Category Archives: Quilting

Ecommerce is LIVE and a Spring Sale to Celebrate!

I finally have my very own e-commerce site where you can purchase all Honeyflower product.  Please visit my new shop!  I’m thrilled to be launching this site, it’s been keeping me VERY busy, so busy in fact that I haven’t done much else! I have started prepping inventory for the summer Farmer’s Market, but still a long way to go there.

I finished the quilt I was working on last month, it turned out really great. Stay tuned for photos…

Oh, and check out my sale: all clothing is on sale – 15% off!

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Winter Inspiration

Hello all!  Wow, it’s been a busy 4 months.  November and December was a gigantic push to get out a whole bunch of custom orders for the holidays and preparing for a really successful market at the Wenham Shop and Sip event in early December.  About a week after that, we left for the holidays – headed to Arizona to visit family for 10 days.  And when we returned, my son Griffin turned 1, we had a birthday party – and then…. we were sick for almost the rest of the month!  Flu followed by stomach flu, ugh!  Finally we are better and back to life as we knew it back in October!  Ha!  But through it all, I’ve been keeping quite busy.

I’ve been working on a quilt for a good friend of mine’s daughter.  When her daughter was a newborn, I made her a quilt as a gift.  She loved it so much that I’m making her a big girl quilt, based on this pattern.

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Given our ‘state’ over the last month, there has been lots of fits and starts and most recently I ran out of the solid Kona snow background that I was using.  So, while I was waiting for more fabric to arrive, I thought I’d take a little inspiration break and make something fresh.

I’ve been enjoying watching the online quilt along for the Scrappy Trip Along.  Instagram has 100’s of photos of this quilt-along, and I couldn’t resist joining in the fun.  I thought I’d start by first making a block and sure enough – I realized what all the hype was.  What fun!  I knew I didn’t have the time to make a full quilt, so I thought some redecorating was necessary.

Remember this quilt?  Oh how I love this quilt.  It is, like I knew it would be, a favorite. Super warm and snuggly, perfect for cold nights in front of the fire knitting.  Our living room was instantly cheered by the bright colors and fun prints on this quilt, I thought doing pillows to match would be a perfect, small project for this quilt-along.  I made a couple of blocks, and added some white sashing and my precious  yarn-dyed essex linen.  It’s a super simple pocket pillow design, no zippers, no frills.  But I’m super happy with the results.

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So now, I’m back on finishing up the bunting quilt.  Can’t wait to see the finished results on that one!

In other news, I now have labels, yay!  Totally love them.  They are easy to sew in and just what I hoped for.  Really happy with the results from this company.

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And that’s all for now!  Lots of work to do.  Hope you all are finding your own winter inspiration to help pass these dark, cold days of winter.

Another Birthday… and A Time Warp.

I just can’t believe how fast the summer has passed. It feels like just yesterday that we were moving out of our house on Kent Street and into our ‘summer’ digs on Rings Island. But now it’s the end of August and we are scheduled to move back to our home in a month (yay!). Four months, just like that. Which means that Finn has doubled his age since we have been out of our house. Eye opening, really. On the baby front, we now have a sprint crawler. Finn adores racing from one end of the house to the other. And dog toys are the main lure… yikes. And in the last 4 months, Honeyflower has really become a success – a reality at a minimum, and in my mind – truly something I’m proud of. The Farmer’s Market has been a tremendous success – I’ve sold so much of my product and made even more really fantastic connections. I’ve learned so much about what sells, what to do, how to set up my booth, and I’ve become a significantly better sewer. Pretty cool.

Today I want to share my latest project with you, even though it’s something that isn’t for sale. This is a project for me. I’ve been fantasizing about this quilt for quite a while, but I finally got the courage to cut into my fabric stash when I had a little lull between scheduled markets. (of course now, I’m way behind schedule but nothing like a deadline…!) I wanted to go super simple, to show off the very bold and unique fabrics. I cannot resist a good patchwork – I love the zen-like cutting involved and the placing is always something I find very calming (and motivating!). I went with 6 1/2″ squares. I was planning on using the Accuquilt, but I really just wanted to hand cut. I like to watch the stack of squares grow slowly. I used primarily organic fabrics from Birch Fabrics, lots of teals, greens and grays. I find anything with bikes irresistible, and then I added flowers, other two-wheeled objects and critters. LOVE! I was inspired by the rounded edges that this quilt had, and because I wanted it to be very cuddly and blanket-y, I decided to do a flannel backer with a nice layer of batting in the center. I used 3 different colors of flannel, teal, gray and white to match the front. It’s so super soft and deliciously cuddly. I also decided not to quilt it – I just ‘tied’ each corner off with my button sew-on setting on my machine so that it would stay together nicely. I like the look of the squares without much quilting, it’s very clean, simple and modern. I topstitched around the edge to define the edge and close up the gap I used to turn it. I am completely in love with this quilt, and it’s quite cuddly, just as I’d hoped and just in time for some cooler nights ahead.

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I am thrilled with the way it came out. Thanks Honeyflower, for making me a birthday present! 🙂

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Have a great weekend all, we are off to Maine for my birthday weekend. Wow. It’s been an amazing year…!

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First Day of Summer Quilt and Product Updates

 

 

My first inspiration for the First Day of Summer Quilt came last June (of 2011) when we found out we were having a baby boy.  It was a really great excuse to buy new fabric – so I found an awesome 100% organic cotton fat quarter bundle from Birch Fabrics – their circa 60 Beach Mod by Monaluna.  It was love at first sight.  How can you go wrong with trees, surf boards, tents, ducks, guitars and polka dots all together in awesome shades of teal, brown, orange and yellow?  You absolutely cannot.  I hoarded the bundle for a long time (as you can see), and finally after I signed up my first Farmer’s Market, it became time to cut in to that gorgeous stack of fabric.  I really loved the quilt I did for little Finn (I never did a proper blog post because I was too busy being pregnant- the nerve!), it was simple but really showed off the mix of fabrics nicely.  So I decided on another of the same pattern, a good way to get me back into the groove of quilting since my hiatus after having the baby.  This quilt was a blast to make.  Every print I just adore, and they all go so nicely together.  The back is an uneven split of brown and yellow, with a strip of squares of the various prints in the middle, and quilted with straight lines, binded with a Joel Dewberry fabric.  This quilt shouts summer – so how fitting that I finished it on the first day of summer.  I am in love… hard to sell it but it is up for sale, and will be available to purchase at the Farmer’s Market this Sunday, July 29.  It’s a mix of just plain old awesome cotton, with 100% organic cotton and has a light cotton batting.  The dimensions are crib sized at 40″x50″ but could make a great lap throw. I am always using Finn’s to cuddle under while he’s falling asleep in his crib.

 

 

In other news, I’ll have other non-baby product this weekend at the farmer’s market – thought I might capture a larger audience.  I’ll be selling iPad cases – double lined with cotton batting and with fun exterior fabric combinations.  I’ll have cotton laminated zipper pouches – perfect for anything, really – and made out super fun fabric prints with coordinating zippers.  Must have.  I also  have some simple snap pouches, which would be perfect for your phone, camera or sunglasses.  They are lined with cotton batting so will actually protect what goes in them.  And my latest baby product addition are some cuffed pants made out of fun fabrics, like these (I made these for baby Finn):

 

They are super fun and have simple cuffs that roll up at the bottom.  I have one size available – 12 months.  But I’ll take any custom orders, so make a list!  And… the usuals – Fun Buckets, Sun Hats, Grab n’ Go change kits, bib/burp cloth sets, tag blankets, wet bags, project/toy bags… etc.  Fun stuff, and something for everyone.  Come and visit on Sunday from 9-1!

 

First Farmer’s Market a Success!

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported us at our first Farmer’s Market!  It was a huge success, we had a great time and made some new friends!  I’ll be updating product information over the coming weeks –  but please don’t hesitate to contact me if you saw something you liked but didn’t purchase it.  All my product is available anytime, and I’m happy to do custom orders.  I’m local (in Newburyport) and willing to ship anywhere.

We’ll be away on vacation for a week in early July (Finn’s first camping trip) but I’ll have my etsy shop up and running by the middle of the month and you can browse items there as well.

Thanks again for making our day a success!  Baby Finn had a great time meeting you all (and now he’s fast asleep).