I had such fun making this little mini for my partner in the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap! She said in her interview questions that she loved foxes, and I took that and ran with it. I call him “Foxy” My original plan was to use the cross stitch block pattern by Pile O’ Fabric and the fox pattern by Making Life Prettier, but I wanted Foxy to be smaller and I was just … Continue reading
It’s been quite a year in Alyson-land. I mean, I worked, I played, I made some quilts, oh and I had a baby. The heck you say? Yes, yes, I know. Most of you already know. But I did kind of leave the blog hanging and I thought i would catch you up, just in case. So here she is, Erica Beth. Born January 31, 2014 at 7:22am. I couldn’t have been more surprised when … Continue reading
Here’s the finished Doll Quilt Swap 13 Mini! I decided to call it Sunset Star. I based my color choices on a sunset photo taken by one of my friends and used the 3 Layer Star paper piecing pattern by Mommy’s Nap Time. My partner, who I can now reveal was Paula, asked for modern quilting and bright colors. I found out through the message boards that her favorite color was purple, but that she’d … Continue reading
Do you know what Farfalle is? It’s the pasta that’s shaped like a bow. You know, this stuff: Did you also know that “farfalla” is Italian for butterfly? Neither did I… ANYWAY…this weekend, I made a flying farfalle quilt as a well-past-due gift for the baby of some friends. (The baby is now 4 months old, so it’s not THAT far past due…) What a fun quilt to make! I love how this turned out…well, … Continue reading
I’m trying out a new (to me) free motion quilting design on this baby quilt. It’s called “Trailing Spirals“. What do you think?
I’ve decided that I really need to connect with more quilters, like-minded or otherwise. I follow several blogs of friends, casual aquaintences, and people I don’t actually know – you can find that list over here on the right —> But, I don’t really chat much with those folks. And I’ve been missing having a sewing buddy. To that end, I’ve opted to join some swaps! Years ago I used to participate in swaps through several … Continue reading
Another To-Do list project: Monster Baby Quilt! No, not an extra large baby quilt, a baby quilt with monsters! I bought these monster “patches” from Jennifer of the Cotton Monster at Crafty Bastards last year. I originally intended to make a new quilt for Caleb, but I can barely get that boy to sleep under a sheet these days, let alone a quilt. I have about a bazillion friends who are pregnant or who have had babies recently, so Monster … Continue reading
Be sure to bring a quilt. So I have these two friends. And they are good friends. And for the last couple years they’ve been living in Frankfurt, Germany. I missed them. A lot. Last May, I guess it was, we got a call from Frankfurt that they were finally going to get married! Hip, hip hooray! In September, they returned stateside for a short stint and began planning. May would be the date, California … Continue reading
Hare Moon, Seed Moon, Moon of budding Trees,
Let fertile magic sprout within me,
Kali, Hathor, Ishtar, Bast,
This abundant, creative cycle now be cast.
-Dallas Jennifer Cobb Continue reading
Storm Moon (Working Title) Originally uploaded by alyson_olander Seed Moon, Plow Moon, Moon of Winds, Illusion ends as true growth begins, Hecate, Athene, Astarte, Morrigan, In pure inspiration the cycle begins again. -Dallas Jennifer Cobb Once again, I was left in the dark; clouds filled the sky on the night of the full moon and there was nothing for me to gaze at in order to find my inspiration. I had to imagine it all. … Continue reading