Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Modern Meadow

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I've never been a finisher. I'd start projects with wild abandon and rarely would I see anything through. But at some point, something changed. I just got tired. Tired of the inspiration overload, tired of the intoxicating idea of something new, tired of buying fabric all the time. Rather than being fun and invigorating, it just got old.

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I've spent the past year focusing more on finishing things. I hauled out all my quilt tops, all my wips. I prioritized, I made a plan for finishing quilts. My goal was to finish one a month, not really a challenge considering that all I have left to do on most of them is to baste and quilt.

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So far, so good! Last year I completed 15 quilts, most of which were wips. In 2016 I have already finished 8.

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This little quilt is one of my favorites (do I say that every time?) It started as a pile of Modern Meadow scraps that I got in a destash sale. I added in some of my own Modern Meadow scraps and sashed the whole busy, lovely thing with my favorite print (Dogwood, I think). It's backed in a Heather Bailey flannel, a perfect match for those Modern Meadow colors. Now it's at its new home and being snuggled by a lovely little girl and her new kitty cat.

Bit by bit, I am finishing all the things. And it feels great!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I Love You but You Don't Know What You're Talking About

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It is with great excitement and much happiness that I present to you my new favorite quilt inspired by my favorite movie: Moonrise Kingdom.

It's based on a screenshot of a quilt from the movie, a quilt that is so uglybeautiful that I just could NOT stop thinking about it.

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Most of the fabrics are Denyse Schmidt prints paired with gingham and various other prints that reminded me of men's button-up shirts. The back is mostly the reprinted Katie Jump Rope ribbon floral with a strip of prints along one edge to get the backing up to size.

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Working on this quilt was so, so fun. The entire process, from choosing fabrics to making the blocks to the challenge of basting such a large quilt, all of it was just easy, natural. I found myself following my instincts rather than overthinking everything like I usually do. And the end result is, in my opinion, just right. Just the right size, just the right look, just the right feelings associated with the process and finished product. Complete satisfaction!

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I forget exactly how big this turned out, around 96" square. It was a last minute decision to make it big enough for our queen sized bed and it was totally the right decision. I LOVE it so much and plan to use it as our summer quilt for all eternity!

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Now that this is finished, I have other Moonrise Kingdom inspired projects to plan. That movie is just so inspiring and I want my whole life to be just like it.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Crystal Hearts Ian

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As I was adding freshly washed tea towels to the pile the other day, I found this towel I stitched for Ian for his birthday last year. I realized that I never posted it on the blog so here you go, some spooky cross stitch on this grey May morning.

I purchased the Mysterious Halloween Town stitch pattern from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery and used some of the elements for the tea towel. I knew my favorite Addams family quote would be the perfect addition.

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Little Ian Frankenstein is wearing a red shirt with a black button-up and black/grey pants, a very true to life outfit! Crystal Frankenstein is wearing a teal dress and red shoes, something I would love to wear someday.

I used DMC water soluble cross stich canvas for the first time and it worked really well! I can't imagine doing cross stitch on regular fabric any other way.

In other cross stich news, I'm slowly working on Pretty Little London by Satsuma Street inspired by my upcoming trip to London. Instead of the red/yellow/blue of the pattern, I'm using colors inspired by my favorite Liberty of London print.

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I know I won't finish it before my trip but it's fun to work on it a little here and there. Especially since, for me, summer will always be about cross stich.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Tweed!

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Meet my newest obsession: tweed yarn! It's a little rustic, a little posh and it looks amazing in all the colors.

The pink skein was made for my friend Sara who is after the perfect pale blush pink yarn for a pair of socks. While I didn't hit it exactly, I think it's still a very pretty color. The yarn has it's own natural grey color that I'll need to remember to compensate for in the future.

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I made the blue-green skein for my sister in law who loves the sun and the ocean and is moving to a very un-sunny Holland next month. If I didn't think I could dye another near identical skein, I would probably not have been able to give it away. I LOVE this color so much!

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Tweed minis are my new favorite way to use up dye in the pot once a dyeing session is finished. I just pop one in at the end and let it soak up every last bit of dye rather than dumping it out. I love how the flecks in the yarn really spruce up an otherwise nice but plain color. I especially love that little mint-chocolate chip skein!

One unexpected consequence of dyeing yarn is that my studio is super messy! I have my quilting stuff out all the time and now the dyeing stuff is there too and the yarn and the fabric are all piled on top of each other and I can't find anything and I'm feeling a little flustered because of the mess.

AND! Ian just informed me that he would like to use the elliptical machine so now I have to find a new place for all my quilt tops and random cuts of fabrics. The nerve!

I'm going to spend some time tonight and tomorrow straightening up and organizing and getting rid of things and prioritizing some projects. There's a very special quilt I'd love to finish up this weekend so I can mail it out next week. Also, Ian and I are going to the Friends School plant sale one morning to buy our balcony plants. I'm mostly excited for the fresh kettle corn and that for the first time in years, we should actually have nice weather. I would also like to grill tofu and veggie skewers one night for dinner.

Ooo...I'm so excited for my three day weekend to start! I did mention there would be kettle corn, right?!