Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Postage stamp squares

At the last meeting of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild we swapped postage stamp squares (2.5 inches).  I swapped 500 of them - others in the group swapped closer to a 1000 (I can't imagine cutting out that many little squares!).  After playing around with several layouts I decided on a scrappy Irish Chain:

Dominic was actually a very good helper - he held up my sketch for me and even told me when he thought I was putting them out wrong!  I think I'll stick with the standard white for the spaces in-between the colored squares.  It won't be all that big - just a lap quilt or maybe a twin size.  I really like the look of scrappy quilts but I have to admit I'm a little intimidated by sewing with such small squares (which I have to say is really funny considering that I made a quilt out of 1 inch hand pieced hexagons!).  Now, I just have to find time to start sewing on it!

Friday, August 19, 2011


My Grandmother was one of the most creative and artistic people I know.  I used to spend hours with her painting, baking, playing with clay, gardening, etc.  It was always fun and inspirational.  She never quilted but always loved looking at quilts.  I learned to quilt so I could make one for her.  These are my two favorite paintings she did (both of them hang in my living room):

The first one is a water color she did in a class that we took together and the second one is her first attempt at "modern" art.  She did the second one as a birthday present for me.  I love it!  I always feel inspired when I look at her paintings.  I think it's because they always make me think of all the time we spent together being creative and that she wasn't afraid to try anything at least once.  What inspires you?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Taggie mini-quilt

A few nights ago I had a need to sew something that wasn't full of problems.  After sitting for a few minutes I noticed that Malcolm had one of his toys in my sewing room and it hit me - I'd make him a taggie mini-quilt!  (His favorite thing to chew on when his teeth are bothering him is the toy that was in my room - a soft rattle with with lots of ribbon tags hanging off of it).  So, after an hour of fiddling around I made this:

And, he loves it!  He's been chewing on it every day since I made it and it's nice to be able to switch out the two toys when they start getting gross and need cleaning.  (Yes, it's sideways.  I turned it three times but it keeps uploading like this so I gave up.)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Too much of a good thing...

I'm at a weird place in my quilting right now.  I love to read blogs and spend tons of time browsing flicker but I feel like I've gone into inspiration overload.  I have a HUGE list of quilt ideas and sketches but I can't really decide what to work on.  How do I know if the idea is mine or if I'm just replicating something I've seen somewhere else on the internet?  But then again, quilting is such an old craft that aren't we all just doing what those before us have already done?  I feel very overwhelmed by it all right now - I want to sew more but I can't figure out what to work on.  Nothing really seems to be flowing well and I keep hitting a lot of bumps in the road with what I'm trying to work on.  How do you deal with too many ideas and not enough time?

I've also been cutting like crazy lately (I always liked the way my back of trimmings looks - so many bits of color all splashed together - maybe some day I will make a quilt that replicates that?).  I have a few projects that I'm working on that I've been setting fabric aside for that I also want to include in other things which meant I needed to cut out what I would need so I would know what I had left to work with for other projects.

It's been fun and relaxing to cut cut and stack for a while and not worry about the design problems - I think I just need a clear head so I can stand back and have that "oh" moment that will solve the issue.