Category: creative dabblings.

happy new year!

this photo isn’t from NYE, but, close enough.  (it was from pete’s work Xmas party back on dec. 10th.)

i have been around, but busy.  i also got an iPad and that derailed my blogging big time…went into deep media digestion mode and created virtually nothing in a virtual sense.  pinterest and Flickr efforts excepted.

it was a crazy year, full of a tremendous amount of change.  good change (moving, poppy growing up and getting potty trained (!), and starting at a new preschool), and bad change (health problems, peter’s dad passing away, etc.).

but overall, the year ended on a good note, i would say.

-poppy’s new school is great.  very urban and forward-thinking, as well as kind of hip.  her head teacher has pink hair!  they even make a point to serve them healthy organic food and emphasize environmentalism, which is a nice touch.  she’s going 5 mornings a week and seems to love it.  yay!

-poppy’s school is about a mile away.  i usually walk back home after dropping her off, and walk back over to pick her up.  lately i’ve been taking the stroller with me to pick her up so i can walk us home too, so I get about a 3 mile walk in each school day.  hooray for exercise!  i need it, as it’s been a non stop sweets and candy fest around here since Halloween…(maybe you can relate???)

-while poppy is at school, i usually head home to sew.  i’ve been getting into quilting, big time.  i made my parents a large quilt for Xmas, and also finished one baby quilt (for my newest niece marabel, born mid-dec), as well as a full size red and white zig zag quilt, which now resides on our bed.  i’ve also finished multitudinous quilt tops in the past little while and have more ideas and quilts in the queue.

-on a quilt related note, i joined the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild in dec and met a fabulous group of ladies there…including one famous quilter, jacquie, who lives in my building.  she and i have even gotten together a couple times since at her place to chat and sew.  she’s amazing.  so happy to make a friend here, especially one as nice as jacquie, and especially one who sews/quilts!

-i signed up for a fabric silk screening class, it starts next week, and runs for ten weeks.  so excited!

i’m off to do some sewing RIGHT NOW.  a perfect way to start the new year.  while i sew i plan to ponder my goals for 2012.  still formulating plans.  *smile*

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what have you been up to?  i’ve missed you.  🙂

love made you + other patchy goodness, in progress

love made you

several years ago (probably about 5 years now) i made the word “love” using soft letter pillows. sometime back, probably about 2.5 to 3 years ago (when poppy was but a wee little thing), i added the words “made you”, thinking it would, in toto, make a neat wallhanging somewhere, someday, in our home. perhaps over a bed, or maybe even in the kiddo’s space. i like the idea of those words together, because really, for most of us, it’s kinda true. idealistically anyway. 🙂 finally got around to snapping a photo this past week. (wow i’m slow.) maybe in about 5 years i’ll actually get around to hanging them up. ha ha ha.

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quilty idea in progress

working on some other small baby-quilt/wall-hanging sized patchy/quilty stuff. will reveal at a later date.

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taking an all day free-motion quilting course at a local fabric store on friday…i’m pretty excited.

this and that

zig zag quilt planning

ikea dress

boxes

i started playing around with instagram on my iPhone yesterday…popped off a couple pictures around the house.

on top: thinking about making a zig-zag quilt. made a simple sketch on graph paper on monday, so i could get an idea of how much fabric/how many blocks i’ll need to make one in queen size. i made of a few copies of said drawing so i could plan out colors. i don’t think i’ll be doing the colors shown; i was just having a little fun with a glass of wine and colored pencils while watching tosh.0. 😛

middle: a jumper dress i made over the winter from ikea yardage. it’s the same 70s vintage pattern i used to make this green jumper and this orange jumper

at the bottom: acrylic boxes, from the container store. i like how they look stacked and arranged; they remind me of buildings in a city. poppy LOVES playing with them; taking off the tops, putting stuff inside, stacking them, etc., etc.

as with hipstamatic…i can see this app being pretty addictive. 🙂

waves chevrons and stripes

panton

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granny stripe rainbow afghan

bits of color from inside the abode of yours truly. a bright respite for the eyes to rest upon during the longest days of this winter, as i am so tired of looking outside at the heaps of (dirty) snow. thank goodness this winter is wrapping up, FINALLY. yesterday we had a gloriously warm 60F day (in february??) and it was so amazing. a taste of what’s soon to come i hope. that groundhog better be right, damnit. 🙂

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the last photo shows a granny stripe blanket i’ve got going, it’s still in progress as i write this. unsure how big it’s going to be in toto, it’s about 6 feet wide and about 3-4 feet long at this most current juncture. the yarns used within are from debbie stoller’s stitch nation line of yarns, in a rainbow gradation: bamboo ewe, full o’ sheep, and alpaca love. i really like the saturated colors in the line; just my speed. the price is pretty darn affordable for the yardage, and the yarns are easy to find (michaels and joann fabrics both carry the ranges, the latter having more colors of each type, if not all of them). awesome. and it crochets up incredibly fast. win win win.

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it’s been kind of busy around here lately, especially on the weekends. personal changes are in the works…not at privy (due to my ongoing and persistent superstitions) to discuss anything quite yet, but will do so when the time is right. *crossing fingers*

circular weaving

weaving without a loom

circular weaving

a little fibery something something:

i’ve been wanting to try circular weaving since i saw these circular woven pieces on nothing is new. the idea is really neat and ridiculously simple, and seemed like a good way to use up random bits of yarn (of which i have ridiculous amounts). read on that site that kelly referenced the book weaving without a loom when making hers…so i bopped over to amazon and scored a cheap copy of said book. finally got around to trying out weaving in this way today. i’ve basically got it, just have to work out some kinks in understanding the method and how to finish it, but generally i think it’s pretty badass and hooboy, it gives me a lot of ideas!

p.s. this blog post about circular weaving seems helpful, in case the notion of such things intrigues you as well…

patch(ed)

pinwheel block-making

pinwheel blocks

been spending the last several days (read: the weekend to now) making pinwheel patchwork blocks, using some beige twill i thrifted ages ago (so long ago i can’t remember when or where i found it), and scraps of silks, cottons, cords and blends. found the instructions for this block in a great patchwork-making book i snagged at purl at some point last year, 501 rotary-cut quilt blocks by judy hopkins.

each block is about 12.5 inches square, and i’ve got about 16 of them, so i’m probably going to gather them up together and make some kind of 4 x 4 foot square wall-hanging thing. never mind that i have no more free wall space on which to hang such a hanging… 😛

i’ve found myself wanting to do a lot of quilting of late, or patchwork, really. wanting to play with fabric, color, design using patchwork as my medium. but not always wanting to go to the trouble of making a bed-sized behemoth. so i’m only committing myself to small-ish wall-hangings (like this one), and i’m having a lot of fun…

around

lights

i want this print!

groovy lamps at my doctor’s office, and an amazing 1970s print that lives on one of the walls at the greenwich library’s main branch. i want to steal it. 😛