Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Fun with Fabric

I just have to start this post by saying thank you so much for all your support and the wonderful comments you left on my last post.  It feels so good to be back in a routine of exercise and this time I have cheerleaders!  This new attitude was long overdue.  

This weekend after I finished my shift at the Red Door Gallery I was able to get back to sewing.  I put the finishing touched on my "Mod" quilt top late Sunday afternoon.  This quilt is composed of many of the large scale prints I have been collecting for the last few years.  Some were purchased for handbags and others just for fun.  I never did make the handbags but loved the fabric and had to find a use for it. I thought it would be fun to feature the fabric in large quilt blocks that would capture snapshots of the large scale prints.  I designed this quilt in early January after looking for a pattern and finding none that really appealed to me.  The finished quilt will be 50.5"X84.5". Believe it or not it will be a lap quilt.  Winters here in our old farmhouse are chilly.  Lap quilts need to cover your toes and tuck underneath your chin.   I can't wait to snuggle up under this quilt with a good book!

I just placed an order for a 100 yard bolt of print cloth.  It should be here by Wednesday and I will start dyeing again.  My Etsy store has been neglected for more than a month.  I finally replaced the purple and fuchsia colorways the other day.  I did a small dye lot a few weeks back, but no where near what is needed to get my store restocked.  I have to wait until the weekend to dye because I get so excited when I dye that I don't sleep well.  I just can't wait to rinse out the one of a kind dyes and see how they turn out.   These are my favorites from the last batch.

Dawn asked about the quilt behind me in my last post.  My friend Patsy made it to hang in her quilt retreat. You can see and better photo of it here.


Lynn said...

Cris this quilt is awesome. I love how each square is a frame for a smaller picture/flower/object. Just very very pretty. I can well imagine you all curled up under it nice and snuggly and warm.
Our winter has been so mild my quilts are all hanging on a rack. Too hot to have them on the bed at night and sure do not need them when sitting on the couch either.
Maybe next winter! ;-)

Your dyed fabrics are lovely too.

Jackie said...

As always, your fabric and quilts are fantastic!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Your fabric is gorgeous, Chris..

and I love the snowflakes that you taught everyone to make at Patsy's
.. using names..what a cool idea...

I don't know how you get all the things done that you do!!!

Lorie M. said...

wow that fabric is the bomb! I love it. I admire your last post as well. I think with that type of attitude, the goal is much more reasonable to get to, but more important to maintain. I applaud your candor.

bindu said...

Your dyed fabric is great! And the quilt is lovely.

Plays with Needles said...

I love both the patterns of the fabric AND the pattern of that quilt. It's BEAUTIFUL!!!! All those large scale prints are really showcased in those frames...it's really wonderful!

Robyn said...

Gorgeous quilt! A lap quilt on chilly evenings......sounds so wonderful. We had temperatures of 43 C and 45 C last week though we had a few days of rain in between to cool things down a bit.