this quilt! Jen is expecting her third baby and asked me to make a quilt for him about three months ago and we picked fabrics very quickly. Jen knows just what she wants and also trusts me to choose fabrics and designs that I think will work together, which is a great feeling. She wanted something with woodland animals and a combination of orange, minty green, and gray colors. I seriously loved shopping for this quilt, but then putting fabrics together is always one of my favorite parts of the process :) From top to bottom, the fabrics are orange chevron by Riley Blake, Joel Dewberry's wood grain, elk family by Birch Fabrics, Lizzy House's leaf tails, bear hike in shroom by Birch Fanrics, and Joel Dewberry's herringbone. The feature print running vertically down the length of the quilt is bear hike again, but obviously multicolored. That last print was so hard to find that I had to order it from Australia! Although I just looked for it again and found it easily in the US. Oh well! The pattern I used is a favorite for baby quilts, Bijou Lovely's Color Block quilt. I've made it three times so far and have another one in the queue!
squared elements from Art Gallery in carbon and dottie by Cotton + Steel in bandana. I have to say that my favorite print is bear hike, and rightfully so! The quilt was designed around it, after all. I had one little scrap left and made a mug rug out of it. It was sold just before Christmas and will hopefully enjoy a long life underneath steaming mugs of coffee :)
Michael Miller challenge quilt. I love scrappy bindings so much! They're my favorite kind of binding. Jen is coming to pick up the quilt this afternoon and is just about ready to welcome her baby boy into the family! He's due in March and I hope this quilt provides just the right welcome for him.
P.S. Special thanks to Matt who took these photos for me after finishing up a shoot in Providence, and to my mom who offered to watch the boys so I could tag along. As a bonus we got lunch at The Grange after! It was the perfect spot for my quilt mini shoot, and as always, the perfect spot to eat lunch.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Monday, January 26, 2015
Hillary's daughter, Audrey, before she was born, and she'll be two in just a few short weeks.
And just this past weekend Matt helped me put my idea for a quilt label into an actual design that I'm having printed! I can't wait to use them. These are the things that get a quilter excited :)
Now I have to get to work on a quilt for Audrey's little sister! She's due in May but I had the colored pencils out today so I could start sketching out a design. Coming up with a plan is one of my favorite parts!
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Rachel over at Stitched in Color is hosting a little contest sponsored by Cuts of Cotton in which entrants select nine fabrics from the shop's offerings to create a mosaic that represents winter in some way, our interpretation of "iced parfait." I created my mosaic using fabric from a few of my favorite designers - Lizzy House, Alison Glass, and Carolyn Friedlander, plus a couple others. It's made up of deeper hues which evoke a New England winter: snow falling silently in the woods, frozen ponds, and days of harsh sunlight. Midnight is cold and deep. We sip steaming mugs of tea and wear wool sweaters. Frozen moss crunches underfoot when I step outside. Rhode Island has been absolutely freezing lately, and this palette seems perfect for the frozen Ocean State. I'd love to make a winter quilt with this collection of fabrics, perfect for warming up by the wood stove with hot chocolate after a snowy walk around the neighborhood. Visit Stitched in Color to create your own mosaic, or check back on Friday to vote for your favorite! If you like my New England Winter mosaic I'd love if you would click over and cast your ballot! :)