Archive for the 'Sewing' Category

“You don’t have to be a quilter – or own a barn!”

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

“A barn quilt is a quilt block which is painted on a barn.” Read all about them by following the links in this post:

MetaFilter: “You don’t have to be a quilter – or own a barn!”.

I think I need to seek some of these out on my next trip to the US.

Quilting Inspiration

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Some quilts I liked:

Shiner’s View: Ocean Quilt (also on Flickr and an earlier version.

she can quilt: Rainbow Breeze Quilt based on the Summer Breeze Quilt Pattern

Small Sewing Project

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

While André and I were on vacation for most of August, one of our neighbors took care of our plants. She’s also a sewist so I sewed her a little bag as a thank you.

I loosely followed this tutorial: Fat Quarter Tote with darts that I found here years ago.

Here it is:


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Sewing Project

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

I recently got a new sunlounger and actually got to spend some time using it since the weather has gotten really nice this week. The only thing that was missing from my reading comfort was a cushion or two. I remembered this hummingbird fabric I’ve been saving for a special project for five or six years – it was just enough for two front sides. I used some matching light green fabric (Kona Cotton Solid in Spearmint, if I’m not mistaken) for the back.

It was almost 10pm when I finished them, so here’s a quick shot of the cushions on their intended sunlounger at dusk.

Update: Here are two more photos in better light:

Sewing project from two years ago

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Two years ago I sewed a quilt that I gave away as a present to a couple on their wedding day.

The design is very heavily inspired by The Tempest Quilt by Cherri House of Cherry House Quilts fame.

The squares are all made from Kona Cotton solids by Robert Kaufman in ash, black, charcoal, coal, graphite, iron, med. grey, pepper, pewter, shadow, silver, sky, slate, steel, blue and indigo and match the couple’s living-room couch. For the small inset rectangles I used some print and some solid fabrics in the bride’s favorite color range. The solids are Kona Cotton in berry and cerise.

For the back in Kona ash I pieced a patchwork heart from the accent fabrics.

I quilted it with horizontal free-form wavy lines. For the binding I used Muslin Mates Bubbles in black by Moda, except for the lower left corner, which is made from one of the accent fabrics.

The quilt looked nice as a present even without wrapping paper!