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march projects

03 Mar
March 3, 2016

not bad! day two of the month, and i’m committing to a project.

alright, so. the dresses. i think that’s where i’m headed. a dress for me, and a dress for mini me. i think the one thing i’m going to invest in, because i’ve said i’m going to buy one forever, is a dress form. and although art school, and then corporate design for years, has made me a bit of a form snob, i think i’m going to get one of those dial, adjustable ones you can get at joanns. they’re about half the price, and also- adjustable. i think that’s probably handy.

also, i’m going to have tiny, monthly, back-up projects. since this is a holiday month- a little easter related kid treat inspired by @bespokeoutlaw on instagram- the adorable bunny pouch, and since someone i know is super pumped about them- grown-up friendship bracelets. i’ll plan on working on the dresses on kid-free days, and small projects at night and nap time. my goal is to have the form, fabric and patterns by the middle of next week. the dress pattern i’m using for myself is here (photo credit to pintuckandpurl for above). the dress pattern i’m using for my daughter is still tbd (photo credit above to felicia on flikr), but i’ve ordered a book from japan, and fingers crossed, it’s in there. i’ll do a check in next wednesday to show progress and updates!

yay! a plan! don’t forget- if you feel like joining in, share your photos on instagram with the hashtag #needleplusthreadYOM, and i recently created an instagram feed just for the blog- it’s @needleplusthread

xoxo- k.

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.

farmer’s wife 1930 – quilt along – caroline block

02 Nov
November 2, 2015

for reals this block was difficult. maybe because i sat down after my trip, and hadn’t sewn for a bit… maybe because i was tired. no idea, but i took this thing apart 5 times. no. joke.

it didn’t help that i kept saying- ok, now i know what i’m doing. sometimes that sums up how i feel about quilting. like just because Read more →

make it – farmer’s wife 1930 – check in week 5

30 Oct
October 30, 2015

have there really been 5 weeks already? time’s a flyin.

so, when i lay these all out… i squeal. that’s good, right? i have so much sewing to do these days. teaching two classes, making gifts for that big holiday right around the corner, ugh, HALLOWEEN. and i want make everything, it’s just impossible to figure out when. the days i have daycare are dedicated to work projects. this is purely enjoyment, and let’s be honest, selfish.

i’ve made a list of all the works-in-progress i have right now, and i’m starting to feel… embarrassed. like i need to redeem myself and finish something (halloween costume, maybe?). since this project has a year away due date… i may not be getting back to it for a couple weeks.

or let’s be really honest, and i’ll just forgo sleep and crank out some blocks. xoxo- k.

FWweek5

farmer’s wife 1930 – quilt along – aimee block

29 Oct
October 29, 2015

i’ve had these 3 versions of aimee cut out for forever. they’ve patiently sat waiting til i finished other quilt along blocks, then took a trip to az, then started sewing another quilt, wait- two other quilts (i have issues), then started halloween sewing, a tank top (!!!), and then i finally got back to them.

 

the first was that middle one. then the right, then the left. after the previous time of laying all my blocks out together, i decided i needed to lighten and brighten, and frankly, start popping with the color. i don’t want a downer quilt. i love grey just as much as the next seattle girl, but… i realized i’m really drawn to the little bits of color in the blocks.

so- i had these drawn completely different. mostly dark. since i think i want a mix of greys for sashing- white and color are the new goals. there will still be a dark block here and there, but i love assessing and re-adjusting. there’s no long term plan. and every time i lay them out- swoon! to see all the blocks together…. check back tomorrow! 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!

farmer’s wife 1930 – quilt along – betty block

14 Oct
October 14, 2015

i so enjoyed this block! i have a fellow quilter to thank for the addition of the plus fabric- it fits to perfectly. i’ve made just a few purchases for this project- prints seem to be where my holes are. i think a mindful addition of a few. plus, every time i use one of the prints, i think it looks completely different.

my goal with these 3 was trying to enunciate each portion of the block- the first most traditional- the bow tie shape, the second, the half square triangles made all the way across the block, and on the 3rd- the squares.

on to the next!

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