Let me tell you about my friend Amy. She blogs over at Amy’s Creative Side, and was my roommate at QuiltCon.
She writes books. Three books so far, and many more to come, I’m sure of it. This is her new book, Modern Neutrals. It’s amazing. Also, if you’re looking for a quilt book that isn’t all flowers and girl stuff–you’re welcome. This is that book.
I was the lucky duck who got to piece this quilt here, called Circuit Board, and though I almost gave Amy a heart attack by finishing it at the last minute, she’s nice enough to still be my friend.
She’s got about a million great ideas, and a whole lot of awesome ahead of her.
You should probably follow her blog, and keep track of what she does, and get a hold of her books, because well, if she’s designing mind-blowing quilts like this?
You definitely want to know what’s she’s got up her sleeve next.
PS Congrats on the new book, my friend, it’s gorgeous.
Remember that Ooh La la fabric by Anne Sutton/Bunny Hill I showed you last week? I used the blues and whites to make a sweet, simple baby quilt for my sister in law who’s expecting in June–and of course I forgot to take a picture. But the pinks and greys I used for this simple but really really great quilt for my other friend, who is a Disney junkie and even one-time Disney Princess at Disneyland! I threw in a few grey wovens from Etchings by 3 Sisters for Moda, as well as some Hometown by Sweetwater for the name applique and the border.
I wanted to go with something sophisticated and pretty (her color style) but still add a bit of Disney Princess glamour. I used a free Disney font to make her name, and then just freehand drew the Minnie Mouse ears and crown.
A little fuseable web, a lot of machine applique, and a bit of iridescent thread for good measure. I love how this fabric worked out, even though it’s a “baby” collection, it ended up being a nice sophisticated quilt for an adult. I love that.
She loved it, and I’m so glad. I backed it in this super soft grey Minkee. I wanted to keep it for myself, it was so soft.
I machine quilted it with an allover double swirl pattern (because I think it looks magical), and then some fun detail quilting around her name. The binding is a really cute pink and white bias stripe.
I’ve got one more gift quilt to finish for my sweet baby nephew (I’m in love with him) who’s already 3 weeks old (mini-Swoon, anyone?) and then I’m on to spring pattern writing frenzy! I’ve got all the quilts made up, and several of the patterns written and tested, but I’m waiting on fabric for the last two.
Have you made any gifts lately? Or used a fabric collection for a different purpose than it was intended?
Two of my loveliest friends had birthdays last week, and I couldn’t help but pull some things together for them. I could picture in my head exactly what I wanted to make for them, and no matter how many times I tried to think of something store-bought that would be just as good, I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t settle.
So I just did it.
First, an oh-so-fun Cathedral window throw pillow in red and lime green, to match her bedroom makeover! (Lucky girl got some really cute beadboard and shelving in there too!) She said it matched just right, and I’m so glad. A few fat eighths of Ruby by Bonnie and Camille for Moda and some white yardage and I was on my way!
I’ve wanted to do a cathedral window pillow for quite some time, and lucky me, there was a great tutorial on the Moda Bake Shop that walked me through it. I was SHOCKED at how much fabric it uses. So much folding! It’s like origami magic with fabric.
Super fun, super time consuming, but super great results. I’m going to have to refrain from making about 5 for my own room, whenever I get around to redoing it. (In case you’re curious, the walls in my bedroom are a striking shade of mauve, a gift from the previous owner. I avoid my bedroom in daylight at nearly all costs.)
I’ve got one more gift quilt to finish for my sweet baby nephew (I’m in love with him) who’s already 3 weeks old (mini-Swoon, anyone?), another for a sweet little girl fighting cancer, and then I’m on to spring pattern writing frenzy! I’ve got all the quilts made up, and several of the patterns written and tested, but I’m waiting on fabric for the last two.
Have you ever made a Cathedral Window pillow or quilt?
PS Stay tuned tomorrow to see the quilt I made for my other awesome friend’s birthday…she used to be a Disney princess.
I found out this weekend that a dear friend of our family’s had a terrible tragedy last week. Her house burned down. To the ground. They have nothing left. Not only did she lose her home, she lost her beloved pets, and her business. She is a midwife and herbalist. All her product, all her specialized equipment, gone. Even the phone numbers to contact her clients.
My heart is heavy for this incredible woman and her sweet mother. And though I ache to make it all better, of course I can’t. There is nothing I can do to replace what’s lost, to mend their broken hearts, to heal their injuries, to rebuild their lives. Even though I want to, desperately.
I’m a fixer. I like to see a problem and do something about it. And now when there’s nothing to do, I feel a little unanchored.
They are currently staying in a long term hotel, and trying to take stock of everything they don’t have anymore. Their conversations keep reminding them of something else they don’t have. Just yesterday while talking to my mom, our sweet friend realized all her personal pictures were gone. The mourning process began again.
I know I’m being a little bit of a downer on a holiday, but what better way to show love than by helping someone in need? I plan on sending care packages and other comforts, but I’m still feeling like it’s not enough.
What can I do for this family? How can I help? What would comfort you in this situation? Your thoughts are much appreciated.