Things have been so crazy lately. We bought a house and close in less than a month! Kelby visited this weekend! Nick's dad is visiting next week! My mom and I started a yarn dyeing business! Oh, and we're still going to our day jobs everyday! Needless to say, time is at a premium, but everyone is busy so I have very little right to complain. How are you?
Let's talk about my first finished project, my Thimble Blossoms Lucky quilt. I don't think I ever blogged about these blocks, but I know I posted some pictures on Instagram and Flickr. Basically, I won a one-yard bundle from Leah Duncan, celebrating the release of her first collection with Art Gallery Fabrics, Tule. (She's about to debut her third, so it's about damn time that I finish this.) I had also purchased a FQ bundle of the collection, and I knew I wanted to use it somehow in our home. The colors are a bit saturated for Nick, as he is a wimp when it comes to color, so I decided to focus on the guest room instead of our bedroom. I had also bought the Thimble Blossoms Lucky pattern and it was just sitting in my Google Drive, waiting for a match. Thus, a quilt baby was born.
|Did you know Nick hasn't touched either of his guitars in over four years? Yet we're about to move them for the third time? Now you know.|
Again, I started this quilt last September. Really. It's all HSTs with sashing, so it isn't like the piecing is super intricate. I just moved onto other things for some reason. I started knitting, I focused on Christmas presents, and Lucky got tossed to the back of my sewing closet.
Let's not focus on the negative, though, okay? It's a really pretty quilt and the colors are so happy. I used all Art Gallery solids with the blocks. I think I bought them all from Hawthorne Threads, but I'd be happy to figure out the names if anyone wants them! I backed the quilt with a plain white sheet from Target: not only is this thrifty ($13.99 vs. five yards of quilting cotton) but it also makes the quilt super soft and luxe. Because this quilt is for a bed and won't be stored in a cabinet or on a quilt ladder, I needed to make sure the quilt will withstand the use but also will drape right. I think it looks pretty good for a sheet!
I quilted with the orange thread from the Thimble Blossoms Aurifil set--I can find out that number as well, if anyone wants it. It matched the peach in Tule perfectly! Again, this is a bed quilt, so I wanted it to be soft and snuggly. I quilted about 2.5" on either side of one diagonal throughout the quilt. I know my quilting is boring but it served a purpose and also went really fast! I quilted and bound this in about three hours.
Part of finishing the guest room was hanging new art--the "Yay Summer" print is by Emily McDowell and the other two prints are by Nan Lawson. I have some of their prints picked out for our new house too. When is it too soon to start buying things?!
Finally! I just wanted to mention Kelby made beautiful yarn labels for us:
I took all new pictures of the yarn today, trying out a new background and showing off the labels. Check it out!
So that's it! Lucky quilt: Check! Come back later this week for a new knitting project!