Sunday, January 26, 2014

Yellow Herringbone

I saw a herringbone quilt somewhere or other out there in blogland and knew I had to have one.  I tend to make everything very small since a. I have a short attention span b. sewing time is becoming increasingly limited BUT I knew this one wasn't going into the Etsy shop and as the people around here are getting bigger the quilts are going to have to keep up.
I tend to be drawn to wild patterns and bright colors and I've been wanting to try my hand at something with a limited color scheme and solid fabrics.  I LOVE the muslin and yellow together...although of course I couldn't resist a blue ikat on the back.

I believe the traditional method for these is half square triangles but I couldn't bear the thought of making that many identical pieces.  So I tried a kind of freestyle method...that I wouldn't necessarily recommend.  I sewed straight strips together and cut them on the bias, which probably did save lots of time but it was much harder to be accurate than I had anticipated and there are an awful lot of puckers where I struggled to get seams to match up.
Luckily the recipient (messy 8 year old boy) is not terribly particular.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

A custom order

The shop was closed for several months and I really missed sewing so I was glad of the excuse when somebody contacted me about a toddler sized minky quilt.

Gray green and aqua. Nice combo.