104: o brother!

I got a new sewing machine last week!

I decided on a Brother because the online reviews for the Singers weren't very encouraging. I love my new machine! I have already made a couple of pillows, and the front and back of a quilt.

And this:

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It's a Bella long-sleeved tee onto which I sewed some fabric patches. Nice messy sewing, huh? That's what I was going for, so there. I finally cut into that Alexander Henry lotteria fabric I'd bought a while back. Love that stuff. (That's Murky's cute little tigery paw. I am crushing on him lately. Is it weird to have a crush on a cat? That's a rhetorical question.)

I made it for my best friend's 38th birthday. Here is the collection of presents I gave her:

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Some of them wrapped in vintage chenille, some in yummy paper. Tied up with fabric strips.

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I gave her a great card. I do often make my own , but those quotable cards are good ones.

I was looking through my fabrics and was amazed at how dated some of them are. And not in a good way! Most of my stash was bought in 1996-97, the last time I was really doing any sewing. Back then I was into the novelty prints . I do still love some of those, but it is funny how much my tastes have changed.

I have a bunch of bee prints. These are just a few:

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You know how I love bees.  But you can see that these aren't really my style.

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I mean, they're cute and everything. But...

Well, I do like this one :

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Maybe because of the black and white.
I decided to make a quilt around this fabric. Good way to use up some of my stash.

I just grabbed some other fabrics and decided on some colors I liked together:

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I started by cutting them into strips and laying them out on the floor. When I found a few combinations that I liked, I stitched them together.

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Unfortunately, one pairing of colors ended up rubbing me the wrong way as I was working with them. I had thought of that reddish print as more of a dark orange (which is what I wanted), but when it is next to the purple it really looks red.  And red and purple together are a little too Red Hat for me. So I really had to work at making the colors play nice together.

I added big areas of that tangerine to mitigate the purple and red. And introduced some aqua to make it all pop:

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I finished the top a few days ago and did the back today. I was going to keep it simple , but I decided to do a two-sided quilt, so there really isn't a "back."  The one I did today was a bit less involved than the first one- longer strips. I love it. Pictures of that soon. Now I just have to  get some batting, sew it all together and bind it. This is only my second quilt! Well, I am not actually going to quilt it, so I guess I should call it a patchwork blanket.

The other day when I started it, my honey asked me what I was going to do for the back.
"I don't know." 

"What are you going to put on the inside?"

"I don't know."

"You don't know?"

"Honey, I quilt like I paint. I don't have a plan, I just start and see what happens." 

And that's the way I like it!