I just returned from a wonderful long weekend in New England (two days in Boston, two days in Maine). One of the highlights of the trip was going through my grandmother’s old sewing box as well as all her fabric scraps!
Look how 70s her sewing box is!
So many treasures inside:
This is just a small selection of the sewing tools I inherited from my grandmother; most of the others have already been incorporated into my day-to-day sewing. These are the items I chose to keep from the sewing box:
I especially love the metal cased tape measure. It has such a pleasant weight to it, and seems extremely well made. The tweezers are wonderfully engraved, too; I’ll need to get a close-up of photo of them at some point!
Temptation, today, took the form of 20% off at Pink Castle Fabrics. (Code = LABOR20)
I love Anna Maria Horner’s fabrics; one of the very first quilting fabrics I bought, many years ago, was from her Bohemian collection,which I think was her first collection, and I have fabrics from almost all of her subsequent collections. I’ve been trying very hard to keep my fabric shopping in check right now, because for the past year I have been buying faster than I’ve been sewing! But the allure of Field Study was too great, and 20% off deals don’t come along very often!
These are the fabrics I selected:
My favorites are the Raindrops Poppies (first three images from the top-left). I am looking forward to making some purses and iPad cases out of those. I’m also sketching out a new quilt idea that I’m really excited about! I need to spend a little time with my Kona color card and pick out some good coordinating solids.
If anyone’s curious, I made the collage with a great iPhone app called PE-Fotolr, which I just discovered. (Odd name, great app.)
I’ve been thinking lately that I really need a summer-y, lightweight blanket for outdoor concerts and picnics. I’ve also been thinking that I buy a lot of floral fabrics, take lots of pictures of flowers, and even have a floral tattoo. Today I started pulling together some fabrics for a picnic blanket, using the color scheme from this IKEA duvet cover (which I will use for the quilt back!):
I’m planning on a 6×7 grid of simple 10.5″ squares, with no batting or binding; I want to keep it simple and finish it quickly! Here are the fabrics I’ve selected:
I may whittle that collection down a bit so that there are more squares of each fabric, but I’m not sure yet. I am kind of digging the eclectic mix of prints. About a quarter of the prints are floral, and there are a few other fun prints in there (elephants, scooters, etc.) and of course a few solids! I am also considering adding a row of smaller squares in the middle, just to break things up a bit.
I don’t know about you, but even SIMPLE quilt layouts seem to require a lot of sketching and math!
And here are some of the fun floral Instagram pictures I took last week while I was in beautiful Basalt, Colorado (near Aspen), along with a few other favorites from my mini-vacation:
Can any botanists out there identify the photo in the middle row, third column from the left? I LOVE that flower. I think the 2nd photo in the first row might be the same kind, I’m not sure.
After a wonderful weekend of travel and creativity, it’s back to the office grind tomorrow. Hopefully I won’t lose momentum on my new quilt project! (Or totally neglect all my other works in progress.)
I seem to be doing a bit more shopping than sewing these days, but that’s all about to change!
I was in London over Christmas and I finally got to visit the famous Liberty of London store. I definitely spent a bit of time freaking out over how the quilting fabric costs roughly 4x more than what I normally pay, but it was all so pretty and inspiring. I only ended up getting two half-metres of fabric but also satisfied my desire to have a little bit of everything by getting a precut pack of hexagons. I’ll make attempt #2 at English paper piecing soon! Not sure what it’ll all turn into, but I’m excited to touch all those little bits of liberty. I also got three handkerchiefs that I’m planning to cut up and turn into fancy little infinity scarves.
Then soon after I got back from London, I placed a big order from my favorite online fabric shop, Hawthorne Threads. I basically had thought about my recent fabric purchases and realized that I was often passing over fabric that I loved because I wasn’t sure what I’d do with it, then ending up with fabric that I wasn’t totally inspired by. So I focused in on two collections that I have loved from afar but don’t have much (or any) of: Anna Maria Horner’s Loulouthi and Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley. I love the big, bold prints of Loulouthi and the pinky-orange-brown-muted green/blue color combos of Hope Valley. So I picked two Loulouthi velveteens (upper left corner of the photo) and a selection of six Loulouthi quilting weight fabrics. I threw in one Innocent Crush print that I’ve always wanted, too! Then I ordered two fat quarter stacks of Hope Valley (the Fiesta palette and the New Day palette) and then a few other half yards from the Piney Woods palette, so I’ve got nearly all the prints from that collection now! And then, to completely screw up the Anna Maria Horner/Denyse Schmidt dichotomy, I threw in one purple print by Jane Dixon (bottom right) because purple is my favorite color and I have hardly any purple in my stash! I kinda love how all the different prints from the three different designers all seem to work together somehow! The pinks and oranges and blue-greens all play together nicely.
So I’ve been scheming about what to do with all my AMH and DS pretties. The velveteen is definitely intended for a Noodlehead 241 tote bag, and I’m planning on using one of the other AMH prints for the lining. My current plan for the Hope Valley and some of the other Loulouthi prints is to do a drunkard’s path quilt with warm circles on cool backgrounds and vice versa. (It’s hard to explain, but I think it’s going to be really stunning.) I recently ordered a drunkard’s path die for my Go Baby cutter, and I’m not-so-patiently waiting for it to arrive! It was supposed to be here yesterday or today.
I can’t wait to get back into the creative groove!
Ooh, I’m starting my first quilt-along!
I love the button.
The first step is picking a color palette. I have tons of green in my stash, so I’m trying to pick something that features green. I took Lynne’s suggestion of spending some time on the Design Seeds
website, which is super cool for color inspiration. I think I’ve settled on this palette:
I’m excited about this palette because not only can I use up lots of my green stash, but I also can use some baby pink fabrics that I have in my stash and it gives me an excuse to buy some orange fabrics, which I crave!! And I can use this awesome pink/orange scooter fabric that I already bought:
How perfect is that? So fun! Can’t wait for the next step in the quilt-along!