Much Ado About. . .Well. . .Everything!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

October! What happened! Where did the time go? There are apples on my trees! This summer went by much to quickly. Over the course of the last year, I had been considering returning to work; but was on the fence as in what capacity. I had worked in education for years, administratively; and then as a teacher. I knew if I chose teaching I'd have papers to grade every night, 5 classes, 40 papers each. . . 200 math assignments nightly. . .

My decision was administrative. With the onset of Autumn, I accepted a position at Cal State, Chico. This is Yolo Hall, home of Kinesiology, Physical Education and Movement Studies. I work with some amazing individuals and have a great office with a view overlooking a huge grassy quad.

Its definitely been a bittersweet experience. I didn't realize how much I'd miss the "mom" routine. . . driving field trips, volunteering in the classroom, attending volleyball practice, chairing school committees etc., but, I do and admittedly, shed my share of tears over the decision.

I've been sewing intermittently; mostly, buying yummy fabrics to stash away for a yet undetermined project. I love the new Robert Kaufman Yarn Dye colors paired with cottons. Here are red, olive and steel.
Purples have struck my fancy. At Portland Quilt Market in May, purple was everywhere. . . maybe it's a sign to come of next year's Pantone color. It sings when paired with text prints, indigo and linen.

 Low volume is super trendy right now. I'm generally drawn to cloth with texture–linens, silks, cross weaves–but these barely there prints are so versatile; speaking both to tradition and the modern.

I have enjoyed the Modern Maverick's Bee I'm apart of. Super fun and great block choices! I love the idea of blocks coming together from across the globe being stitched together into a quilt.

I'm really feeling the need to delve into holiday gift-making. But I'm just not quite there yet. The days here in Northern Cal are still warm, 80°. Kids are still in shorts and t-shirts. And given I'm so smitten with the Robert Kaufman plaids, I made some board shorts for Colby. Interesting fact, Vans™ has purchased these RK fabrics for their clothing line. Colb just has the homemade preview version. And he loves them! Creating with fabric brings such joy. . .I'm off to sneak in a little Saturday stitching before the crew awakens!

Here's jumpin' into Autumn!

Emerald~Pantone Color of the Year

Sunday, February 24, 2013

 The Pantone color for 2013 is Emerald Green. I love greens, but very rarely choose this particular shade when I sew. The challenge calls for Emerald Green, a background fabric and one additional color~for me that was yellow! Hawthorne Threads has a great bundle specifically designed to celebrate Emerald Green, I ordered it, paired it with the yellow dot floral from Bari J's Lilly Belle collection and Robert Kaufman's Essex Yarn Dye in Black.

I decided to make a small quilt, 36" x 48" with the Flying Dutchman block. Very scrappy. I've used the Quilt In A Day Ruler before, but it had been along time since it'd been out of the ruler drawer. A quick refresher, and one miss-cut block later, I was using it like a pro. BUT, the ruler requires you cut along all 4 sides without shifting the block. I tried this with a conventional mat and it was awkward. Sooooo, I gathered up a 40% coupon for JoAnn's and purchased one of the 360° rotary mats. A quilty friend had mentioned how much she had loved hers and I thought it would be perfect for this project. And it is! Best. Mat. Ever. The mat rotates similar to a lazy susan and made cutting these blocks fast, fast, fast! The mat is a 12" square so it's a perfect size for toting along to sew days, also.

The geese stitched off perfectly. I did make a modification to the instructions for the ruler, I pressed the seams open versus pressing to the darker fabric as instructed. The blocks lay much nicer, and the seams are more evenly distributed across the block. 

 Using the ruler to make the geese, allows for 4 geese per unit. Again, making the process much quicker than the traditional method.

 Did I mention how much I loved the green and yellow with the yarn dye! The RK yarn dye fabrics give such texture to projects.

Here are the first six blocks! My goal is to have all 12 blocks stitched off, and the quilt top together by the end of February. This, leaving me just under a week to quilt and bind!

Love quilts? Love green? Head on over to the Flickr group to see everyone's amazing progress and projects. And to join in the fun!

Happy Sewing!

Lilly Belle

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I'm quite simply in love. In love with Lilly Belle. The aqua~yellow~gray colorway is an absolute favorite, I had no choice but to quilt it up as the latest version of my Walk In The Park pattern.
Bari J, designer of these oh, so wonderful fabrics is now {thankfully} designing for Art Gallery Fabrics. Thus, the fabrics are soft, beautiful and printed on an amazing base cloth.
 The collection is a balanced collaboration of large and small scale prints, tone on tones and a spunky little crosshatch, which I promptly used to bind the quilt.
This quilt will be going with HRQ to the San Francisco Quilt Show in March. And the pattern is now available in my craftsy shop!
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