stitch: Modern Patchwork Mini Quilt

CityCraft is hosting Modern Patchwork Mini Quilt club – a monthly meet-up to showcase mini quilts made from unique patterns in Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman. Our second meeting was last night, I was running late and caught the tail end of it – as in I ran in to show Callie my mini quilt, she snapped a pic and then I headed home due to the fact everyone else had already left.

Initially, the pattern called for 9 swatches of fabric (you can view Elizabeth’s write-up here), but the graphic designer in me decided to simplify the pattern and only use 5 colors. I have to say, I’m really happy with the way it turned out and can’t wait to make a full size quilt.

Back of the block

When it came time to quilt the block, I decided to keep it simple and use straight line stitching. Didn’t take as long as I thought and will more than likely use straight line stitching for the full size.

Hope you guys enjoy the post. Will let you know how the next mini quilt goes. Cheers! xo Kristi

live: statement wall

When I feel a big change coming on, I have the tendency to create another one.  Some (my sister)  would argue that this is due to the fact that I can be a wee bit dramatic but I like to believe that probably has more to do with wanting to find something that I can control in the chaos.   So if change is going to happen, sometimes I’d like to the be one making the change happen.

The past few weeks have been filled with changes for me and sure enough in the thick of it all, on a whim, I painted a statement wall in my downstairs bathroom.   I should start by mentioning that this bathroom is about the size of one found on an airplane, it is a small windowless box and it has bugged me since I moved into my apartment.  Originally, I was thinking I would paint the wall behind the toilet Matte Black (for the drama), then I hesitated because it’s a rental and black paint is a pain to paint over.  And, I chickened out and did nothing.

Then, a few months later, with my need for change, I decided to paint it but was still scared of the black and feeling in love with the bursts of color that have been trending in home decorating and this  wall, decided to paint a salmon and white herringbone wall.   And well… guys, it’s blah.   I’ve lived with it for a few weeks now — I don’t hate it but I don’t love it either.  I decided to finish the room more, hanging the picture, shelf, etc. in the hope that it would help and I’ll live with it a few more weeks but I’m thinking no.  I also don’t love the shelf or the size of the frame… what do you guys think?  Keep it or should I just go for it and paint the whole thing black or navy?  Does anyone else take on huge projects in the middle of chaos?