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Work in Progress Wednesday

Can you believe it’s Wednesday again?? Linking up to Freshly Pieced’s wonderful WIP Wednesday party.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

It’s a busy time over here at Play Crafts! We’ve got a snazzy updated logo, all our paperwork for official incorporation is in, and we’re hard at work making new tools for all of you. And personally, I’m getting ready for a cross-country move… so I’ve also been finishing up lots of last-minute sewing and staying firmly in denial about how much more packing we have to do. But on to sewing news….

First, the big finish! A few months ago I posted about how I was working on a quilt created from a palette pulled from one of my vacation photographs at the Great Salt Lake. Here’s the palette:

Palette built from my vacation photo of the Great Salt Lake. You can make your own at http://www.play-crafts.com/palette.html

I wanted to challenge myself with this quilt, as the colors aren’t really in my comfort zone but I love the photo and the reminder of the experience we had at the lake. I also wanted to branch out a bit in terms of my quilting. And I am really pretty happy with the results!

Front of my Koi quilt, inspired by the Great Salt Lake.

When I was designing the quilt, I tried to keep in mind the reflections that you can see in the lake. But I also fell in love with that koi fabric, so decided that it would also show some koi swimming in a river.

For the quilting, I was really inspired by the mix of quilting styles I saw in the Quilt National show at our local San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. So I decided on aqua wavy lines for the “river” and pebble quilting in different colors to denote the edges of the river.

This is intended to be a wall-hanging (and it will be shown in the South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild’s show next month!), so I just picked a solid I had plenty of for the back. Imagine my surprise that I actually like the back at least as much as the front! I really like how the quilting shows through…

Back of the Koi quilt.

I’ve also been busy sewing up some other things, taking advantage of the last little bits of summer free time. I fell in love with Heather Ross’s new Nursery Versery line as soon as I saw it online, so just had to make this little bag (using Heather Bailey’s “Smarty Girl Book Bag” pattern) with it. My favorite part is the strap.

And ruffles! Who doesn’t love ruffles?

And my second favorite part is the button. Buttons make everything better, don’t you think? That’s why we chose a button for our company logo. 🙂


Finally, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and branch out into making clothing. Only simple stuff for now — elastic waist skirts are hard for even me to mess up! So I made this cute little skirt from Tula Pink’s new Birds and the Bees line.

Birds and the Bees skirt

I’m now scrambling to make another couple of skirts before I have to pack my sewing machine into a box later this week.

While I’m traveling and waiting for our stuff to catch up with us in Boston, I’m planning to learn how to make hexies. Not sure what to do with them yet, but I’ve seen so much beautiful inspiration online, I can’t wait.

Hard to believe summer is over, and my next post will be after I’ve left Santa Cruz. I’m going to miss everything about this lovely little town, but I’m looking forward to some new adventures. And to coming back for visits!



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