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A few finished quilts!

If I’ve not already mentioned it, I’ve been busy really quite busy so far this year…actually I can’t quite believe we’re already a third of the way through it. I may have been quiet on here but at least I have a lot to show for my absence and the winter months which have mercifully come to and end.

I was gifted a huge stack of fabrics from my sister in law for Christmas (I know, what a lucky duck…) which helped immensely with my no-buying-fabrics New Year’s resolution (I have of course, since fell off the wagon numerous times, but I made it as far as March without spending unnecessarily!). One was a bundle of Tula Pink’s Saltwater…Tula Collage

…which, with an injection of linens from my stash, became a cute little boy-friendly baby quilt named ‘Wave Upon Wave Upon Wave’, available in my shop here.waveCollage

And another was a stack of Patty Sloniger’s Les Amis…amis Collage

…which I turned into this leafy medallion quilt named ‘Shenandoah’, also available for purchase in my shop. It’s fast become one of my favourite little-girl quilts so far, so I hope it find a new home soon.shenandoahCollage

Since then, it’s been all about the custom orders. Apparently it has been baby girl season as there has been a constant stream of pink round these parts. Here are just a couple of the recent commissions which have ended up in London and Texas, USA (I’m gradually collecting the US states but Texas seems to be keeping me in business with 5 quilts sent there so far. Missouri is in close second with 4…). I also sent a custom cat quilt to Canada and another to Portugal, so it’s been quite an international month or two!bente Collagekimcollage2

Finally, as a welcome break from all the pinks, was this vibrant yellow, black and white quilt for a little chap named Joseph. It’s so fun having the opportunity to work with different colours so I was thrilled when Joseph’s grandma asked for something a little different from the norm. This was a really easy, quick and enjoyable make, and I hope it will soon reach it’s new home in Utah (my 16th US state! Only 34 to go then…) making Collage joCollageThat’s not even it, I’m too embarrassed to show you how many WIPs I started amongst all this – but I’ll tell you it includes a couple of cushions for myself, several (!) baby quilts for the shop, and a mini for a swap :-/

If you like seeing in progress pictures, and for some more insight into what I’ve been up to, please check me out on Instagram – @lauradimplestitch

L xx

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Mustard and mint, a yummy combo

Phew, we’ve survived Halloween (almost, still have a party to attend this evening but I’m being a grump and not wearing a costume…).

I’m excited to share with you today my second baby quilt finish of the week. As previously mentioned, I’d been collecting these fabrics for some time, originally planning to make a Grey Abbey quilt but slowly adding and swapping out more and more fabrics from other collections until I think there were only 3 Grey Abbey prints remaining. Mustard is a pretty common colour in my wardrobe, and I was really pleased to see it popping up in fabric trends this spring and summer. It’s such a diverse colour which goes great with navy or brown, corals and peaches, and as in this quilt, mint and grey. I love these colours so much, I’ve already started using some of the scraps in a new lap quilt!

I didn’t take any pictures during the making of this quilt. I was totally in the zone and the quilt came together so quickly that it practically made itself. The patchwork was pretty straightforward, and then I quilted in it straight lines, 1″ apart, and bound it to finish with a cute blush Flurry print. I’ve lost count how many hours of sewing I’ve racked up this week but I’ve enjoyed making something without a deadline. The finished quilt will be available in the shop later this weekend – as you’ll see, Kira’s taken quite a shine to it though, so hopefully someone will snap it up before she claims it for herself…Collage1 DSC_0883 Collage2DSC_0916DSC_0927

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Friday Fright-night Finish

Happy Halloween guys! I must admit I am not a big fan of this holiday – I loathe fancy dress and am just a wee bit terrified of the gangs of kids that come knocking on our door (I’ve had a bad experience in the past!), many of which don’t even bother with costumes and just stand there with their hands out expecting free sweets. What I can get on board with, though, is this gorgeous autumn weather we’ve been having and I love that it’s November tomorrow and still relatively warm. I think I’m getting over my sadness at summer ending.

This week I’ve finished not one, but FIVE projects. I KNOW! Three of them are just diddy but I’m still really pleased to have them ticked off my list and be on top of my work schedule again. The quilt I’m going to share with you today is perfectly seasonal – warm browns, golds and greys, woodland themed fabrics and snuggle-central make this a very autumnal quilt. I must admit that if this didn’t have a little boy’s name on it, I would have found this one hard to give up.

Clamshell quilts are among my favourites. When one of my all time favourite quilts, ‘Octopus’s Garden’ was sold this summer I did feel a little sad to see it go. So, I was over the moon when my customer chose this design from the 6 different ones I sent her. One of these days I’ll make my own clamshell quilt.Collage1 Collage2 Collage3I’m still obsessing over the little touches of metallic gold in the deer print, and the little toadstools on the back are to die for. Doesn’t it make you want the weather to get colder?! I’ve named this quilt ‘Far From Any Road’ after the Handsome Family song (one for all the True Detective fans out there!). I hope little Theodore enjoys his birthday present 🙂

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October works in progress

September into October sees the start of my busy period as the weeks begin to escalate towards Christmas. I’ve already shown you the twin Liberty quilts I finished up, but in recent weeks I’ve also made a bright and boyish quilt for a little chap named Ben, another commission for the fabulous Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine (under wraps for now, but keep an eye out for Issue 16…), reached my 100 sales milestone thanks to a NOTHS order, started two new baby quilts, a lap quilt too and worked on projects for three graphic design clients! Phew. As you can imagine, my workspace isn’t the tidiest ever right now…

My first work-in-progress is a baby quilt for a lovely repeat client of mine. As soon as she mentioned the words ‘woodland fabrics’, I was all over this project like cat hair on a black sweater.

Toadstools, birds, foxes and the most irresistible metallic deer & tree fabric is a recipe for a happy Laura. Muted, neutral and autumnal, I can’t wait to get this clamshell quilt finished up for one very lucky little boy.

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While waiting for some of the materials to arrive for the woodland quilt, I also cut into a gorgeous stack of fabrics which I’ve been collecting for some time. There are fabrics from all sorts of summer collections here; Grey Abbey by Elizabeth Olwen, Littlest from AGF Studio, September Blue by Susan Driscoll, Cotton+Steel basics, Arizona by April Rhodes (more metallic, yay!), Mormor by Lotta Jansdotter, the list goes on. The stack has been sitting and taunting me for weeks now, and I’d been dying to take my rotary cutter to it, but not without taking some lovely photos in the autumn sunlight first, of course.

DSC_0433CollageACollageBMmmmm, mustard, mint and grey – perfection! And this, my mostest favouritest, low-volume print ever (at least for the time being….). Yes I know, I’m so predictable…

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Scrappy squares in squares in squares…

I’ve been a busy bee this week. It’s been the first time in a long time that I’ve had a chance to make a new quilt for the shop as I’ve been so busy with commissions. This week I was lucky enough to have a little window between custom orders and managed to bash out this bad boy.

I wanted to make something stash-busting and had a lot of fun rediscovering some prints I had tucked away that hadn’t seen the light in a while. The more the merrier was my motto for this quilt, and I was pretty nondiscriminatory in choosing prints, only avoiding anything too gender or age specific.

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Cutting all the pieces took bloody ages – 48 squares, 192 small triangles and 192 large triangles! Phew. A bit of swamp-rock on the itunes and several hours and cups of tea later, I was ready to get sewing.Collage3Trimming blocks is my least favourite part of quilt-making, and when working with triangles, trimming is pretty key. This can be the point I lose interest and go and do something else but I pushed through – good thing this quilt made such pretty off-cuts!

Collage2I changed my mind three times(!) about how to quilt this one, which meant getting pretty friendly with my unpicker. In the end I decided to keep it simple by echoing the seams, as the pattern was busy enough as it was.

So, whaddya think? I’ve named it “Break The Night With Colour” and it measures 40″ x 55″ which is a pretty universal size – you can use it as a bay quilt, child playmat/end-of-bed quilt and even a little lap quilt for your favourite armchair.

This quilt is available in my shop now, claim it before the cats do!

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Work in progress – a little HST quilt, just ‘cuz

DSC_0253 copygrey CollageCommissions have been keeping me very busy over the few weeks (not that I’m complaining!) and it feels like it’s been ages since I could just mess around on my machine and sew for the sake of sewing with no deadlines to work to or pressure to follow an exact design. This weekend I hit my stash and just pulled out a few fabrics to start playing around with. Grey, blue and yellow were the colours I felt drawn to, possibly on my radar due to the lovely little foxy quilt I finished recently. I fancied something easy as a warm up to spark my creativity for something more complex and HSTs (half-square-triangles for those of you who don’t know quilt-speak) were the order of the day and with the Nashville soundtrack on in the background (yes, it’s my guilty pleasure. Actually, I don’t even feel guilty about it!), I enjoyed churning these out by the dozen. I arranged them freestyley and whipped up a good few blocks in a couple of hours. Now I just need to choose a backing and binding and then I should have this little quilt finished in no time.

DSC_0266 copyDSC_0272 copyAnd, since these colours have inspired me, I thought I’d put together a little moodboard to see if they can inspire you too. I’ve found all sorts of lovelies on Etsy and Pinterest and particularly love that art print centre-right, both my fiance and I are prone to the hunger-rage…

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Middle row: Triangle studs // Antique chair // Cute art print

Bottom row: Grey knitted slippers // Porcelain poppy bowl // Styling with branches

 

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Spring Quilt Market & Cotton+Steel

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If you could see me right now, you’d see I have a right grumpy pout on, and have since Thursday because I am not at International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. Everyone who’s everyone in fabric design and quilting is at the spring quilt market and I am feeling especially jealous, not helped by the fact that I’m going to miss the UK Festival of Quilts in Birmingham this summer as well, as it coincides with our honeymoon (though if ever there was a good reason to miss it, that is it).

Twitter and Instagram are all a buzz with sneak peeks of the Spring fabric lines and beautiful booth set-ups which is feeding my envy and curiosity in equal parts. One of the most anticipated launches this Spring is the new fabric design collective, Cotton+Steel, a division of RJR fabrics made up of five of the most talented designers in the world of fabric, Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman Hale, Alexia Abegg, Sarah Watts and Kimberly Kight,  most of which I have used in my own work. Founded by the wonderful Melody Miller, Cotton+Steel is both a collaborative venture where the ladies have combined their talents to create some wonderful basics, as well as each of the designers having their own line within the Cotton+Steel brand which all coordinate with one another. It’s a genius idea and their whole branding is just delicious, I cannot wait to see their creations and how the company grows over the next few seasons.

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You can hear more about them in this fab, and super-inspirational video made by Melody’s husband.

I am so excited by these fabrics, and from some of the sneak peeks I’ve seen, they seem to be living up to the hype. Here are a few sneaky images from The Village Haberdashery (thanks Annie!) where you can already pre-order the full collection! Resistance is futile.

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Hello, Charley!

I have been a big fan of Charley Harper’s art for some time, so imagine my joy when I found out Birch Fabrics had turned some of his illustrations into a fabric collection. If that wasn’t exciting enough, I had a lovely customer wanting to use it in a custom quilt design. I jumped at the opportunity and these beauties arrived on my doorstep yesterday. I’m raring to cut into these, but I’d also like to look at and stroke them for a little while. That’s normal, right?DSC_0258 charley1 CollageHarper’s unique strong graphic style and wildlife theme translates beautifully onto fabric and the result is a bold, colourful collection that I cannot wait to get started with. I love the use of primary colours, and against a white background these prints are really going to pop. It’s hard to choose just one, but I think the red cardinals on the white background has to be my favourite print, as for me, this is his most iconic image. Wouldn’t it make the coolest wallpaper too?

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I’ll leave you with some words from the man himself:

“When I look at a wildlife or nature subject, I don’t see the feathers in the wings, I just count the wings. I see exciting shapes, color combinations, pattern, textures, fascinating behavior and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures. I regard the picture as an ecosystem in which all the elements are interrelated, interdependent, perfectly balanced, without trimming or unutilized parts; and herein lies the lure of painting; in a world of chaos, the picture is one small rectangle in which the artist can create an ordered universe.” Source: Wikipedia

Thanks Charley, it’s simply wonderful! L x

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Sewing and sorting

Well, there goes another week! We are rolling towards the summer at an alarming rate. Nearly April, eek! I am more than ready to put away the jumpers and slippers, but I don’t want to wish the year away. 2014 is a big one for us.

Anyhow, what have I been up to last week? Lots of sewing, and cutting and sewing again. Oh, and a little bit of sorting! I finally got round to sorting out my stash which wasn’t doing anything for me stuffed in boxes under the coffee table. I bought a CD tower to store all my bits in, and truthfully I probably should have gotten a second! My stash is somewhat larger than I thought it was (oops!). I couldn’t be happier with my new storage solution though and I love that I can see exactly what I’ve got at a glance and finally I’m beginning to get my sewing space to how I want it. The shelves are pretty maxed out, but I could squeeze in a little more red/orange/yellow….

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This week has also been another notonthehighstreet.com kind of week. Here are a few ‘making of’ snaps from a personalised pet quilt in my Gypsy design. Hopefully its new cat or dog owner, will be as happy with it as my kitties are with theirs 🙂
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Fabric Friday is the best kind of Friday

Happy Friday y’all (yes, I have been watching too much Nashville). I hope you’ve had a fab week whatever you’ve been up to. Ours has been up and down – poor Norton has been very poorly which has led to a few days of worry and an overnight stay at the vet (much to the pleasure of Kira who enjoys having him out of the way and us humans to herself). Luckily he seems to be on the mend and is being snuggled back to his old self this afternoon.nortToday is the mister’s birthday, so I should be busy showering him with gifts and affection, but instead I’m indulging in the joy of receiving my own parcels (I think I’ve had more to open today than he has – oops!).

DSC_0216From the bold colours and shapes of the African safari of my last fabric delivery, these softer colours and quirky foxy motifs make a lovely contrast. That’s what I love about patchwork and quilting, it is so diverse as the fabric and pattern combinations are endless. This pretty selection is going to become a quilt and matching cushion for a baby boy’s nursery. There are a couple more prints to come, including a red chevron which will set the bundle off nicely. I LOVE these colours. Mint/aqua and red have always been a popular colour match, and once added to pops of yellow against neutral greys and linens, it makes a lovely modern-but-vintage-inspired bundle a little reminiscent of 1950s Americana. All sorts of designers featured here –  Eric & Julie Comstock for Moda, Alyssa Thomas for Clothworks and Andie Hanna for Robert Kaufman…the list goes on. In short, a whole lotta yum.

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Mint, red, yellow, grey CollageTop row: Polka-dot doggie bow tie from LittleBlueFeathers // Mint green converse – best colour ever? // Knit your own fox-hood, does it come in adult size? yes, yes it does! *punches the air*

Middle row: Lovely chevron escort cards from Style Me Pretty // Adorable foxy art doll from Holli // The sweetest nursery designed by Holly Becker for her new son Aiden

Bottom row: Norwegian linen star ornaments from Aina’s Charme // Red chevron stacking rings from Parc Boutique // Pastel apple-shaped cushions from Studiomeez

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