Christmas Quilt

Monday, December 16, 2019

If you're like me—you've got a stack of holiday fabrics left over from Christmas' past.  Where there's not enough fabric left of an individual pattern to do much with and, oh yeah, the ones that in your scrap bin are from multiple years, so the prints don't exactly coordinate that well together either.

Sound familiar?

Quilt from christmas fabrics sitting in laundry basket on a dining room table

Well, this year I decided to do something about it and created the Christmas Ladders Quilt Pattern which you can download here for FREE.

This quilt does an excellent job using up scraps.  All you need to be able to do is piece together a 2.5" x 62" strip of a single fabric pattern.

photo of multi-colored quilt from christmas fabrics laying on wooden table
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This version uses 26 different fabrics.  But you can certainly repeat some fabrics if you have a larger stash of some.

The best part of this pattern is that it encourages you to use fabrics that you wouldn't normally use together, by creating groupings of more cohesive fabrics.  Adding scraps from solids is also a great way to build it out.

multicolored christmas quilt spread on a brown couch

This is a simple, fast, and—did I mention—FREE pattern for you to use this holiday season, next year or to attack some of your non-holiday scrap stash during the winter doldrums ...

Happy Holidays!


Table Runner

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Saturday musings ... eclectic is probably the best way to define our home (I used to call it transitional until a client asked me for a "transitional fabric" and I looked it up and decided, we are definitely NOT transitional (though I love that look too).

Anyway, back to today's topic ... when we built it in 2009, it was a weekend place—and we furnished it with hand-me-downs and Craigslist finds.  I was all for going with more traditional pieces believing they would add a bit of character to a cabin that was a bit on the modern side. In fact, this was actually when I decided to learn to quilt ... little did I know quilting would become an obsession 😀.

In our dining room, the welsh dresser was an eBay find, the chairs came two different from Craigslist buys (my husband painted them all gray to make them a little more cohesive and make the captain chairs a tad more attractive), the rug is a hand-me-down from his mum and the super-heavy, trestle table is from a small, home-gifts store where it was used to showcase items, they were remodeling and sold it to me for $200 👏👏👏 (Oh, and yes, those are IKEA Billy Bookshelves peaking in from the hallway on the right which I blogged about here).  

Fast forward a few years and the cabin is now our full-time home and we also integrated some of our mid-century modern furniture when we sold our Seattle house and settled out here.  

So last week, I was making these awnings for a client.  

I use my dining room table to cut fabric for awnings and when I was trimming this fabric to center the print on the awnings, I ended up with a strip of fabric that looked down-right cool in the center of my table.  

After it sat on the table for a day and the edges didn't really seem to fray, I trimmed it up and created a little runner for the welsh dresser.  

I'm sure it won't last forever, but it's a great addition to the room, brightens it up a bit and  kinda makes it look like it belongs.  

I also love that that sometimes you can find something that you love completely out of the blue.

Hope you're having a great weekend and for those of you making your holiday gifts, that your production line is going well!



Slowed down but not stopped ...

Monday, November 25, 2019

November has been a slow month ... but I did accomplish a fair amount with the awning business. Testing and introducing a new hemline, completing and shipping a few sets of awnings and shifting the bulk of my awning fabric requirements to a new fabric supplier.

The first accomplishment is the new hemline called The Arch.  It's meant to echo the curvature at the top of the trailer.  As someone who isn't in love with scallops (though about 75% of my business is with scallops) I am always trying to come up with interesting alternatives and The Arch is one of my favorites and it's now available in my shop.

I do think that this hemline is going to look best with geometric patterned fabrics, but looking forward to trying it on other fabrics as orders come in.

But there's always room for some traditional awnings as well and this cute fabric.

And for the more geometrically inclined.

Finally, after 3 years of making awnings, I have had the opportunity to work with product from multiple outdoor fabric manufacturers.  The biggest challenge is quality, where the image is not printed straight on the fabric, which makes it quite difficult to use in a symmetrical application.  There have also been fading issues.  And finally, while not a fabric manufacturer issue, I have dealt with multiple shipments from where the fabric is simply stuffed into a poly bag and I have had to work really hard to get the wrinkles out— with one set of awnings, as seen in the image below, eventually having to be scrapped because I could not remove the wrinkles caused by how it was packaged.

After repeated ironing and steaming

Due to a shipping error this summer, I had to reach out directly to the Premier Prints (one of my favorite outdoor fabric manufacturers) to help resolve the issue.  It was through that engagement that I happily discovered that I can order directly from Premier!!!  They have both a retail and a wholesale site!  And most importantly, they actually take care with how they fold and ship their fabric.

So the slow-down this month was actually due to me finally capitulating and having the cataracts removed from both my eyes.  I have been continually told that I am extremely young (58) to have cataracts, and since I didn't really grow up in high sun areas, the jury is out whether the chemo or accompanying hi-dose steroids, may have driven the issue.

That said, it all went really well.  I opted to correct for close up vision (e.g. I won't need glasses for reading, computer work or sewing any longer!!!).  I will still wear glasses for distance, as I have done for the past 30+ years.   While correction is still required for distance, my "new eyes" have really added a LOT of clarity, definition, even at a distance, that I did not have before.

Very excited to get back at it this week with my final vision check on Wednesday and then no more restrictions!

Wishing everyone in the 🇺🇸 safe travels this week and enjoyable time with friends, family and chosen families.


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