making piles…

For a second there both kids were taking nice long naps in the afternoon and I had my hands free to do a bit of sewing. As expected, that didn’t last long, and now one child (ahem, Hazel) has decided not to nap at all. So now instead of sewing, I’ve been doing a bit of fabric piling. Pulling out fabrics and making bundles for possible quilts has always been one of my favorite things. It really doesn’t matter that most don’t actually become quilts – it’s fun to just combine and recombine the fabrics.

Usually I start with a favorite print, or a certain color scheme – pulling first from my prints and then adding in solids, but this time I decided to start with the solids instead, then add in prints afterwards. I don’t know if I have a preference, though it seems to me that it might have been a bit faster to start with the solids. It seems I had an easier time deciding on colors with the absence of patterns.

Who knows.


In any case, this is one of two new bundles currently residing on my sewing table – this one loosely inspired by Fall, though again, more like really early Fall before the colors are really rich (or I suppose it could be a Spring bundle too!)

It’s got some peach, coral, amber, light green and a touch of gold and yellow.


My second stack has more of those rich warm colors – a range of hues from light pink to darker purple along with some nice amber and mustard colors. And interestingly enough, all these bundles include some peachy solids and prints – apparently something I’m really liking lately!


And lastly, a stack I’ve shown you previously, but which has remained stacked, so is still a contender. I’d still love to see a quilt made out of this lovely pile.

So which stack should become a quilt?

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a theme?


What’s that you say? Baby girl is born and suddenly it’s all pink patchwork here, all the time. Sorry about that! There have been a number of patchy quilts in all shades of pink around here, though I think this is the last of them. And actually, this one was made before Hazel was born, and wasn’t even really destined to be her quilt (and still might not be, should someone out there want to give it a new home!).


I’ve made lots of patchwork quilts using Echino prints in the past, and I always have fun pairing those great prints with other great solids and sewing all the little squares together. The combinations are endless, and each time I think I have a favorite, I make another and find I love that one just a wee bit better than the last.


I love this one for all it’s great peachy pinky fuchsia goodness, and to top it off, it’s quilted with a great variegated thread in all those same colors.


And with a baby on top? Even better.

I don’t often have quilts to sell, but this is one of a couple that will hopefully be in the shop soon. You can find it here.


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pretty patchwork for hazel


You might remember when I pulled together these lovely Liberty prints, a few fun texty prints and some corresponding cotton couture solids. I love the delicate florals paired with the pink solids and that one mossy green solid.


I made it with Hazel in mind, thinking these colors would go well in her new room (it’s on my list to get some photos of her room, though each time I think of it it’s never as clean as I’d like!). I didn’t get it done before she was born, but about a month ago I did find some time to add some simple quilting, a little pink binding, and give it a quick trip through the wash so she could start getting some use out of it.


And she has, and I, of course, have thoroughly enjoyed seeing her spend time on a handmade quilt! It may not be my finest finish, but it is finished, and sometimes that’s all you need.

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