Monday, February 28, 2011

Bottled Rainbows: Turquoise

This weekend was so fun. Ian was out of town so I spent just about every second of every day in the studio working on my Bottled Rainbows quilt and watching Lost. (I heart Lost + Netflix streaming!)

I finished all 16 base blocks and sewed the final scrap to my 7th block late last night. Just 9 to go!

Today's block is Turquoise (Kona Peacock):

Bottled Rainbows: Turquoise

I have lots of aqua in my stash but not so much turquoise. Thankfully, I made an impulse buy this summer that included a few blue prints by Jennifer Pagnelli. I also found one scrap of blue Katie Jump Rope while I was digging through my "blue" bin. I thought I'd used it all up so it was a nice surprise.

And check it Lime block was featured on Rachel's blog this weekend. Exciting!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Bottled Rainbows: Lime

I had the day off yesterday and spent most of the morning picking out and cutting up solids for the Bottled Rainbows Quilt-Along. They're not all the same colors as the quilt-along list but they work for me.

Bottled Rainbows: Fabric

The instant I finished sewing the first base block, I got to work adding scraps. Here's my "Lime" block (using Kona Chartreuse) and I LOVE it!

Bottled Rainbows: Lime

I was originally going to cut the edges straight but the thought of all those stray threads really bothered me. I know, I dumb is it that I'm making a ticker-tape quilt? I didn't want to zig-zag the edges which left pinking as my only option. Pinked edges are more my style anyway so I'm happy!

Bottled Rainbows: Lime

My goal is to finish five blocks this weekend so I can blog one every day next week. I can't believe I'm actually working on a project I said I'd work's so unlike me! Thanks, Rachel, for creating such a fun quilt-along!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Rainbows Anyone?

February is flying by! I can't believe there's only one week left. I don't have much to share, sewing wise. I've mostly been cutting fabric while watching Lost on Netflix streaming. It's fun to go back and watch all the episodes again...there's so much I don't remember.

I've also been working on some English paper piecing which is why my cutting table is so messy. But it's a nice, comforting sort of mess.

working in the studio

I also wanted to tell you that I'm joining Rachel's Bottled Rainbows ticker tape quilt-along.

Bottled Rainbows {the button}

I'm not really a quilt-along sort of person because I can't seem to ever finish a quilt-along project, even my own. But this quilt-along is different. It's rainbow, it's a simple layout and it's a ticker tape sorted by color! If you didn't know, you know now...I'm obsessed with sorting things by color.

I looked through my collection of solid fabrics and I think I'll just use what I have. They're not all exactly "perfect" but that's alright.

I'm also thinking of making a second quilt for my mom since we all know how much she loves rainbow quilts. Then again, maybe I'll wait to see if I can finish one quilt first.

And even though Dinosaur Comics says asking questions at the end of a blog post looks desperate and pathetic, I'm going to ask anyway: is anyone here joining the quilt-along? Because I actually do want to know...I'm not trying to be insecure or needy like T-Rex says I am.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Finished Quilt Top

I finished the Nicey Jane quilt top the other day:

completed nicey jane quilt top

It measures 60x90 and is made of 10" (finished) squares. The thing about this quilt is...well, it's not actually going to be a quilt. I mean, it will and it won't. But I can't tell you what it will be until later this spring. I'm working on an idea...sort of a group of projects that will be fun for summer. Lots of tutorials, lots of giveaways...all with a fun summery theme.

I plan to show you bits of these projects as I work on them but I won't be able to show the finished ideas for a few months. I think that's a good compromise since I don't want to disappear from my blog just because I'm working on a "secret" project.

And even though these projects will take up a lot of my time, I'm still planning to work on other things that I can show you.

So anyway, that's it for now. I should have a few project updates for you later this week. And maybe a finished quilt? We'll see...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

From Vector, With Love

Vector would like to wish you all a belated Valentine's Day.


He's excited to show you his new pink bow.

He's also excited to destroy his new pink bow for you, his loyal readers.

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And then he'll take a nap, just for you. He loves you that much.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Request for Opinions

I have a question for any of my readers who are more knowledgeable about babies than I am. (This applies to probably 99% of my readers, just so you know.)

Is it a good idea to make a baby bib out of laminated cotton?

Laminated Cotton Tablecloth

At first I thought yes because it would be easy to wipe clean. Then I thought no because couldn't it be a suffocation hazard or something? Aren't babies always putting stuff over their mouths? The warning on every plastic bag leads me to believe the answer is yes.

Any advice you can give to me, the most un-motherly person ever, would be much appreciated. Potential recipients of potentially fatal bibs will thank you too.

Anyway, I'm thinking up some other ways to use my laminated cotton scraps in case the bib thing turns out to be a bad idea. I used most of the original yardage to make a pretty red and white tablecloth a few months ago:

Laminated Cotton Tablecloth

But how to use the pretty leftovers? Hmmm...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

More Nicey Jane

Posting every day is hard! Well, actually, it's more that the days go by so quickly that I don't even notice that I haven't posted. I'm definitely trying but I don't want to put too much pressure on myself to post every day...even though that is my ultimate goal.

So, let's see...Monday through Wednesday. I finished cutting squares for my Nicey Jane quilt. Then I spent quite a bit of time deciding what order to put them in. I prefer to do this on the floor because I can slide the pieces around. Swapping them around on the design wall takes much longer.

Here is my progress so far...after only one minor cat attack:

nicey jane quilt

These big squares (10.5" unfinished) sew up so quickly! Not shown is the progress I made last night. I was planning to sew only one pair together because I was feeling lazy. Instead, I ended up sewing four pairs. That's not a lot of progress but it's better than the nothing I would have accomplished without this challenge.

Monday, February 7, 2011

A Busy Weekend

Let's see...where were we...

Saturday I spent the morning fixing up a pair of workout pants that were too wide in the leg for ballet class.

altering pants for ballet class

I used a ballpoint needle (for sewing knit fabrics) for the first time and it worked really well.

my ballet slippers

After class Karrie and I went for coffee and then I came home and cut fabric for a few hours.

nicey jane quilt

I'm really happy to get the chance to spend some time with these fabrics. I bought them for my birthday and was saving them for just the right quilt. And the thing is...this fabric is going to be perfect for the quilt I have in mind. Only it's not exactly the quilt I had in mind for this fabric. Does that make sense?

I mean that I still want to make a different quilt with this fabric (and I have enough left over to do it) but the quilt I'm making now was calling out for Nicey Jane. So I had to use it. Even though it wasn't what I wanted to use it know?

Yesterday Ian and I drove to Madison, Wisconsin (a 10 hour round trip!) to see The Threepenny Opera. It was amazing! I didn't know anything about it but that was part of the fun. Ian's been wanting to see it for a long time now and Madison was the closest city we could find.

And since I'm the driver, I didn't get any sewing done on Sunday. We left before dawn and got back super late. It was quite a day!

Anyway, I wanted to thank you for your comments on my post on Saturday. We're cat-sitting my grandma's cat while she's in Arizona for a few months. She's definitely a spunky kitten...and she's giving Ian's more mature cats a run for their money. And every day she rips things off my design wall when I'm not looking. At least she's cute...

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Nicey Jane Vs. Cat

Last night's project was picking fabric for a new quilt. I went with mostly Nicey Jane and a few coordinating prints. I didn't get as much done as I would have liked, though. I wonder why...

nicey jane vs cat

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nicey jane vs cat

nicey jane vs cat

nicey jane vs cat

nicey jane vs cat

Friday, February 4, 2011

Scrappy Blocks

So check it out...I finished three blocks last night! I'm completely in love with them!

scrappy quilt

I especially love how every tiny scrap gets used.

scrappy quilt3

And how it looks complicated but it's so simple!

scrappy quilt2

These blocks (plus some other scraps I sewed together but haven't yet turned into blocks) took a total of eight hours over three days. I know that seems like an incredibly slow pace but I'm in no hurry. Plus, piecing all those strips randomly is so much fun!

I didn't think I would get much sewing time last night. In fact, I probably would have lounged on the couch with Ian after book club. But instead, I put in a solid 2.5 hours of work. I'd only planned to complete one block but I finished three.

I can already tell this "make something every day" thing is going to be good for me. Getting started is always the hardest part...once I do that, I usually forget to look at the clock. I love when one tiny minute of sewing turns into hours and hours.

So what about you? Do you have any sewing/creating plans for the weekend?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Create Something, Anything

For the first time in months, the sun is out. There's even a hearty blue sky! It's absolutely amazing how different I feel now that the light has changed. It feels like spring is just around the corner...even though I know we still have a few months left.

And so, after the dreariest, snowiest two months ever, I'm finally feeling inspired. I'm so ready to create and sew and blog again. And I just happened to stumble on the perfect way to do all three. I first read on KarrieLyne's blog that Kelly from Thinking Out Loud is challenging herself (and everyone) to make something, anything, every day for the month of February.

And that actually sounds like fun. Which is weird because almost nothing has felt like much fun lately. But the sun is out and I just can't help but feel excited about sewing. And I can't help but feel excited about re-joining the blogging world. I really missed it while I was all sad in my house doing nothing.

I'll try to post something every day, even if it's just a little something. Because even little things add up to big things after a while.

So, here we go! I spent the first two days of February sewing together some pink, red and orange scraps.


The inspiration for this quilt is here...I'll wait until you get back because you need to see this quilt.

I'm planning to do something similar but with a limited color palette. And as much as I feel like a jerk for copying this quilt, well, I just can't help it. I'm in LOVE! Tiny scraps, improvisational piecing, squares in squares and to top it all off...nice and straight lines with no pinning at the seams. Perfection!


If you haven't already, you should definitely check out the rest of Completely Cauchy's blog...her quilts are so inspiring and I hope you find them inspiring as well.

I have my book club tonight but afterwards, I'm going to try to finish up a block to show you tomorrow. I'm so excited!