Thursday, December 31, 2009

Farewell, 2009!

2009 was a pretty crafty year for me. A record thus far. I'm looking forward to many more quilts and crafty projects for 2010!

Happy New Year to you!

So Blue

Just in the nick of time, I finished up one last quilt for 2009.  This quilt is made from Amy Butler's Daisy Chain line.  I bought this fabric over a year ago.  I cut the fabric to make this quilt.  Unfortunately, once I had all of the fabric cut, I hated it.  I had the blue and the silver color ways mixed together and it just wasn't working.  I proceeded to stack the pieces and leave them on my bookshelf for several months.  I recently decided to revisit only the blue pieces, add a little white, and viola!  Here you have it. 

I'm really happy with how this has turned out.  I think the boxes and the little bit of white help bring some organization to the busy patterns.  I opted to go with the border to confine the business of the center.  I think it finishes it off nicely.  The finished size is 64"x54".

I was feeling a bit lazy, so the backing is Kona Cotton Ice Frappe.  The binding and inner border are both Kona Cotton Azure.  I'm a big fan of the azure.  It's such a pretty color.

Please excuse the lackluster photos.  Winter has decided to arrive here in Michigan and that means the sun is hiding. :(

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Lesson Learned: Sexy Hexy Insanity

I was recently commissioned to make a quilt for my niece's bed.  I was given free reign in fabric and pattern with the only constraint that the colors were to be the colors of a peacock.  Purple, green, teals, etc.  I immediately thought Amy Buter's Love in the soul palate fit the bill. 

Well, here is my first and final hexagon.

It looks cute, but boy was it a pain to put together!  There's pattern pieces, lots of cutting, freezer paper, GLUE STICK, sewing a hexagon ring, and then finally psuedo-appliqueing the center hexagon on.  It ends up being quite a large hexagon- about 25" across (29" at the points).  If you really wanted to tough it out, at least you wouldn't have to make too many of them.  However, I think I will be abandoning this pattern.  This will probably end up as a pillow.  Back to the drawing board for the quilt pattern though!

On a positive note, I did get to learn how to use my edge stitching foot that came with my sewing machine.  It's pretty nice! 

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Shawn and Nichole

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Craft Exchange

A couple months ago a friend contacted me with a craft exchange proposal.  She would knit me a pair of socks in exchange for some quilted log cabin pillow covers.  How could I refuse?  Today we met up to exchange the goodies.

Here is the pillow cover.  So far I have made only one.  I wanted to make sure they fit her pillows before I made the second one.  :)

And my socks!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Quilter Bees: December

I finished up my December block for the Quilter Bees.  This month Heidi asked us each to make a block from Amanda Jean's star quilt-a-long from awhile back.  

I think this is a fun idea.  I received week 9.  I must say, if I had been working on this block for myself (and doing 11 more), I most certainly would not have put as much effort into trying to make the corners line up.  It's not perfect, but not too bad.  If I do say so myself. 

After working on this block, I'm thinking I should try to do some more patterned blocks.  It has been awhile since I did something like this (probably since I made the blocks for the quilt I just finished). 

Monday, December 21, 2009

Oldie, but a Goodie

A couple years ago I joined in on Amanda Jean's first quilt-a-long.  I have finally finished that quilt.  It took long enough!  I am happy with how it turned out.  So cheery! 

And the back.  I really love the simplicity of this back.  I think I'm probably going to use this again.

Taking advantage of the Christmas tree to show off the pieced binding.  I figured, why not make the binding a bunch of crazy bright colors too?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


I was just perusing through Flickr this morning and happened upon this quilt.

originally uploaded by flossyblossy

Isn't it gorgeous?!  I think I have been inspired!