Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cosmic O'Keeffe Quilt

Based on my high school friend's love of all things science and cosmic, I made this quilt for his baby girl. It may be a bit intense for a newborn, but they love color, right?

I was searching online for a fabric with pictures of the universe and found this great seller on etsy, stellar fabric. They have fabric of photos taken from the Hubble Telescope. I used the Orion Nebula for the front, mixed in with various other fabrics including two vintage tea towels of flowers.

Here are some photos of the process of making this quilt:

 I only used a small bit of each of the tea towels, so you will certainly see this fabric in some other future quilts.
 The Orion Nebula fabric was used for the back.
 Piecing the front:
 Sandwiching the layers:
 Quilting:
 And the finished product. Here is the back.
 And the front:

 I finally bought some tags to use for my quilts.
This was a really fun quilt to make, especially since I also love the cosmos and am fascinated by the universe. By the way, have you watched the remake of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey? It is quite possibly the best show on TV. I love it.
 

baby quilt

Over the past few months I have slowly gotten back into quilting, which has been a great feeling. I only make them for gifts, so brand*eye is not back to "business," but I am back to quilting!

Here is one that I made for my cousins baby, while it was in-process. Quilt-top.
 And sewing the binding.
 And here is the finished product.

 Quilt-back.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Decorating for the Holidays

I cut some of the plants from the garden to make these outdoor arrangements. I'm not sure they will make it through the winter, but they should look nice for a few weeks at least.





 

Moz and I had a Holiday card photo shoot. Isn't he the cutest? 
 
 


And the wood pile even got a little sparkle. What is your favorite thing to decorate during the holidays?

thanksgiving

 
 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bring Your Garden Indoors

Fall is slowly turning into Winter this month and now is the time to snip off the last of your outside garden plants to enjoy indoors as long as possible. A couple of weekends ago I did a little fall pruning. Some of these cuttings will only last about a week, but others, such as the coleus can last all year until you re-plant it in the spring.

 

Start with a base of the larger pieces. Then fill in with the smaller items. I wanted to use this small galvanized container, but it was not water tight, so I filled it with a glass cup. 
This arrangement was made in a vintage turquoise vase that I picked up a few weeks ago at a PHS / flea market event at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. This is my new favorite vase, it is the best color!


This arrangement has been in our bedroom and makes me smile every morning.


 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Valley Forge National Park

Last weekend we went to the Valley Forge National Park, which I have never been to before. What an incredible place! It is in King of Prussia, so the next time you want to go to that way-too-gigantic mall, skip it and go here instead. 


According to their websiteValley Forge was the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army. The park commemorates the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation and honors the ability of citizens to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times.

I wish we would have toured it with someone who knew the history of the area, but I just did a little internet research and found out some interesting facts. 


 There were 2,000 of these houses built by the army. 





This monument was stunning. I noticed that a lot of families and photographers were taking photos around the park. 
It was built in 1910 and it is modeled after the Arch of Titus in Rome. 
Click for more photos.