Thursday, January 19, 2017

Culcita Box Unboxing

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the sweet people at Culcita Box to see if I was interested in reviewing their new fabric subscription box. Generally I am not a fan of subscription boxes because space in my home is limited and I want to have control over the things that I bring into it. I have reviewed one other fabric subscription box in the past and it was . . . not my favorite, but this one sounded more promising.
Culcita Subscription Box
They have two box options: a fabric bundle box (with 1/4 yard, 1/2 yard, or 1 yard cuts) or a project kit. I don't tend to use kits, so I chose to receive the fabric bundle.
Culcita Subscription Box
The adorable box arrived in a protective plastic bag (not pictured because it was completely soaked) which I really appreciated since it was pouring rain the day the box arrived.
Culcita Subscription Box
Inside the box the fabric was nicely wrapped in tissue paper and included a fortune cookie (which I immediately ate) and two labels. 
Culcita Subscription Box
I was excited to find a fabric collection that I really like and will actually use. It is Elizabeth Olwen's Underwater collection from Cloud 9 Fabrics and it is Organic and oh so soft. I see a baby quilt in my future.
Culcita Subscription Box
A card with information about the collection was included in the box which is really nice if you need to order more fabric for a quilt backing or a quilt.
There were 12 fabrics included with a good mix of prints and solids. There is plenty here to make a nice sized quilt.
The fortune cookie had probably the most accurate fortune I have ever received ;)

Pricing for this box runs $33 plus shipping, which makes it $2.75 per fat quarter and pretty reasonable for a quilt top. They do have a referral program: if you refer someone to Culcita Box, you get $5 off your next box and they get 10% off of their first one.

So would I recommend Culcita Box to other quilters out there? Yes, absolutely. I actually think it would be a really fun challenge to make a quilt each month that is inspired by the fabric in the box. If you have any other questions about the box, they have a great FAQ page.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Pretty Pink Baby Girl Quilt

Around the time some of the craziness of moving was winding down we found out that my husband's cousin was adopting a baby girl which seemed like the perfect reason to try out my new sewing room.
Pretty pink baby quilt
As you can see, the scenery is a little different than our house in San Diego. Taking photos is a little colder!
Pretty Pink Baby Quilt
I kept it simple with some soft pinks and low volumes fabrics.  The backing is a wonderfully soft Cotton + Steel double gauze with cute little cats on it.  
pink baby girl quilt
Finished size: 36" x 42"
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient

Monday, January 2, 2017

See ya, 2016!

I know I'm not alone in this sentiment, but I am so glad to be done with 2016.  I have been planning to sit down and write a year-in-review post, but I just can't do it.  This past year has been a what-doesn't-kill-you-makes-you-stronger year, and while I may be stronger and it didn't kill me, I am tired and it's going to take me some time to recover.

During 2016 I made some stuff, and if you want to look back through the archives you can find most of the quilts here.

I also wrote some patterns and you can find them all here.

We moved from San Diego to Oregon and in the near future I will hopefully be sharing some photos of my new sewing room and possibly a few of the other rooms that I have been working on.

As always, I wouldn't be writing here if it wasn't for you. Thank you for your kind words and your support during the past year, you really buoyed me up during this crazy time.

I hope you all had a happy holiday season and I hope that 2017 is a better year for all of us!
This photo felt like an appropriate representation of the year.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Prepping for Christmas: Kids Ikea Poang Slipcover

Since we left a lot of our furniture behind when we moved away from San Diego, we made the obligatory trip up to Ikea a couple weeks ago.  While we were there we decided to get a kids Poang Chair for our play room.  Unlike the adult Poang chairs, these only come with a plain, off-white slipcover so I knew I wanted to recover it.

As soon as I got my sewing machine set up, I found down this tutorial because why would I want to figure it out for myself when someone else has already done it.  I followed the measurements in the tutorial but I would probably cut my cover 1" longer if I were to do it again.  It was a tight fit.
Kids Poang Chair Slipcover
The tutorial did not have directions for covering the pillow, but that was easy enough.  I cut the front piece 9" x 16" and 2 pieces 7.5" x 16" and did an envelope closure.
Kids Poang Chair Slipcover
Then I stitched it to the top of the main slipcover with a 1/4 inch-ish seam allowance.  It seemed to do the trick.
I really love this fabric and wish I had more info about it.  All I know is that it is a Japanese cotton/linen blend.  I used Essex linen in black for the back of the slipcover and pillow since I didn't have enough of the print.

There will probably be lots of photos taken in this room in the future; it has a giant window and it turns out that it really does rain a lot in Oregon.  
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