Friday, January 14, 2022

The Power of a Good Yarn-Dye / Beauties Pageant 158


Were already two weeks into the new year, and Im still wrapping up all things 2021! That includes blogging about my latest finish, this Quilt Buzz Bingo quilt.

Last summer, I joined the quiltalong for this project on a lark and, after developing and discarding various palettes, settled on these happy pinks and greens against a dark-blue background. (All the fabric details are listed here.)

I usually work with light backgrounds, but the blue I chosea Cirrus Solids yarn-dye from Cloud9 called Oceanwas crucial to the final product. When I had just the green and pink blocks on my design wall (see pic, below), the palette emitted a modern Christmas vibe, which was lovely but not my intention. The dark blue erased all evidence of Christmassy-ness and replaced it with what I call “preppy summer.” The blue evokes, for me, intimations of dark denim, and the pinks and greens are the soft, well-worn cottons of a button-down shirt.

This was the first time I used a Cirrus Solid. I had bought it for a different project that never got off the ground and was pleased to find it a home in this quilt. It’s hard to notice in pictures the difference a yarn-dye makes. You’ll have to trust me when I say that the texture is lovely and provides a subtle contrast to the quilting cottons. I think even my beloved Kona Cotton would fall flat here when compared to the Cirrus Solid.

Narda, of Maz Q’s Sewing and Quilting Studio, quilted a pantograph on this project for me. I love how the loops soften the rigid geometry of those chunky blocks. I always appreciate Narda’s contribution to my projects! 

Do you have any experience with yarn-dyes in general or Cirrus Solids in particular? I’m officially a convert and already have large cuts at the ready for future projects. : )

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Friday, January 7, 2022

Catching Up / Beauties Pageant 157

Acornwood by Wendy Kendall

Hello and happy new year! I hope you all enjoyed some time off for the holidays. Things were rather quiet here at From Bolt to Beauty world headquarters. Because of the pandemic, we didnt get together with family, and I took almost two weeks off from my sewing machine. When your only expectations are to take care of your family, human and otherwise, and play a board game or two, the days are nice and easy.

My Gypsy Wife, in process (still!)

Re-entry into life as normalwell, as normal as it can get these daysis fully underway, though. I picked up my Gypsy Wife project, which I last blogged about in October, and have stormed away from my sewing space in frustration only once or twice as a result. Honestly, following the pattern is maddeningit requires more heavy lifting than other patterns and so many fabric decisions. I look forward to a nice and mindless project next. Perhaps my Random Hearts project in Denyse Schmidt fabrics? Yes, that would do nicely.

The growing collection of block for Random Hearts

Another project on the horizon is a baby-size version of my Pretty in Pluses pattern. I found the sweetest collection of fabric, called Acornwood by Wendy Kendall for Dashwood Studio. The recipient was born last month, but Pretty in Pluses is a fast sewI’m sure I can squeeze it in before Valentine’s Day.

I hope you’re doing wellI can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to! Fill us in on all the details by adding your recent finishes to the linky below ...

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Friday, December 17, 2021

Quick Christmas Gifts / Beauties Pageant 156

One of my crafting specialties is making a small project into a big project. I mean, I truly excel at this. All I do is find a project that can be easily tackled in an hour or two—it could be a pouch or a tote bag or something—and then I make that project a half-dozen times. Or a full dozen times. Or if I’m experiencing serious delusions of crafty grandeur, say, 27 times!

Want to join me on this crazy crafting train? First, pick your own project. I recommend all of those pictured here, including tiny drawstring pouches, pin cushions, and tissue cozies.

Then write up a list of recipients—like a half-dozen new guild board members or a dozen elementary teachers or the 27 staff members at your kid’s preschool (true story). Now multiply that number by two ... just in case. : )

 

To be honest, I am not making any gifts for holiday giving this Christmas, but that doesnt mean I cant enable your frenzied, last-minute sewing and quilting! For more on the projects pictured here, including links to the corresponding tutorials or patterns, click below ...


Heads up: The following two Fridays fall on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, so I won’t be back until January with the next Beauties Pageant. Until then, fill us in on what you’ve been up to in this week’s linky. Wishing you all the loveliest of holidays!
 

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