The Fabric Studio!

Does anyone check this blog anymore?! Probably not! Well, I have a perfectly good reason why I’ve been away (unlike all the other times, where I just got lazy). I have been busy as a bumble bee getting my new store ready to open! I know, I have a store! Weird, huh? I signed the lease in January and am planning to open early April. So, I have decided to no longer post here on good ol’ unkindness of raisins. But! Not to worry, I have a new blog! I will post updates about the store, and also sewing projects I am working on (if I ever have time to sew again, that is).

 

The Fabric Studio

The Fabric Studio

This picture was definitely staged for the photo, and is now once again a very messy corner, but it gives me hope as to what the store will look like once everything is unpacked and set up (and we have some more sunny days).  So, please feel free to check out my new blog, which you can find linked to at thefabricstudionashville.com, or can go directly to it at thefabricstudionashville.wordpress.com. That blog is also a work in progress, but I have high hopes for it. So wish me luck, and follow along! It’s been fun times at this blog, and I’m looking forward to the new one as well. THanks for reading!!

 

Triangle Owl Quilt

Another quilt I made recently was this fun baby quilt. I really like triangle quilts for some reason, I think they are like a more fun version of just patchwork squares. Squares a great too, but these are a little more fun to make, for me.

Nashville downtown in the backdrpo

Nashville downtown in the backdrpo

For this one I used pretty much all the same fabrics from the quilt I made for my mom’s coworker, (here), so it was kind of fun to see the same group of fabrics create a totally different quilt.

 

Hard to photograph quilts in the wind

Hard to photograph quilts in the wind

For some reason triangle quilts always come out a bit smaller than I’d like them to. Maybe because the end triangles get trimmed down. So this is a slightly smaller baby quilt, but still a decent size! Or maybe I am just getting used to making larger quilts, so it feels extra small.

Close up

Close up

I did free motion quilting and made the binding out of a combination of two aqua fabrics, one polka dot, and one houndstooth. From far away you cant tell, but I like that its a little detail you dont notice right away.

Anna Maria Horner backing

Anna Maria Horner backing

The back is just one piece of lilac fabric I’ve had for a few years. Its always nice to be able to use just one piece of fabric for the back. Even though I like the look of pieced backs, its much easier to just do it like this when you can!

This one is also available for sale in my Etsy shop!

 

 

Flying Geese and Half-Square Triangle Quilt

A few weeks ago I finished up one of my fave quilts ever! I love the bright white background and I love the color combo. Another quilt that I was able to make using just what I had at home. I have a new goal of using up fabric, rather than hoarding it (after all, what else did I buy it for, if not to make things with it?) So i have used a few of my favorites in this one.

Aaron as my quilt stand

Aaron as my quilt stand

To go back to the creation process, I made a bunch of flying geese rows to start with.

On the wall

On the wall

With method that I use to make the flying geese block you end up with two triangles of scraps, one in white, and one in the main fabric, from each side of the rectangle. I never know what to do with these, and I hate throwing them away. So this time I sewed them together, played around with the layout a bit, and came up with a single chevron shape, or it also kinda looks like an arrow?

More pieces

So I sewed all the pieces together that would normally be scraps, and added them to the layout. From there, I just filled in all the open spaces with white fabric. I really like this method of making quilts because you dont have to just make the same block over and over again, and then when filling things in its kind of like a puzzle, and you’ve got to figure out where to fill it in so that you end up with striaght lines to connect. If that makes sense.

The back

The back

You cant really see the quilt lines, but I basically just sewed boxes around the different triangles and arrows. The back is an old Ikea print I bought ages ago, with just a stripe of fabric on the side that matches the color scheme of the front.

I really like this one! And it’s for sale in my Etsy shop!

 

Aaron’s Awesome Aussie Quilt

So, sometimes I get an idea for a quilt and it is sort of vague and I have to sketch a bit, and it changes a lot over time, and it takes a while to get from the moment that I thought of it to being totally done. Sometimes that can take a year! Not so with this quilt! I knew Aaron was coming back to Nashville in January and I knew his apartment bedroom was just a tad bit….jail-cell-esque? Grey, cold, cinderblocks. So I thought I would make him a quilt and one night it came to me! Make a quilt with an Australian map on it. Once I had that thought all the pieces fell into place instantly, and by the end of that night I had a plan printed out and fabrics picked. I was able to make the entire front of the quilt with fabrics I already had at home, which was great for two reasons! 1. money. 2. i was impatient, and this way I got to start right away. 

Australia Quilt!

Australia Quilt!

We brought it up to the mountains with us and I took some pics of it from outside our cabin. I decided to break it up by states, so that was fun to learn what all the states were, and I can now name them all (dont quiz me).

Closer view

Closer view

I debated putting blue all around it, for the negative space, but it seemed kinda obivious, for an ocean, and I didnt have that much blue. I love white quilts, so this was good. I also had that boat fabric leftover from a baby quilt, which I thought was fun.

Close up on Western Australia

Close up on Western Australia

One thing I really love about making quilts for people I know is that you can make them really personal, because there is a fabric for basically everything. Just from fabrics I already found I had so much “Aussie” stuff– sheep, clover, crocs, Aboriginal-looking patterns, grass, echidnas (it was hedgehog fabric, but close enough).

New South Wales and Victoria

New South Wales and Victoria

There was also waves, seagulls, the Union Jac, sushi, anchors, and, not pictured, Animal from the Muppets. Which has nothing to do with Australia, but Aaron likes him!

The back

The back

For the back I found a really nice black chambray with anchors printed on it. Since Aaron has an anchor tattoo it seemed fitting. I also used a stripe of banana fabric for Aaron’s deep love of Australian bananas (they are superior to all other lands). I wonder if a banana tattoo is next?

The binding is grey skulls. I did free motion quilting all along the white spaces, and in each different state I did straight-line quilting going in a different direction, to further separate the states.

I must say, I had so much fun making this quilt, and the other great thing about making quilts for people is that you end up spending a lot of the time you are sewing thinking about that person, and in this case I was thinking about my Australia trip too. I am really happy with the way it turned out, and I have some plans for some state quilts in this same style. Will I ever have time to make them?? That remains to be seen, but the idea is there!

Welcome to America Aaron! You can now sleep, sorta, in your own land, while also experiencing all the pleasures of America, from meat dust to bald eagle sightings, to gun ownership and prohibitively expensive healthcare. Yay!

 

 

 

 

Happy 2014!

Hello!

Well, it’s been quite a while since I posted, hasnt it? January has flown by, in a good way, and I am finding myself with lots of finished quilts but no time to post them on here, on my website, or on my Etsy page! In other words, I’ve been out and about, and not at my computer much, which is ok with me.

I do have some updates in the works, but for now here’s a little photo recap of January and what I’ve been up to. Check back soon for some new quilts too!

NYE! Aaron surprised me and came to Nashville early. Best night ever!

NYE! Aaron surprised me and came to Nashville early. Best night ever!

Go to Smoky Mountains for a weekend. Stay in a crazy cabin, drink wine, battle stomach flu, hike, and indoor blacklight pirate mini golf!

Go to Smoky Mountains for a weekend. Stay in a crazy cabin, drink wine, battle stomach flu, hike, and indoor blacklight pirate mini golf!

Visit this cute little baby a few times!

Visit this cute little baby a few times!

Eat a delicious dinner out in Nashville with awesome Aussie man "pal"

Eat a delicious dinner out in Nashville with awesome Aussie man “pal”

 

Also been sewing a million (50) aprons, eating Aaron’s delicious cooking, and finalizing some store stuff. More on all of that soon!

January has been a great start to 2014 and it feels good to be surrounded by supportive, encouraging friends in a town that is also supportive and encouraging.

2014 is year of action…. and year of Nancy too!

2013 in Pictures

Looking back at my pictures from the year it seems most of my time was spent eating, drinking, sewing, traveling, and hanging with friends, and if you ask me, that adds up to a great year! Hope everyone has a great New Years Eve and I will see you in 2014!!
xoxo

Rainbow Quilt!

Rainbow scraps flying geese quilt

Rainbow scraps flying geese quilt

I finally finished up this cute little baby quilt that I made the top for many months ago. I love this quilt because I didnt have to buy a single part of it! Used ll pieces from my scrap box for the top, leftover binding from other quilts, and cut up curtains for the back. I have plans for quite a few more scrap quilts too, but it’s a challenge because in general I dont like the look of scrap quilts. They are usually too busy and there is usually no where for your eye to rest, so I tried to balance this one with enough low-volume scraps. And my next project is just going to use all blue-tones scraps, to keep the craziness under control. I have so many scraps I could probably sew like 10 quilt tops, so that is what I hope to do! It’s kind of a fun challenge.

CLose up

Close up

I used a couple differnet pieces of leftover binding (I always make way too much) in black and white fabric. I quilted it by just following the vertical seams down and then tracing over the seams of the top two sides of each triangle, which made a chevron type pattern show through on the back.

IKEA bird fabric

IKEA bird fabric

And on the back I used the curtains I made for my bedroom in Indy. I have 6 yards worth just languishing in my cabinet, so I figured it was time to bust it out!

Anyway, I like this quilt! I think it’s cheerful, and the flying geese pattern is pretty fun to sew. I think there are a lot of possibilities with it (stay tuned to see one soon!). Available for sale soon in my Etsy shop.

 

 

 

 

30 Things

 

Nashville Skyline

Nashville Skyline

Today is my birthday! I am officially IN my 30s, and I must say it feels good. 20s were fun, but also sort of strange and scary and oh-my-gosh-i-have-no-clue-what-to-do-or-how-to-do-it. Being 30 felt noticeably different, in a really great way, and I think 31 is going to be even better.

So, being a natural born list maker, here are 30 things I did this year, as a 30 year old!

1. Moved to Nashville

2. Moved into the artists lofts in Nashville

3. Got jobs at 2 pretty cool restaurants

4. Sewed like 20 quilts

5. Went to Dolly Wood

Fun times in Asheville

Fun times in Asheville

6. Spent a weekend in Asheville, NC

7. Went to Chatanooga

8. Went to Asutralia!

9. Welcomed my best friend’s first baby to the world

10. Made new friends

New pals at 308 Brunch!

New pals at 308 Brunch!

11. Kept in touch with old friends

12. Ate my first lobster roll

13. Saw a moose.

14. Went to New Hampshire and Boston

15. Built a website

Steph's Wedding in Ohio

Steph’s Wedding in Ohio

16. Celebrated the weddings of 3 great couples: Melissa and Jeff, Steph and Jason, and Stacey and Joe.

17. Successfully pitched a new apron idea to the restaurant where I work

18. Did yoga every day for 3 months

19. Hosted my first Thanksgiving

20. Threw a ladies brunch

Brunch at my apartment

Brunch at my apartment

21. Swam in the Pacific AND the Atlantic Oceans

22. Ate sea urchin

23. Saw a koala, an emu, and some kangaroos

24. Rode a roller coaster

25. Swam in a lake

Yummy picnic at Percy Priest lake

Yummy picnic at Percy Priest lake

26. Went to the state fair

27. Started waking up early!

28. Attempted to sew some clothes

29. Downsized my belongings to move into my studio (and it felt great)

30. Stopped just dreaming about a fabric store, and started working on making it real!

It has really been a great year full of great people and great places, and, as always, lots of unexpected surprises. I’ve really seen the power of saying yes to new experiences, and I am excited to see what 31 will bring!

Cheers!

Cheers!

Purple Baby Owl Quilt

This was a quilt I finished up at the end of the summer which was a commissioned gift that one of my mom’s friends ordered for who sister (who recently moved back from Australia). She just told me that she really loves purple, owls, and a blend of modern and traditional styles.

I ended up using a dark purple fabric to outline every other middle square, and then use a blend of other fabrics to create the checkerboard look.

Owl Patchwork

Owl Patchwork

It was a pretty basic design, just 4″ squares and a 3″ border if I remember correctly. I think the mix of pink, purple, aqua, and green looks cheerful and fun and I have since used the extra scraps to make another quilt top, which I am in the process of finishing.

Fabric Closeup

Fabric Closeup

I used an Anna Maria Horner light purple stripe for the binding, and for the back I used two fabrics, one that wasnt really my style but the girl who ordered it thought it was cute (and it was on sale), and another more cheerful and modern one with an animal theme.

Quilt back

Quilt back

I did simple straight-line quilting, following the seam lines down on either side and then also going around the inside square. It’s a blurry picture, but you get the idea!

After making so many bigger quilts this summer it was kind of nice to have a quick project like this one. I hope that little baby Viviane is enjoying her quilt!

 

 

 

Australia Week 3!

Welcome to my final week in Australia. Sad times! I was not at all ready to come home, even after all this time. It was not easy to leave, that’s for sure.

We did so much this week too, making sure to cram as much as possible in. :)

Day 1: We packed the car and drove into the mountains planning to camp but it got colder and colder and we couldnt find a camp site so we stopped, set up a picnic table at the top of a mountain, ate lunch, and headed back down.

Day 1: We packed the car and drove into the mountains planning to camp but it got colder and colder and we couldnt find a camp site so we stopped, set up a picnic table at the top of a mountain, ate lunch, and headed back down.

Day 2: Aaron did some work and I went on an "unsupervised shopping spree." This is an awesome fabric store in Melbourne

Day 2: Aaron did some work and I went on an “unsupervised shopping spree.” This is an awesome fabric store in Melbourne

Day 3: This was the day of the Melbourne Cup horse race, which everything closes down for. We watched it on a big screen in the public square downtown. The horse Aaron chose won, the horse I chose came in last place.... Can you spot me?

Day 3: This was the day of the Melbourne Cup horse race, which everything closes down for. We watched it on a big screen in the public square downtown. The horse Aaron chose won, the horse I chose came in last place…. Can you spot me?

Day 4, Last Day! We drove to Black Rock beach and I swam in the icy but very clear waters of the ocean. It was too windy to stay long though.

Day 4, Last Day! We drove to Black Rock beach and I swam in the icy but very clear waters of the ocean. It was too windy to stay long though.

Last Night: We went to a million different bars downtown, and also ate dinner at 2 places, just to do as much as possible. This included 4 rooftop bars, and drinks from the 55th floor, seen here, overlooking the harbor.

Last Night: We went to a million different bars downtown, and also ate dinner at 2 places, just to do as much as possible. This included 4 rooftop bars, and drinks from the 55th floor, seen here, overlooking the harbor.

So that was my vacation! I was definitely not ready to come home and I really miss it! Plus I miss Aaron. It’s hard going from spending every minute with someone, to not seeing them at all, and having a 17 hour time different between you! Tricky. Next time, Sydney! ;)