Quilt Design Wall: Before and After

design wall after


design wall before


When I moved at the end of last summer, the sewing+office room in my apartment changed to separate sewing room + office room in my house, smaller individually than the previous space with more square footage altogether. I rarely use the office, though, which also functions as a guest bedroom when I have overnight guests. (The one weekend I had one overnight guest.) (Maybe more will visit sometime?) The largest benefit was being able to keep a full sewing room wall free to turn into a quilt design wall.

I browsed assorted tutorials online, bought 4′ x 8′ x 3/4″ foam insulation boards from Lowe’s and gray flannel from Joann Fabric, and buckled down one night during my week of at-home vacation to make it happen. My version started in a similar manner to this one at Sew Can She, except I attached the individual pieces to the wall. I started attaching the first large board to the wall with removable tape (I’m renting), said “yeah no that’s not going to happen”, and happily went at it with a hammer and nails. The flannel ended up being just the right amount and the last piece of foam is on the opposite wall holding my rulers.

Fabric sticks to the flannel on its own and I use retired pins for security with bigger pieces (the foam board pins easily and protects the wall). I took the photo above the morning after I finished the board – it varies depending on active projects while the blue and green nine patch blocks multiply.

January 25, 2016. Tags: , , , . Links, Pictures, Projects, Words. 1 comment.

A nod to St. Patrick’s Day

blue & green watercolor skirt after straight on

What I Wore to a St. Patrick’s Day Party: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Tshirt: Target
Skirt: $1 Goodwill, refashioned
Boots: Famous Footwear
Earrings: Claire’s

I went to Goodwill the Thursday before St. Patrick’s Day with the plan to find a green dress for a dollar to refashion. While I didn’t find a dress, this skirt caught my eye. I really liked the lace hem, and with a non-shamrock green tshirt it worked for the party without being too on-the-nose. I’ve already worn it again and have plans to wear it to a Talib Kweli show this weekend too.

blue & green watercolor skirt before

April 4, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. Leave a comment.

I loves me some fabric scrap cards

I made a small stack of cards using fabric scraps on Friday night while catching up on “The Office”.  I am a party animal, let me tell you.  It was off the chain up in here.

April 18, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. 3 comments.

Lace and a cardigan

What I Wore to Work Today: Thu, Feb 10
Cardigan: Target
Tank top: Old Navy
Skirt: Target
Shoes: Target

This skirt feels so short and provocative while I’m wearing it, with all the lace and leg and high heels, and then I’m partly relieved and partly disappointed to see in pictures that it’s reasonable and office-appropriate.

I’m scrunching my hair in the picture below, inadvertently hitting the quintessential I’m-modeling-for-the-camera pose: one hand on hip, the other behind the ear.

February 11, 2011. Tags: , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

What I Wore to Work Today: Aug 5

Jacket: Clothing swap with friends in January
T-shirt and skirt: Target
Belt: I don’t remember, I’ve had it for years
Shoes: Payless
Earrings: Claire’s

August 8, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Baby quilt for a colleague

A coworker just had a baby and I finally finished putting on the binding today — one of these times I’ll deliver the quilt before the baby comes.  I’m not sure how much time he’s going to take off work, it might be a couple months before he comes back in and I can give it to him.  The binding took 5 episodes of “Mad Men” and one of “Bones”, I think.  I was sewing only one needle’s worth of thread at a time, though, so if I worked the whole episode I would have finished sooner.

The back is a soft dinosaur flannel.  I quilted straight lines in the seams and double lines perpendicular to the stripes, plus some double lines on the diagonal as well.  It’s time to buy myself a walking foot for my sewing machine.

July 22, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. 1 comment.

What I Wore to Work Today: May 25

All Target as usual, except the shoes which came from Shoe Pavilion or something a few years ago.  This is pretty much my work uniform, really, so this WIWTWT resurrection (What I Wore to Work Today) might get old pretty quickly: knee-length skirt, t-shirt or tank top, cardigan.  I own at least 7 cardigans, some of which are the same ones in different colors.  Or maybe I’ll be inspired to mix up my wardrobe a little bit…?

May 25, 2010. Tags: , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Blue & Green Stripe Quilt Pictures

I delivered the quilt to its owner on Friday, then used it myself while watching “(500) Days of Summer”.  He posted the couch picture to Facebook and it does look nice with the greens in his living room.

I know I’ve been neglecting the blog for awhile, and it’s because I’ve been doing some stuff and whatnot.  I’ll  pick things back up heading into next month.  I’ll have a variety of things to post about as I furnish and decorate my new apartment (note “my”, not “our”), which I’ll be moving into hopefully May 1.  So, yeah, some changes around here.  A temporary blog hiatus, and then I’ll be back.

April 13, 2010. Tags: , , , . Pictures, Projects. 2 comments.

Quilt for a friend: blue & green stripes

I finished a quilt for a friend, first one I’ve made with an actual binding.  A couple months ago he was going through some especially difficult times, including moving into his own apartment during a difficult break-up.  I made a small lap quilt for the couch in his new living room.  It was put together six weeks ago except for the binding, and then I set it aside during the Organizing Challenge.

I haven’t given it to him yet.  If you’re seeing this, I hope you like it!  I’ll deliver it next week.

In real life the greens are more turquoise-y.  I’m having trouble resizing the pictures, so will wait to post more when they’re not 1.4 MB each.  I’m going out of town until next Wednesday, and I’ll be without an online connection.  I haven’t gone that long without the intertubez since, I don’t know, 1998?  How did people live like that????

March 26, 2010. Tags: , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. 5 comments.

Baby quilt: Blue and green nine-patch blocks

Here’s the second baby quilt for Maggie’s House that I delivered on Christmas Day.  I forgot about taking a picture until the last moments before the sun dipped below the neighbors’ house, and even then half ended up in shadow with the rest tinged in pinkish golden sunset light.  I quilted it in straight lines, mostly stitch-in-the-ditch using the nine patch seams, plus extra quilted lines in the middle of each block and through the sashing.  The back is a soft flannel in a sailboat print.  It’s my first quilt using white sashing, which looks so lovely in all kinds of other quilts I’ve seen and yet I dunno, I think I prefer the intensity of pure colors.  I used a tiny white-on-white floral print instead of strictly white, a detail that I like in person which doesn’t show up in this quality of photo.

December 26, 2009. Tags: , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. 1 comment.

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