Eye Candy

Echino Stack

There is nothing like coming home from a weekend away to this goodness. I finally bit the bullet and bought more Echino. I already have the scooters, and used that great Birdsong panel last week. That fabric is addicting.

Echino

I stocked up on some basics I’ve been wanting or had used up.

Basics1

Basics2

And hopefully I find time to use it all. Because I just scored this bench at the curb for *free* and am hoping to figure out how to refinish it for our front porch!

bench

A Birdsong Quilt

Bird Song Front

I think I am in love with Echino Birdsong fabric panels. The first time I saw them last fall, I knew I wanted to use them in a quilt. At first I was thinking they would make a great quilt back. But the more I thought about it, the more I knew that I didn’t want to hide that great design on the back. So why not use it as the entire front of the quilt and let it shine?

Bird Song Back

I decided I didn’t want the back to detract from the front. So I created a modern looking stripe out of coordinating solids. Kona cerise is a perfect match by the way. I tried a new style of quilting for me…random horizontal lines. I am really pleased with the results.

The final quilt is about 36″ x 43″, I think it’s perfect for a modern nursery. But maybe I just have babies on the brain as everyone around me seems to be pregnant or giving birth this moth! :) In any case, it’s listed in the shop.

Schoolhouse Tunic

Schoolhouse Tunic

The first time I saw the Echino Lion fabric, I thought it was totally weird – yet intriguing. I couldn’t figure out what I’d do with it though, it’s not really something I wanted to put into a quilt. But it was one of those fabrics that I never stopped thinking about. Then when I was looking online, I saw the fabric used as a class sample at The Needle Shop for the Schoolhouse Tunic by Sew Liberated. It was the perfect combination of cool and crazy. :) I had to make it immediately.

Luckily I found enough of the fabric left at Harts Fabric, although now even the brown is sold out there. The tunic was very simple to make. It was actually my first time making something with sleeves I think. That made me a bit nervous, but really it was very simple. It was also my first time working with double gauze fabric. The only thing I found tricky was if I made a mistake and needed to remove stitches. That was more difficult than with quilting cotton, for sure.

Overall I love it! It’s at a length that is *just* too short for me to feel comfortable wearing it without pants, but I think if I made it about 3″ longer it’d be an adorable dress. (Add it to my list!) Still trying to figure out what sort of shorts/capris to pair it with for summer. But for today I’m sticking to my skinny jeans – which I swore I’d never buy….never say never!

And another photo just for fun, we have a couple deer that live in the woods behind the house. Last night at dinner time they both came into the yard and let me walk near them for a photo. We tease Avery that they are going to go for a ride on her swing.

Deer Swing