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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Quilting Reflections on Sydney's Death Anniversary

Last year this month, my childhood dog died. I want to take a moment to reflect on what that meant for my quilting life.

After Sydney died, I thought deeply about what quilts mean to me. I branded my quilting enterprise after my dogs, because they are so dear to me. Dogs live in the moment. They live and love one day at a time. When I remember their example, I'm inspired to live one day at a time and love people, including myself. In fact, I decided to make a quilt (the Sparkle Punch quilt) for myself for the first time after Sydney died.  

Why was her death so significant? Well, she was a great friend, but I think her death officially marked the end of my "youth" and ushered in my "adult" life. Sure, I was in my mid-twenties, but graduation from law school, buying a home, and getting married were new beginnings, not necessary the end of phases that had already existed. Sydney's death was a stark ending--the ending of my youth. I reflected on life, meaning, and what I wanted to do going forward.

I used to measure my growth as a quilter by how many quilts I made in a year. Now, I understand that it's more than that. This past year I made very few quilts, but grew immensely. I refined my personal aesthetic and strengthened my quilt making skill set.

There are three significant quilts that I want to finish this year (which I will blog about, of course). I might not make many, but they will all be beautiful expressions of love.

"Fabrics by the street" from sxc.hu. Photo by hworks.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sewing Kit in a Jar

I've been browsing for mason jars lately. I use them in my kitchen to store pasta and other foods. I have some in the bathroom for storing cotton swabs and balls. I wanted to explore other uses and came across this sewing kit in a jar from FunkyTime.

I decided to make my own with Ball pint size mason jars and the cocker spaniel silhouette.

Two sewing kits in a jar. Photo by Shelby.

Getting the right amount of batting for the pin cushion on top and the painting the cocker spaniel was a little tricky, but it was a fun project!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Pink Turtle Pincushions!

Recently, I finished up these turtle pincushions. I got the pattern in December and after a few missteps I learned how to make the pin cushions.

Turtle pincushions on my sewing machine. Photo my Shelby.

I chose a monochromatic, small print pink fabric and Michael Miller's "Yule Trees" fabric. I normally dislike holiday themed fabric (it can be too traditional or novel for my taste), but "Yule Trees" just spoke to me for some reason. It's probably the use of atypical Christmas colors (including pink and aqua), its white space, and varying tree shapes.

I decided to leave the turtles without decorative eyes or a mouth, because I couldn't make ones that I liked.

I especially like the textured effect of the yo-yos.  It took me a while to make them all, but I'm glad I learned how to do yo-yos.