My sister Tasha commissioned me to make a quilt for a friend of her’s baby shower. At the time that I’m writing this the cute baby boy was born just last week!
The parents decided to have a robot theme for the nursery and selected items with nice primary colors.
I went back to one of my favorite free tutorials – Crazy Mom Quilts Zig Zag tutorial on the Bee Square Blog. It’s a very clear tutorial. The quilt design just uses rectangles (no triangles!) that are laid out on-point
Between each color I used a gray Kona cotton.
The quilting was placed about 1/2″ from each side of the colored zig zags. I used many colors of thread to coordinate the colors of the fabric.
And another pieced back! I had quite a few strips and rectangles left. Some are from fabrics I decided not to use on the front. I think the back makes this a reversible quilt. The quilting adds a lot of dimension to break up the straight lines of the fabric strips.
My sister was very pleased with the outcome and apparently the mother was too. Now I can sit and smile thinking about her newborn baby boy laying on this handmade quilt.
So I have had a few days off. I love it. But don’t get me wrong – I also love my job. Update: I am an assistant manager at Quilting Adventures. I’m also a teacher there. Actually I’m teaching tonight so maybe it’s not officially a day off. Whatever.
Yesterday’s day off involved going to the Outpost and Ellwood Thompson’s for organic/local veggies. I also found some excellent personal products like henna! So I went ahead and henna dyed my hair. I got chestnut brown – which is apparently my natural hair color. I just wanted to condition and refresh my hair. I have a spray of gray hairs and I’m not self conscious about them necessarily… But what’s the harm in dyeing them a little, right?
This morning I was lazy! I sat and stitched while watching a movie. It was great. Then I journaled outside for a while. Which was also wonderful. These spring breezes make me so happy. I love watching the birds – including our chickens.
One part of my journaling included a gratitude list so here that is:
- Creatures great and small – wild birds, our pup, our cats, our chickens, etc.
- Spring breezes and spring rains (don’t have to get out the watering can)
- Dinner at home with friends last night (chicken and veggie lime honey kabobs, black bean with corn salsa, cheese quesadillas (corn tortillas)
- Flowers blooming in the yard
A dear friend of ours is expecting a baby boy this summer. I just itched to make a baby quilt (of course)! When looking at her registries I didn’t quite know what vibe they were going for. So then I asked her for some input without giving away the gift. I’m sure she guessed though. She sent me a picture of the awesome blue and yellow curtains they hung up and off I went!
I used the pattern Seeing Squares by Empty Bobbin. Her pattern was very clear and informative. (Quilting Adventures carries the pattern if you’re looking for it locally). My only word of advice is make sure you have a true scant 1/4″ set up on your sewing machine!
I got a little too carried away with making the strips… I do enjoy making large baby quilts! But since I decided (with advice) to make two borders I took off a strip to make it more square and put that strip on the back. You know how I love making pieced backings!
I inserted a signature block to personalize it. I used a Sharpie fine point and it bled a little. I much prefer Micron pens but didn’t have the right color on hand. Plus I was working on a deadline to get it done for the shower! And speaking of the shower…. She and her mother were very moved by the gift. It’s hard to give quilts at showers sometimes because I don’t like the attention it draws to me. But I love seeing the joy it brings someone to have a handmade, customized gift. I can’t wait to see the little boy enjoy it!
One more shot for fun. My husband is such a good quilt holder.
Me in the Indian Ocean – photo by my Bali friend Lizzie
One month ago I arrived home from a trip to Bali, Indonesia. My trip to Bali was absolutely amazing. My life was changed and I felt improved. But I also had Dengue Fever. I am grateful I survived the fever. It was one of the scariest times of my life but once I was in John’s arms I just knew I’d be okay. Call me cheezy – I don’t care. True love can do wonders.
Me and hubby entering Lewis Ginter – instagram photo
On May 31, 2012 I fractured my right ankle. We were just trying to have a date at Groovin’ in the Garden at Lewis Ginter. I slipped and suddenly I knew something had gone very wrong. We had dinner in Patient First… June is my favorite month (well it does include my birthday) and summer is my favorite season. So a fractured ankle is a bummer… I can’t even work right now which is hard for me because I like to be busy.
My boot in the sunny morning – instagram photo
So I have had time to rest. And journal. And daydream. And cross stitch. Maybe this is what my body and soul needed right now. I am not good at slowing down typically. Now I’ve had to slow down. Every moment of joy means so much. Getting to see the morning light in my backyard, having Boudin by my side at all times, John caring for me so deeply – all of these things mean so very much to me.
Guess what? Chicken Butt!!!
photo by John Evens
I am so grateful for my friends and family. I have a great life. A fractured ankle won’t keep me down for that long. Thank you to all of you that have really stepped up for us. True friends are priceless. Family is forever.
photo by John Evens
When shit happens, keep your chin up.
Be brave. Be kind.
Suk sa ma, Kristal Dawn Evens
I am SO excited to be a vendor at this year’s Richmond Craft Mafia Handmade Holiday show! Be sure to check out their website for information. It is this Sunday (Dec 11) from 11-5.
So here’s a sneak peek at what I’ll be bringing with me to the show. I’ve been so busy sewing that I have to apologize – these are mostly iPhone photos. Come see the goods in person!!
I have been working away on lots of fun banners. I will have several colors of ‘happy holidays’ and ‘merry christmas’ ones. They are small and would look great on a mantle or over a dining room table. I also have others that can be used year round for cheerful decoration.
I have lots of quilts available. Most of these are large crib/play mat size – perfect gifts for that baby or toddler in your life! All of my quilts use 100% organic batting and organic fabric when possible.
I’ve also been embroidering happy, motivational phrases. They will be framed in vintage embroidery hoops.
And since this is the holiday show I have lots of fun decorations! These modern ornaments come in two different sizes.
I also have garland made of various small circles. Great to drape around the house or tree for instant festivity!
ALSO, I have made lots of cute pouches. They come in a small size that makes a great wallet or gift card holder. I also made larger sizes that make perfect pencil pouches or makeup bags!
I hope to see y’all there!!! Happy happy holidays!
My husband and I recently took a trip to England and Italy. We were traveling for about 2 1/2 weeks. It is hard to sum up this trip but ultimately Italy was everything I hoped it would be. John was great and went through hundreds of pictures and posted them on his flickr. Go check them out! Here are a few of my highlights…
We stayed mostly in Cinque Terre. This is an area on the west coast with small villages that you can hike or boat between. I’ll tell you – it was hard to pick where to go in Italy but we wanted to soak in one place and we wanted it to be kind of quiet (i.e. not a big city). We were not disappointed here!
Monterroso is kind of divided into a new section and an old section joined by a tunnel. We stayed at a great Bed and Breakfast called Villa Cristina. This was the biggest town so there were plenty of restaurant options and the beach was great!
From there we hiked to the next two towns. The trails are quite steep and skinny but the views are amazing.
Most towns are accessible by boat, train, and trail so sometimes they’d get pretty busy! One town, Corniglia, did not have a ferry marina so it was nice and quiet. It was also one of the smallest towns and ended up being one of our favorites.
Words are escaping me as I go through all of our pictures. Ultimately our trip to Italy was a dream come true. We celebrated five years of being together in a beautiful country. What more could I ask for?
Coming up soon is our England part of the trip and lots of stuff I’m sewing!!!
I am proud to show my first completely organic baby quilt! I made this based on the excellent tutorial by Crazy Mom Quilts. You use a series of rectangles that are strip-pieced. Then you piece everything together at an angle. I had never done that kind of quilt construction but it was a lot easier than I thought it would be!
You just trim off the extra bits after quilting. And then it becomes this:
I used a lot of my favorite fabrics to make this quilt including some Circa 60 Beach Mod by Birch Fabrics and the cute animal print from Anika by Monaluna. I also included a print from Nature Walk by Cloud9 fabrics.
This quilt was inspired by my love of camping in the mountains in the fall with my husband. The brown zigzags remind me of the ridgetops and then all of the animals, tents, and trees are some of the wonderful things that can be spotted during a weekend in the woods.
For the back I used what extra cutoffs I had from the strip-piecing. I had to add some wonky-ness in there somewhere!
I hope all of you have a wonderful fall! It snuck up on me but I’m excited to watch the tree leaves change and hopefully we can squeeze in more camping trip this year. : )
FYI, this quilt is for sale and will (hopefully) make it into my Etsy shop sometime soon. If you are interested please send me an e-mail!
In November I am going to teach this fun technique using the “Quick Step Quilt” pattern by Carol Britt. You quilt as you piece it together! This makes it truly a quick way of making a cool quilt.
The picture above is of the back. The strips in the back coordinate in placement with the ‘brick path’ strips on the front. There are so many options of how to design this quilt! The back could be completely different.
If you’re interested in taking this class it is three Tuesday evenings in November. Go to this link at Quilting Adventures to sign up!! I’d love to see you there!