Messy Quilts by HungryHippie Rip, Strip, & Sew!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

You guys!

I had an epiphany while making yet another quilt the other day.

New sewers need a quick, fun, nearly-no-rules project that provides instant gratification. Am I right or am I right? !!  

Heck, we all need that once in a while.... ....

Busy lifestyles demand crafting time for stress relief, and I hear complaints a lot about how long it takes to make a quilt. Or--complaints about how "precise" it has to be, all the measuring, etc...
Well-no more! 

Make a "Messy Quilt" with me in under an hour-watch my (rather hilarious if I do say so myself,) video tutorial and start ripping and stripping!!

You heard me right- rip it, strip it, and get sewing. No measuring, no marking, no 113 steps to complete. Just get 'er done. 

Quilt sandwich:

Free hand quilt the lines or "free motion" quilt it. Easy.

Another messy quilt top ready to sandwiching:

This is the one I'm making in the video tutorial produced by D & F Studios .  
The making of the video is a whole 'nutha story. More on that later. ..   ;)

These would make great wall hangings, especially framed professionally. I love the look of textile art behind a frame. It takes it up a notch.

Wouldn't it be awesome to make a Messy Quilt into a birthday cake and pOp a candle on the top? Yessssssss! For once a birthday gift NOT bought in a box store, shipped from China. For once something that stands out. For once, something hand made and lasting.  
Endless possibilities.

Finished messy quilt:

If Jackson Pollock made serious ART by splattering paint on a canvas, then why can't this messy stripping be considered ART as well?

 It can. We make the rules. 

Go ahead!  Make awesome designs by "messing around". 

If you fancy a skull design like mine,simply piece littler strips with bigger ones to create the look. 

A huge, heartfelt THANK YOU to Amy at D & F Studios for being so lovely and patient with me, and for making the video come to life. YOU are awesome!

Here is Amy's blog if you want to be inspired.


In other news, I'm releasing this pattern tomorrow! Stay tuned for a special offer.

HungryHippie may be moving to another home online as well. Wordpress seems to be a better fit for us these days, so I will announce that move soon, and hope you'll come with me. Peace & Love.


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Modern Quilting in Rainbow colors

Thursday, August 13, 2015

I finally finished it!

I've had this baby pieced for almost a year. Isn't that just a shame? I mean, why's it so difficult to "get it together" and finish it up?

Maybe because quilting these tightly spaced lines took me THREE days. No joke. Countless bobbins of thread, and lots and  l o t s of patience. Which, (regretfully) isn't my best feature. But whatever.

We aren't here to talk about that, we're here to Celabrate!! Yay!!!

Cartwheels, Rainbows, and White Wine-- OH MY!

Isn't she lovely?!

I used a jelly roll of Kona Brights for this project, along with "white" yardage- not "snow" which is what I usually gravitate towards.

Everything I like in a quilt (or a person)-- bright, colorful, no-nonsense, "gimme whatcha got" in one look. I like it. Don't mess about, just lay it out--ya know? 

I quilted it every 1/2" using my walking foot as a guide. That took forever.
But I wanted the Modern Feel to it, which free motion quilting just wouldn't have done.

It's pretty big, so I envision wrapping myself in it like a burrito this winter in the chilling white nothingness of Wisconsin, while I eat candy in secret-- so I don't have to share. Maybe even sneak in a naughty novel too. You get the idea.
*Speaking of naughty-have you ever read a D.H. Lawrence book? Made my eyes pOp. Seriously.


Though it's been a month since I've had the time to post here in Happy Land, it shouldn't make you think it's been idle around here. Oh contrary my friend. It's been busier than ever, as I found a partner to help me build my Hippie Empire.
For real. She's amazing, all no-nonsense/ultra chic, super social/Caribbean-Islander ease about her...
Okay okay so she's my SIL, but it's all true.

I told her "my goal is to buy a cottage in Cornwall and eat scones on the daily while chatting over IM with Kate." 

(Lunn)   ;)

It's not too much to ask I don't think. Do you?

Next topic.

I've had all sorts of friends lately pOpping up pregnant and it makes me wonder 
what's in the water?!

I'm looking at you Danielle, Amy, Donata, and some more unmentionables because I don't want to be bitchslapped.

It's been so frequent lately that world population has been on my mind.

 I'm not kidding. LOL

These are the thoughts that go through my head, you see. I can't get Dan Brown's Inferno out of my head--and I read that book four years ago. 

So whatever it is, I hope it's not contagious! I am looking forward to school starting again, and some quality sewing time in the land of Quiet Blissdom. 

But I'm super happy for all them--don't get me wrong---super SUPER happy!!
(... that it's them!) lololol

But anyways........
Here's a peak at a scrap-tastic baby blanket I made for my friend Amy. It's pretty large as far as baby blankets go-I wanted to be sure  Baby could wrap in it like a burrito when he's 15. 

Can you tell it's Mexican night at the local tavern? I'm practically salivating.

I've been on a serious mission to use ALL my scraps up before buying more fabric. So in efforts of this, any future gifts you may get from moi will be scrappy and patchwork.
Mis -matchy.
And---I don't want to hear any sh*t from you. Just smile and say how wonderful it is. 

It's Bohemain Yo. It's "in". 

As always- "go with it".

I really like the combo of teal/blue/aqua with orange. These colors are incorporated in the quilt and also in the binding, which I made on my binding machine from Simplicity. I love that thing I swear!! 

A lot of my favorite fabrics of all time are in this quilt--see the Amy Butler, the Jennifer Paganelli, the Bari J? Love. Love. Love.

-of course I took the picture upside down-

It's meant to be kinda crazy and all over the place-to keep Baby's interest. Let's be real-it will be washed a thousand times, and peed on a gazillion times--so it had to be bright. To live up to the test of time, you see....


Also busy at work here on the Adult Mermaid Tail Blanket--by popular demand from the interest in my Kids Mermaid Blanky. It's slow going as I had to learn Adobe Illustrator over the past few weeks. 

Just so we're clear------

That is absolute torture to me, straight from the Gates of Hell.  (Learning Adobe).

Trying to sit at a computer, watching tutorials and listening to people talk about programs that I have little idea how to turn on--well folks, it ain't pretty.  I catch myself constantly--and I do mean constantly--daydreaming in the middle of a five minute lecture on how to open the tool bar. It's like speaking Mandarin to me. I just don't get it. There are too many Unicorns in my brain to focus properly.
But I will get it, I have to. (Speak positively right?!)
When it's finally "in" my brain, I will be so grateful. More on that mess later.

For real though, what I know for sure (like Oprah says)--is that I would be absolute crap if I had to go back to school right now.

But anyways.

I'll post when it's ready for release.

Also coming soon-- The Bonjour Travel Case. 
Spell check wants me to change it to the Bourbon Travel Case. That may be an excellent idea. ;)

What are your "must haves" when you travel? Passport, wallet, keys, Xanax,.....
What pockets would you want at the ready?
What are you always losing? (Don't deny it.) Fess up.

I'm always searching for my chap stick. Or I have a panic attack thinking I lost my boarding pass ..
Do you ever do that--have a mini-heart attack that shivers through your whole body? I recommend it, keeps things fresh and in perspective.

Anyways, thanks for reading to the bottom. 
I heart you.

See you soon!

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A venting sort of post I guess.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

You guys.


I'm f'ing H O T in this 90 F degree house.
And by "fing" I mean fudging--hot---because fudge is so ... ..  hot.

But I'm a true Hippie, so I'll carry on with open windows and fresh air....and the feeling of wanting to slap attack anyone who makes me cross. Because it's kinda like being "hangry"--you know that madness that comes over you when you're super hungry? Only it's hot angry not hungry angry--and they're both bears.

 I don't know about you, but I can deal with cold, But put me in the desert and I want to die. Now.

But let me stop complaining and look at the bright side--I'm burning calories trying to cool my body down, right?  errrm...riiight?
Except eating a pint (or two) of ice cream to "cool down" doesn't probably help, does it? LOL


It's been a while, so I should share some updates. Actually I probably shouldn't because some are hideous embarrassments that should be forgotten......  But I can't help myself, if I think it's funny, I just assume you will too!

First up, I painted my sewing room (only two walls-don't faint)--P I N K. Like, super DUPER intensley pinky- pink. In my defense, it was called "Cotton Candy Pink" which is known for being light and fluffy and pastel-ish pink. 


I pouted. I got pissy. A few f bombs took flight. 

Ok, maybe more than a few. Ssshhhh Let's not talk about that.

It was a little crazy, that pink......even for me.
And that's really saying something.

Skip forward 10 hrs....

 I decided to paint over it with Annie Sloan's Antoinette chalk paint, which is a lovely, soft, pastel-ish pink with a hint of brown so it's not overly sweet. (That's what Annie says on her YouTube channel).

I hated it.

I mean I was really r e a l l y repulsed by how it appeared with the woodwork. It was so bad I think I went catatonic staring at it for a few hours, no joke.  I was totally paralyzed with this thought of "what did I just do?!"  I may have cried like a big baby, but I'm not admitting that because I've blocked the memory already and can't recall exactly what happened. 
As you do.

So naturally, I went to bed at midnight or so, after a few cups of gin and tonic green tea, and woke at 5am and started to paint over it with a mixology of white and pink that I blended myself. 
In a bucket I found in the basement. 

Without cleaning it out. 

There is no limit to what I think I can do---in a bad way.  BAHAHAHAHAHA

Did I mention I can be really impatient? You know what I mean too, right? I want my sh*t in place you know?!! I've wanted pink walls for my WHOLE entire life and damn it -- I will have THEM!

*I'm not shouting, you understand, I'm emphasiZing.
Another few hours went by while I let this coat semi-dry. Insert another gin and tonic green tea or two to soothe my soul, and a silent pep talk in my head.

 Back to painting the walls again with clean paint, in a clean bucket,  mixed to be a little paler than the third time round, and a lot paler than the bubblegum madness that happened the first time--but I've blocked it, so I don't recall exactly what happened....You understand.

Anyways, now-- three plus weeks later and a few bottles of Meditative Bubbly gone, my walls are white again.
I'm so ashamed. But--not.  I gave it a reallllllly good "go". 

I'm thinking perhaps this means I have to build a garden shed and paint it all pink, I'm talking even the outside. Maybe this means my front door needs to be pink. Or something.

You know how Oprah has that excerpt at the end of each issue of her magazine "What I know for sure"....  (I love that page..)
What I know for sure is house decorating/painting induces certain madness when the hue isn't quite right. Therefore for the sake of humanity, I surrender. 

My sister in law comes to visit in 2 days and she's impossibly chic, so maybe I'll just have her pick it up where I left it. LOL

Since this blog is a sewing space, here are some pics of a skirt wardrobe I'm working on, since I don't "do" shorts. (Ewe gross. Just the thought of shorts makes me have a wedgie and thigh sweat.)

Here is a pic of a painting I bought at a recent art fair in Madison, it brightens up my white walls. The photo is one I took at Framlingham Castle in Suffolk. 

This bowl was made by a High School student, I picked it up as soon as I saw it, handmade pottery. I am so drawn to this color. Always.

The pink stone is quartz, we bought a bunch of "gems" at our recent Cave of the Mounds visit. There is something therapeutic in having pretty stones lying about. 

See you soon. ;)
You wear your scuba gear in the tub too, right? :D

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