Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A little Carolyn Friedlander

When I was away in Virginia Beach, one of my swag bag items was a charm pack of the cross hatch print from Carolyn Friedlander's Architextures line. I wasn't sure how best to use them them, and was just going to add them to my scrap stash. Then one day I decided to plan a quilt especially for them. I really love the colours and simplicity of it. I used wool batting and it is so soft and drapey. The backing is another Carolyn Friedlander print from her Botanics line.

This will be in my shop at the end of the month once I have shown it to guild for my UFO ticket.

Monday, January 25, 2016

A hit and a miss

I told you all that I would be back with my thoughts on my Spinach and Artichoke Dip Soup. While I really wanted to love it, I just didn't. It was ok the first night but I couldn't make myself eat it the second night, I am thinking maybe just too much spinach?

So that was my miss. For my hit I am sharing my challenge piece from January's Mighty Lucky Quilting Club Challenge. This is a year long club in which each month a you are taught a (hopefully) new technique and different ways to use it. This month was Krista from Spotted Stones and the challenge was to create using bias tape. Someone in the challenge posted Picasso's line drawing of a bum which reminded me of my favourite of his line drawings.

Not much of a surprise there eh? I am still not sure how I want to finish it off, so for now it remains a flimsy.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Soup's on!

If you know me, then you know I love soups. I love making soups. I love eating soups. I can stay up into the wee hours looking up new recipes. Last week I made the Tomato Artichoke Soup from A Couple Cooks and it was divine! So flavourful and quick enough that you could serve it to unexpected guests within 20 minutes!

While grocery shopping today I made sure to stock up on the tin goods for this so I can make it whenever I crave it next. Being a single person my soups have to freeze well and this one does beautifully! I also added some wild rice to one bowlful to help fill it out for a work lunch. YUM!

Next on my list is a Spinach and Artichoke Dip soup! I will let you know how it turns out :)

Thursday, January 7, 2016

First Quarter Finish-a-Long

This will be my first time participating in the Finish-a-Long and I am hoping it will help keep me motivated.

1. I would like to get my Round and Round baby quilt finished and in the shop. It needs to be quilted and bound.

2. I must complete my mini quilt for my guild's swap the the DC Modern Quilt guild. This will involve turning these scraps into a background.

3. I want to finish my Granny Square quilt I am making for the shop.

4. I would like to finish my Aunt Edna quilt which has only had a couple of blocks left to do for over a year now. (Please ignore the oddly placed photo)

5. I would also like to get two new sets of placemats in the shop.

I am linking up with SLO studio.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Franklin Quilt

As most people know, Denyse Schmidt is one of my favourite designers (if not the favourite). I love so many of her lines and I find that they work great for "man quilts" without resorting to blues and greys.

I started off making this quilt with a male recipient in mind. Sadly situations have changed and now it will be a quilt for sale. (nobody died!)

The pattern is from the book Beyond Neutral by John Q. Adams. I had been wanting this book for a while and luckily one of my friends had it but didn't love it so we did a trade. When I saw this pattern I fell in love.

I did things a little differently, John has you adding corners as they are single blocks and then matching them up with a mate. I wanted to be sure I liked my couplings first and so sewed them together before adding corners.

I finished up the top yesterday and will be getting it longarmed by Sharyn at work who runs Quilting Stitches longarm services. It is far too big for me to maneuver. I just need to decide if I want brown thread or cream... I am leaning toward brown.

I do love the finished result and could easily see doing it again with different fabrics.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Hello? Is there anybody out there?

Sorry for my long hiatus. I got busy with custom orders, a craft show, and then some ufos. This will be a fairly picture heavy post to get us all caught up and then hopefully I will be back on a more regular basis.
So first some custom orders. This is a queen quilt and shams made by me, and quilted by Sharyn at Quilting Stitches which is run out of Mad About Patchwork.

Then I also had a request for some custom stockings.

Right in the middle of all this I had committed to a craft show, so things were a bit crazy!

I also made a pile of coin purses for Mad About Patchwork.

Then my amazing friend Julie paid for me to take a workshop with Canadian designer Libs Elliott and I loved the quilt so much I finished it that night! The picture is of Libs and me holding it up at guild the next evening. Mind you, this is the top only LOL.

And then this week my friend Julie and I had a basting party and we got 5 quilts basted, 3 of which were mine. I ended up quilting and binding them all this week!

This one is called Polarity and is a quilt pattern by my friend Stacey. You can find the pattern here, and it will also be a class at Mad About Patchwork in the winter. Stacey made such an impactful yet simple design, this was really fun to make.

This one is made from Denyse Schmidt’s Florence line and is backed in flannel. I am wishing this were big enough for a lap quilt and then I would be keeping it!

This last one is made from a layer cake of the line Salt Air… this line is a few years old and I decided I had hoarded it long enough.
All three of those will be listed in my store at the end of the month. I have to take them to guild first to fulfill my UFO list challenge. I am hoping to have another basting party soon and get some more of my many tops finished!
Oh! And I forgot that I had about 12 custom oven mitts orders at the same time lol… a busy beaver for sure!

I hope to be around a bit more often!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Caught My Eye #36

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Only three this week as I couldn’t find others that fell in with the feelings that these three evoke.