Happy Friday! Are you ready for the weekend? It’s been a busy week here with a bit of unexpected work popping up. But I still managed to get this super simple throw quilt done. This type of quilt is ideal for those times when you need a quick gift and can’t work up enthusiasm for repetitive piecing or complicated cutting. You just need a collection with a great feature print–just like Octopus Garden in Heather Bailey’s Hello Love collection for Free Spirit.A series of variously sized borders around the focal print and you have a quilt top ready for quilting. Remember this quilt in Joel Dewberry? Same idea, smaller scale.It took me a few minutes to get back into the swing of quilting on the frame. It’s been a few weeks since the last quilt was on there. And I still have a small stack of tops that need attention. Maybe I’ll get that whittled down in 2017. Or not.Have a Happy Friday and a great weekend ahead!
Happy Friday! We made through another week. The weather has been stormy here with more rain on the way for the next several days. (Trust me when I tell you Stinka is NOT happy about this.) Before the clouds rolled in, I grabbed a few pictures of the latest Hello, Love project. This is just a simple little tote but it gives the fabric the opportunity to shine.I made this bag because I wanted you to see that not all of this collection is whimsical. The floral print is great on its own or paired with abstract prints. Good for everything from pillowcases to skirts. Even if you think the octopus is too much for you, or the groovy retro is just not your style, there’s still something for you in this collection.It even has Stinka’s approval.
I hope you’re able to enjoy some down time this weekend, doing the things you love best. I’ll be hunkered down, staying warm, drinking coffee and planning more projects.
Oh! I almost forgot to mention. I bit the bullet and signed up on Instagram. I can’t promise anything amazing, but I can promise to try to provide bits of color and beauty as much as possible. I know blogs are moving lower on everyone’s priority list and Instagram seems to be people’s preferred alternative. If that’s you, follow me on IG at @melissapeda.
Did you see Free Spirit’s blog post last week? The one where Jane Sassaman talks about her new collection, Scandia. Now, it’s my turn to talk about Scandia for Free Spirit’s The Artist UnSEWn series.
As my regular readers know, I’m a huge fan of Jane and her work. It’s more than the lively designs and bold colors. It’s more than the incredible fussy cutting opportunities she consistently provides. It all comes down to a particular vision, a certain way of seeing the world. Jane’s vision is informed by nature and by her love of the Arts and Crafts movement. She translates the ordinary and everyday into something beautifully stylized and accessible. (No one does bugs or dandelions quite like Jane!)Whenever I see a new collection from Jane, I do immediately look for those fussy cutting opportunities. She never disappoints! In Scandia, my favorite fussy cutting print is Cardigan. There are so many ways to use this one! For this holiday table mat (Christmas or Valentine’s, you decide) I used wedges to great effect. I cut scalloped edges and left them raw for a simple satin edge finish.The same Cardigan print in Red produces a fun zip pouch. In this instance, I fussy cut the piece to line up the pink triangles near the zipper. But you might choose to highlight the checkerboard pattern in the print instead. Multiple opportunities to highlight motifs–all in one print.
Scandia is in shops now. Don’t wait to get your favorites! There are many happy sewing hours in this collection. And be sure to visit Jane’s blog here. You’ll find her book, Patchwork Sassaman Style here, just in case you need even more inspiration.