Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My New Label

 Thanks to my quilt in the Sisters Outdoor Quilt show I finally pulled my label together. Inspired by Rachel's awesome,yes I am really saying that word now thanks to my 10 year old, label that I love. I tracked down the stamp maker she used who actually works very close to my house. Of course he remembered Rachel and we worked out this combination. 

I drew the scroll shape which played a big part in my early drawings in college and has a lot of meaning to me. I have a date stamp for date of completion. Then another stamp that I already had to add the title of the quilt which will always change. Right now I am using a dark brown ink which I really like with the linen but I'd like to get a few other colors. I love the process of stamping the label and how it's not perfect.
 What do you do for a quilt label?

Be sure to check out all of this great label info at Quilt Class 101!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Our Creative Spaces...

It seems like I haven't done a sewing post in awhile but I have been making a little progress since school got out. 
I finished this masterpiece (I only say that because it was a trick to pull it off) for Father's Day... the tank cozy!

The tank cozy was my husbands idea but I convinced him I couldn't do it and then had to make it while he was out. He works at home so that can be tricky. 

I have also been making progress on the Curlicue Crush quilt.

It was slow at first but now I have a rhythm down. The top two rows have been sewn across so I can start to see how it's going to shape up. My quilt is smaller then the pattern but it still has the same effect. I love how all of the colors are so rich it's not my usual palette. 

There's also a lot of swap action taking place around here but I'll have to dedicate a special post to all of that. I am having a lot of fun though. 


June Book Club

Because I missed our book club last month I didn't know much about this book to begin with. When I began reading it took about three chapters to figure out the direction it was going. Each chapter is focused on a different character and while they could be short stories the characters are tied together through the newspaper they work for in Rome. Throughout the book, beginning in 1953, you learn about the founder of the paper getting bits and pieces through different characters and seeing the evolution of the paper to it's end in 1997. I loved the character development and the setting in Rome but as with some short stories I wanted more. A chapter would end and I was left waiting to find out the missing pieces of the story. Some questions were answered but there where parts that were never revisited. The author did add a where are they now type of follow up at the end of the book which I did enjoy. Shamefully I hate those movies that leave you hanging I guess I am the same with books.
 While only a handful of us read the book those that did really enjoyed it and encouraged everyone else to finish it. For those of us that read at night the summer doesn't effect our reading as much as those that read in the daytime where it's harder to squeeze in the reading. One thing I enjoy about book club is the different takes we have on chapters where I was disappointed on a twist others loved it. We all thought the character development was excellent and responded strongly to some of the darker parts of the stories. I would definitely recommend it.

For July we are reading The Slippery Year by Melanie Gideon. After reading The New York Times review I am excited about this one. In a letter Mrs Gideon and her publishers sent to booksellers she said “this is a book for the person who has neither the time nor the discretionary income that allows her three months in Italy but longs for the same awakening.” If only a book could do all that but it's an exciting idea.

 As my son's fourth grade teacher said at the end of the year READ READ READ this summer! 


Monday, June 20, 2011


I have to warn you that I started this post a week ago. School is out and we have no plans/camps for awhile so I am playing catch up and using most of my free time to sew. The list is helping a little and getting longer  : )

I had the urge last night to make a list. That is my coping mechanism for getting overwhelmed. Lists for me are usually limited to family trips (you should have seen them before we went to Europe last summer), Christmas, or large grocery store runs. This time though it's due to the end of school tomorrow and all the time I missed catching up on things when I was sick. My husband always knows when there is a lot going on because out comes the notepad. Something about just writing it all down really helps. I know I inherited this trait from my Mother she used lists every day and even for the little grocery runs not just the holiday ones like I do. I have accumulated quite a nice collection of notepads for list making maybe I should use them more!


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My Love for Spray Basting Take 2

Just for Quilt Class 101 I wanted to talk about spray basting again. Yes I still love it! Here is the way I do it. As with Bec I line up my quilt back right side down to the edges of my flooring. I tape all the way around alternating sides to keep the quilt evenly stretched. Then I spray an even layer of spray onto the fabric and carefully lay my batting down smoothing it out to the edges. If you get a wrinkle it's easy to lift up and reposition. Next spray the batting with an even coat. Tip: while I am spraying I hold a piece of cardboard along the edges to prevent over spray but it's usually pretty minimal. Lay the quilt top onto the batting making sure to center and line every thing up, smooth out to the edges and you are done! 

The reasons I like Spray Basting 
  • It's fast! 
  • No pins to stick me while I'm quilting.
  • Everything stays in place, especially nice in the case of linen and ticker tape quilts.
  • Did I mention it's fast?!

Concerns I had before I tried it
  • It would be smelly- I have a sensitive nose and I do this in the basement but the fumes are really minimal. 
  • Over spray would be messy- There was a slight over spray the first few times but I just cleaned it up with some spray cleaner. Now I have a piece of cardboard I hold along the edges so no over spray.
  • How much spray would I use and cost- I have been through two cans and I have spray basted five quilts I think that's not too bad. 
  • It would gum up my machine- I have never had an issue with this.

What ever way you baste have fun quilting!


Monday, June 13, 2011

A Fun Weekend

My husband and I had a spontaneous night out to help raise money for Quilts for Quake Survivors though an Etsy Craft Party and I Heart Art: Portland event at the Museum of Contemporary Craft. I did not expect at any point in the evening my husband would be chatting with ladies making an origami Yoda while I was waiting to needle felt across the room, I loved it! Yes that's my Sea Glass quilt hanging there. All the quilts will be on display and for sale this month at the museum. If you can't make it to the museum you can still see them here on the Modern Domestic website. 

I did get into the studio for sewing working on a few mug rugs for my daughters teacher and a volunteer friend at the school.I am also finally making progress on the Curlicue Quilt.

Oh and a bonus we won some fun raffle prizes at the fundraiser Susan Beals World of Geekcraft and a great gift bag from Bolt!


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Project Pouch Tutorial

Back in 2006 I had a two year old and a five year old and I was knitting a lot. I was just starting to feel on top of having two kids and was ready to be creative again. You would think I would pursue more knitting but somehow I worked fabric into the equation and started making knitting needle holders. Knithip was born I started a line of holders, had them in a few yarn shops, and then found this new thing called Etsy. Unfortunately I found sewing the same things over and over again really boring and I didn't want to get into manufacturing. I wish I had discovered quilting sooner it satisfies my love of fabric, sewing, and creativity. On top of all of that I discovered blogging! 
 What is this all about? Well I have been trying to figure out where I am going with all of this quilting. I don't have an answer to that yet and I don't really know if/when I'll figure it out but in the meantime I can share what I have already figured out knitting needle holders. 
 The Project Pouch is my favorite because I feel like it's such a functional design. I wanted to keep everything together for those coffee shop knitting sessions we were having all the time.
Without further adieu here it is...

                     A             B          C (bottom)  D (top) 
Cut Fabric
  •  Outside fabric A 6 1/2" x 18 1/2"
  •  Lining fabric    B 6 1/2" x 15 1/2"
  •  Pocket            C 6 1/2" x 6 1/2"
  •  Pocket            D 6 1/2" x 4 1/2"   
I usually choose a quilting weight fabric for A and C,D but a heavier fabric (twill or heavier cotton) for B to give it a little strength. You could also try adding batting or interfacing. 

With fabrics C and D fold top edge over 1/4" and press then repeat. Sew edge down with a slight 1/4" seam.

With fabrics right side up lay C on top of D and line up sides and bottom edge. Draw three lines 1,2, and 3 inches from the left edge on piece C. Pin and sew lines to create the needle/scissor pockets. Don't forget to back stitch.

Sorry about the shadow
Layout for sewing 
  • Place piece A down right side up. 
  • Lay sewn pocket right side down lining up bottom edge and sides.
  • Lay piece B right side down lining up top edge and sides.
Pin and sew a 1/4" seam all the way around edge. Trim extra fabric off edges turn fabric right side out and press.

Now all that's left to do is snaps or what ever closure method you prefer. Don't be intimidated by snaps they are so easy. Get a 40% off coupon for Joann's and buy a kit.

This is what I use although today I realized I need to buy more snaps so this project pouch is short a few.

This is the finished pouch I gave away for Giveaway day snaps and all. Have fun!


Friday, June 3, 2011

Our Creative Spaces...

 I love new containers! There is nothing like getting some new ones and sorting fabric into them.

I started with these Real Simple containers from Target. I chose shallow and big to be able to see the fabric in them better.

While I liked all my scraps in the Bilibo my daughter was complaining and wanted it back to play with. It's also not the ideal container because when you bump it on the floor scraps fall out. Still they are so fun!

Now all of my scraps are easy to access and sorted by color groups ready for some ticker tape quilts this summer.


Thursday, June 2, 2011

May Book Club

I can't believe it's already June! Our book club met last week. I soooo missed getting together with all my friends because of the yuck I had but I wasn't the only one that missed last month. A big thank you goes out to Trish who took notes for us and we had a little email feedback so I got the gist of what everyone took from the book. I knew this book would spark a good discussion and it sounded like it did. The book takes place in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 60's and revolves around three main characters Skeeter, Aibilene, and Minny. Throughout the book the stories are told from each of their viewpoints switching between the characters from chapter to chapter. Skeeter is a young white girl who is a recent college graduate that wants to be a journalist. Aibilene is a black woman who is "the help" for a family with a three year old. Aibilene moves from family to family raising children but moves on when the children start developing the prejudices of the parents. Minny is a black woman who has been "the help" for an elderly woman but has a hard time keeping her mouth shut and "knowing her place". Not able to find a new job Minny is led to work for a woman in an unusual situation. The three woman are connected when Skeeter comes up with the idea to write a book telling stories of what it's like to be domestic help for the Southern families in the town. This is all during the beginning of the civil rights movement and it is a big risk for everyone involved to tell these stories. 
 I loved the character development and the different story lines of the three main characters. The book was enjoyed by the group with a few women getting the audio book and listening to it again. The audio book has different people reading for the main characters which I think would fun. One of the group mentioned they a hard time with the quote on the cover that said "this might possibly be the most important piece of fiction since To kill a Mockingbird". That is a pretty big statement and I don't really agree with it either. I would have loved to hear feedback on that. Lots of people said that they hated the villain of the book and wished she had something bad happen to her, I would remind everyone of the pie in the book that's pretty bad : ) The author of the book had help growing up and the group talked about who had help or was help and their experiences. I would definitely recommend the book it is an easy engrossing book to read and gives you a real feeling of that period in our history where there were so many misconceptions about race and segregation.

 For June we area reading The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman. Please join us!