Sunday, February 19, 2012

modern boy tumbler quilt

How's this for a modern tumbler quilt?  I love this quilt.  I started making it for friend who had a baby last autumn--just so you know, I'm never on time with handmade gifts and I've accepted that.  Because she's not a really close friend, I decided not to splurge on fabric and use only scraps and other stuff from my stash.  But as I got further into the process, I realized that i. love. this. quilt.  How could I possibly give it up when the colors flow so well together and it brightens every day?

Let me repeat, she's not a really close friend.  During the process of putting this one together, I also read a post that discussed handmade gifts and the appreciation of the recipients.  It would be an incredible tragedy to gift someone with a handmade treasure like this that took so much time and thought only to find that they don't appreciate it nearly as much as you would have if you'd have kept it.  So far, I have only given these kinds of gifts to family and a few close friends who I am certain appreciate the love that I put into the project.

So does that justify my selfishness for keeping this one?  Maybe not, but since it was my time and energy, I have complete control over the destination of this quilt.  And since my 3-year-old, who typically couldn't care less about something I've made him, lit up with excitement when he saw this one and asked if he could have it immediately, there is just no better place for this one to go.

When I first became obsessed with modern quilts, I realized that most modern quilters didn't use borders.  That's actually what intrigued me about modern quilting.  But the more I quilt, the more I find myself attracted to quilts with borders.  A border frames the quilt design and, I think, brings more attention to it.  I'm not saying that borders are necessary all of the time--I've seen so many lovely quilts without borders--but I do think I will be using them more often.  A quilt with a border looks more like a photo inside a frame and I really like that look.

For the backing I used this dot fabric from the "Wild Cat Woman" line by Loralie Designs.  It's just greyish fabric with black dots, but once you know what it's called, it certainly does look a little girlish . . . but don't tell the boys.

I quilted this one by first outlining each column of tumblers and then quilting inside each column following the same outline.  I then quilted around the border with a few straight lines on both sides.  I didn't quilt inside the border because I wanted it to pop out of the design.  Very simple as far as quilting methods go.

This quilt measures 36" x 36".
It's just lovely . . . and it will definitely be well appreciated.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

a pair of {feminine} slippers

I just love these slippers!  They are so cute and they worked up pretty quickly.  I purchased the crochet pattern from Holland Designs, the same place I purchased the pattern for this hat.

The pattern doesn't call for a color change, but I think they turned out really great.  I just love the yellow and gray color combination (again, I'm probably behind the color trend here since gray and yellow popped up at least a year ago).  Such a nice transition.  And this button strap is super feminine and functional; the slippers really stay put.

I made a couple of other changes to the pattern, too.  I took in the one side of the soles a little in the middle so they would resemble feet better.  What's funny about that, though, is that I reversed the shoes when I added the strap so it's like I'm wearing them on the wrong feet!  But I can't tell at all, so maybe this adjustment was unnecessary.  I also wasn't too excited about single crocheting the sole, so I double crocheted instead to work them up faster.  I love the result.

I may try to add a faux leather sole so the slippers don't wear out so quickly.  I have no experience with hand crocheted slippers, so I'm not really sure how long it would take to wear out the sole.  But I'm not willing to take the chance because I adore these.

I've been thinking that I might need another pair so they won't wear out so quickly . . . I have plenty of other color combinations in mind.