Wednesday, April 22, 2009

If I Were A Robot

Look at this darling stencil of a robot, courtesy of Simply Radiant. If I were a robot, I would want to be this robot!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Of Marmalade Quilts and Rainbow Cakes

It has been suggested that this quilt top is reminiscent of marmalade. I think it is a fitting description. I based this on a pattern I think was called "Bento Box," although my lines are nowhere as crisp and perfect as the quilt I was using as inspiration. But I like it a little askew, like life. Here's a little preview:

Also, I will be making this rainbow cake today, found at the awesome food blog, Omnomicon. How freaking sweet does this thing look??? I'll let you know how it turns out. (Oh, and I'm definitely making the full fat version, none of this diet cake for me!)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Unintentional Urban Art (and some Urban Camoflage

I found some unintentional urban art on the street the other morning - I happened upon one of those mailing labels that are often tagged and then stuck up near the El or on newspaper boxes. I initially thought someone had done a little watercolor or drawn some cool spots on it, but it turns out that some rain from the night before had collected on the surface. I like the result!

While searching The Girl in the Green Dress the other day, I came upon this hilarious urban camoflage post! I trie googling it to find some other fun images like this, but a lot of the others involve intricately painted suits designed to blend into the background surroundings. I didn't like them as much - these below are more fun.
I've got Rosemary biscuits baking in the oven right now...I'll let you know how they were shortly!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Hot off the Presses

Yesterday morning I finished a quilt for my friend Soraya. It is predominantly turquoise, gold, and black, as requested. I aim to please. :-) I machine quilted it around the insides of each patch and then did a zig-zag shape down the middle of the bigger pieces to conform with the stitching directions for the batting I was using.

I called the quilt Black Hills Gold. I was at a loss for a name so I typed "black turquoise gold name" (probably without the quotes) into the great Googley Moogley and the result was a page about the properties of this type of jewelery, which while it contains rose colors, seemed the most fitting.

I also recently started making pilowcases for the ConKerr Cancer program, which provides bright cheery pillowcase to seriously ill children. I hope mine are bright and cheery enough! The program has been nationally recognized by Martha Stewart Omni Media, Talbots, Bank of America, SVP Worldwide (Singer-Viking-Pfaff), Macy’s and St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children. How cool is that?

Thursday, February 26, 2009


So I made a frittata for breakfast the other day with asparagus, beet greens and tofu - it was so wonderful I had to share a photo of it:I still need to try quiche, but it intimidates me. Perhaps I just need an easy recipe (or any recipe for that matter) for the crust....hmmm...

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Descartes' Angle

Apparently 42o is the angle at which a rainbow can be seen, so I have called my rainbow quilt "Descartes' Angle" which is also sometimes known as the "rainbow angle." Click here for a scientific explanation, because that's all you're getting on it from me...

Although the back is rather plain-seeming, I quilted it in corresponding rainbow-hues, so you can also see a rainbow of stitching on the back.

I guess I have just been feeling rainbow-ey lately.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Finished Quilts and Breakfast Pizza

As mentioned in my last post, I recently finished Maggie's Color Wheel Quilt, based on the Ives Color Wheel. The quilt measures 86" x 67". It even has a button on it! :-) Here are some pictures of it:
And I finally started a quilt for my old roommate, Mik. It is currently a blue and brown stripey work-in-progress.
I also ordered a headband recently from Bryn over at BatemanHeadbands. I ordered one on a small size in the teal and autumn red because her pictures looked so good.

Lastly, I decided to make bacon and egg pizza for lunch yesterday. I used some of my homemade dough that I make in my bread maker. D-E-licious! See?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Etsy, Finally

The Atelier K site at Etsy is finally up and running, although it is only scantly stocked right now. I am working on getting a quilt up there some time soon, just to see how that works out. You can see the site here - let me know what you think!

Also, I just finished a quilt that has been in the works for 2+ years - a quilt based on the Ives Color Wheel, seen below. The quilt, while elaborate, has far fewer colors, and involved (probably) more math to get all the angles right! Pictures to follow!Also, I am currently listening to the song Sleepy Tigers by Her Space Holiday. Blogger won't let me upload it here, but you should check it out here. It makes me want to do a crazy dance around my kitchen. :-)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

X-Mas Craft Time

Welcome to the belatedly posted holiday edition of my somewhat infrequently-posted blog. My mom requested a winter-themed holiday runner for the kitchen table, and even went out and bought fabric for the project, so I was more than happy to oblige. The result was so outstanding that I was commissioned to make a second one for my sister's boyfriend's mom. Here is the one I made for my mom:

Also, my sister's boyfriend, Ev, was quite taken with an away message of mine ("Make art. Or toast. Whichever comes first.") and wanted to have it stenciled onto a tee shirt. I suggested that he do a freezer paper stencil (an excellent tutorial of which can be found here), and he suggested that it be out Christmas craft done before dinner at my mom's house. So, although my sister neglected to participate, Ev and I made some fine looking tees, as evidenced below. Mine is a revolver, which was supposed to look like I have it tucked in my waistband, but the picture doesn't quite do it justice when I'm wearing it.

Lastly, I had been looking to do this project for awhile, and then I found the perfect frame a friend's give away bin. I covered a piece of foam-core board with fabric, and then inserted it into the frame, which now provides a perfect, beautiful storage space to my ever-growing collection of (mostly) vintage brooches.