Last month, I made my second Massdrop (affiliate link) purchase. I bought a fat quarter bundle of Doe by Carolyn Friedlander, which is another line I had been admiring for a very long time.
I know the low-volume prints will be super useful, but I also love the more saturated prints in the fabric line. The bright orange in particular calls my name!
I also won a pack of Liberty fabrics from Red Pepper Quilts. Each little square is 5×7″ so it’s just slightly larger than a charm pack. The fabric is obviously lovely, since it’s Liberty, but the variety of prints amazed me. There are so many different styles!
Factotum of Arts is hosting a color series and this month it’s all about yellow. Michelle posted a challenge to create a nine print mosaic featuring yellow and I knew this would be a great growth exercise for me since I’m new to quilting.
I actually made a few palettes. The first I made without a real plan, just browsing yellow fabrics and choosing what I liked. I would up with a mustard, grey, and pinks palette.
- Robert Kaufman 2. Skinny laMinx 3. Emma Jean Jansen 4. Jill McDonald 5. Jan Avellana 6. Kathy Hall 7. Katarina Roccella 8. Hawthorne Threads 9. Carolyn Friedlander
The next one I went into with a color scheme from an inspiration page that I had pinned from Design Seeds to my color inspiration board about a year ago. I’m all about mint and orange together, so this was something I loved. I choose some lighter yellows to go with the tangerine, aqua, and grey.
- Dear Stella 2. Riley Blake 3. Whistler Studios 4. Dear Stella 5. Joel Dewberry 6. Hawthorne Threads 7. Karen Lewis 8. Karen Lewis 9. Lisa Tilse
The next palette I made was based on one of my favorite prints from the Lizzy House Natural History bundle I just got, Butterfly Box. I chose varying shades of mustard, as well as some peach, red, and blues.
- Joel Dewberry 2. Cotton and Steel 3. Riley Blake 4. Leah Duncan 5. Lizzy House 6. Carolyn Friedlander 7. Leah Duncan 8. Lizzy House 9. Rashida Coleman Hale
Looking at this palette, it’s actually very similar to another inspiration pin I had on my board! This is my favorite of the palettes I created.
And lastly, I saw this center Ed Emberley print while I was browsing yellows and knew I wanted to make a color palette around it. I picked up the various yellows from the lions’ manes as well as the orange from the tigers and green from their eyes. I love the various shades of yellow with this print, but am not sure about how I incorporated the orange and green. I think they may have too much white when compared with the other prints.
- Alison Glass 2. Dear Stella 3. Cotton and Steel 4. Art Gallery Fabrics 5. Ed Emberley 6. Karen Lewis 7. Michael Miller 8. Ampersand Design Studio 9. Robert Kaufman
Go check out the other colors at Factotum of Arts.
I bought my first Massdrop (affiliate link) a couple of weeks ago! I find it hilarious that it currently caters to both nerdy men and quilters, although they are adding more categories all the time so there’s probably something for everyone. The general idea is that they negotiate a lower price with the manufacturer in exchange for selling a large quantity. You agree to make a purchase during a limited window and as others sign up too, the price drops lower and lower.
I sprung for this Natural History by Lizzy House fat quarter bundle because what is better than beautiful, nerdy fabrics? The colors are rich and the prints are detailed without being ugly. I especially love the various colors of Hall of Gems and Butterfly Box.
Is it ever too early to start Christmas crafting?
I started these pillows earlier this summer but have a long way to go. They’re the Diamond Pillow by Amanda Jean Nyberg. I’m using mini charm packs of 25th and Pine with some sold out cream-on-cream from Connecting Threads for the background. They’ll be backed in my favorite floral from 25th and Pine, Frosty Sky Cranberry Crossing.
I also have a stocking to knit for myself (Gavin’s is done), other decorations to work on, and some gifts to plan. More on those soon!
A couple of weeks ago, Fat Quarter Shop sent me a 15% off coupon code right as I was feeling my blow money burning a hole in my pocket. I bought a TON of fabric!
I picked up a Riley Blake Large Chevron fat quarter bundle. There are lots of colors that will mix in easily with other fabrics.
Even though it wasn’t on sale, I nabbed a Cotton + Steel Tinsel fat quarter bundle, too.
I’m glad I did, because I love these three fabrics and will probably buy more of all of them. The metallic gold on the ornaments is particularly delightful.
I got some half-yards of Figures Positive in three different colorways, thinking it will make a great blender. The linen background color is actually the palest shade of grey, which I love.
These four fabrics are unrelated, but similar enough in color to look good together in a mini-bundle.
These three chevrons have me excited, especially the metallic two from Remix. I bought 3/4 of a yard of the black and gold, thinking it will make something great for a Mizzou fan in my life.
I think of these fabrics as being the “preppy” group of my order. The little green turtles on the pink background are so, so sweet. And who can resist a metallic seahorse?
I started this quilt literally four years ago, when I lived in Wisconsin. I used Don’t Call Me Betsy’s Sweet Girlie Charm Square Quilt tutorial and I finally finished the quilt top this week. It’s not necessarily fabric I would choose now, but I’m determined to finish and learn from it.
Pro tip: write down what tutorial you’re using somewhere (I like Google Drive for planning out sewing projects), because I didn’t…and spent a lot of time combing through my pins looking for it hoping it was somewhere in there. It was, but whew!
There are a lot of flaws in it, mainly because I was not as careful with trimming my blocks as I should have been. So many lessons already learned!
But it will still make a great little quilt and the existing imperfections will help me tackle new skills without worrying too much about “ruining” it.
I chose (way back when) orange with large polka dots for the back and brown with tiny polka dots for the binding. I like both of these a lot and am looking forward to getting started on the quilting and binding!
New fabric two weeks in a row?!
While we were on vacation and spending the day in the Amana Colonies, we stopped in at Heritage Designs. I haven’t been to too many brick and mortar quilting stores, so it was especially fun to look around.
They had quite an extensive sale selection, where I found these!
A fat quarter (in my alma mater’s colors!) from Betty Dear by Darlene Zimmerman.
Two yards (bolt end) of this grey print that I think will be great for blending from Juggling Summer by Brigiette Heitland for Zen Chic for Moda.
And finally, two yards (another bolt end) of this fun triangle print from Technicolor by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller Fabrics.
I got some fabric for my birthday from my in-laws: a fat quarter bundle of Far Far Away by Heather Ross. I’ve been eyeing this since before Christmas so I’m excited to have it.
I knew I would love the unicorns and snails, but the Princess and the Pea fabrics are so adorable as well!
I also got a thread organizer from my brother-in-law (thanks Clayton!) and had a lot of fun setting it up. It’s not even close to being full, but I am so excited to no longer dig through a bin to find the right color. And as a bonus, it’s a beautiful addition to my craft room!
When Gavin and I were first dating in college, he had this dress shirt that had been his dad’s, with their initials (they’re the same) on the cuff. He wore it on our first real date, probably to graduation, basically everywhere. I thought it was adorable.
I remember showing Gavin that it had a (fairly large) tear in the very thin and worn sleeve sometime after college and feeling bummed that the shirt had finally died.
BUT! I saved it, with the intention of making something out of it. So when I saw this tutorial for turning shirt cuffs into pouches a couple of years ago, I knew it would be perfect.
And still the shirt sat.
Until last weekend, when I finally let go of some of my perfectionist tendencies, chopped off the cuffs, and sewed up some pouches using decidedly non-matching thread. My one allowance to perfection was to practice on the non-monogrammed cuff first, hence two pouches.
These took about three minutes to make – cutting off the cuffs neatly probably took longer than sewing them into pouches.
On the second, monogrammed cuff, I continued my line of stitching all the way around the edges of the flap too so it would have a topstitched look and not be as awkward on the back of the pouch. You can see what I mean in the pictures.
Hopefully Gavin will be able to use these for a rosary, quarters, or some tiny computer accessory. Whatever the use, I’m glad the GAR shirt lives on.
The first apartment Gavin and I lived in had a great sunroom in the back, with access from the kitchen and our spare bedroom. The bad news: the sunroom wasn’t heated or cooled and the doors leading to it had huge gaps under them. Since Gavin moved into the apartment in January, we realized we had to do something about it quickly!
I found this great tutorial that gave directions for using plumbing insulation (which is very cheap!) to create a twin draft snake with insulation on both sides of the door. This was nice because we could still easily use the door without having to move anything first.
We made three of them, one for the kitchen and two that went on each of the french doors in the spare bedroom. Gavin did most of the sewing for this project, so you know it was really easy.
The only change I made was to sew both ends of the tube closed, which is somewhat challenging to do on a sewing machine (and admittedly does not look very neat) because the foam is big, but I don’t like the idea of having open tubes on the floor. It just seems like something a spider would love too much for me to leave it that way. You can’t see it, so the neatness doesn’t matter too much.
Now that we’ve bought our house, we still use one of the same draft snakes between our office and the (usually unheated/cooled) addition that is the sewing room. They really make a difference, were quick to make, and didn’t cost much at all. Happy sewing!