A Magical Quilting Fairy

  

Guys, my mom is a magical quilting fairy.
I have this quilt that I’ve been meaning to make for a looong time (ahem, three years) for a very important gift giving occation (wedding). Emily Post would be horrified. 

I have been paralyzed by indecision, laziness, a move half way across the country, and more laziness. And probably definitely also fear. Making a quilt for an architect seems harder than making a quilt for a baby. Babies can’t voice their very specific design opinion to tell you that your quilt is ugly. Or that your parti isn’t evident, that it’s too rectilinear and other architect-y words. 

Fenestration. 

Not that my friend would ever do that. She wouldn’t. And if her beautiful handmade and self cooked wedding is any indication, she will appreciate something made for her by me. But still.

Anyway, back to the magical quilting fairy part. My mom said, “I am coming over and we will make this quilt.” And she did come over and we did make this quilt. She also shopped for my list of fabric and brought with her every single item one might need to craft a quilt including but not limited to a super awesome sewing machine, several kinds of thread, basting boards, best press, quilting gloves, giant cutting mats, and rulers. Really, a magical quilting fairy.

These Kona solids, the pallette. 

 

 
This quilt, the inspiration.
These hands, a magical quilting fairy.

  
More to come.

Sacrilege

  
I’ve done something crazy. I have taken my beloved Kona color card and cut it up into tiny little pieces. Why? So I can do this.

  

And this.

  

It is amazing. I have been frustrated, ever since purchasing this card that I can’t move the swatches around. Yes, it’s great for matching solid fabric to coordinating fabrics that you have in your hands but I like solid colored fabrics. I like lots of solid colored fabrics. And visualizing what lots of solid colored fabrics look like next to each other is nigh to impossible when you can’t move them around. So I did it. I cut up the card and it has changed my life.

Birthday Crowns

When my mom asked my niece what she wanted for her third birthday, she said balloons and a birthday crown. Sounds like a good party. 

  
Google birthday crown or search on Pinterest and you will find a plethora of patterns, plans, and ideas. I found this one particularly helpful. 

I dug out some beautiful bamboo felt purchased at the now closed City Craft in Dallas years ago and set to work making flowers, letters, and decorations. (Guys, this felt is seriously, amazingly soft. Does all bamboo felt make you want to rub your face on it? Note to self, investigate softness of various bamboo felt.) 

   

The kids heads are around 20″ in diameter (yes I made one for my nephew too.) so I made the felt 18″ long and used elastic for the remainder. Conveniently, a trip to the Mars Cheese Castle last weekend provided the perfect template in the form of a child’s cardboard crown.

Some heavy weight Pellon interfacing provided stability between two layers of felt. The crown points still ended up being a little droopy but I’m told this was cute.

  
I think I might need to make a few more, like in adult lady sizes…possibly with glitter.

  

Does anyone else’s work table look like this after a project?

  

I am not ashamed.