Made | 6.20.11


…a trip to Austin and a float down a river.

…some more progress on the quilt. It seems like it goes on forever.


Anatomy of a Project: Strip Quilt Back

In searching for some fabric with which to back this quilt, I found this. 

At first I was concerned with using a fabric that I hadn’t used in the front but then I thought that the stripes would go perfectly and it would add a little interested.  I bought two yards with the intention of using one solid piece as the back.  No fancy stuff here.  Then, to my horror, I realized that using this fabric in the direction it came off the bolt would mean the stripes on the back would be running perpendicular to the stripes on the front and also to the quilting that I had planed.  No bueno.  And so I knew I had to railroad the fabric.
Railroading the fabric also meant that there would be at least one seam in the back which I’m sure would have looked fine but which I found unacceptable.  So I thought about it and stared at the front a while contemplating various approaches to backs of quilts. (links here) 
When I purchased the Soleil for the back, I also purchased some gray for the binding.  I was thinking about this when inspiration struck.  There are three small gray stripes on the front.  If I also put three small gray stripes on the back, all will be well and I’ll have the Soleil back with gray stripes running from front to back.  And it would have been perfect had I measured twice and cut once.  Alas, I measured once and cut once which meant that I cut one strip of Soleil 1” too long and didn’t have enough to finish the whole back.  (While 2 yards sounds like a lot of fabric, my quilt is roughly 42” wide which means I only had the width of the Soleil to work with.)  So I looked back in my scraps and saw I had some bunnies left over.  The bunnies will save me! And they did as I added a strip to the back leaving me with a 2” overlap with the top on the bottom of the quilt and about an 1/8” overlap on the top.  And after writing this out it I’m not really quite sure how that happened but it did.  And it’s done.  And the stripes almost lined up perfectly and so I’m happy.


Made | 06.13.11

Some big progress on the strip quilt, including machine quilting for the first time ever.  It has been slow going.  Everything has gone together really fast; it’s just finding the time to work on and finish it.  The time!  The deadline imposed by baby is July 1st so I’m not quite behind yet.
Also made, some seriously delicious food.  Do you live in a city that has a Central Market?  If so you should try one of their cooking classes.  We participated in ‘Exploring the Gulf’ and spent an evening cooking delicious things which may have included oysters topped with a mushroom bacon ragu and aioli. Fantastic.

No progress yet made on the first birthday gift.  I have a plan, I swear, but THE TIME!!!!

Sketchbook Archive | 06.09.11

I used to carry a sketchbook with me everywhere.  I did this for four years from 2002-2006. In an effort to rekindle my ‘sketchbooking spirit’ I’m sharing excerpts from those sketchbooks here, every Friday.
Found on this page from March 2006, a spider, a woodland sprite, some swoopy things and a list of things that I like.
March 2006



I like things with pockets.

I like sleeping with the blankets pulled over my head, when no one can see my face or my feet.

Dirty lines.

Drier clothes.

That feeling you get when you enter a care that’s been sitting in a parking lot under the summer sun.


Colors so good I want to lick them.

Woodland sprites.