Inspiration strikes and I forget to sleep

 My friends are constantly teasing me about my coffee swilling, night owl tendencies. I’m glad lucky that I don’t need as much sleep to function as some people (ahem Ben and Manda). That being said, I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning, the babe woke really early & in effect I got a paltry 2 hours of sleep. I’ve walked into the wall twice today, keep forgetting simple words and decided several hours ago not to do anything involving a chef knife or rotary cutter today. Oh and apparently, at some point last night, someone snuck into our houseand replaced our kid with a little angry spitting pterodactyl, so that’s been fun.

The bright spot? This pillow! I’m working with the oh-so adorable Rashida Coleman-Hale ( of I heart linen fame) on some fun little projects right now. She was sweet enough to send me a bundle of fabrics from her new collection Washi for Timeless Treasures (On sale here.)  How adorable are these? I have a mild obsession with art supplies and Washi tape ( Japanese tissue/ paper tape) is almost always on my desk or in my purse… and if we’re being honest, at least two different colors:)  Throw in the millions of pretty/ funky/ cool designs and its easy to see why Rashida chose to incorporate them into her fabric line! The mixers are really dreamy as well, today my favorite is the cream triangle. Yesterday it was the turquoise star flower. The hand on these is incredibly soft, I’m thinking the gray floral print would make a darling sundress for a certain little dinosaur I know:)

I spent an evening playing with the different prints and my Accuquilt cutter. Its so nice being able to precision cut fussy shapes in a fraction of the time it take with rulers.  I’ve got a really fun idea forming  involving a ton of those little flower shapes, once I find some extra time. Here’s a quick shot of the back, I went for a quick envelop closure, my go-to pillow back. I’m already planning the mate to this pillow…. maybe if I just have one more cup of coffee I can use the rotary cutter a little bit.

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Pétra - January 31, 2012 - 4:26 pm

Put the rotary cutter down and step away you shouldn’t be operating sharp machinery at the moment ; ) I wish I could be fine with less sleep imagine how much I can get done. Your pillow is so lovely!!! I love the center detail how is it applied?

Susan - January 31, 2012 - 6:43 pm

Beautiful, Ale! And I love the washi tape print you framed it with…

Alexandra - February 1, 2012 - 2:19 pm

I know , I know! I can’t help myself! We’ll miss you at the sew day but have a blast in Sisters! Hope the weather is great.

fidissimus - February 1, 2012 - 10:01 pm

Ale, what are you using to hand quilt with? What kind of thread? I want to try this myself on a project but I don’t know where to start. Thx!

Alexandra - February 1, 2012 - 10:32 pm

I hand quilt with several different types of threads. This pillow was done using Cosmo Embroidery Floss (which is so smooth and dreamy). Most frequently, I use perle cotton when I hand quilt. The larger the number, the thinner the thread. Size #3 is the largest and the smallest (to my knowledge) is #20. I find that using size #8-12 yields the best results. Anchor has the best perle cotton colors, I do NOT like DMC Perle, its really prone to unraveling (though I do like their ordinary floss). I’ve also had great results using Japanese sashiko thread, though that can be a little harder to find in stores. I’ll try to post some samples later tonight, I’ve been meaning to do a handquilting post for awhile! Hope that helps, please let me know if you have any other questions!! I adore spreading the handquilting love:)

Jen - March 4, 2012 - 8:51 pm

This cracked me up! I am the same exact way, a night owl by nature anyhow (any more than 7.5ish hours of sleep and I’m useless…though I’m also useless with less than 5, hmm), but staying up really late to work on a fab project is sometimes unavoidable. There’s really no good excuse not to stay up to finish, or at least make progress. And my hubby is also one of those who needs mega hours of sleep. Sheesh, when would there be time to create??

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