I am doing my first ever craft fair this Sunday. I’ve been so busy making cushions (pillows?–what is the difference?!) that I’ve almost forgotten about my quilts. But I have become a proficient cushion maker. These cushions are made with Essex linen, Liberty Tana Lawn (for some), and Kona cotton. I lined them with a really nice quality muslin, which makes such a difference in the structure and sturdiness of the finished cushion. The inserts are down filled–so all in all they are quite luxurious!
I’ve also been making little baskets. I really love the Red Riding Hood fabric–so cute with the little woodland creatures.
I’ve been busy making things for an upcoming craft fair and I discovered a great technique for making cushion covers. I use the envelope enclosure style because I like the added detail of the buttons on the back. (This is a great tutorial from Cottage Magpie if you are new to this technique.) In the past I used whole cloth to make cushions and I was pretty pleased with the results. For these cushions, I wanted to piece the front and I wasn’t sure how to enclose the seams in the back. I didn’t want to quilt the cover because I wanted a smooth, polished look. What to do? Then I was perusing Etsy and I read about a cushion maker who lines her covers with muslin. Ah ha! I made my pieced cushion front and then cut a square of natural, fine muslin the same size. Next, I basted to the two pieces with wrong sides together (making sure to remove any stray threads). Finally, I serged all around the edge. For the back pieces, I made a seam along one long edge (right sides together) then turned the piece right side around. Then, I basted and serged these pieces. I made button holes in the top piece of the “envelope.” To finish the pillow, I followed the regular method.
I am so pleased with the polished finish the lining gives. The cushions really hold their shape, and the covers have a nice weight to them. I’ve also been making these little linen baskets. I love using some of my patterned fabrics!
I finished my signal flag quilt! I am very excited to have this quilt finished for my guild’s exhibit–a first for me. The exhibit opens November 4. I still need to add a sleeve, but thanks to Vanessa I know how. We are so lucky to have Vanessa Vargas Wilson as the leader of our guild. Vanessa (aka Crafty Gemini) is a total dynamo and a wonderful teacher. In fact, before I ever met Vanessa I used her tutorial about hands stitching binding. I was having trouble with my corners–they were lumpy and crooked–not pretty! Vanessa’s video tutorial walks you through the process so clearly and you get a sense of her sparkling personality. Here you can see my tidy binding–thanks Vanessa!
This quilt measures 41 x 52 inches. I used all Kona solids for the front and an organic print of the back. I added a small tag in the binding–it’s a really small way to identify the quilt as mine.
This knitted vest is a special work-in-progress. My 96-year-old grandmother, who lives in England, was an amazing knitter. She always had a project going and could knit anything: lace, fair isle, and gorgeous Aran sweaters. I remember one morning when we were visiting my grandparents, I asked Grannie to knit a dress for my favorite doll. Later that day she had finished a pretty red dress to my specifications, and I was in awe. She also taught me to knit. My grandmother’s eyesight is too weak to knit anymore, and a year ago she sent me some of her favorite knitting patterns–including this vest pattern. It’s pretty well worn, so I know it’s a tried and true pattern.
I am using Madeline Tosh merino DK, which is wonderfully soft. The color is one of my grandmother’s favorites, and I know this will keep her warm during England’s damp and chilly winter.
I am rushing to get this finished so my mother can take it over when she goes to visit in about a week, so my sewing has mostly been on hold. But, I am getting a little work done on the binding of my signal flags quilt. I had the tiny buds fabric used for the backing in my stash. I really like the delicate print contrasted with the strong geometric front–and the colors are perfect.
A very quick post to capture this quilt top before I mark it up. I am so pleased with how this is turning out. I am going to quilt in a diamond pattern, because the diagonals in the blocks will work really well with my favorite quilting design. For once I am actually excited to mark up the quilt top! I did a quick test and it looks like the squares are lined up pretty well. And the little red (actually coral) square in the center should end up with an X in the middle if all goes according to plan.
I don’t usually name my quilts, but this one really reminds me of signal flags.
My guild (Gainesville Modern Quilters) has a chance to exhibit our modern quilts at a local college, and I want to make something a little outside of my usual style. I’ve been playing around with a palette of teal and salmon, but hadn’t quite hit upon a design that was interesting but still simple enough. Then, I was browsing around pinterest (I could go on about why I love pinterest, but I’ll save that for another time) and I came across this photo of pillows from London textile designer Naomi Paul. All those lovely blues and touches of peach — I found the perfect design. I love the limited palette and the traditional quilt motifs. I’m planning to make nine blocks with blues, bone, salmon and coral (of course!) with Kona snow between.
I’m hoping to finish the quilt top this weekend!
I’m super excited to be in this craft show here in Gainesville, FL. I know I’m going to be very busy getting ready, but it’s not until December 8–so that gives me plenty of time, right? The show is in the Historic Mustang Hangar and has about 75 vendors, so it should be a really fun event.
I’ll have my quilts, of course, but I’m also planning to make placemats, pillows, and some quilted linen baskets. Plus, I want to make a new quilt for an exhibit AND I promised to knit my 96-year-old Granny a vest for Christmas. It’s good to be busy!