Friday, June 26, 2015

Stone + Bloom : New Mini Quilt Collection

The new quilt collection is finally in the shop! These mini quilts are the perfect gift in all their crisp geometric organic goodness. Each quilt has been hand-printed with a bold and crisp design before being carefully free-motion and straight-line quilted. The quilt is bound with mitered facing and affixed to a 10"x10" stretched canvas with velcro. The canvas allows for simple hanging as well as a flattering shadow to highlight the piece. A shadow box can also be used to give the quilt added emphasis and dimension. Although the shadow box does not come with the quilt, it can be easily purchased from IKEA or your local frame shop.

These quilts are the perfect size to grace an office or a small wall in the home or at work. They make lovely gifts for that special teacher at the end of the year or to show a family member or friend how much they mean to you. From Mother's Day to weddings to house warming gifts, this modern and handmade treasure will brighten any room and express your love and appreciation.

What do you think? Where would you put it? Who would you give one to?

framed modern red printed quilt, crisp and gorgeous | by Lovely and Enough

modern red printed quilt with free motion and straight line quilting, crisp and gorgeous | by Lovely and Enough

modern mint printed ohio star quilt: crisp, subtle, and gorgeous | by Lovely and Enough

modern mint printed quilt with free motion and straight line quilting: crisp, subtle, and gorgeous | by Lovely and Enough

modern evergreen printed ohio star quilt: crisp and gorgeous | by Lovely and Enough

modern evergreen printed ohio star quilt with trellis and free motion quilting: crisp and gorgeous | by Lovely and Enough

modern cornflower printed ohio star quilt : crisp and gorgeous | by Lovely and Enough

modern cornflower printed ohio star quilt with straight line and free motion quilting : crisp and gorgeous | by Lovely and Enough

Follow the process here; from the first idea to the piecing to the printing.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Wiksten Begins

preparations for beginning the wiksten tank with grey double gauze | Lovely and Enough

As the first project to kick off my quilting recess, I'm finally going to start the Wiksten Tank! I picked up the pattern from the lovely little shop Sew to Speak in Ohio on my roadtrip down to North Carolina last August along with some lovely double gauze. Unfortunately quilting has been stopping me from starting. No longer!

I can't wait to begin, and I imagine I might be wearing the top quite a bit with this hot summer we're having! Any tips for a sewist who hasn't tackled clothes in quite some time?

the popular wiksten tank pattern | Lovely and Enough

lovely neutral double gauze for a sewing project | Lovely and Enough

the popular wiksten tank pattern | Lovely and Enough

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Art Prints: Chemistry + Flamingos

Last summer I was messing around with my flamingo screen from my very first screen-printed fabric design, and I ended up with some art prints. I took one with me and left three more at home, and when I came home for Christmas, one was framed in my room, one was hung in my sister's room, and one was pinned up in the studio!

That's when I started brainstorming. What if I exercised some of my pattern designing muscles toward art prints? I'm about halfway to a striking bison print that I'm pretty chuffed about, but I'm only halfway because... (well, honestly bc just like the rest of you, the lure of a new project tends to beat finishing an old one, but who's counting)...

I started working on a chemistry art print! In fact, I was in the middle of showing my grad school friends the bison and explaining what "vectorizing" means when I showed them some periodic element icons from an old project. Their faces lit up, and they exclaimed to me how they would love to see a chemistry poster. Then a couple weeks later with the preliminary design in hand, they called for t-shirts as well! So here it is.

The poster is a collection of thirty comic depictions of elements, and it is a fun puzzle for all. When brought to seminar, peers and professors alike crowded around to puzzle out the element that each icon represented, giggling at the sneaky ones and indignantly flustered with the obscure.

So, if you've been looking for a minimalist conversation starter for your office; a nerdy yet classy t-shirt to hang out in this summer; an engaging puzzle for the children in your classroom; or a gift for your Dad, brother, granddaughter, or friend, then look no further. Well-designed and mentally engaging, these prints and tees will make a smart and graphic statement on you and on your wall. I'm running a Kickstarter campaign for the month of June as a simple way to collect orders and gauge interest, so...

Check out the campaign. Watch the video. And if you know someone who might find it fun, pass it along!

I know this it outside the scope of my typical quilting and fabric design, but I guess my nerd is just showing. How could I not share my biggest most recent project with you all? Thanks for sticking it out to the end!! I promise there will be more sewing this weekend. Pinky promise.

PS I have since reprinted the flamingos art print, and I have about five more. Would there be any interest in having those up in my shop?

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Hopewell Inspired Diagonal Quilt

I had a pretty horrible morning at work today, incredibly frustrating and not productive at all. Luckily, I'd already bribed myself into working on Saturday by packing my camera and a quilt that I've been meaning to photograph for many months now in the car this morning. When an appropriate lunch break hit, I set an experiment in motion and then scampered through the gorgeous 92ยบ weather over to the even more beautiful Hunt library.

modern light blue, citron, and grey quilt | by Lovely and Enough

My mom and I collaborated on this quilt last summer. It was inspired by the Hopewell Workshop East-West quilts. All of their quilts were so gorgeous and contemporary in their simplicity, and this design does not fail to please.

It is a fantastically simple quilt to make, and taking photos of it has got me thinking about new color schemes and versions. Plus, you get two quilts in one go! Striking and modern, the quilt doesn't require any complicated piecing. In fact, it may just be the perfect way to whip up two charity quilts in one fell swoop. You can see my mom's half of the quilt over on her blog Fibermusing.

striking modern navy, citron, and grey quilt | by Lovely and Enough

striking modern navy, citron, and grey quilt | by Lovely and Enough

Yes, as the quilt label says, I did actually finish this quilt in late 2014. I cannot believe how long it took me to photograph it. Initially, I kept waiting for family to be in town, so that I could have someone hold it up. Then I saw Yvonne's post about how she hangs her quilts for photos (even large ones), and I realized that I could do it by myself.

striking modern navy, citron, and grey quilt | by Lovely and Enough

I hope this inspires you to pull together a fast quilt for charity this summer. It is a great way to make use of fabrics you're not in love with anymore to clear space for new exciting ones! I guess today wasn't such a bummer of a day after all. Happy summer Saturday.

striking modern navy, citron, and grey quilt | by Lovely and Enough

a simple yet elegant and striking modern quilt that's a cinch to whip up, inspired by Hopewell Workshop | Lovely and Enough

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Podcast Guest Next Week!

Hello all, I am so excited to tell you that I will be a guest on a podcast next week!

Not just any podcast but Pat Sloan's American Patchwork and Quilting podcast. Pat approached me a couple months ago about being interviewed on the show, and I was beyond excited. We chatted a little bit over email about topics and dates, and then life started again. I almost forgot about it in fact. Suddenly, it is June, and big day is finally here!

Next Monday, June 15th at 4:00 PM EST, Pat and I will chat live about my quilting and fabric design among other things. I am a tad nervous, it being live and everything, but the excitement outweighs the nerves.

I hope you will tune in and listen or download the podcast later for your listening pleasure to hear a little bit more about the creative adventure I am on and what has led me to where I am!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Printed Quilts and Good Books

Printed quilts. Summer plans. Artistic direction. Lovely moments. Sweet rememberings. Ohio stars. Michigan.

I don't know where to begin and what to share. I've been feeling many directions recently. Homesick. Frustrated. Loved. Supported. Far away. Overwhelmed. At peace.

four modern low-volume ohio stars with striking overprinting | by Lovely and Enough

I suppose though, I want to talk about quilting. I've been treating it like my job. When I photograph projects like this, I am full to the brim with excitement and inspiration, and I love it. When I come home from a long day in the lab and feel like curling up with dinner and a good book, I don't love it. I savor that evening. It's glorious and wonderful, and I am so thankful for those times. But I go to bed feeling I wasn't productive enough, that I didn't sew, sandwich, print, or accomplish enough.

This is not how I want it to be.

Do you ever feel like this? Somehow the bloggers and instagrammers can pull together entire quilts, whole fabric lines, and gorgeous photos with time to make dinner for the kids and go on vacation. I don't understand how they they make it happen, but I know that I want to stop trying to measure up. I thought this might mean focusing on just one: quilt design or fabric design. I prayed about it, thought about, talked it out, and journaled.

modern low-volume ohio star with striking red overprinting | by Lovely and Enough

modern low-volume ohio star with striking dark teal overprinting | by Lovely and Enough

My conclusion is Neither. Neither will I feel like I don't have time for all my quilting dreams, nor will I hold such high and grandiose expectations with such short timelines for my fabric designs. In fact, I will not focus on either one for the next three months.

I am twenty two. Twenty two. I don't need to be the same place as those people with books and fabric designing jobs and thousands of followers. This summer I am going to sew myself a dress. I am going to plant an herb garden. I will hang art on the walls. I will cut myself slack because I am working on my PhD. I am going to read books and cook food and visit my family. When I turn twenty three, I can decide where the road leads next, but for the next three months...the deadlines and comparisons and timelines will be set aside. How freeing does that sound?

Will you support me in this?

modern low-volume ohio stars with striking red and dark teal overprinting | by Lovely and Enough

four modern low-volume ohio stars with striking overprinting | by Lovely and Enough

Sunday, May 24, 2015

No-Sew Modern Hexies

You know he's a keeper when he asks if he can pick your next project because he's been following some quilters on Instagram. Yep. That's exactly how it went. Brent has been following Modern Handcraft for several weeks now, and he is all about her hexie quilts. They are pretty awesome.

modern mint and coral no-sew hexies and tutorial | by Lovely and Enough

The thing is, I'm not into hand-sewing. It's not that I don't like it, but I like going faster than that. So, I decided if I was going to do hexies, I would do them "no sew." If you're just like me and don't like the hand-sewing but love the hexies, this is for you!

fabric scraps
basting spray
mini clothespins
(or other, be creative!)

mini clothespins for no-sew hexies and many other adorable uses | Lovely and Enough

1. Choose the size hexies you want. Mine are about 1 1/4" flat side to flat side.

2. Print your template.  And cut them out.
Here are some free hexie templates, but I bet you can find more with a simple web search. (Or if you're feeling adventurous, whip up a template yourself for some Adobe Illustrator practice.) Print onto cardstock if you have it. If you don't you can always print onto normal paper and iron a piece of freezer paper to the back for extra stability. (You can also purchase them pre-cut many different places online.)

modern no-sew hexies tutorial | by Lovely and Enough

3. Cut scraps of fabric. Aim for at least a quarter inch larger than the template on each side. I did about a half inch. And no need for it to be perfect; I just cut squares.

4. Spray on starch. Line them all up on your ironing board and starch as directed. If you don't do the starch before the basting spray, the scraps fly all over the place...

5. Lightly spray with basting spray. Then stick a template to the middle of each one. If you're worried about your aim or your ironing board, pop a piece of paper or something beneath your hexies before you start.

6. Start folding! Pick up a hexie and simply start folding the edges over tight against the template. The basting spray helps the fabric stick to the both template and itself. Work your way around the edge. The more care you take here, the crisper your corners! Depending on how big your scrap was, you might have to trim the last piece you fold over. I just clipped a chunk off of a couple, very precise-like.

7. Now for pinning. Clothespin-ing that is! Clip a little clothespin on the last fold. If your fabric is thicker, you might need two or three clothespins. Feel it out, but the fewer the clothespins, the easier to iron in the next step. I bet you could also use paper clips, binder clips, hair creative!

modern no-sew hexies tutorial in mint, peach, and coral | by Lovely and Enough

8. Spritz and press. Spray a little extra starch onto each hexie and press it with a hot steaming iron. I found it best not to spray the starch onto too many at a time because it loosens them up, and you don't want to give the hexie a long time to relax and blossom before you can press it into submission and crispness. It may go without saying, but edge the iron onto half of your hexie and then unclip the clothespin before really hitting the hexie with a hot iron and a lot of steam.

9. Pull your papers out and voila! Carefully unfold your last two folds and slip the template out. Don't worry; it may take a little tug due to the basting spray. Then you can press it again for good measure if you'd like. And ta da! No-sew hexie ready for use!

Once you have your little pile, you can head over the Modern Handcraft and see how she "no hand-sews" her hexies to quilts! I've already got mine sewn onto a quilt that I will share later this week!

Don't love hand sewing but love hexies? This tutorial is for you! Just grab your basting spray and starch and get ready for the hexie fun to begin!

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