Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Man Quilt Muscled into Submission!

I was toying around with the block layout on this quilt for what seems like forever!  I felt like all the same patterns were touching too much and I needed to spread them out more.  I was happy with this layout, until I started staring at it while writing this post : P  I'll probably go back and rearrange one more time for good measure - it's my Type A+++ personality talking I guess!

Anyways, this is a quilt using mostly Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow that I'm making for my dad.  The pattern is Atkinson Designs Urban Cabin.  I thought about using my FMF grey seeds for the binding, but the greys don't match that well so I'll probably end up using the light blue circles because I have a lot of that left. I'm trying to shop my stash lately!  

I've been working on My Precious Quilt Along Round 2 project - Neptune.  I made up my own design that's basically sashing each charm square in grey, then using some of the original dark blue DS Quilts fabric from Joann as another set of sashing.  Here's my progress so far.  Can you tell I've been into grey lately?

And finally, I finished up a quilt top that had been languishing in my "please quilt me I'm dying to be snuggled" pile.  And guess who's back??  Carlton!  Such a good helper.  He makes sure the fabric is nice and soft, has a good drape, and can withstand lots of use.  He had been on sabbatical at my parents' house for awhile when I had a roommate who was allergic to cats.  Now he's back and ready to quilt!

This is the second version using Oh!Fransson's Mod Sampler tutorial.  The first  version, here, is made using reproduction 1930s prints that my grandma gave me for my birthday awhile ago.  Carlton is modeling the vintage sheet version.  Doesn't he look smashing in blue and green?  

This is his 'oh no you din't' face.  He doesn't really like his picture taken.  Who knew a cat would be camera shy?
My current list of projects:

Vintage Sheet Mod Sampler 

Completed tops needing backings & quilting:
Simply Squares Vintage sheets 
Central Park Charming Stars
Vintage Sheet New Wave 

Tops in pieces:
Modern Meadow Urban Cabin
Sew Cherry Snapdragon #2
Sew Cherry Over & Under
Hunky Dory Pandora's Box

New projects this week: 2
Finished projects this week: 1  

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

What's Cookin Wednesday

I've made a quilt for my grandma, my mom, my boyfriend, my friend from it's my dad's turn! 

I acquired some Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow and fell in love with some of the prints, especially the blues.  I decided this would be great fabric for my dad's quilt!  I bought a scrap pack of Modern Meadow on Etsy, which actually turned out to be several yards, to round out my collection.  There's a few other fabrics in the mix too. 

The pattern is Urban Cabin by Atkinson Designs.  I thought it seemed more manly than lots of HSTs or stars and such :)  I'm making a total of 25 blocks for his lap sized quilt and have 8 of them finished already.  The pattern goes together very quickly and the blocks are large so I should be done in no time!

Finished blocks

Color combos left to finish

Color combos left to finish

Monday, May 21, 2012

Bloggers' Quilt Festival 2012

Central Park has to be one of my favorite fabric lines of all time.  The vibrant colors, whimsical patterns, and the little squirrel with an acorn really spoke to me and I splurged and bought so much of it!  I chose to make a cracker box quilt for my first Central Park project.  I think this is the point in my short quilting career that I've identified where I begin to use much bolder colors and a neutral other than white.  Previously, I thought all quilts had to use a white background with pastel colors :)  I also experimented with echo quilting and am in love with how this one turned out! 

Full front view

Quitling detail

Back full view

Thursday, May 17, 2012

My Precious QAL Round 2

For my next magic trick, aka installment of the My Precious QAL, I'll be turning this:

Into a bunch of these:

I've decided to use my Neptune charm packs.  I know the point is that you're supposed to be "cutting" into your stash, but I'd rather cut other less precious fabric to fit around my little gems :)  I hope this counts!  The inner border is Dear Stella Grey and the outer border is DS Quilts from the Picnic line I think.  I've been hoarding it ever since I decided it looked great with the Neptune.  Oo just had a thought - maybe I'll cut into my FMF grey seeds for the binding!

Monday, May 14, 2012

My Precious QAL Update

I finally finished up my entry for Round 1 of kelbysews My Precious QAL.  I chose to use my Tufted Tweets layer cake that's been lounging on my shelf for oh so long.  I had the plan to use Little Miss Shabby's Picture Frames pattern but didn't want to cut the 10" squares down, so I did some math (gasp!) and modified it a bit.  This is what I came up with!  I can't wait to get this one quilted and snuggle up on the couch with my boyfriend :)  Well, maybe I'll wait til winter since it's 80+ degrees around here...

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thrift Store Lamp Update

I needed a table lamp for my dim living room so obviously I started combing thrift stores for the perfect one.  Unfortunately I came home with this....

Brassy, 80's, doesn't play well with the other collected furnishings (West Elm zebra rug, estate sale cedar chest, & boring beige couch that is).  So I decided to spruce it up with spray paint and see what happens.  A couple coats of Rustoleum later plus a new modern shade from Target et voila!

Much better!  I'm still working on clearing the clutter.  I think I have too many different shades of blue here, no?  Don't worry, it will eventually be all fixed!


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