Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
|Salad is much tastier than may appear in this poorly-photographed picture!|
Makes 6 cups
Monday, June 27, 2011
Be part of the amazing quilting community that always supports - always gives back!
P.s. While on Allie's site, make sure you download the pattern to the absolutely adorable embroidery, the Sheltering Tree.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Today I wanted to share a little gem tucked away in Lake Orion, MI called The Village Quilt Shoppe. It's 25 miles north of Detroit and prominently located in Canterbury Village.
Owned by Carolyn Vagts and opened in 2004, this store is as comfortable as the location is quaint. It contains a variety of everything: Dr. Seuss, Orientals, batiks, reproduction fabrics, novelties, holiday (bought some great patriotic fabrics today!), retros, solids, polka dot, animal prints, silks, wools, Moda, Kauffman, Riley Blake. Too much to list here! It's the type of store that is great for starting new projects but also for locating just that one piece of fabric your quilt is missing. Many of the fabrics I find here I don't see at other stores.
I especially like this store because everyone is so friendly and smiling - and not because they get paid for it! As I was ogling their book display, I heard from behind me, "good thing about in here is that you're allowed to touch!" They are also very community minded. They are collecting handmade doll quilts, Christmas stockings and food donations for Lighthouse of Oakland County.
If you get a chance, stop in!
Saturday, June 25, 2011
I belong to an online quilt guild called Quiltnet (been a proud member for over a dozen years), and, back in February, someone mentioned HFT. Now, I was skeptical.... 2 - 45mm blades for $1.99 a package? How good can they be? Well, others spoke up and the secret was out! Their "carpet cutter blades" fit our Olfas! I ordered 10 packages (20 blades) and (with my coupon - they have coupons everywhere!) plus shipping paid less than $23.
|97642||BLADES 2PK CARPET CUTTER|
Someone said they thought these blades may dull faster than Olfa, but I haven't noticed that. Hey, for a few bucks, it's worth a try, right?
While I'm at it, look what arrived in the mail this week. This is Alexander Henry's line, The Ghastlies!* From my understanding, it was released last year and they re-released it this year due to demand. This is my favorite one in the line:
Can't wait to see what trouble I can get into with this line!
*I'm not affiliated with Harbor Freight Tools or Alexander Henry fabrics. These are just my opinion!
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Wow! Can't believe I've completed 9 already! I'm all caught up for June in my Tis The Season QAL. If you get a chance, click the sidebar and visit the incredible work completed by the rest of the group!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
I have been saving patterns for one day... And have joined in a few. I really do feel they've enriched my life and made me re-think my methods. I've learned SO much and they've really motivated me to finish some projects for myself!
A friend asked me how I keep track of all the different embroidery BOMs (I have several embroidery samplers in progress and I'm LOVING my Tis the Season and Birdie Stitches!) and I told her I have a kit for each project.
This way, I can pick up and work on any kit at any time without worrying about accidentally deviating from my original game plan. At the end of the project, I'll file away the card; if I decide later to make a stand-alone project, I can pull out my card for later reference.
If you get a chance, visit Tis and Birdie and see all the fabulous work these ladies have already completed! I'm hoping to post my June blocks this weekend.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Took this photo on my lunch break today with my Hipstamatic app. It reminds me of my mood - hopeful!
I'm hoping to have some completed stitching to share with you this weekend. I'm actually catching up!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
... Or just a chance at another scenic view?
I have both a full- and a part-time job (at both of them for 10+ years). Just heard that my part-time position is in the process of being closed due to corporate bankruptcy (fancy way of saying "we're getting the boot"). I'm not going to disclose the company - they've treated me well for a decade. It was the choice of their creditors. But, any way you look at it, it hurts.
What do YOU do during economic uncertainty? I think I'm the average quilter - I went into my quilt room and sat amidst my stash :) Kind of like Opus (of Bloom County fame) sitting in his dandelion patch -LOL. Can you envision it?
My brother sent an email reminding me that I've gone through life changes before and always landed safely on my feet (at ages 11, 21, 31, and 41 - what's up with that?!?) I wanted to reply, "yes, but the knees weren't so old!" Ok, now that I've stopped moping in the muslin and put on my 'big girl panties', I've got my second wind.
Every morning since my "31" crisis, I think of a "Happy Thought" that gets me through my day. Here's this week's quilt-related list:
- I have enough fabric to get me to 51 or 61
- Heaven help us - I may try appliqué again
- I may find time to work off some of those fat quarters, honey buns and layer cakes!
- I may actually finish some UFO's and and try those tutorials
- My cats don't care if money's tight - they get to see more of me
So, I'll let you know how it goes. Luckily I have an AMAZING family behind me (gently shoving me in the direction I need to go!) This may also be the opening I've needed to enjoy some new adventures!
With the potential of 20% of my income going bye-bye, I may have to re-think some things. For the rest of the year, with batting & backing so expensive, I'm going to count a "finished" top as a FINISH and check it off my sidebar.
As I tell my Dad, at least I have stitching to keep me sane and out of trouble!
Take care and count your blessings,
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Snoopy would be so proud of this reference -LOL!
I live in Fabulous, Fashionable Ferndale, Michigan (a quick two-step from the northern Detroit border). It seems like myself and most of my fellow Michiganians (or, Michiganders, depending) are running their a.c. tonight. There's not alot of power to go around. I've already blown several fuses (yes, I still have those) and the lights are not at full brilliance. So, I unplugged my TV, my a.c., my computer, and my sewing machine.
Luckily, minutes before I plugged in my last spare fuse, I was able to transfer my May Birdie Stitches embroidery, my June Birdie Stitches embroidery, and my second June Tis The Season Stitch-Along embroidery. They are stating that we'll have another heat advisory tomorrow so at least I'll stay on track with my BOM's.
Nothing like returning to our roots, eh? How're you surviving this heat?
Take care, Elisa
Monday, June 6, 2011
I love scrap quilts - they make my heart go pitter patter. I think that's why I'm enamored with swap blocks. So many glorious fabrics all in one place. Blocks made with fabrics I don't have. Combinations of colors, patterns, styles, expertise gloriously blended together. I also enjoy the surprise in every mailed package.
Several years ago I participated in a Courthouse Steps swap all made in repro Civil War fabrics. The instructions were pretty fabulous - take 3 fat quarters and, by following the techniques and cutting instructions, you make 8 swap blocks (7 to swap and 1 to keep). As this is the Sesquicentennial of the start of the Civil War, I decided I need to put these blocks together this summer.
When I made my blocks, I was very focused on making sure they were exactly 8.5" square, seams aligned, blocks totally flat, and the best-quality fabric perfectly coordinated. Now that I'm piecing my swap blocks together, I'm smiling at all the not-so-perfect blocks I've received through the years!
> The nine patch with the corner blocks 1/4" to 3/8" larger than the center squares.
> Block squares sewn on backwards.
> Selvedges peaking out of seams.
> Gaping holes where the blocks weren't joined.
> Grape juice splattered on white backgrounds.
> The time my swap partner ran out of time and mailed me the cut squares... Missing a piece!
Let's swap stories!
Sunday, June 5, 2011