Friday, December 30, 2011

Terrain layouts

I have played with a few different layouts. So far, I am liking this one the best.
First I tried mixing the colors up. too scrappy. didn't like it. Then I tried grouping by color and allowing the colors to blend into each other as they seem to do. Wasn't fully satisfied. This last time I arranged them so the same colors are in the same long row.

As I look at now, I am thinking I should switch the pink and teal green. I am going simple on the design. White sashing and using extra layer cake "slices" to put in the corners of the sashing. I just want to have it completed so I can curl up in it!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Film Placemats

I started brainstorming when my mom told me my brother wanted to decorate with a movie theme in his new place. What I ended up making was a set of film strip placemats. 
I love the way they turned out. I have one bound and the other just needs to have the back tacked down. 
I made them up as I went along, so they are a little oversized, but I really didn't want to end up with one inch squares. That is just too small for my taste. :) Here's the completed one testing out my kitchen table.

Monday, December 19, 2011

oh the anticipation

I am so excited about the gift I am making right now. I am debating if I should even post this. I want to share, but I want to wait to so that I can share a finished product. This project I am making is a set of two of the same thing. Had the first come together as quickly as the second, I might be done. But alas, I grew hungry and tired of sewing and cutting (and pressing) and have a little more yet to do. So now I leave you wondering, and hopefully you will be as excited about my reveal as I am! tee-hee-hee

And since a post is no fun without a photo... here is my 2-year old nephew is the midst of eating a chocolate cupcake with red frosting last night. (went to an informal concert last night when I stopped sewing) And thanks to my husband for doing the dishes while I did my sewing.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas gift making

This year I am making most of my Christmas gifts.
This pillow is for my brother. I used canvas drop cloth for the fabric and stitched on felt pieces. I plan on making a non-holiday pillow cover as well.
(this is under my lovely tree. You see my fabric piled up to the right)

Then, for all the nieces and nephews I have (which I need to use two hands to count), I am making matching pajama pants. I just need to have them all over at once so they know they all match!
These are 18 month old size (for a 2 year old) and the smallest ones I've made. (This pair isnt' finished btw) I have 3 more pairs cut and ready to sew waistbands and hems into.

I have more gifts I have been working on. I'll take a picture when I have the set ready to go. We are having a gift exchange this weekend. I hope my gift is considered "fight-worthy." I hear this group gets quite rowdy at these.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Like a kid on Christmas

I had some birthday money from just about 2 months ago, and have been wavering on what to get with it. I knew what I wanted. Some Terrain fabric by Kate Spain. I have been drooling over the colors since it came out. I love jewel tones and knew that I would make a personal wrap-myself-up-on-the-couch-quilt with it if I could. But it isn't cheap. I thought, maybe a fat quarter bundle! Even when they were on sale, it was way more than my $30 gift card. 
Fast forward a few weeks, and I think layer cake! I searched online and found one for $25 on etsy. With shipping costs, it was just what I had. WooHoo!
I got it in the mail last night, oh it is so beautiful. Beautiful maroon, hot pink, lovely shades of teal... aaah, love. I'm not a big a fan orange, but I might just have to use that too as it all coordinates so well. 

I can't wait to carve out some time to sew it all together. I am going to have to stop by the LQS to get some coordinating solids. I might just do some sashing with different colors in the cross part and a border. I am going to have to work out all the measurements and fabric variations to see what works best. Basically I am less concerned with the details of the quilt and more interested in showing off the fabric!
.... ideas:
What if I got solids for the back and made this 2x as big?

This looks like more work than my original idea, but I think it would be gorgeous.