Monthly Archives: January 2015

Flag Day quilt

ladderThis baby quilt was inspired by the the beautiful geometric paintings of the Australian artist Esther Stewart.  Her palette is so inspiring. I particularly like how she combines pastels and earthy tones with touches of bright color. I played around with some different layouts based on some her paintings and ended up with three columns that pick up her motifs of triangles and bars of solid colors. I had so much fun playing around with the balance of pastels, brights, and neutrals. I originally had a dark blue background but my daughter persuaded me to go with gray. The gray doesn’t compete with the piecing in the way the blue did, and I’m so happy with the result. That kid has a good eye for color!

fullI straight-line quilted using my walking foot, using the diagonals in the piecing as my guide. I really like the places where the diagonal lines intersect. My quilting was a little more dense than my usual pattern, but the finished quilt is still really soft and lofty.

detail1I have added this quilt to my Etsy shop!

Carolyn Friedlander pillow and the pleasure of patterns

IMG_0552I haven’t posted in ages, but I’ve been busy sewing! It was really nice to just make stuff for a few months without thinking about taking pictures or how to try and make it interesting. Do people really want to read about the felted bunny I made to fit into an Altoid box bed?

But, this pillow is just too gorgeous not to share. I can say it’s gorgeous without feeling like a braggart because all credit goes to Carolyn Friedlander‘s creative genius. The pillow was made following her Botanics pattern, using some of her Architextures fabrics, and solids that seem very much in her palette. Even though I really love coming up with my own designs, following Carolyn’s pattern was so much fun. No worrying about how things would come together, no decisions to make, just following steps to make something that is an instant classic. Following this pattern was a great learning experience, too. It seems a little counter intuitive, but following a pattern can be a really creative experience; you learn new techniques and try out different designs and colorways. By working on this project, I feel like I got a tiny dose of Carolyn’s design DNA that will help evolve my own projects–good deal!