Saturday, October 20, 2012

My little man is turning one!

I know that every single parent says this about their child, but I cannot believe how fast the last year has flown by!  Hubby and I were waxing sentimental last night, looking through Aiden's baby pictures - it's so amazing to see how much they grow and change in such a short span of time!

I've had my heart set on an owl-themed first birthday party for awhile now, and I've been going a little crazy on pinterest the last couple of days.  There are just so many stinkin' cute ideas!  These are just a few of my favorite inspiration pieces from my owl board...

1. EfemeraInk 2. Retro Mama 3. Wants and Wishes
4. Fondant Fantasy 5. Magenta Cakes 6. My Sweet Prints
7. Christines Critters 8. Mary Had A Little Party 9. Cake Central
I've spent the last few evenings having way too much fun with all sorts of crafts and I'm hoping to finish them up this weekend so that I can post a few pictures ... but until then, here's a little sneak peak.  I love her!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

{More} Fall sewing

I think fall is my favorite season for sewing!  There's just something about the color palettes that make me happy and inspired to sew!

I think my favorite quilt block this year is the Carpenter Star - I love it and I've used smaller versions in several projects already, but I wanted to play around with a project that used one big block!

Now, I'm usually more of a minimalist when it comes to quilting, but I decided to step out of my comfort zone with this project and went with some dense, straight line quilting around the insides of the outer blocks, and a medium-crosshatch for the inner block.  Even though burying those threads took forever, I'm thrilled with how it turned out.

available in my shop
This design really makes a quick and easy fall project - the perfect project to get a quick fall fabric fix!  Patterns are available in bout our etsy and craftsy shops!

I also managed to finish the binding on a project I started a few years ago.  I used fusible webbing and applique to create "cheater" Drunkard's Path blocks ... and named it "Hard Cider" after one of my favorite fall potables.

I really love how the alternating white and color rounds give the piece a fun, art deco feel.

available in my shop

I'm linking up this week with Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story - be sure to stop by and check out some great projects in blogland!

Oh - and before I forget!  The pattern for Cotillion is finally available on Craftsy and Etsy.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fall Sewing

It's still been a little melancholy around here.  My grandfather is finally at rest and I feel so fortunate that we were able to spend some quality time with him and with the whole family in those last few weeks.

The hustle of all the travelling and planning has quieted down, and the three of us are over all the gross germs we picked up from the airport.  It feels like we're finally starting to sink back into our familiar rhythms at home.

I've actually managed quite a bit of sewing, but {shockingly, I know} haven't quite been able to keep up with sharing them here.  Since it's WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced, I thought I'd start with my current fall WIP:

This quilt top was originally an UFO from 2010.  The project started out as a pattern from the monthly Le Petite Club, but to be honest, I just wasn't crazy about it.  After playing around with the basic building blocks and dimensions a bit, I came up with a design that I really liked ... but it looked nothing like the original!

At the time, I was at a loss as to how to finish the quilt.  I felt like it definitely needed some sort of a  border - and more than just a solid one, at that - but I couldn't figure out for the life of me what it was supposed to look like.  Flying Geese and HSTs just weren't fitting the bill, so into the back of the closet the project went, awaiting further inspiration.

When I pulled it out again this fall, the first thing that I noticed was the large white square in the center of the quilt:

I've really had a thing for quilts with secondary patterns lately, so I sat down with EQ to figure out how to extend the edges of the quilt to get that same square for the outer Churn Dash blocks.  Here's how it came out!

I've been back and forth over the last couple of days as to whether it needs one more brown border around the perimeter.  Looking at the photo, now, I think it definitely does.  Hopefully, next week I'll have the think quilted and bound, with more pictures to share!  

In the meantime, the pattern is now available in both my Craftsy and Etsy shops.  Thanks so much for stopping by!!