Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Made This: Southwest Sunset Quilt


I can't even tell you how thrilled I am to have finished this project. I can't wait to send these gifts to the lucky little recipient up north. I can't wait to meet her, actually, that's what I really can't wait for. And I am just overall enthused about my second patchwork quilt project ever. (Remember the first one?) I love all the bells and whistles (literally, there are tiny jingle bells in the tabs along the edge). The idea for this quilt came from Nova from 'a cuppa and a catch up...' blog. Her idea for the little jingles was so clever and I just threw in a couple more extras like a silky patch up top for smooth little face snuggles, a loop along the edge for easy hanging on a hook, and a little note embroidered into one corner for my darling niece. And the embroidered cloud pillow... well it's just a nice little companion for the quilt. 

Seeing as I am so thrilled about this project, there are seeeeeeeveral photos to accompany the post. 


Monday, January 21, 2013

a wonderful day

To begin... Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! I hope everyone has a moment today to reflect on the example of this brilliant human being and how we can embrace his teachings everyday.

I will be at home, nursing an icky sty... watching inaugural and Dr. King coverage... and working on the piece above which coincidentally happens to be in the image of the very first African-American woman to be elected to congress- Shirley Chisholm. Congresswoman Chisholm was also the first African-American presidential candidate from a major party as well as the first woman to be nominated by the Democratic Party for presidential candidate. Pretty powerful lady, no?

I will also continue working on the Southwest Sunset gift set for my little Canadian niece... I can't wait for it to be finished and shipped off to Vancouver for the little munchkin to tumble around with.

In other news, I am very excited about this vintage Ethan Allen sleeper sofa we picked up on Craigslist yesterday. For the first time in the four years that the honey and I have lived together we have a real sofa. I love the way our old IKEA 'couch' looked (before it got stained to death) but it really was like cuddling on a pile of pick-up sticks. This is much more comfortable and makes me feel better about hijacking what would have been our guest room for my studio space.

I leave you with the greeting inside of the very first Happy MLK, Jr Day! card I have ever received in my life:

"Peace, tolerance, love, and compassion. May the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fill your heart today and everyday!"

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

golden farm, cozy socks

Some shots from today's walk at the farm. Above is a cocoon of some type (ten points to anyone who can tell me what bug emerged from this encasing). Below, it's very hard to get close-up shots on these Sandhill Cranes as they are pretty wary of human (eh-hm, and dog) proximity. And furthest below is a golden sunflower skeleton, to remind us that there is beauty in death and in death there is always rebirth. Also, it's just very pretty.

Oh yes... and I crocheted some socks over the holidays. They are wonderful and were a relative breeze. I can't wait to make more in super fun color combinations. The pattern came from a somewhat goofy-lookin' book, Crocheted Socks! It's hard to look past the aesthetic choices of craft publishers and pattern writers at times... but you just have to imagine these patterns in your favorite colors or with a sweet embellishment of your own liking... They are a starting point for your own creativity.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

i heart public library

I really dig this video... It's directed by Shoji Goto. The song is "UMO" by Japanese noise band OOIOO {whose front lady coincidentally is the wife of Goto and a crap ton more famous}. I had no idea who they were until I got home from the public library today. In recent months I  have discovered that my local branch of the public library has the most awesome music collection and you would never guess it. I've checked out albums by The Cave Singers, M.I.A., Sleigh Bells, Gang Gang Dance, Zola Jesus, Calexico... the list really goes on and on. This OOIOO album was a surprise, I just liked the cover. But check it out, I totally dig! Noise bands aren't everyone's cup of tea, and honestly I'll have to be in the right mood to really enjoy their albums, but what a jolt of creative juice. Plus this video is pretty much the poster-child for my concept of neo-folk {which is basically the intersection between folk art and contemporary art if you haven't read the 'What is neo-folk?' blurb yet}.

Other things I picked up from the public library today? Oh, you know just some books on calligraphy, quilting, and grant-writing. A little bit of everything, you know?

Also, the video is really much better here on Vimeo.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

made this: sit & play among the clouds quilt

I came across this darling appliquéd quilt on Pinterest a couple months ago. The quilt is designed by Nova from 'a cuppa and a catch up' blog, and it seemed like the perfect design to mimic for my little niece who was on her way.

Well, the little peach has since arrived and hustle with this project I must. So below are some in progress shots which show how the jingle bells are stitched into the side flaps (very clever, Nova) and how the edges of the appliquéd clouds are turned with ease. I printed the fabric myself, albeit messily, but like the way the yellow and the concentric circles feel like sunshine. The quilt itself is going to Vancouver, and the Pacific Northwest coastline, gorgeous as it is, can be quite gray at times, so hopefully this play quilt will be a joyful burst of color for my niece to grow up with.

So now that the appliqués and tabs are prepared and the top-piece printed, it's time to start the back-piece which will be a log cabin style patchwork complete with an embroidered secret and silky sash for cheek nuzzling. YAY!

And that there is Brian being super helpful as usual. He's starting to need glasses though... textiles and sewing can be such fastidious work.

happy colors

Over Thanksgiving break, my niece and I spent some time drawing together. At some point she showed me the colorful drawing above, which I call 'Happy' though it only contains the first three letters of the word. The colors couldn't suit me more or bring me more happiness except for the fact that my sweet niece made this and saw me worthy of having it for my own.

I love the colors in my studio room. Whenever I step back to enjoy them I feel inspired to begin something new. Isn't that what a studio should be? 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

pumpkin stitches

Baked some pumpkin muffins based on this recipe. Soooooo good.

Tried stitching with some new threads, and tested out some new image ideas.