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Leah Buckley
Arlington, VA
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It's September again, which means it's time for the DC Modern Quilt Guild's annual charity quilt drive, 100 Quilts for Kids. I had several yards of this blue print that someone gave me a while ago, and I decided this... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at delight in life
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So I mentioned a few posts ago that I was trying to sort through my fabric with the intent to sell some. My goal was to have it all ready to go by the end of August, which I most... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at delight in life
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He seems so big to me right now. He's tall and he talks all the time and learns something new every thirty seconds, and sometimes in my head I catch myself thinking about "my two-year-old" and I have to remind... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at delight in life
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This poor little blog is always the last to know everything. But yep, I'm pregnant! Joey will have a little sibling in January. We're so excited! I'm mostly feeling like myself again, and finally catching up on everything that slipped... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at delight in life
Try growing some zinnias in your garden! I've found them easy to grow, they make great cut flowers, and pollinators love them.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2014 on june : currently. at enJOY it by Elise Blaha Cripe
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Hey look, it's time for my annual spring garden post! Last year, despite my good intentions, my garden really got away from me. When my mom showed up in September, the weeds were taller than the plants, the pots of... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at delight in life
YES. THE GRAVEL. What is up with that!!! The fascination just started for Joey last week. So funny to see he's not unique in that.
I really enjoyed this episode! It's easy to find people talking about what inspires them or other parts of the creative process, but the nity gritty business stuff is not usually discussed as openly (that I've seen, at least). It was really interesting to hear what Katharine had to say.
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ok also (i have a lot to say about this apparently?!) i saw in one of your older tova posts that you were looking for more indie pattern designers to check out. i don't know if you still are, but i recommend checking out Megan Nielsen and Grainline Studio—both rad designers who make really great wearable patterns.
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this is so cute! i've only ever sewed one tova as a practice...i've been wanting to go back and make one for real. i love the fabric you chose. i saw your comment about the seams on the inside and just a tip: you can zig-zag on the edges of the seam allowances to tidy them up and prevent fraying if you don't have a serger. it's not quite as neat as a serger, but it works well enough and looks much better than nothing. that's what i do! and old episodes of parks and rec is never not a good idea.
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After spending several days working on two detailed and time-consuming pieces, I wanted to do something quick and easy yesterday, so I made this cute little shirt. I used the Bimaa pattern again, same as for the hoodie I made... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at delight in life
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Whew! Finished Joey's trench coat and the pants for his Easter outfit. These two patterns (Secret Agent trench and Art Museum trousers) were pretty time-consuming. I kept switching off between them so it felt like I wasn't getting anywhere, but... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at delight in life
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Hey, day one of KCW is over and I've already managed to complete a garment! I'm so excited. I started with the great Bimaa hoodie pattern and some lime green sweatshirt material I got on clearance at Hancock Fabrics. I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at delight in life
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Next week I'm participating in Kid's Clothes Week for the first time, and I'm really excited! It's a simple concept: a bunch of people sign up to spend an hour a day for seven days sewing clothing for your kid.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at delight in life
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This morning we woke up to six inches of snow on the ground. It was really pretty, but I'm so over it. Technically it's still winter for three more days, so I guess I can't get too upset, but really,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at delight in life
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I finished the quilt top! I'm really happy with it, although it really looks nothing like I'd envisioned at the beginning. I set the blocks with 1" sashing. On Instagram, I think this photo would be tagged #honestcraftroom. Cat sleeping... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at delight in life
ok this book is gorgeous, of course, and i love it. but what actually caught my eye in this post is the umbrella prints fabric the books are sitting on, haha! i'm so envious that you have yardage! i adore those heart prints but all i can afford are a few trimmings packs. which of course i'm hoarding and can't figure out what to do with them. do you have plans for the fabric?
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I've been playing around lately with Waterlogue, a fun little app for iOS devices. It's pretty simple: insert photo, receive watercolor. I think quilts look especially nice "waterlogued." It makes me wish I could paint watercolors myself...but that's probably not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at delight in life
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Another quilt for Joey! (Here's the first.) I wanted him to have a proper baby-sized quilt, and so, at about 35 weeks pregnant, I started on this one. It's a Swirling Medallion quilt from the book Quilting Modern . The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at delight in life
Thanks!! I'm very happy to have that skill in my toolbox, for sure. Thanks for the motivation to learn :)
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2014 on catnap dress contest at delight in life
thanks mom :)
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2014 on catnap dress contest at delight in life
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My favorite fabric designer, Lizzy House, recently released a fabric collection of CAT FABRICS. You can imagine how happy this made me. Then she announced a contest for dresses made out of said cat fabrics. Make a dress with cats... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at delight in life
Thanks! I'm going to use the whole roll, which should make about 80 6" blocks, and then see where I am with size. I'm shooting for a large throw I think.
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2014 on 9-patch in progress at delight in life
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Last night I went to Hancock with a 50% off coupon and stocked up on Kona Snow, my favorite background fabric. Having tons of it on hand inspired me to start a new project, a strip-pieced 9-patch quilt. I'm using... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at delight in life
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I made this quilt in the fall for a custom order. She requested a gender neutral quilt in bright, happy colors. It reminded Chris and me of a fiesta...so, obvious name! I'm trying to use more solids than patterns in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at delight in life