Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wild Play Quilt Top (Minus border)

Chelsea took this beautiful photo!

This afternoon Chelsea and I got together for a busy day of last minute Christmas shopping, pho-slurping, and quilt... quilting.

I finally finished piecing together the main part of my latest quilt top.  I'm using two charm packs of the Wee Play line from American Jane (which were not easy to track down, by the way!).  I love this line so much, and am sad that it's going the way of the buffalo.  I used the Wild Thing quilt pattern again.  I like the movement of the blocks, and the way you can showcase lots of different prints.  I also used some different whites from the Bella Solids line and Kona.  I wanted the quilt to have a scrappy, vintage look - like the quilt you find in your grandma's atticf, which you find out used to sit on the foot of your mom's bed in kindergarten, which has been pieced and patched over the years.  Or something.

I'm a little stumped about what to use for the border and binding.  I'm thinking maybe some Kona Ash for the border:

Something fairly neutral, I think.  And maybe a pretty red polka-dot for the binding.  If anyone out there has any ideas, I'd love to hear them!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

2011 Owl Love Calendar

I love buying new calendars for the new year, but I'm extremely picky about size/shape/theme/artwork for my calendars, so I always have a hard time finding just the right ones.  Shivani, the author of the blog My Owl Barn, has put together the owl-inspired artwork of 30 different artists to create a customizable 2011 calendar.  You go in and select the 12 pieces you love most, decide which picture you want for each month, then download the calendar as a free PDF.  It will print as one of those small, desk-sizeish calendars.  Perfect for my entryway!

Go HERE to make yours.