January 28, 2011

For Me

This is winging its way to me as I type.  I am very excited.  I got a $15 B&N gift card for Christmas and have been hanging on to it all month trying to decide the best way to spend it.  While perusing their website the other night, I found the book marked down from $26.95 to $15.31.  Woohoo!  SOLD!

In other news, we moved AGAIN.  From our one bedroom apartment into a two bedroom apartment in the same complex.  We finally have our own washer and dryer and I’ve been doing laundry every single night for the past week!  No more trudging outside to the other side of building, no more running out of quarters at inopportune times, no more pulling other people’s unmentionables out of the dryer to put my own in!  It’s been heavenly.

January 17, 2011

Quilt #5 Complete

Did you even know I was working on another quilt?  I’m sneaky sneaky :)

My husband’s cousin (my cousin-in-law?) got married this past weekend and in keeping with tradition, I made them a wedding quilt.  The happy couple are currently on a two-week honeymoon cruise and haven’t opened their gifts yet, but I figure it’s probably safe to post this now.  I’m not sure if our cousin even reads my blog, but I doubt she’d be checking up on me now even if she did!

(Please excuse the poor quality of these photos.  My camera broke, so I had to use my phone)

The idea for this pattern came from a supersized quilt block that I came across back in April and then soon after that I saw Oh, Fransson’s spiderweb quilt which is actually a mini quilt, but since there are no other comparison objects in the picture is looks full sized which I thought was totally awesome. And from there this quilt was born.

The color scheme came about just like the other quilts. I spent a lot of time thinking about the bride and the colors that came to my mind that I associated with her. She’s a calm, creative person, and likes modern design but also likes tradition and feminine touches. My original plan was to do all blue and white shades, some solid, some floral, like wedgwood china.  I also checked her registery and my color choices were right on–greys, blues, clean lines.  (Sidenote: I didn’t know this while I was working on the quilt, but her wedding colors were dark blue, silver, and white.  Crazy!  I think I have psychic color association skillz!)

I know she’s a Jane Austen fan and early on in her engagement had mused about wearing a lacy, long-sleeved, empire-waisted, Edwardian style wedding gown (she ended up going with a beautiful cream, ethereal, strapless dress with ruffly roses at the hip–so pretty!), so I tried to keep that aesthetic in mind when picking the fabrics.

However, I hunted around for a few months and had a really hard time finding exactly what I wanted.  The wedding was getting closer and I needed to get started on the construction, so at this point I was limited to the fabric I already owned.  I didn’t have enough of the right kind of blues to create what I was imagining in my head, so I decided to mix in some neutral beiges and creams. I think it really works! It’s not as blue as I would have liked, but all the colors mix well together and create the subdued vibe I was going for.

The fabric selections:
The plain white around each spiderweb were a couple curtain panels made out of thin cotton sheeting.
The blue floral was a queen-sized, Ikea duvet cover.
The solid brown was a linen Ikea curtain panel (also seen here as a lampshade).
The solid blue is the chambray leftover from making my Sangria on Sunday dress.
The rest I’ve been hoarding for a while after thrifting and garage sale-ing and hadn’t found a use for until now.

In fact, all the fabrics were either found at a thrift store or a garage sale, even the embroidery thread that I used to hand-embroider their monogram is from a small kit I found at a yard sale for $1 a couple summers ago. The only thing I bought at the fabric store was the quilt batting. I thought I had enough, but ended up making a quick trip to Joann’s at the last minute. Fortunately, it was 50% off so I only payed $12!

My plan for the back was to have it be a whole cloth.  I assumed that I had more than enough of the blue floral, but when I was finally ready to start sandwiching, I actually measured it and found that it was about 2″ too small all the way around.  Agghhh!  I was really hoping to have the back plain, but ended up piecing together some strips leftover from the other fabric and increased the width and length just enough to cover everything.  The best thing about the back of a quilt is that it doesn’t require much rhyme or reason which really takes the pressure off.  I don’t have to worry so much about being precise when it comes to the back.

All in all, I’m very pleased with how this one turned out.  It seemed like it came together very quickly, but I think I’m just getting better with practice :)  I worked on it off and on for about 3 weeks, but if I didn’t have a full-time job and I had all day to sew, total time spent on it probably would have been about 5 days.  I don’t know if I get faster with practice, but it certainly gets easier.

And quilting is still a thoroughly enjoyable project for me!  I hope they enjoy it as much as I had fun making it. 

December 10, 2010

This Week’s Favorite Links

There’s a lot this week!  Sometimes I have none and sometimes I hit the jackpot…

Collette Patterns came out with a men’s shirt pattern and are offering this free pdf download of pocket variations for it, but really you could use these for anything that requires a pocket!

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It was kind of exciting to see a picture (left) from one of my favorite blogs, Darling Dexter, in a post from Apartment Therapy!  Even more exciting, the post was about quilts!

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I really like this idea of a perpetual calendar/journal (via Design Sponge) and I’m half tempted to start one for us in January, although I think it would be a challenge for me to come up with just a few words or one line!  But it really would be fun, especially if I continued it each year.

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Braided rickrack!  A good example of turning the tacky into fashion gold. (via BurdaStyle)

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Have a great weekend, everyone!  I’m anticipating two days of laundry (boo!) and sewing (yay!) mixed in with a little experimental cooking (yikes!).  Good times.