Showing posts from June, 2013

Happy Canada Day, Eh!

Happy 146th birthday, Canada!

If you are visiting with the Stamp On It blog hop with Sew We Quilt, welcome! Special thanks to Madame Samm and Thearica for organizing such a fun hop.

There is just something so interesting and beautiful about art than can fit on a piece of paper that is usually less than 1.5" square, don't you think?

I also find it amazing that you can send a letter across Canada, to the States or internationally for less than a dollar (well, just over a dollar for outside of Canada).
I used to collect stamps as a kid and I still have my collection...somewhere. I was a philatelist. I was that cool. I know you are jealous. I still can't pronounce philately, but at least I can spell it.

Since this challenge required us to have our country, currency and date on our stamp, I decided to take this opportunity to also do something from my bucket list, #10 in particular. Yep, I now have a wallhanging to celebrate Canada Day.

I wanted something very modern. My insp…

Random Acts of Randomness

Pool hopping, splash pads, thunderstorms, soccer, forts, bike rides, and only a bit of Wii is what our summer has started out with. Love it!

Strawberry picking has become a tradition for us to do the week after the boys are done school. The strawberries are huge this year and we were done picking in no time.

Our favourite way to consume said strawberries? Dipping them in plain yogurt (or sour cream) and then brown sugar. Yum! Or just using them to apply lipstick.

There has been a little bit of sewing too. A last year-end gift, again made with Ayumi Mills' lunch bag tutorial:

The Stamp On It blog hop, organized by Sew We Quilt, started on Wednesday and it's been fun to see what others have done with this theme. Definitely worth checking out!

Here's a sneak peek of the background of my Stamp On It piece that I will be sharing on Monday (Canada Day!). I know, low volume? Me? But yes...for the background!

While I'm way ahead of the stage you see here, it's not done yet…

TGIFF! - School's Out

It was the last day of school for my older boys yesterday. Woo hoo! We can sleep in. Yeah, right. The two younger ones were up an hour earlier today. WTH?! If today is any indication of what this summer is going to be like (no naps), it's probably going to be a lot quieter on the blog this summer.

End of year teachers' gifts were lunch bags again this year. I love, love, love Ayumi Mills' lunch bag tutorial!

This fabric is from a fabulous giveaway I won from Kirsten at Gemini Stitches back in December. Thank you again, Kirsten. I love the fabric! And the teacher loved the lunch bag too. Phew!

This one went to my sister for her birthday. Funny thing is she actually pinned it from my blog. Hee hee.

I also finished this Katherine Wheel for Anne-Marie of my Simply Solids Bee. A great tutorial for this block can be found on Lawson and Lotti. It was a fun and challenging block! 

I'm linking up with Aunt Marti at Thirteen in '13 for TGIFF! Check it out and link up your ow…

TGIFF! - Hard Core

Welcome to TGIFF!

I thought I became a hard core quilter when I started quilting every day and writing this blog two years ago. The quilt I'm sharing with you today showed me otherwise.

Hard Core began in a Liberated Radial Piecing workshop with Elaine Quehl in February, just ten days  after I'd broken my wrist (love her classes, btw!). I didn't think I'd be able to do much with the cast, but it turned out that the piecing technique was "liberated" enough for casted me to do it. Yay! And since I made the medallion with a broken wrist and it kind of looks like the core of the earth, I thought Hard Core would work well as a name. :)

Most of the other participants used beautiful batiks and hand dyed fabrics, but I'm still loving my solids so I went with purple, red, orange, pink, and yellow palette to see what they could do. I also seem to be in an asymmetrical phase so I placed my medallion off centre to the left. Perhaps it's because I'm a little l…

Works in Progress Wednesday - The Get in Gear Edition

We've all got a hacking cough and the hubster is still sick so I've got nothing especially upbeat to say today. :( Since I'm not blowing much sunshine today, I have to share with you this funny post about this time of year. I can relate to this mom's experience. I imagine that a number of you can as well. :)

Oooh, I'm participating in the Stamp On It blog hop with the Sew We Quilt gang. My day is July 1st...Canada Day! Muahahaaa!

New/Completed Projects:

Hard Core: I'm hosting TGIFF! this week, where I'll be sharing Hard Core. If you have a recent finish, come link up!

End of Year Gifts: The kids have a week of school left. Gulp! I took most of yesterday to make some teachers' gifts using Ayumi Mills' fabulous lunch bag tutorial. I wasn't going to do lunch bags this year, but the kids were ready with colour requests for their teachers so who am I to deny them? ;) Two lunch bags down, two to go. I'm having a hard time parting with these.

Wee Spy: …

A Winner and More Scrappy Trips

Thank you all for the feedback on the blog. It was fun to read what appealed to different people. Without further ado, the winner of the fat quarters and the gloves is...

51. Michelle G6 June 2013 23:47 I love looking at your quilts and the techniques. I think you are an amazing quilter and I love how you pick colour.
Thank you and congratulations, Michelle! Be sure you check your email account for my email requesting your address.

Not much happening on the quilt front these days, it seems like it's soccer, soccer, and more soccer around here. I'm starting to get a little btwitchy from the lack of quilting time. ;) I did snag two 20 minute chunks and managed to make a couple more Scrappy Trip blocks.


Two: Yes, that is a rare sighting of brown on Quilt Matters!

Here are all my Scrappy Trip Along blocks laid out to date, most courtesy of my fabulous Simply Solids Carmine group bee mates. Thanks guys! More blocks and more play with the layout still to come, but so far it&…

TGIFF! - A Wee Spy Quilt

If you haven't had a chance to enter my blogiversary giveaway, you have until Monday to enter. :)

My cousin's Wee Spy quilt is done! Sorry for the blah photos -- it's rain, rain, and more rain around here. For those new to the blog, the Wee Spy is my go-to baby gift. These aren't meant to be precious or heirloom quilts. They are made to keep little eyes interested and to handle whatever a baby can throw at it, burp on it, pee on get the idea. 

As with all my Wee Spy quilts, they have a standard size (approx. 38" by 50") and layout, using 48 6" blocks of various novelty fabrics. The novelty fabrics don't coordinate on purpose and are chosen because they have some novelty item on it that would be interesting to little eyes.
I piece the novelty fabrics as leader/enders of my other projects so I usually just need to add the border and a backing when a baby gift is needed. Efficient? Yes! 
For the quilting, I simply echo the seam lines on eit…

Blogiversary Giveaway

May was my second blogiversary! I really appreciate all the support and kind words you send my way. Your words help motivate me to keep trying new things and improve my skills. So let's have a giveaway to celebrate, shall we?

For this giveaway, I'll be sharing this bundle of goodies:

Yes, those are gardening gloves beside the fat quarters and they are awesome for free motion quilting. A tip from a friend had me trying out a pair of these Gardena gloves on the quilting of Hard Core. Love, love, love these gloves! They fit snugly without getting too hot. The rubber on the palm gives me more grip so there's less strain on my fingers to hold the fabric. They did smell of rubber for the first couple of days out of the package, but they are fine now. Since this is one of my new favourite tools, I'm going to go all mini Oprah on you and share a pair with one of you, in addition to those fat quarters.

To win, just leave a comment letting me know something you've enjoyed ab…

Works in Progress Wednesday - The Missing In Action Edition

I'm feeling behind on a lot of things and bagged from end-of-year banquets, Beaver Camp, soccer start ups and tournaments, hubster with pneumonia, gardening and too much late night quilting (can there really be too much though?). And the boys have a PD Day this Friday with only two weeks of school left. Yikes! Teachers' gifts! Double yikes!

This all hasn't left much time for blogging, but one thing I did get ready was my second blogiversary giveaway 'cuz ya gotta have your priorities straight, right? The giveaway starts tomorrow so be sure to come back then!

So, what is new on the quilt front?

New Projects: 

Wee Spy: One of my cousins is having a bébé. I'm so excited for her! I can't make the shower, but I'm sending along this quilt. I adore the backing print.

Su{Brrr}nova Scraps: This is up on my design wall to contemplate.

Completed Projects:

What the FMQAYG? Revisited: Is done and I hope to be able to share it with you soon.

Current Projects:

Hard Core: This on…