Wednesday, March 30, 2011

To Benefit Japan - Part 1

***This auction is now closed. Thanks so much for bidding!!!***

The tragic details of the devastation in Japan continue to unfold. There are countless people in desperate need of aid and supplies of every kind - from fresh drinking water to medical supplies. Tragedies like this seem to bring out the generosity of people and there are so many ways to give. While no single effort is enough, I do hope that the combined effort of everyone's generosity makes a difference in a meaningful way.

With this in mind, I'm trying to help in as many ways as I can. I'm proud to be a part of the upcoming online quilt auction run by Modern Relief. With each $10 donation you make to Mercy Corps, you'll have one chance at winning one of more than 85 amazing quilts. I'll be blogging more about that effort next week.

But today I am starting a silent auction for an heirloom-quality handcrafted quilt. I made this quilt using more than 580 squares of pattered fabric in a variety of colors, making it a good match for any decor. The back is as visually appealing as the front and the quilt is finished with a binding that's been carefully hand-stitched to make it both aesthetically pleasing and durable.

The finished size of the quilt is 49"x68", making it the perfect size to snuggle under. It features cotton blend batting and diagonal straight line quilting, both of which help to give it a soft drape.

The silent auction will run until 11:59pm PDT on Wednesday, April 6. The details of the auction are as follows:

  1. Leave the amount of your bid in the comment section of this post. Please don't forget to include your contact details.
  2. Bidding ends at 11:59pm PDT on April 6. The highest bidder at that time wins the quilt.
  3. Once the auction ends, the winner will be contacted by me. You'll be given instructions on how to make a tax-deductible online donation in the amount of your winning bid to your choice of Mercy Corps, Doctors Without Borders, or Save the Children. Once I receive confirmation of your payment, I'll send you your new quilt via Priority Mail.
Please consider placing a bid to win this quilt and help those in need. Feel free to link this post in your blog, Twitter feed, Facebook status, or though any other media.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Palate Cleansers

I've been cranking out quilts lately; I finally bound and finished my confetti quilt, I made my Pips quilt, and I whipped up a quilt for the Modern Relief auction. And in the middle of all of it, I pulled some fabric for my next quilt. But for now I totally needed some palate cleansers - a few small projects to clear out my head and my sewing room before starting my next big project.


I've been loving the Jane Market Bags that I've seen online and have been meaning to buy the pattern for ages. I've also been meaning to put together a new bag for my kids' sand toys and it seemed like the right idea to marry those two intents.

I used some Dwell home dec. weight fabric that I got at JoAnn's on sale for the main body, some Alexander Henry dots that I had lying around for the pocket, and some un-named brown Kona for the lining. As for the pattern, it's great - I highly recommend it. It's so easy to follow and makes a great product. I did make a few small changes to the pattern, though.

• I added batting to the straps to help them keep their shape better when I wash the bag.

• I didn't put a pocket on the back side of the bag - its' a solid piece of fabric.

• I shortened the front pocket by 2" and widened it by 1.5" then added elastic to the top of it to keep my items secure.

• I added a button and loop closure at the top to keep sandy toys from tumbling out of the bag in the back of my car.

I love how the bag came out and see lots of these in my future - they'll make great gifts.


After I finished up my Pips quilt, I had a lot of leftover scraps made some sweet placemats with them. I loved making them - all the fun of making a quilt with just a fraction of the work. They are sashed in Kona Coal and bound with Alexander Henry's Heath in Pink, which is the same binding I used on the Pips quilt.

These have already been washed and dried for that lovely crinkly look. I had intended to list them in the shop, but they are so lovely that I'm going to have a hard time parting with them. We'll see...


These sweet little skirts will be listed in the shop next week unless Sprout pilfers one or two of them first. The two on the right were made from bits out of my scrap bin and the three on the left are from a single yard of Urban Garden that I got in a Flickr swap. They are just the thing for the spring weather that is finally headed our way.

Now that I've had cleaned out some of the scraps from my studio and had the gratification of some quickly finished projects, I'm off to go start another quilt. What are you working on these days?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Confetti Quilt

I've shared a few of the bee blocks that I've created for others in the virtual quilting bees that I belong to. Of course, others have made blocks for me and I'm ashamed to admit that I've sat on them for way too long before finally assembling them. Remember how they looked in July? Sigh. They stayed in their un-assembled state for many more months. But I've finally gotten my act together and put the quilt together.

The main color is Kona Raisin and the quilt measures 48"x ???. Damn. I can't remember the dimensions. My husband, sitting next to me on the couch, suggests writing that the quilt is "just big." So it's a lap quilt. It's 48" x something. Neighborhood of 65". We'll call it 48"x65".

I'm typically not a scrappy binding type of gal, but I was trying to use up the scraps leftover from the quilt and didn't want to make another purchase. In the end, I really like the look - it really enhances the scrappy look of the quilt front.

I love this quilt not only for how it looks (which, by the way, is exactly what I had envisioned), but also for the collaboration between 11 other ladies, former strangers, who helped me make it. A huge thanks to the ladies of Sew Bee It.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Pippy Goodness

When the Pips pre-cuts came out in December, I was so excited to play with them. I already put together a little Mug Rug with one of the prints, and I've finally finished my Pips quilt.

This quilt is made using Ashley's Rectangle Squared tutorial, though I did use larger dimensions to better showcase Aneela's lovely Pips.

The blocks are sashed in Kona White and are quilted in a meandering stipple in the sashing only. I love the look of a stippled quilt but I prefer the drape of less quilting, so this was a good compromise.

I found that I had lots of stash fabrics that really coordinated well with the Sherbet Pips line and added a few blocks of some Moda Bliss Dots in Red, some Henry Glass Summertime Dots in Aqua, and some Monaluna Mingle Dots in Grey. I've also seen the Pips paired with some Nicey Jane, which worked very well.

I backed the quilt in a single print from the new Sweetwater line - Summer Garden in Misty Grey - after being inspired by this quilt's back. I just love the look of the handwriting fabric and the Sweetwater's colors played perfectly with the Sherbet Pips. It's bound in Alexander Henry's Heath (which I simply cannot get enough of) in pink.

Finished size is 52"x64". Like all of my quilts, this one features an heirloom quality hand-stitched binding. Quilt is listed in the shop.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Modern Relief - Japan

I think it's a pretty safe assumption that most of the world stands by feeling horrified and largely helpless as we watch the devastation from the recent earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown unfold in Japan. I, for one, feel helpless. Impotent.

I'm incredibly thankful to have found a creative outlet for my desire to help. Stay tuned for information about an online quilt auction to help raise money for those who need it most right now. You'll have a chance to bid on this this project that I'm working on as well as many other beautiful quilts.

In the meantime, please keep the people of Japan in your thoughts.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

WIP Wednesday

If you need me today, I'll be on the couch catching up on my DVR and binding a pile of quilts.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Stash

I went "shopping" in my stash to brainstorm ideas for my next quilt.

This is what I pulled from my stash. The two on the far left have been sitting in my stash for a few months and the three to the right are recent acquisitions via Flickr swaps. They were definitely the beginnings of something, but only amounted to two yards of fabric - not nearly enough to make a quilt. One of my Stashpact resolutions was that purchasing fabric for a quilt is okay, so I supplemented this pile with some new purchases.

I purchased a few more pieces to round out the pile and now I have the makings for a whole quilt. I purchased 2 yards of the Kona solid (Cheddar) for the back, as it's so much more cheaper to buy solids than prints. I'll piece the back for visual interest but having the solid as the main fabric saves me some money along the way.

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Rainbow Quilt

It was windy and grey this morning - not great weather for taking pictures of a quilt, but the weather definitely calls for a rainbow. Remember what I was working on last month? She's done!

I finished this quilt last night - it was pieced from these strips. I bought the Kona Ash sashing, but everything else, including the non-pieced back and binding, came from my stash. It feels so good to be using up my stash.

Finished size is about 41"x51" which is a lovely, generous size for a baby and is still more than enough quilt for my 2.5 year old. The stripey (love!) binding is hand-stitched for an heirloom feel.

Quilt is listed in the shop.