Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Baby Star Patchwork

Whew! It's been a rough couple of weeks around here. The flu bug that hit our house has been making the rounds though luckily I have been spared so far. This hasn't left much time or energy for sewing, but I did finish Olivia's Made in Cherry quilt! It's actually been done for awhile but for some reason it's taken me forever to sew on the binding.

I loved all the quilts I was seeing in the Made in Cherry Quilt-along, but I had already started a Swoon and didn't think I had time. So I'm a little late to the quilt-along party but this ended up being one of those quilts that just had to be made.

This was a very fun design to choose fabrics for and to piece, and came together fairly quickly. I chose lots of bright, spring-y prints, choosing many of my favorites from the Pam Kitty Morning collection and from Aneela Hoey's A Walk in the Woods for Moda.  I combined those with a few Denyse Schmidt, some japanese cuties and a few more from the old stash. The background is a pink Sketch print from Timeless Treasures and the binding is another Aneela print - cute little mushies on blue. I wish I could show you the back too, but I forgot to take a photo - it's the Little Red print on blue from A Walk in the Woods. So flippin' cute.

For the quilting, I did some free motion cathedral circles for the patchwork area and mimicked the star points with straight line on the pink background. Which took forever and confirmed my lack of patience with straight line quilting. 

I think this is going to be a wall hanging for Olivia's room. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

is it april already?

Wow! I really didn't mean to stay away for so long but life seems to have just gotten away from me lately. Lucy and Olivia have been keeping me busier than ever. This week has been particularly rough with two doctor visits in two days - Lucy came down with a flu and we had to take her to urgent care when her fever spiked at 104.5! Scary stuff! Then yesterday I was picking up Liv when her little fingernail scraped right across my eyeball, tearing off 20% of my cornea. Needless to say, it hurt - a lot. I'm happy to report that we're all on the mend now, although I still look scary enough to avoid the public for a few more days.

I've been knitting a lot lately, and my current love is this WIP. The pattern is called Audrey in Unst by Gundrun Johnston. Just a little more of the back and the sleeves to go! This yarn is a sportweight merino/cashmere blend in the color Jade by madelinetosh. I've had it in my stash for a year and I'm so glad to finally be knitting it up.

So you may have noticed my blog has a new look! What do you think? I absolutely LOVE my new header, which was designed for me by the talented Miss Kayanna Nelson of Junecraft! Kayanna whipped this up for me and it's almost as though she could read my mind by coming up with this, since I couldn't really do a very good job articulating it myself. I highly recommend her services if you're also looking for a little blog face lift. And did you know she also has her first fabric line coming out with Cloud 9?  How cute is that?

Hopefully I'll see you all soon - I've got a few things to show you that I've been too lazy to blog about and I'm plotting a fun giveaway soon too :)