on the sewing table today

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This pile. Feeling oh so very wintery and appropriate for January. I’m not sure yet what it will become, but I think I’ll spend some time this afternoon trying to figure it out!

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one last finish for 2014

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It’s not often that I post a quilt top and then post the finished quilt in the next post, but I was motivated to get this one done. It’s been pretty cold here, and all I could think about was draping myself with a corduroy quilt.

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I quickly made up a simple backing out of Essex yarn dyed in black along with a bit of extra corduroy and a few other scrap pieces.

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(not your typical quilting fabrics – corduroy, double gauze, linen and cotton scraps from old (and new!) dish towels, fabric from old clothing, and even the backside of the corduroy)

I opted for a really light weight batting, because even though I wanted this one to be extra warm, I still wanted to be able to reach for it even when it wasn’t freezing out, and I wasn’t looking for something too bulky. As you can see, I decided on simple horizontal lines for quilting – nothing fancy, because again, I just wanted to be laying under it! I used a gray Aurifil in 40 weight, which worked out well. Even though I don’t usually love the look of light thread on a dark fabric, the stitches do kind of sink into the corduroy and the gray is a little less bright than white would have been.

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You can see the great texture the corduroy provides here. And that black and white binding? Love it.

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I’m happy to have this one as a last finish of 2014!

Happy New Year!

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mixed leftovers

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I stumbled upon this image on pinterest the other day and immediately was wanting a quilt in the same colors. It seemed so wintery and comfy, and perfect for this time of year. I went searching for fabrics in similar colors, but couldn’t really find the right shades of brown (this was my first pull, which I still quite like! maybe that will be the next quilt?), so from there I decided to veer towards a more greenish yellow with gray rather than the brown (#2).

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Wouldn’t you know – I found I didn’t really have these colors in my quilting cotton stash either, but I did find the colors I was looking for in unlikely places — a large piece of baby wale gray corduroy that was earmarked long ago for a dress, some gray patterned double gauze remnants from a dress I made Hazel, a yellowy green JCrew button down I no longer wore, a few pieces of an old Orla Kiely dishtowel used long ago for a beach bag, yarn dyed gingham scraps from a Tova made ages ago, a new linen dishtowel I had liked too much to use, and a few other linen pieces along with some other coordinating prints.

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I chopped them all up into pieces of various widths measuring 6″ tall and arranged them on the design wall. The gray corduroy became the background, and then I couldn’t resist adding in various strips and random pieces here and there. It doesn’t match my original vision at all, but I’m happy with how it turned out and I can’t wait to see how this one feels with all the corduroy. I expect it will be quite warm and I think I’ll love the mix of textures!

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