New Obsession

Yes, I’ve been gone again for a long time. By now I just can’t find the energy to tell you everything that’s going in my life that will explain my absences – just chalk it up to a recently discovered pregnancy (not mine!), a recent decision to move asap and life’s drama in general.  (Everything, even excuses, look better in rainbows.  Just sayin.’)

But I wanted to share my newest obsession! See, I do think of you guys, all the time.

My sister Katie found this for me and I love it so much I’m sharing here. It is AMAZING. You can define a color palette for your blog, quilt, redecorating or any other kind of project where you’re using color – just copy the URL of the web-hosted image, insert it in the generator and click Color-Palette-ify. So fun! It’s called the Color Palette Generator and it is a total blast. One of the best parts is that you can do this directly from Pinterest without opening the picture in its blog, very convienent!

This is an adorable quilt that I thought would be fun to use with the generator. Notice it picked up the brown of the chair the quilt is laying on – it will pick up all colors in the picture, not just the ones you notice first. Here’s what I got:

 

PS – to find the image URL, right click and select Copy Image Location, or in Windows 7, Copy Image URL.

PPS – I found that image up there somewhere on Pinterest. Have I talked about how amazing Pinterest is yet? If you don’t have one, get one! You can request an invite from the site or just drop me a line and let me know you need one, or leave an email address in the comments and I’ll get you an invitation out. It’s addicting, I’m warning you. but I don’t need a 12 step program yet! 🙂

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11 Quilts in 2011

This is my list of quilts I’m planning on making this year:

1) Memory quilts for the kids – Grace, Kylee, Amya, Chance, Travis and Ashley, Tina, Alan. Yes, that’s 7 quilts right there, and the last three need to be queen sized, if I can come up with enough fabric.

2) A mini art quilt of some kind. I’ve never made one and really want to.

3) Black, white and gray quilt for the living room

4) Yellow and gray king sized quilt for my new bed – here’s the color inspiration I’ll be working toward, but so far my yellows are a tad brighter and there’s a bit more black in my fabrics as well

5) Another rainbow quilt

6) Checkerboard quilt for the living room (with actual checkerboard playing pieces, of course!)

7) Finish the binding on Amya’s original quilt

Now, if you were paying attention and counting, you will see that that is actually 13 quilts instead of 11. And since it’s already February 14th I am already behind…but that’s okay, I can do it!!

So my last two posts have been dedicated to my crafting plans this year…what about you guys? Want to share your lists and encourage each other?

My crafting list for 2011 so far

#1 – 2011 Planner – started
#2 – King sized quilt – yellow and gray – about half done
#3 – Perpetual calendar with fused plastic bag pages
#4 – old school NES controller pillow
#5 – 8 memory quilts for the grandkids – Tina, Alan, Dena, Travis, Grace, Chance, Kylee and Amya
#6 – 3 rag dolls for the little girls – Kylee, Grace and Amya
#7 – 1 Superhero cape for Chancer (because he’s an eight year old boy who would not want a rag doll, lol)
#8 – quilted curtains for the living room window (it’s cold and drafty!) shelf with curtains for living room window (take pics, this is done!)
#9 – kitchen redo
#10 – quilted checkerboard for the coffee table
#11 – Recipe binder – started, barely
#12 – shopping bags of some kind – maybe crochet?
#13 – lots of pillows – three for my room and a bunch for the living room (inspiration on my Pinterest)
#14 – redecorate living room
#15 – wall art for living room
#16 – bedroom headboard
#17 – bedroom wall art
#18 – jewelry display box – DONE, need to take pics and post
#19 – fingerless gloves – DONE
#20 – Dawn’s curtains – DONE
#21 – hang crib side for craft room storage
#22 – Anthro inspired necklace
#23 – wire wrapped sea glass pendants – one done, more to go
#24 – altered puzzle for the CAL
#25 – laptop sleeve
#26 – cell phone holder for my arm
#27 – 8 (or 16) color journals (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black and white) orange is started, others are sewn but not color marked in any way yet
#28 -Quilted cell phone pouch
#29 – whole cloth quilt – started, almost done with the white threads and ready to move on to the yellows
#30 -fabric magnetic bookmarks
#31 – quilted book cover(s)
#32 – Owl fabric quilt or bag? Must make a decision!

Red and Aqua Quilt Update #3

This quilt needs a name. I am already tired of typing “red and aqua” lol.

Tonight was even better than last night as far as quilting goes. I came up with a new (for me, not for anyone else, lol) method of putting these blocks together: chain piecing. Instead of just one or even two blocks, tonight I was able to complete a whopping six whole blocks! The chain piecing was awesome and cut the work in half, seriously. I chain pieced the small squares together, two at a time, then went back and added one more square to each pair. When that was done, I sewed three strips of three sewn squares to each other, to come up with one nine patch block. Then I cut each block in half length wise and again across the width and used the chain piecing method to sew them all back together in random order.

It sounds confusing, but that’s for two reasons. One is that you’re not able to see what I’m talking about, since I don’t have pictures of the process, and two, I can’t explain things or give good directions to save my hide. If there’s any interest I can take a video of how I do this. I may do that anyway, since video would be better than these horrid pictures I keep ending up with…speaking of which, it is now time to reveal tonight’s pictures.

Six new blocks

Horrible lighting, not so great layout, but wonderful blocks!

There’s another shot in the gallery down below. (WordPress and I are having a fight right now. It’s winning. So you have to use the link, sorry about that.)

Anyway, that’s the news on the quilt front!

PS – the pan full of cake scraps on the table is NOT my dinner, I promise. It’s gonna feed the birds in the yard in the morning. Yes, I’m still working on the wedding cake…lol.

Off to finish wedding stuff, I’ll be back later. 😉

Red and Aqua Quilt Update #2, Wedding Update #1

It’s been such a rewarding day! First, the quilt news…

I finished not one, but two whole blocks tonight. I even fixed my sewing machine all by myself when it decided to throw a tantrum. I’m so proud! If you were just going on the pictures alone, they don’t look so hot. I PROMISE I will take them outside tomorrow and take some shots that do them justice. I’ll also see about researching how to take better indoor pictures, because these really are terrible.

The other photos are a little better. They are slightly more important too.

My littlest sister is getting married (sniff* sniff*) this weekend at my dad’s. I’m the unpaid planner, decorator, photographer, wedding cake artist and also, hair stylist. Luckily she’s got fabulous hair and I have great taste, so everything should be fine. Tonight we did a practice run through on her hair. She fell in love with it and I took a bunch of pictures to commemorate the occasion. We were missing a whole bunch of things we need to get a real updo, such as a small curling iron and bobby pins, but the main thing we were doing was making sure we could make it work. And we can. Again, this is not the finished project, so judge nicely…or not at all, you could just enjoy! lol

Well I am tired so I’m just going to post the gallery and let you click through. Later gators.

PS – I hate how these pictures look, I will edit this post soon and make it look better, promise.

Red and Aqua Quilt #1

This is block #1 and post #1 on this super fun quilt (I decided that the previous post, my inspiration pictures, didn’t really count as the first post in this quilt update since it wasn’t about my particular quilt.)

The following pictures suck for two reasons. One, I took them at 12:30 in the morning, and there is no natural light to be found in my kitchen at any time, let alone in the middle of the night, since I live in California and not Alaska. Two, I am too tired to open Photoshop and touch them up, so this is what ya get for the moment. I’m so proud of actually finishing an entire block that I couldn’t wait another second to post!

One other note – I am not done choosing or cutting fabric for this quilt. If you count carefully, you can see five different fabrics; for a true Disappearing Nine Patch pattern you need nine separate patterns. I know one of the remaining four will be white flannel. And that I need more red, and a little more contrast in print size. Other than that, I have no idea which fabrics I’ll be buying, but I just couldn’t wait one more day to piece part of this and get a start on it. I am seriously having dreams about this baby, lol.

Okay, enough rambling…here we go!

Just a teaser

Thought I’d show you guys what’s inspired me to start on my newest quilt. But first, just a random little side story: I’ve never once made anything that’s just been, from start to finish, for me. Or, for my husband, for that matter. I’ve started a project (a green patchwork quilt) that was supposed to be for our room, but since then I changed decorating directions and gone with blues and teals over greens, so it’s a lost cause. The point is, this is the first thing I’ve ever made just for me. And it didn’t start out being for me. I bought the fabric for a quick flannel baby blanket (a post on those coming soon) and when I got it home and put it up on my work in progress shelf, I just couldn’t keep my eyes off it. I woke up dreaming about the quilt I could make myself out of it. And that’s when it was decided, it would be mine.

On to the teasing…

First, a gorgeous in process shot of an awesome inspirational piece:
Hooked on needles quilt

Second, showing what white can bring to the board:
Polka Dot Quilts

Third, just because it’s great:
The Calico Cat

And lastly, the inspiration behind the pattern I think I’m going to use to arrange the quilt blocks in:
Disappearing Nine Patch from Sew -Fantasic.blogspot.com

I love the idea of using the Disappearing Nine Patch because the reality is that so far, I only have one red fabric picked out. However, I have tons of red scraps that can be used in 4×4 squares, and by using the Nine Patch method, it won’t be as obvious that very few of the patterns are repeated. Probably considered cheating, I realize, but I am desperately trying to use up what’s in my fabric stash. I no longer have a sewing room (sniff*sniff) and so my crafting bins just float from room to room. It’s driving me crazy and I am determined to cut back on the amount of fabric I am storing, by using it all.

The other reason I like this pattern is that I’m tired of doing random patchwork quilt tops, and the stacked coin quilt top I did is ugly and I detest it. So I needed a new method. This one seems just eclectic enough to suit me and not so rigid that I will be setting myself up for failure by trying it, lol.

Okay, enough rambling. I just want to add that I’ve already cut out over 150 squares for this project and am super excited!