gathering supplies for english paper piecing

19 Sep
September 19, 2015

i’ve actually enjoyed starting this project so much, and found a rhythm with such ease, i wanted to share the process.

so maybe a month ago, i got really inspired to pursue learning english paper piecing (epp). i watched a few youtube videos, read a few posts… i checked out some projects via pinterest that can be made by this process, and then, i just kind of went for it.

i think this process appeals to me so much because Read more →

poppy garden quilt – flower 7

17 Sep
September 17, 2015

fabric name – no idea

designer – ???

so this fabric, i feel like it’s… maybe as old as me? i’ve had it in my archive forever. i feel like it came from my mom or grandma. there’s no info on the selvage, and judging by what i have left, it was used to make a dress. and i seem to remember… i had a doll who maybe had a dress made out of this. that’s one thing i love about being a hoarder (i’m not, but ok, kinda), all these pieces from my history that i can keep with me, and incorporate into new projects. my grandma used to make these really simple dresses for all different size dolls, and i remember her putting me to work, to make a casing for a drawstring neckline. i was probably… 5? anyway, this fits perfectly into my palette, and i couldn’t be happier that it’s getting used. again.

poppy garden quilt – flower 6

15 Sep
September 15, 2015

fabric name: pixel dot in pomegranate

fabric collection: acacia

designer: tula pink

tula is one of those designers who people get fierce about. i don’t know. i like a few of her fabrics, and i can see the appeal. especially for EPP. you could fussy cut her fabric your entire life. but some of it… just isn’t my deal. this fabric photographed horribly. it’s really lovely, and i love the more modern feel after all my sweet, and pretty, and twee fabrics. it’s giving a little balance. i think i only have one other tula print, a stripe.

have you been to circa15 in kirkland? she has a great assortment of tula pink. it’s fun to see so many of them all together.

exploring – farmer’s wife sampler 1930’s

11 Sep
September 11, 2015

i don’t know. do i need another sewing project? probably not. buuuuut. it’s so pretty, and seems like it might be relatively quick to make two 6″ blocks in a week? i haven’t read all the specifics online yet, about what people are doing/planning for their farmer’s wife 1930’s sampler quilt. and what is it… in a year, sharing the quilt? a year. pleeeeeeennnttty of time, my brain says. little voice says- you’ll forget about it in two months. maybe.

but leafing through the book, reading the letters… what a treasure. what a period in time. there’s no romanticizing the depression. not to me. i remember stories my grandma and grandpa told. horrific. but also? they knew what was important, and so many of the letters i finish and think- what a perfect snippet of such a simple time. working hard to make for your family.

i’m loving seeing this idea take hold of people. people who want to come together. sew. make together. i hope there’s a group here. i’d love to go.

above- i’m so visual. and also- i like to see my options, before i cut. are you like me? want this template i drew up for blocks 1-5? it’s yours. press the button below to download– all you need is an email address (i won’t spam you, promise. it’s just how this document downloader works). since no one has downloaded documents off of it yet, please write me with any questions if it doesn’t work.

have fun planning and happy weekend! xoxo- k.

poppy garden quilt – flower 5

10 Sep
September 10, 2015

fabric name: jewels

designer: lizzy house

this aubergine color makes me happy. i’ve probably chosen close to 20 different fabrics in this color (or shade of it), and although at first i thought it was dark and moody, paired with orange and pale apricot, it makes me want to write love sonnets (hyperbole. impossible.).  i have this specific print in a couple other colors to use for this project, mainly because i love the way it’s working in the petals, with literally zero effort.

want to find jewels for yourself- here’s a few listings on etsy.

poppy garden quilt – flower 4

08 Sep
September 8, 2015

fabric name: graph paper garden in white

collection: botanics

designer: carolyn friedlander

botanics is one of those collections i could buy every color of every print. the crosshatch, the leaves… this graph paper with line sketch of leaves and stalks… love it. and this always fits the bill for low volume. i’ve wanted to insert some white into this idea without it actually being a solid white. i might also try this fabric, which was my most recent internet sleuthing job- rad and happy made a quilt with this about 6 moths ago, and that dot has been implanted in my brain. so versatile!


make it – rebel {baby} quilt

04 Sep
September 4, 2015

i found libs elliott last year on instagram. who knows how. most likely looking into generative ideas. i’m obsessed. not obsessed enough to figure out computery stuff on my own, just yet. but i will. just not… today.

but luckily, she has. and offers patterns. the #rebelquilt is SO RAD. i bought the pattern, started plugging in my fabric finds. then i redrew it (in illustrator), because i wanted more colors/patterns, then i wondered, and then…. it sat. since january. groan.

but! babies keep growing, and this blankie needs to find it’s way to it’s sweet babe. all cut, ready to be sewn, i’m excited to see it take shape. i love the palette… a favorite of the mama- peacock blues! plus some PNW inspo- mountains & camping, rolling waves, soft grey… I’m calling it #rebelbaby. i’ll post more as it comes along. happy weekend! xoxo- k.

poppy garden quilt – flower 3

03 Sep
September 3, 2015

fabric name: pearl bracelet in cotton candy

designer: lizzy house

see? i raided my stash for all the good lizzy house i’ve never used. this pale, pale pink is the barest of shades (maybe it’s hi-ho silver, and not cotton candy?). i love pales, and feel like in quilting, they’re extremely hard to come by. want your own pearl bracelet? it comes in an amazing array of colors, and now there’s even a mini version.

poppy garden quilt – flower 2

01 Sep
September 1, 2015

fabric name: butterflies

designer: lizzy house

i bought this at island quilter probably about… a year and a half ago? i hoard my lizzy house like i hoard my liberty. i’ve never cut into either outside of this project, and now that i’m realizing most of the lizzy house i have is out of print, i’ll probably hoard it for the rest of my life- outfoxed anyone? (print more andover!!) this butterfly print is the perfect poppy red shade, and i fussy cut it to get a few of those butterflies in.

want some lizzy house butterflies of your own? there’s a great selection on etsy, and now she’s got that amazing natural history line. which i got a preview of before it was out, at quiltcon. when i took a class with her, and my head almost exploded because she’s too cool, and too nice, and you do want to be her best friend, if only to watch her draw her amazing doodles any time you want.

an unfinished quilt

28 Aug
August 28, 2015

a few months ago, i turned 40. it was like most birthdays, no revelation. i felt good about it. as i do on most birthdays (yay, another year alive!). a little nostalgic, a little hopeful. i consider birthdays my personal new year, and 40 feels really good to me.

so. i don’t even know how to get into this. or honestly where to take it. it was going to be a post about finishing a quilt. but i feel like you deserve some back story. i guess the start of it is, i don’t speak with my father. it’s a long drawn out thing, that mostly has to do with Read more →

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