This week’s Style Imitating Art inspiration piece is a street mural known as Brummel by the artist POSE, selected for SIA by Loop Looks. I immediately thought of this piece I made at a quilt retreat last year. Using the Crazy Mom Quilts tutorial, it was my first attempt at improv piecing with scraps. While I like what I made, I’m not interested in continuing with it enough to make into even a lap size quilt (so much work and time!), and I can say with confidence that I will never make a king size masterpiece like her Scrap Vortex quilt.
The piece has been on my design wall since I made it, waiting for me to figure out what to do with it. One possible plan is to turn it into an apron. I wear an apron every time I’m in the kitchen cooking, baking, or cleaning and I would definitely use another one in my collection. I didn’t get around to sewing the apron this week, so I mocked it up using safety pins and a length of ribbon as the waistband for my Domestic Style Imitating Art interpretation.
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.
This is the 2nd top I made at the spring 2014 quilt retreat. The block is Farmer’s Daughter, which is similar to Butterfly at the Crossroads. As usual, I learned this traditional block from The Quilter’s Recipe Book by Celia Eddy.
I came across these quilt pictures while updating my photo folders. I don’t remember anything about this quilt and I hadn’t renamed the pictures yet to provide clues. Maybe it was for a friend in Minnesota, baby #3? The pictures were taken November 2013, does this theory work with that timeline? Have I made quilts for all of their children? If that’s the case I better get cracking on the quilt for baby #4 due this fall.
A year ago I attended my first quilt retreat at the Triangle Y Ranch in Oracle, AZ. I loved it and vowed to attend more retreats in the future and to create my own “quilt retreats” at home where I dedicate two days to sewing and only sewing. It’s easier at an isolated camp setting with minimal cell service and unreliable wifi than it is at home with the usual home distractions and demands: a weird little white dog that needs walks and meals, laundry and chores that sit waiting for attention, internet that’s always right there…
I brought a small stack of new fabric in light greens, blues, and yellows. “I’ll help carry the rest of your stuff!” the other women said when I arrived. I had everything in one bag and my sewing machine in my other hand, there was no “rest of my stuff”. They delighted in my minimalism. I finished three baby quilt tops over the long weekend.
This quilt is made of six blocks that I arranged to create secondary pattern stars. I didn’t have enough fabric to make it a full 3×3 so settled for 3×2 in proportions that I wouldn’t choose on my own, The Quilter’s Recipe Book by Celia Eddy is fantastic and I highly recommend it, especially for new quilters. I gave this quilt to somebody at my improv theater and he asked if I had confirmed the crib size with his wife since it was exactly the right dimensions. Nope, just the universe doing its thing.
In 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.
I found these pictures on my computer from October 2012, a baby quilt I had forgotten that I made. I vaguely recalling being told they were doing a turquoise and yellow theme for their baby and I said “I can work with that!” The quilt is resting on the patio wall of the apartment below mine. It was the only nearby surface that would hold the quilt horizontally — I tried the pool fence gate and a nearby bush first — and I hoped the neighbors wouldn’t catch me at it. A rummage through the memory files confirms that I had ended a relationship a week or two before the pictures, meaning I didn’t have a quilt photo assistant handy.
I started this quilt 4 -5 years ago intended as a gift for somebody. Eventually I realized that it was long past time that I needed to just buy a present already for their life event, and I decided this quilt was for somebody else. That never happened either. Last winter it was a functional quilt, missing a binding and with minimal quilting. I started using it on my bed during a cold snap, exposed batting edges and all. Finally, sometime last spring I added binding and declared this quilt Mine. After making maybe two dozen quilts ranging from lap quilts to a queen size, this is the first one that I am keeping for myself.
Of course it is. Blue and green and blue-green leftovers from my stash on the front and soft flannel pieces on the back, it represents the colors that I gravitate to over and over. (I have over-corrected since then and now have an excess of vibrant pinks.) The picture isn’t particularly true to life in the specific colors, and it is still accurate. Blue. Green. Blue-green.
I finally checked off a series of tasks necessary to give friends in the Midwest a quilt for their baby daughter who is, oh, let’s see here, 12 months old now? Congratulations you guys!
Weeks or months went by between each step for no particular reason (buy new bobbins from the sewing machine manufacturer, add binding, take the package to the post office…). One of my goals for 2012 is less lag time when projects are almost done. Take the time today to finish it and deliver it and move on.
She mentioned that their nursery has a jungle theme so I chose flannel monkeys for the backing, and made the rest with pieces from my blue & green stash.
This was the 4th year giving one of my friends 8 Hanukkah presents, one for each day. Previously they’d been mostly gag gifts, like multiple Nick Lachey buttons and old Halloween candy, and this year they were all items of a more genuine nature. The finale was a quilt to go with her newly upgraded room, in her colors of white, black, and yellow. The first gift was a set of yellow curtains, which I wrapped up as a present even though I was with her when she bought the material at Ikea and I said I’d hem them for her.
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