Thursday, September 29, 2011

Everywhere, Hexagons!

Everywhere I look lately, I see hexagons! Part of my morning routine is to visit Bing to enjoy the new day’s picture. This morning, I was thrilled to see hexagons on the Bing homepage! The picture is actually of honey pots, but the colors would make a great quilt.

A few weeks ago, I was playing around in PowerPoint when I noticed that one of the slide transitions is rotating hexagons! I haven’t used it in a real presentation yet, but am looking forward to it. There is a similar transition with diamonds that I also want to use. (Disclaimer: I work for Microsoft, but I would like Bing and PowerPoint even if I didn't.)
More recently, I saw these hexagon mirrors at Ikea. Brown’s not really my color, but I might have to get these for my sewing space. I can’t seem to get enough of hexagons these days. I think that’s an indication that I should start another English paper pieced hexagon project. I wonder where I’ll encounter hexagons next.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

WIP Wednesday: September 28, 2011

This past month has been particularly busy and left little time for quilting. Luckily, I was able to reacquaint myself with my sewing machine this week, and made some good progress. Oh, how I missed sewing!

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Current Projects

2011 Memory Quilt {1/? blocks complete}: So far this year, I have given away every single quilt and table runner I have made. I wanted a way to remember them, because sometimes I forget all the finished quilts I have made when I look at my Work In Progress list. I decided to make a memory quilt out of scraps from each of this year’s completed quilts. Some of the quilt patterns I used did not have very much waste, so I chose a small postage stamp block. The blocks will finish at 4” square. One way or another, I will finish the Kaleidoscope quilt this year. I made that block first, since those scraps were handy.

Blueberry Pie {0/18 blocks complete}: I continued piecing the nine-patch blocks. The more I work on this project, the more I like it.

Kaleidoscope Quilt Along {35/35 blocks complete}: I finished the blocks and started piecing them together into rows. My piecing is not perfect, but that’s okay. This quilt is intended to be used and loved, not admired. Still, I really like how it is coming together. Next quilt-along, though, I won’t make such a big quilt.

On Hold
Call Me Crazy {17/42 blocks complete}
Color Book
Scrappy Green Quilt (aka Unblogable #5):
Scrappy Nine-Patch {12/70 blocks complete}
Unblogable #1
Valentine’s Day Half-Square Triangles
Warm Cool Quilt Along

New projects: 1
Completed projects: 0
Total projects: 12

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Saturday Sweetness: Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

A while ago, my mom made cookies for a catered event. Since she knows how much I love her backed baked goods, she let me sample each of the three kinds of cookies she made. They were all delectable, but I especially like the Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies. (No surprise there.) A few weeks later, I made them myself. To make sure they were extra-special, I used Maldon sea salt and Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips. You can make similar cookies by whipping up your favorite chocolate chip cookies and sprinkling them with a healthy dash of sea salt just before baking. I will definitely make Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies again.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Yay, Mom!

I was so excited to learn today that the quilt my mom recently designed from scratch was featured on Modern Day Quilts! Modern Day Quilts is a great source of inspiration, so check it out! Congratulations, Mom!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hexagons in the Wild

Recently, I was walking around downtown Seattle when I spotted some hexagons in the wild. These weren’t just any hexagons. They were giant hexagons! These hexies were the backdrop of an empty window display. The business that put them up looked to be long gone, so I don’t know what they were supposed to be a backdrop for. No matter. I could imagine a quilt made out of fussy cut giant hexagons like these. Just goes to show you – quilting inspiration can be found in the strangest places sometimes.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Flashback Friday #7: Valentine’s Day Table Topper #2

Last week, I showed you my first Valentine’s Day Table Topper. After proving that the Quilted Quickies Charm School – Lesson Two pattern worked well for my purposes, I made another one, this time for my mom. I really enjoy making more than one quilt with the same pattern and seeing how differently they turn out.

For this one, I used fabric by Sandy Gervais, and added a border. Somehow, I managed to sew the binding on wrong, so it didn’t turn out as flat as the first one. My mom loved it anyways. I also finished this table topper in January 2008.