Monday, October 31, 2011

Day 31 of 31 Days of Un-Collections: Wax Hues

  • White: 20107 11 from Patisserie by Fig Tree for Moda
  • Purple: K001-1042 Kona Brick for Robert Kaufman
  • Pink: AAM-11489-239 Sorbet from Veranda by Amanda Murphy for Robert Kaufman
  • Peach: 20123 16 from Whimsy by Fig Tree for Moda
  • Orange: 32423 28 from Chrysalis by Sanae for Moda
  • Bonus (Backing or Border?) Print: C2703 Purple from So Sophie by Jen Allyson for Riley Blake
Accompanying Pattern: I really like this slight variation on an HST pattern.

And there you have it, my final day of Un-Collections. I'm awfully glad I decided to jump on the bandwagon, even though I slacked off to sew some nights. I think I've become a lot more comfortable picking colors from different fabric collections, especially if I'm in a brick and mortar fabric shop, where I can easily compare bolts to bolts.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed the palettes and patterns and found something to inspire you!

I'm taking the next few days off of blogging to spend some time in front of the machine. Hopefully, I'll be back soon with a finished project! In the meantime, I'll probably be pinning like crazy.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Day 30 of 31 Days of Un-Collections: Dish tones

  • Green: APC-10999-43 from Treasures and Tidbits by Piece O' Cake Designs
  • Blue: TP10 Indigo from Prince Charming by Tula Pink for Free Spirit
  • Yellow: 27048 15 from Fandango by Kate Spain for Moda
  • Light Blue: JD50 Jade from Heirloom by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit Fabrics
  • Tannish Gray: AKU-10777-15 from Mon Sheri by Khristian Howell for Robert Kaufman
Accompanying Pattern: I've been working up the gumption to think about following Aneela's Pickledish Quilt-Along. Not now. Maybe next year. but I think it would be a good fit for these particular prints.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Day 29 of 31 Days of Un-Collections: Floating Tones

  • Gray: K001-1037 Kona Bone by Robert Kaufman
  • Aqua: 27061 11 from Central Park by Kate Spain for Moda
  • Navy: NW07 Sea Green from Happy Go Lucky by Nel Whatmore for Free Spirit
  • Magenta: DS04 Fiesta from Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt for Free Spirit
  • Pink: VW26 Rose from Nest by Valori Wells for FreeSpirit
Accompanying Pattern: Yet again, I found myself looking for a pattern that featured large-scale prints nicely. In the end, I chose this Picture Frames pattern. Little Miss Shabby has the tutorial posted here.

Friday, October 28, 2011

31 Days of Un-Collections: Western Brights

Over the course of the month, I've become a lot pickier about which palettes I'll use. I've found that certain color cards are easier to match to fabrics than others. For instance, I don't want to pick a color card with 3 shades of yellow or 3 shades of any other one color either. It's tough for me to truly represent the slight variations in color and tint gradations. Unfortunately, those troublesome palettees tend to be the color cards that attract me most. So instead of spending time finding the exact. right. fabric. swatch, I'm spending all that time finding the exact. right. color. card.

  • Purple: 32245 27 from Freebird by MoMo for Moda
  • Red: 216051 24 from Pezzy Print by American Jane for Moda
  • Gray: K001-1037 Kona Bone by Robert Kaufman
  • Violet: 27099 15 from Terrain by Kate Spain for Moda
  • Yellow: 21094 20 from Recess by American Jane for Moda
Accompanying Pattern: I love the way the sashing off-sets the hexagons in this pattern. It's on my jelly roll bucket list now.

Hope everyone's weekend is off to a great start!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Day 26 of 31 Days of Un-Collections: An Interruption

In a heroic effort to score some awesome charm packs a couple of days ago, I was commenting to Meg about how this time of year is generally when I take a hard look at my unfinished projects. I take stock of what's there, what's left to do to finish them, and I try to assess which projects will be easiest to finish before the end of the year, so I can add more pictures to my end of the year mosaic. That way, I can end the year with as much closure as possible.

NCSU quilt in progress 

Though you'd never guess it by the looks of things around here, I've been in (silent) closure mode the past couple of weeks now. In addition to the mad quilting I've been doing on the husbatron's NCSU quilt, I have a stack of 4 quilt tops with their pieced battings and 2 basted quilt sandwiches, all of various sizes (crib-sized to almost king), sitting in the corner of my sewing room. I desperately want to finish those quilts, if only to declutter them and get them up off the floor.

To do clutter 

I also have a list of 14 charm pack projects/tutorials I blithely scribbled down back through April and May, and I assumed it wouldn't be a problem at all to crank out the quilts and their accompanying tutorials by the end of this year (Denial anyone?). I desperately want to finish those projects, because I can't wait to see if the reality matches my vision for them. And because I keep buying charm packs and need to do something with them.

After revising my October - December 2011 Craftiness To Do List for the umpteenth time in the past week, I stopped for a minute, wondering. "Why do I even care how many quilts I finish before the end of the year?" If you pulled out any given quilt in my cabinet o' quilts and asked me "When did you make this?" I wouldn't reply, "Oh, I started that in September 2009 and finished it in May 2011."

Wedding - Officially hitched IMG_2425-e

Instead, I'd say, "Hmm, let's see, I started that the week I got married to deal with all the stress of last-minute wedding planning so I didn't kill my mother, and I finished it right after we planted tomatoes for the first time on our back porch a few years later." (Note the fledgling tomato plant photobomb action to the left  of the finished quilt.)

Or I'd say, "Well, I started that right after my parents moved far, far away because I was sad, and then I finished the binding while sitting on the couch in their new house almost a year later."


Takeaway: I tend to associate quilts with other things going on in my life at the time I worked on them, not by arbitrary start and end points on the Gregorian calendar. (Apparently, I also tend to start new projects under great emotional duress.) I guess it makes sense. Quilting isn't my life. I happily devote a lot of my spare time and mental space to it, but it's still part of my small, but full life. I guess all I'm saying with this blathering introspection is that deep down, I don't want 2011 to necessarily be the year where I got a lot of quilting sh*t done and had an awesome mosaic to show for it at the end of the year mosaic-fest in blogland. When I do look at my mosaic for the end of the year, I don't want to feel guilty about all the WIPs sitting in the corner, untouched for months. I don't want to let myself get all anxious, looking at all the items that haven't been crossed off the To Do Lists I've set up for my hobby. I want to be excited about the stash I still have to use and eager to try new patterns with fun fabrics.

Here's to the last couple of months of 2011. I hope you find lots of joy in your sewing time, even if your seams are all crooked like mine.

Sorry for the angsty post. I just needed to get it out of my system and preach to myself more than anything else. I'll be back tomorrow with another color palette.

Oh, but if you're interested in any of my closure thus far, I forgot to mention that I set up a "Finished Quilts" page last week.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Day 25 of 31 Days of Un-Collections: Baked Hues

Accompanying Pattern: Since I'm using a few large-scale prints, I'd choose this Square Dance pattern by Heather Peterson, found in her Livin' Large book.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Day 24 of 31 Days of Un-Collections: Autumn Spectrum

I've never really considered autumn to be a "cool color" season, but I really dig this color card.

Accompanying Pattern: I know it's a pretty traditional block for these fabrics, but I'd love to make this Triangle Star block from each of those fabrics to make a small lap quilt or something similar. 
And if anyone's interested, here's what we're eating this week...

Check out today's Menu Plan Monday post at OrgJunkie if you need more inspiration. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Day 23 of 31 Days of Un-Collections: Monstrous Cupcakes

Um, so I missed a few days in there to spend some time in the sewing room. It seems like I can either quilt in my free time or I can blog. I just can't quite get it together to do both on most days.

In honor of the monstrous holiday coming up, today's color card features monstrous cupcakes.

  • Orange - JD48 from Heirloom by Joel Dewberry for FreeSpirit
  • Pink - 22167 22 from Amelia by Me and My Sister for Moda 
  • Blue - 18065 11 from Sugar Pop by Liz Scott for Moda
  • Green - TP10 in Olive from Prince Charming by Tula Pink for Free Spirit
  • Gray - JY34 in Charcoal from Habitat by Jay McCarroll for Free Spirit
Accompanying Pattern: I've always liked the Verna's Quilt pattern that Natalia designed a couple of years back. It's been on my bucket list pretty much since the day I saw it. 

Also, I've been catching up on my flickr current events tonight and stumbled across this awesome spiderweb quilt. Don't you love the contrast of the bright white and the other bright colors?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Day 18 of 31 Days of Un-Collections: Cookie Tones

Is anyone else already looking forward to holiday baking?

Accompanying Pattern: For some reason, these colors just scream Irish Chain quilt to me. I'd start with Allison's pattern for a Modern Chain quilt

Monday, October 17, 2011

Day 17 of 31 Days of Un-Collections: Bloom Tones

Also, here's a quick peek at what we're eating this week, since I've been terribly remiss in posting our weekly menus lately...
Check out OrgJunkie's Menu Plan Monday post to find out what other folks are eating this week. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Day 16 of 31 Days of Un-Collections: Fallen Hues

I thought this photo was appropriate, since we're about to hit that great time of year, when the trees are so dang pretty, I don't care that my allergies are driving me crazy.

Accompanying Pattern: I've been eyeing Rachel's Postage Stamp Quilt Along for a few months now. I'd love to see it with these colors and a nice tan-nish muslin background.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Day 14 of 31 Days of Un-Collections: Who knew leeks could be so pretty?

Accompanying Pattern: I've always liked this pattern from Camille. I think it would look super-cute in these colors.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

31 Days of Un-Collections: Something Different

I thought I'd post something a little different tonight and highlight some of my favorite Un-Collection quilts that I've run into over the past few weeks.

1. Nautical Quilt from Film in the Fridge. Ashlee just posted the tutorial was just posted here
nautical quilt

2. Peppermint Twist by Cluck Cluck Sew; pattern available here if you need it. (Sidenote: Allison's "un-collection" quilts are consistent favorites of mine.)

Source: via Megan on Pinterest

3. Little Leaves Quilt by Nikki (original pattern found in Oh Fransson's Practical Guide to Patchwork). Whew, I am crushing HARD on this block right now. It's enough to make me consider applique.  
Little Leaves for a little bed

4. Tracey's Swoon Quilt - I think Tracey might have been the very first blogger to start (and finish!) a Swoon quilt, after Camille, of course. Sidenote: If you stop by Tracey's blog, be sure to send happy thoughts her way on her new daughter!

Finished if you're a girl quilt

Hope you enjoyed the eye candy! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Day 11 of 31 Days of Un-Collections: Bubble Gum Balls

I fell in love with this photo and its colors when this post popped up in my reader this morning. I don't think I've ever made a quilt that's quite this girly, but for some reason, this set of colors really struck a chord with me today. 

Accompanying Pattern: This lattice and applique pattern by Heather Mulder Peterson would look super-cute in these prints. I think the pattern is in her first Livin' Large book.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Day 10 of 31 Days of Un-Collections: Pumpkin Vases

Accompanying Pattern: I love the random simplicity in this Summer Pop Quilt that Katie made.  

Sunday, October 9, 2011

31 Days of Un-Collections, Day 9: A Day Off

I'm taking the editorial liberty of taking a day off from the challenge. It's been a fun, productive weekend, but I'm ready for bed.

Here's a quick picture of what I've been working on this weekend.


I volunteered to make a few wine totes and some reversible napkins for a silent auction as part of a Triangle Modern Quilt Guild charity project. I used Kate's tutorial for the wine totes and I pretty much follow FITF's reversible napkin tutorial, except I cut my fabric pieces to 17.5" square (to bust stash more efficiently), and I usually omit the rick rack. 

These are two of my favorite "perennial projects to have on hand." You can use the wine tote for fancy bottles of olive oil or vinegar for your non-drinking friends. The napkins can be easily personalized with a monogram (or maybe some hexagons?), and they make perfect housewarming or hostess gifts. 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Day 8 of 31 Days of Un-Collections: Baked Tones

Nothing says quilting like a fresh tray of iced cookies, am I right?


Accompanying Pattern - These bright primary colors would look nice in this Framed In pattern by Little Miss Shabby over at Moda Bake Shop

Friday, October 7, 2011

Day 7 of 31 Days of Un-Collections: Big Yellow Stripes

Hmm, so something looks kinda strange with this one. I liked the looks of each print as I was picking them out and comparing them to the color card, but something's kinda off now that they're all together. I think the red flowers in the light blue are competing with the yellow. And I think there might just be too much white space in the yellow. Or perhaps it's because I picked out more than one large-scale print. Oh Well. This series is a growing experience for me. I could spend all night sitting here analyzing what went wrong, or I could go sew. 

Accompanying Pattern: Strawberry Fields Forever - I think those wonky 9-patches would be just the ticket to provide some contrast to the symmetry of some of these prints. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Day 6 of 31 Days of Un-Collections: Fruit Star

Accompanying Pattern: I love this Christmas Stars pattern by Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Day 5 of 31 Days of Un-Collections: Citrus Brights

Here's to Day 5 of 31 Days of Un-Collections...


After trying to match these colors, all I have to say is yellow is hard, y'all.

As far as the accompanying pattern goes, I think that Fig Tree's Jelly Girl pattern would be adorable in these colors. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Day 4 of 31 Days of Un-Collections: Yarn Vintage

Welcome to Day 4 of my 31 Days of Un-Collections series. If you have no idea what's going on here, check out the introductory post

day4 mosaic
Accompanying Pattern: It has lots of pieces, but I love this Rocky Mountain Chain block