Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sew & Tell Friday: Sewing Rampage

This last week has been the perfect storm for me to sew a lot of stuff.  First, it was Conference weekend - I'm positive I was the only one who never fell asleep once during the whole eight hours because I was cutting or sewing.  My little set up (my sewing machine in front of the comfy chair in the family room and the ironing board next to the chair) worked so nicely that I left it that way until a few hours ago.  Add the NCAA final, Spring Break (no piano students) and all kinds of Jazz games and you get the following:

1. Another Martinique pumpkin seed - this one is a square instead of a runner and I used only pinks and coral:



2.  Drunkard's Path (the latest block I learned in my Quiltsmart class last month) with Breath of Avignon.  This one required cutting 120 4 1/2-inch squares and 120 quarter circles (first session of Conference on Saturday).  I then needed to iron down those quarter circles onto the 4 1/2-inch squares.  We had a pretty good assembly line thing happening for the tedious parts of this quilt top.  I can't decide if I should machine quilt it myself or send it out.  Advice?  Is the pieced pattern enough?
Doesn't that look crazy-hard to do?  Nope.  Just a little tedious.

3.  On Monday night I thought I'd get as far along as I could on another Martinique pumpkin seed table topper - this one in blue.  I ended up finishing the whole thing:
I like this back a lot.  :)

4.  I made these car seat covers on Wednesday:
I kept it real by not vacuuming the wood floor before I took a picture of it.  Also, most of this stuff is now in my etsy shop.  We're having free shipping right now. :)

5.  Last, but not least, I finished this double wedding ring table topper today.  They FINALLY got the yardage of Rural Jardin ("The Rural Juror") at the fabric store so that I could put diamonds and a back on this thing.  It's been finished for two weeks.  I love this fabric.  LOVE.
The background fabric is this fabulous muslin with little flecks of tan and brown in it.  Very rustic looking without actually being rustic.  My favorite.

Off I go to clean the lint out of my sewing machine.  Happy Sew & Tell Friday!

22 comments:

Shontelle said...

Hi Nicole,

I am loving everything that you have posted. I didn't really like that Breath of Avignon fabric but you have made it look fabulous!

And the Rural Jardin wedding rings - I am in love. I may just need to get myself a fat quarter bundle to squirrel away.

Thanks for the eye candy! Have a great weekend.

Leslie said...

you have been so busy. all of this is so impressive. i love how beautiful the breath of avignon looks. great finishes

Lesly said...

omg, I love EVERYTHING about this post. I love pumpkin seeds - I love drunkard's path - I love DWR - I love Martinique and Rural Jardin! So beautiful and inspiring!!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

WOW! These are so beautiful!

melissa said...

You are one crazy sewing fool. They are all lovely but I'm especially in love with the last one. Gorgeous! Your carseat covers are fantastic and I wish my baby was small enough for me to still use mine.

ivoryspring said...

Nicole,

You have been PRODUCTIVE!!! Love all your projects.

Michelle said...

I love quilts with curved seams, so your site was simply a feast for my eyes. Gorgeous! I'm cutting a drunkard's path myself right now.... :-)

Ashley said...

I love obscure 30 Rock references :) We are planning a tea party this May/June, right?

Dayna said...

These are all so beautiful! I especially like the colors in the Drunkard's Path, and the carseat covers are adorable!

Dee said...

Wow! Just. Oh. Wow!

I love your colors, your car seat covers (where were you 10 years ago?), the table toppers and your enthusiasm!

Kristen said...

Beautiful! Talk about being crazy busy! WoW, so much finished!

Laura said...

I love the pumpkin seed quilts! How do you get so much done? I was on Spring break this week and did get a few things started but you finished! (you win!)

The Tripp Family said...

love your table toppers! everything looks wonderful. great job!

Karen said...

Great finishes. I don't think I am ever going to get tired of seeing your pumpkin seed quilts. I think I am a bit smitten with the design. I guess I might have to do something about it and give it a go.

pinksuedeshoe said...

You're right, you have had a busy conference weekend/weekafter! I am impressed, your toppers are all just lovely, I can't pick a favorite!

amylouwho said...

yep. Crazy sewing fool. That's you! nice work! I love the backing on that one too.

Rebecca said...

Love the martinique design! So pretty!

Mrs Moen said...

Everything looks so great, Nicole; what a productive week!
Thanks for your advice on the Etsy question; I'll have a look at your shop now.

allyn said...

they are sooo beautiful. too bad. what was bridget doing during conference? i am sure she was sewing her own stuff right next to you. i love them all. your quilting is also so perfect for the patterns.

ktquilts said...

Love the pumpkin seed quilts, been meaning to find that pattern somewhere! I have not been drawn to the martinique before, but not I am itching to get some, you have made it look wonderful!!!

Blessings,

KT

Rene' said...

Nicole, you have quite a bit to share. Love them all but especially the pumpkin seed quilts. Thanks for sharing.

Andrea said...

I'm now a believer! Who knew a human could get that much done in such a small amount of time?? YOU!! The thing I like best about quilting with you is that you actually quilt more than you talk, which is why you will always be ahead of me! I LOVE PUMPKIN SEED QUILTING!