Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My Anni quilt is featured on the Modern Quilt Guild's blog today!




Have you been keeping up with the Modern Quilt Guild's 100 Days of Modern Quilting? If you haven't, then you definitely should! There have been some gorgeous quilts featured so far, and I'm excited to share with you that my Anni quilt is featured today as part of the MQG's week of inspiration. Go check it out and learn a little more about what inspired my design!

Monday, January 30, 2012

vintage quilt monday :: bow tie quilt


Welcome back to another addition of Vintage Quilt Mondays. The quilt that I'm sharing with you today was another from the set that my step-mother gave me, and it was either made my her grandmother or her great-grandmother. It's a traditional bow tie pattern and I think it's just gorgeous.



This quilt looks like it was used a lot because parts are becoming nearly threadbare, and there are even a few holes in the quilt. I imagine that it has been washed, and washed, and washed some more because the fabrics are so soft and it looks like a lot of the prints have faded as well. But, I love that, because it means the quilt was used and loved for a long time. 





The quilt looks like it was hand-pieced and hand-quilted to me. All of the fabrics are cotton and some appear to be bits and pieces of old clothing, with some feedsack scraps, too. I really like this black and white print!











And I love the little horseshoes.




And here's a view of the back of the quilt. I love the design that the stitches make in the white fabric of the backing. It looks kind of  like a little road map, doesn't it? Thanks so much for joining me today for this installment of Vintage Quilt Monday. I hope you enjoy this quilt as much as I do, too!

Friday, January 27, 2012

a little inspiration




It's been a crazy week for me, so I thought it might be nice to end it with a little inspiration. These are photos that I took a few weeks ago at one of my favorite places in Cincinnati, Krohn Conservatory. Krohn is a huge greenhouse that is architecturally gorgeous and full of breathtakingly lush scenery. I've been going there since I was a child, and I've been trying to take my children there every couple of months, and they enjoy it just as much as I do. 












So gorgeous, right? Mother nature is pretty spectacular. One of these days I'm going to break out my paints and create some paintings based on these photos. Wouldn't that be fun?

If you are ever in the area, you need to schedule a visit to Krohn Conservatory. You won't be sorry!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Aunt Edna by Denyse Schmidt


I stopped in my big box fabric store on Tuesday and was so excited to see that they had all of Denyse Schmidt's new line of fabrics called Aunt Edna in stock. So, even though I need more fabric like I need a hole in the head, I couldn't resist getting some of every print. They are gorgeous.



I love this floral print!!



And this leaf print with tiny dots is really nice in both colorways.




And the polka dots are some of my favorites! I especially love the grey print.



The plaids are gorgeous.



And I really love the houndstooth prints. I should have bought more of them! The tiny dot prints are cute, too.



The quality of the Aunt Edna line is very nice. The cotton is soft, seems to drape well and has a nice hand. Some of the earlier lines by DS Quitls for Fabric Traditions were kind of rough, but this one isn't. However, the price has increased on this line too. At my local store it was $12.99 yard, on sale for 30% off.  But it is really gorgeous, and one of my favorite lines that Denyse has created. Now I just need to find the time to make something with it!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

a quilt designer in the making?



This is Olivia, my little girl. She's turning four next week--where does the time go??? She loves to help me when I'm working in my studio, and yesterday while her older brother was in school, she set out to design a pink castle quilt with some of my scraps.



As you can see, she took her design challenge very seriously.




She rearranged some squares, making sure every piece of fabric was in the right place.




And in the end, she was pretty happy with her own work. And I couldn't be more proud. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Crazy in love with Crazy Love

 

Seriously! How gorgeous is this fabric?? It's Crazy Love, the upcoming line by Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom. Jennifer was kind enough to send me some to play with before it hits stores in March and I finally had the chance to cut into it last night. This just might be my favorite line of Jennifer's yet.



This is one of my favorite prints and I think Jennifer's use of color is spectacular. I can't wait to finish my project and share it with you, so you can see just how amazingly gorgeous Crazy Love is.








Monday, January 23, 2012

vintage quilt monday :: wool suiting patchwork



Welcome back to another Vintage Quilt Monday post. This quilt is a far cry from the beauty that I shared with you last week, right? But I think it has it's own unique beauty as well, if you just take a closer look. This is a simple patchwork quilt, that is actually unfinished, and it's from the group of quilts that was given to me by my step-mother. Either her grandma or great-grandma made this one. 



This quilt is a lap sized blanket that has been made out of squares of wool suiting. There are solids, plaids, and a little bit of everything in this quilt. The wool squares have been sewn together to make a top and it looks like the maker was going to finish it with the pillow case turn method, where you sew the top to the bottom, right sides together, and leave an opening to turn the quilt right side out before quilting. But, for some reason, this quilt was never finished. 


I love how most of the seams are pressed open.



And if you peek on the inside of the quilt, you'll see that the backing was to be this strawberry printed flannel.




Quite an interesting choice for a back, right?




Here's a better shot of the strawberry flannel.







And while this quilt might not be as classically beautiful as some of the other quilts that I've shared with you in this series, I kind of like it's utilitarian feel, and the fact that it was probably made with scraps of old suits. I also love that, since it is unfinished, it gives a peek into how the quiltmaker worked.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

do what you love, live your dream and share your passion

I wanted to share a little inspiration with you today. Please take a moment and watch this video, which I think is totally amazing.


The Holstee Manifesto Lifecycle Video from Holstee on Vimeo.


Life is short. Do what you love. Live your dream and share your passion. That's what it's all about.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

happy mail, via craftsy




Ah, Pezzy Print by American Jane. How cute is this fabric? I ordered a couple of charm packs a few weeks ago when it was a featured item on Craftsy Deals. Are you familiar with Craftsy Deals? Each day, a new deal is featured, and items are usually 20-30% off retail prices. You can sign up to be notified of sales on their website, and then you'll get a daily email with all of the Craftsy Deals that are available. This was my first purchase of a Crafty Deal and it was very easy to complete and shipment was quick too. 




I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them, but I just couldn't resist getting a couple of packs. And if you'd like some Pezzy Prints, there's a deal on Craftsy now for a Pezzy Print Jelly Roll. I'm almost tempted to get one of those too, but I need more fabric like I need a hole in the head. But, there's nothing like some good, fabric happy mail, right?!



Tuesday, January 17, 2012

scraps galore!





Update! As of today, 1/18/12, these bags are all that are left. I have a few more emails to answer to people who have contacted me about scraps, so if you haven't heard back from me, I'll be in touch ASAP. Thank you for all of your interest! 



I have way too many scraps. I've used a lot, but I'm at the point where I'm ready for other people to use them. As I've been working on redecorating and decluttering my studio, I've found even more! So, I thought I'd offer them up for sale to you. Each bag is $5 plus $5 shipping, for US buyers. If you live outside of the US, please email me first so I can estimate shipping for you.


All of the scraps are in 1-gallon zip lock bags, and they are stuffed to the brim! All of the fabric is designer prints, and a bit of solids, all woven cottons with some home dec weight as well. There is a lot of Amy Butler, Heather Bailey, Joel Dewberry, Sandi Henderson, Michael Miller, Riley Blake, and more! I've taken photos of the fronts and backs all of the bags that I have available, and I've numbered them as well. So, if you see a bag that you'd like to have, send me an email at olive_and_ollie at yahoo dot com and it's yours!
























These scraps would be perfect for any type of patchwork projects. Happy shopping!

Monday, January 16, 2012

a little something to share


Actually, it's more of a big something to share, I suppose! I was recently invited to be a member of Riley Blake's Project Design Team! And I'm in pretty good company, if I do say so myself. Here's the list of the entire Design Team. 


Becky Vandenbergwww.ucreatewithkids.com/ 
Liz and Elizabethwww.simplesimonandco.com/ 
Melissa Mortenson- www.polkadotchair.com/ 
Heather Jones- www.oliveandollie.com/ 
Jennifer Hadfield- www.tatertosandjello.com/ 
Madame Samm- www.sewiquiltnow.com/ 
Char Coester- www.crapivemade.com/ 





I'm beyond honored to be invited to be part of such a fantastic team of creative women and I'm so excited about all of the projects that we've got in store for you. You'll find a new tutorial from one of us every Wednesday on the Riley Blake blog, and the first project will be posted on February 1. We'll share all types of sewing and crafting projects, from quilting to garments to home decor. I'm already working on my first project for the Design Team, and I cannot wait to share it with you.

And if that weren't enough, we'll also be holding lots of giveaways of Riley Blake's amazing fabrics and notions, so you won't want to miss a thing! 
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