I am getting SO close to being caught up on all of the quilts on my “to sew” list! I made my very first quilt ever for my niece Charlotte, who is now almost 4. She was my first niece and I was SO excited for Paul and Amelia to have a cousin. And when you set that kind gift precedent I feel like you should really follow through. Charlotte’s quilt was done by her baby shower (how I was so on top of things back when Paul and Amelia were a year old is kind of a mystery to me) but subsequent quilts haven’t been quite as timely. Cataleia is almost 6 months old now, so let’s just call this her half birthday gift? I still owe Raylan a quilt too, but once I finish that (oh, well, and Edith’s baby clothes quilt as well) I will be caught up. At least until I have another new niece or nephew.
Cataleia’s quilt might be my favorite strip quilt to date. I decided to finally start using some of my infinite scrap pile instead of buying all new fabrics, and I’m excited about how well some of them went together, even though I might not have chosen them if I were standing in the store. Ben likes to make fun of me for going out to buy big long yards of fabric only to cut them up and reconfigure them again… so here you go. An honest to goodness QUILT in the spirit of original quiliting – using up all the scraps to make something larger and more beautiful. I also couldn’t bear to leave the back as a whole cloth so I decided to add a bit of scrap in the middle and a blank strip so I could test out my newest idea – a painted label. I am much more confident at painting than I am at embroidery, so I figured I might as well give it a shot. I’m happy with how it turned out! This is also my second attempt at a pillowcase finish. I love quilting but I do not love making bias binding. I also really, really don’t like store bought binding. Pillowcase finishing is letting me skip my least favorite step and as a bonus I think it’s actually an attractive and more modern finish (at least I tell myself it’s that and not just laziness, what do you think? Yay or nay on pillowcase finishing?)
So without further ado – a quilt for Cataleia! Fresh from the dryer and so cozy! You really can’t beat a brand new quilt…
I realized as I was typing this up that I never shared Abe or Natalie’s quilts either… time to dig those up from the archive for more quilt sharing!
It’s funny – as a school kid, a college kid, a working adult (pretty much my entire life) Monday was always a day to dread. The hectic return to real life after a lazy weekend (sleeping til 10? yes, please!). But as a mom it’s kind of the opposite. Not that I don’t look forward to the weekends, I do. It’s just that the weekends tend to be the crazy part of my week. All sorts of spontaneity and nap-skipping and not a lot of picking up. By the time Sunday night rolls around it’s all I can do to collapse in a heap on the couch after the kids’ bedtime. But Mondays now are always so restful. Pick up the house, open the windows, do some laundry. A fresh start to the orderly and predictable part of our week. Is it weird to love Mondays?
PS – this set includes a vertical shot, I think maybe the first one all year. I find myself only wanting to shoot horizontally because I prefer the way that they look on a screen. The verticals don’t fit as well. How’s that for a silly reason not to shoot vertically? This one shot is a teeny tiny step outside my safe horizontal comfort zone (if Tara can do it on instagram I can do it here)
Oh this face… I just love her so. She’s such a goofball.
Have you ever heard Madredeus? If not I suggest you go take a listen. You’re in for a treat.
I first heard their music in the Wim Wenders movie Lisbon Story. Back in architecture school I took not one but two studios from Carlos Jimenez. Carlos’ studios were some of my favorites of the entire six years I spent in school, not just for the projects we designed, but for his gracious soft spoken yet self assured manner as well. He speaks in a calm metered tone despite his ten espressos a day, and he always has a story to tell. He also introduced us to a whole set of amazing architects and artists, for which I am very grateful. Carlos has a love for Wim Wenders movies, and while I can’t say that I fully understand them, I was immediately taken with the haunting music in Lisbon Story. So much so that I immediately went and bought a copy of the soundtrack, Ainda after class. Maybe it’s the fact that the music is not in English, or maybe it’s the soothing melodies, but it’s one of the only albums that I can listen to while I’m working. I get on kicks where it’s all I will listen to for entire days or weeks, and now with spotify I can listen to album after album of their beautiful music. Aaaah, heaven! Seriously, if you haven’t gone to listen yet, please do! It’s so amazing!
How about you? What have you been listening to lately that you just can’t get enough of? I am always excited to learn about new music!
Oh baby Ray, you are getting so big and so snugly! I wish I could cuddle you every day…