As Colette Patterns has continued with the Wardrobe Architect Project, I have had to step back and pause.  I guess it makes sense that there would be a sewing project to go along with the mental challenge of considering what I wear and why.  After my baby comes, I'll be back in the saddle with clothes making.  I did plan my best silhouettes and color schemes, and made a nifty little chart for that. Here:
This is the spring one.  

I decided that I leaned more towards organic prints and solids rather than anything stripey or geometric, so that's also good to know with fabric selection and such.  I think I'll plan my fall wardrobe, instead of the spring one that they are currently working on. Here is my cool little chart for Fall:
Not a whole lot different, just a more subdues color palette and longer sleeves and skirts.  

But it has been very helpful to go through all this and decide what I like to actually wear and what I don't.  It's helped me clean out my closet too.  And now, when I want to sew something for myself I can really ask myself if I already have it/need it/want it in my wardrobe, rather than just impulsively buying a cool looking pattern or fabric.

Any sewing projects on your agenda?
I have been working on a commission quilt for a relative over the last few weeks.  If you've ever HAD to make a quilt by a specific deadline, you know it's a bit like a marathon.  You have to make a little progress everyday.  Otherwise, you'll never get there. 

So, I needed a quick and easy project to satisfy my need for completion.  
First, I picked these adorable coordinating fabrics I got in a scrap bundle, and cut them into triangles (8" across the top and 10" long).  No, I didn't use pinking shears, and I'm not really worried about it either.  I'm not concerned about my fabric fraying that much.  I can't imagine any reason to wash a pennant banner.  A good shake or dust will do.
Leaving about 10-12" of extra ribbon on each end, I then glued my triangles down, leaving about a 1/4" space from the top of the ribbon.  I glued the right side of the fabric to the wrong side of the ribbon, so that the raw edge of fabric was covered by the ribbon.  
Tada!  Once dry, I draped the whole thing over an old quilt hanger that was already in my little one's room.  Pretty and sweet I think!

Do you guys ever need a quick and easy project to motivate you?

Quiltmaker's Journey Block #11

The latest Quiltmaker's Journey block is done.  This one is called Windflower, and I have to admit, I enjoyed making this one.  We are in desperate need of flowers right now.  Winter has dragged on for too long these days.  The bright colors were just what I needed to really enjoy the hand sewing on this.

Hope you all are having a happy week!
Three more dresses nearly done!  I still need to finish necks and armholes, but beyond that, they are done.  I'm lovin' it!
What do you guys think?
Here are the first couple of items I made for my daughter's spring/summer wardrobe.

First, a little gypsy skirt.
And a little summer dress that might just be her Easter dress.
What do you think?
Finally!  It took me a month longer than I originally planned, but I'm really happy with how it turned out.
I'm most happy with the color scheme.  Red and aqua blue is one of my most favorite color combinations (anything with red is great really!) but I love the play of warm and cool colors.  Not only is it a favorite color scheme, but it works for so many things for me.  I wanted this wall hanging to be an after-Christmas decor for my kitchen and it works great for that.  I used some winter themed fabrics throughout.  But because of the vibrant reds, it works (at least in my mind) for Valentine's Day decor too!  The vibrancy of the colors makes me confident that I'll enjoy this wall hanging all the way from January through March, until I hang my spring wall hanging on the first day of Spring.
I also took the opportunity to do some pretty heavy machine quilting on this.  I really needed to get over my fear of using my free-motion foot and JUST DO IT.  So, I did!  And I am really glad I did too.  It was a huge confidence booster to see how the quilting came out so nice, and I didn't even break my machine!  

Thanks for stopping by!
I received a surprise package of ten yards of scrap designer fabrics a few weeks back.  It wasn't quilting weight fabric, but it's perfect for clothing.  Scraps are perfect for little kids clothes, and because so much of it was coordinated, I can piece together smaller pieces to maker bigger pieces.  

I'm planning on refreshing my daughter's wardrobe for the summer by making super cute dresses and skirts.  I desperately need to be thinking about summer right now, when winter is at it's worst.  I'll post pictures next time, or maybe just when I'm done, but I'm really excited about it!

Have any plans for sewing clothes this spring?
Last week's exercise for the Wardrobe Architect series was to define a personal color palette for yourself.  I've actually been working on this loosely for about a year, when I read about the concept on another blog.  It was nice motivation to actually put a visual representation down for this too.  Here is a what mine ended up looking like:
There a couple of other colors that I wear on occasion, like sherbet orange, but it's not a color that I am drawn to.  I have to really make myself wear it, even though I know it's a good one on me.

Do you have colors you have to choose to wear, even when you know they look good?
The theme for the Sketchbook Challenge this month is 'Windows".  This can be taken literally or figuratively.  I'm choosing a figurative interpretation, since I've also been working on my mixed media exploration this past couple of months.  I've been working through the book "Creating Art At The Speed of Life."  I'm using this book as a way to explore what themes and styles are consistent with  me, so that I can incorporate those things into my quilting and art in general.  It's like exploring a window into my mind and art, and it's been good. 

The book is broken up into six sections, each on a different art element, and includes five lessons each.  The first section is on color, so here are the images from my first five lessons.
It has been fun getting back into art after only doing quilting for years.  Fun fun!

Do you have a neglected art form?

Block #10 - Miller's Daughter (Water Wheel)

When her fine shoes fell away in scraps, a passing girl asked where she was going.  After listening to her tale, she took off her own shoes, the only pair she owned, and gave them to the barefoot girl.
-Quiltmaker's Journey
It kind of looks like a water wheel and a pool of water, doesn't it?

The quote and the pattern may not seem to go together, unless you actually have the illustrations from the book to look at.  The girl that stops to help the quiltmaker, and give her shoes, is a miller's daughter.

I have to admit, this might be the easiest block I've made yet.  It was a bit refreshing to have such an easy one after Lost Children.  

Happy Sewing this week!