From the Studio { January }

January 31, 2015

studio view january

From the first visit to my studio this month I decided to take a picture of the view every day that I am there. I am really looking forward to recording them all and seeing how it changes throughout the seasons. This month bought one great day when the shadow of the building looked like a dog, and even a tiny bit of snow. I love trees with bare branches against blue skies.

January Makes

Inside the studio (top row) I started the month with these items on my design wall and a list on a paper bag. On one visit I started to play around with a fat eighth bundle of Oakshott cottons.

(Middle row) Playing with layouts of the Oakshott blocks. My finished mini quilt for Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt swap, something very different from my usual style but very well received by my partner. A Fancy Sailor Top made with this amazing Echinacea print from Anna Maria Horner. I think it is Rayon, I haven’t sewn with it before and it was quite hard to cut I found. I also made a bit of a bodge so the neckline isn’t great. It is wearable with a cardigan though and so very comfortable. I definitely want to make more of these.

(Bottom row) Using up every last scrap of a Kate Spain charm pack with a little improv. The bright cushion was made for one of Kate’s friend’s 3rd birthday.

Not pictured I have been working on a Totoro Mini quilt for the #studioghibliswap and I made a Kindle cover for my step mum’s birthday. I made a little something for an IG friend for my Make a Friend swap. Finally I made a kit bag for Mr C to take to the gym.

Oakshott Blocks

After deliberation about the layout of these blocks I went back and made twice as many. I love the layout but it will be an odd size if I sew it together like this – 40″ by 30″. I am thinking that the answer could be sew them together in the diamond shapes of 4 blocks and then add sashing. Not sure what colour, and what will go with the Oakshott fabrics. Any suggestions gratefully received.

My last morning in the studio this month was spent making my first ever Bee Block. I have joined a virtual quilting bee and this month we are making these blocks for our Queen Bee. I love how it turned out so much. I don’t usually make many ‘proper’ quilt blocks and I enjoyed this very much. I am going to make one for myself too, and will do that each month so at the end I will have a record of all that I made for a sampler quilt.

Done! Love this block. I'm thinking I might make a second for me and save them all up for a sampler at the end of the year.    hope you like it x

Wow, when you sit down and write it all down that is a lot of sewing. I am so happy that I have my place to go and hide from real life and just sew. I am a very lucky girl indeed. Sewing soothes my soul like nothing else.

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  • Reply Elizabeth Rebecca January 31, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    I love all the patchwork designs.

    Lizzie Dripping

    • Reply Kelly February 1, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you, I am really pleased with the ones I did this month.

  • Reply Quilt Mouse February 1, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    I do love your pink/blue diamonds. I’m partial to secondary designs made once blocks are sewn together and adding sashing between the diamond shapes would hide the subtle secondary pattern. Perhaps adding inner borders to the right & left and then adding an outer border all around. Can’t wait to see how it comes out. Happy Stitching!

    • Reply Kelly February 1, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      You make a very good point there! I wouldn’t want to lose that secondary design. I will have to have a think. I like the idea of a border and then another.

  • Reply Emmajane February 1, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I love the things you have made! I think my favourite is the Oakshott, but then it could be the cushion. It looks like you are very productive in your studio.

    • Reply Kelly February 1, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      It is amazing, I didn’t think I had done that much but when you write it all down it is quite impressive. The fabric on that cushion is just brilliant.

  • Reply Katy S February 1, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Beautiful projects! And I love your photo a day. Lovely to see how the light changes everything.

    • Reply Kelly February 1, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      The photo a day has reminded me that although it feels like it January wasn’t just grey all the time. Thank you for the comment and for visiting.

  • Reply Alcea Rosea February 1, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    I’m so pleased to have found your blog via small blog meet. I love your Oakshot quilt, particularly the colours. The view from your room is fascinating, I would never remember to take photos regularly.

    • Reply Kelly February 1, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      It is the first thing I do when I get in, before I even switch on the sewing machine. So far I have been remembering. It helps that I take the photo exactly where I stand to turn the heater on!

  • Reply A Note to Follow Sew February 1, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    I love the Oakshott quilt. Keep going!

    • Reply Kelly February 2, 2015 at 9:41 am

      Thank you.

  • Reply Stephanie February 2, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Looks like you have a lot of great works-in-progress! I’m especially intrigued by the ones in the very top-left corner & bottom left.

    • Reply Kelly February 2, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      Yes I need to concentrate on finishing as well as starting!

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