You know what's awesome? That I didn't have to log into Typepad this time because it hasn't been 7 years since I last blogged. By the way, that's a bouquet made by Annika from flowers in our back yard. LOVE.
I think we're getting into a groove around here. Less unpacking (although there are still about 6 boxes left to unpack) and more making is happening, which makes me pretty happy.
The studio and I are getting to know each other at naptime as well as with a baby playing on the floor just maybe making a huge mess of the embroidery thread. Or maybe she's insisting that I hold her so that I am cutting strips and piecing them together with one hand while I hold her on my other hip. Or maybe she is nursing while I quilt pillowtops with one hand. Just maybe. I should call these the one handed pillows.
I'm a big fan of the log cabin pillow and have made many of them. The ones that have been on my couch are sad and tired and well loved. They needed replacing. I based the new ones on the Color Story pillows in Modern Log Cabin Quilting: 25 Simple Quilts and Patchwork Projects. I didn't mean to pick exactly the same colors, but I did and I love them. Mine are 18" square and are stuffed with 20" pillow forms so they're nice and fat. We use our pillows, so starting out overstuffed is a necessity. I backed one of them in red and one in grey because I was 1" shy of enough red fabric. Oops. I like that they are sibling pillows and not twins. I'd say 2/3 of the fabrics are the same in both.
I have a strip-pieced pillow from the same fabrics waiting to be finished and I plan to make some potholders and a couple more pillows from the remainder of the strips. This is what I really love about patchwork and quilting - that the fabric seems to keep on going as you make more and more, smaller and smaller projects. Cutting off the amount you need leaves you with a smaller piece for something else. I'm going to work this pile of scraps until I have taken it down to nothing. I'll probably have 4 pillows and 4-6 sets of potholders from about 1.5 yards of fabric scraps and strips (okay, and 1.5 yards of backing fabric). Pretty fabulous, if you ask me.
Maybe by then I'll have red/blue/yellow/grey worked out of my system. Or not. After this, it's time to tackle the Big Quilt Projects that I have on my plate. And I am not making a new quilt for my couch to match these pillows. Nope. Not me. Even though it needs it. So maybe.
A side note about the white couch. I used to think people with children and animals who had white couches had a touch of the Crazy. We needed a new couch for the living room because I sold our big one rather than moving it. I was happily searching for a groovy vintage couch that would go with the house but two things happened. First, I realized that any vintage couch in my price range could potentially have unsavory issues or need recovering sooner than I was willing to take on that kind of project. Second, I found this couch in the As-Is department at Ikea for a smokin' deal. It was in perfect condition. The slipcover was machine washable. My friends have sworn by the washability of the cover. It was cheap. Sold. And I have to say that I adore my white couch. It brightens up my living room and really is that washable (tested out the washing with muddy dog prints - thanks Luna!). It's a perfect canvas for quilts and pillows. Ahem. Since I need an excuse to make more quilts and pillows. Overall, I have to give it two thumbs up. I guess I have a touch of the Crazy.
Tomorrow (or soon) - the garden. Here's to having stuff to blather on about. It's good to be back, blog.