How to enjoy hot weather or Retail Therapy

Today was hot in Healdsburg. I mean this is the thermometer on my parent’s back deck in the shade at 5.30 this evening.

It’s pretty warm, and I LOVE IT!!

I did what any normal person does and I walked into town. There is a great little fabric store right on our main square. I may have purchased a thing or two. Supporting the local economy and small businesses is what I call it..

Just one or two fabrics including Kaffe Fasset and some Alexander Henry! Yay! I love them all! I mean look at that little animal family – so cute!

They are all 1/2 yard cuts which makes me pretty happy. And don’t the colors just play so well together? Now I need to borrow a sewing machine so I can actually do more than stare and stroke…

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to have a glass of white wine by the pool!

Quilt Finish! Clover & Violet QAL

Yay I finished my first full-size quilt! This was a part of the Clover and Violet Embroidery 101: Stitch and Quilt Along that I started last summer. To be fair though, I didn’t really do much with it until September. I finished the top in October but it got put to the side with Christmas coming up (and no money to buy backing fabric with!). Then, in April, I was inspired by Jenelle finishing her Embroidery 101 quilt and the realization that if I wanted to use Just Wing It (the fabric from the top) on the backing, I was going to have to get a move on it as it was going to disappear from shop shelves pretty soon. I have to say it was tough to find as much as I did!

quilt front

The quilt measures approximately 1.5 meters square, which is a nice cozy couch size. I quilted it in straight lines down the middle of each colored side of the boxes.. I probably should have done a bit more and quilted on each side of the seam – it’s pretty lightly quilted. As I don’t have a walking foot for my machine (yet!), I took it to Sew Over It in Clapham North to quilt it and it took me just over an hour to do it. Side note, if you need to sew something but want to get out of the house to do so, check them out – they’re great! I bound it in the same pink as I used in the sashing squares. It isn’t from the Just Wing It line, I just picked it up at a fabric shop when I finished the top – it was super cheap ;)

I love the back waaaay more than I thought I would. I was really nervous that it was going to be too jarring and bright. Now I absolutely LOVE it! I used the scraps from the top (I can’t believe I still had them!) as well as some of the extra pink from the binding to create the scrappy strip in the middle.

All the embroidery was done with perle cotton, which I now looove! It gives a really nice tactile yet really smooth appearance to the work. Love it :)

Top row of embroidered blocks – bird house, bunting/garden, and flower.

Middle row of embroidered blocks – wishing well, bird, and flowers.

Middle row of embroidered blocks – flowers, wishing well, and picnic.

I think it looks pretty good on the back of the couch – it might be hard to give away, but I know the person who’ll receive it, really deserves it. Plus, it gives me a reason to make another one!

Ooh! I also have a baby quilt that I started on Monday and I still need to finish piecing the top, assemble th back, quilt it, and bind it, all by the 13th! Wish me luck! I’m going to need it!

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Dreaming of summer – Colette Sorbetto and Garden Wall

One of my New Year’s goals (I don’t like resolutions, I just like to live well), was to make an article of clothing for myself. After much hemming and hawing, I have decided to attempt the Colette Sorbetto in a nice summery print.

I chose this lovely bird print from The Village Haberdashery. It’s a little bit out of my comfort zone – large scale print. But I love the color and think the print is really pretty.. I can’t wait to start sewing – the pattern is cut out and tonight the fabric is being cut.. always the scariest part! Hopefully I can have it done in time to bring to the LMQG meeting in May – then I would have 2 things to bring!