Friday, June 18, 2010

Little by Little

I put this clamshell quilt for Ethan on the back burner for awhile.  It is not one of those instant gratification projects, if you know what I mean.  Then I realized that if I don't finish this project while Ethan is little, I am going to have to sew MORE clamshells together to make a big quilt for a big boy.  This thought got me sewing.

I have been quilting during Ethan's naps and in the evenings.  This project is fun because I can talk, hangout, or watch movies while I sew.

The clamshells are really poofy and I am wondering if I am going to be able to quilt it myself, or if I will need to send it out to be quilted.  I plan on putting a coordinating border around the quilt and would love to have a feather design quilted along the border.

But quilting it is a long way off.  For now I will keep drinking lattes and stitching the clamshells together.  (I still have over 100 clamshells to stitch together!)

After visiting the coolest flea market in the world, I have been thinking about how to arrange framed family photos on our wall.  My favorite frame in the world (on the left) dates back to the end of the 19th century.  (This is what I found at the Parisian flea market.  I also bought a larger version that looks similar.)  I love how the paint has chipped away and the gold paint underneath has come to the surface.  As far as arranging the photos, I like the idea of placing framed photos within large empty frames.  I continue to find damaged antique frames at flea markets in Copenhagen and with a little plaster and gold paint and they look great.

The weather has been gorgeous this week!  We went sailing up the coast with some friends last weekend and one of Ethan's little friends came over to hang out in our garden this week.  After the longest winter I have experienced, the sun is SUCH a welcome change.

Have a fabulous weekend.


Anonymous said...

I love the new pic of the quilt as your website banner. This is so cool looking. I can't wait to see the finished product. Let's hope Chase doesn't claim this one too like he does with all the other quilts! I know Ethan is going to LOVE this quilt. Keep it up! Love you so much.

Susan Nudelman said...

Hey Em! I like your new website banner photo! The quilt is so will be fun to see the finished product (hopefully not TOO long from now!)

Susan Nudelman said...

Me again...I would like to change my comment to: I LOVE the new banner photo! It is gorgeous and so representative of your passion for beautiful fabrics and sewing!

Honey I'm Home Blog said...

Oh my goodness, what a beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing!

Warmly, Michelle

Dacia said...

i love the clam shell top! it's turning out so great--fun to see wips too! that hat on ethan is so cute! did you make it? I'd love to try the pattern!

savvy stitch said...

Thanks, everyone! Dacia, I bought the hat here in Copenhagen, but I imagine it wouldn't be hard to make. I like that the brim is long in the back to protect the babes from the sun.