Saturday, July 17, 2010

Hi Mom! Whatcha Doin in Here?!

Hi guys! It's been way too long! The last month of school really flew by and now we're speeding through summer.

We've been gone a lot of the summer so far, which is usual for us, but there is one lesson I learned last summer that I have applied to this one. I got really cranky last year when my sewing machine gathered dust all summer and my sewing table got piled high with Other People's Stuff. I have made it a priority to keep the studio tidy so that when I do get a few minutes here and there, I am ready to sew.

The result? Quilts! I've got a picnic quilt finished, an art quilt top completed, another bed quilt in-process of quilting, and here's one that I started laying out on the floor yesterday when I woke up at 6:15am and couldn't get back to sleep.

I started with all 6 colorways of Kaffe Fassett "Bekah" (maybe my all-time favorite print), one yard each. That's what you see in the front row. Then I added some other splashy florals from my stash. I cut 8" squares of everything I had. That's over 200 squares, which will be enough for 2 twin quilts with some left over (picnic quilt?)

Each of the girls picked out their favorites, so I will make 2 quilts with mostly the same fabrics, but Molly's will be heavy on the light blue and Sophie's heavy on the hot pink. They share a room, so their quilts will co-ordinate, but be unique.

Just to be clear, all this cutting and choosing was done before my 6:15am quilt-fest, so all I had to do was move a little furniture out of the way and start playing with my squares.

Trying to decide whether I like the random arrangement (above) or the light/dark checkerboard arrangement (below). What do you think?
Then I got a visitor.
"Hi Mom! Don't let me interrupt what you're doing. I'll just make myself comfortable."
Well, that's all for now, since I've figured out how to blog again, I should be back soon! xo


Blogger auntiemichal said...

Great fabrics! I like the random better, especially for the florals. You could always throw the squares for each quilt in a bag and draw the next square with your eyes closed! An applique of a labrador on one of the quilts would be really cute!

1:37 PM  
Blogger Melody Johnson said...

So glad you are back!!!
I pick the checkerboard, and it will be fabulous without an appliqued labrador! eek.

7:40 AM  
Blogger Kay Koeper Sorensen said...

Welcome back.
I've missed you.

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Jamie said...

Hi Em, welcome back! I vote for the random. I think it looks lovely :)

3:28 PM  
Blogger YogaNan knits, too... said...

Hey, that looks familiar! My cats love to help me rearrange the order of quilt squares. They are very opinionated, too, as cats tend to be.

Have fun, and I like the random, too.

5:31 PM  
Blogger TURBOchic said...

Voting for the top! Looks like you've got your hands full with quilts and pups!

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Kathy L. said...

Both layouts of the quilt squares are beautiful, but I think I am more of a checkerboard girl.

4:37 AM  
Blogger amywb said...

Want to see the art quilt. Like the random. Can we have a date soon? Miss you.

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Cathy R said...

I also vote for random. I really like how it looks!

Very, extremely, cute dog.

What is a picnic quilt? I would imagine that it would be a smaller (or, I guess, larger) quilt to sit on at a picnic. Am I being too literal?

Last night I started Knitty's "Lamina" with Sophie's Toes Harlequin color. It is going to be fantastic!!

1:41 PM  
Blogger La Cabeza Grande said...

Good gravy! Thanks for the visit, eh? Beautiful, happy colors for the quilt.

4:38 PM  
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