Monday, September 15, 2014

Mr. Rubik’s Cube

I’m not entirely sure what possessed me to use my limited sewing time to make a Rubik’s Cube. Perhaps it was the knowledge that the theme for this month’s Le Challenge is “era” and that a Rubik’s Cube points back to my childhood in the eighties. Perhaps it was mere procrastination: focusing on the cube prevented me from tackling more difficult projects on my to-do list. The real reason why I made a Rubik’s Cube? Because I can.

Halfway through my cube, I decided that it needed to be used in some practical way. Like a Rubik’s Cube paperweight. Or a soft, squishable Rubik’s Cube for the baby with an eighties-themed nursery. I decided on a Rubik’s Cube Christmas ornament for my husband. (You should have seen his expression what I revealed my plan to him.)

OK, back to more practical sewing! : )

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Guilt-Free Fabric Shopping

There are many things I cannot be trusted with, things around which I have zero self-control. These include, but are not limited to, homemade baked goods, leftover pizza, ice cream, and Kit Kat Bars. (Admittedly, I have snuck Kit Kat Bars out of my children’s Halloween stashes. I’m hanging my head in shame right now.)

Some quilters’ lists would include fabric. Don’t get me wrong—I love fabric—but I recently held on to a gift certificate to Pink Chalk Fabrics for almost three months before using it. Clearly, food aside, I am a pillar of self-control! After all, gift-certificate fabric shopping is the best kind of fabric shopping: it’s guilt-free fabric shopping.

Granted, I have been trying to use the fabric I already own, working on purge projects and purge quilts. But I also won this gift certificate as Pink Chalk’s featured sewist back in June, which makes it that much more important to spend it on special fabrics.

I finally broke down. I couldn’t resist Pink Chalk’s most recent sale. My selections arrived this past week ...

I got (from left to right) Carolyn Gavin’s Polka Dot Daisy, Joel Dewberry’s Hydrangea, and Elizabeth Olwen’s Deco Floral.

The navy daisy print is, in my opinion, a great all-purpose stash addition. I’ve been using navy a lot lately (here and here) and foresee that the trend will continue.

The hydrangea print, unlike the other two, is a sateen, not a quilting cotton. It’s sooo nice. My LQS doesn’t stock anything from Joel’s Birch Farm line, and now that I see it in person, the fabric is just beautiful. I love how this colorway pairs a sky blue with a robin’s egg blue. It’s not a combination I’d make on my own, and it works.

I think the Deco Floral, however, steals the spotlight. It’s modern with a hint of Art Deco. My only regret is that I didn’t buy more. Will one yard be enough?

I suspect the daisies will hang out in my stash for a bit, which is fine with me. One of the other two fabrics might become a Super Tote, though. Which one do you think is the better bet as the main exterior fabric, or do I need two Super Totes? : )

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Do I Like This Quilt?

I’ve spent more time than is necessary—or perhaps normal—trying to decide whether I like my most recent quilt finish.

Watermelon Patchwork: The front

It started as part of my purge effort, prompted by Stitched in Color’s exhortation to use up our neglected fabric, the stuff we’ve had for way too long. And the parameters I set up were significant: make a quilt with that fabric, buying as little yardage as I could to finish it up.

I had Lotta Jansdotter’s teal stripes, Joel Dewberry’s intricate Historic Tile in tomato and teal, Bonnie and Camille’s coral dots, the tiny gray checks, lots (lots!) of Kona Salmon, and scrapage from Denyse Schmidt and Tula Pink. I bought a little Bella Solids in Bermuda, some of Lizzy House’s Jewels in poppy, and lots (lots!) of Kona Cardinal.

A tiny bit of Tula

I went far with the purge part of the project, using up bobbins in blues and reds while piecing the patchwork. I even used Aurafil 4250 (flamingo variegated) because I have an obscene amount of it. (Do you ever buy something at one store because it’s easier—and probably cheaper—than driving to a second store to purchase a smaller amount or less expensive version? That’s my Aurafil 4250. If you need any, let me know. I suspect I’ll be using it for the next decade or so.)

Lizzy House, Kona Cardinal, and a small geometric from Clothworks

The jury of one has reached a decision: I like this quilt. Admittedly, it’s very un-Michelle. It’s bright! There’s almost no white on this quilt! And it’s bright!

But if given the same constraints, I’d probably produce something comparable to what you see here. My only regret is the uneven border on the front. It drives me a little batty.

Watermelon Patchwork: The back

The most fun part of the process, however, was knowing that this was headed to a charity: Margaret’s Hope Chest. Earlier in the summer, Amanda Jean rallied readers to make quilts for this organization. I couldn’t commit to a quilt back then, but I still wanted to contribute after the fact. Making a quilt for charity made me happy. As I vacillated about whether I liked this quilt—whether it reflected my personal aesthetic in quilts—I knew that it would find its way into just the right hands. Someone is going to receive this quilt and think, “Wow. This is so me.”

And that’s pretty cool.

This is what happens when you employ the services
of a five-year-old to hold your quilt. Fear not:
no quilts were harmed in this photo shoot.

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