Thursday, September 24, 2009

An Autumn Table Runner

This is what I did this weekend. The quilt block design is from the Jelly Roll Quilts book.


It's for my mom. Lots of autumn-y colors to go with the gourds she picked at our farm. Last year's decorative gourds got tossed next to fence by a compost pile (We're insanely well organized, you see) and they kind of decomposed, and dropped their seeds, and grew these. Of course we got tons of these inedible gourds while the zucchini were attacked by borers, the eggplants hated the cold, and so on.


And a teensy peek at a christmas present that I finished- I know I'm going to have NO sewing time this November, so I've started christmas sewing already. I'm being a realist... rather unlike my usual method.

Finally, I had to share this site that I found through another blog.

Lula Lu

A whole site devoted to A cup bras. Oooooh. You have no idea how hard it is to find cute bras that actually fit! Seriously, I have to go to the kids department in stores to buy bras usually, unless I want to spend $$$ at Nordstrom- and even there the selection is rather iffy. This site carries non-underwire styles (and underwired too, although I still can't fathom why you need one in a true A or smaller bra!), in really, really gorgeous styles. I bought two, and they came this week, and I love them. Sigh. I've kept myself so far from ordering more, but it's hard. ;-)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

On Point

Remember the quilt I'd started back in the spring with the Amy Karol fat quarter pack? It's finally finished. It's about twin sized, and I used Kona premium muslin for the back. Ooooh... that stuff is so soft and yummy! This is the first quilt I've made that's set on point.

It's kind of hard to photograph a quilt this big.

Here's Declan to show that it's a nice sheltie size ;-)

And from the staircase:

I quilted it with a combination of curvy lines and free motion swirls.

Monday, September 7, 2009

A book review and a pillow

I bought Jelly Roll Quilts this weekend on a whim, because it had some cute designs in it. One of them is a neat star design that you make using strip pieced 45 degree diamonds. I'd never sewn diamonds before, so I had NO IDEA what I was getting myself into. ;-) I thought I'd try one out as a pillow, failing to notice that the whole quilt that they show has only 4 stars on it- so they're pretty big (30" x 30" without a border in the end!).

A diamond section from the back:

You piece 3 rows of diamonds and then 2 filler triangles to make 1/8 of the star, and then put sections together. This is the back once all the pieces are put together:

It was pretty fiddly going- I figured I knew how to handle bias stretching from garment sewing, but there was quite a bit of yelling at the fabric anyway. ;-) This is a not very centered star center:

Here's my huge pillow. I made a couple mistakes putting it together, so I'm glad I just tried a single star pillow instead of a whole quilt.

And the back is just extra strips pieced together

The book has some very nice designs, but doesn't really offer hints on how to deal with things like matching seams at an angle, dealing with stretching, or any extras. The directions are clear enough, but they seem to assume you have a general idea of how to put patchwork designs together.

It's also very light on quilting/binding/finishing. I was initially attracted to it because of the fabrics featured- I have so many quilt books that seem to use screamingly ugly fabric in the designs. I know that doesn't really matter, but this one is really nice to look at and the quilts seemed a lot more attractive to make because they used fabrics I would really use.

It features 15 quilts, starting from super easy up to more difficult. My star was 3rd from the end, and pretty much as tricky as it got. Most of the sections on the quilts are only 4 pages long- they have good diagrams but refer you back to previous steps a lot saying "now do steps 4 to 12 but with X instead of Y" so it can be a little bit confusing. Overall I like it though, mostly for the pretty quilt designs and the clear diagrams.

Sunday, September 6, 2009


tom's quilt

quilt back

That one is for Tom

ana's quilt

ana's quilt

quilt back

For Ana

Quilting with straight lines is about all my overloaded brain can deal with at the moment.