Creating Creation

Exciting things have been happening and that energy spawned a new quilt design. Here is sample number one.

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The idea for this quilt top happened after I’d cut out triangles from fat quarters, sewed those in to hexagons, and looked at the results. The results are a blend of the past and the present. While I was sewing it up my grandma filtered through my thoughts, and this is a quilt inspired by her.

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Cut out triangles for sample quilt top two.

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My supervisor stopped in to make sure all arranging was up to snuff.

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Problem solving looks classic here.

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What have you been making?

Colorful Quilt Top

This quilt is an amalgamation of cloth, time, patterns, and my brain. I started making this quilt for a class using The Rabbit Factory’s Homespun Hill. The pieced blocks were fun and quick to put together. The color palette is dewy grass.

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I modified this quilt top by adding Carolyn Friedlander‘s Creativebug Polk block.  I’ve done some paper-piecing, and found this exercise to be helpful and inspiring. Paper-piecing is a great stash buster. Creativebug provides excellent instructions, visually and in print format (I’m big a fan!).

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The quilt top has batiks, prints, solids, and paper-pieced blocks. The fabric on hand became this quilt; in the past year my taste, knowledge, and understanding of fabric has become more robust, and I’m happy to see some old fabrics being incorporated into a quilt and removed from the stash. Sarah Watts’ Honeymoon made it in and some batiks my auntie gifted to me. I’m partial to Sarah Watts round lines.

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Honestly, sitting close to this quilt top since April, I don’t know if I’m ready to look at it as a whole. And really, it isn’t complete, because I have to add quilting, backing, and binding. Overall, I like the movement and the quilt top.

What did you make over the weekend?

 

Scraps Tote

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This tote first started coming together in April, but was set aside for other projects. It caught my eye the other day. I scoped out the previous work, and found I was at the final steps of construction. The instructions are from The School of Sewing.

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Free motion quilting is the best, and I love working on improving my skills.

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Most of the scraps came from a baby quilt I finished in March.

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The fabric scraps are mostly from Lizzy House’s line Natural History. A great line with playful fabrics that I love.

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What have you been working on? Thanks for stopping by.

Savory Spice & Herb Mix

Spices & herbs jazz any meal. Lately I’ve been adding this savory spice & herb mix to eggplant, garlic, pasta, grilled cheese, and potatoes–the results are pretty amazing. As with most things, these spices may be adjusted, substituted, or swapped out as desired. I like to use organic or locally loved and grown ingredients when possible.

The amount of each spice I use depends on my mood and the dish. I follow what I like.

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Savory Spice & Herb Mix (amount of spice or herb to be determined per usage)

  • Cayenne Pepper Powder (or ground Black Pepper if a more mild taste is desired)
  • Sea Salt
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Dried Rosemary
  • Dried Oregano
  • Dried Basil
  • Dried Thyme
  • Dried Parsley

On these six sliced potatoes below I sprinkled the spices & herbs on along with three slabs of butter, diced up, all mixed on a rimmed baking sheet. The oven was 375 degrees Fahrenheit; I placed the tray in, stirred the potatoes every fifteen minutes, checking for the desired crispness. The cooking time was forty-five minutes.

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What spices do you enjoy using?

Applique Strips Basted

Basting after pinning applique pieces is one of my favorite parts of the craft and I like that the turned edges seem smoother when compared with my turning-on-the-line only applique. Basting may seem like it’ll away time from stitching, but trust me, it doesn’t, and I don’t worry about being stuck with needles. I love all parts of needle-turn applique.

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Pattern Name & Author: Aerial Grove & Carolyn Friedlander

Right before I started this I stopped myself from working on a needle-turn applique project I wasn’t enjoying. The project and I did not mesh creatively and when I realized this it was an easy decision to move on. Now I’m stitching away happily.

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I recently (today) had guests, and one was my sewing auntie; she helped applique one strip and I’m finishing up the second. When I first saw this quilt pattern I was excited to start working on it. The pattern is fun, graceful, and lends itself to great amounts of color play.

Have any projects you’ve moved on from?