Last Monday I introduced you to my latest quilting project. It is now nearly done! All quilted and mostly bound. I, unlike my dear Michelle, love to hand bind. So that process does take a bit longer, but is going along quite nicely and will be easily done in time for the birthday at the end of the month.
Yesterday I left MD and had to make a few stops on Alberta Street before heading home. I happened to park right in front of Red Sail, and I have been dying to get in there and see my new neighbor’s store. It was so lovely! I immediately saw some familiar pieces from past MD teachers: classic accessories from Zanna Printed Textiles and Cipriano Designs. I got to meet Stacy, the owner and chat about business and find out she is friends with my neighbor, duh, it’s Portland! Everything was impeccably displayed and her good taste in design is oozing throughout the store. Her iconic sailboat logo left me dreaming of summer.
I hate shopping for items that never fit right anyway. It’s what lead me to start making staples like t-shirts and jeans. Being embarrassing low on undergarments now has me on a mission to master some new basics like bras and panties. When you think about it–they’re pretty small, use minimal supplies, and should make for quick work.
Two little girls, a new bedroom, and not much time make for simplified quilting inspirations. Luckily, on my Pintrest board, I have some pretty, quick and modern quilts to use as inspiration. I have also really been wanting to try my hand at the quilt frame/820 set up, and have a little girl who is about to turn 4 and would appreciate a quilt for her birthday.
This week, our spotlight is on one of our fantastic teachers, Anna Joyce. You’ll find Anna providing all kinds of useful design insight and inspiration in her machine applique classes. Check out her upcoming sessions of Intro to Machine Applique and Applique For Your Clothing. And follow along with Anna and her vision on her lovely blog.
Just another sneak peek from the spring collection that I’ve been working on. Can’t anything look cheeky and adorable in a 3″ embroidery hoop? I’m IN LOVE with the fabric I used as well. It’s a 100% Hemp Summercloth, purchased at Bolt. The weight is perfect, the color is a very warm off-white, and I used Polysheen #4073 for the moustache. Just a little touch of whimsy for spring.
Saturday morning, Michelle and I headed north to spend the day at Sew Expo in Puyallup. The plan was to meet with Amy and Alice from the BERNINA Corporate marketing and team up to search for some new sewing trends.
I would say that the process of making a quilt can be broken down to 4 stages: design, piecing, quilting and finally binding.
I thoroughly enjoy designing and piecing quilts. It’s comparable to putting together a giant colorful puzzle. I love the way a print is transformed when you cut it down to size and pair it with other prints. Fabric pieced together becomes a lovely work of art, one that personalizes your taste combined with the fabric designer’s color pallette.
I’ve been busily (and secretly) working on some spring-time projects. The weather outside is not cooperating with this frame of mind but I have powered through. These will eventually serve as inspiration for tutorials, projects, classes, free mini-classes, and more! I’ve been especially trying to incorporate machine embroidery into everyday home dec items – not too fussy or precious, just simple, modern everyday pieces.