Archive for July, 2010

I took forever to decide on a plan, then had to wait for the fabric I wanted to arrive, then held off posting pictures until I knew the idea would work. But, finally, a sneak preview of my Doll Quilt Swap creation.

This is where those cute little blocks are ending up, along with some regular cathedral windows blocks.

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One more

Another pillow from the pink and orange…

Lately I’ve be doing this more – using the scraps from one project to go right into a smaller coordinating project (or two), bypassing the scrap bin altogether. (Anyone else do that?)

pink and orange modern patchwork pillow

And in classic patchwork make-it-work style, I stumbled onto this bracket/corner design because I was playing around with not quite enough squares — and  I like it more than I do the “intended” design.

polka dots and stripes envelope pillow back

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In my humble opinion, this is quite possibly the perfect summer supper.

caprese - tomato, basil and mozzarella on bread with olive oil

No fuss, no cooking,no heating up the kitchen . Just good local, seasonal ingredients, slice and drizzle with olive oil.

What are your favorite summer meals?

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When I made this little pillow I didn’t have to think long to decide on the quilting pattern. This little squared off spiral is probably my favorite technique, especially for small projects that turn easily.

quilting detail: square spiral on handmade patchwork pillow

So, I use it alot:

spiral straightline machine quilting on patchwork projects

1. (back) , 2. Sunny coasters, 3. 103_6680, 4. WIP - Quilting Watercolors 3

Do you have fall back quilting patterns that you always turn to?

patchwork pillow sham

(My patchwork pillow)

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Monday commute

I work full time in an office, and, like my job, but well, Monday’s are no one’s favorite days. But this is how my Mondays end:

Flowers in the cupholder (and dirt on my hands from the great “early-tomato-easter-egg-hunt” aka Pick Your Own at the CSA)  The flowers are always gorgeous, but somehow I particularly appreciate them adding some unexpected color and beauty to red lights on my commute home.

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And a pillow

While I had the pink and orange fabrics out, I made a simple little patchwork pillow.

handmade patchwork pillow pink orange and white

And I foresee more orange projects in my future…

Patchwork pillow - orange and pink squares with white by pioneervalleygirl (bibliophile1.etsy.com)

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This is the danger of shopping online, I was hunting for a particular fabric for my Doll Quilt Swap project — and since I was already paying the shipping, and I’d been eyeing Tufted Tweets for months, added a bunch more fabric to the order and told myself it was completely justified. :)folded pile of fabric tufted tweets in red and purple

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