Jun 16, 2015

gil run if...

Okay, that's backwards. It's actually FINURLIG.

See that? It's a pretty heavy-weight cotton and there are 50 sheets of almost 8 square inches in various surprise patterns. This roll seems to have some bright ones and a fair bit of gray/white, so I took a chance and spent $3.99. I love you, IKEA.

See how the label is ripped? The kid took some liberties. No. No. No. We must adore the swedish jelly roll first.

Rustic ... Will it become an outdoor/camping quilt or outdoor chair pads or cushions or ... ?


Jun 12, 2015


I can't believe I haven't posted this yet. I made this BatQuilt for my daughter, who needed it to complete her BatWear collection, and who nagged and harped on about its varying states of completion for weeks. I took it to my guild meeting last night for Show and Tell (yes, the kid let me take it out of the house) and Carol was kind enough to take photos and post some kind words.

Carol is proving to be a fantastic photographer (with the pace of the meeting, it's amazing she got the shots she did this month with her manual-focus lens ... usually she's snapping multiples with her auto-focus and then editing to excellence) and she somehow always has a smile on her face. Even if she's confused or annoyed, she'll have an underlying smile. I like that.

Here's what I like best about the modern quilt guild of which I'm a member:
  • It's halfway between my house and my Mum's, so when she's not off being retired somewhere, it's a great way to spend some time with her. 
  • It's the other side of my MIL's house, so I pick her up on the way. I like her too.
  • THE SHOW AND TELL. It's amazeballs and for someone pretty new to quilting like me, that itself is worth the price of admission.
  • The door prizes. Seriously. About half the people in attendance every month win something that someone else has brought. That's kinda rad.
  • The demos. I shouldn't have ranked these fifth because they are really, really good, so let's not take this to be a numbered list. I'm going to change them to bullets just to be clear. There have been zippy pouch tutorials, wonky flying geese, super-easy-no-waste flying geese, bindings of all sorts and sandwiching on a small table - - just to name a few. So much knowledge in that group. 
So yeah, that's what's been up lately. I still haven't finished the Creeper quilt, and in fact haven't even touched it in a while. I have to re-sandwich it and maybe take out the two quilt lines that I've already got in it. Maybe. I'll pick that up again after June 21st, which is when my top-secret Round Robin piece is due to be complete. 

Stay tuned!


Jun 10, 2015


So I got one of those shrinking shrivel hoses for my super-small front yard that has a sprinkler system but also a container that needs love and some plants that are out of the sprinkling zone. (Take a breath because that sentence was out of control.)

It's not a short hose. It's shorter, sure, and it wouldn't get all worked up and buck at being wrapped over the tap, but it's not perfect.

To make life easier for myself with this as-seen-on-tv hose, I made it a bag that hangs off the tap. It has elastic in the front. It was made using outdoor fabric. No pattern - just winging it.

It can stay. One day I'll put the hose coming off the tap through the hanging strap so it doesn't have to go ...  'round the outside, 'round the outside ... like two trailer park girls.


May 25, 2015

on the trail

I'm working away from home for a few days.

I went to the restaurant in the hotel. There's an area outside of the restaurant where you can sit and it seems a little weird to sit at a table in the hall, but I peeked inside and the restaurant is hella dark (darker than the Keg) and I didn't really want to sit in there. It's noisy too. So I sat in the hall.

As I was sitting, I noticed that the person sitting at the table behind me was also alone. I thought she was waiting for someone, but then she ordered. I turned around and asked her if she was waiting for someone. She said no. I asked if she wanted company and she said sure.

We had a nice chat. I didn't eat alone. I don't like eating alone.

Random. Not knitting. Not quilting. More on that later.


May 18, 2015


This is what my Color Catcher looks like after the washing it had with the flannel, faux-cathedral-window baby quilt. You can't get Color Catchers in Canada, but I've recently heard that there's a similar product that you can get at London Drugs. This thing was white when it went into the washer. All the colour that bled from the blanket is now safely in this thing, and not all over the white on the quilt. PHEW!

This is how it looked before it went in the wash. All of the white bits have raw edges showing, so they poofed up and look a lot more interesting now that they've been washed and dried.

I'll give it to the Mama at the baby shower. I should be able to get a couple more things made by then too. I love sewing and knitting for babies!