Saturday, April 21, 2007

Backed Up

Sorry Blogland. Not much crafting going on as the back is giving me trouble. Can't sit for long so not crafting for long. Will post more when I've got something to show.

Happy Weekend, M

Sunday, April 15, 2007

The Cutting Edge

Remember how I said that I dislike the cutting process? It is truly my least favourite part of making of quilts. Every now and then I like to cut for a couple of quilts just to get it out of the way.

Now remember how I said earlier this week that I was going to try to get the cutting done on one or two, maybe even three, quilts? Well, I have spent the rest of this week cutting and cutting and cutting. And I cut enough for five quilts.

Starting in the top left corner and moving clockwise is the fabric for Star Struck, Road to Camp Gravatt, Star Fling, Crayon Box, and a batik quilt of my own design.

Even I'm impressed with that output.

Now I just need to get on with the sewing part.

Hope you're having a crafty weekend, M

Thursday, April 12, 2007

A Fibery Tale

Once upon a time, there was a fairly crafty, fibery kind of person who sometimes collected fabric just because she liked them.

In an effort to cultivate her emerging craftiness, she took a quilting class at the end of the last century. Sadly, the villainous instructor was so off-putting that she hid her fabrics away for several years.

After lovingly dragging them all over the country and even paying someone else to store them for her, the fairly crafty person decided to start using up all the fabrics and to give away the remainder, attempting to unburden herself and anyone else who might help her move in the future.

But in the magical way that fabrics have, the process of destashing cast a spell on the fairly crafty person. They wove themselves back into her fairly crafty heart, awakening seeds of creativity that had long lay dormant, planting even more as they grew.

In rediscovering her long lost romance, the fairly crafty person spent the next year immersed in the ancient arts of the handmade. And like most romances, it has not been without it's bumps in the road.

Undaunted, the fairly crafty person made every effort to ensure that her love has a place in her life without relinquishing too much of her personal space. Because, as we all know with these post-modern romances, it is important to take time and space for ourselves.

Unfortunately, the fairly crafty person seems to be having a bit of a problem with managing the stash , er, relationship, er, no, definitely the stash.


There is hope, however, and the fairly crafty person clings to it.

A happily ever after is anticipated.

Pleace check back for confirmation. M

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Prairie Backroads At Sunrise

After putting borders on the Sweet Heart quilt yesterday, I decided it was time to join the blocks of my Prairie Backroads quilt with some sashings.

I think it looks gorgeous.

I gush over this quilt every time I see it. I just adore the colours and the intricacies of the pattern. It has been a lot of work, especially the cutting, but it is so worth it!

Someone asked me why I call this my Prairie Backroads quilt. Maybe this will help.

See those lovely hues of pinks and corals in this prairie sky? We get to see them at every sunrise and sunset around here. How could I not see them in this quilt?

As you may remember, I got the inspiration for it from Bonnie's Oklahoma Backroads. This week I hope to get some cutting for at least one more of the Quiltville designs, maybe even two or three. (I think I'm feeling a bit ambitious this morning!)

In all honesty, the cutting part of the process is my least favourite so I tend to do it in big sessions. If I can get enough cutting done for two or three quilt tops, then I can just pick up a bag of pieces whenever I feel inspired and sew until it's finished.

Chad is away visiting his family this week so I have the house to myself and, yes, it has been turned into a craft house again, at least until Friday.

I will have to take a break from crafting today and do some housework (cue loud music for dancing with vacuum cleaner), just to keep myself from getting buried in fabric. As it is, I think I may have lost a dog in here!

Hope you're enjoying your week, M

Monday, April 09, 2007

Nicely Nicely, Thank You

I've got Guys and Dolls in the dvd player right now, hence the title. I love to sing along with old musicals while I craft.

As promised, I am posting pictures of some of the nicelies in my life right now.

First, a denim block with star applique.

I hand appliqued it and if I continue with this method, it'll be awhile before I finish. I may switch to machine applique to speed things up.

While in the south last week, I treated myself to a gor-ge-ous new sewing machine for my upcoming 40th birthday. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it!)

It's a Janome 6019QC and I am so in love with it. It came with quilting feet and accessories and was on sale for 30% off the regular price. I bought it at Northgate Sewing Centre in Regina (sorry, no link as no website).

It's smooth, quiet and a joy to sew with and I've already made this with it:

It's from four Moda Sweet Hearts charm packs that I purchased at Peachtree Heirlooms quilt store in Regina (attached to the Northgate Sewing Centre). The ladies in there were fantastic helpers with all my quilting questions and if you're ever in the area, seek them out. They are great!

I didn't follow any pattern, just pieced them together with the reds in one corner and the browns in the opposite corner. I love piecing without a pattern and charm packs don't even require that I spend any sewing time cutting. I did mention that I'm a lazy quilter, right?

Today I'm putting on the borders and will post another photo later.

Well, I must get back now. Can't leave my new baby alone too long or I start suffering from withdrawl.

Happy sewing, M

P. S. If you noticed that I conveniently glossed over the fact that I totally blew the craft diet, you don't need to bring it to my attention. I know it. I wish I felt guilty about it. But I don't. Can't help it. I love it all too much to feel guilt. GRIN!

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Present!

I am here. I just got back from a teaching conference in the south. Been gone for a week. Spent too much money. Lots of goodies to show you. Will post more later.

Hope you've had a good week, M