Block Party!

Block Party is having a quilt along kick off giveaway! Check it out here and be sure to check out their blog while you’re at it — much inspiration to be had there!

Also, here’s a chance to win a thread catcher over at PoppyPrint. It’s adorable!

THIRDLY (wow, lots of giveaways!) there’s an awesome chance to win a quilt kit and other goodies over at Jaybird Quilts! Go check it out!

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Needle Roll

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It’s finished!

I wanted to make a mini quilt (it’s about 11×18) to practice the quilting and binding steps before I quilt/bind Ezra’s quilt. It took me a few hours to sew on the binding, but I think it’ll be much easier the second time around. It turned out lovely, too. I think Tripp was really impressed! A few more photos:
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I made it into a needle roll for all the lovely bamboo needles Tripp got me for Christmas last year. He’s amazing.

Speaking of Tripp being amazing, he got a job today! We moved to Austin a month or so ago with hopes that he’d get hired at an entertainment company, and today they offered him the job! We are so jazzed! We’re going out to dinner this week to celebrate. Hoorah!

Now on to lunch and then…Ezra’s quilt is calling to me. 🙂

-K

Practice makes…perfect?

Today I (finally!) got my even feed foot in the mail. For my fellow newbies or you non-quilters out there, an even feed foot, aka a walking foot, looks like this:

It’s kind of a huge and awkward version of a normal presser foot.

Every sewing machine has feed dogs, which run underneath the cloth as you work, and they keep the fabric moving away from you as you sew. The walking foot allows you to cover or lower the feed dogs and keeps the layers of quilting moving at the same speed; essentially, it allows you to quilt without the bottom layer becoming shifted during quilting (even though everything should be pinned down well in the first place).

I put off ordering an even feet foot until I was actually ready to finish a quilt, because they usually run about $30 and I didn’t want to buy one until I had a reason to need it. I found a good price on one, and it came in today, so I’ve been practicing. I threw together a doll sized quilt (which will actually serve as a needle roll for my knitting needles and crochet hook) out of the Hello Betty! charm pack I received last week. I have to say, the colors are amazing. Have a looksie:
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I have quilted it but I need to rip out some of the stitches. Stippling is much more difficult than it looks. I stippled for a while but decided straight lines would look better with simple patchwork.

I poured over this tutorial on Oh Fransson! but I don’t think her methods are meshing well with my setup. Oh well, you know what they say. Eventually my stippling, with much practice, will be…a bit better. Ha!

Any stippling tips for a newbie? Leave ’em in the comments!

-K

P.S. I think I’m going to go with the handkerchief corner style for my Land and Sea quilt. My piecing isn’t neat enough to do bento boxes quite yet.

Inspiration in the craziest places

Yesterday while I was in the shower, washing my hair, I looked over at my little wire rack that holds shampoo/conditioner/facewash and I saw
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…but what I saw in my mind’s eye looked more like this:

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Then, I was looking at my betta, Farrokh Clark AndreRobin Arshavin Van Persie (yes, that’s his name), and I saw even more inspiration
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…my mind perceived all that color as:
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…I just can’t stop seeing quilts in everything! Have you ever been inspired by something that took you completely by surprise?

-K

Goals of all sorts

I am one of those people who’s always got ideas ideas ideas floating about my noggin. Yesterday, for example, I was looking for oil for my sewing machine and walked out with new fabric. Oops! I am finally beginning to realize that without a list of things I need I am nearly hopeless, unless I’ve got hours to wander about and remember everything.

In that spirit, I’ve decided to make a list of quilting and sewing techniques I’d like to try/various things I’d like to make.

(from comfortstitching)
1. Hexagons. They’re so cute, and everyone is using them lately. I’m liking them as decoration on simple items like moleskines, or just as an accent to a quilt, like Ashley at Film in the Fridge has done.

2. Circles. They seem like they’d be difficult to sew, but they look so nice!
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3. Wonky log cabin style blocks. All the excess trimmed fabric can be made into hexagons! (Can you tell I despair over throwing away any scrap, no matter how small? And that I love hexagons?)

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4. I have a sudden urge to make a potholder today. I might just do that right now!

(for sale here)

There are many more goals of mine with quilting, but I’ll stick to these for now. Don’t want to get too ahead of myself!

-K

A different type of stitch…

Besides deciding yesterday to try my hand at entrelac knitting, I also recently finished up a shawl I’ve been working on for a while now. It will be up in my etsy shop as soon as I get it properly blocked and photographed. It’s gorgeous! I think I’ll call it…well, I have a name for it, but you’ll have to wait until I get it on Etsy. Naming my creations is half the fun! Now for ze photos:
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As you can see, the pattern is a pretty basic — k5, p5 for six rows, then switch — but I love it!

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Also, I got some beauty in the mail today from MyNeedleandThread, a wonderful Etsy seller I just discovered. She was so helpful and sweet! Go check out her store — she has some adorable fabrics and her prices are amazing.
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Last week, I was commissioned to create a quilt by a friend in Los Angeles for her new baby boy, Ezra. She wants it to be mostly reds/browns/whites (which just happen to be my favorite colors!) — this will be my first commissioned quilt, which I am very excited about.

The fabrics I’m working with are Kona cottons in Blueberry, Tomato, and Sable along with selections from the Retro Animal Party line by Amy Schimler for Robert Kaufman and a few from Boy Oh Boy by David Walker. Here’s a better shot of them.
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I think I’ll use a log cabin style block for this one. I love log cabin blocks, and they showcase the fabrics beautifully!

I’m gonna work on this entrelac knitting until my Kona cottons come in!

-K