I must say, this image just doesn't do this cutie pie quilt much justice. The thick
sashing is done in one of my favorite (and most popular) fabrics LH 08046 Robin. The designers who are making quilts for market have been
raving about how it goes with everything!
Update on "the Gammill problem"...
Cheryl's piece from Gammill has apparently been lost in UPS. Another one was not forth coming...(we've known this for a couple of days now)...so Cheryl is traveling into Manhattan today to one of those dark and dingy machine (and nameless) part shops on the west side to get her replacement pieces. I don't want to be nasty to an industry powerhouse like Gammill, but an apology is in order, don't you think ladies?
On being being Frugal...
We all have our own quirks about things that we don't like to spend money on. I am weird about stamps and office supplies, and I pretty much hate having to get a new electronic anything. Once I worked for someone who everyone in the office called "Mrs. Three Sheets of Toilet Paper"...you get the idea. Paton collects pretty much everything because in his family, the great maiden aunts and grandmother's favorite saying was "you'll come to want old girl" (if anyone thought it necessary to actually throw something away). I like to tell his family..."You know, they have medication for that now". But being frugal is not the same thing as being cheap, I like to think of it as "getting more bang for your buck".
Here's a couple of example of how frugality plays itself out in quilter's context...
Cheryl has pointed out this first idea out to me in a variety of different ways. Our conversation started a couple of years ago with how to put a border on...primarily because in her long arm business she sees a lot of wonky quilts, and if I happen to be dropping off a project after she has been wrestling with another one I hear about it...
Frugal Quilter tip #1 from Cheryl: Cut your border on the length of grain. Why? Because the warp threads aka the Length of Grain is the most stable way to cut your fabric if you are sewing along the long edge of it. I know that this flies in the face of conventional wisdom, but doing this provides a strong frame around your quilt. You assess your inner quilt's "trueness" first, of course and do the usual compensations, but after that your best bet at a "square" quilt is with a border that is all cut length on grain. Where do you save money? The quilting costs! And any extra fabric from the borders is easily used on the back.
Frugal Quilter tip#2 is from me...(indirectly): Buy patterns that offer you several colorway suggestions in one...(like we do!)
Here are two more different colorways in the Doll Dress fabrics of my Mad About Plaid quilt...(which I originally did as a Halloween quilt).
Call me crazy, but I just LOVE LOVE LOVE yellow, pink & red together!
Of course those of you who know my work, now that I LOVE pink and green in just about any combo.
The scalloped edge is there to represent jumbo ric rac...this time I used ric rac from cheeptrims.com, because they have four colors that went with the Doll Dresses fabrics...more on this later!
Do you have a favorite? I'd love to have your input.
Back in two shakes...H2
PS I promise to post the Dolly Dresses quilt as soon as it is quilted & bound.
It's really difficult to have the perfectly color coordinated blog header, side columns, etc. when I work in so many different color palettes.
Long Arm Update...The Gammill saga continues (arrgh)...the part still hasn't arrived at Cheryl's, but she has lined up an alternate long arm to use...So I'll keep you posted...
Instead, I'll blog on about some of the new fabrics that we'll will be showing at Quilt Market. We don't normally do much of this ahead of market, but the show must go on...Here's a sneak peek of the new Teatime Floral collection...this time, it's a slightly muted home decor palette...the fabric swatches will go live on the LakeHouse website just after market.
One of the things that I've been doing since we started the LakeHouse quilting fabrics line, is to re-color and re-mix my favorite designs in with new and different prints. Beside my "cute streak", I just love of roses and all things romantic...It's a look that I've been dabbling in since my time in Sausalito, when I did my first big residential interior design projects. That's when I really got interested in printed textile design. There are so many charming older homes and cottages in Marin...While I coifed the homes of the well to do, I collected seed packets, old seed catalogues, odd pieces of china and scraps of fabric at flea markets all over the Bay Area in my spare time.
This just a small part of what we are showing new at quilt market...
Hope you like it as much as I do...Let me know what you think!
Back in two shakes...H2
PS The Teatime Floral Collection will be in the stores in early 2009.
Hate to disappoint, but the part did not arrive today. UPS was delivering, but it just didn't come...What's up with that?
I feel not a little bit like the minister standing in front of the congregation (tapping her feet) and the bride has gone missing!
Since Cheryl's long arm is in the proverbial sling now, she's keeping moving the ball forward for Quilt Market with some new models of her own "real live Doll Dress" pattern that she calls a Sunshine Dress. Turns out that Robin, Cheryl's smart & talented daughter who is now in graduate school in Philadelphia used to wear dresses like these when she was a wee one.
Here are some of the fun retro ric rac embellishments on her Sunshine Dress that Cheryl has been playing with while she taps her feet along with us...
Please excuse the threads...these are works in progress!
I just love this little collection...it makes me smile and think of a simpler time.
It's a little tough for most of us to load up 12 separate posts at once and have a look-see...So I thought I'd show them all together in the order that they were presented to you.
Are you all as anxious with anticipation as I am? The quilt is on the frame at Cheryl's as I type to you. Oops! One more delay..."we are experiencing technical difficulties"...Cheryl's long arm went terribly wrong this week, metal parts grinding, pieces flying all over...so she is waiting for replacement parts to be sent to her ...They have been promised for Monday morning.
Our lucky 13th guest is none other than Penny Haren. She's the one woman dynamo behind a new pieced applique' technique that has revolutionized the world of miniature block quilts. This is Penny's dolly dress, adorned in a zillion little applique'd strips...How did you do this Penny?
If you are interested in miniature block quilts, you must check out what Penny is up to on her website and her new blog. If you are lucky enough to get a chance to watch one of her demonstrations, you'll be amazed with Penny's thought process.
Penny is currently teaching at the AQS show in Des Moines, and she is booked to teach well into next year. (Her schedule is also on her website.)
The "piece de resistance" will be ready very soon...so don't turn that dial!
Without further ado...a slightly more modern version version of little red riding hood...
I actually did have a (typically for me!) obscure reference in my head when I was thinking this up...it was a wide eyed little girl named Madeline, in a book written by Ludwig Bemelmans. Many of the original stories are set in Paris, which most of you know is a favorite place of mine. The Eiffel Tower is on the original cover of the book published in 1939.
My color choices were dictated a lot by what the others did for their block. Since there weren't that many people working in yellow, (but a lot worked in blue and pink) I felt like I wanted to balance out the overall composition that the 12 blocks would make as a group quilt, color-wise.
In terms of the silhouette of the outfit (I can use this term easily now, since I am a total PROJECT RUNWAY junkie!) That too was dictated a bit by what others were (not) doing...I tried not to replicate.
I made lots of little sketches after looking online for children's clothing from the 40's and 50's. Originally, I had planned on making the lower part of the red flower over dress a 3/4 length, but after I laid it out, it was a bit too heavy and bulky looking, so I shortened it and made it a peplum jacket look instead.
Here are some hints for when you set out to make your own doll dress block:
1 Never under estimate the power of a good embellishment! My outfit has these little details:
•a miniature string of tiny fresh water pearls
•dotted pink & red ribbon
•a Prym Dritz 1/2" diameter half dome fabric covered button
•tiny salmon colored ric rac sewed on to the edge of the fabric covered button to make a flower-like effect at the center of the ribbon belt.
2 You might also want to consider:
•beads (just think of the possibilities!)
•jewelry findings (like Anne Sutton's little scissors)
•the multitudes of buttons that have become available since buttons became highly sought after collectibles back in the 1980's...For a fun look at Tender Buttons one of my favorite stores in Manhattan, press here, and make sure to view the slide show of this quaint shop.
3 My motto is always "a woman has a right to change her mind!" Don't edit yourself in the preliminary stages of a new project! By this I mean, don't try to design your block's details "on the hoof"...(this is a tip from my days as an interior designer)...If you don't collect sewing notions and tidbits, then it's best to shop at stores that have a liberal return &/or exchange policy. I get way too over-stimulated in a store setting, and I don't want to be going back & forth a million times to complete a project. I don't edit myself much when I shop. I get in, buy up anything that is in a reasonably good range, and get right out of the store, and right back into my studio. Then I "make it work"! I bought over 8 different types of red and pink ribbon (and anything I else I thought that might work) on my first shopping trip for this project. All of this might seem extravagant, but there is a method to my madness...I only return things when I am going into town to do something else, and I have a rule that I don't get in the car to go anywhere for less than three tasks when I am in the country. In Manhattan, it's a whole different story!
I hope that you are having as much fun with all of this as I am, and that you are inspired "to nourish your child within"...? What better way than with a Dolly Dress block?
Coming up, the completed group quilt and some other goodies too. So stay tuned darlin's...