WIP: A Collaboration With Andover Fabrics

WIP: A Collaboration With Andover Fabrics {an Art School Dropout's life}About a month ago the very kind folks over at Andover Fabrics sent me a sweet package filled with some precut bundles of brandnew and yet to be released fabrics for me to play with. They wanted to see what I would come up with.

I’ve been a huge mess lately preparing for BlytheCon (2 WEEKS LEFT TO PREP) and working on my Silhouette America projects so I can focus on that BlytheCon stuff, so I haven’t been able to play with all this fabric uninterrupted.

WIP: A Collaboration With Andover Fabrics {an Art School Dropout's life} work in progress potholders using the new 1Canoe2 fabric line from Andover fabrics #quilting #chevronI did attempt to make a pretty, kinda chevron looking pillow out of the new 1Canoe2 line. Halfway through though I realized I had cut a bunch of pieces wrong and now I am reassembling what I can into pot holders. Luckily the line has food related items in it, which actually makes it PERFECT for potholders. Why didn’t I think of potholders before? I’ll share the finished set soon!

WIP: A Collaboration With Andover Fabrics {an Art School Dropout's life} The new Chillingsworth line in hexie form #hexagon #quiltingI also attacked the Chillingsworth charm packs and made a couple huge piles of hexies. They have already been pieced together and are just in the queue waiting to be quilted. (I like to do all my quilting at once. I may be a weirdo like that) Just like the potholders, I hope to share  the finished piece soon.

I also have BIG plans for those fat quarter bundles shown in the background of the first photo. I’m just not ready to share yet.

So, on a slightly different note, this post is just a sweet reminder of the changes I’ve made in how I spend my days! I can now sit down and sew, draw, bake and more without all the stress involved with what I was previously doing. I feel like I’m actually making progress in my goals I talked about last month and I have learned so much in that time too. I’m happier and a bit less stressed (I’ll be even more stress free after BlytheCon).

So I’d like to say thank you to everyone who encouraged me and has been supportive along the way.

You are all awesome!!!

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Brushed X’s & A Rainbow of Wonky Wood Fabric

Brushed X's & A Rainbow of Wonky Wood Fabric by jesseesuem {an Art School Dropout's life} #spoonflowerA few weeks back, I had a flood of messages on Spoonflower asking about different colorways for my Wonky Woodgrain Fabrics. It seems like faux wood grain is the new thing for nurseries. How neat!?

I read each and every request and made up new colorways, or made some of the designs horizontal instead (for crib skirts and things like that I was told). I had to order a swatch for all of them so there was some waiting involved.

Today all of the swatches came in and I am in love with them all! A bunch were requests and then the tan, mustard and pink were my idea because I know I’d use them myself (baby quilt backs anyone?)

Brushed X's & A Rainbow of Wonky Wood Fabric by jesseesuem {an Art School Dropout's life} #spoonflowerI also had a few swatches made of my Brushed X’s fabric design. I designed this specifically to be used as quilt binding and backing. I have grand plans for this fabric! (I wish I had photographed them better though! Stupid cloudy days)

What are your thoughts on all of these? Should I make more colorways? Smaller designs? Larger designs? ETC ETC ETC? I NEED to know! haha.

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Geometric Appliqued Coasters for Silhouette America

Geometric Appliqued Coasters by Jessee M for Silhouette America {an Art School Dropout's life}About a week or so ago I blogged about this appliqued coaster set I made over on the Silhouette America blog. They were super easy to make and went together perfectly.

Geometric Appliqued Coasters by Jessee M for Silhouette America {an Art School Dropout's life} Geometric Appliqued Coasters by Jessee M for Silhouette America {an Art School Dropout's life} Geometric Appliqued Coasters by Jessee M for Silhouette America {an Art School Dropout's life}Geometric Appliqued Coasters by Jessee M for Silhouette America {an Art School Dropout's life}The pink fabric I used is Kona Cotton Bright Pink. Which really is BRIGHT pink. It kind of made it difficult to photograph and then even more difficult to edit the photos because it never wanted to stay the same color pink. Oh and the background fabric is also by Robert Kaufman, it’s their Yarn Dyed Essex Linen and Cotton blend in Black. It might just be my absolute favorite new fabric. Actually I just love all of Robert Kaufmans basics, but we’ll talk about that in detail at another time.

Geometric Appliqued Coasters by Jessee M for Silhouette America {an Art School Dropout's life} Geometric Appliqued Coasters by Jessee M for Silhouette America {an Art School Dropout's life}I took so many photos! I just couldn’t get enough of these things. If you want to make a set too you can read the quick instructions over on Silhouette’s blog.

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Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap: The Quilt I Received

Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap: The Quilt I ReceivedLate last week I received the mini quilt made for me by my “Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap” secret partner Karla P. (Karlajane22 on Instagram) It was a super awesome surprise and I am beyond excited with what she came up with.

It’s very “ME”. She used all of my favorite fabrics and used my favorite colors. There’s no red in sight too!! (I’m not very fond of red for some reason) Karla also included so many super awesome goodies! There was extra fabric from the quilt by my favorite designer, plus a charm pack of Kona cotton (another favorite)! There was a lanyard with tiny scissors, perfect for clipping tiny threads. There was a handmade apple pincushion, that CT is trying to steal becauses shes not convinced its actually a pincushion. She believes its a “snow white toy apple”. Then there is the two drawstring bags that WERE made for CT! She took them right after I shot this photo and filled them up right away with Lalaloopsies. She has also commissioned me to make “A LOT MORE!”

I feel spoiled. This has been my favorite swap to date and I will totally be signing up for the next one. Actually it’s made me want to sign up for loads of different swaps. It’s a fun new experience of making stuff for a specific person, not making something, adding it to the shop and crossing your fingers someone will want it.

Next up, a kids bow swap, because a 4 year old girl can never have too many bows.

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Spray Painted Bathroom Organizers for Silhouette America

Spray Painted Bathroom Organizers by Jessee M for Silhouette America {an Art School Dropout's life}I’m still catching up with all of my Silhouette projects lately! The one above is one of my favorites. Its a set of spray painted bathroom organizers that I wrote a tutorial for. The complete instructions are over on the Silhouette America blog.

These are the first of three projects that will help me decorate my main level powder room. I painted it almost four years ago when we first moved in, and I just started getting sick of it. Plus it never really had a consistent theme, and I feel like bathrooms should always have a theme (I know thats probably just me, and probably passed down from having themed bathrooms my entire childhood)

Spray Painted Bathroom Organizers by Jessee M for Silhouette America {an Art School Dropout's life}I can’t wait to share the reveal later this summer!

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Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap: The Quilt I Made

Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap: The Quilt I Made {an Art School Dropout's life}About two months ago I signed up to be part of a mini quilt swap put together by Kristi of Schnitzel & Boo.

Unlike the swaps I’ve done in the past, this one was done in such a way where you and your partner had similar taste. I was asked lots of questions when I signed up to make sure of this. Another cool part is the person you send a mini quilt to is not the person who sends you one. It’s all super secretive and makes for a great surprise when you open your package.

Oh and you are probably wonder what makes a quilt “mini”. Well, its kinda self explanatory, it’s a miniature quilt! Ranging from 8″ to 24″ square (or rectangular, or any other shape a quilt can be).

Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap: The Quilt I Made {an Art School Dropout's life}

Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap: The Quilt I Made {an Art School Dropout's life}

Mine ended up being 13.5″ square. Which makes each of those little squares 1.5″ finished. The tiniest I’ve ever done. I had some leftover squares so I also whipped up a little zipper pouch to match.

Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap: The Quilt I Made {an Art School Dropout's life}Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap: The Quilt I Made {an Art School Dropout's life}It’s doubled sided, so I took a photo of the front and back.

My partner said she really loved Heather Ross fabric, and I just happen to have a lot of her fabrics from over the years. I “fussy cut” most of the pieces, which means you cut the fabric in such a way that it showcases a design in the center. I do it alot with my hexie quilt but this was the first time I tried it with machine quilting. I LOVE the outcome, so you’ll probably see more projects including it.

Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap: The Quilt I Made {an Art School Dropout's life}Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap: The Quilt I Made {an Art School Dropout's life}

I also included a quilt inspired necklace I made as a little gift. I wanted to send candy and treats but my partner lives in Canada and I didnt want anything to get held up in customs. (sorry partnet) She probably won’t receive this for about a week or two. I feel fine sharing it though since she has no clue that shes my partner! I can’t wait to see if she likes it or not. (I realllllllly hope she does)

I’ll also make sure to share the quilt I receive! I can’t wait to hang it up in my sewing room.

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