It’s done! Yesterday I finished up the binding on my Petal Pusher quilt and took it over to the Morton Arboretum for some Fall photos. I found this really magical nook with TONS of leaves. I need to bring my kids over to the same spot and let them go crazy.
This quilt is a combination of Angela Pingel’s awesome Petal Pusher pattern from her book A Quilter’s Mixology, lots of Cotton + Steel fabrics, and one of my favorite gold bird designs from Violet Craft.
The blocks in the Petal Pusher quilt are deceptively large – 24″ squares! This is a great pattern if you are looking for a lot of “WOW!” for your sewing time. Although there are curves (which scare me), there’s not a ton. And with the giant blocks, you only need to make 4 to make a nice sized quilt, 54″ square.
I quilted with straight lines, all around 1/4″ apart from each other. I don’t mark my quilts typically, just use the edge of my foot, or some location on my foot, for a guide. When you look at the solid fabric backing, you can really see the texture that the straight lines give the quilt.
The binding is a fun dot print from Cotton + Steel. I wasn’t really expecting to use this shade of green, but I just love how it finishes off the quilt!
My daughter really wants this quilt, but she has sooooo many already. I think I’m going to donate this one and hopefully brighten someone special’s day.
I definitely recommend this pattern and Angela’s book, A Quilter’s Mixology, whether you enjoy sewing curves or are intimidated (like me!) but want to give it a shot. I promise, the directions and tips are fantastics and it’s much easier than it looks.
I pulled out a not-so-old UFO this week to finish up. Remember this one, from Angela Pingel’s book A Quilter’s Mixology? It was set aside while I was finishing up some other deadlines and now it’s back at the machine.
I knew from the start that I wanted to do straight line quilting. Sort of a tedious process though. I am halfway done and hope to finish today. There’s this little feature on the Bernina 750QE that I am loving. I can have a short attention span when it comes to straight line quilting. I never want to turn the machine off after I’ve set up all the stitch length, tension and pressure foot settings just how I like them for a current quilting project. This machine has a button that puts it into “Eco Mode”.
It’s like putting the machine to sleep or power save, but when you press the button again – magic! – you are just where you left off. This is definitely one of those features that I never thought I would need, but I find myself using constantly. And now, to push that handy little button and get back to work.
October is one of those months around here that is constantly so busy, it just flies by. Between soccer, birthdays, Fall Festivals, kids excitement building to Halloween….well I can’t believe it is already the 20th! Last week I worked quite a bit on a to-be-seen-later quilt. In the meantime, you can see the color palette in my trimmings above. I changed out my rotary blade and it was like quilter’s Christmas. So smooth! Every time I put in a fresh blade I wonder what took me so long.
I also finished my son’s skeleton costume last week. We took them for a spin at a local kids night of games and they were a hit! For the skeleton, I bought black sweatpants and a black long sleeved shirt at Old Navy. I went to Google to find a skeleton template and used this one from Country Living. I resized it to fit his shirt and pants dimensions, then cut out the pieces and traced them onto white wool felt. I decided to make the costume have bones on the front and back, so I changed the rib cage a bit for the back.
I ironed Heat n Bond Ultrahold to the wool felt and followed the directions to apply them to the black clothing. I went to Party City for the hat and gloves. (It’s funny how growing up in southern Ohio, having a warm costume for Halloween was less important than being in Chicago!) He’s very happy with how it turned out!
Totally switching topics – but does anyone here get Uppercase Magazine? It’s a bit of a splurge for me, but I really enjoy it. (I was sold after seeing the cover of the last issue.) So, this is the second issue I’ve received and I was flipping through and saw a spread on Bookhou. I was so excited because I love my Bookhou bag so much! The quality and design are really just beautiful, and it was awesome to see them featured. Maybe something for your wish lists with the holiday’s coming up?
I can’t believe it, but I finished my daughters Halloween costume way early! I don’t think I’ve ever made her a costume for Halloween in all 8 years. But not long ago I pinned some costume ideas on Pinterest and she really loved these bird wings.
I followed the general idea on both this website and this website (this second link for the headpiece as well). I didn’t worry about making each wing a perfect 1/4 circle. I measured the length of her arm and the length down her back. I cut a rectangle that size and then just eyeballed a curved line between the two.
I want her to be able to put the costume on by herself for her school party, so I used some sparkly black elastic about 3/4″ thick that I found at JoAnns for the arm holds. It’s not too tight for her and there is nothing for her to tie (or really, for her teacher to tie).
For the headpiece, I followed the general instructions here. (But again, I didn’t make it tie, just sized it to her head.) The ribbon is Renaissance Ribbons by Anna Maria Horner. I’ve had them forever! Happy to finally use them.
The wings at headpiece use a variety of fabrics (handpicked by my daughter) and wool felt. I love wool felt, it is such good quality compared to craft felt from big box craft stores. It comes in so handy for craft projects. One of my sponsors even carries some in her shop – Fabric Spark!
My daughter love, love, loves it. **I know I generally ask you not to Pin pictures with my kids on Pinterest, but feel free to Pin any of these Halloween costume photos.** Now to finish my son’s costume. He has a much simpler request – a skeleton.
Not quilting related, but my kids had off school Thursday and Friday so we decided to have a little fun in Chicago. We took a day trip Friday to the Art Institute. I had my kids bring sketchpads and colored pencils, and they spent the day finding their favorite artwork and recreating it themselves.
This is such a fun way for kids to experience art museums. It makes them really look at the artwork and not just walk on by, bored after a couple rooms. It doesn’t matter AT ALL if they are artistically gifted. It makes them notice details in the paintings that they would have missed otherwise. The staff in each room allowed them to sit on the floor if benches weren’t around. I think the only time in the past we were not allowed to do this was in special exhibit areas (too crowded).
We are so spoiled to have all these awesome works of art practically in our backyard. The fact that we can drive 45 minutes and then spend our day surrounded by Monet and Picasso and Matisse…just incredibly lucky. I knew my daughter would have fun (we’ve done this before), but this is the first time I’ve brought my 5 year old – very active – son. He LOVED it. He wanted to draw everything he saw. He was so calm and concentrated so hard, he did not want to leave at the end of our time there.
I definitely recommend checking out the Art Institute, even with young kids, if you are ever in Chicago. We only made it through 3 sections – Impressionism, Modern American Art 1900-1950 and Modern Art (3rd floor in the modern wing) so we will be back to explore more soon.