Friday, March 28, 2014

Festive for Friday-A Quilt and a Quest!

Why, helllooo FRIDAY! This has been one of those weeks for me where I was convinced it would be a slow week at work (last week was super busy) and I was WRONG. I'm excited it's Friday and I have some time over the weekend to decompress (and get ready for the next week!)

Today's festiveness comes in the form of a Quilting Quest from Mom. Here's the email I received from her...

Strange question for you - Is there a way to find out if the fabrics used to make the quilt designed for the Sochi winter olympics can be purchased?  Was this fabric only found in Russia? 

I really liked the design and significance of the fabrics. Hoffman has tried to design a quilt similar to that ; however, it's not quite the same feel.

Leave a comment below if you have any ideas for Mom!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday-#18.

This week's Work in Progress Wednesday is from the second time Mom and I did a challenge quilt from the American Quilter Society Paducah Show! This time, we each had identical batik jelly rolls in fun blues and greens. As before, we could each add one additional fabric to make a lap sized quilt. 

This time Mom went with a lighter fabric and then set her blocks on point!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Momcat Monday-Fabric Pottery Bowl.

I've always wanted to try and make a fabric pottery bowl using scraps and clothesline. At last, I signed up for a class at my local Bernina store, forcing me to take the time to try my hand at this technique.   

Of course, I never can just do the project at hand; I'm always modifying something, as I also did in this project.  I was pleased with the first time results and look forward to playing more in the future with this concept.

Or perhaps adding some additional flourish to our containers???

Saturday, March 22, 2014


Welcome to Caturday. Where we bring you ridiculous pictures of cats "helping" their humans quilt, sew, and craft. 

Sometimes the kitties help by  sitting on top of me and refusing to let me get up and sew. Although it also means I can't get up and clean my apartment, so maybe it's an ok thing after all! Kitty snuggles for the win!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday-#17.

So last week we shared Mom's version of our first challenge quilt from the American Quilter's Society Paducah Quilt Show. We each had a set of identical fat quarters and were allowed to add just one additional fabric to make a lap-sized quilt.

I went with a tone-on-tone beige fabric and made Ohio Star blocks. The sashing is made up of different widths of the various fat quarters pieced together for a very scrappy look.

So here are our two challenge quilts side by side. Isn't it AMAZING at what a difference our one fabric choice made!?! Now to just get them both quilted! 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Momcat Monday-Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hurray!  A quilt table topper that is pieced, quilted and bound and on the dining room table!  

Not quite sure how this one get completed so quickly, compared to most of my other quilt tops, but I'm proud to be able to use it!

Most of the machine quilting was in the ditch.  There were sooo many lines on the top from making the twister shamrock that I felt I didn't need to add more.  Sometimes keeping it simple is the best!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Caturday-Grumpy Cat Part 2.

Welcome to Caturday. Where we bring you ridiculous pictures of cats "helping" their humans quilt, sew, and craft.  

Last Caturday we introduced a new cat to the California household of Prairie Sewn Studios in the form of a stuffed grumpy cat. I couldn't let the opportunity to do a celebrity photo shoot with Grumpy Cat pass me by, so I brought him home to spend some time with CatCat and Friday. 

CatCat is also feeling grumpy. At least about the forced photo shoot.

Friday, however, merely looks disdainfully up at me as he accepts that his human is (again) doing something ridiculous. 

Grumpy Cat has since returned to my office, much to the relief of both CatCat and Friday. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Festive for Friday-Final Edits on the Book!

Happy Friday! Hopefully you all have had a wonderful week. Here are a few things that have made me feel festive this week. 

1. The final galley proof of the book arrived in our hot little hands last Friday afternoon!! Edits have been made and turned back in and we're in the FINAL stages of publication!! Woohoo! 

2. This app called 30/30. I'd had it downloaded for a while, and then Coach Krissie then really encouraged me to try using it to keep momentum with going when I was distracted by random things at home. I love the color-coding and the little icons, and I love even more that it works! I even use it at work sometimes when I'm feeling overwhelmed by how much we have to do. 

3. This hat. His name is Goldy. He was given to me as a joke gift, but I've kinda latched on and want to wear it all the time.

4. Living in an amazing city where I have the opportunity to dress up and go out on the town. I'm also pretty proud at my ever improving selfie skills.

5. I'm starting to get REALLY excited for the upcoming American Quilter Society Paducah Show! It's the 30th anniversary celebration and I can't wait for us to get there!

What's made your week festive? 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday-#16.

This week's Work in Progress Wednesday is Mom's challenge quilt from our first year doing a challenge quilt after our annual trip to the AQS Paducah show. 

We each had an identical set of the batik fat quarters and were allowed to add in one additional fabric to make our quilt. Mom chose the dark fabric you can see below in the triangle setting and the border. 

The different colors in her dark fabric really pick up all of the batik fabrics really well. It's amazing how this fabric works so well as the neutral here, when it's not a fabric I'd describe as traditionally neutral, such as a white or beige. This is a great example of expanding your idea of what "neutral" can look like depending on the project.

Next week we'll take a look at my version of this challenge quilt!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Momcat Monday-Inspiration.

Bobbins and Thread - who would think that looking at a bobbin or the end of the spool of thread would be the inspiration for a quilt design.  Admittedly, you have to like circles, but the ideas are endless! 

I'm sure I'll end up waking up in the middle of the night again with an idea for a quilt! 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Caturday-Grumpy Cat Part 1.

Welcome to Caturday. Where we bring you ridiculous pictures of cats "helping" their humans quilt, sew, and craft. 

This week Prairie Sewn Studios brings you the first in a two part series featuring Grumpy Cat! The girls in my office got together and surprised me with a stuffed Grumpy Cat for my birthday. (Side note-we are entirely unsure as to why the University Bookstore was selling stuffed Grumpy Cats.)

Grumpy Cat does not like immigration paperwork that keeps me at work instead of at home sewing. 

Be sure to come back next Caturday to see the photo shoot with Grumpy Cat, Friday and CatCat. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Festive for Friday-California Weather.

I know it's still cold in some (most) of the country. I get daily updates from Omaha and Minneapolis with complaints about the snow and the windchill. And while I try really hard to to sympathize (ok, not really that hard), I can't help but enjoy the glorious weather that we've been having in San Francisco. Yes, we're in a drought, but it's not so much the lack of rain that I'm happy about but the absolute and total lack of snow. Hallelujah. 

One downside is that I've been less inclined to stay indoors and quilt and sew, but I think it's a tradeoff I'm willing to make right now. Here are a few things I've enjoyed outside during the first two months of the year. 

Hike from Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls with my Brother. 

Flea Market and food trucks on Treasure Island. 

Ice Cream Taco (butter pecan ice cream in a waffle cone shaped like a taco dipped in dark chocolate) from a food truck on campus at lunchtime. 

Coffee custard with whipped cream from a food truck on campus outside at lunchtime (Can you tell I'm developing a food truck problem?)

I tried to feel midwestern-wintery by drinking some hot chocolate (with whipped cream, of course) 

But really, this is the honest truth for me: 

This blog post is brought to you entirely by the California part of Prairie Sewn Studios. The Nebraska half is less than amused... 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday-#15.

This is another one of Mom's flimsies from her stash of Works in Progress. (Can you have a stash of WIPs? I think you can...)

I actually really like the colors that Mom put together in this one, but I'm also a big fan of jewel tones. I also liked how she used the border print to add some dimension to the blocks just through fabric choice.

What have you been working on lately?