Thursday, May 8, 2014

Layer Cake Patchwork Quilt: Getting Started

I don't know if it's my less than stellar organization skills right now or just my lack of will power, but I find myself too easily starting projects that are not on my immediate to do list. It usually happens when an idea comes to me. I find so much enjoyment in designing and once I have an idea in my head and the details worked out on paper (or computer), my natural instincts tell me to forge ahead and make it. I usually find some way to justify pushing other things aside in order to do so. Generally, I think that because I'm a project finisher, it's ok to start it even if I should have started a different one. I'm not going to beat myself up too much about it. A perfect example -- the other day it was my birthday, I didn't want to spend my day cleaning and I had the logistics of a quilt design all laid out and ready to start -- so I did -- because it was my day. See, justification.

The design is simple and the top should come together fairly quick. It all starts with yardage of solid charcoal gray and this layer cake of the April Showers collection by Bonnie and Camille.
I cut each of the 42 layer cake squares into (4) - 4" squares which left me with a little bit of a scrap pile to use on a later project.
I also cut a boat load of 4" charcoal gray squares as well.
The end result will be a nice sized throw quilt with a fun patchwork design. More to come...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Black and White Triangle Pillows

If you follow this blog on a regular basis, you've probably seen the black an white triangle quilt I just recently made. (See the final post here). I had some leftover triangles and decided to put them to good use by making a couple pillow covers.
The centers are made from the leftover black, white and blue triangles. The outer edge border, as well as the back, is a charcoal gray and black polka dot print.
The pillow fronts are sandwiched with batting and quilted with straight lines along the diagonal and horizontal seams. There is a zipper enclosure along the bottom seam to make it easy to insert or remove the pillow insert. These decorative pillows would make a great addition to a bed or living room sofa.

Both pillow covers are available for sale in the Freshly Handmade Etsy shop.
Follow the links below for the listings.
Black & White Triangle Pillow Cover #1
Black & White Triangle Pillow Cover #2
Freshly Handmade [the shop]

Linked To:
Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday
Quilt Story for Fabric Tuesday

Monday, May 5, 2014

Adventures in Fabric Shopping at S.R. Harris

It was an image similar to the one below that I found in my friend Ann's Instagram account that made me say, "WHOA! Where is that place?" She told me it was a fabric outlet in Minneapolis called S.R. Harris and asked if I wanted to go. My response, "Uh, YES!!", and so we did this past weekend.
Not only was I excited to spend the day with my friend, but experience what looked like a little bit of heaven with maybe some crazy town mixed in. There really was no preparing myself for what I was about to see. Aisles and aisles of fabric -- bolts and rolls, as well as buttons, zippers, trims, pillows and more. It was a lot to take in.
I tried to stay focused and not get overwhelmed. I mostly stuck to the quilting cottons and only took the fabrics I really liked. I already have enough stashed fabric to last me until well past the age of 100, so I certainly did not need more. I'm pretty proud of my restraint and happy with what I brought home. I was really just there for the experience of it all.
While in Minneapolis, we stopped at a neat fabric and yarn shop called Crafty Planet. There, I treated myself to these two Le Creme Basics rolie polies. I couldn't say no to the coordinating dots and the rainbow of colors. In fact, I've already busted them open and started a little something. I'm not sure how far I'll get since I really should be working on other projects, but they were just too darn irresistible.
I hope you had a nice weekend and have a happy Monday!