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poppy garden quilt – flower 21

03 Nov
November 3, 2015

fabric name: pearl bracelets

designer: lizzie house

another beloved hoard cut. this is the first project i’ve used any of my lizzie house. i think it’s broken the seal on using cherished fabrics. that and i’m starting to realize i need to purge again.

i read something recently by someone who didn’t cut in to much loved fabric, and then a few years later, she wasn’t as in love with it. she mused it would have been better to have it used in something and enjoyed instead of basically wasted because she pretty much no felt the same about it years later.

we are fickle. but i’m with her. cutting. using. and frankly… not holding onto. well, you know, except for what i have. 😉 xoxo- k.

poppy garden quilt – flower 20

27 Oct
October 27, 2015

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i’m getting so close to being done with purples. technically, i guess i am done, but there’s still several more yet to post. this large scale, rosy floral is so bright and lovely. it’s less of a purple really, and more the aubergine with hints of purple, coral.

i’m excited to move on to the next color… but don’t worry, there’s a few more purples to go. which color do you think is coming next…? xoxo- k.

poppy garden quilt – flower 19

22 Oct
October 22, 2015

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i bought this forever ago, on a trip out to island quilter. i don’t think the picture does the color justice. it’s an interesting mix of almost mauve pink/lavender. i think i bought it to match something, and it didn’t. at all. but it’s perfect for this.

poppy garden quilt – flower 16, 17, 18

20 Oct
October 20, 2015

it’s possible i’ve already posted one of these- the one on the far right has been done the longest. since they’re all pale lavender, i thought i’d post them together. i personally see more of a difference between them in this photo, but i actually stitched a hexie from one, to one of the others, and then in daylight, realized. the hazards of sewing in the evenings. the far right is a linen blend i got at nancy’s, the other two? no idea. good pales are hard to find, and if i see one i like, i usually tend to buy a bit.

poppy garden quilt – flower 15

15 Oct
October 15, 2015

fabric name: briar rose calico in lilac

designer: heather ross

line: briar rose

brand: andover

this was another instance of cutting into something treasured. much like my lizzie house, i’ve only used these in bits and pieces, or frankly, not at all.

i recently discovered that this line is out of print. i haven’t really been too swayed by that thought before. but i’d always pictured i’d make a quilt for my daughter using the whole line. but if you can’t find parts of the line, you certainly can’t make something using the whole thing.

cue internet overload, and tracking down a piece of every single print. plus kind friends, offering to send bits… completion has been achieved. i can’t seeing doing that with many lines. this one isn’t so much for me, as a sweet little quilt for my daughter. she loves frogs and strawberries, the palette is just too perfect. greens, blues, sunny yellow, a dash of pink and purple… it’s what i like to call- girly light.

anyway, the above was scraps from a previous small project. i love that i was able to use them, and they didn’t go to waste. the perfect life for scraps- hexies!

poppy garden quilt – flower 14

13 Oct
October 13, 2015

fabric line: artisan cross dyed – orchid

brand: windham

this was another one from circa15. she truly has some amazing solids. i’ve never seen so many great solids, and in a really expanded color assortment. usually places just have a few cross dyes or linens. she’s really got an amazing selection.

this orchid color is lush, bright and eye catching. i wasn’t going to go crazy with the purples, but i feel like these types of colors will balance out all the orange and red, and pop up the darks.

poppy garden quilt – flower 13

08 Oct
October 8, 2015

fabric name: floral burst

designer: sarah watson

line: biology

brand: cloud9

i haven’t bought a lot of fabric for this project. it’s lent itself to what i have on hand. since it’s such a small amount that’s used, i have a lot of pieces that have worked. it’s literally scraps.

but. that hasn’t stopped me from looking when i go into shops. and since everything i have has been cut, i know where i’m short on certain colors, or what types of fabrics i could have more of. certainly, when i’ve been in a shop, i gravitate to what coordinates. i still need about 20 fabrics, and i decided to pick up this and a few others the last time i was in circa15.

this entire line is organic, and the prints are so… i can’t think of the word. maybe it’s organic. they’re very pretty and delicate, but also kind of… dark. there’s a strength to them. anyway, i love this one because it reminds me of those tall ball shaped flowers, i think they’re called allium? but i feel like i remember this is how garlic flowers too… anyway, flower study aside- this one is gorgeous, and i’m happy it’s been added.

poppy garden quilt – flower 12

06 Oct
October 6, 2015

fabric name: peppered cotton in orchid (the cross weave is a very pale blue)

brand: studio e

i’ve had a higher bar for the solids i’m using. maybe it’s that dry goods has some of the best solids i’ve ever bought. and once addicted to those (and maybe the fact that i’ve designed apparel for so long) i just want solids with some depth.

i bought the black version of this solid at dry goods (the center on the left flower). in a very lovely fat quarter set that i couldn’t put down. i think that was the best set of fabrics i’ve ever bought, and i’ve used every single little scrap of it. it’s all gone, and i still think of it, and want another.

this peppered cotton line is beyond soft, and it has a slight sheen- odd, but amazing. this purple came from circa15, and if you’re looking for amazing solids, she has so many choices. crossweaves, slubs, shot cottons- just amazing solids with total depth and texture, and a lot of choices.

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.

farmerswifewhole

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.

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