Category Sewing + Needlework

Kitchen Progress; Upholstered Benches

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Today I finally did it. I upholstered the benches in our kitchen.
DSC_1066Ty was home sick and in bed all day, so I couldn’t fiddle around with the details in our bedroom today. As I had finished up the last of some freelance responsibilities yesterday, I was still itching to get stuff done; I put myself to good use and finally got around to finishing up these benches and finalizing frame placement in the hallway (things changed in there after the picture ledges moved to Laelia’s new room). I’d say both the kitchen and the hallway are 90-95% done! Woo-hoo!

Twin Quilt Designs

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I’ve been playing around with quilt ideas in Illustrator for weeks, and I think I finally came up with something I want to move forward with:

TwinQuilt_TrianglesIt’s a mix of what I talked about in the last post about the twin quilt; a triangle quilt, but with the pops of color coming together like in a bow-tie quilt.

Here is a more literal bow-tie and pinwheel quilt design I came up with before settling on the above:TwinQuilt_Bowties_Pinwheels

I’m still unsure about the fabrics I’ll be using, but I pulled a bunch from my stash that I’d like to use; I may still buy one or two more prints, to flesh out the colors more.


I’m super inspired by the colors in this easy knit baby blanket by Purl Soho:


I do plan on knitting her this blanket, too! After her lacey blanket, this should would be a no-brainer.

What do you guys think of my design? I’ll probably do something fun on the back again, instead of just doing a plain white back. I love the idea of quilts being semi reversible. ~.^

Inspiring a Twin Quilt for Laelia’s bed

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marks & spencer

A Marks and Spencer blanket. via Pinterest.

I’ve been really attracted to all the triangle patterns and quilts that I’ve seen around for a while now. I’d really like to base Laelia’s quilt on a pattern like this, but I’m worried about it being too trendy, and looking dated sooner than I’d like, so I’m trying to figure out a way to make it a little more timeless. I really love the colors of the above, but I love prints too much to make it all solid.


via Fancy Tiger Crafts

This quilt (above) has lots of prints, but then I think about how I’m very attracted to quilts that justs have solid color blocks. Then I remembered this quilt:

I love the tiny pops of color at each corner, and I will definitely hand tie the quilt like I did on Laelia’s baby quilt. But I really am having a hard time deciding between vintage, ethnic, or modern prints, and if it should be all prints or some print some solid (I super love just white with prints). Can I marry those ideas? I suppose it’s just a matter of finding prints that sit well together (or play off each other well). What do you guys think? Does anyone know of any other quilts or prints that might inspire me?! I feel like I’m stuck at a crossroads, and I just need that last spark to get me going. :)

New Pillows available at in Flore!

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I finished a few pillows this weekend, and listed them on Etsy. Every time I plan a photoshoot in my head I envision lovely wide shots and beautiful natural light and lots of neat architecture and furniture and coordinating props… and I always end up crashing back down to reality. Especially because the last two times I’ve shot my pillows, it was raining — you can take amazing photos in the rain, if you are outside. Rainy days just mean I have a hard time getting enough light through my living room windows to get a good shot, but I did the best I could with my point-and-shoot with a wonky auto-focus. Anyway, here they are!

I love this pattern, it’s so simple and yet adds so much interest. These fabrics are from AMH’s drawing room, which is essentially all over my living room, except  in the rose & ivory colorways. I debated back and forth about adding the crochet edging to this; I didn’t want to overdo it, and two of my girlfriends said it was great without, so I left it be. If anyone thinks these NEED the crochet, please let me know in the comments!

I bought this fabric (Amy Butler’s primrose in lime, from the Nigella home decor collection) 2 and a half years ago when Tyler and I moved in and I was just starting to decorate our place. I ended up falling in love with AMH’s drawing room fabrics and went with those instead, so I have had this beautiful fabric waiting around to be sewn up for sometime! I do love how it came out. It has a great feel to it.
This pillow was a little experiment I did the end of last year, and it was a lot of work! This is Amy Butler’s French Wallpaper in Duck Egg, from the Belle fabric collection. I have a ton of this fabric! I think I bought like 3.5 yards, and I used it to make a curtain in the bathroom and it has become beautifully faded, I’m excited to find just the right use for it… and I made a french memo board I’ll post here someday featuring it. I bought it when I was planning my wedding which essentially had this color scheme. Speaking of, the taffeta fabric once was a table runner at my wedding! :)

So, I have a few more Square Dance pillows in the sweet colorway I’m going to sew up over the next week, but I’m really hoping to get a few parts of my portfolio posted, and maybe add a few more features to this blog here. Then I’ll start in on all the illustrations and watercolors I have in my head. Am I starting to do that mom thing? You know, where right before you get off the phone (in this case, sign off) your mom repeats what she’s about to do, and you know its much more for her sake than for yours?… yeah, I’m totally doing that. xoxo

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