Friday, March 6, 2015

Random

A few weeks ago, Kira Bell of the Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild asked if she could share a photo of my quilt Unknown Journey.
At their guild meetings, they have a feature called "Modern Minutes: What makes this quilt modern?" She wanted to share my quilt, and here's what she had to say about it: Debbie Jeske used improvisational piecing and created a new fabric using solids in different colors of green. Then she cut this newly created fabric to make her ‘pathways’ or sticks. Large areas of negative space surround the ‘pathways’ that travel across her quilt. Very linear quilting and a binding in the same color as the background also help keep the visual focus on the ‘pathways’.
It's fun to actually define modern elements in quilts now and then, isn't it? The guild has created a Modern Quilts and Why Pinterest board, if you want to see more.

I keep meaning to tell you about how I managed to get snaps on my Noodlehead Cargo Duffle.
You may recall I had issues with the snaps I had purchased, so when my guild-mate Matt/@odditease offered to help me at our meeting that week, I took him up on his offer. He brought this tool and snaps, along with a small hammer. In no time he gave me a quick demo and we installed those snaps! So hopefully I can manage it myself next time.

Jacey/jaceycraft shared a mini-tutorial of her HST + 1 block, a block I'm sure I've seen in projects before, but had never really thought through. Click over to her post to see the deets as well as how these blocks will look in a finished quilt - terrific, I'd say, and definitely on my list to try.


Now go check out Louise/I'm Feelin' Crafty's placemats! Click here to see each one close up. Aren't they gorgeous? I love how they're all different, but so modern, and they coordinate so nice together! Wouldn't they make mealtime fun?
Placemats-All4-ImFeelinCrafty

I wanted to show you a quilt that was shared by Aneela Hooey/comfortstitching not long ago. When Aneela shared she was dealing with cancer last year, Chelsea/pins and bobbins put a call out on Instagram for 'X' and 'O' blocks to make a quilt for Aneela. We used this tutorial by Canoe Ridge Creations, and here's the post Aneela wrote about the quilt. I think it's a pretty sweet quilt to make to encourage someone.
xoxo quilt in full glory. Thank you to this amazing community of quilters who collaborated from far and wide to produce this quilt for me. I am massively humbled to receive such a personal gift.  @chelseafr you did an amazing job of pulling this together,

Another quilt I thought you'd enjoy is one finished by my former Mid-Century Modern bee-mate Carla/Lollyquiltz. It's her Juicy Fruit quilt made from a variety of sized churn dash blocks. Isn't it something? Here's Carla's original instructions - a 12" block made with 4 - 6" blocks. I remember being wow-ed by her palette! We made blocks for her in 2 different rounds - the first we used just pink and orange, and in the second we added in yellow and white. There's something about this quilt I really love!

Whew! I think that's plenty of randomness for today! Who knew I had so much to share?!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Studio Three :: Mailing Supplies

It wasn't my intent to create a series on studio improvements, but I guess by writing a third installment, that's exactly what I've done. Number one - recovering my ironing board, and number two - building a design wall, are both upgrades I've been really happy with. They make my time in the studio so much better. And number three may seem a bit random and insignificant to some, but for me, I know it'll be a destresser, and something I've thought of doing for a long time: gathering all my mailing supplies in one spot.
Here's what I've collected:
  • A variety of sizes of zip-loc and other plastic bags; the unboxed ones saved from mailings I've received
  • Several sizes of mailing envelopes, both Priority and manila
  • A roll of packing tape
  • A Sharpie for addressing said packages
  • Business cards, which I include in each mailing
  • Washi tape to secure plastic bags shut or for decorating envelopes
In doing this I was reminded that I've been out of return address labels for a long time, so I hopped over to vistaprint and ordered some! It would be nice if I stocked up on some notecards too, since sometimes I want to include a note.

If you participate in bees or swaps at all, you'll understand why doing what I just did will be so beneficial. Looking at this photo of the inside of my desk drawer, I can count 5(!) different locations in the house (2 outside of my studio) where these items were previously kept. And getting packages ready to mail off has always been a huge chore for me, so hopefully that will no longer be the case. Hmmm. What next?