Finally, I can share some pics from my newest line, Doe.
I keep thinking of Doe as a bit of a mash-up…
For one, it represents my love of print mixing.
Matching is totally overrated.
And two–which is also what I might like most about it–is that it speaks to the idea of finding beauty and character in things that are raw and sometimes imperfect.
Perfection is also overrated.
The designs are a big mix of things that have worked their way into my life and mind over the last year and a half, including, but not limited to the following: my quilt pattern work, the (new) old digs that I’ve landed in and will be forever dreaming up projects for, having watched a few too many reruns of Saved By The Bell while hand sewing (yes, I’ll admit it…), and my forever love of grids, clean lines, and structure against the reality of what is hand drawn.
More so than with my previous lines, this one started with a strong sense of color, which the name–Doe (in my mind)–seemed to speak to. I was completely allured by a palette that was natural and earthy with lots of creams, white on white, caramels, and browns. Doe seemed to express that while also being simple, clean and totally unfussy.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more about the line, and for lots of new projects…
Hey, so I did a pretty bad job of announcing this, but I’ve got a couple more classes that were just added for QuiltCon. I’m teaching my Alturas project (pictured above) on Friday, Feb 20 from 6pm-9pm, and I’m doing a big stitch hand quilting (see below) class on Saturday, Feb 21 from 6pm-9pm. I’m pretty excited about both because they are handwork classes in the evening, which is totally my preferred time to slow sew. Of course since it’s QuiltCon, and since we’ll be in Austin with so many other awesome quilty friends, I’m not sure how effective any attempts at winding down might be since I’m sure we’ll all be pretty amped up from all of the QuiltCon excitement. Both classes will be appropriately paced for folks who have or haven’t tried either technique before. They will be loads of fun.
Stephanie had Cheryl Arkison and me on her Modern Sewciety podcast to chat about QuiltCon. You can head over here to listen to what we chatted about.
Continuing with what I’ve been making this summer, next up is another version of Aerial Grove–a project that’s in my new book and one that I keep coming back to.
I tend to enjoy projects that embrace a “more is more” type of attitude, and this one is no exception to that. I designed it to be an outlet for a variety of little bits–each appliqué starts with just a 2 1/2″ square–so it’s quite perfect for including many of your favorite fabrics. When I heard about the new Kona cotton colors being released this summer, I was eager to celebrate that by making this project again with a magnificent multitude of Konas. I believe there are about 86 different Konas in here…
While I do (happily) quilt my own quilts, one of these days I would like to pass off a top for someone else to quilt. Being a fan of creative collaboration, I am constantly interested in seeing how my work can play off of someone else’s. Originally, I thought that this would be a great opportunity for that–since I’ve already made and quilted a few versions myself–but instead, I couldn’t stop thinking about how to quilt it as I cut and pieced the top.
I’ve been really into mixing big hand stitching with machine free motion quilting, and so I knew I wanted to mix the two to add some detail to the project. The handwork would add a new layer of texture and color, while the machine strategy was a curiosity in my head about mixing grid work and scale to unify certain areas while distinguishing others.
Today, this quilt and many others are heading off to Portland, Oregon. They’ll be on display at the lovely Modern Domestic from Sept 5 until about Oct 4. If you are in the area, you can stop by and check them out as well as all of the other wonderful goodies that Modern Domestic has to offer.
Also, I am plotting away on yet another version of Aerial Grove, but this time in Liberty. Full disclaimer: One of my amazing students at Purl had the idea to create a version in Liberty, and I loved it so much that I decided I needed to get on top of a similar version myself. (Oh the excuses to accumulate and hoard more fabric…hehe.)
This is also something that I’ve gotten into this summer–another Totem (one of my new patterns this past spring). The fabrics that I am using are a soft and happy mixture of things–some architextures, botanics, gingham, dear stella, blueberry park, lotta, essex…and whatever else I have on hand.
I started this while I was up in Vermont earlier this summer and have a few more blocks to complete before I add the borders, which I haven’t decided on yet, but I might be leaning towards some Essex…
Introducing the Nest Egg–my newest pattern and contribution to the Road Trip Pattern Club.
I had a lot of fun putting this project together! It all started with a desire for a cross-body-style bag that could be used not only for a purse, but also for carrying some sewing necessities. (I’m planning to make at least one for each purpose!)
I liked the idea of a super round shape that could open up flat, so there’s a zipper that runs around the entire side and then a hinge at the bottom to hold it all together.
Inside, I played around with a couple different ways to hold some things. On one side are some elastic bands, and then on the other are two big pockets.
It’s very canteen-esque, which I like, but I couldn’t seem to work that aspect into the name. So I went with calling it the Nest Egg, the name of a local road and a name that I just kind of liked for this project.
Fabrics used were some Botanics on the outside, inside pocket and hinge. I also used two of my favorite new Konas in the lining (Pickle–it’s amazing!) and Limestone on the strap and handle.
Other fabric variations are definitely planned and in the works.
It’s been a lot of fun being a part of this pattern club!
I’m absolutely thrilled to be helping kick off a new series on slow sewing over at Sew Mama Sew. You can find the post here. I really enjoyed sharing my thoughts on why I slow sew, and it was super fun putting together a tutorial for these fun, big-stitch coasters.
Head on over, check it out, and let me know what you think.
Why do you slow sew?
Warning: These are addictive.
So much so, that I couldn’t stop at just one pair.
And the only reason that I’ve stopped at two (for now…) is because I need to be working on other things. But I’m sure I’ll make more at some point soon.
The is pattern is called the City Gym Shorts, which is a free pattern from the Purl Bee. (And a super cool side note about the tutorial is that they use an Architextures print in the example. Sweet!)
I (quickly) decided to make the first pair a few weeks ago when I saw them come up on Purl’s instagram feed. I’d been really wanting to jump on the cute-crafty-sporty-shorts bandwagon, and so these popped along at just the right time. The pattern is great because they hardly use any fabric at all (both of mine whipped up easily from my stash), and they go together quickly and easily. Plus, they fit great and are quite flattering on top of being super comfy to wear.
The fabrics that I used were both from Botanics (on the fronts), and I used a Robert Kaufman double cotton on the first pair with a voile trim, and then a stripe from my stash on the second pair with some of Robert Kaufman’s lovely cotton lawn as the trim.
I have many other fabrics in mind, and ready, for future pairs.
My travel schedule has been super fun but definitely nuts lately–I just got back from Austin last night and I’m heading back out to North Carolina this week! I do plan to catch up on sharing some of that as well as what I’ve been making recently. But for today, I’m going to start with a little teaser for the project that I’ve been working on as part of the Road Trip Pattern Club. Mine’s up next, and I’m really excited about it.
If you are in the club the pattern will officially release a week from today, and if you want to join you can still sign up until Sept 15.
Have you been keeping up with the Road Trip Pattern Club? I’ve been pretty excited about the projects. Here’s what’s happened so far.
#1 Betz White’s road tripper duffel
#2 Patty Young’s kimono wrap
#3 the most recently released pattern from Carla Hegeman Crim
There are two more patterns still to come–including mine–and you definitely can still join.
Taking 2 weeks off was really fun (and much-needed), but now I’m definitely playing a lot of catch up since getting back. In fact, I’m just now getting to this…
I chatted with Stephanie from Modern Sewciety recently about my new book–that is finally out (how crazy is that?!) You can find the chat here along with some other enticing interviews.
My goal is to tackle more of my inbox this morning so I can work on some projects later while listening to the show. I’m especially excited to hear what Jen Beeman has to say. I’m a big fan, and actually have quite a few of her patterns waiting in my queue…