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February: Finished Project by daria
February 29, 2008, 3:09 pm
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Dear Blair,

I really loved the materials you sent for COZY*, & started thinking about layered organic shapes just about as soon as I opened the box.


I worked on the little pieces separately over the course of a few days, then had to set the whole thing aside for a while. When I picked it back up, it was pretty obvious: I’d been making a (cozy) box of chocolates. I’d thought I was just being inspired by the shapes & layering of this amazing quilt, plus the imaginary Martha Stewart article I was talking about, but then my husband came home talking about a Japanese craft book of tiny felted desserts he’d seen, plus it turns out that a big half-price box of post-Valentine candy got in there too.


So I totally went for it.


Down to the little gray salt sprinkles.


After all the fussy embellishing & quilting I did last month, this project felt very sweet & simple. I had the perfect candy paper brown corduroy for the background, & I kept my quilting to a minimum, just doing a couple of echo lines around each “chocolate,” then edging with a wide zigzag.

And now, onto Color Pairing!

*Just like last month, I posted larger images than usual for the big reveal but looks like our template cuts off the sides so be sure to click the pictures for full size or check them out on the 8×8 flickr.


my inspiration is out there somewhere, I just know it by daria
February 15, 2008, 11:10 pm
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Dear Blair,

Those felt pictures are unspeakably fabulous.  (Successful trip to Kinokuniya?)  I think my favorite thing might be the pompoms on the box, though the dots are indeed excellent.


Yes, I’m up to my neck in competently managing my roles in a bunch of other stuff right now, but I’ve also had this month’s project on my mind almost constantly, because I opened the box & almost instantly knew what I wanted to do, plus I have this feeling that in one of my MSL back issues there’s the exactly perfectly visually inspiring pink + brown article, only I haven’t had time to dig through the collection & see if it’s true or if I’m just imagining it or if I’m just half-remembering the background colors of some other completely different article, like artfully photographed spoons or something.

On the other hand, it’s possible that the nagging possibility of the article is actually more inspiring to me than having the actual magazine in front of me would be, which is a pleasantly lazy solution, & I could use a little laziness about now.

cozy inspiration by Blair
February 12, 2008, 7:31 pm
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felt box

Dear Daria,

You are in complete auction, gocco-love mode right now, arent’ you? As busy as life is, I had to share these images with you while we’re thinking about inspiration for this month’s theme. I *love* the way the dots are sewn onto that felt box, don’t you? The dots you sent in my box this month totally brought this image to mind.

felt chair pads

I envision a future dining room of mine definitely needing these chairs and chair pads. Oh yes!

COZY by daria
February 8, 2008, 6:09 pm
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Dear Blair,

I have given up patiently waiting for some decent natural light for photographing this month’s box.  Maybe in March.


Texture was definitely the idea for me this month, & I wasn’t very surprised when I opened the box & found your much more genteel version of the rowdy felty wooly colors I’d sent.  Also, I have to say, I am completely in love with that seam binding.

(I can just drink the tea, right?)

February::cozy by Blair
February 7, 2008, 8:51 pm
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my february package from Daria

Dear Daria,

What a bunch of bright color to open up on a gloomy day! You package contents just glowed when I opened them (which was actually at a stop light while driving). I knew a theme of “cozy” would bring us to felty, wooly, sweatery textures, and the woolen dots are going to be so fun to experiment with. This all quickly inspired a trip to the Japanese book store (sadly, I came home empty handed, but filled with ideas nonetheless).

Oh the possibilities!

January is done by Blair
February 2, 2008, 12:04 pm
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Dear Daria,

Wow! I love how yours turned out. You managed to take a group of fabrics that I put together while thinking things like what a great patchwork they would make, etc… and you did something I totally did not expect. Your woodgrain is brilliant, am I’m most impressed that you found a way to use that white ring (cause I would have wondered “wha??” if you’d sent that to me). And I believe we both thought about that postcard I sent to you as we did our projects, it shows in both our projects.
OK, here’s my January piece-

completed square for January

I alluded to all the snowflake thinking that went on in my brain this month, after I changed my blog banner, got your package of neutrals and whites, and watched it snow at least three separate times out my window this month.

detail of sequins

My initial thought was that I would be at a loss as to what to do with the clear sequins you sent, but those ended up being so fun and easy to place, addictive too (I don’t think I’ve worked with sequins since I knitted a poncho for Emma several years ago, of her own design, hence the sequins). It again, seemed natural to create a snowy, snowflake-like feeling with them, so I stitched them onto the appliqued snowflake.

cut snowflake

Can you tell I was having fun with Amy’s paper cutting when I did that beige snowflake? That was the first thing I did. Next I decided to embroider and sew sequins on the cotton batting that you sent, and I’ll say batting definitely prefers the sequins, it was a little tough to embroider because the stitches could possibly pull through. I decided to knit i-cord out of the embroidery floss you sent, just because I’ve never tried knitting with it. That became the white wood between the “window panes”. Oh, and, guess what, I lost a a button or two myself.

The part that stumped me the most was the ribbon. I kept thinking and rethinking what to do with it, and in the end I just sewed myself on a small award ribbon for actually completing January’s piece on time! I love that I didn’t allow myself the out of starting over on this piece. I created it quite organically, not pre-planning anything beyond snowflakes.
On to February! Your box was mailed yesterday. I will anxiously await the unfolding of this month’s theme of “cozy”.