Two new baskets

I finished up my Amy Butler basket this morning. This time, I whip stitched all the seams on the inside so they’d lay flat then tacked down the sturdy poly so it wouldn’t shift.

AB-Front

 

I love this fabric! I didn’t quilt it because I didn’t want to distort the floral pattern but the inside lining is quilted in a diamond grid.

AB-Side

 

I finished the second basket awhile ago but just never got around to taking photos.

Yellow Wood

 

My shoulder is remarkably better, I think I just needed a day on the sofa!

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Injured

Hello everyone, I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

I’ve managed to pinch a nerve or something in my left shoulder, not sure. I’m going to be very careful which way I turn my head or move my arms so I’ll be taking it easy until I’m confident I won’t have stabbing pains running up my neck.

Photo from HawthroneThreads.com

Amy Butler: Cameo: Josephine’s Boutique

I may do some cross stitch quietly on the sofa but I think standing and cutting fabric is out of the question for a day or two.

I did manage to finish another basket this weekend using Amy Butler’s “Josephines Boutique” in Ink from the Cameo collection. What a gorgeous fabric, the photo doesn’t do it justice, the inky blue background is deep and indeed inky. I’ll post photos once I have it nicely ironed.

Back to the sewing room soon I hope!

A lot of bloggers have nifty segments like “WIP Wednesday” and “Fabric Fridays”  but I’m just not clever enough to come up with a catchy title to this post. I received fabric today, yay! (Click icons for larger images.)

I’ve finally jumped on the Anna Maria Horner bandwagon and purchased some LouLouThi prints. Yes, I did make a rag quilt of LouLouThi in flannel but I purchased it as a complete bundle — does that count? I made a rag quilt which I gave to my neighbor Liz, while she went through radiation treatments for breast cancer, she loved it. So now it’s time for some LouLouThi for myself. I teamed it with Robert Kaufman’s Essex Linen in Light Blue and  Free Spirit Designer Solid in Barberry.

 

Also in my order was a little of Amy Butler’s new line, Cameo and Tula Pink’s new line, The Birds and the Bees. Makes for an eclectic mash up, don’t you think?

I’m expecting another interesting order this week so stay tuned!

 

 

 

Second Quilt Complete!

I finally had some time last weekend, to work on a new baby quilt from start to finish, remarkable! Friday night I started working on the 6 patch QAYG using 30’s reproduction fabrics but I just wasn’t feeling it.  So, I decided to take a cue from Elizabeth and make a quilt-as-you-go HST warm/cool quilt.

I used all of my favourite fabics in this quilt — Tula Pink Parisville & Prince Charming, Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom & Aviary, a tiny bit of Amy Butler, even a little Kaleidoscope.

After I’d sewn a bunch of half square triangles, I arranged them until I found a pattern I’d like then sewed the rows together. I took a piece of fleece and spray basted Joel Dewberry’s Herringbone to one side and ironed it, making sure the fabric was as flat and smooth as possible. I took the first strip and sewed it to the top of the batting then took the second row of hst and, with right sides together, stitched 1/4″ from the bottom of the first row and pressed it down and quilted on either side of the seam. I continued until all rows were sewn on, pressed flat and quilted. I added a little more quilting following the mid diamond shapes. Finally, I used Tula Pink’s Pince Charming for the binding.

This quilt will be a gift for my husband’s colleague’s new baby, Emily. I just finished sewing the binding last night and have had no time to make a label. I’m really happy with the way it turned out, so is hubby, I hope Emily’s Mom & Dad like it too.

Mo Hexies

All I’ve been able to accomplish lately is hand sewing hexies, the weather is still too nice to sit and sew in the basement, especially when I know that cooler weather is on it’s way and will be here for a long time. But still, I’m done with the sun beating down on me, I need relief.

Designer Hexies

I feel so decadent using designer fabrics for hexies like Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom, Tula Pink’s Pince Charming, Melissa Averinos’ now out of print Swoon and Amy Butler’s Soul Blossoms. I’d like to incorporate Cathedral Windows into this configuration for something off the beaten path.