Playing around: nautical baby quilt brainstorming

I’ve made quite a few greenish themed baby quilts over the last couple of years, so I’m ready for something new.  I’m thinking nautical themed.  Lots of blue and yellow and white and red.  Maybe some grey thrown in to balance things out.

I’m starting with a really neat fat quarter of fabric I bought while in Paris, at a quilting shop called Le Rouvray:

Moucheron #3 Marine

Moucheron #3 Marine

Isn’t it neat?  It’s called “moucheron”, as in “little flies”.

It reminds me a lot of the time we spend in New Brunswick visiting family.  Here are some pictures from previous trips:

Back to fabric!

I hunted around a bit on etsy and found this beautiful blue sailboat fabric:

The Fleet Navy from Seven Seas - Cloud9 Organic fabrics

The Fleet Navy from Seven Seas – Cloud9 Organic fabrics

Then I found lots more neat stuff:

Fish Scale in Tea by Alexander Henry Fabrics

Fish Scale in Tea by Alexander Henry Fabrics

Mountainz in Mint from Monsterz - Cloud9 Organic

Mountainz in Mint from Monsterz – Cloud9 Organic

Scribble in Gray from Happy Drawing - Cloud9 Organic fabrics

Scribble in Gray from Happy Drawing – Cloud9 Organic fabrics

Static in Yellow from Monsterz - Cloud9 Organic fabrics

Static in Yellow from Monsterz – Cloud9 Organic fabrics

There’s more where that came from, you can check out my nautical quilt brainstorming board over on pinterest.

Vacation crafting: English paper piecing

Sewing in the hotel room in Aix en Provence

I’m slow in updating here. Combination of being on vacation and being in the middle of a major craft room overhaul. I’ve already posted about the loot that was waiting for me at home, and I’ve got lots of other stuff to share, including loot that I picked up while away, and how my two zip hipster fared after sustained use. Today however I’m going to share a project I started specifically to take on vacation with me, and I will continue to work on this summer outside on my lunch hour, and on future mini weekends away camping.

It’s no secret I enjoy paper piecing. I’ve made many hexie projects. This time I wanted to try something a little different, and stumbled upon this over on Flickr. That was it! So I grabbed a bunch of scraps left over from my red and white and black project (still in progress!), printed out the templates, and packed it all up in a little clear case.

Since I planned on taking my project on the plane with me, I made sure to organize myself so I wouldn’t need scissors. I know that according to the CATSA website my little swan scissors would be acceptable, but the idea of bringing a sharp object onto a plane just doesn’t seem safe to me, so I used a little pack of travel dental floss to cut my thread, and precut some of the fabric to size.

sewing on the plane, dental floss to the rescue!

As a bit of an aside, I’m really glad I didn’t bring them on the plane with me! While I was waiting to board the plane to come home I noticed a woman across from me pull out a craft bag very similar to mine, filled with needlepoint supplies. “wow! Another crafter!” I thought to myself. Then it started: ” How come SHE is allowed to bring her scissors on the plane and I wasn’t allowed MY pen knife!”. A man sitting nearby had had his knife confiscated by security and was quite sore about it, and passive aggressively grumped about this woman’s tiny sewing scissors for a very long time. Reinforces why I don’t bring scissors on a plane, and stick to dental floss containers!

Totally off topic, isn’t this pizza box amazing? The pizza inside was pretty good too 🙂

Isn't this box amazing?