Saturday, September 24, 2011

the golden hour

I realize I run the risk of becoming boring if I post multiples about one project. I TRY to limit each one to 2 posts, and so far I've succeeded.

That ends here. But I'll keep it short. I skipped town last weekend with some girlfriends, and Saturday was beYOUtiful. Like any insane quilter, I brought along my latest completed quilt top and my big-girl camera just in case a brilliant photo opp presented itself.

ta da.
habitat challenge

I know, right!? this is the Habitat quilt that I'm finishing up for the Modern Quilt Guild's latest challenge project. note: pay no attention to seams pressed every which way. my type-A is selective. 
habitat challenge

I wrote about this same quilt last week, so I'll keep it short. Really, this one's about the photos.
habitat challenge

don't you just love it when you perfectly catch the golden hour? everything looks so vibrant. In this quilt's case, it IS quite vibrant. Still.
habitat challenge

perfect lighting does not, however, cover flaws of gross misconduct. Ladies and gentlemen, may I present Article A. (hi!):
habitat challenge

thanks to my pal, Jill, for being a good sport about traipsing around, holding up the quilt top, teetering on the edge of first the sea wall, and then the pier, and then "run with it, like a cape!" (which didn't work. at. all.) All this while the rest of the gang peered on with mild interest.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

challenge, indeed

The Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild is taking part in The Modern Quilt Guild's Habitat Challenge, where we were each given a selection of fabrics from Jay McCarroll's "Habitat" collection of quilting cottons for FreeSpirit. Here's the palette:

Quilts were due at the end of August, so I'm on par with my usual schedule.

The rules were as follows:
* use some of every print.
* add up to 3 solids if you like

Part of what took me long to get this one wrapped up...and make no mistake, it's not done yet! that I couldn't figure out where to start. I haven't seen a quilt made with this line that I really love. And yet I loooove the fabric. There aren't a ton of completed quilts in the flickr group, so I suspect others are still in design stage as well. A challenge, indeed.

I knew I wanted the Habitat fabrics to be as abundant as the solids (in other words, I didn't want to use tons and tons of solids and just a smattering of Habitat), and I knew I wanted to do something sleek and modern, yet chunky enough to showcase the bold prints.

So a few weeks ago I decided to grab a handful of potential solids and drag everything to my weekly sewing group. We hemmed and hawed. Finally I decided I would do something with HSTs. I love HSTs. I can't get enough HSTs.

HSTs are my life. (two points if you know where I got that and can replace "HSTs" with the real item that is her life.)

After a quick comb through flickr, I landed on this one, inspired by this one.  yes! that's it!

Of course I gave it my own twist. I couldn't decide if I liked ash, stone, snow, medium grey, or charcoal for the solid, so in the end, and with the help and encouragement of my sewing group, I picked three (charcoal, ash, and snow.)

habitat challenge - in progress

And then because I can't seem to make any quilt without adding a splash of teal and eggplant, I broke the three-solids rule and added those as well. But in the "print" bucket, so they don't count, right? RIGHT?
habitat challenge - in progress

here's where I am today. Well, as of last night, really. I'm really pleased with how this has turned out so far. It's very modern, as I'd hoped, and I love how the three solids seem to add some movement. Or intrigue. Or something. I used all but a 2" strip of all of the FEs -- even the duplicates -- and an equal amount of solids. And I now have a perfect throw-sized quilt.
habitat challenge - in progress

Well, I have a quilt top, anyway. I seem to make a lot of those.

Bonus: all of the solids came from my stash.

I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced, where you can see lots of other lovely goodness from around the quilt-o-sphere.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Thursday, September 1, 2011

King's Cross

I've said it before, and I'll say it again.

Today is September 1st. It's 11:00, and I'm not on the Hogwarts Express.


However, I did have the opportunity to visit the UK for work in March, and I stayed a couple of extra days to tool around London with a pal. After walking 7.5 miles from Victoria station to and fro and down to the Tower Bridge, we hopped on a train and went to King's Cross.

Please brace yourself. The photos I'm about to show you will stir the inner depths of your 11-year-old soul.

On our way!
King's Cross

Platform 9 and three-quarters, this way!  "I'm coming, Mrs. Weasley! I'm coming!"
Kings Cross platforms

And then.

Platforms 9 & 10

Seriously? I've said it before and I'll say it again.


I've seen photos all over the google-verse of this, which is allegedly at King's Cross.

There was construction when we were there, which may explain the situation. Still.

Oh, well. There's always next year, right?  And I've got my early entry into Pottermore, so there's that.

Happy Hogwarts Day.