Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It's ok if a project doesn't turn out as planned

A project that kinda went wrong
Sometimes projects go wrong and it's the best thing that could have happened. Do you find that too? I mean, sure, sometimes things just go wrong and it sucks, but often... it all works out in the end.

I used these fabrics for the quilts for my niece and nephew, but the quilts were actually supposed to be very different. As in completely different. The original plan was to use a custom printed design for the quilt top, but then I ran out of time to have it printed.

Now what?

Then I decided on using fabric from a particular line, but I messed up ordering the fabric somehow, so I really, really ran out of time, because that quilt project needed to be done!

What to do?! There was a bit of head scratching, but then I had some fabric that would be great for the back and I decided to let the back fabric inspire the top. Both for the design and the colours.

When I had finally pulled together this little happy pile of fabrics and knew what I wanted to do, I was kinda glad the project went wrong. Because the colours are so lovely and I thought my sister would really like them.

I had a new plan for what fabric to use but later I had to re-think how I wanted to piece the project. I really wanted to do it one way, but when sketching it out I could tell that it would be both very time consuming and the end result probably wouldn't be terribly elegant.

I actually quite like when projects challenge me in this way. I like when a project that kinda went wrong forces me think on my feet to make things work. I like that kind of problem solving. I kinda prefer not knowing all the answers beforehand.

Maybe that's why I so rarely follow a pattern. When someone else has already done the thinking and experimenting for me it is slightly less exciting.

How do you feel about projects that 'go wrong'? :-)

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Join the Alphabet Motif Club!

Alphabet Motif Club
It's time for another stitchy motif club: the alphabet! Something I have been thinking about for a while, but I kinda kept putting in the 'some day' pile, because I'm not a professional letterer and my handwriting isn't the best.

But then I realised that the reason I want to do an alphabet isn't so much to do pretty type (although that would be awesome!), but to decorate the letters. That's what I want to do. Take fairly simple letters and make them look pretty with stitches!

If you don't feel that confident in your lettering skills either, join me in the Alphabet Motif Club! With the power of pretty stitches we can make these letters look good! ;-)

You will receive 1 or 2 letters every Monday, starting on September 1st and the last one on December 22nd. Motifs etc will be emailed to you, using your Paypal address unless you tell me to use something else.

We will mostly be using basic stitches, but I'll also share a few tutorials for perhaps lesser used stitches. Beginner stitchers are more than welcome to join in, but you will need to know the basics of embroidery and stitches like: back stitch, running stitch, French knot, daisy stitch, buttonhole stitch and chain stitch.

In this club there isn't a final project to make, but I will share 3 tutorials/templates for smaller projects that can be embellished with letters. And of course you can use the letters for all kinds of other projects: quilts, bags, coasters, place mats, embellishing clothes and loads more.

So join me! Until September 15th it is only $7.00 for the club! After this date it will be $12.

You can join by clicking this Paypal button:

Or join via my shop and set up an account. This allows you to log in and download the motifs later as well as receive them by email.

Polka & Bloom Alphabet Motif Club

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Our house :: Porch makeover part 2

Porch after
This is our porch after we gave it a makeover. Remember the paint swatches we tested? Lots of brown ones, but then we decided to go for this awesome green colour. It may even have been Tony who suggested it, which is slightly surprising; he's not as colour crazy happy as I am. ;-)

It's a pretty great colour, isn't it? It's called Melon Sorbet. Yum. So fresh and happy.

And you see that the porch really is quite small!

Porch after
Because of its smallness, there's not room for a lot of storage, but we've got the essentials: coat hooks, a couple of storage boxes, that also double as seats, and a shoe cupboard. As well as an all year Yule goat called Oluf. Obviously.

Porch after
Contemporary lights. No faux Rococo shenanigans going on here anymore. ;-)

As I mentioned before, we didn't need to do a lot to this room, the main job was painting the walls. But it feels like a completely different room I think. Really happy with it.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Finished Objects :: Quilts for my niece and nephew

Quilts for my niece and nephew
I don't think I've mentioned it here before, but in about a month I will be an auntie! Or moster, the Danish word for mother's sister. Because my little sister is having twins! No half measures there! ;-)

And they're having a boy and a girl. Instant nuclear family, eh?

Of course, my first moster-ly duty was to make them quilts.

Quilts for my niece and nephew
I am not a fan of pink/blue gender stereotypes, so I made the quilts using orange, green and yellow. The overall design is the same for each one, but the placement of the hexagons is not precise. And that's on purpose. Twins are not the exact same person after all.

I used a couple of my own designs for each quilt and the rest is mostly Denyse Schmidt and Leah Duncan. With a few other ones thrown in.

Quilts for my niece and nephew
The quilt top design with hexagons was inspired by the fabric I wanted to use for the back. This is made from a quilt cover I saved after my grandfather passed away a few years ago. Isn't it delightfully 70s (or 80s)-ish?

But the best thing is that it has been washed a gazillion times so it is super soft. Perfect for little ones. Although, the quilts are maybe a tad big for them for now. But I wanted them to be large enough to use for several years. And they are large enough that they will work nicely as lap quilts when the kids are older.

Quilts for my niece and nephew
I love this cheater quilt design. And the colours. Love, love, love. And it's nice to thingk that the little people will have something from their great grandparents.

Of course I tied the quilt, you know I love that. It also has an added benefit of being easy to repair in case one or two gets loose at some point. My sister can just tie a new knot instead of repairing some quilting.

Quilts for my niece and nephew
I actually made the quilts in Denmark because I needed some particular fabrics for them. I had all the hexagons cut out beforehand, as well as the backs and the batting. And the tops were fairly easy to put together, with a little help from my mum, using fusible web.

Quilts for my niece and nephew
My mum's sewing machine has a bunch of fancy stitches so I used one of those to stitch around the hexagons. The stitch is sort of hexagon-y too. Nice.

I am really happy with how these quilts turned out! But in hindsight, maybe that much white isn't the best idea for a kid's quilt? ;-)

I guess any stains will just be part of the story of the quilt...

Sadly, I will not be handing these to my sister in person, my parents will bring them to the US. But I did show them to my sister via Skype, so they have been 'revealed'. I think she likes them. :-)

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Some things that inspired me this week - August 22

Instagram collage August 22

8 Scientific Reasons Why Vegan Men Are More Manly.

Apology Letter to My Body.

Very cool Grand Budapest Hotel illustrations. {via}

Space painting. Wow. Just wow.

Huge animals street art in London. I need to go see these!

When someone says they don't see the point in Twitter, show them this. Twitter is pretty awesome. {via... someone on Twitter, can't remember who, but thank you!}

Brené Brown's 99U talk: Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count. {via iHanna} Around minute 13, my mind was blown. :-)

Brené Brown: Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count from 99U on Vimeo.

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