Friday, April 29, 2011

Pinterest

Have you heard of Pinterest yet? It's a website that allows you to create a virtual inspiration board for just about anything you find on the internet.  If you do any kind of design or creative work then this app is for you!

It differs from other bookmarking and favorite-ing tools because you browse your marked pages visually, with a picture you select fromt he page representing each item. Here is an example of a board I made of dresses:

dresses I love
I also use it to visually capture crafts and fabrics I want to create with myself some day.

Quilt and Quilt Blocks
Boy Quilt Fabric Selections
This makes it super easy to re-find that fabric bundle you saw the other day or the pillow that really inspired you without having to try a whole set of links. You also can browse other people's boards, which is great for finding inspiration. I really love this board:

where I want to be
It has so many amazing inspirational rooms.

Pinterest is still in private beta, so you need an invite to join.  You can sign up for the wait list to get an invite, or you can use an invite from a current user. If you need an invite, leave me a comment below!

<3 Kelsey

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Naked Bed Challenge

In case you haven't seen it, head over to the last piece to read about the Naked Bed Challenge.  This oh so conveniently popped up just as I was in the planning stages for a quilt for a friend of ours who was getting married a short 3 weeks later. The wedding was actually a week and a half ago, but here I am finally posting pictures. :)

This quilt began with a littlelot bit of luck. I won this giveaway from Quilt Dad, and won a whole bundle of fat quarters from Art Gallery Fabrics. Check out this FQ goodness:

Yummy stack of Art Gallery Fabrics

Here is the full view of the quilt. The quilt is designed to cover a full/double sized bed, but is so long we could only get a shot of it sideways without risking getting it all dirty. In typical Kelsey fashion, I finished it up about 30 minutes before the wedding started, so I don't have a lot of pictures. Just pretend it is lying on the bed with the pink end up by the pillows. :)

Clear shot of the front

The final dimensions are 74" x 104". This is a little long for a full, but I always like to have a little extra length to tuck and still reach up over the sleeping pillows. 

This quilt came together unearthly fast. I put the whole top together in about 3 evenings, cutting and all. Plus it is fat quarter friendly - one fat quarter per row. I used 14 fat quarters in all, but if you wanted to shorten it a bit you could use 12 and still have a fine full sized quilt. I called this quilt "Behind the Closet Doors" because it reminds me of Japanese inspired closet doors (like this one) with colored frosted glass. It is my own design. 

Unfortunately my picture doesn't do justice to the fabrics. I suggest you check out Quilt Dad's giveaway post to get a better idea of what these prints look like. The effect in person is of a much more calming, modern, gradating rainbow.

I wanted the quilting to reinforce the simplicity of the closet door effect, so I did stitch in the ditch quilting for all of the long vertical seams, and quilted 1/4" to the top and bottom of each colored rectangle.

Maybe someday I can get y'all a picture of it in the wild. :)

<3 Kelsey

PS Linking up to Fabric Tuesday! :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Flying Goslings? (do. Good Stitches, April 2011)

This months quilt is being led by the wonderful StitchedInColor. She gave us a very broad directive to create any sized blocks in any pattern as long as it used a saturated rainbow effect.  Here is the design inspiration she gave our group:

*Inspiration* in Rainbows
Click on the picture to go to Flickr to get the links for each individual picture.

I've been on a serious flying geese kick, and here is what I came up with:

April 2011 - Faith Circle
April 2011 - Faith Circle

This is my favorite of the two blocks. The smallest geese are a mere 3/8" tall (~1cm).  Ironically, it wasn't the tiny geese that were the problem, but rather the curved piecing to set the two strips of geese into the block! I used this blog post from Victoria @ Bumble Beans to discern the basic technique.

Here is a mosaic of the blocks submitted for this month so far:

do. Good Stitches Faith Circle April 2011

Aren't they just lovely?

<3 Kelsey

P.S. Linking up to sew & tell, Lily's Quilts, and Fabric Tuesday.

do. Good Stitches March 2011

Part way through March I was accepted into the Faith circle of the do. Good stitches charity bee. Each month one of our quilters picks a quilt design and we all make 2 or so blocks and mail them to the quilter.  For March we used Kathy Doughty's "Stashbuster" pattern from "Material Obsession 2" in a "fresh" color palette. I used mostly Tula Pink with a smidgeon of FMF and Oval Elements from Art Gallery fabrics thrown in.  Here are my two blocks:

March Faith Block #1

I really love the two faces in this one.

March Faith Block #2

I had a little trouble at first because printing directly from my browser slightly changed the scale of the templates despite me checking the box for no scaling. But I was able to save them by printing them properly and tracing them on the back with a water soluble marker and following those lines instead of the standard 1/4 inch, resulting in slightly scant seams. Hopefully no one will be able to tell the difference once it is all together!

Here is the mosaic of all of our blocks together:

mosaic8a698623e662ee71f3d2a936c67b7ebd15e8b64c
Click over to Flickr for the individual links to each photo.

<3 Kelsey