make it – farmer’s wife 1930s check in

02 Oct
October 2, 2015

i like fridays for seeing what’s been accomplished. it’s nice to end the week on the note of ‘man, i got some stuff done!’. and as a special bonus, today is grey, and kind of misty- my favorite kind of fall seattle day.

this just feels like a block by block experiment. i keep adjusting, tweaking, ruminating. yesterday i was overthinking any block being too traditional, today, i think a few bits of traditional are going to be the perfect foil to all the modern. i’m going to be more ok with some of the blocks following the book layout. if that means a checkerboard here and there, so be it.

i’ve also decided that i will not be doing some of these blocks. editing, and knowing what you want and don’t want is a significant part of design voice. i know artists who don’t edit. i personally like the edit process, as i think being honest about what you create, and it’s level on your personal meter is key to recognizing which things you make are great, or just kind of there. plus, why dedicate time to something you’re half hearted about. there are some blocks in the book that i have no interest in making. no amount of tweaking will change them. time better spent elsewhere.

anyway, enough of my philosophical artist creating crap. see what a gloomy morning does to me? here’s where i’m at on farmer’s wife. i’m kind of going off on my own path, there are two quilt alongs, i’m somewhere in the middle. and i have extra blocks, so i can skip the weeks i’m not into. and also not be sewing during the holidays. cause let’s be honest. that’s not going to happen.

happy weekend! xoxo- k.

above- the newest, aunt, done in the trad. layout with an accent center square (it’s modern version to the left). below- top row- becky, addie, addie, center row- becky, bonnie, addie, bottom row- bonnie, aunt, aunt

want to make your own farmer’s wife? join up with the quilt along on gnome angel! it’s just started this week, so there’s not much catching up to do.


farmers wife 1930 – quilt along – bonnie block

01 Oct
October 1, 2015

i feel like i’m messing around, but i’m like, intently messing around? messing around with excitement. i got so jazzed after the first two, that i made these in an hour. that felt like excited girl with new markers excited.

then the next day, i tried addie, and the excitement ebbed just a tad.

this stuff is TINY. i’m not used to working with such fussy bits. and triangles. groan city. makes me seriously wish i hadn’t lost so many brain cells due to non sleep. i’m sure the ones i lost were math, because i still have my 80’s song lyrics, my 90’s boy band lyrics (color me badd included), and every single word to every song of licensed to ill AND shamrocks and shenanigans. math might have been more helpful in this endeavor.

but. the color is keeping me in there. seeing them all together- heart eyes. and then i bought some of this thinking sashing. or maybe just working it in because i lurve it.

see- 13 year old girl excited. xoxo- k.


poppy garden quilt – flower 11

01 Oct
October 1, 2015

fabric name: avrika in dusty lilac

designer: deleon design group

line: mecca for moderns

brand: alexander henry

so, when i started this project, and cutting out fabric, i was kind of all over the place. i didn’t know what i was going to make. but as i’ve refined, and pulled more fabrics (and realized i needed to do two of each), i went back and recut a 2nd of some of those first ones. then it all kind of morphed into color groupings. there’s shots on my instagram– but for some reason, after i got through those first few randoms, i decided i wanted to do all the purples first. i don’t know why. i’ve never particularly loved purple…but there were so many fabrics in this stack i was drawn to.

so we’ll be well and truly into the purples going forward. this first one is barely on the scope of purple. it’s almost a red grey. as with most of them- i love it. i’ve been interested to see how making these into flowers (vs just hexies) would change my liking of the fabrics. nothing’s changed. so far any fabric has looked great as a hexie, and any of the hexies have looked great into flowers. i thought after they got into flowers, i’d maybe want to rework with more fussy cuts, but so far, no.

things moms don’t want to hear – from a mom

30 Sep
September 30, 2015

i wrote this post a while back. i forgot about it. something happened recently and it came back to me. i try not to vent. for reals. but man i’m tired. i’m sooooo tired. i’m am so… blessed… tired. in life, i’ve been through all nighters, and working weird hours at multiple jobs, finals weeks, and big project crunch times. none of it, NONE OF IT compares to having kids. two toddlers, 24/7. you know when i get a break? i have no idea. sometimes between 8:30pm and 11pm? maybe. maybe not.

two and half years of no sleep, and interrupted sleep, and being so tired… maybe i’m less tolerant of listening to other people comment on my situation. i know that’s a fact. because i literally snapped at someone at the store the other day, and then wondered about 8 hours later (after some food and a tiny bit of sleep) if i was a little harsh. and then i said- you know what? no. it’s not ok to say whatever pops into your head about me, my parenting, my kids… people need to edit.

all of this to say- these are the things you should skip saying. things i’m tired of apologizing for. my mindset of waiting for judgement from people (outside our circle), and usually, getting it. i’m shocked that people butt in so far as to address my children, and feel like they can correct their behavior. that they question the job i’m doing, when my children appear healthy, mostly clean, somewhat dressed… so here are a few things i’m suggesting you edit out of your interaction with strangers-

don’t you have your hands full!‘ – usually followed by how i could get my kids in better check. look, i know my kids are high energy. they’re loud. a little crazy, curious. they can’t sit still to save their lives, they have very little Read more →

farmer’s wife 1930 – quilt along – becky block

29 Sep
September 29, 2015

to be honest, i wasn’t going to start something else. but then i started working out how i could make it something completely different from the book. something modern, and minimal. something that felt far more depression era for me. and i got a little hooked by the idea. i started laying out fabrics that were already in my house, a complete grey scale, with pops of murky colors. i started realizing these blocks were so tiny, scraps could be used, and tiny bits of things. i got hooked.

the second block in the photo, i drew up beforehand, and worked out the lay out. probably drew up 10 different options. of course, i went with the first one. lesson to self.

the first block in the photo, i decided to do without a layout plan. this project is going to be helpful for me. there’s something about quilting i just can’t get in my head. i thought it was the measuring, and the preciseness. it’s not that- i do that better than i thought. it’s the… where to put the colors. as a designer, i can always picture something in my head before i start. i think i’ve had that skill since i was a kid. visualization. but it’s not there with quilting. or it’s there, but very limited.

making this palette really clean and bare, yesterday when i made these, i got a little more confident filling in as i went. with each block, i chose 4-5 colors, and that helped, narrowing choices. i’m so pleased with how these went. i’m excited for the next block to be released.

want to participate in the quilt along? here’s  all the info via gnomeangel.

poppy garden quilt – flower 10

29 Sep
September 29, 2015

fabric name: garden pin dot in tangerine

designer: house designer

brand: michael miller

i have a high number of dot fabrics. this one appeals because that punchy orange is super bright and happy, and i kind of prefer an uneven, tossed dot, as opposed to the more symmetrical, even polka.

happy almost friday!

super moon lunar eclipse – sunday

27 Sep
September 27, 2015

i don’t really get too much opportunity to play with camera junk these days. but i have all of it. so when i kept going outside to check and see if the moon was out, and COMPLETELY MISSED WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE. i freaked, and grabbed all the good stuff, and went out in the front yard to capture it. the results aren’t great, but i wanted to show the kids. i think for stellar (see what i did there) results, you’d have to get away from the street light directly in front of my camera, but not bad.

it was so cool– did you see it where you are?

make it – poppy garden quilt check in

25 Sep
September 25, 2015

this started out really random. i don’t know that it’s gotten any less random. frankly, i just enjoy having something to hand sew each night. it’s a great way to unwind from the day. and slowly, it’s just adding up.

these aren’t the greatest photos (it’s a grey, gloomy day), but i haven’t seen all the flowers together, spread out. i basically have them Read more →

poppy garden quilt – flower 9

24 Sep
September 24, 2015

fabric name: summer ride in melon

line: wee wander

designer: sarah jane

brand: michael miller

this wee wander fabric was one of the first quilting fabrics i ever bought. i loved a lot of this line- i’m drawn to hand drawn looking motifs that are sweet, and it’s super soft. i chose not to fussy cut this (not something i have a lot of patience for, and i’m not fond of the waste), just let it come out how it did. there’s a coordinating floral that will come up later…

forever from a garden – 9 years

23 Sep
September 23, 2015

every anniversary, i look through photos. the times we were dating. the parties we had. our wedding, and then wow, everything since then. 9 years of marriage feels both so short, and like forever. i look at the photo above, and remember, ish, my thoughts. it was such a pretty day, that garden was stunning, and alive, and i was marrying this amazing guy i’d found- it felt dizzying. the sense of hope and anticipation was so palpable. to have so many people around us celebrating, i literally felt giddy and like i was buzzing all day.

i wish there was some concise thought i could come up with to impart what marriage feels like. maybe that everyone experiences, and does it, differently. that there’s no wrong way for two people to keep moving forward together. i often wonder what we do different from the people who don’t make it, and i think… it feels deeper than a conscious thought. it feels like there is no decision to stop or give up. we belong together, on the path together, making what we’re making. i don’t question it. my questions are usually just how we can work past differences, fights, hurts, and remain in sync.

i often go back to that day, in that garden, and think how easy it was to pledge to be together, forever. that on the first day, you don’t know what they rest of the days will be like. on the first day, all the days are going to be amazing. who envisions the bad stuff? but the bad stuff, with the right person, isn’t as horrible. the overall feeling after 9 years, is still optimism. i still look at my husband and can’t believe my luck. that we found each other. i wish for a million more moments of laughing, joking, crying, fighting, adventures, kisses, sharing… to forever, and everything that brings.

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