How to make a cat proof quilt. (The most hardy of “quilts,” able to withstand sharp toe nails and fur balls alike. 100% cheating, 0 award winning, every rule breaking, 100% practical, 0% precious “quilt”)
1. Go directly to Ikea. Buy the cheapest curtain that meets your aesthetic standards. Stay away from flimsy sheers, we want this thing as hard as the GMAT. These are sold in pairs. You can make 2 quilts from one pair of curtains. My curtains are 57”x98”. 2. Go to your local fabric store and buy a sturdy fabric for the backing. I used raw denim. Also buy batting.
3. Make your quilt sandwich and baste the layers together.
4. Quilt along the lines of your patterned ikea fabric, or quilt it how ever you like. Just don’t do it in fewer than 3 sittings because trust me, this thing is heavy. You will eff up your shoulder and be miserable for weeks. Or tie the damn thing while watching trashy tv. Whatever brings you joy. You won’t be graded on this.
5. Bind the edges.
6. Wash. Use to cover your couch or bed or take a nap under. Repeat step 6 until end.
To 2018, or the year I got engaged and double bagged my cats to fly them from JFK->LAX. We made it!
Visions of sugar plums ✨ 📸: @sylviethecamera
Something I’ve been WIPing on in the inbetweens... in between higher priority work, that is. Although I like my quilts washed and crinkly, I think I prefer my entrelac blocked and flat.
Started the year in a slanted apartment in Bushwick, ended it in a house with an orange tree and a sky light (and engaged to marry my love @a__lake, who always always asks me for photo cred so here it is 📸: @a__lake ). Here’s hoping for less excitement in 2019, because really I can’t do a repeat of 2018, thank you.
Dress is simplicity 8013 in fabric from @sew.together.stitching.lounge
Flashback to the first quilt I made entirely in LA and when we tried to photograph it by hanging it on the back gate (kinda worked). Then the camera somehow didn’t work but I didn’t realize I got zero good pictures of it until after I gave it to the gift-ees. But we got a lens flare so that’s cool and hey I’ve lived here for 6 months officially ☀️ feels like 3 because I was basically a mess for the first 3 +~
Your girl has a pattern + interview in the new issue of @vogueknittingmagazine !!! I designed this sweater to show off the beautiful hand dyed yarns that are all the rage right now. Hope you enjoy knitting and wearing it!
They say self love is a radical act. Well, I learned to love myself through your love. Thanks 10 years, @a__lake. Next year we get a new anniversary to celebrate! 💍💖
Colorful, messy, jam packed, all over the place: This is what my life looks like right now. A welcome change from the crippling depression slump I believe (🤞) I am finally climbing out from. My constant state of inspiration never left but my motivation is finally coming back, and girl I am grateful for that!
I’m a happy sheeple at one of my favorite weekends of the year! 🐑🐏
If you’re looking for me, sorry but I died of textile bliss in Panajachel see you never
The yarn wall @blacksquirrelberkeley is better than therapy! If you’re headed to VK live tomorrow, make sure to stop by and say hi to Chase, the proprietor of this lovely store! Should I post my yarn haul? It’s all hand dyes. I went a little nuts but yolo, it had to happen
Crinkles for days! And no in progress pics of this one because I made it during my last days in nyc, frantic and hurried. @nikki_stadler ‘s quilting really brought this twin sized baby to life!
New favorite sweater I finished the other week + favorite skirt = 1 happy outfit. 🌸 P.S. the sweater is 1 strand of @primroseyarnco sock + 1 strand biosesia organic cotton (discontinued). The skirt is Liberty of London tana lawn bought ages ago at Purl soho.
Just said bye bye to this sweet quilt. It’s off to Spain! Sometimes I wish I could also go all the places my quilts go. Hope life is good in your new home, dear quilt!
Almost done! Lore has it that the second sleeve is the longest piece to knit in the whole sweater. Do you agree? I don’t really struggle with the second sleeve. By the time I get there I’m usually more focused on wearing the thing than bogged down by the second sleeve. Like right now, I’m looking forward to wearing this sweater in the evenings here in LA. It’s 1 strand of superwash merino sock from @primroseyarnco + 1 strand of organic cotton (discontinued). The combo makes a nice, dry hand that is perfect for the not so frigid weather I now find myself living in!
✨1934✨ This sunny quilt used to hang in my Queens studio. We upgraded it to master bedroom status in the new domicile.
Now that I’m somewhat on my road to recovery from moving I thought it might be nice to talk about SOMETHING ELSE! I made a pattern for issue 25 of @pompommag ! Issue 25 is a doozie, so many great patterns all inspired by stripes. This top is one of my favorite shapes to wear in the summer, just in case you were wondering why I make this shape so often 🔳 And and and they named this pattern after one of my textile heroes, Anni Albers! That makes me simply giddy. I know this issue has been super popular so if you’re eyeing it, I suggest getting your copy from the wonderful ladies at pompom ASAP!