Friday, December 19, 2014

Baby Knits 2

What else to go with the faux shearling cardigan but the faux ugg baby booties! This was an easy knit and I think it'll be a big hit at the shower.

Baby Knits 1

Shearling look asymmetric cardigan for a baby. I used the "mossy jacket" which is available for free online at

Another Regency Waistcoat

Same fabric, different orientation, different gentleman. Can't wait to see it in action at the ball next month!

Not pictured: the collar stripes match up with the front stripes. That was the biggest pain, but totally worth it.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Regency Men's Waistcoat

I'm back! I haven't forgot about the blog, it's just been a whirlwind couple of weeks and I haven't been making enough hexipuffs to justify a monthly update. I have just finished a fancy waistcoat for a gentleman in Annapolis.

I'm taking commissions for bespoke  historical clothes of any era so drop me a line!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

(New York) Fashion Woman Sketch

The Fashion Women are rocking this look and of course it's all thrifted or vintage!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Shakespeare Novelty Print

Got a vintage blouse. It needs TLC and a serious refashion, but I'm looking forward to it! 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Comic: Cat Problems

More accurate title: problems I have with certain cats. Except the acne. We're dealing with that immediately, poor baby.

Cat Problems (vol. 1)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Moving Again

I haven't forgotten about you, I'm just moving in a couple weeks...location still TBD. I'm always making stuff, so photos will happen sometimes. I might have a thousand Hexipuffs???

Friday, August 8, 2014

"Prayer" Art Quilt

Custom quilt for a chaplain. 8" x 10". All four seasons are represented in the prints of the hand reaching down. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Regency Dress Sneak Peek

The 1814 day dress is coming along nicely. Here's a close up of some hand stitching on the skirt decoration.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Regency Dress Sketch

Sketch for my 1814 day dress, including pattern modifications. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Denim Pouches

Had some leftovers from making cutoffs and one can never have too many convenient pouches for pencils and whatnot. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hexipuff Count: July

Only 28 hexies this month? I've been working on other projects and traveling and it's not such a bad thing. 

I'm storing all my puffs in four bags: darkest, medium dark, medium light, and lightest. I think it'll be easier to arrange for sewing together that way. Or it was just relaxing fun to do. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Custom Anniversary Art Quilt

Happy 50th, Jeanne and John! 9" x 11", cotton, printed photo on fabric. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Travel Knitting

More details on this project soon, but just a picture and an observation for now: the pineapple reticule is a much more convenient travel project than Hexipuffs are. I'll have a smaller puff count this month, but it's also the first big knitting project I've approached since starting my Beekeper Quilt. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Regency Short Stays

Working on a new period outfit, so the first step is underpinnings!

There's plastic boning at center front the rest is cording- some kind of laundry line I found at the hardware store that's nice and sturdy. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Starting a Regency Outfit

Making short stays first, then redoing the neckline of my chemise, and then I'll make a day dress out of the patterned cotton in the upper right. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Valley II Art Quilt

Valley II. 20"x31". Machine appliqu├ęd cotton, cotton batting. Also note the little terrier in the foreground. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Monthly Hexipuff Update

An even 100 this month, bringing the total up to 578. Not buying any more sock yarn, and I'll see how many I can make from what I have now.

Glitter Hexipuffs 

According to the first website that showed up when I googled "hexagon quilt calculator", I'd need about 650 hexies for a 54" x 72" lap quilt, or 814 hexies for a twin bed. There's also the question of half hexies to make the border even or not. I'd only need 39 of those for a twin blanket, which doesn't sound like an intimidating number any more.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Boa Art Quilt

"Boas" cotton, wood frame. 28"x25". 

This is the first quilt I've mounted on canvas stretcher bars. I like how it's easier to hang and hopefully, more easily understood as wall art. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Cotton Baby Hat

I love this pattern. This time, I used cotton because it's summer. Neutral colors, but I'll see if I run across a pretty ribbon before the shower. 

Shirt Refashion

Reworked a shirt that I liked but wasn't quite right. I took off the sleeves, chest pockets, and about four inches from the bottom. I've already worn in more than I did when it had long sleeves!

Orange Dragon Drawing

Marker on paper. 5x7

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Capsule Wardrobe: Special Events

Capsule Wardrobe: Special Events

Capsule Wardrobe: Special Events by relaxolotl

A thoughtful capsule wardrobe can accommodate all but the dressiest special events. Nothing to worry about!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hexipuffs Month 4

There's only 145 in the photo, though; don't bother counting.

148 Hexipuffs for month four.

 More ART and QUILTS soon- see you in June!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Shirt Refashion

Reworked a shirt that I liked but wasn't quite right. I took off the sleeves, chest pockets, and about four inches from the bottom. I've already worn in more than I did when it had long sleeves!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Project 333: Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Summer Capsule Wardrobe by relaxolotl featuring a long sleeve cardigan

Getting ready for summer by reorganizing my wardrobe. This should be able to carry me through lots and lots of heat and humidity in style.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Linoleum Cut Stamps

Had fun this morning carving a couple of stamps. Eyes are tricky for me to sew free-motion because they're often so small, so I thought having stamps of them (and, eventually, some teeth and claw shapes) will help my quilts.

Stamps 1

I also made the banner stamp because I really, really enjoy biting off more than I can chew when it comes to new art skills.

Carved Stamps 2

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Highlighter Dragon Drawing

I'm going to start posting more, I promise. 
Highlighter, marker. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Hexipuffs Month #3

3 months in and I have 350 hexipuffs.

  Bag of Hexipuffs

They're in two bags now-- warm and cool colors. Still having fun, too.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Icebergs Art Quilt

A custom quilt for a world traveler.

Icebergs art quilt

17" x 14" Machine appliqued cotton, cotton batting.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Stripey Hexies

Stripes: A solution to incorporate the sparkly acrylic when it didn't make great hexies on its own. I'm playing with some other combinations, too.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Boa Sketch

Planning another large creature quilt. I'm thinking about keeping the lettering.

Boas sketch

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Grumpy Monster Art Quilt

12.5" x 12.5" Machine appliqued cotton, cotton batting.

Grumpy Monster

Ever had one of these days?

Monday, March 31, 2014

Aviatrix Baby Hat #3

No cat model this time. He's been scratching his ears more than usual and I don't want to give a lovely baby whatever he might be scratching at.

Aviatrix Hat #3

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hexipuffs Month 2

I've been estimating that I have knit "around 250" hexipuffs since beginning my Beekeper's Quilt in January, and today I confirmed that I have knit EXACTLY 250 hexipuffs.

Here's the 132 from this month:

132 Hexipuffs- this month's total

250 pretty much fills a paper shopping bag. I hope I won't have another month as productive as this one. I've been under the weather for a lot of it.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Altered Book Page: Something Safer and Better

Altered Book Page 1

"Everybody talks but nobody does anything about the spoiled, withered, dependent conversation, a constant concern of everyone. Something safer and better. Clouds cause rainfall where planes fly. This introduction will help you understand." (From "Weather: A Guide to Phenomena and Forecasts")