Monday, 23 February 2009

more coffee please.

you know that kind of tired where your eyes feel all burny and scratchy, your limbs feel like dead weight and your head seems to be clouded in a dense fog? that's me lately, especially yesterday and today. the combination of cramming in as much sewing as possible, eating quite lightly to someday possibly fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans and a gorgeous little baby whom i love very much but still wakes me up 2 or 3 or 4 times a night and then fights all attempts at napping with tired yells and tears, seems to be catching up with me. boo.

ah well, i'm getting some kick ass work done, if i do say so myself. i'm nearing completion on 14 special edition oobee bunnies, specially made for the stitches & craft show, out of gorgeous, super soft wools and a wool/cashmere that i've been hoarding for far too long. i have plenty of well dressed oobees cut out and ready to come to life. and i scored a great deal on the rest of a bolt of natural 50%cotton/50%linen at spotlight last week, which allowed me to get the cot quilt i had brewing in my head out of there and into my completed pile.


cotton/linen cot quilt

cotton/linen cot quilt

cotton/linen cot quilt

i took square and rectangle scraps and framed them on all four sides with varying widths of the 50/50 linen cotton blend, then randomly sewed the resulting squares and rectangles together, whatever shape fit with whatever shape, to form the quilt top. i backed it with a turquoise pinstripe cotton and bound it with some joel dewberry chestnut branches. i'm loving these unplanned quilt designs, love seeing what comes out of a combination of instinct, great fabric and pure chance. and i love that i can use this same technique again and again and never have two quilts come out the same. because there will be more, my friends, oh, there will be more. and more coffee to make it all possible.

13 comments:

  1. that quilt is adorable! really, really nice.

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  2. Beautiful quilt! I like it's colors - red and aqua. And the cotton-linen fabric. I am looking for a simular one in our shop for half a year.
    Didn't you use this quilt as an inspiration?
    http://www.ladyharvatine.com/2007/05/in-true-spirit-of-whiplash.html

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  3. It's beautiful. Hasten slowly.

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  4. nope, i've never even seen that blog before but thanks for the link, looks like lots of good eye candy to browse through there. this quilt was a natural evolution from my scrap patchwork adventures of late. it's a similar technique to the boy scrap quilt i showed in the previous post, just with more coloured bits and the cotton/linen instead of the three subtle blue prints i used in that one.

    rest assured, i always give credit when credit is due and would never try to pass off anyone else's work as my own : )

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  5. This is beautiful!

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  6. what a beautiful quilt! inspiring. i love the subtle colours and non-uniform design. really lovely.

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  7. oh it does look lovely.
    you do have a special gift for fabric selection.

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  8. That quilt is gorgeous! Well worth the sleep deprivation.

    (And re: the night waking, it does stop eventually. Ali was a really patchy sleeper for the whole first year and then suddenly at twelve months he started sleeping for 12 hours overnight and 3 hours in the day. Like magic.)

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  9. oh gosh, don't overdo it girl! it's so hard to balance everything...my little Bird slept through for the first time ever last night and she's just now 8.5 months (I don't expect her to do it every night now of course - that'd be silly of me). it's so hard, but so worth it :o) good luck with everything - the quilts are amazing!

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  10. Wow Leslie! I crown you the queen of stylish quilting - you always know how to put fabrics together in fresh combinations. I love the random & casual finished results!

    Do you sleep???

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  11. now see me, if i grabbed and sewed it wouldn't look anything like this. what a wonderful quilt, not contrived, kinda organic but still incredibly it flows and has beautiful harmony. me likes it very much. i love what u make. delicious.

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  12. i've just found your lovely blog. so cute. and i've got a six month old too. what fun babies are.

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  13. this is a beautiful quilt
    i just discovered your blog and i've been admiring this image over the past few days
    hope you all feel better soon

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