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.
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:
Some of them wrapped in vintage chenille, some in yummy paper. Tied up with fabric strips.
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:
You know how I love bees. But you can see that these aren't really my style.
I mean, they're cute and everything. But...
Well, I do like this one :
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:
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.
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:
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!