I invite you to come take a look around……
Have a lovely weekend.
I invite you to come take a look around……
Have a lovely weekend.
Well hello there!!!! After a reeeeaaallly long break from sewing and an equally long bout of feeling sorry for myself over the loss of my sewing space, I finally decided to roll up my sleeves and get busy-just make it work! I’ve missed everyone here in this space. How are you all? :-) Here is just a sampling of what I have created this week. These hot pads are made entirely of my quilting scraps (except for some of the back pieces). I love combining modern designer fabrics with whimisical vintage pieces and, of course some linen solids thown in for good measure. These are so fun to create. I invite you to check out my tutorial if you think you’d like to try them! They are all filled with Insulbrite to make them just a bit heat resistant (not heat proof)! This is one of my most favorite small projects to work on….. like a mini modern quilt! I’m hoping to have these up in my Etsy shop later this week! ~~~karen
I thought I’d share the video as well. We all get “stuck” sometimes and feel limited or blocked. I love the idea of embracing that limitation, whatever it may be, and seeing it as an opportunity to create in a new and different way, get outside my “box”. This applies to so many aspects of daily life as well as art and creativity, doesn’t it?
When it comes to feeling/being limited creatively, I wonder what do you all do? It’s likely that limitations are what have led to so many great works right? Is it really just a matter of “seizing it” as Phil Hanson suggests?
Thank you Jess, for this great share! I’m happy to pass it along…….
Before we moved to our new home last weekend and my husband had to remove my well used and much loved design wall, I made sure to get as much out of it as possible.
I find it so much easier to visualize a design when I can see it together on my wall (the above is just a portion of it). So as I had a bunch of 6 1/2 Scrappy HSTs already made up, I figured I should finally decide on a layout while I still had the help of my design wall.
Once I decided on the layout I was able to take the squares down and mark them by rows. This will be the first large quilt I make in this new space and possibly the last for quite a while. At least until we get our house addition and room for a design wall again- let’s just say, I’m not holding my breath for that day….:-)
Well, my design wall is packed up, along with several boxes of my much loved fabric, and waiting for the day when we are able to add on to our new and very humble little home. Whew, I am happy to say that as of last weekend we are all moved in to our new space, the one I talked about here!! Many thanks for all the kind words of encouragement and support for this move. I am so very glad to have the move behind us and be able to get on with making it our home! Thanks to my Home Sweet Home board on Pinterest I have been able to collect a tons of decorating ispiration and tips. I cannot tell a lie however, it is SMALL! I managed to claim a tiny corner in the main living area for my sewing space.
I am grateful for the built in shelving that allows me to tuck things away to a certain degree and for the ability to be in a beautiful, bright room in the middle of all the “action” while I sew. Which means some multitasking- “watching a movie with my girls AND sewing!
Speaking of sewing, I haven’t actually sewn anything yet in this space. It is obvious to me that my sewing habits will have to change as I have no cutting table (I’ll use the floor when necessary), no design wall and no place for a “pressing” table!!! I see more pouches and bags, sweet little girl clothing and perhaps some very free form, small wall hanging pieces in my future (although I must admit, I have a large size lap quilt ready to sew together-more on that another day). Oh and my laptop will also need to share a space with my sewing machine now, which will hopefully equal more frequent check ins on my blog. I have no choice but to see the bright side of all this and learn to embrace minimalism in a big way!
Happy Wednesday to all…..
I’m excited to be able to take part in a block challenge for our Santa Barbara Modern Quilt Guild!! Last month I confidently signed on to this challenge (I hesitate most times because often I am can’t attend the meetings), partly because I love these fabrics so much and partly because I need a fun and quick little project. It’ll likely be my last one in this sewing space. Our fearless leader Alissa, chose these great Denyse Schmidt fabrics. I added two of my favorite texty fabrics and I couldn’t resist a bit of Essex Linen (hope that’s okay Alissa)! She has asked us make the Japanese x and + block, by City Stitches. I look forward to practicing some new skills with this brand new to me block!
In between packing boxes this weekend, I was finally able to sit down to figure out what type of quilting I wanted to do on my latest Scrappy HST quilt top from a couple of months ago (and yes, I did run out of the Kona White that I was using when I got to that last left triangle).
I created this quilt purposely with a huge amount of negative space because I like the way it looks from a design perspective. What I didn’t consider while designing this top, was the quilting lines! On one hand I feel like all that negative space is calling out for some interesting and detailed quilting lines. But on the other hand, I feel like keeping the quilting lines simple and clean maintains a consistency in the minimal design.
So after considering both options for a few weeks, I decided to go with my old, trusty friend the walking foot, and my favorite…… straight lines!!!
I started by placing my 4 1/2″ Omni Grid square on point, in the center of the square and traced it out using my brand new Frixion pen.
Does everyone but me already know about this awesome quilting tool that magically disappears with a light touch of your hot iron? Genius!!
I quilted around that square and then echoed this line every inch. To mark my next line, I just used my quilting ruler and the “magic pen” to measure and mark all four corners.
I have about 1/3 of the quilt left and then I get to “erase” all those lines with my iron.
Lastly, I wanted to share with you a photo from a couple of weeks ago. This is a typical weekend day at our current home. All Mom’s quilts sure come in handy when it comes time to make houses and forts. I have such fond memories of this activity from when I was a kid- you too?