Queen Baby Quilt

Sometimes friends having a baby have a great last name (Queen in this case) and you just gotta use it when naming the quilt! Well, that and the fact that I’m the absolute worst at coming up with quilt names and there you have it… The Queen Baby Quilt!

Queen Baby Quilt

I loved the central gray sorta plus sign created in this quilt, and was doing that that again here. I was also exploring intentionally ever so slightly wavy seams. Not just cutting with no ruler, but also cutting both pieces of fabric at the same time (overlapping them a bit) before sewing them together. Fun stuff and something I’m gonna do more of. It’s a subtle difference, but it does effect your “wonky” look and I’m ever continuing to explore that… It’s endless that wonk exploration, isn’t it??

Queen Baby Quilt Detail

I did dense straight line quilting (yes, I’m stuck there right now) but I tried to mix it up a bit by outlining the blocks and then echoing that outline. And I filled in the blocks themselves with the wavy watery pattern I just did on my mother’s quilt. I will be handing this quilt off to its new lil’ baby owner on Saturday and I hope he loves and cuddles with it for years.

I’m headed to NYC for Fashion Week for all of 36 hours tomorrow. And in other exciting news, I found out that I’m going to the Emmys this year! Fun!! Project Runway is nominated and my fingers are seriously crossed that it’ll win. My outfit is 90% sorted out. Now I just need to get used to walking around in my new super high stilettos…

Home again.

I’m back in LA after a great visit to New Hampshire. It’s always so nice to go back. I grew up there and then moved to LA for college and stayed. I’ve lived in LA for 17 years now. It’s surreal to think I’ve been away almost as long as I lived there. Anyhow – it was a great visit with family and old friends and it was nice to take a break from everything for awhile.

And now I’m diving right back in! A couple of friends having are baby boys. In fact, one was born just yesterday so I have to get cracking!

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Just getting started on them but they will be simple and come together quickly. Just need to add some more negative space to this one…

And I dove into some fabrics I haven’t touched in ages with this one! Hi brown. It’s been a while… but their registry was all blues and chocolate so it should work out!

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I hope to make a lot of progress on these in the next few days.

Gene Kelly Craft Along

It started over on twitter… just one mention of loving Gene Kelly and there was instantly a chorus of people agreeing and a suggestion of a Gene Kelly Craft Along!  Who am I to say no to a combination of two things I love?? Gene Kelly and crafting?? I’m IN!

Gene Kelly

Gene Kelly is my all time favorite movie star ever. There’s just something about his natural charisma and his amazing dancing (and ok  – I admit it, his dreamy good looks don’t hurt!) that just works for me. I have also always been a lover of classic films and many of the musicals that Gene Kelly was a part of are simply amazing film making. (Let’s ignore Xanadu, ok??) Singing in the Rain, An American in Paris, On the Town… I just love them all!

Now HOW to make a quilt that’s inspired by him?!? This is admittedly daunting but I’m gonna give it a shot! My love for GK runs too deep to not join in the craft along! The others joining in (so far!) are Sister Diane, Marlo, Rachel, Stacie, and Tara.

Why don’t YOU join us too?? No rules, no deadlines, no difficult obligations! It’s just all about expressing the GK love through your craft!  Here’s the flickr group so that we can all enjoy the crafty goodness that is certain to result from a Gene Kelly Craft Along!!

Clouds & Water Quilt

I finally got my mother’s quilt all finished up!

Clouds & Water

To tell the story of this quilt again, it’s 100% fabric that my mother gave me.  She had slowly collected fabrics with cloud and water imagery and she wanted them all in one quilt. Along with the cloud and water fabric, she also had all of these solids and I knew I was going to lean heavily on them to make this a quilt that is my voice. I actually really love a challenge like this… I like being given certain confines that I have to design within – it forces some of the decisions. It’s a bit small for my bed here but it’s just the right size for my mother’s bed!

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I wouldn’t have picked these fabrics myself, but I’m really happy with the end result. I really like the way the fabrics in the pieced strip go from dark, to light, to dark again and I think the fabrics are all featured well.

And I used more clouds for the binding…

Binding

Hope you all have a great weekend! I’m headed home to New Hampshire next week for a family visit. I can’t wait!! Summer in New England…there’s nothing better. Except the mosquitoes!