Monday, June 20, 2011

Hot off the Press



Just finished the binding this afternoon!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

HSTs in Action

This was a little piece I put together a few months ago with some leftovers from another unfinished quilt.

I think it might be a baby changing mat or a small table mat.

Kate Spain HST quilt top complete!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pillow Coverings

I hit a bit of a wall in trying to decide what to make next for the 1000s of Stitches show, which is fast approaching. I have really been trying to use up supplies that I have, so when I uncovered 6 pillow forms it was a no-brainer.

I had been wanting to try these wonky stars for awhile, and like how they turned out. The log cabin wasn't a first, but I did try to light and dark values, which is fairly traditional. And there is a little postage stamp case too!

I'm not sure if this is called bow ties? I made some of the triangles a little too big and the met where I hadn't intended, but I was please with this one too!

The group!

The wardrobe is filling up. Some to be quilted things on the left, pillows in the middle and finished quilts on the right.

Slowly, but surely!

Kate Spain - Central Park HST Lap Quilt

When I was in Ithaca a few weeks ago I picked up a charm pack of Kate Spain's Central Park. I paired it with some Kona Cotton purple (I'll have to look at the colour chart to see which one, I have a lot of purple in my stash) and go to work on some HST (Half Square Triangles).

That is not just any old cup of tea, it's peppermint tea with hot chocolate, a new and wonderful discovery in my kitchen!

From the cutting mat...

To the design wall.

Sewing starts today!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bedroom Makeover

In addition to the studio overhaul, I have been giving the soon to be 'master bedroom' a bit of updating. Once again I forgot to take a proper before picture, so this is going to have to be a during and after look.

The old closet had floor to ceiling sliding mirrors, that would scare you if awoke in the middle of night. Sister and I tore out the old closet and my friend M (of M+M king quilt fame) did up a drawing based on my ideas for a new 'hers & hers' closet. And a detailed list of supplies that came in handy when Sister and I went to RONA! (All of these house changes/rearranges are in preparation for J's early July move in! There's a lot to do.)

I enlisted some very generous help for the closet construction and really did little more than hold the end of a tape measure and make lunch. This is the closet roughed in.

The white shutters* will be the doors to the bottom sections and the smaller green shutters will lie on their sides as the top section doors. There will be much scraping, pounding, filling, sanding, priming, painting and flooring in the weeks to come, but I am really looking forward to seeing this room complete!

I of course have already started the quilt for the bed. It is another of Elizabeth Hartman's, Greatest Hits quilts and I plan to piece the back in an opposing palette so it's reverseable. Now to choose the sashing!

* Shutters from Balleycanoe Co. A great place for architectural Salvage in eastern Ontario. (I did the illustrations on their website.)

Studio Update

I've been away the past week and a bit and forgot that I had these pictures on the laptop of the studio with some furniture back in.

My house is older so there isn't much closet space, but the wardrobe is chock full of fabric supplies and a small filing cabinet for keeping all of my papers in order. There will be a small wall mounted desk to the right of the wardrobe, I just have a little sanding and painting to do first.

Sewing station, design wall, art to be hung, and the finished King-Sized quilt for M+M folded on top of the book shelf. I forgot my camera when I delivered it, but it has a happy new home!

Tools beside the sewing station. I am planning for some more shelves above this for thread, button jars and all sorts of other handy items.

Desk side bulletin board! I have been missing having one of these in the slanty upstairs space.

Dresser full of fabric, and art waiting to hang.

It's getting there and I will be glad to get back home and get working in this space. The most exciting part is that I can close the door at the end of the day, leave the mess behind and know that there aren't any animals depositing surprises on my projects (it's usually hair, but there was one grass vomiting incident this week).

Nose to the Grindstone

I have been stitching away here and avoiding the heat in J's cool apartment.

Coasters for the show.

More mug rugs, I hope that they are as popular as I think they will be. I have really been trying to focus on some smaller items for the show.