Thursday, January 26, 2012

Playing with Blocks

I made 8 more blocks for my orange and white quilt (previous post here)and played around with the arrangement.

This was my original idea:
I think it would need an orange binding or maybe an orange border?

Here's what it looks like if I shift the center row over to the right:
And turned clockwise 180 degrees:
Of course I would have to add some half blocks to the ends to finish off the top.

What do you think of this quilt so far?  Which arrangement do you prefer?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Something New

I was leafing through a magazine last week at the doctor's office and came across a pillow that looked something like this:

(the pillow was in a different colorway; green and yellow, I believe)

Anyway, I thought it would make an interesting quilt block, so I sketched out a plan for a block that would be 18in. square:

I photocopied the sketch several times so that i could get a view of the general layout of the quilt:
And by shifting alternate rows to the left and right, it creates this pattern:
Some half blocks would have to be added to the ends of the rows.  I think, though, that I prefer the first layout.  Here's a look at my first block:
It was so quick and easy to make.  I'll make nine in all to create a quilt that will be 54 X 54in. square.

Friday, January 20, 2012

A quilt inspired by a blanket

A while back, I spotted this army blanket,
source: the boo and the boy
(great blog, BTW)

which inspired me to make a quilt in a similar design:
I love the simplicity if the design and how the sherbet-y colors combine with the dove gray and cream to create a soft palette for spring.
I made five in all: blush,lavender,banana,soft lime, and periwinkle.
The back was inspired by a vintage wool blanket I remember from my childhood.
Each one measures about 19.25 X 25.75. I think they would look great hanging in a modern nursery, or just as a small cuddle quilt for a child (the gray fabric is so soft!).

Friday, January 13, 2012

Back in business

I had a whirlwind of a week!  I thought that with the kids going back to school on Monday  I would have gotten lots more sewing done!  Not so.  It seems that everyday this week there was something that prevented me from going down into my sewing corner.   I started feeling so anxious that I was finding myself taking in some deep breaths just to calm down.  
Then by Thursday after lunch, I finally found myself with no obligations to anyone or anything so I retreated into my corner.  Some familiar and soothing music in the background, I set out to press and cut fabrics for some new quilts.  Slowly I began to relax into the process and I could feel the tension leave my shoulders and my blood pressure dropped a few notches.  Before I new it I had all the fabric cut for 4 new (mini) quilts.  
I was back in business.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A new handbag or a new sewing macine?

For about the same price, you could either buy a Balenciaga Designer handbag or a brand new sewing/quilting machine with lots of bells and whistles.
which one would you pick?

I have a feeling most of you would choose what I would. case you want both, head on over here to try and win the bag.  It looks like it could hold a little QIP with handy little pockets for your needles, scissors, thimble,etc.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Looking back...and ahead!

2011 was a big year for me:

-"Deux Petites Souris" was born and with the help of the lovely Camille Chung a beautiful logo was created:

-I started this blog and made some great connections with like-minded creative people. 

-My apron pattern was published in Stitch Magazine:

-Claire (owner of Courtepointe Claire Quilt Shop)invited me into her store to be the new sewing instructor.

-Sales started rolling in my Etsy shop and through word of mouth.

-Madame Samm invited me to post my card case tutorial on her blog Sew We Quilt.  

-I'm really enjoying being a part of Flickr and made lots of connections there.  It's a place where I can get feedback from fellow sewers/quiters and so much inspiration from them!

-most of all 2011 has shown me how much I enjoy my craft, especially dreaming up and creating quilts.  I like being a 'maker' and am grateful for every opportunity I get to bring forth the ideas that are floating around in my head. This past year has also shown me that the creative community is very generous.  I truly believe that is so because we are all doing something that we truly love to do. We are in our 'element'.

Happy New Year! Looking forward to lots 'Positivity' in 2012!
Warmly, Cinzia