It feels great to be back home, finally. My trip to Quilt Market was a wonderful adventure and only being able to work from an ipad was a great excuse to unplug a little bit, which I love. I continued my digital hiatus by spending the weekend unloading, unpacking, re-organizing, cleaning, and generally trying to get life back in order. I’m making progress. As a goal today, I’m facing the computer screen and my inbox, which doesn’t feel so bad since I’ve given myself some space from it. I kind of make these deals to myself. If I do this much of X, then I can do some of Y. Most recently Y is clothes sewing and the single girl. Remember this weekend project I started recently? I’ve finally got an update.
Also, I have been getting ready for the follow-ups and the long list of thank-yous — more non-digital tasks that I enjoy. I’ve got a big stack of stamped stationery just waiting for the right sentiments.
Market was awesome. I had such a great time and am currently making my way back to Florida with a few fun stops along the way. I’ll definitely be posting lots of pics and comments about Market when I get back, but in the meantime you can check out my new patterns – aerial, backbone, and palmetto.
She’s all quilted, bound, and photographed. The orderly 1/4″ quilting, via my walking foot, gives it a nice texture without competing with the prints. I don’t always bind with the border fabric, but I liked the idea of keeping this one consistent. Of course, I had to break it up with a couple fabric scraps, and I am shocked that the hands came out perfectly positioned. Wish I could say I planned that.
I recently packed up my Sessoms throw to send to my new friends at Intown Quilters in Decatur, Georgia. She’ll be hanging there proudly for the next few weeks while they host what sounds like will be a super fun shop hop. Wish I could go too!
In honor of her special trip I thought I’d share a little bit about the process of making her.
I knew I wanted a lattice-like design and liked the idea of using bright and colorful fabrics. Awhile back, I read a tip to cut 2-1/2″ strips from fabrics as you buy them to create your own personal stash of pre-cuts, which I thought of as a space-saving way to horde fabrics that I loved. I also figured that saving small bits of my favorites would come in handy in future projects. That ended up to be true when it came time for this one. I had so many options that it was easy to find exactly what I wanted. I then tried out several solid fabrics for the background before settling on this particular blue. The color gradation was honestly an afterthought. I’d been working through my fabrics (in a fit of o.c.d) based on color, but liked how the effect started to play out as the quilt grew. My stream-of-consciousness quilting approach was both for the sake of entertainment and for trying new things. I wanted heavy quilting in the solid areas to emphasize the design and to promote fullness in the colored parts. The binding came together with leftovers from my strips and some fresh cuts of the blue. And that’s pretty much how she came to be.
If I had kids, I guess this would be like sending one off to camp. I stamped out a new label so she doesn’t forget who she is or where she came from.
Safe travels, Sessoms! I hope you make lots of new friends.
Tomorrow, 10:00-3:00 I’m helping celebrate the grand opening of the Dragonfly Quilt Shop. They are all settled into their new location at 1561 Old Dixie Highway, and they’ve got lots of stuff planned. Designer Jill Wolfe and Checker rep Marsha Hicks will be there with some fun and exciting stuff. I’m bringing my patterns, sewing machine, and art quilt stamps–including my special, new quilt label set, which is shown above. And I’ve heard something about Blake bringing her delicious cheesecake…
Bring on the fabric, fun, and that warm, salty breeze.
After swapping patterns recently, my friend Jill Wolfe made this Herringbone runner. Jill is a very talented designer out of Sebastian (Florida) who I met last summer in Vero Beach. She designs patterns, has an etsy shop, makes her own clothes, and is all around creative. We hit it off instantly.
It’s really fun for me to see what other people do with my patterns, and I think her version of the Herringbone is just fabulous.
Last week, I came across some miniMINI Sunrise blocks (included in my Sunrise pattern) that I’d made for Quilt Market, and I decided that making some more would make for a perfect bit of weekend sewing.
It started kinda like this…
and ended like this.
It was fun. But now I need to take care of this.
It always gets a little messy.
Next step, sew together and maybe add a border or two.
ps. big THANKS to Bolt for picking up my patterns!