Archive for June, 2011

June 20, 2011

Made | 6.20.11


…a trip to Austin and a float down a river.

…some more progress on the quilt. It seems like it goes on forever.

June 17, 2011

Sketchbook Archive | 6.17.11

I used to carry a sketchbook with me everywhere.  I did this for four years from 2002-2006. In an effort to rekindle my ‘sketchbooking spirit’ I’m sharing excerpts from those sketchbooks here, every Friday.


A sketch and a photo of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Chruch in Berlin.

August 2005

June 16, 2011

Anatomy of a Project: Strip Quilt Back

In searching for some fabric with which to back this quilt, I found this. 

At first I was concerned with using a fabric that I hadn’t used in the front but then I thought that the stripes would go perfectly and it would add a little interested.  I bought two yards with the intention of using one solid piece as the back.  No fancy stuff here.  Then, to my horror, I realized that using this fabric in the direction it came off the bolt would mean the stripes on the back would be running perpendicular to the stripes on the front and also to the quilting that I had planed.  No bueno.  And so I knew I had to railroad the fabric.
Railroading the fabric also meant that there would be at least one seam in the back which I’m sure would have looked fine but which I found unacceptable.  So I thought about it and stared at the front a while contemplating various approaches to backs of quilts. (links here) 
When I purchased the Soleil for the back, I also purchased some gray for the binding.  I was thinking about this when inspiration struck.  There are three small gray stripes on the front.  If I also put three small gray stripes on the back, all will be well and I’ll have the Soleil back with gray stripes running from front to back.  And it would have been perfect had I measured twice and cut once.  Alas, I measured once and cut once which meant that I cut one strip of Soleil 1” too long and didn’t have enough to finish the whole back.  (While 2 yards sounds like a lot of fabric, my quilt is roughly 42” wide which means I only had the width of the Soleil to work with.)  So I looked back in my scraps and saw I had some bunnies left over.  The bunnies will save me! And they did as I added a strip to the back leaving me with a 2” overlap with the top on the bottom of the quilt and about an 1/8” overlap on the top.  And after writing this out it I’m not really quite sure how that happened but it did.  And it’s done.  And the stripes almost lined up perfectly and so I’m happy.


June 15, 2011

Father’s Day Round Up

In honor of fathers day, some father-centric projects.


How to make a tie.  This would have been so helpful had I found it before the wedding.

A simple manly handkerchief.

An iPad case.  Perhaps man it up a little.  You know, like with fire or bacon.

June 13, 2011

Made | 06.13.11

Some big progress on the strip quilt, including machine quilting for the first time ever.  It has been slow going.  Everything has gone together really fast; it’s just finding the time to work on and finish it.  The time!  The deadline imposed by baby is July 1st so I’m not quite behind yet.
Also made, some seriously delicious food.  Do you live in a city that has a Central Market?  If so you should try one of their cooking classes.  We participated in ‘Exploring the Gulf’ and spent an evening cooking delicious things which may have included oysters topped with a mushroom bacon ragu and aioli. Fantastic.

No progress yet made on the first birthday gift.  I have a plan, I swear, but THE TIME!!!!

June 10, 2011

Sketchbook Archive | 06.09.11

I used to carry a sketchbook with me everywhere.  I did this for four years from 2002-2006. In an effort to rekindle my ‘sketchbooking spirit’ I’m sharing excerpts from those sketchbooks here, every Friday.
Found on this page from March 2006, a spider, a woodland sprite, some swoopy things and a list of things that I like.

March 2006



I like things with pockets.

I like sleeping with the blankets pulled over my head, when no one can see my face or my feet.

Dirty lines.

Drier clothes.

That feeling you get when you enter a care that’s been sitting in a parking lot under the summer sun.


Colors so good I want to lick them.

Woodland sprites.

June 9, 2011

Were I Able To Knit

In addition to that wrap, I would also make this:

 (I may or may not have been coveting this hat since I saw it on Mighty Girl last October. I should probably just break down and buy it.)


and this:

June 8, 2011

Alas I Cannot Knit

I would like to make this…alas I cannot knit.

photo by Sara Maingot via

I may or may not have ripped this photo out of Real Simple Magazine months ago and recently found it online.  I cannot stop thinking about this wrap.  Were I to own it, I would invariably not know how to wear it.  Since I do not own it, I can pretend that it looks awesome on me.

June 6, 2011

Made | 06.06.11

A trip to Ohio for a beautiful wedding where we of course ended up in another fabric store. I picked up two fat quarters. The first is Pure Argyle by Sweetwater for Moda.


I’m not sure what the second is.  It’s gray and white with little blue flowers on it.

Pearl Cotton on Cones

photo by MyArtfulLife via Flickr

I also picked up some number 8 pearl cotton in anticipation of some baby quilt hand stitching. We’ll have to see how that goes. After a super productive start to the quilt, the top has been sitting on my dining table for about a week.

I’ve got another project to start and finish this week for another little babies first birthday. More on that later. Hopefully.

June 3, 2011

Sketchbook Archive | 06.03.11

A view of Prague from a grassy hill drawn while eating cheese and bread and tomatoes; the way everything should be seen really.

August 2005