Monday, 20 February 2012

Study Break

You'll have to excuse me for a couple of weeks as I have an exam coming up for my Accounting designation. I will return after these messages...I mean, when my exam is done.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

70's Hootenanny

Alright, so I decided on a color scheme for my Hootenanny quilt (the owl from before) and I'm going with a 70's look. Yellow, orange & red owl with a dark brown background. I think it'll be cute. Also, I had to cut down the pattern to half of the original size in order to make a baby quilt. I hope it works - it would be embarassing for an accountant to mess up the math on that one.

In the background you can see some of my quilting essentials. Cutting mat, crappy cell phone (iphone to come soon), mouse which connects to my laptop of course and quilting pins. The highlighter, pen and sticky tabs are left over from studying. They are not essential to quilting but are def essential for studying.

Weekend away with some awesome people. Hopefully we don't get snowed in but they do have internets there so we'll be ok either way.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Candy Striper Baby Quilt

Let me start this off by saying that I'm not a pink person. If I were to make myself a quilt it would be blue or green (as evidenced by the green quilt on my bed). This is why I like making quilts for other people so that I can try new color combos and do something that I wouldn't normally do for myself. Introducing the Candy Striper Quilt (every time I go to write that I have to stop myself from typing STRIPPER) for my cousin who is soon going to be welcoming her first child.

I started off with the cute backing fabric and matched the front colors from there (that stripe that looks yellow actually matches the green on the back pretty well. Just bad lighting in the photo). It turned out pretty well and probably went the smoothest so far which is good because it was on a very short timeline.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Fabric Inspiration

My twitter followers will already know about this but a lot of my quilts start with a backing fabric that I just have to use or will bust. I stumbled across a couple of new ones yesterday that I wanted to share. They are both designed by Laurie Wisbrun who produces some items indepently and some through the major manufacturers.

The first one I had seen on Spoonflower awhile ago but has now been released mass market. My niece would love it since animals in rainboots make her giggle. The second one makes me giggle but I'll need to wait until she releases it mass before I will buy it. Are those alpacas or llamas? I don't know the difference but they're effing cute. Especially the one in the hat.

I'm sure I'll have more inspiration soon but right now I'm trying to decide what color to do this quilt in. I've had the book for a while and have been looking for an excuse. Just need to comb through my scraps to see what I can use.

Monday, 6 February 2012

RAWR Collaboration

Oh Geez! The pressure of a first post! I did a collaborative project with a friend of mine, Jayme from RAWR creatures. She did the adorable little birdie and I did the quilt. The whole thing was inspired by the cute bird fabric in Anne Kelle's Urban Zoologie collection. It's one of those projects where you find the fabric and create a project to give you an excuse to use it. Anyway, the colors all came from there. I had to get the fabric from Etsy because my local fabric store is terrible and doesn't have it. Also, they give me dirty looks when I go in there. Must be my husband's mohawk.

This is quilt #5 or so and they do seem to be getting better each time which I guess is progress. I should probably take a course but again, dirty looks. For now will settle for the self-taught method which has worked thus far.