Saturday, June 15, 2024

Sewing Room Update, 6/15/24

 I finished another trio of Echinacea blocks, this time in the Haute colorway. I'm having fun trying to place the templates in different parts of the fabric to see how many different looks I can get from this incredible fabric. 

I also finished the first block from the Out Loud colorway. This one has been out of print for a long time--I did some research and found out I have been collecting Echinacea fabric for ten years. This is one of two prints I have from 2014.

I don't know who is making all these cool "add yours" templates on Instagram that are ideal for quilts, but I'm sure enjoying them. 

Lest you think all I do is happily drop photos into those templates, I have also been completing the binding on ten quilts that I got back from Darby in May. On seven of them, the binding will be finished by machine, and I will hand sew the binding on the other three. I made six quilts from my stash of Anna Maria Horner fabric and have titled them "The Same But Different, 1-6," super creative title... I decided to bind them in black and I love the way it frames the fabric. I hope the recipients enjoy receiving them as much as I've enjoyed making them.
Tomorrow is a big day for me. Back in March I filmed an episode for The Quilt Show and tomorrow is the air date (watch the trailer here )!  One of the segments is about working with different types of solid fabric.

I took this photo in the Albert Cafe' in Liberty of London, an example of how inspiration is everywhere.

Then I came home and made two nearly identical pillows based on that photo--one using only Kona solid cottons, and the one below, in which I swapped out a few squares in similar colors of Dupioni silk, Oakshott shot cottons, crossweaves, etc., for added sparkle. It would have been a great illustration for both the segment on inspiration and also an example for the segment on solids.  Except I forgot to bring it. *sigh* Anyway, tomorrow I will have a link where you can get a seven-day free trial and watch the show at your leisure. Hope you check it out. :)


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Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

I love how you are using your cherished stash. I need to get busy and do the same thing. Can't wait to see your episode. A quilter I know here has been an audience member when they filmed in Denver a couple of times but it's never worked for me to go along.

FlourishingPalms said... #

Wow! You gave 10 quilts to a longarm quilter?! I can't imagine. $$$$ But, I'm cheap that way. :-) Now you're tackling 10 bindings. That would be a bit daunting, especially for me who never machine-sews down binding. Though I've tried it several times, I have never been as happy with the result as when I hand stitch. I think the pillow you made is a beautiful reflection of that café photo... even better than the original. The fabrics you chose are just right. Again, I'll say how happy I am for you to have appeared on "The Quilt Show." You are a celebrity!

French 75 said... #

I can't wait to see you on the Quilt Show. You are truly low-key famous. ;-) The black bindings for your Same But Different quilts really makes the fabrics pop. Good choice. It's fun to watch each new Echinacea block. The finished quilt is going to be amazing. xo

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said... #

How fantastic to be so close to so many finishes! The black binding looks wonderful as a frame and a way to tie all 6 quilts together. I hope you had a great weekend.

OPQuilt said... #

Totally impressed with your Same, But Different quilts, and love that you used up so much of your AMH prints. It's been ten years since she issued the echinacea prints? I had no idea. I was happy to see them come 'round again, especially for quilters like you, who can make such beautiful designs from stunning fabric.
Congrats on the Quilt Show--such a wonderful honor!!