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.


Dancing in the rain ...

Saturday, November 16, 2019

This was a UFO that had been sitting in my pile since I launched the Connected Squares Pattern earlier this year.  I had purchased the fabric for the back, but just hadn't gotten to it.

Then last week we got the tragic news that, after a valiant 11-year fight with Leukemia, a friend's husband, Walt, had passed away.  Over those years, Walt had fought like a trooper—doing everything he could to find a cure and still, spend amazing, quality time with his kids, to make sure that the time they had together was meaningful and well lived.

I had made Walt a quilt back in 2016 when his cancer had returned.  This one is for his family.  His wife, 16-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter.  I put a quote on the back (which doesn't photograph that well, but is easier to read in person):

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass ...
It's about learning to dance in the rain.

This quote has so much meaning to me.  When my dad passed 3 years ago, my sister was going through his things and found he had written the quote down in a notebook.  It is exactly how Walt and his family have lived for the past 11 years and I wanted to share it with them in a meaningful way.

Together, they had purchased a mid-century modern home and the design of this quilt top, and even the color scheme, were a perfect match for that home.  I hope that the quilt will be continual reminder of the community out here that loves and cares for them and is here if and when they need us.

midcentury modern quilt white gray with a coral accent

The quilt was made from this pattern.  It's a pattern that is designed for the "new to quilting".  The backing is Cotton + Steel Jubilee Lanterns.  The front is all Kona solids and I believe it is white, steel and coral.

quilt back with cotton + steel jubilee lanterns fabric

quilt top in white and gray with a coral accent

The coral piece on the back with the quote is not appliquéd, it is pieced into the quilt.  I printed the quote on the fabric with my InkJet printer.

Note:  I have found that colored ink will come out in the wash, but black ink, when ironed for 60 seconds after printing, seems to set just fine and will stay put well.  You should ALWAYS run a test or two for your printer and wash several times before putting a printed piece into a permanent item like a quilt.

Sometimes I am really pleased that I have a hobby that allows me to create things to share with people that matter to me, whether it be to celebrate a momentous occasion or touch someone who has experienced sadness or loss with something that brings meaning and perhaps a little comfort to their day.

I hope that you are all having a good week out there.


Our Coast-to-coast-to-coast Adventure

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Well ... actually, we've been home for a little over a month ... but we had a LOT of catching up to do.

Our coast-to-coast-to-coast adventure turned out to be 62 days and +11,400 miles!!!

My first barn quilt!  (Manatoulin Island, ON)
A small 2016 T@b Teardrop Trailer, 2 kayaks, 2 adults, 2 English Setters.

We saw beautiful scenery, went to a family reunion (PEI), cheered on a friend for his first 1/2 Ironman (NY), visited more family (ON, DC, KS) visited my college roommate (MA) and my 4th grade BFF (CO), and saw SO many new and beautiful places!

Favorite Place:  Quebec City (me), Provincetown, MA (him)

Least favorite:  Cape May, NJ (the flies were relentless)

Would I do it again:  YES!!!

Will we do it again:  no

19 Unique States and 5 unique Provinces:  WA, ID, MT, ND, MB, ON, QB, NB, PEI, NB, ME, MA, NY, NJ, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV, KY, IN, IL, KS, CO, WY, ID, WA

If you're thinking of driving across the 🇺🇸and/or  🇨🇦—GO FOR IT!

We were pretty strict on what we took and that made it a LOT easier for loading and unloading.  We had a few moments, mostly surrounding rain—two large, wet dogs isn't a lot of fun in a big space, let alone a little one.  But overall, we really enjoyed the ability to travel light, see so much new, and share something we really enjoy with our friends and family.

It also kinda makes us wonder why we need an 1800 sf house when we did just fine in a 60 sf teardrop trailer for 2 months 😎


Prince Edward Island

Lake Placid, NY Half Ironman

Washington DC



Prince Edward Island


Visits from wild horses on Assateague Island, MD

Shell searching on Higbee Beach, NJ

Kayaking in S Thomaston, ME

Sightseeing at Portland Head Lighthouse, Portland, ME

Nostalgia at the world's longest covered bridge, Hartland, New Brunswick

History at State Capital, Commonwealth of VA

Discovery at the highest paved road in USA—12,000' Rocky Mountain National Park, CO


Perspective ...

And for those of you who have lasted until now ... wouldn't the colors on this blue crab make an amazing quilt?!?!?!

Assateague Island, MD

I am excited to be home and caught up on awning orders ... and looking forward to starting to share new ideas and work on this blog again!

Hope everyone had an equally fun introduction to fall!


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