Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Finished Top and The Newest Trend In Pressing Your Quilt Tops

Finished that baby quilt top over the weekend! Yay!

Apparently I'm not the only one in this house who appreciates a finished project.

Well, that's one way to press the wrinkles out of a quilt top!  Thanks Dean!

Another advantage of kitty quilt pressing: no scorched spots if he sets in one place too long. His eyes match the lime fabrics perfectly. 

Press on, Dean! (nice to see he's FINALLY pulling his weight around here!)

I guess I better come up with a plan for quilting.  After Dean's done pressing, of course!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Inspired By: A Baby Quilt Project

Have you ever come across a quilt online and just had to make it?  Something about the design or color just spoke to you?

I recently pinned a photo on pinterest of a baby quilt using teal, lime, black & white fabrics.  The design immediately caught my eye.  After doing a little research, I discovered the photo was taken by the talented quilting blogger, Liz Brown.  I also found a post that mentions the quilt here.

Liz assembled this quilt last year.  She was inspired by a quilt posted on the zuzuberry blog.  I encourage you to read about the design by clicking here.

I always like to have several baby quilts in the studio ready to go for gifting in a pinch, so I started pulling fabrics Sunday.

A quick iron and cutting of 5 inch squares resulted in this layout in just a few hours. 

I posted these photos on instagram and within several minutes they got over 231 likes combined!  I guess I'm not the only one who thinks this color scheme and layout looks sharp!  With all the attention I thought I'd better give credit where credit is due and let you all know what helped me inspire the quilt process.  Again, please check out the links I highlighted in the above paragraphs.

Hopefully, I should have this one finished for gifting by this weekend!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Studio Word of the Year is FINISH!

I don't know about you all, but I have quite a dedicated space in my studio for UFOs (AKA: the unfinished bits and bobs that are dying slow, agonizing deaths in various sad, quiet drawers around my creative space).  I've told myself many times, "self, before you start that awesome new project, don't you want to finish what you've been working on?"


Of course, most of the time I choose to ignore my inner nag. Such a quilting rebel I am.

This results in the mess I see when I occasionally open a drawer.  Cut to me frantically looking for this or that notion and finding a project in pieces that I completely forgot about.  I call this the "quilter's walk of shame."  Such a sad, sad state of affairs.  Before I even get my hands on the notion I'm searching for I've wasted half an hour looking at the UFO and asking myself why I never finished it.

I seem to be having commitment issues in the studio. (Do they make a pill for that?)

Why am I denying myself that awesome feeling you get when finishing a project?  My creative life needs more finishes, gosh darn it!

What resolutions have you made in your creative life this year?
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