Thursday, January 20, 2011

Butterfly Japanese Paper

About a year ago I bought some beautiful Japanese Papers from Hiromi Paper at the Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. I finally decided to use one of the prints for some wall decor for our office/guest room. Here is one of 3 white framed Butterfly prints. Unique, yet inexpensive Art!

Sorry about the picture quality - I need to start taking pictures for the blog w/ my real camera and not my blackberry!

Monday, January 17, 2011

MLK Day - I have a dream... of spring inspired quilts!

As we are taking a day off to reflect on Martin Luther King and his message of freedom and equality for all - Los Angeles is finishing up a beautiful weekend of Spring/Summer-like weather.

Steve and I spent the morning at the Urban Craft Center, pinning together my newest "quilt sandwich". Here is Steve in action, and a sneak peak at my Spring inspired quilt. Hope you are enjoying as fine a day as we are!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Chillin' with the Owls

Just got back from lunch with Tracy and Wyatt... on a warm and windy January LA day. When I got back to the office, I got this cute picture of Wyatt chilling with the Owls...on his Owl quilt. Not bad for a Wednesday afternoon!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Baby K's Quilt - soon to premiere - Jan. 2011!

Using 2 Moda Jelly Rolls - City Weekend and Bella Solids, Snow. My second quilt w/ free motion stippling!

Jonah's Quilt, Lucy's Quilt, and Eden's Quilt - all Around the Block

These were my first 3 quilts and all follow the same pattern.

New year, new blog

Happy 2011! Today on 1/11/11, I thought I'd try something new and start my first blog. If everyone else out there can do it, why can't I? This blog will be primarily focused on my crafty side and highlight my quilting work and various inspirations I come across.

In January 2009, I signed up for my first sewing class since Home Ec at Colina Middle School in 8th grade. It was an Intro to Quilting class at the Sewing Arts Center (SAC) in Santa Monica and my mission was to create a handmade gift for my soon to be born niece. By the time Eden arrived in early May 2009, I had completed a beautiful "Around the Block" quilt with the help of Becky, my instructor, the machines at SAC, and finally my newly purchased Viking Huskvarna machine. The colors were pink and green to match the theme of Eden's new nursery and the prints funky and modern to reflect my taste. Looking back at that quilt it was fairly simple, but still very special.

Since early 2009, I have completed 8 other quilts, and am working on my 10th. 7 of these quilts have been created for close friend's and family's newborn babies and one Scrappy quilt for myself and my boyfriend Steve. The babies in order of birth are 1. Lucy 2. Jonah 3. Sam 4. Brendan 5. Vivian 6. Wyatt and 7. Baby K's (Due in the next week!). A few of these were created without knowing if it was a boy or girl, so the colors are more gender-neutral.

Quilt number 10 has been a project to keep me busy during the holiday weeks, and the first quilt where I am not following a pattern, but creating from scratch of my own design. Definitely inspired by the many quilts I've seen on blogs and the LA Modern Quilt Guild online. I am finished with the top and back and should be pinning/basting this weekend to start the quilting.

Here are some pictures of my completed quilts to date.... and look out for many more to come!