Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Color Punch - A Giant Baby Quilt!

Over the course of working on my May LYOF goal, I found it refreshing to go through my scrap bins and improv-piece some baby quilt tops. The first was pretty big for a baby quilt - and for this second...






... the term "gigantor" comes to mind. I just couldn't stop, y'know? Loved how a certain bit came together, so I had to figure out a way to include it, and it kept growing and growing! It is approximately a walloping 54x74 inches. Yikes! Baby quilt? Maybe for a baby blue whale... which I'm not planning on birthing any time soon, but you never know.

It occurs to me that I could have pinned the quilt horizontally for better pictures, but that might have put it too close to my mulberry tree:


Mm... delicious! Love going out and seeing how they've ripened each day, bringing in more than a quart without trying too hard. Summer is here at last! Happy stitching!

Monday, May 27, 2013

May Goal Met!

Yay! I did it!



I met my Lovely Year of Finishes goal for May! My Urban Cowgirl Castle Stairs top is complete! I think I'll call it "Cowgirl Castle" - straight and to the point, no?

This is intended for a very special friend, but mum's the word for the moment. I'm just happy it's done (albeit a bit curly on the edges - but then again, I've never had a perfectly flat quilt top, so it will come out in the basting!) This means I can move onto other things on my mind... Like how my sewing wardrobe is filling up with tops and backs while my stash shrinks and shrinks. Not a bad problem, just thinking about the marathons of quilting ahead... but I'll save all that for later goals!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Bloglovin' Bandwagon

Hmm, let's do this thing...

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Did it work? Why am I doing this? I have not read all the issues surrounding blog following and Google peeps, but when some of the folks I truly respect hop on, I figure I might as well.

A Tiny Little Critter

I have a graduation to attend this week and decided to make a hostess gift for one of the mamas. Not knowing her or her style, I decided to make something I'd enjoy!


A hedgehog pincushion using this tutorial! But as the little critter came together, he began looking armadillo-ish. So I added a skinny tail...


And gave him a wooden spool of vintage thread to complete the present!


He has to pose with a dime and a British pound for size because my worldview now spans two countries.


He is made of muslin, quilter's cotton, and scraps from a cashmere sweater I chopped to bits for another project.

Posing him with the thread reminded me of a favorite children's book by Kate DiCamillo.


Tres chic little critter, no? I hope he is well-received! I certainly put a lot of love into him - and a little pouch of rice in his belly to keep him upright.

So now you've seen him, what do you think? Hedgehog, armadillo, mouse, or just a tiny little critter?

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Accidental Baby Quilt

Hmm... this one came together all of a sudden! I so enjoyed making the Baby Quilt of Many Colours for my friends that I decided to make a(nother) top to keep!


Awhile ago, I'd pieced that pinwheel chunk and tacked it on a wall. As I was cleaning up some scraps, I pulled it down to start adding to it. Working on this quilt helped me with my Lovely Year of Finishes goal because it allowed me to continually chain piece, alternating between the projects and making time spent at the ironing board more efficient.


I haphazardly threw on scraps from my March (unmet) LYOF project goal, thinking the colours were preselected to blend.


And I'm happy to say, I like the results!


This one's a whopper of a baby quilt - about 53 x 63 inches unfinished. Yipes! Thankfully I have a stack of vintage sheets that should do the trick for backing. One of these days I'll just have to binge-quilt... My wardrobe is filling with tops!

But my LYOF goal for May still isn't complete, so I've started another scrappy baby quilt! I just love the fluid process, making something one of a kind and unplanned, and I love that I can work on two things at once! So refreshing to find a new way to enjoy something I love so much!

Linking up with Whoop Whoop Fridays!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Goal

Preparing to be abroad kept me from completing my March goal or setting April goals. I won't revisit those, though, because I want to keep moving forward! Hopefully I'll get to them anyway.

I have many May goals for the Lovely Year of Finishes, but I'll officially just have this one!

I want to turn this...


... into this!

http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/09/castle-stairs-quilt.html#more

Well, I want to piece the jelly roll into a top, at least. I know exactly who will get this quilt. The fact that it's another bit of Urban Cowgirl and the pattern is called Castle Stairs is significant. I have been wanting to do this for awhile and am excited to start!

Linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Fusion Blanket - Complete!








Last stitches finished during our last SOSL lecture. I asked every guest speaker if they minded me crocheting in class. None prevented me. Thus this blanket is soaked in the wisdom, love, and brilliance of my 8-month experience. And I wouldn't trade it for the world!

First and Last Day Dresses

Last night I graduated from the School of Supernatural Life. Undoubtedly they were the wildest 8 months of my life. I am forever changed. My life is going in a completely different direction now (more on that eventually). But I'll keep sewing!

Long ago I made a dress for the first day of school. I also made one for graduation - so here are my first and last day dresses!

First day dress (Simplicity 2363)


Hmm, seems to have drawn up a bit! Or my legs have grown longer... you never know!



Last day dress (Simplicity 1804)



I added a hook and eye at the back so billowing fabric wouldn't make me look like I was swimming!





I felt a bit like a river nymph - and certainly there were rivers streaming from my eyes! It will take quite some time to comprehend everything in my heart that has caught on fire these past 8 months, but these last few weeks were particularly powerful. Thankfully I do my best thinking at the sewing machine - and if I have to stop to dry tears as the power of a memory hits in a new way, so be it! Better out than in - and further up and further in!