• Sao Paulo Modern Quilt Guild

    Yesterday I went to my first meeting of the Sao Paulo Modern Quilt Guild. Since moving from the Northeast of Brazil, where it was relatively hard to find quilters (it's very close to the Equator, so a little warm to use a quilt), to Sao Paulo in the cooler Southeast, I've been lucky to find a thriving group of quilters. The group has been around for four years, and is headed up by Fá Giandosa, in my mind, the country's quilting superstar. 

    I'm so excited to have someone to share my fabric designs with, and perhaps share some actual fabric with. I'm excited for the opportunity to see what other sewists can do with my designs. So far though, just I have touched the stuff. Our project for the year is Moda's Modern Building Blocks. I've been a fan of this quilt design for a while, so I'm excited to be working on it. I'll be following the pattern, but not necessarily the colors. Because, you know, I need prints! These three blocks were made using my newest line for Cloud 9 Organic Fabrics. It's called Garden Secrets, and it's super lush and colorful. There are some really vibrant colors here, so it's fun to pull some of them from the prints, you know, for the addition of solids, which I have to admit, you need. All prints might be a bit crazy. 

    Next month I'll post more. Hopefully my photography will improve as I go along. 

  • Circles this Week

    This week seemed to end up being an array of circles, as far as pictures go.

    We're in the middle of Brazilian summer, and we have had a great amount of rain at our house in the mountains/rainforest. We live in São Paulo state (just like New York, New York, state and city have the same name), which the majority of is currently in a really tough drought. We happen to live in an area which is recieving a lot of rain, though, so I am very thankful for that. Our water comes from a spring (or a well? I'm really still a bit lost on the translation), so thankfully, we have plenty of drinking water. One consequence of many years of drought followed by heavy rains is flooding and mudslides. We've been safe from flooding, as we live on the side of a hill, with good drainage, but our roads have had a little bit of mud action. Again, though, thankfully, we really haven't been harmed at all.

    We have a BOB stroller, which usually when I see in public I go, sheesh, that's such a big stroller, what in the world am I doing, but when I see in situ, at our house in the muddy mountains, I think, oh, that's why I have this. We live at the end of a dirt road, and were stuck in the house for a few days after mud blocked our road. Without the BOB we really would have been stranded. I took the picture to show how caked on the clay-like mud got around the tires, but it really doesn't do it justice. With a toddler in all that mud we were a huge mess.

    Also in my world of circles, I started cutting into Garden Secrets, and I love it so much. The large Bouquet print is so amazing, and it's voile, so even better! For where to find it you can check Cloud 9's website, they have a great 'where to buy' section.

    I started cutting some circles for some circular placemats, the bright colors go great on our rustic(ish) kitchen table. I used the scraps to do a bit of a test, and am going to turn them into coasters (you know, so that our "rustic" table is protected from water marks). I sandwiched a bit of felt in between the voile and a nice chambray and hand stitched it on, a bit of a trapunto technique. It raises it a bit and looks so nice. And I love the scraps from this gigantic print, it seems like it might be daunting to cut it up, but I like it just as much in small pieces as I do whole.

    The last in a series of circles (seriously, though, I looked through the camera and it was all circles) was the inevitable picture of something I ate. I really try not to do that, but it happened. We were sorely lacking in lettuce from the garden, so I picked some nasturtium petals and leaves, marigold petals and rose petals, as well as some leaves from a cabbage that doesn't seem to be turning into a cabbage. I didn't tell my husband what was in it until he finished, because, I mean, you never really want to tell a guy he's eating flower petals, I feel like that just wouldn't go well.

    That's all in my world. Back to working, drawing for a new collection, and hopefully making some tutorials that I can share with you soon.