Tuesday, October 1, 2013


I've gotten this far, and I have a couple of observations:
  1. Next time I do this, I will use dark and light in the twists to create the illusion of depth.
  2.  "      "    "   "    " , I will regulate the width of the strips so there won't be any strings. 
  3. The front does not match the lovely dark floral (below) I had planned for the back. Her DNA is just too shy. I have some peach flannel for the back.
As I stitched I remembered a beautiful fabric I had acquired through a swap. Of course, it was no use looking for it because -- well, you've seen my sewing room -- but when I was tearing through my bins for fabric to use in another project, I happened upon it! About a half a yard:

I love this rich saturated rust color, and I have been inspired multiple times by its combination with periwinkle. I would love to show off its generous-sized print in the quilt, but as you can see, the color is too dark for the soft hues of the center part:

So I decided to create little "vignettes" of the fabric for someone to enjoy.

A row along the side would look like this, sort of Craftsman style.

That "other" project I mentioned? A new use for the bold dark floral. Not sure what I think. (More about the sources of this inspiration in the next post.)

In the meantime, I have been pondering who to give the DNA quilt to. It doesn't have anybody's name on it yet. For me, this raises issues relating to my own shy DNA. I would love for this shy girl to have a home, to be part of something meaningful. But how... ?

Perhaps sewing just gives me too much time for introspection!


  1. Wow, that far already! Andrew and I are contemplating starting a quilt together. Neither one of us has any idea how to make a quilt, but that's what youtube is for, right? :) Any suggestions for online resources for beginners?
    I love reading your posts and being inspired by them! So far we've both learned to use our sewing machine and I've put darts in a couple pairs of pants for Ari and repaired a couple clothing items. Thanks again for the inspiration!

    1. How about starting with a baby quilt for the expected! To make a quilt, you need to invest in a rotary cutter, a cutting mat, and a ruler. OR... You could come over to my house, choose fabrics from my stash, and cut them here!! I could show you a few basics, like the 1/4-inch seam!!
      I have a few baby quilts on Pinterest, under Patchwork. You can look for others. I'll be able to forecast the difficulty for you.
      So excited!! Thank you for reaching out, Rebecca.

  2. If you are still pondering who to give the DNA quilt to...I'll take her! I've never been given a quilt and I think they are the best gifts ever! (I wouldn't be upset though, if you choose to give her to someone else) I once asked a quilting friend to make me a quilt and she laughed and said "you make quilts" and I said that doesn't mean I wouldn't accept one given to me! =)

  3. Wow, Zenia, I am flattered. I have to quilt it yet. It will be my first ever attempt at long-arm quilting ... on an old-fashioned machine that does not have regulated-length stitches... I was going to give it to someone in foster care (our modern quilt guild is doing a collection), but I missed the deadline today. So: good timing on that request, girl! Let's see how it looks when I'm done quilting (yikes)!

    1. I'm sorry you missed the deadline but there are plenty of other kids/programs you can donate to. Giving a homemade gift to someone in need is an amazing feeling and I know it really touches the heart of the recipient as well. Good providence w/the long-arm quilting. I've done it a couple of times, I don't wish to be a long-armer though. I'm sure it's going to be lovely. =)