Thursday, June 9, 2016

Summer Stitching

I cannot believe how quickly time flies. At the beginning of this semester, I thought I would be able to blog and accomplish so much more than I did. Unfortunately, I took on a heavy teaching load this last semester, so I was swamped with grading and dealing with students. Just when I thought I had gotten into a nice routine, the semester ended. It's summer, which I am so thankful for because it's major slow down here in Tucson. The students and snowbirds have gone, and things around here are quiet. Things have slowed down so much, that I can finally get back to projects and things I have had in mind to finish quite some time ago.

I initially had plans to make myself a springtime quilt with hand embroidered pillowcases. That plan is now a summertime quilt, with embroidered pillowcases.

If you follow me in Instagram, you know that I finished these pillowcases a while ago. It might actually have been during the Spring that I finished them. I found the pre-printed pillowcases for hand embroidery, while shopping for embroidery floss, and decided I needed to stitch them.

I love embroidered pillowcases, and have a few that I have stitched from this great company, Bucilla. I found this flowered pair here. A few years ago I stitched up this debutante lady pair, from the same company.

Back to the floral pillowcases, though. I decided they would be cute with a patchwork quilt. Being it that I love embroidery so much, I had to incorporate some onto the quilt. I found this darling pattern in Claire Garland's book, Embroidered Treasures for Children

I have been spending a little time here and there working on this embroidery. As soon as it is complete, I can finish up the quilt and call this project finished!

What are you working on?

Friday, January 8, 2016

New Year, New Inspirations

It seems that whenever I am elbow deep in projects, I drop everything I am doing to start something new. I picked up this darling book, This Is Sadie, by Sara O'Leary, with illustrations by Julie Morstad. I am an instant fan of the illustrations in this book (they reminded me of Heather Ross' fabric collections, which I obsess over) and decided I needed some hexies with similar prints and colors for a mini quilt project. 

It's been raining a lot in Tucson and with the cloudy dreary weather, the only real thing to do is focus on making, while staying dry indoors. Of course this is why my photos are not excellent. I couldn't get the lighting just right with the clouds rolling around outside.

I simply adore this book, and the illustrations make me want to play make-believe all day long with a fox doll in tow. In my case, I'll have a rowdy miniature pinscher who wants to steal my breakfast going on adventures with me. 

Incidentally, I am in love with this other children's book, Julia, Child, by Kao Maclear, also illustrated by Julie Morstad. My friend, Nadia, and I sort of look like the illustrations of Julia and Simca, and I am seriously considering adding neck scarves as a wardrobe accessory.

I am a total fan of Morstad's. Her illustrations really inspire me to make, create, and have daily adventures. 

For now, this adventure is a little hexie making while I wait for the sun to peak through the clouds. 

What is inspiring you to make and create in the new year?