Sunday, January 30, 2011
Well here she is, after almost a year of working on. The hexagon quilt is officially done and ready for use! I kept the quilting straightforward and simple. I outlined the star and the inside pattern of the block. I used a turquoise print for the binding, my favorite color.I got creative with the back, I only had 3 yards of the flower and bird print. So... using the leftover triangles from the blocks, I pieced them into long rows and added them. I had the pink in my stash and it was just the right color, so I added a strip of that to the bottom.
This is for sure the hardest quilt I've pieced, but all of that hard work and unpicking of seams and re-ironing was worth it. It's such a pretty quilt. The fabric I used is called Plume. Tula Pink designed it for Moda. It was a jelly roll, with white background fabric. Julie at Jaybird Quilts had a quiltalong for it. I really encourage you to make one!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
After consulting my BFF Becky on how to quilt my Hexagon quilt, we came to the conclusion that stars should be outlined. Of course that would look good right??? When I came home and considered that even more, I realized just how much it would require moving, stopping, moving, stopping, readjusting... oh man! This is why I love free motion quilting, it's not nearly so involved. As much as I wanted to just stipple quilt this top, I did the right thing and am outlining those stars. With pink thread!
I'm almost half way done... my shoulders are killing me! Off to do some yoga, maybe that will loosen me up. I think quilting this quilt totally counts as a workout in itself. :P
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Saturday, January 08, 2011
Mark and I went on a date last night. We wanted to get out, even though we were both really tired from the busy week we had. First we went to eat some Pad Thai, it was delicious. We both looked at each other after eating and said "now what??" We started driving towards downtown Portland, and ended up somehow clear at IKEA. So, we made the best of it! We had fun looking at all of the stuff, that place is so huge. We ended up getting some cool decorations for the kid's bedrooms. When we got home from our date we told them if they cleaned their rooms really good they'd get a gift from us, we didn't tell them what we got. Well, today we cleaned and cleaned for hours... I am exhausted! It was really great to get it all done though.
I really want to paint their bedrooms, but it seems so daunting. All of the bedrooms in our house have huge vaulted ceilings, so the walls go up forever and ever. Putting a color on a wall that big freaks me out! Jessie's room needed a new light fixture, and since she has those high ceilings she got a big one. I love this light, it's so super fun isn't it?? It's like 30" in diameter haha!
Also in Jessie's room I put up some new pictures on her wall, just because. We went to an artsy show a few months ago, and I picked up the cutest postcards from Oh My Cavalier!. Her art was so interesting and pretty. I framed three of our favorites and hung them in Jessie's room. The mirrors I bought a long time ago, and it's about time they were hung.
Curren got a new chair, it hangs from the rafter in his room. He sat in it for hours today playing his Nintendo DSi. He was in HEAVEN.
Happy house, happy kids. Life is good.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
You guys, I finished the hexagon quilt top! Can you believe it? I am so excited about how it turned out. It was one of the hardest quilt tops I've ever pieced, but I learned a lot and loved the process. A challenge is always good... which is why it took almost a year to complete the top :)
The quilt is a lap size, it's not too big. All of those little pointy corners were a bear to put together. I feel like an expert on them now though :) The fabric I used is called Plume designed by Tula Pink for Moda. I used a Jelly Roll and white yardage. Julie at Jaybird Quilts started it all, with the hexagon quilt along. I also used a book called Sizzlin' Sixties by Heather Mulder Peterson. There are a lot of tutorials and good tips out there, so if you want to make your own hexagon quilt, jump right in!
This is the backing I chose for the quilt, I bought about 3 yards of it, and it won't be enough, so I'll have to find some other stuff in my stash that will match it. It's so pretty isn't it? I love Tula Pink's fabric designs, they are so artsy.
Now, to figure out how to quilt it...
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Monday, January 03, 2011
I've got a thing for scarves, never in my life have I worn them much. I bought a shiny silvery scarf in the fall and love wearing it! This weekend was a fun one, Charissa and I went with our families to the beach to hike, and in Cannon Beach is The Center Diamond. The had the cutest beachy fringes! The two on the top with the shells were what I picked up there, the one on the bottom I've had already. I found the silky aqua fabric on clearance at Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe on Saturday.
Amy Butler's book In Stitches gave me the inspiration for the fun scarf. You'd think I could think of these things on my own, but I am not that smart :P
How fun! I love the new scarf. These would make great gifts don't you think?? I hope so, I've got lots of this fabric left over LOL!
Saturday, January 01, 2011
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you have all had a wonderful day. Our friends are in town visiting, so today the men took all of the kids to the mountain to ride dirt bikes, us girls got to go shopping at Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe, it was such a fun day.
I decided to put a photo up of my current stitching. I started the cross stitch "Gina Queen of the Sea" by Ink Circles in 2008. I pulled it out again during the Christmas break we've had. I decided it was the one to continue working on now. The colors are very pretty, and I love the sea theme.
Yesterday we took our friends and the kids for a hike at the beach. Ecola State Park is our most favorite beach around, and they have a good 2 mile hike there, so we braved it in the freezing cold. I am glad we did, it was beautiful.
Look at the big log, it's so huge! We could have fit several more people :)