Don’t stick a fork in it quite yet

Today in “Things That Feel Good”: Finishing.

Kona Cotton Quilt Top

Or… almost finishing. I’ve gotten two fairly major projects nearly done. The first is my first quilt. A project I’ve been working on for a while, it’s destined to replace my existing duvet cover primarily for warmer months. What on earth possessed me to do a queen-sized quilt for my first project, I’ll never know. I only learned how to sew this summer, but the idea of doing something so big seemed like a good idea at the time.  I’ve had the quilt top done for a few weeks, but I just finished the quilt back yesterday (see below).

Kona Quilt Back

The quilt is a variation on Amy Butler’s “Thea’s Puzzle Quilt” (pdf) made with the “Poseidon” colorway from Kona Cotton. The border on the front is Kona Charcoal and the main fabric on the back is Kona Medium Gray. And for the real kicker, the binding is going to be a bright pink “Pomegranate”. I can’t wait for that. But first I have to bring my respirator home so I can spray tack the quilt sandwich and get started on the actual quilting.

Quilt Front Detail

It’s definitely not as polished as it might be if I had more experience quilting. But I’m planning to try something a bit more manageable for my next project.

And just in case I didn’t have enough on my plate with a huge quilt, I’ve also started making pillow covers for my sofa set. The current pillows are incredibly boring and pretty ugly, even if they do have a vaguely quilt-like look to them. I wanted to add a pop of color to the room and figured this was a good way to practice some new sewing skills and freshen things up as well.

Loveseat Before

Pillow Before (Blech)

For the four pillows I used 4 fat quarters of a green/bronze fabric from Andover Fabrics. The bronze metallic color matches my current nail polish, so I can understand why it appealed to me so much. I used a basic envelope pillow pattern from Sew Mama Sew.

Pillow (Front)

For the back, I used some leftover Kona Charcoal from the quilt plus some of the fabric from the front to break up the darkness of the gray.

Pillow (Back)

I need to grab some more gray yardage before I can finish the rest of the pillows, but overall I’m super pleased with how they’ve turned out. The difference is pretty dramatic right?

Loveseat After

A Time to Plan

I’m a planner by nature. It’s really a shame that I find the act of making lists more satisfying than typically the act of finishing all the tasks on said lists. But there you are.

With an endeavor like this blog, in a new year full of new opportunities, the art of list making is even more exciting. Because it’s not just things I HAVE to do, it’s things I WANT to do.

So without further ado, a list for January:

  • Photograph my rooms in their existing configurations, documenting possessions and layouts.
  • Take more pictures in general
  • Make new pillow covers for the living room sofa
  • Cull books and dishware in preparation for moving
  • Finish 2 in-progress quilts
  • Finish Dad’s kelly green vest
  • Watch more episodes of Friday Night Lights

One of the things I’m most excited about is the culling of possessions in preparation for the big move. Rather than waiting until the last possible moment, I think it’s incredibly important to get these little things done beforehand so I’m not overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of all the things I’ve accumulated since I moved into this apartment. And truly, I have entirely too much stuff. Some of it just needs to go. And what better time to let things go than now?

I have a good feeling about this

2011 was a big year for me.

I turned 30.

I traveled more than ever.

I celebrated engagements, weddings, pregnancies, and births with my closest friends and family.

And I found out with the most notice possible that I would be looking for a new place in the new year. My seriously excellent roommate (SER) is making a big move herself: She’ll be getting married and moving to London. Which leaves me with a huge opportunity: the chance to find, acquire, and inhabit an apartment that is all my own.

So that’s what 2012 and this site are going to be all about: the search for and eventual making of my new home.