Hey friends! I was going through my photos and thought i’d share some random prettiness with you all. Since I haven’t been blogging much, I thought this would be a good way to slow things down and play catch up.
By the way, that mini quilt in the photo above was made by my friend Alli of Woodberry Way using fabrics from my 2nd collection called La Conner. She has lots of amazing patterns that you can download instantly here. The mini quilt is called “Sweet Marie” and you can make one yourself by downloading it here.
You may have noticed from my last post that i’ve been experimenting with english paper piecing (EPP) more lately. When I first started quilting it was very fast and furious, for lack of better words LOL. From that came my excitement for quilt as-you-go, which ultimately led to my two books Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern and Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage.
Anyhoodles, where i’m getting at is in a way, i think i’ve slowed down. 🙂 I’m taking my time and enjoying these slower moving projects like hand quilting. I’m finding it very therapeutic! And if you’re like me and like keeping busy, these are perfect for taking along during a long car ride. It’s a slower way of quilt-as-you-go with completely different results!
I’m still very new to EPP and haven’t made anything big yet. I’m also too afraid to take out the papers 🙂 Maybe i’ll just leave them in forever ;-p
It’s hard to believe my kids will be out of school very soon with Summer just around the corner. Winter came and went!
I’m sharing these photos of the little free library we have in front of our home. If you’re not familiar with these, they’re little community libraries where anyone can take and give a book. We have them scattered all over our neighborhood in Seattle. My stepdad and husband built this for me last Mother’s Day.
What else…oh yes! So i’m supposed to be working on a 3rd book 😀 But boy is it hard finding the time! After my last book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage, I vowed to myself that I am SO OVER writing books! Welp, i was wrong! haha! I feel like I have one more in me…if only I can find the time. I have all the projects in my head ready to go…!!!
So the photo above is a quilt i’ve been working on. I actually finished this the other night and will be sharing it soon along with a free pattern because I heart you guys. 😉
These next photos are some fun ways I like to display all the quilts you see me making. 🙂
You can’t go wrong with a big ‘ol basket ‘o quilts! 🙂 I snagged this basked from Target and it lives in my living room next to our couch.
Below is a towel rack I found from Hobby Lobby. I thought it was adorable and went with it even though i’m not quite sure where to put it. It’s perfect for displaying smaller wall-size/lap-size quilts. Right now it’s in my sewing room until I find a better place.
Oh and here’s some fun news! As of yesterday I received the strike-off samples for my 5th collection for Lecien Fabrics! I will share it with you this coming Fall. Also, did I mention that you can expect a Christmas collection from me next year? 🙂 Think vintage Christmas, and you can bet there will be some gold metallic in it!
I snapped a photo of the fabric bolts below because my husband and I have been painstakingly cutting them all up into fat quarter bundles. Good lawd it takes forever! I will eventually be selling the bundles on my blog. We’re just trying to make room for my new collections that will be coming in.
This is fabric from my 2nd collection called La Conner which came out a couple years ago. Anyway, fat quarter bundles are on their way…slow and steady wins the race 😉
Recognize this quilt? It’s in my 2nd book Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage and was made by my friend Faith Essenburg. It’s a traditional block assembled using the QAYG technique. The fabrics are from my 1st collection called High Tea. Doesn’t it look so pretty next to my red and white dishes? 🙂 That plate rack was made by my husband as a Christmas gift.
Anyway, I think that’s it for now. I have so much more to share with you all, including some more new quilts and free patterns in my next post.
Thanks for reading me and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead!
Hugs from Seattle!