My order of Sew Sassy thread (by Superior Threads) arrived this week. Of the amber, green and black in my order, I decided on the amber for my AMH EPP project. It will set off the rich colors of Anna Maria’s prints perfectly.This is 12 wt. thread which requires a larger needle and tension adjustments. I haven’t started in on that yet but perhaps on the weekend. Another decision I made lately…order the color and swatch guides from Spoonflower. I have been entertaining some ideas involving Spoonflower for a ridiculously long time. However, I never got around to the follow-through on those ideas. Step One in that long list of follow-through is having the guides in hand so the lengthy decision making process can truly begin. Who knows how long it will take to get to Step Two, but at least I have one less reason to procrastinate.But by far, the hardest decision I’ve been making lately is this–choosing to be still. It’s a hard one. I’m driven by many things, not the least of which is the never-ending stacks of fabric I want to make into projects before I lose my “free time” and Market sample sewing gets started in earnest. However, I know from experience I should take time out voluntarily. Time just to marvel at Nature’s beauty. Time to soak up inspiration. Time to be silent and receptive. If I refuse, I’m likely to find myself sidelined by illness or a migraine or something equally unpleasant. My body knows better than my mind on this point. So I made the decision to go easy on myself this week. Stinka makes sure I take at least one of my cups of coffee outside where we can sit in the sunshine. We listen to the birds–mockingbirds, phoebes, robins, sparrows, crows, hawks. We watch the butterflies flit through the yard. We notice all the blooms and blossoms in their striking colors. It’s a gift–this experience of Nature in my own backyard. I’d be a fool not to take the time to enjoy it to the fullest.
Now that Quilt Market is wrapping up, I can share the projects I worked on for Free Spirit. I’ll post in the same order as I sewed them. The first batch of fabric to arrive on my doorstep was Jenean’s Star Landing. It’s everything you expect from Jenean and a little bit extra!I have two favorite prints in this collection. One of them is a hexagonal cheater print called Hexie Medallion. I designed a very simple quilt for this print–one that uses minimal piecing, raw edge applique and simple quilting. I added additional gray big stitch quilting before I sent this off but Stinka wasn’t around to help with photography at that point.My other favorite print is Flower Sketch. Oh, the possibilities!!!Here’s what happened to a portion of this print:I used pearl cotton and embroidery thread to create a lovely medallion for this pillow. If you look at the image of the plain fabric, you will see a nearly complete floral motif in the lower left quadrant. That’s the motif I used for this embroidery. You can see that I chose to combine some of the sections into larger areas for this piece, mostly in the interest of time. And I have to admit, it was hard to stop. I just wanted to keep at it. Just imagine this in a larger size. The “Wow” factor would be off the charts.Of course, there has to be a darling dress and this time it’s McCalls 6959. The pattern is really easy and goes together in a flash. I think the binding took more time to make than the dress itself.Another pieced and quilted pillow shows off the smaller prints, as well as additional colors. And of course, how can we not have a bag? This is the same pattern I made for Jane’s Gregory’s Garden collection last Spring.That little star like embellishment is fussy cut from the Hexie Medallion print. I used Phoomph to give it some dimension. You could easily, and quickly, make a garland of these from all the different hexies in the repeat.
And that’s the end of the Star Landing samples. As usual, Jenean and I were thinking on the same wave lengths when we talked about what to make. I just love working with her! It’s always a good feeling when it all “clicks” and things happen effortlessly.
I have more Flower Sketch to play with, so I’ll be back with some other ideas for that wonderful print. In the meantime, go see what Jenean has been up to.
Last week, I mentioned a celebratory giveaway for the blog’s 5th birthday. Over the weekend, I managed to put together a fun package to celebrate. The package will contain three charm packs (one Joel Dewberry True Colors, one Kaffe sampler and one mix of solids by Free Spirit), two small spools of Coats & Clark all purpose thread (one in bright pink for EPP work), a package of 1 1/2″ jewel paper pieces, a small package of Clover clips, some Renaissance Ribbon (two lengths of Jane Sassaman designs, one length of Amy Butler design and one length of Parson Gray design) and a handful of J&P Coats embroidery thread in bright, happy colors.
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