Have you ever had a Crazy Hair day? I have them all the time, but I don't ever remember having them on purpose in school. There are the triplets, after their mother spent hours on fussing with making their hair look "Crazy" for the big Crazy Hair Day at their school.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I'm excited to tell you about this. In November as I was almost finished my first CQ project that I started in Linda H's Crazy Quilting class, I purchased a set of CQ stitching templates from Creative Stitchery Success Strips. I learned of these from CQ4fun's blog. She had recommended them with the disclaimer that you should not expect your stitching to be perfectly even, even with these strips.
So, yesterday was the first time I had used them since I received them. I can tell you that after a few simple lines of stitching, that I LOVE THEM. I found I could whip through a row in not time. As a newbie, during my first CQ project, I was constantly thinking, "Am I going to run out of room and have to squish the last stitch in?". Not that I worried too much over it, but I love to know how my line will end. I'm going to go back and review CQ4fun's blog entry that is listed above and review how she used them and start incorporating some fancy lines into my new project.
Here are a few my great first lines of stitching using the Success Strips. See how even they are! I'm so impressed with myself. Or should I say I'm impressed with how this product helped me.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
See, I made this same Red Onion quilt (different colors) last spring. It's from the Stack A New Deck book. I was making it as a cozy lap quilt for my Dad and picked the pattern cause it's kind of manly, and I purposely put 3 onions in it to represent his 3 kids. The funny thing is, that Dad loved onions, but my brother and I are not fond of onions at all. My sister can take them or leave them.
Anyway, before I had a chance to send it out to be quilted, I was called to Nova Scotia to be with Dad and the rest of the family when he suddenly took gravely ill. Sadly he passed away a week later. So, I've had this onion quilt done for almost a year, and I just didn't want to do anything with it. I didn't even post a picture the finished quilt top to my blog. I barely had the energy to put the plain borders on before rolling it up , putting it in a bag, and stashing it away in a corner. I had an appointment to get it machine quilted, but then I thought, why spend a couple of hundred dollars, just to ultimately get rid of it. So it's been on my UFO list and I've been thinking and thinking of what to do with the darn thing.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
This first quilt was striking. It is done using the cathedral windows method to product subtle curves in the blocks. There were a number of these quilts at the show, so it must have been a local workshop teaching this cathedral variation. The machine quilting was very nice on this small quilt.
The maker said this next quilt was inspired by a pattern in a Patchwork magazine. What I loved about this quilt was that it was a combination of machine piecing, hand stitching and machine quilting. I love swirly things so the design was pleasing.
The third quilt that I thought was clever was more the title of this quilt. It's called Cross-stitch. I was fairly close to the quilt and didn't quite get what the intent of the name was. It was like a water color gone bad. Then I came in closer to see if I could see cross stitch. Nope. Stepped way back and then I could see, it looked like one of those color coded cross-stitch patterns. I chuckled to myself and I decided I really liked it. Every time I look at the picture, it makes me smile. I enjoyed looking at the machine quilting. It was custom machine quilted beautifully. The maker of this quilt said this was for her beach-house.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
For my quilt workshop in Florida next month, I've decided to go to the Ricky, Libby and Alex Seminar. I'm pleased with my decision and I was pleased for the comments you gave me. It affirmed my decision. My registration is gone and my hotel reservations made. Now I can't wait!
I'm starting to work on my Crazy Quilted Socks this evening and tomorrow. On the next 4 Mondays blogs, I'll so you some crazy progress..
Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to the quilt show I go....
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
It's much to early to play with a layout, but here is 1/3rd of the blocks (out of 48). It's a rainy overcast day at the beach, so that means it's a sewing day for me today and this is what I'm working on.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
But, just before they get to Orlando, there are 2 quilt/sewing related seminars happening in Florida. I bet I'm not the only quilter/sewer agonizing over which seminar to attend. Do I go to the Ricky Tims, Libby Lehman, and Alex Anderson Quilt seminar in Ocala, or do I attend this great Ann the Gran embroidery and sewing seminar that features as one of the educators, my long time favorite small projects sewer, Mary Mulari. She is the primary reason I'd like to attend this seminar. You would have seen Mary many times on Sewing with Nancy. She does great sweatshirt makeovers and many other small projects.
Who would you go see?
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Here is a picture of the view from our 3rd floor balcony. Our condo this year is in a building that is situated behind the swimming pool. Here is a picture from our 3rd floor deck. Of course it's much too cool to go lay by the pool, it still is an inviting view from our balcony. It's 15 degrees C today but our building and deck are sheltered by 2 other complex buildings flanking our building. It is protecting us from some of the cool breezes so believe it or not, we're sitting on the deck this afternoon enjoying the bright open sun, and the swishing of the ocean waves.
If you get a minute, my friend Linda Hubbard and quilt teacher has launched her blog, Stitch Lines. She has been busy uploading pictures for her galleries and getting ready to lauch. I've added her to my sidebar, so you can check up on her anytime.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
3 cups (700 ml) rolled oats
3 cups (700 ml) white flour
1 cup (225 ml) sugar
2 tsp (10 ml) salt or less
1 tsp (5 ml) baking soda
1-1/2 cups (350 ml) margarine
1/2 cup (125 ml) cold water
Combine dry ingredients.
Incorporate margarine with a pastry blender.
Add a little water to form a rollable textured dough.
On a counter sprinkled with oats, roll dough 1/2 inch thick. Use a 2-1/2-inch square cookie cutter or a pizza cutter to cut oatcakes into squares. Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I have made these Crazy Quilt Sock bases to work on over the next 2 months. The real fun will start when I start embellishing. This will be my evening work while watching TV. I have to look back at my class notes.... what to do first... laces, I think.
As I move along, I'll be showing some nice lines of stitching that I complete, but since these 2 socks are going to 2 special girls for Christmas next year, I won't be able to display the whole thing until December... but I hope my crazy quilter friends come by each week - say Mondays - to see my progress...
I'm in the process of building a little gallery on my sidebar. The first photos in my gallery are detail shots of my crazy quilted sock that my friend and crazy quilt teacher, Linda Hubbard took with her camera recently. I love the detail pictures. Have a look and let me know what you think. I'll pick out more projects and add them over the next few weeks.
Also, my Selvage Cat Matt was featured on these 2 blogs yesterday. It really was a fun project and I'm saving selvages for another secret project that will be submitted into a quilt show in 2010.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I think she was a little overwhelmed at the number of people around her, the singing, a cake... a flame on the cake...icing... holy cow... "What is all this?" she seemed to be thinking. ..... But she was a good sport and really enjoyed all the attention the kids were giving her.
After all the kids helped her blow out her 1 candle, we took out the candle and took off the hard letters, and let her explore the little cake on the table of her high chair. Before she could even touch the icing, it was AH, AH, AH SNEEZE.... whew...a big wet sneeze!!! then, ANOTHER SNEEZE. What funny! Poor Emily said "I don't want any cake!" not realizing I had another big cake for everyone else. Good thing, right Emily!!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Here she is, only hours old.
1 week old - we were getting fancy with the camera. She is learning the ropes of posing.
9 months old - she says hi just like her mama does. One had in the air!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Happy 7th Birthday!
. Rub - a - dub - dub, Three babies in a tub. How many times did we sing that little song.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Last year, we made a list of groceries that we can't buy or couldn't find in the States. So we're starting to buy things now to take with us. Who knew that you just couldn't buy Shreddies anywhere! Not so. We spoke to other Canadians who searched for the staple last year, without luck. I knew that King Cole or Red Rose tea would be hard to find so I brought that last year. . Also, a Caesar drink is just not the same without the rimmer. I think a Caesar is a Canadian thing.
Next, I start packing up a few sewing and knitting projects. It's hard to decide what and how much to bring. Last year, after a couple of weeks, I regretted not bringing anything to work on.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
She was here this weekend for a short but special visit. She got to see her God-mother Michelle who lives in Antigonish. She brought a birthday present which Aurora loves. Here she is kissing the elephant. This little elephant is so soft and cuddly, just perfect for snuggling with.