Just a quick hello to say I hope you and yours have a sweet day.
These are the pinterest-inspired and much-too-elborate valentines my kiddos are handing out.
Theo wanted juice box robots. It's all about the fruit punch.
Just a quick hello to say I hope you and yours have a sweet day.
These are the pinterest-inspired and much-too-elborate valentines my kiddos are handing out.
Theo wanted juice box robots. It's all about the fruit punch.
I have mixed feelings about challenges. The type of challenge I'm refering to is the kind we issue our Modern Quilt Guild. We try to do a challenge or a swap every month. And really I mostly feel like "I don't have time for this crap".
But, actually, I've found they can, as they are supposed to, get me to try something I wouldn't normally do. And, I do finish stuff I would otherwise slack on because as a guild leader I feel I should set a good example, etc.
So, I may not do them all, but I've been participating in group stuff a lot more in the last year than ever before.
So for this month we had a challenge that was part of the larger Modern Quilt Guild as a whole. The challenge was to use the fabric line Madrona Road by Violet Craft. We were sent some free fabric (enough for about 5-6 fat eigths each) and we could only use fabrics from the line and solids. There were really no other guildllines.
I, however, issued the additional direction of "details". Whatever the members wanted to interpret that as was fine, but it must include a detail of some kind.
While pretty, I don't think I would have made a whole quilt out of the line. I do really love the text print though.
I went for a very simple design. My detail was the flanges that I added around each square.
I really like the minimalist look. But I don't quite know what to do with it. I don't love it enought to hang it on a wall. It's a bit small for a lap quilt. It could almost work as a baby quilt but it's obviously boy except for the flower prints. Hmm....
My Modern Quilt Guild had a gift exchange this holiday season. We made it in January so as to not add to anyone's handmade gift stress. :)
The idea was a swap of a smallish handmade gift. We had members fill out a little survey about their style and favorite colors and fabric etc. We chose names randomly so you knew who you were making it for but not who was making yours (you know... secret santa style).
In the end, one person dropped out but I had already given their name out so I made 2 and got 2 gifts because it was really my goof up. Plus, more fun for me!
I actually got 2 members that I at least know a little bit so I had fun making the gifts to their tastes.
First, for Kristina I made small bag. I forgot to mention that I had everyone bring the gifts wrapped and kept them secret so everyone could try to guess who they were fun as we each opened them. We might skip the guessing part next year, because it was pretty tough. Anyway, the bag I made for Kristina was from my book which should have been a dead giveaway. (Pardon the pix but I forgot to take any so I snapped some at the meeting.)
Next I had Robin, who was our sectretary this past year. I know Robin loves all things Parisian and she asked for any kind of craft sewing so I went for a notebook cover. I pretty much made up the pattern myself and it was a tight fit but it worked out great.
In return I got 2 fab gifts. Turned out Kristina also got me. :) She made this awesome zippered wallet with lots of pockets and even place for a pen. Aren't the fabrics so cheerful?
Then, the other Jess, as I affectionately call her, got my name. Actually she did, then we had to re-pick because I messed up and she didn't, and then when I let everyone know one member dropped out and they should make something for me, that was who she had so she had me again. She tells it better than me.
Anyway, Jess knew I was hoping (OK expecting) an ipad for Xmas so she made me this awesome zippered pouch for it. I love the scraps with the linen and how she quilted it with random lines. Jess is my VP of the guild this year as well as maintaining our blog, so the Jesses rule!
I mentioned that I didn't sew much in the way of holiday gifts this year, but in the past I've always tried to make some. True, it did elminate a lot of stress this time around, but look at the cute results when I do make them...
These pictures actually show my gifts for both Aurora and Theo from last Christmas. Aurora got the cute Harry, Ron, and Hermione dolls. Theo got a set of branch blocks that I made from fallen branches from that year's storm. They are cut in increments of 1 inch so they stack nicely together. There are a ton more than shown here. Those were actually complete on Christmas. ;)
The dolls, however, were partially naked. They all had robes, but Ron and Harry were shirtless and poor Herminone had nothing on under there! Thankfully they're now ready to make their internet debut fully clothed.
The dolls were made from the Pocket Pixies pattern by Ginger Melon. Hers are not Harry Potter themed, that was my own addition. I wish I could say I highly recommend the pattern, but I was pretty unimpressed. Yes, the design is just darling, but I felt the pattern really lacked detail and instruction that I expected especially because I paid $15 for it (I think it's less now). It was mostly the outline of the dolls that you were paying for. I did learn how she attached the arms which was useful information. Some stiches etc were included but if I remember correctly it didn't tell you what stitch to use for every step and it certainly didn't tell you the number of strands to use etc. Shelly herself was very helpful and responded to my question I emailed her about which color felt to use. Her style is so great, but I just felt the pattern was too basic for what I paid.
They did have shoes, but they didn't last long. Probably should have sewn them right on. And Harry's glasses are a little bent in these pictures but I'm too lazy to retake them. Picture him just a touch cuter.
I'd say it's about time for us to start reading the 6th book.
I hope your holidays were full of joy and peace.
Although it goes against the creative aspirations of this blog, my goal this year was to NOT make any gifts, thus eliminating much of the stress. And I'm happy to say it mostly worked. I had my shopping completed a full week before and had even wrapped about 3/4 of them before Xmas eve. It might not seem a lot to you all, but for me, it was quite shocking. Did it mean I went to bed before 3am Christmas eve? Not a chance. But still.
I did relax my rule a bit to make some cute fabric star ornaments.
There were more, but I sent them away. They are from this tutorial and are pretty easy. You could easily be make some from magazines/papers as well. They reminded me of those gum wrapper chains we made as kids.
And these cuties were for Aurora's class party. It's so fun to have time to decorate cookies all fancy. I always run out of time for our parties...
Anyway, now that the new year is upon us, it's time for me to try to get stuff done. Last year by this time I had already completed a new quilt top. This year, not so much. But, hey, there's plenty of time... :)
As many of you know, halloween is one of my favorite holidays. The costumes the kids chose this year, may not have been my favorite, but still lots of love went into making them. And then halloween just didn't happen. Overshadowed by a little thing called Hurricane Sandy.
First I was stuck in Houston after Quilt Market for the storm and some of the aftermath. Couldn't get back until late Halloween night and there was no trick-or-treating. We went without power for 10 days and went to a hotel and then family's to keep warm. There were some rescheduled Halloween activities, but we couldn't make any. :(
The good news is the kids' school had a Halloween party the friday before, so they did can a chance to wear their costumes at least once. And I took pictures before I left.
Here she is happy:
Theo's choice was no surprise. He's crazy for Angry Birds. I don't really get it. It's cute and all, but how does it have that much appeal? It's just everywhere! And from the first time he tried it, he was hooked.
His costume was a hoot because he loved bouncing around and bumping into things in his own protective pillow. I knew if was going to be hot and unwieldy at the party so he had a t-shirt underneath for when he had to take it off.
Of course he changed his mind about which color he wanted to be after I bought all the materials... but he had to stick with the classic red.
Hope you Halloweens were more enjoyable and frankly safer than ours here in NJ. And have a great Thanksgiving!
This month at the regular Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild meeting we discussed composition in modern quilts. Specifically ways to use the improv blocks we made for our challenge last month.
I gave a little talk with some examples and touched on some of the major elements of composition. It was by no means a comprehensive class, but rather meant to spark some ideas for the members on how to use their blocks and perhaps try something a little different than they're used to. So for this month the challenge was to use the improv blocks in any modern composition.
I decided I wasn't ready to use my blocks because what I have in mind requires more blocks. So I took a 3 of the blocks made for charity and used those to make a top to be donated.
I approached the design with the same planned improv method as I mentioned before - kinda like one giant block. I didn't really measure anything but sketched a general idea and with some layout on the design wall, adapted it until I got what I wanted.
As I mentioned I didn't make the 3 large blocks, but I made the mini blocks on the left to balance it out a bit.
This week I'm off to Quilt Market! Excited to get lots of inspiration and socialize with some really fun folks. I will take pictures, but I promise no comprehensive blog coverage.
Since I didn't want a picture-less post, I've included this cocktail cookies that I made for a friend's birthday a while back. The request was for cosmos in the colors of pink and black. They came out so cute. :) I haven't had the time to do cookies for the kids birthdays etc. and I miss making them. Fun!
If you don't know, Julie blogs at Jaybird Quilts and she's pattern designer as well. I'm lucky enough to call Julie a friend and I'm a big fan of her work. So I guess you could say it was highly probable I was going to like this book. But the thing is, I like her work for good reasons...
Right off the bat, I'll tell you the title gives it all away. The patterns are modern, simple, and without borders. Definitely what Julie excels at is designing cool quilts that are not ridiculously hard to achieve. And if you've ever sewn one of her patterns, you know how precise and easy-to-follow her directions are.
And there is a ton more information in the book than just the patterns. She gives a lot of pointers on designs and helps you understand what quilts do or don't work without borders. And a whole chapter on binding!
Julie came up with her own interview questions to us bloggers to answer. She answers all of these at length in the book, but here are my short replies:
Q: All of the quilts in Skip the Borders are... borderless! Do you skip the borders on most of your quilts?
My first thought was that, yes, I skip the borders on most of my quilts. But it's not totally true. Looking back I see a bunch with borders and even some more recent ones have them. I think it's most recently that I've been using them less and less, though a few in my book had them. I like that Julie discusses some of the purposes of borders and how some quilts really need them. And she even gives you permission to use them on her patterns if you'd like. I'd say I'm tending towards modern designs without them for the moment...
Q: In the intro to my book I give you permission to Break the Rules. Do you break some quilting rules? What is the number one rule you break and why?
What rules? I always encourage others to "sew fearlessly" and part of that is doing whatever the heck you want. I do think technique is important to learn. Shoddy craftsmanship is a shame because who wants a quilt that turns out sloppy or falls apart? But once I've learned and practiced techniques, then I do whatever I desire. Quilting is fun-time and who wants to get caught up in a debate if raw edge applique is good enough or whatever? I love to learn and challenge myself to try new things, but I'm certainly not going to answer to anyone's rule book.
Q: It's no secret that I love binding! In Skip the Borders I included an entire chapter on binding. So the million dollar question, is do you use bias or straight of grain most of the time?
Mostly bias cut for sure. Once I learned to sew the continuous kind out of a square, it became second nature and it really doesn't take much longer. It does take a little more yardage though. I do have a beloved quilt that had straight grain binding and t has been used and washed so many times that there are gaping holes along the edges of the binding. Would that have happened with bias? Maybe. But I'd rather be safe. Plus, I feel I can get bias binding to lay perfectly flat a little better. And my other secret (a rule Julie would never break!): I sew all my binding on completely by machine. Quick, sturdy, and very clean looking. Guess I should have put that down for a rule I break!
As part of the blog tour, I get to give away a ebook of Skip the Borders for one lucky winner to enjoy. You all probably have ipads or kindles, unlike me (not, bitter.....no...), so you know you want one. :)
Just leave me a comment and tell me about quilting "rules" (I use the term loosely) you can't stand, break a lot, or maybe even would never dare break. :) I will chose a winner randomly on Oct. 6th.
Sept 10th - Generation Q magazine
Sept 12th - PS I quilt
Sept 14th - Beyond the Reef
Sept 17th - Pink Chalk Studio
Sept 19th - Fat Quarter Shop
Sept 21st - Bijou Lovely
Sept 24th - Red Pepper Quilts
Sept 26th - Swatch and Stitch
Sept. 28th - Juicy Bits (me!)
Oct 1st - V and Co
Oct 2nd - Martingale Publishling
Oct 5th - Carolina Patchworks
Oct 8th - I'm a Ginger Monkey
Oct 10th - Blue is Blue
Oct 12th - Quilting is My Therapy
Oct 15th - Quilt Dad
Oct 17th - Jaybird Quilts (Julie herself!)
I've been a bad blogger. I'm not talking about the post-so-infrequently-that-all-my readers-have-probably-gotten-bored-and-abandoned-me kind (which, let's face it, is most likely the case). I'm talking about the not-doing-a good-job-of-documenting-my-crafts/life kind. And that's what's frustrating me right now.
Life has been so hectic lately (totally my own fault for doing too much and never catching up on the regular stuff) and I haven't shown you what I've been up to. And that means I haven't been documenting it so I can look back on it.
So.... One of the events I haven't mentioned yet is that I did Denyse Schmidt's Improvisational Patchwork workshop. The Philly Modern Quilt Guild and my guild, The Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild, brought her to the area for a lecture (which was awesome) and workshops.
It's was a such a fun day and so against my over-planning nature. Just letting loose and sewing without planning. I had hard time playing by the rules and using whatever fabric I pulled out of the bag. Honestly, I don't know what, if anything, I will do with my blocks. Here are some of them:
I'm not a hug fan of the randomness and wasn't crazy about using fabrics I don't like, but as a whole, they really do have a amazing quality that couldn't be created any other way.
Then, as a spin-off, the CJMQG did an improv challenge. We swapped scraps (in part so there would be some overlap in our stashes) and each got a fat quarter of Kona Cotton in Sage. The challenge was to make improv blocks of any kind using scraps and the Sage fabric. We kept some, swapped some, and donated some to be made into charity quilts.
These were some of my blocks:
These were most of the guild ones:
Sad that summer is over...
Nope. I don't do anything small. Can't help it.
I got in my head to do an outdoor movie night to celebrate the start of summer. First I thought I'd rent the equipment, but then decided I was going to do it more than once (we've already used it 3 times) so it was best to invest in our own.
Then I had to go for a specific look for the night. I blame Pinterest. Truth be told, that's the part I love and I always do details anyway. But I was inspired to do the whole thing by some pictures I found on Pinterest.
This is one of my favs.
And I tried to use a lot of antique looking wood, like the crates and board we used as little tables for drinks etc. I also put out some flowers and candles. There were some twinkle lights up on the deck by the food for dim lighting and more ambiance.
My mom has a bunch of nap mats from her preschool days that I sewed pockets in the sheets for, so it was more comfortable. And I borrowed chairs because in my mind the adults weren't going to be thrilled to lay on the ground. And there were many, MANY pillows. Also, my parents have 2 papasan chairs so basically it was like a living room outside.
As for the actual equipment, I bought a projector on Ebay and a receiver/speakers at a yard sale. The screen I built out of PVC. Not too difficult. To give you an idea of scale, the screen is about 14' wide. The actual material is blackout material meant to line curtains (because it doesn't let light through). It has a seam down the middle but you can't tell when the movie is playing. It's attached to the frame by velcro.
It's somewhat weather proof. It can stay out in the rain but the wind did knock it down. I can leave up the frame but take down the material, but I am a bit worried the homeowner's association will have a conniption. If you want more info on how to built your own movie screen, check out backyardtheater.com. These people are crazy hardcore and it was an awesome resource to help pull it all together.
And of course I had to do snacks. 3 types of popcorn and some classic sweets. There were bags for the popcorn (regular brown paper bags I printed "fresh popcorn" on myself) and separate one for the GOODIES (so cute!).
Drinks were soda (in glass bottles), beer, water, and orange juice/lemonade served in mason jars. And boy did we need ice cold drinks that night. It was HOT! It was the first night of summer (also the first night after school got out) and I thought we would all melt. The kids didn't care one bit and ran around before it started.
Thankfully, it cooled enough after the sun was down that we were reasonably comfortable. We had a lot of people (mostly families of the kids' friends) and had a blast. Here's how we looked enjoying the show. We watched Over the Hedge because I thought it particularly appropriate in suburbia. :) We've also watched How to Train Your Dragon, and one of my all time favorites, Princess Bride.
I used to love going to the Drive-In as a kid so this was great throw-back. And even though it's not HD or surround sound or anything, there's something that just feels so "real" about the big screen and being outdoors. It gives me the warm fuzzies.
So the towels (napkins, cloths, whatever you want to call them) are terry cloth on one side and quilter's cotton on the other. They are simply serged around the edges. This is what I saw several people doing on etsy. Many of theirs have plastic snaps so you can actually roll them up on a paper towel dispenser, but that seem an unnecessary step I didn't want to add.
I pre-washed all the fabric and really the trickiest part was figuring out how to turn outside corners with a serger. But, let's face it, they didn't need to be perfect. I did dab a little fray check on the thread ends to stop unraveling. I made a whole bunch more than I show here, but I'll probably make more because lots are always in the wash.
I started using mostly fruit and veggie prints because that seemed appropriate in the kitchen but I think anything that makes you smile is perfect. It's a bit like my vintage drinking glasses...just a mini pick-me-up every time I use them.
It is a little weird to get over the potential for staining them (TOTALLY happens and that's the point) and use them like a regular paper towel. But the kids are getting used to them and even have specific prints that they want at each meal.
Made anything quick and fun lately?
A little behind as usual, I'm finally sharing our Easter portraits.
I did make Aurora's dress this year (actually I made it for a wedding before easter), but I tried to just follow a pattern. Honestly, I really tried.
The pattern is Kyoko by Patti Young. I've had it for quite some time and been meaning to make one. Aurora actually picked the main fabric herself about a year ago. I think she like how it looked golden. It's Innocent Crush by Anna Maria Horner.
I'll start by saying I love the look of this dress. It's darling. The only significant change I made was I didn't make the skirt in alternating panels. I put one contrast panel in the front and then two sides of the main fabric. The biggest challenge was cutting because I didn't have a lot of excess and I wanted to match up the pattern and make it symmetrical. I was a little disappointed in the list of fabric requirements because it just said 1 1/6 yard of fabric, but since it is shown sewn out of 2 different fabrics, it should have said how much for each. But I think she's fixed it on later versions and it now seems to call for a lot more fabric so I don't feel bad that I definitely needed more than I originally bought. However, it did claim that you needed 1 yard of fabric to make your own bias tape which was way, way, too much.
Once I got over these minor issues, the sewing was quite easy. Diagrams and photos are very clear and really, because I have experience in garment sewing, I didn't have to more than glance at them.
I think it turned out great. I had to do the hair in two buns cause it's just so stinkin' cute with the dress. I do wish it was about 3-4" longer. Aurora is barely a size 7 and that's what I made, but I think it being shorter makes it less formal. I was going to add length but I didn't have enough fabric anyway.
For Theo I made a tie from my Kingdom fabric that matches the bow on her dress. He was clear he wanted blue even though I wanted something golden like her dress.
And here is the whole happy family. My husband gets frustrated that I make everyone stand through the portraits, but I'm always so glad I did when I have one like this where we all look our best. Are they better than spontaneous fun pictures? No, but nice nonetheless.
If you have school-age children, you know that teacher appreciation week just went by. I'm class mom for Aurora's second grade class this year and we just love her teacher. Really we've been so lucky to have great teachers for both kids so far. And we do truly appreciate them.
This year Aurora's teacher is pregnant and due this summer. When her class decided to throw a baby shower for her, I knew I wanted to make her a baby quilt.
I always think to myself how easy it will be. I'll keep it simple. Yeah, right. Inevitably, I get carried away. This is the pretty quilt I came up with:
Actually, it's not super-complicated or anything. I've been doing a ton of half square triangles lately. And all I had to go on were that she likes bright colors, her favorite color is turquoise, and she's having a girl. But I did add some time-consuming details, that, I hope, made it really special for her.
I had each of the kids in her class write their name. Then I traced them and stitched them (by machine) into rectangles around the border. I wanted their personalities to be there in some small way (without becoming too childish or overwhemling), so it's neat to have the names in their own handwriting.
I've got exciting news. For the first time, I'm going to have a quilt in a show. And it's a big one! At Quilt Festival in Houston this fall, there will be an exhibit of The Modern Quilt Guild Showcase 2012 and one of my quilts was selected!
As you can imagine, I'm pretty psyched about this. Only 33 quilts were selected.
I made this quilt, titled Cantilevers, specifically to enter in the show. I think it's only quilt I've sewn that's entirely solids (well, there's a little bit of print on the back...shhhh... I didn't take any pictures of that yet). It was inspired by a building I saw driving home from a Philly MQG meeting. The building itself didn't have cantilevers but it had three offset windows that just got my mind rolling.
I think I'm most proud of the quilting. I did it all myself on my regular home machine. Thanx to Angela, I've really had the machine quilting bug lately. I'd love to buy a longarm, but I'm restraining myself for now. I practiced with a lot of doodling before starting on the actual quilt.
Anyway, there has been plenty of discussion online about what exactly is "modern quilting". I don't feel much need to add to it except to say that I definitely consider myself a modern quilter. I'll direct you to the Modern Quilt Guild's site to see what they have to say about the matter. But, no one gets to define you, so if you are or you want to be a modern quilter, then you are.
I've founded a local branch of the guild this year, the Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild. If you're local, we want you to join us! We've been having a ton of fun so far...
So far, 2012 has allowed for more quilting for me than last year which is making me happy. I began and completed my first quilt in the first week of January. Hopefully I'll share that one soon. I'm trying to decide if I want to write up a pattern for it. And, since then, I've completed 2 others (including this one) and started 2 more. Yay for quilting!
First, kids arrived and they just played around a bit. The cardboard doghouse my dad made rocked!
Next it was time to adopt your own puppy (sorry, I don't have a good picture of them all doing it). They got to choose from a big bin of cute stuffed puppies of lots of different breeds. And they got to fill out an adoption certificate and name it.
Next, we headed outside. I had set up an obstacle course (which I also have no good pictures of) for them to run through like at a dog show. I didn't make them do it on all fours, but they had the option. It had things to jump over, tunnels to go through, planks to walk across, and hoops to jump through. We even asked them to puppy tricks like "sit", "speak", "roll over" and gave them treats if they did so. It was great fun and they all got a "Best in Show" ribbon.
After we had to say goodbye to the puppies we headed inside to do a quick craft. They each got their own wooden doghouse, just right for their new puppy, and they got to paint it however they liked. I made the dog houses by cutting a larger door into pre-made birdhouses and gluing a bone above it. It was a bit tricky to get the jigsaw into the tight space but they came out great.
Next up: food. We had sandwiches and goldfish all bagged up and ready to grab. There were healthy additions like fruit at each place and cups of veggies and ranch. And the yummy, buttery, dog bone pretzels are to die for. In dog bowls we had Scooby Snacks and Cocoa Puffs to look like real food.
Let me answer your first question right away, no we did no surprise him with his very own puppy at the party. Or any time after for that matter. I was VERY tempted though. All that focus of puppies had me looking in non-allergenic breeds and all that. But, at least for now, a puppy just doesn't fit into our hectic lives. Maybe when he's a bit older and can share some of the responsibilities.
Anyway, back to the party. It was a great day. The puppies themselves were the main activity. I mean what more entertainment does a group of 4-year-olds need but a couple of cute doggies to play with.
If you're wondering where we got the puppies/dogs to come to the party, they were from an animal rescue organization. They had brought some dogs into Theo's pre-school to share with the kids and I thought, why not see if they could bring them to a party? Although they were quite generous and really just did it for the love of children and dogs, I did give a donation to the organization as well as asking the guests to bring food or toy donations.
And the black lab puppy even got adopted by one of the families at the party!
Photography: mostly me, but some by my dad
Invitations, adoption certificates and graphics: custom by me
Real puppies: Castle of Dreams Animal Rescue
Stuffed puppies: Aurora brand bought from Stuffed Safari (great customer service!)
Dog bowls: Petsmart
Cake and cupcakes and dog bone pretzels: Deirdre Thauer
Pretzel recipe: King Arthur's Flour Baker's Companion cookbook (Yum!)
Wooden doghouses: Birdhouses from Michaels with the openings cut larger
Cardboard doghouse: my dad and me
"Best in Show" ribbons: me
Just a few more little christmas gifts that I hadn't got around to posting.
Here's some things I learned: Don't over-iron tiny bits of fabric adhered with fusible web. The glue can sort of start to melt away and they won't stick too well. Also, use a round-tipped needle when embroidering on knit. You'd think that one would have been obvious to me since I know to do that for machine sewing, but it took me a bit to figure it out.
I also made these coat hook plaques for my sister's apartment. They're inexpensive wood plaques from Michaels that I painted and mod podged fabric onto. When I use mod podge on fabric I find it best to paint a layer on the the back of the fabric before cutting it and let it dry. This makes the fabric stiff and allows you to cut without frayed edges and it seems to prevent so many bubbles.
I kinda hate to post a negative post (this is my happy place), but I wanted to share and it's really not that bad.
I've been "knocked off". In a way it is a bit flattering. Really, my little owl is worth copying?
So, as many of you know I have this little free owl ornament pattern. The key word there is free. It's my gift to you. But it is for personal use, not for people to profit from. And in reality, anyone's who's asked me if they can use the pattern to sew them for charity or even personal profit, I've said yes to. I'm fine with an independent crafter using it, but it was not intended for mass production.
Well, a reader sent me this picture:
Normally I wouldn't go right to "copy", because how many different ways are there to make a felt owl? And I know I've designed things on my own only to find that someone already beat me to it. But you be the judge. That's pretty darn identical to mine. Right down to the decorative blanket stitching. The only real difference is it's made by machine and glue.
Since it's a free pattern I put out there I don't really see myself trying for any actual recourse. In this case it would be pretty futile. And I'm OK with that. (No, that's not permission for someone to copy this or any of my other designs.) But it does floor me that someone, somewhere decided to mass produce something of mine without permission.
Someone else was making them for sale on a website called fiverr and, worse, he/she was using my photo with not credit and representing it as their work. Thankfully the site handled the matter.
Anyway, so that things don't stay negative on here for long, I promised to be back with another post very soon...
This past weekend I had the opportunity to teach Color Theory for the Modern Quilter to the Philly Modern Quilt Guild at a mini sewing retreat. So much fun.
It turns out I could talk all day about color. No big surprise there. I think the members all left with at least a bit of a new way to look at color when quilting. We covered all the basics from the color wheels to color combinations, and even did some exercises to help everyone look at color more objectively.
Then I got to stay the rest of the day and enjoy some sewing time as well as a workshop from the lovely Sujata Shah on gentle curved piecing. I decided to step outside my comfort zone and not think or plan at all before sewing. I gave myself all of 5 minutes to pick the fabrics. And then I just started. It was an easy enough method (cutting several layers at once and then shuffling them) and I enjoyed her simple no-pin method to sewing the curves.
The results I'm still not sure about. Part of the problem was I didn't really have much of the grey fabrics with me and those were the ones I wanted to use the most of. I'll be sticking it up on my design wall and probably doing a bit more playing with it to see if it's becomes something interesting. I've never had this experience with a quilt before: as I was working on it I just sort of thought "eh. it's OK" but every time I walked away and came back I found myself immediately liking it more. Maybe its just the colors. We shall see.
Now if I could only get my voice back.... :)