Triangles quilt for me

triangles quiltIn December 2013 I attended the holiday potluck meeting of the local chapter of Arizona Quilt Guild. I had a delightful evening and became a member in January 2014. I am definitely the youngest member by a noticeable margin. Most women are in the 55-70 range, with some older and few in their 40s. And yes, it is all women.

I attended the spring retreat at a little camp near Tucson in March and I loved it. There were 7 of us working on our projects all day, breaking for meals in the dining room. “Breakfast isn’t until 8:00 a.m., so you don’t even need to worry about an alarm,” one woman explained in total seriousness as I set up my workspace upon arrival. Ha. Hilarious. I set my alarm each morning and stumbled to breakfast, looking for coffee more than anything. I was always the last one in the sewing room, usually around 1 a.m.

I signed up for the fall retreat too, this time in Prescott. Only 4 of us ended up in attendance due to last-minute emergency cancellations, which gave me the loft sleeping area all to myself. I probably would have anyway because the others didn’t want to deal with the steep stairs. (Thank you, 32-year-old knees!) Once again, I was the last one up every night. This time I didn’t set my alarm until 10:00 though, to get a bit more sleep and relaxation out of the long weekend.

This is my fall retreat quilt, which I decided to keep for myself. The bright and bold triangles are all from scraps, while the white is actually several white-on-white prints up close. Note to self: take a close-up picture, post it later. I was inspired by the Flying Farfalle quilt I saw several years ago on the fabulous Film in the Fridge. Each square is 6×6 unfinished, with the scraps between 2.5×2.5 and 5×5. I knew when I was making it that I wanted to keep this one for myself. It’s impractical with the mix of white and bright colors. I love it.

The back is mostly an Ikea sheet-turned-curtains-turned-backing.

triangles quilt back corner

triangles quilt landing

March 5, 2015. Tags: , , . Links, Pictures, Projects, Words. Leave a comment.

A package for me!

 

What I Wore to Work Today: September 8, 2011
Tshirt: Hand-me-down from a friend
Skirt: Goodwill, shortened
Belt: Xi, came with a blouse
Shoes: Target

I opened my mailbox to find a key, a key to one of the larger mailboxes!  I had gotten a package!  My aunt had sent me fabric from her stash that she was sorting, pieces from projects and recycled clothing and curtains, some from decades ago.  What fun to 1) get real mail, and 2) receive vintage fabric her.

 

 

September 28, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, 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.

Candy & scraps giveaway winners

Sarah, Jackie, and Amy Lee, you’re all winners!  You all get fabric scraps and maybe some candy too! Good work, you! If I don’t have it already, please send me a mailing address: rabbitstylenews@gmail.com.

October 12, 2010. Tags: , . Words. 2 comments.

Valentine’s Day cards

I had a few friends over last week to make Valentine’s Day cards using my carft supplies.  I brought out a few bins of fabrics scraps and manned the sewing machine for anybody who pinned their own fabric.  One of my friends was sick and couldn’t come that night, so she came over a few days later and I got to make some more.

“This is so much fun!” she said, as she cut pieces of things and glued and pinned other things.  “We should do this again!  Really!”  I agreed.

February 19, 2010. Tags: , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. 2 comments.

More scrap cards

I made some more cards using fabric, this time scraps that were already pieced together.  I don’t find these as soothing or appealing as the monochromatic stripey ones, which my mom has been collecting as I send them to her and recently put into a frame together.  (“It’s like a little quilt!” she said.  Yes, yes it is.)  These are still nice, I definitely have a thing for bits of fabric.  I haven’t found a way to take good pictures of them yet, I need better lighting and a pleasant background piece of gently rumpled maroon velvet or something.  The slightly reflective new ice blue side table from Ikea makes them look like they’re suspended in a void, or maybe a misty tunnel with a light in the distance.  Anybody else see that?

November 19, 2009. Tags: , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. 1 comment.

Watercolor floral knee-length skirt

watercolor purple skirt - front

Here’s my first attempt at a new skirt pattern.  For some reason I started with a slick purple watercolor floral fabric rather than an easier (cheaper) basic cotton.  I screwed up the zipper and should add some kind of waistband or at least waist finishing, and I think it’s still wearable, perhaps for work as pictured.  I had to make it smaller once I had sewed it, because apparently my measurements don’t actually correspond to the size on the pattern that it says they should.  I also cut off six inches from the bottom for a better proportion.  As you can see from the difference in length between the front and the back, I failed to account for the shapeliness of my hindquarters and will need to adjust the hem in the front to make it even.  (Working on my posture could help too.)  My rear has certainly become curvier since I started CrossFit coming up on a year ago, in a way I do not find entirely unpleasant.

watercolor purple skirt - side

I turned scraps from the fabric into a set of cards.  I still have at least two yards of the material left, which I will turn into something awesome as I gain sewing skills.  While the gentleman of the house says it’s granny fabric — “Face it, you like old lady things just like this big flowery material.  Old lady, I say!” — I think it’s beautiful.  (“Old ladies can be beautiful, and like beautiful things!”)

watercolor purple cards

October 15, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. 1 comment.

Halloween Fabric Cards

Halloween cards

I spent several hours this afternoon making fabric scrap cards.  My original inspiration was from Crazy Mom Quilts who was in turn inspired by a book I have since purchased.  Something about the cards is so pleasing to me; this batch is mostly Halloweeny, and it’d be so easy to make them for any holiday or theme.  I made some earlier this summer in mostly greens and blues, and I expect to keep making more of many varieties, especially when I’m procrastinating like I was today.  I went into my sewing room with the thought to work for a couple hours on cleaning and organizing or cutting out fabric for the next baby quilt, so of course I made fabric scrap cards instead.  I did want to make a few for a swap package I’m mailing off tomorrow, and I did pick up a few pieces of material from the floor to turn into cards, so while the net effect was still towards mess I did get to feel a little bit productive.  And hey, it’s not even 8 pm, there’s still time.

Update: Ok, so now I have 6 more cards and the room isn’t any cleaner.  It’s only 8:30, there’s still time…

Update 2: Added a picture of some of the Halloween cards.

October 11, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, Projects. 2 comments.

Fabric scrap cards

Here are the cards I made after seeing the ones on Crazy Mom Quilts.  The scraps are from a Mother’s Day quilt I made for my mom and a baby quilt for a friend.  The pink floral is from a shirt my grandmother used to wear (she died in spring 2007, and I used pieces of her clothing in the quilts I made for my mom and aunt).  The oranges are from a couple apron swaps last fall.

Fabric scrap cards

Update: To make them, I sew strips of fabric to a piece of paper then attached the paper to the front of a card with double-sided tape along the edges.   I sewed right-sides-together then pressed open each addition, chain piecing four or five cards at a time so I didn’t have to constantly start and stop the machine.  My scraps were various lengths, which I cut even to the paper after they were all added.  I’ve seen others who sewed directly to the card and left the raw fabric edges visible, and versions with decorative stitching across the front.

July 26, 2009. Tags: , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. 4 comments.