s super cute so I have to share it again. I need to be sure to get some better pictures before I give it to her.

I think this is my best quilt to date. I made a baby-sized Denyse Schmidt pattern called Single Girl. I want to make it again. It’s a tedious pattern, but in the baby size, it’s not nearly as overwhelming as when I made the queen size for my first quilt!

As an extra, little gift, I bought the CUTEST baby bootie pattern off of Etsy and made some practice baby booties.

I showed them to some friends with kids and they said they would have paid an arm and a leg for them when their kids were little. The front panel has a Velro attachment so it’s easy too shove a squirmy little foot in there. My first try turned out pretty good, I think I just need to try a few more practice booties to make them just right.

There’s some hand sewing involved which is not my favorite thing, but they are so adorable. I also bought a baby boot pattern, which I haven’t tried yet.

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!

Single Girl Baby Quilt

I am so thrilled! I finally finished my Single Girl baby-sized quilt. I just worked on it a little at a time. The quilting was kind of difficult. I can’t imagine doing it on a larger quilt. I’m planning on taking some better pictures, but it was fresh out of the dryer and I was too excited.

Here are a few work in progress photos.

Cross Quilt

Next quilt is my first attempt at a modern style cross quilt. I sort of just made this up as I went along. I looked at the pattern I had in a book, but it was much more complicated. This one was just made by using a square in the center and using rectangles on the sides. I used Denyse Schmidt’s line of fabric for Joann’s. This quilt is also available in my shop.

I didn’t do much quilting on this one. I kept it really simple.

What do you think? Do you have any recent projects that you made with your own pattern?

 

*Also, today is my little sister’s 21st birthday! That’s insane. She is perpetually six years old in my head.*

Current Project: Denyse Schmidt Single Girl Quilt

I have been working on and off (mostly off) on this Denyse Schmidt Single Girl Quilt since December. I kind of burned out after cutting all the little pieces and sewing them into rings. After a little teasing from my boyfriend about how it would never get finished, I got back to it.

Here are a few work in progress shots.

 

Here is the patchwork part all finished. I love it. It’s so sweet.

 

Apparently I need to work on sewing straight lines too.

 

Now onto the actual quilting which I have never done before in my life. I am not very good at tedious repetitive tasks. Clearly I will be machine quilting. I just bought a walking foot over the weekend and it made a HUGE difference. It hurt a little to drop $30 on a foot, but I can already tell it’s totally going to be worth it. I will add more pics once I get the quilting finished, if I ever get it finished!

Do you quilt? What have you made recently? Show me your first quilt.

Printmaking Love and Indian Inspired Floor Cloth

Recently, I discovered my work will allow us up to $1000 for professional development. Because I am in a creative field, my boss decided art classes could be considered professional development. I immediately signed up for a printmaking class at the local art center. I have missed printmaking so much and can barely stand to wait for my class to begin June 9th. I did a lot of printmaking in college, but that’s not to difficult when you have fantastic facilities. Now that I work a regular job and own a house (with lots of chores built in) it’s hard to find the time or the energy to actually do any printmaking, or any making of any kind.

On Fridays during my lunch I go to a pilates lesson. The woman I go to is just down the street from work and has two machines in her home. I meet my mom there and we get a workout and get to catch up too. Recently, she suggested we make a floor cloth for her studio to protect the wood floors in exchange for pilates lessons. I wasn’t entirely on board until I realized we could use silkscreen to make it.

I made the screens at home which was a first for me. At school, I had a fancy-schmancy room with a safe light to coat the screens as well as a scoop that was actually large enough to coat them in one swipe. I also had access to a vacuum sealed exposure table. Not at home. This caused a lot of stress and anxiety as I went through this learning process. Not to mention I was using my hose to clean out the screens and let’s just say, winter weather has stuck around a little late this year.

Fortunately, I did FINALLY get the screens figured out and the floor cloth turned out beautifully. I am completely hooked again on silkscreen and printmaking in general and cannot wait for my class!!

Here are some photos of the floorcloth.