Sunday, April 24, 2011

Quarter Circle Stack

We went from this stack. . . .

Quarter Circle Stack, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

to this top.

California Dreamin' Top

It's my first go at circles and I used this tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew but I didn't read it that close and made my circles a bit bigger than she recommends. It's turned out just fine though.

The back is about 3 inches shy crosswise, so I'm going to think about it a bit before I quilt it up.  Why finish something just because it went together fast.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Quarter Circles

IMG_2576.JPG, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

Still on the California Dreamin' kick today. I'm using this tutorial on Cluck, Cluck, Sew and so far liking the results but who could have guessed that if you cut an eight inch square into quarters that you would end up with four inch squares. They look so tiny. I'm adding in some solids from my stash so that my eyes don't burn out of my head.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Back? Blocks?

Back? Blocks?, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

I started planning cutting for a circle-y quilt top this morning before work. When I got home, there was a package from Wondrous Woven Fabrics with a little roll of the same fabrics I was considering. Despite the four fat quarter bundles currently eyeballing me on my desktop, I opened up the roll and sewed all 16 strips of this California Dreamin' fabric together. It's fun, it's cheery, it's bright. All the things that were missing from today. So here it is, if I can keep the front small, I've got a back ready to go. Although I am wishing that I had a couple of fat quarters of the Golden Gate blues and greens colorway to mix in to the front.

Circles, you're still on my list, get ready!

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Apron, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
I've been looking for an apron pattern and found one that looked good as part of the Sweetwater label crew. It did come with some cute iron on labels but as I used a fabric other than Sunkissed they didn't really go. So instead I used a Monaluna organic blenders fabric with some Kona cotton.

I do have a new Kona color card but I picked the coordinating colors with the good old fashioned hold the fabric up to the stash cabinets until something jumped out.

The pattern, while not very pretty, turned out fairly easy to put together. I had a few directional issues and in fact the pocket not showing are the blenders on their side, sometimes things spill though, right?

Not bad for a prototype but not sure that this is the pattern I was hoping for the bigger diabolical plan*.

The blender fabric is fantastic though -

Apron Bib

* I prefer all my plans to be diabolical.

Sunkissed Top

Sunkissed Top, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
Since I was picking up Pippi yesterday, I hung out with my mom and took advantage of the extra hands for holding up quilts. I don't have a backing for it yet but I'm sure something will come along before I'm ready to load it on the frame.

I used a fat eighth bundle and this pattern. It wasn't too hard to switch it from a jelly roll/layer cake to the fat eighth. It even left a little bit over which I cut into little 2.5 inch squares and gave away.  The quilt top went together pretty quick particularly when I got bored with trimming the blocks and just slapped them all together.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Saturday Stash #16

Saturday Stash #16, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

I know, I know, everyone's showing the Sherbet Pips but I like 'em. They're fun. I even already have an idea of what to do with them. But right now I'm trying to decide whether to get in the car and break my big machine, Pippi, out of the shop.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Cotton for Pillows

IMG_2437.JPG, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

Ah ha, I did manage to snap a picture.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Turkish Cotton

Turkish Cotton, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

Despite traveling with two non-sewing peeps, I managed to spend a bit of time in some fabric shops in Turkey. A couple in Bursa which was pretty cool. We learned how to count at least up to 5. The guy helping us was truly amused at our ridiculous attempts with 2 and 3. One is easy, "beer", but holding up your thumb not a finger. Bursa is a cotton mecca. In fact, on the pillow store rows you picked your pillow form and then the cotton stuffing from huge bags.
The orange blocks on the back of the chair is a heavy weight fabric and the lines/interior squares are silver. Shiny silver.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Istanbul, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
and ready to sew as soon as I get some more sleep. There are a ton of pictures to go through as well but a decent chunk have tulips featured. It is Turkey's national flower.

The US national flower is the rose. Piffle.