Sunshine and Flowers

Not much happening here in the crafting world.  I think there’s too much going on elsewhere for me to really get focused in my studio.  It’s kind of driving me nuts.  I head upstairs every night, only to find myself standing in the closet doorway to my fabric, just looking.  Imagining all that I could, should and want to be creating.  Or, I will take out every skein of yarn that I own and lay it out on the floor, sniff it, touch it and then put it back again.  And then I find myself sitting at the computer, browsing the web for more wedding ideas, more information about wedding planning, more more more wedding wedding wedding.  It’s all good.  I have to say. All is going swimmingly in the planning department.  I am on the very tail end of getting a caterer, which has been – by far – the most painful part of this process.  So – that is good news. Then the fun can begin, and I can start making stuff for the wedding!  I did settle on a fabric for the wedding, and it’s not the Liz Scott line as I mentioned prior.  I went with Valori Wells Jenaveve linen line – all greens.  My inspiration came the other morning on my drive to work.  Last week was pretty dreary – but suddenly on Friday, the skies cleared and the sun came out.  Not only did the sun come out, but all the leaves were beginning to pop on all the trees and bushes, it was just a spectacular vision of beautiful new greens.  And I decided to go back to my original idea of greens as my colors.  Not one single green, but many various ones, like you would see on a sunny spring day.  That was a nice conclusion to come to.  Here’s a photo of some of the fabrics:

Loving the various greens to work with.

In other news, spring is here.  Mesa got her first haircut – she looks silly.  She also has been diagnosed with Lyme Disease – (grrrr, how I HATE ticks!!).  She had her first boat ride, her first sniff of flowers, taste of New England grass.  She’s a happy girl.

And, my gardens are going off!  A sure sign that spring is here to stay.  My tulips are painting my gardens with gorgeous colors, and yesterday I planted my beets, radishes, mesclun mix, lettuce, and swiss chard.  Pretty exciting.  So glad that spring is here to stay.  I hope all your gardens are thriving too!

Rainbow block baby quilt and puppy

During the last finishing stages on my mom’s birthday quilt, my friend Ida in Minnesota had a baby girl.  She didn’t find out the gender, so I was waiting until the baby was born to make something.  When I found out it was a girl, well – I had a great project in mind.  Based on the same quilt pattern from this past summer, but with a few modifications, including wider sashing strips and a minky backing.  (which by the way, is a pain in the arse).  It also dawned on me that my dear friend had gotten married almost a year ago, and I had not sent her a present.  Bad friend, yes I know.  So, that meant another project to come between finishing my mom’s quilt.

Here’s the Rainbow Block baby quilt:

Doing the minky back was really tough because the fabric slips around like crazy!  I think next time I’d just do flannel.  But it came out so nice and soft, perfect for a newborn.

And for the wedding present…

I received my first ever layer cake and first ever batik fabric as a Christmas present this year, and I had been messing around with ideas for the fabric and seeing what looked good with what.   I thought that I may make placemats with it but as soon as I had my friend in mind, the project began to take shape, and sure enough – at the end of the day there was a gorgeous table runner.  I LOVE the way it came out.  Here’s a close up of the gorgeous fabric:

And the final piece:

I really have been enjoying (as you can tell) grouping fabric by color and sewing in a rainbow like order.  It is really pleasing to look at.  Plus, when you are dealing with reds, greens, blues, pinks and purples, grouping them really shows off each individual color and fabric print.  More-so I think, than if they are contrasting.  But  I suppose it depends on what you are looking for!  I backed it with a black kona cotton.  I’ll post a pattern later for those interested.  I am quite happy with the way it turned out.  If only I can get it out in the mail sometime this week!

And then Mesa the pup helped me finish mom’s quilt.

Very helpful, don’t you think?  I’ll post the final pics of this quilt very very soon.