Thursday, April 30, 2009

{ block two }


The hockey game is on right now, which means I had to put in ear plugs to sew this quilt block! Sorry, Canada, but I am not a big fan of hockey! booo

I quite like how this turned out and think it would be neat to make a whole quilt with this block in different colors with sashing in between. This one will be used in the Winter Wonderland quilt that I mentioned in previous posts.


PS. You Can Make Cool Stuff Like This, Too!!

{ working on it }

Ages and ages ago I started the Crabapple Hill Winter Wonderland quilt and I'm determined to finish it before Christmas, if not sooner! All of the redwork hand embroidery has been completed, the patchwork quilt block pieces are all cut out and I've started piecing them. Here's the first one D O N E! Yayyy. The blocks in this quilt are all different and different sizes, so I found it (more than) a little intimidating to even get started... but I'm on my way now!

If you're thinking my points don't line up or there is fullness in the block or my seams aren't quite ironed flat enough... it's all an optical illusion! In real life it's absolutely perfect. LOL

Anyone going to the New Moon set tonight? It would be nice to meet (or at least see and take a picture of) some of the cast before they leave town. Maybe we'll go back tonight. Jill? Rhonda?


You Can Make This!

{ stitcherie swap }


A little while ago I put the finishing touches on this Autumn stitcherie and would like to swap it with someone. It is approximately 16" x 20", is hand embroidered, wool-felt appliqued, machine quilted and bound. I'd be interested in trading it for a stitcherie around the same size or for some cool fabric or something. Make me an offer, if you're interested, please.

The above is just a sneak peak of the completed stitcherie. If you'd like to see the whole thing I can email it to you.

Have a nice day!


Saturday, April 25, 2009

{ tea pot quilt }


Here's a lovely little quilt I finished just in time for my Mom's birthday/Mother's Day. I gave it to her yesterday so it's safe to post it now! This quilt isn't very big... so all of those tiny little squares are really as tiny as they look - yikes! This is the first quilt I have put a hanging sleeve on and the first one I have labelled. This pattern came from an old magazine. If you really want to know I can ask her the name of it. I free motion stipple quilted it myself and bound it my usual way (double fold french binding, I think it is called). The tea pot and tea cups are fusible machine applique. I am so glad I got this done in time! Another project to move from my UFO's to my DONE folder! Yayyyy


Bend-the-Rules Sewing by Amy Karol (Paperback - Clarkson Potter)

Monday, April 06, 2009

{ pretty card }

I love surprises! Yesterday when we came home from the girls' Easter photo shoot, there was a gift on my door step from Rhonda! She gave me a lovely pot of spring flowers, this beautiful handmade card and a table runner quilt pattern. So nice!

I'm so thrilled with how beautiful the Easter photos turned out and can't wait to get prints of them! They were taken by our favorite photographer, Madelyn. If you're in the Fraser Valley area you should seriously get some photos done by her. :)


Sunday, April 05, 2009

{ birdy card }


Here's a lovely card I received a little while ago from Sarah. Thank you so much, Sarah, it's beautiful!


Saturday, April 04, 2009

{ movie night treat }

Here's a yummy treat I made today. Don't they look so tempting and delicious?! Here's the recipe:

Cream Puffs
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
4 eggs

Heat oven to 400. Heat water and butter to rolling boil. Stir in flour, reduce heat. Stir vigorously over low heat about 1 minute or until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat. Beat in eggs, all at once, continue beating until smooth. Drop dough by scant 1/4 cupfuls about 3" apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Cool. Cut off top 1/3 of each puff and pull out any filaments of soft dough. Fill puffs with whipped cream. Replace tops.

Sweetened Whipped Cream
2 cups whipping cream
6 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Beat until thick.

Chocolate Ganache Glaze
3 oz semi-sweet chocolate
3/4 cup whipping cream
1 tbsp butter

Chop chocolate and place in metal bowl. Heat cream and butter until it comes to a boil. Pour over chocolate. Let stand 5 minutes, then beat until melted, smooth and thick. Refrigerate for awhile if it's too runny (and don't dump it all over the counter and floor like I did). Pour into icing bag with a small tip and drizzle over cream puffs.

Serve with fresh strawberries and dust with powdered sugar.

{ a finish }

:: This quilt is for sale for $125 CDN ::
It is approximately 41"x41"

Over the past week or so I've been on a finishing kick! I decided that I had wayyyy too many projects on the go. It's a great feeling to complete some things! This is a scrappy log cabin quilt where I used foundation piecing to create the blocks with scraps left over from a few different projects. Some of the fabric used in this quilt is Fresh Cuts by Heather Bailey and Moda Poetry Collection. The cupcake fabric was left over from an apron I made for myself.

Rhonda quilted this for me on her longarm machine... cuz she's nice like that! She used a quilting pattern (pantograph) called Popcorn.

The girls are spending the weekend with my Mom, so I'm trying to decide how to best enjoy another quiet weekend. I could just sew and finish another project, but I think I should do the responsible thing and clean {just a little} first. LOL

What are your plans for the weekend? Maybe you can inspire me to be really productive. :)


Bend-the-Rules Sewing by Amy Karol (Paperback - Clarkson Potter)

Friday, April 03, 2009

{ a great day }

... delightful lunch at Apeldoorn's on Mill Street ...
... discovering new {to us} quaint little shops ...
... beautiful sunshine ...

... a day spent with a great friend is a day well spent ...

Thursday, April 02, 2009

{ pillow }

... phew! I finally got my nephew's pillow done, just in time to mail it to him for his birthday. Happy Birthday, Ror boy!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

{ dinner }

... Martha Stewart lasagne pan - $6.00 from my favorite store. Lasagne recipe from Kraft Foods. I hope it's good! It sure smells awesome. One of these days I will get organized and post my weekly menu plan on my blog. So far I have one person interested in seeing this!

What are you having for dinner tonight?