Thursday, October 8, 2015


vintage fabrics

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Every time I buy fabric I think it'll be the last time. I look at my stash and I have SO MUCH FABRIC! I'll never use it all. I'm always excited to use my stash and I often challenge myself to use only stash fabrics in a quilt.

And then I get started and realize that I'm missing some critical fabric so I go shopping and buy another huge batch.


So, my latest purchase happened after I started my Moonrise Kingdom quilt. I wanted a vintage-y sashing but didn't have anything in my stash that would work. So, I bought a million Denyse Schmidt prints (a lot on sale at Hawthorne Threads) in hopes that one would work.

And the ones I bought that I wasn't expecting to work? Well, that was pure stash building. I'm super into vintage type fabrics right now and don't actually have all that many. And the ones I have, well, to be honest, I'm getting a little bored using them in every vintage inspired quilt I make. Plus, I have no plaids or gingham which I feel is important in getting the right vintage look.

Oh man, am I excited to use these in my next vintage-y quilt. As for Moonrise Kingdom, I'm pretty sure I'm going to use the Sparse Floral DS print for the sashing. Not sure which colorway yet.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Spooky Scary!










I spent a fair bit of time working on my Halloween Sparkling Cider quilt this weekend. I have all four of the large star blocks completed and two of the small star blocks. Just 14 blocks to go. All my fabric is cut and I've worked out fabric pairs for the small stars. I don't usually sew during the week but I think I can find enough time to make one small star block per night. That'll help lighten the load for the weekend when I hope to finish up the rest of the blocks. I might even be able to finish the top!

I also carved my first pumpkin of the year. My absolute favorite thing about pumpkin season is toasted pumpkin seeds. They are THE BEST!

Also, Ian and I took a break from our projects and saw The Martian. It was awesome and now I'm reading the book. So far a very fun and exciting October!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October's Goals

I'm so happy it's October! I'm planning to savor every apple cider filled minute! Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday and this month I'm going to watch "scary" movies and carve pumpkins and maybe even throw a Halloween party. I thought it would be fun to request that people dress up as their favorite poem but Ian hated that idea. I thought it would be pleasantly Victorian-esque. No one dressed up as a sexy ANYTHING back then.

Oh well, there's still time to decide. For now, I'm really excited to share October's goals!

First, I would like to start and finish a Halloween themed Sparkling Cider quilt. I've had my eye on this quilt pattern for a long time and it was a pretty easy choice for a Halloween quilt.


I'd also like to weave a scarf for Ian that's similar to the one I made for my brother last year.


I also have a few stretch goals for October. Unless I get distracted by something more fun, these are the projects I want to work on this month once my quilt and Ian's scarf are finished.

First, I'd like to finish my Tubularity scarf. It's been pretty chilly for my morning walks and soon I'm going to need something light to cover my face and neck.


I'd also like to finish up my Moonrise Kingdom blocks (11 to go) and decide on a sashing.

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Lastly, I'd like to continue the Halloween theme and paint one of my monster models. I've never really talked about them here and I've also never even finished one but maybe I'll feel like working on one this month. Actually, this would be a fun thing to work on when Ian and I watch the Viking's game each weekend. Usually I fall asleep.

So, that's it. I'm excited to get to work! I just finished washing all my Halloween fabrics last night and pulled out all by black/almost black yarn in preparation for today. Welcome October! I'm happy you're here!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September's Accomplishments


Over the past few months, I've been slowly working out a system of goal-setting. All my life I've been terrible when it comes to actually accomplishing goals. As soon as I set one, I rebel against it and work on other things. I get NOTHING done and feel scattered all the time.

But I want to change, I want to be better. I want to actually finish the things I start. And with a little trial and error, I think I've finally found a plan that works for me.

The plan is as follows:

Each month I will identify one achievable quilting/sewing goal that I would like to accomplish by the end of the month. Most of the time the goal will be to finish a particular quilt but not always.

I'd also like to set one knitting/weaving goal to keep some projects moving along.

Once those items are finished, I'm free to work on anything I want for the rest of the month. It could be finishing old projects or starting new ones. If I drag my heels on my main goal, I won't have as much time to work on other things. It's a nice incentive to get to work!

I love this plan because the structure helps me focus and get things done while the flexibility allows me the space to feel creative. There are always going to be a million projects I "need" to finish but I don't have to feel obligated to finish them all at once. As long as I'm accomplishing my goals slowly and steadily, I will not feel bad for starting something new or for jumping from project to project.

I tested out this plan last month and here's how it went:

September's Goals:
Start and finish a Fly the Flag quilt
Finish my Happy Half Moon shawl

September's Accomplishments:
Started and finished my Fly the Flag Quilt (finished photos to come)
Completed two quilt tops: improv curves and Skull Sampler
Finished nine Moonrise Kingdom blocks
Cut an entire quilt's worth of 12" Glam Clams plus some bonus Drunkard's Path blocks
Finished and gifted one Jane Market Bag

September's Failures:
I knit only 3/4 of my Happy Half Moon shawl. I'm a little bummed about this because I wanted to keep up with knottygnome's knit-along. But in the end, I just couldn't do it. I can only knit so much before my wrist or shoulder hurts and I really didn't want to push myself too hard. That said, if I had worked on it a little every day, I would have finished. Let this be a lesson for next month: set a daily goal for projects that I'm struggling to work on.

So, that's it for September. A pretty successful month of work! October's goals will go up tomorrow. I can't wait!

Glam Clams + Mendocino


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September has been the month of making snap quilting decisions. After I finished the improv curves top I was thinking about how sewing those curves wasn't really that hard. And I started looking through flickr for curved quilt block inspiration. Drunkard's Path blocks were definitely high on my list.

And then I discovered Latifah Saafir's FREE machine stitched Glam Clam pattern (she also has patterns for 8", 6" and 4" clams). In an instant, I decided not only to give these clams a try but to also use Mendocino, my favorite and most treasured fabric.

For years I've been looking for a pattern that was special enough for Mendocino yet had large enough blocks to show off the prints. And 12" clams will be perfection!

I spent an entire week slowly, slowly cutting clams. This entire quilt will be a slow project and I don't mind in the least. The more time I can spend with this fabric, the better. I might even hand quilt it!

Also, since clams leave lots of curvy scraps behind, I took the opportunity to cut pieces for Drunkard's Path blocks at the same time. I'm going to mix in some solids to give the eye a rest and to stretch the Mendocino a little bit. I have some left over and can cut more if I need to but I'll see what I can do with these first.


Cutting fabric for these Mendocino quilts was a fun adventure but I'm planning to set them aside for now so I can focus on October's featured quilt. Stay tuned for the reveal tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Moonrise Kingdom

Have you seen Moonrise Kingdom? If I could represent my dream life through home d├ęcor, this would be it. There would be warm wood and quirky paintings, nooks and crannies filled with field guides and record players and Sunday-school shoes. There would be needlepoint pillows and window seats and plaid everything. And most of all, there would be vintage quilts.

As I was watching the movie (again) this weekend, I paid special attention to the quilts. This time, a particular quilt caught my eye. I'm always on the lookout for vintage quilts that have a traditional AND modern feel. It's hard to define exactly what I'm looking for. I really love an interesting block paired with fun prints, plaids and gingham (like this). Bright colors are best, browns are not my thing.

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The quilt on the left fits the bill exactly! So busy, so colorful!

I ran to the sewing room that instant and started pulling fabric. I grabbed every print that was busy and felt vintage-y. I pulled stripes and a gingham and then desperately wished I had more gingham!

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I cut 9" squares and paired them up: one small scale print with one geometric/large scale print. I'm not sure what this block is called but it's made up of 4 quarter square triangle blocks. The block is 14" finished (I'm making 20 blocks for a twin/lap quilt).

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So far, I'm LOVING these blocks. They're a great way to use the prints I never seem to use. This quilt is supposed to be busy so you can use just about any print and color.

That said, I have no idea what to use for sashing. I like the busy print from the inspiration photo but I'm not sure I can bring myself to do it. Maybe a blue floral on white? Blue on blue print? Maybe dots? I don't know!

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I'm planning my October goals and will post them on Thursday. I'm going to make space in my schedule to work on this quilt. I just can't stop thinking about it!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Finally Fall







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It's been a mighty fine week! I finished the skull sampler quilt top and ordered the backing fabric. I started a new quilt using my most treasured fabrics (more on that later). And it's finally fall!

I have all this energy and I just want to make things! I have an unexpected four day weekend so I'm making my to-do list early. I would love to finish up the improv curves quilt and if the fabric comes soon, I'll get a start on the skull sampler quilt as well. It would feel so good to finish those quilts by the end of September.

I'm already thinking about my goals for October. I'm making a list of pumpkin things I want to make and I have my October quilt all planned out. Just a hint: it's going to get spooky around here! I love that it's Fall!