Catching Up

Since the beginning of the year, I've felt a bit like I've been playing catch up. I've been busy with my actual profit-making day job. I'm more than a little excited about all the projects that my friend Sarah's new baby and her shower affords me. I'm been finishing up a custom clutch purse order. I have several ideas for new stuff for both the blog and the Etsy shop. ...and I have the two swaps that I'm participating in.

I was able to knock some things off my list this weekend. For one, I finished up my items for the Spicing Up the Kitchen swap. I tried out a new technique to make a couple of pot holders and an extra large hot pad. I also made a set of cocktail napkins, and got a bit carried away with bias tape, which means that I ended up with a surplus that I decided to send my partner's way.

SUTK Swap: In Process

I also got a great start on my items for the Make Mine Modern swap. As I highlighted in a previous post, my partner enjoys modern art, so I'm trying my hand at recreating some Mondrian paintings as mini-quilts for display.

Piet Mondrian - Tableu 1Piet Mondrian - Composition with Red Blue Yellow

I'm sure someone can suggest an easier way to do this, but in order to figure out the proportion of my mini-quilt pieces, I imported into Inkscape images of the paintings that I'm recreating.  Then, I just drew rectangles over the images to mimic the painting.  In doing so, I can see how large each section is in pixels.  I can then divide the pixel dimensions by some factor to reach a reasonably sized mini quilt (i.e. ~25").

Mondrian in Inkscape

Using this technique, I was able to get my pieces all cut out and sewn together to complete the mini-quilt tops, and I've got to be honest, I kind of impressed myself with how they turned out.  No?


I'm looking forward to seeing how these end up.
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  1. wow, the mini-quilts look amazing Mandy!!

  2. Seriously, you SHOULD be impressed with yourself..the modern quilt bit looks ridiculous! Well done!!

  3. Your zig-zag potholder is awesome, and the modern mini-quilt? Wow. Get out. It's so cool.

  4. Love your kitchen swap items. That mini quilt is going to be fab too.


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