Archive for October, 2011

October 31, 2011

New Wave Sneak Peak

We’re moving right along.

October 26, 2011

I Would Like This in My Room


I seem to be drawn to pictures of beds.   I found this one while flipping through the Crate and Barrel catalog.  I would like to lay here and stare up at those antlers and twinkle lights.  I love the subtle knit details like that pillow on the bed and the vase in the footboard. 

October 24, 2011

Progress Report: New Wave Quilt

This New Wave has a lot of cutting involved.  A lot.  It’s clearly evident in my stack of 72 trapezoids.  That’s 4-6 cuts per piece.  That’s 288-432 cuts and that doesn’t even include the sashing (we are getting all mathy up in here lately).  Of course, I didn’t actually make all 432 cuts.  I did get smart and cut many pieces at once.  Still.  It’s taken days, but  they are very pretty.  I’m eager to see how this one comes together; there is something very charming about those whales and pinwheels.
When I first saw a photo of the New Wave quilt you know what I thought?  “Gee that sure looks pretty.”  You know what I should have thought? “Gee look at all those pieces.”

October 19, 2011

Lou Lou Thi Pillows


These pillows have been a long time coming. I’ve done the math. It’s been Exactly 100 days since I originally showed you this fabric. Little did I know at the time, that was the Summer Totem fabric in grapefruit (pale pink background) not tart (white background) as I originally thought. It’s been about 93 days since I ordered the white fabric from Esty, about 24 days since it all got washed, and 22 since I bought the zippers. It’s been 12 days since I looked up tutorials (I used this super easy one from design sponge) and 10 days since I made the pillows. That’s 100 days from fabric to blog post. How long did it take me to actually make the pillows? Oh, about 2 hours. Well worth it since we now have our summer pillows and it’s October. Oh well. They really pop against our light gray sofa. I love them. They are backed in Little Folks voile Pastry Line in olive and are super soft ( I used some interfacing to give the voile a little more stability.) The best part: zippers! I made our last pillow covers before I hade uncovered the mysteries of zippers and ended up sewing them right on the pillows. This is much more convenient. So now I have my summer pillows, it’s time to think about my fall pillows….


October 12, 2011

Christmas Sewing


 I have an announcement to make.  Christmas sewing has commenced!  I have never been this on top of things before.  Ever.  I have a few projects I want to get done for Christmas, some of them are super secret until later.  One of them is that super cute baby quilt with that beautiful fabric from a few days ago.  Fabric has been purchased, washed, ironed, and some of it has even been cut.  It’s going to be a good Christmas.

October 9, 2011

Vintage Sewing

Seen in Georgetown, a two story store front filled with vintage sewing machines. Brilliant.

October 7, 2011

The Makings of Something Cute


Another trip to City Craft yields the makings of a super cute baby quilt.  I think I’m going to try Elizabeth Hartman’s New Wave this time.  We’ve fallen head over heals for the Whale Watch in this house.  I think I’ll have to go back and get some more.

Left Column: Kona Cotton, Natural | Little Apples by Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics, Aqua Sweater Check | Jay-Cyn Designs Storyboek for Birch Fabric, Whale Watch in Shroom

Center Column: Robert Allen, Metro Living in Pewter | Children at Play by Sarah Jane for Michael Millwer, Stripes in Aqua | Children at Play by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller, Pinwheels in Cream

Right Column: City Weekend By Liesl Gibson for Oliver + S for Moda #11165 | Jay-Cyn Designs Storyboek for Birch Fabric, Field Friends in Coral | City Weekend by Liesl Gibson for Oliver + S for Moda #11166

October 5, 2011

Another Reason To Learn To Knit


October 2, 2011

Made: This Summer

photo by Chris Sommers

I’ll admit, I haven’t been around much this summer.  I know you missed me . I missed you too.

An update.  Things I’ve made this summer:

1. Delicious sangria using a recipe similar to this. (I skip the sugar and add more liquor)

2. A bajillion burlap table runners.  That’s right. A bajillion.  Made to match those shown here.

3. Trips to Detroit, Washington D.C., Chicago, and New Orleans.  My weekender got a lot of use.

4. A rack of lamb using this recipe from Martha Stewart.  Success.

5. Lamb stock using bones from the afore-mentioned lamb and a method similar to this.

6. A picnic in the park, eaten in good company while watching Shakespeare.

7. Plans to make more stuff. Yes! That includes another baby quilt! My friends are fertile.