This is a love story of a quilt pattern and a collection of fabrics that were meant to be.
If I buy a fabric collection as a whole it must be special. I’m more of a picky type with my fabric purchases: I’d rather buy my fav prints in yardage than spending money on a bundle where I only really love half of the designs. But when Alexia Abegg’s current line Printshop (for Cotton + Steel) came out this summer, I knew I needed to have all of those colourfully stamped fabrics, every single one. And when the bundle of yummyness arrived there was no way I was going to pull it apart.
So I had this bundle stashed away in a save place in my fabric cupboard, to be admired from time to time. I had thought about using it in a special quilt with a special design for a special occasion…. you see it wasn’t going to go anywhere anytime soon. But then one glorious, sunny day (enter Prince Charming) Julie Hirt’s Hexie Tiles came along and swept me off my feet. Now this was a pattern worthy of my precious Printshop fabrics!
The paper piecing template for the Hexie Tiles consist of two pieces, which sewn together form a hexagon with a fan like center. There are more ways to combine the two pieces to form other shapes, too. Some of these are shown in her pattern. And as I was playing around with colour placement I found another arrangement that forms wide flying geese made up of two stacked triangles.
I love this variety of patterns the templates offer and would have loved to combine them into a sampler style quilt. Unfortunately I ran out of the Essex Linen I used as the background, which left me with not nearly enough material for a quilt. However I have enough to make two pillow covers from it. I decided to make one panel with the original hexie arrangement and one with the flying geese formation.
Currently I’m pondering how to quilt both of them respectively. I think about maybe only quilting the background, so the coloured parts pop like gem stones. Does this sound any good to you?
This post is linked up to Handmade on Tuesday, Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, TGIFF this week at Rainbows, Bunnies, Cupkaces, Finish it Up Friday at crazy mom quilts and Modern Patch Monday at Modern Cologne Quilters.
One of the most humbling things to experience as a maker is someone loving your work so much, they request a piece of it to go into their home.
A lovely friend of mine asked me to sew a baby quilt for the nursery she was just setting up for her baby boy Charlie, expected to arrive in July/August. She was decorating the room in greys and a soft pastel green, which turns out to be such a calm, serene colour combination.
After sending design ideas back and forth we settled on a grey-to-green ombré layout, set in half square triangles. I had to shop around for some bridging fabrics, meaning prints with both grey and green in it. This turned out to be an extremely rare combination! Luckily Heather Givans put some in her Succulent line, which I love a lot.
To be honest, I wouldn’t have picked grey and green for a quilt, had it been up to me. The more suprised I am that I actually very much appreciate the different shades together. I think it’s a warm, fuzzy scheme and a very understated one, much like Charlie’s room.
pattern: my own | finished size: 36 x 44” | batting: warm & white | quilting: straight lines 3/4” grid | backing: Kona Cotton Green Tea
The design brainstorm and tossing of ideas also reminded we why we need community and interaction, even in a seemingly solitary craft like quilting. Without input we’d get stuck in our ways and make the same stuff over and over again. How boring that would be!
This post is linked to Sew Cute Tuesday at Young Texan Mama, Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, TGIFF this week at The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts, Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilt, Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio and Modern Patch Monday at Modern Cologne Quilters
In my town, straight down the road from our house, there’s a small shoemaker’s shop still in business. It has a charmingly decorated store front with huge Monstera plants and a bit of the shoemaker’s equipment on display.
It’s just like a time capsule – a man still making a living from creating custom shoes by hand. I know, I might be romanticising this a fair bit but I like to think of it that way.
Last week he put a sign out: ‘leather scrap and tool sale tomorrow. We’re moving shop.’ I’m sad to see the shop leave our street, but leather scraps? I’m taking them all!
Even better, it turned out to be a ‘fill your bag for 3€’ arrangement. Must have been my lucky day! At this point you might or might not wonder why this got me so excited? 1. I love leather, and I love it even more combined with fabric 2. It’s really difficult to source some unless you want to buy it by the bulk or spend a small fortune on a few bits.
I filled up a bag, but left a little room. The restraint! so proud of myself! I tried to pick pieces that are fairly thin. My little Pfaff Passport is a powerhouse, but I don’t think it would manage with some of the thick, thick sheets of leather they use in their shoes.
When I posted my haul on Instagram a couple of friends were interested to see what I would make with all these scraps. I actually put the first piece to use last week when I sewed myself a clutch to carry to a wedding that weekend. Everything went smoothly, almost as if the leather was just a really thick piece of canvas.
I went into sewing this with little to no experience with sewing leather. So I can only encourage you to just try. And maybe ask your local shoemaker for a good deal on a bag of leather scraps? ;-)
This post is linked up with Sunday Stash at Molli Sparkles.
Watermelons are the epitome of summer for me. Summer is all about refreshments and that fruit is basically a drink!
When friends of ours welcomed their baby girl Emily in the middle of summer that’s where my thoughts went – making a watermelon themed quilt for her seemed perfect.
You might remember the set of fruity coasters I designed last summer? I took the watermelon drunkard’s path template from the coaster pattern and sized it up a good bit. The sewn up and trimmed drunkard’s path blocks now finished at 7 1/2” square. Like with the coasters I decided to include quarter slices of a melon (1 drunkard’s path), ‘half melons’ (2 drunkard’s paths combined) and three quarter slices (3 drunkard’s paths combined).
The different melon shapes are wildly scattered across the aqua hued background. I wanted to capture the sweet and fun feeling of a summer. Like eating slices watermelons by the pool.
The backing I once again pulled from my stash. I sometimes buy sale fabric by the yardage with the intention of some day using it as a backing, without having a specific project in mind. I thought the colour fit nicely with the reds I had already used. In general for light coloured quilt tops I prefer darker backings.I had already cut a square from the fabric, so I had to add a patch to square it up. An additional strip was needed to make it big enough.
Do you notice that the backing looks almost like a folded over sheet of paper? To stay with the theme I used the College Ruled stripe fabric from Heather Givans’ Paper Obsessed collection. The stripes are printed on the bias, and thus make for an awesome fake bias binding look.
pattern: my own | finished size: 39 x 46” | batting: warm & natural | quilting: straight line and echo quilting around the drunkard’s paths | backing: forgot to check, can you identify it?
I think Lupa wanted to add the Milly Melon quilt to her collection of puppy blankets. No such luck! Since finishing and photographing I have gifted it to Emily and her parents. They appreciated the handwork and thought I put into it very much, I love when that’s the case.
This post is linked to Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday at my Quilt Infatuation, TGIFF this week at Georgia Girl Quilts and Finish It up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts