Verb For Keeping Warm & A New Project

I recently took a trip over to Berkeley on a lovely Sunday to talk to some folks about a new project (more on that below). After our meeting, I stopped by A Verb For Keeping Warm in Oakland.

They have lots of really beautiful yarn here. I do not desire a yarn stash, but, even so, I have yarn for at least 3 or 4 specific projects waiting for me at home, so I wasn’t looking to buy. Just fondling the goods.

They also have yarn they dye themselves with natural dyes that is super yummy. I had seen this before at stitches.

This location is relatively new for them. When they moved here they added fabric to their offerings! And they have some super cute stuff, even if it’s a fairly small collection.

Now about my new project! I had a couple contact me about making a queen-sized quilt for them to use as part of the commitment ceremony they are planning for next July. Their story really touched me and when I met them they seemed like such sweet people that I agreed to do this project for them. And I only agreed because it’s a year off, and we are going to try to get started fairly soon. Otherwise I don’t think I would have had time to do this with the new job and all.

Lots of the details are yet to be worked out, but they do know that they are going to get fabric contributions from all of their friends and family to include in the quilt. They seem super organized, so I think it will be a fun experience. And I think it will be a good way to keep me sewing! I’ll keep you posted on the project as it progresses!

A Little Something for the Office

Happy Monday morning everyone!

I have now completed five days (not consecutive) at my new job, and been paid for not working on a holiday. It’s going pretty well so far. My only real problem at the moment is that the two new pairs of shoes I bought specifically for work because I thought they would be nicer looking and yet still be good for walking around campus have now both given me giant blisters. One was a pair of Born sandals and the other some cute Cole Haan’s with a small wedge and Nike Air insoles. Drat.

I DID manage on my day off on Wednesday to sneak in a tiny sewing project! I took two of those nine patch blocks that I have been hand piecing (though I haven’t done any lately) and sewed them together to make myself a coaster for my tea mug at work.

Nine Patch Coaster, side 1

The hand quilting stitches don’t show as well on the back, of course, but I really like both color palettes. This entire (tiny) project was all sewn by hand!

Nine Patch Coaster, side 2

And on Saturday I hemmed a pair of new pants. Not exciting, but technically a sewing project!

I’ve also been working on knitting that sweater. Progress is definitely being made. It’s a bottom up sweater and I have finished the oceans of stockinette on the bottom and my next row is the first row of the lace pattern. Wish me luck!

Amish Abstractions Book

Two years ago I went to see an Amish quilts exhibit at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. Photography was not allowed and money was tight so I did not buy the exhibit catalog. I’ve been kicking myself ever since, and finally broke down and bought it last week.

All of the originals of these photos are much larger, so click on any of them to go to Flickr to see blown up versions and more details. It’s worth it!

Cover
Amish Quilt from DeYoung Exhibit in 2010

Center Diamond Variations
Amish Quilt from DeYoung Exhibit in 2010

Amish Quilt from DeYoung Exhibit in 2010

Bars Variations – the first with really detailed quilting and the second with quilting in a simple diagonal grid pattern.
Amish Quilt from DeYoung Exhibit in 2010

Amish Quilt from DeYoung Exhibit in 2010

Log Cabin – this quilt had over 6000 pieces. Each log cabin BLOCK is only 2 INCHES square!
Amish Quilt from DeYoung Exhibit in 2010

Detail of Log Cabin quilt above
Amish Quilt from DeYoung Exhibit in 2010

Fun use for some 9-patch blocks (maybe some of mine??)
Amish Quilt from DeYoung Exhibit in 2010

Dynamic 36 Patch Variation
Amish Quilt from DeYoung Exhibit in 2010

Love this striped crib quilt!
Amish Quilt from DeYoung Exhibit in 2010

A little improvisational kind of piecing.
Amish Quilt from DeYoung Exhibit in 2010

Amish Quilt from DeYoung Exhibit in 2010

Loved this Roman Stripe variation the moment I saw it!
Amish Quilt from DeYoung Exhibit in 2010

These two eye-catching quilts are made using the same bow tie block. Amazing!
Amish Quilt from DeYoung Exhibit in 2010

If you like a little quilt eye candy every now and then, you’ll love this book! I think it’s the perfect complement to my Gee’s Bend book!

Tiny Handmade Doll Quilt

I brought this tiny quilt back with me from my trip to Kentucky. It was a doll quilt that my grandmother made for me when I was a little girl. You can see it’s pretty small!

Handmade Doll Quilt

My grandmother typically hand pieced and hand quilted her quilts, but you can tell this one was built more with quickness of completion and durability in mind. It is made completely by machine except for the binding, which is hand sewn to the back of the quilt.

Not too hard to guess that I was a little girl in the 1970’s, is it?? The colors of these fabrics are a dead giveaway!

Another Diamonds Squared Quilt

I’m almost afraid to post the truth about this quilt. I’m afraid you will all get mad and yell at me, though it’s not my fault. But here goes.

Another Diamonds Squared

This quilt has spent decades living in the garage and the trunk of my parents’ car <dodges rotten tomatoes>. It’s a crazy thing to have so many handmade quilts lying around that they weren’t thought of as something special. The least among them was relegated to emergency use on car trips or for picnics or whatever.

Another Diamonds Squared

It’s hand quilted in a little zig-zag pattern. And I thought you might like close-ups of the fabrics.

Another Diamonds Squared

Another Diamonds Squared

Another Diamonds Squared

Another Diamonds Squared

Another Diamonds Squared

Another Diamonds Squared

Another Diamonds Squared

And did I mention the back of this quilt yet??

Another Diamonds Squared

Or the awesome pieced binding?

Another Diamonds Squared

Another Diamonds Squared

Just for comparison, here are the other quilts in this pattern that I’ve already shown you. I really need better pictures of some of these!

Diamonds Squared

Great Grandma's Quilt -- Diamonds Squared

Diamonds Squared with Pieced Border
Diamonds Squared with Pieced Border

Someone clearly liked this pattern!

And would you believe that I found a photo from a Girl Scout camping trip that shows a quilt with this pattern in the tent, but that it’s clearly not any of these three, but YET ANOTHER ONE?? I haven’t been able to dig that one up, but surely it’s around here somewhere….

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