This past August my little sister moved out of our folks house in Virginia and into my spare bedroom in Austin. I had been renting a 2 bedroom for myself and my craft addiction, but decided to cram as much of my craft stuff into my living room as possible until we can move into a house this April. My IKEA bookcases are now lined up behind my couch, and my sewing table doubles as a side table. So far we’re making it work but we are both looking forward to having more space soon!
My fabric shelves with extra storage up top:
My weird cat somehow managed to climb up a large pile of polar fleece I was storing in the corner cubby made by the bookcases:
My other weird cat took advantage of the empty shelf while I was reorganizing my fabric a couple weekends ago:
Anyhow, back in August I decided to make Ally a simple, modern quilt as a welcome to Texas present. I’d been wanting to play with solids and Denyse Schmidt’s Point Me quilt seemed like a good option. I stupidly asked her what colors she wanted (something I swore I wouldn’t do when I started this quilt endeavor) and wound up making the quilt green and grey. Green and Purple are two colors I gravitate away from, but I think it turned out nicely. The pic below is of it on my bed, because after Ally moved in she decided to get a single futon type bed until she gets more space. If I’d know this would have been twin sized, oh well!
It is a beautiful 75 degree January day here in Austin so I thought I’d take advantage of the weather and shoot some photos of finished quilts. I borrowed the Austin Modern Quilt Guild quilt stand (perk of being an officer) and setup shop in the field next to my apartment. I currently have three quilts I need photos of, so I hauled them downstairs along with my two dogs.
I am always on the lookout for photography tips, and with the help of the DSLR camera I have from work, I’d like to think I am not a complete novice at photography. I even know how to shoot in aperture priority, or manual if I really want to do some experimenting. So why is getting a great pic of a quilt so darn hard?! Today’s wind factor didn’t help my endeavor and I had to enlist my sister’s help in making sure the quilt stand didn’t fall over entirely. Note: Queen size quilts act as a sail when hanging from a quilt stand in even the lowest of wind conditions.
I managed to get a shot of my Cape Ann Charming Stars quilt that is okay enough to share. This is the second quilt I ever made, I started it a little over a year ago and it sat on a shelf for the better part of the year because I kept telling myself I was going to rent time on a long-arm and quilt it. I finally gave up on that idea and had it quilted by Jessica at Remnants, and it turned out awesome. I chose a seashell and starfish pattern and think it complements the beachy nature of the quilt. I used Moda Bakeshops Charming Stars tutorial. The quilt ended up being around twin size.
That’s all for now!
First, I want to welcome and thank the handful of folks who have signed up to follow my blog, I find it kinda of exciting, and I hope I don’t disappoint! I have several posts in the works, including some goal setting, tutorials, and quilts that seriously need photos taken, so stay tuned! In the meantime I want to share a quilt I recently finished binding that has been in the works for about a year.
Many, many years ago my mom took my older sister and I to a local quilt show in Virginia. This was long before the quilting bug bit me, but as a crafty person I was happy to go and check out the quilts. At the time my sister and I were big scrapbookers, and paper was our drug. We walked around the vendors and fell in love with MODA right away, discovering our favorite scrapbook designers, Basic Grey, also designed lines for MODA. Our mom was nice enough to buy each of us a charm pack, and we both chose Neptune by Tula Pink. That charm pack has been on my shelf ever since.
Last year when I finally became all-consumed with quilting, I decided it was time to bust out that charm pack. At first I was going to make a small quilt, but quickly decided I *needed* to make it larger (I have a serious problem making quilts that don’t fit on at least a twin bed). I quickly called my sister and begged my older sister to send me her charm pack, which I knew she hadn’t used, and wouldn’t be using anytime soon considering she was having a baby, and working full time as a teacher. She was nice enough to send it to me and the planning began!
I came across Elizabeth Hartman’s Planetarium Quilt in Neutrals and knew it was the perfect choice for my Neptune. I went to work on the pesky hourglass blocks, naturally doing it the cheating way I found on pinterest via Red Pepper Quilts. After trimming down I ordered a bajillion shades of green and blue to decide on the border colors, knowing whatever I didn’t use would be perfect for my solids stash. I chose three and finally finished putting the top together at the Austin Modern Quilt Guild summer retreat in 2013. I sent it off to be quilted by Jessica at Remnants in the fall and its been sitting on my chair waiting to be bound since then. I finally finished binding it and am so excited with the final product! It fits in perfectly with my beachy obsession.
We don’t have snow in Austin, just really ugly brown grass. I’m hoping to take nicer pictures in the spring, but you at least get the idea! 🙂
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After spending a week in Virginia with the fam, I’m back in Austin and ready to post some of the presents I gave to my loved ones for Christmas! First up is the red & white queen size quilt I made for my older sister and her hubby. I used the Butter Churn pattern from the American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, February 2013. The pattern is a churn dash variation. I had it professionally long-armed. The adorable pooch on the bed is my sister’s dog, Angel-pie.
Next up is the quilt I made for my Mama, who is the original quilter in the family. I figure I’ve been quilting just over a year, a quilt for her is probably overdue! I found some bird fabric I knew she’d love at one of the Austin MQG’s sew-ins, and bought a few fat quarters to match. I then paired it with some random fabric from my stash. I’d been wanting a strip rectangle quilt, and I think the fabrics play nicely with one another. This one is a large lap size.
My brother-in-law is a fan of The Christmas Story, so naturally I had to make my nephew a pink bunny costume this year. Last year I made Jason this felt ornament, which I shamelessly copied from this person on flickr.
The costume turned out okay, I should have tried harder with making the ears stick up, but to be totally honest just wasn’t willing to spend multiple hours on something Nick was only going to wear for 5 minutes. He still looks adorable!
While home I also snapped a few photos of things I’ve made for family over the past year that now reside in Virginia. I designed and embroidered this pillow for my Mom for Christmas last year. Full disclosure, I gave my mom the fabric panel with the wool applique & embroidery, and she made the pillow. 🙂
This is a diaper bag I made for my sister last year:
And finally, I spent a little time needle-felting while home this year and made this lil snowman. I want to work on ornaments throughout the year so that I can have a tree full of handmade ornaments come Christmas 2014.
I leave you with a pic of my doggies hanging out on their favorite couch. Happy New Year! (Linking up to WIP Wednesday with Freshly Pieced)