Well it has been almost a year since my last post.
I started back to school in a graphic design program in March of 2012. It was a long, well-thought out decision and I have not had one regret that I took this step in my life.
My kids are now 14 and 16. I have been at home since my oldest was born. My work at home part-time job in electronics has been pretty slow. My Etsy quilt shop has been sporadic with custom orders (which I do love).
At the age of 51…I found my life needing ‘something’. Is that a mid-life crisis? I don’t know.
It’s a long story, but the short of it is that I have done design work my whole life – both as a draftsman for many years – and on my own. It’s what I am good at, and I am naturally drawn to it. What I needed from school was the formality of a professional education. I am now 10 months into the program and since it is online, I can really use my time to focus on study and assignments.
This brings me to today. I have done (sadly) almost no sewing since March of last year. It’s interesting what a void that has left in me – I truly love quilting and miss it so much! I’ve decided that it is important for me to start 2014 with a small amount of time carved out for sewing. It doesn’t matter if I complete anything, I just need to have that time.
And finally, part of my program is on web design. I have moved this blog from one server to another over the past week and as such there are pages that need some fixin’. I am also designing my graphic design business site – which oddly enough is 1201 Studio. I guess I have a thing for the magical time around midnight
Hopefully my next post will be some sort of quilt progress!!
This was a fun quilt to make (forgetting the 430 pin basting adventure from a previous post) It was not so fun to photograph. Trust me that it is really pretty in person! One of the things about photographing a quilt after it has been washed is the distracting shadows created by the crinkling of the fabric. The solution is even lighting, as in indoor studio lighting or getting an outdoor location with the right angle of the sun, time of day, and bright but overcast conditions. Then when that day comes there will be no one to hold the quilt for you.
Anyhow, this was made from one jelly roll, April Cornell’s Nature’s Chorus by Moda and Kona Cream (which is a bit more off-white than Kona Snow.) The fabric has large cabbage roses, smaller florals, as well as some dots and stripes that give it a little modern kick. I’m not a pastel girl at all but I do love how these colors work together. It was quilted with diagonal lines and finished out at 60 x 76.
There are many ways to make a postage stamp quilt, but I ended up using Elizabeth Hartman’s (Oh, Fransson) technique, which is a really efficient approach. This is from her first book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork. While her instructions were for a 36 patch block, the size I worked out favored a 64 patch block. I made the quilt larger than the book pattern, using almost all of the jelly roll for the quilt top. I think I mentioned before that I am a big fan of Elizabeth’s patterns and teaching style, which is very clear and well presented.
Sitting waiting for quilting are two quilt tops, a rail fence and another half square triangle quilt. More to come!
Pearl Bracelet by Lizzy House in 26 colors. When this was announced I knew it was on my must have list. I have been stashing a lot of basics lately. I find I am using them more and more in projects and of course there is something I love about having a huge array of colors in a pattern like this…
Very inspiring and also makes me think about using colors I normally don’t go for like navy blue, pink and purple (though not necessarily together!)
And that’s it for today! I have been sewing a lot and doing some other fun stuff like mixed media and painting so blogging has been slow. I have 2 quilts in progress though and will share those soon!