Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Teeny Tiny Houses Complete

I just finished the Teeny Tiny Houses mini quilt. I must say, it was the most aggravating project I have worked on so far. I kept making mistakes, sewed the wrong sashing in the middle and my houses are leaning. Ugh! I am glad to be done it though. LOL

I have to keep in mind that it is "all about practice". You don't become a pro over night...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Teeny Tiny Houses

The last week and a half,  I have been working on a mini quilt kit called "Teeny Tiny Houses".  I bought the kit from Traditional Pastimes (my favorite quilt shop in Calgary!). I honestly thought that this 6.75" x 6.75" mini quilt was going to be "a two day'er". I was definitely delusional. Each little house is 3" square with a scrappy border made up of 78- 3/4 inch little squares. 

I could not get the houses lined up perfectly with the roof.

sashing strip

I thought I would add random photos of my favorite puppy Charlie (mom & dad's dog). I will see him this weekend, so hopefully I will have a few new pictures of the Little Man.

Charlie- 4 months
Charlie- 7 months

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Those Crafty Sales

How is it that when you head to a sewing shop you think to yourself "I am only going to spend $15... $20 at the most, after all, I only need safety pins"? 15 minutes and $80 later you come strolling out of the store. Then you think to yourself "How do I justify this now? It's going to be alright- I just won't have Starbucks for the next three months!".

This is usually what happens to me whenever I walk into a quilting store. Today was a huge sale at a local quilting shop- 40% off all fabrics, 20% off all notions and batting. I was SO there!!!  I really only needed a 6.5 inch EZ triangle ruler but somehow I got sucked into the fabric area. I mean, you have to check it out right? I did find the cutest fabric called "Chinese Takeout- Tofu" by Sheri Berry for Lyndhurst/Northcott . I just couldn't pass them up. My plan for these is a new table cloth or place mats.

It cost me $75 and I didn't even get the damn ruler. LOL. 


Monday, August 9, 2010

Quilting at the Lake

This last weekend, my boyfriend and I stayed out at his family's cabin. It was wonderful. The boys went golfing and fishing, and the gal's quilted. I managed to finish Block 3 of the JP's Favorite Things along with Block 2 of the Mom & Me Quilt. I only added one chimney to the house instead of the two in the pattern. I think two would have been too crowded.

Block 3-house

Block 2-Log Cabin
I also just started working on a quilt for my cousin for Christmas. I got the fabric, AquaTerra, from Connecting Threads. It is a collection of retro-earthy toned fabrics. I am doing a pattern called Nine-Patch in Border from "Laps from Fats for Family & Friends" by Ellen Replogle.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Thank God for Long Weekends

This last weekend was a "long" weekend which I definitely needed and LOVED. I have a few projects on the go and finally I could get down to business on them. I finished block 2 (pumpkins) for JP's Favorite Things and I also finished JP's Untitled Block 1 of the Mom & Me Quilt (a quilt my mom and I are working on together). I cut out the block 3 of each quilt yesterday, pictures will be posted soon.

The pumpkins were a pain in the rump because the moon shapes were tough to get right. I had a lot of trouble with getting the tips "pointy". I still can't believe they were harder than the stars.

The untitled block was way easier to sew and applique. It is a combination of a pieced flower pot with an appliqued flower. There were several layers on top of each other that made it hard to get the needle through and the center of the applique flower was the smallest piece I have worked with to date. I thought the block turned out really well except for one spot where the points don't line up...I will give you a hint-it is on the right column!

I just basted it on
I also got some cooking in amid all the sewing. I made a seared Ahi tuna salad, BBQ roast beef supper and a Potato & Leek Soup from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I thought the soup was fantastic but could have used more bacon-you can never have too much bacon in a soup.