The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Brooklyn Love.

A couple of years ago I came across a beautiful quilting website: 

They make city maps into quilts, all hand sewn, and locally made in Brooklyn, NY. As soon as I saw the Manhattan quilt I wanted to make my own. (I was really torn about wanting to support the local artists at Haptic Lab, and wanting to give my boyfriend a gift and be able to say that I made it.) 

M asked me if I would help him make a quilt, since his comforter was too warm most of the year. I said yes, of course, but we somehow never got around to planning it. Meanwhile I was working on this to surprise him for Christmas. One of the hardest parts was actually finding the fabric. I didn't want any seams, so after searching for oversized brown cotton at several stores and website (with very little luck) I decided to use organic cotton sheets.

Once I had the fabric, I set up my projector and traced my street map of Brooklyn on to lined paper that I taped together to form one big sheet. 

I was planning on stitching right through the paper and tearing it away.

This worked on a small scale, but would have been extremely difficult and messy if I'd done it for the whole quilt. So once I got to Maine I unpacked the paper map, laid it out flat on the floor and re-traced it on to tissue paper. Much easier to sew through and tear away after.

I spent most of my time at home sitting on the couch, sewing and watching tv. The kittens were happy to help me sew, chasing my thread all over the place ;)
I had the stitching of the map almost completely finished by the time I got back home to Brooklyn, but the quilt was far from finished. I asked M if he wanted his gift unfinished or wanted to wait until it was done; he left the choice up to me. I worked on it as much as I could and finished most of it in time for our anniversary in January. So I gave it to him, but then took it back home to finish the edges.

After about 100 hours of work, I officially finished on March 1st.

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The front:

The back:

And the contrasting edging, my first attempt at blind stitching:

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Merry Christmas, my love.

Christmas Quilts

So in keeping with tradition I made several quilts as Christmas gifts last year. And also in keeping with tradition I was sewing like a madwoman until 4AM Christmas morning trying to finish them all on time.
The first belongs to my sister. Here it is from start to finish:

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 The next quilt belongs to my cousin. Her birthday happens to be right around Christmas, and I felt like she gets gypped out of birthday presents every year. And I've never really known what to get her, never been that close with her...let's just say some of her presents have been pretty lame. So this year I decided to make it up to her:

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And here's another little gift I made for my mom: I framed three tiny quilts, each about 4 x 2 inches. 

Monday, November 12, 2012


 While I was visiting my mom last week I took some new pictures of the triangle quilt I made two years ago:
(The cats agree, it is the best quilt for snuggling!)

I've already started cutting squares to make another quilt like this..and I'll be opening up an Etsy shop as soon as I can figure out a name! I'm thinking that the next triangle quilt I make, I might try keeping a specific color theme, instead of using random prints and patterns. Just a thought. I'm pretty excited to start laying it out and see how it looks!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer colors

Almost done with the blue quilt...just need to finish the edges!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Brand New

A week of solid work on the newest quilt..and it's gone from this.... this!

Words can't describe how thrilled I am with this. Now I just need to finish the back and put it all together and it'll be done before the end of the summer!