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Archive for December, 2010

Happy New Year to all….

Friday, December 31st, 2010

To everyone who takes a moment to read this blog, all the best for 2011.

2010 is drawing to a close, and behind us now.

I look forward to an exciting 2011 for a few reasons, amongst those being the growth of Log Cabin Yardage, and I look forward to sharing that with all of you.

Happy and Successful Sewing in 2011 Everyone,

Nicole

Welcome back to blogland…..

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!

Today I managed some quick sewing, I decided to crack open a Moda Scrap Bag surprise and see what happened.

This is the result of a couple of hours of sewing during which my sewing machine broke down totally twice!! (yes, twice) and my youngest was helping me…..once colouring with markers in her book on my light beige carpet got boring….so, an eventful day!

It continues….

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

First – the raptors played like the leafs tonight….but we had a great time anyhow.
Second…..I came home stoked to do some sewing/playing with fabric after seeing my westminster hookup today and ordering some goodies (they will arrive sometime…)….and found Monster 1 had snuck into our bed and is aslpeep…My sewing machine is currently in a little room attached to our room, and my beast of a machine does not allow sewing within 10 feet of a slumbering 6 year old…..I think I am going to drag my cutting stuff downstairs and will figure something out….check back soon!

A confession…..

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

I am having not much luck with this blog right now.

It is partly the season (shopping late at night while the monsters are asleep at home, 1 Christmas down, 2 to go plus visits), it is partly work is ridiculous right now, and in a large part it is sports.

I confess, I have a sports problem.  Sadly I am a maple leafs fan, not of the waffle throwing variety…..yet!

But last night I saw Team Canada take on Sweden.  We won!!!!!!!  BUT – I am concerned, the game was flukey and playing in the ACC may have given the young guys blue and white fever…..I will be watching on boxing day!

So I am hoping to be done work today.  Visit with my Westminster rep.  Do some sewing over the holidays.  Post some blog pictures.

Maybe even update content in the store…….but sewing is key – I already gave one IOU gift (the fabric is delayed – TOTALLY not my fault, it is Deb Strain’s Java……coming soon.

Check out the Habitat in the store, funky new colour group for me…..

Seasonal Fabric use…..

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

So – here is something I have heard about before, summarized nicely in a blog which is linked to below – Furoshiki – an awesome ancient Japanese gift wrapping tradition.

Essentially this involves wrapping a gift in a piece of fabric, traditionally the fabric is returned to the gifter (though a card explaining this could be added, or a promise to turn the fabric into something for the recipient after the holidays.

I have heard of people who use quilts to wrap gifts, though I would think the quilt was actually the gift.  And frankly I don’t have the time or inclination to actually finish a quilt in order to wrap a gift…….but I can likely accomplish using fabric which is not adding to the mountain of paper which we throw out each Christmas.

Check out the blog post at Quilter’s connection (www.quiltersconnection.ca), it is the website for an interesting new(ish) Canadian Quilting publication.

There is a reason people plan…..I am not one of those people….

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Actually that isn’t true – I plan to the nth degree for some things, and my plans have plans (’cause my plans always explode!).

But this part of my life isn’t about planning…..I just do it. (I always just do stuff, then plan my way out of the resultant chaos….).

So – those cut blocks you were shown earlier evolved to this….

This looks good, and is kinda where i figured I was going all along….I still had a couple larger blocks left over when I ran out of the white ones (refer back to planning), and as if it were by design the blocks were the correct number to finish of the size I was laying the quilt out at (no idea what size it was of course).

So – after standing on my stairs to get this picture, without too much shadow, reflection, or the newel post for the banister in the picture I had a thought…..

What if?

I figured I could rotate the blocks, and lay them out in colour rows on an ~45 degree angle…..this involves math.  I don’t do math. Seriously.

Math and I have a passing acquaintance, our relationship is brokered by my calculator.  Last week I caught up with a friend and colleague who has kids a few years older than mine…he has horror stories of their math homework….long division…and showing the work (I never revealed my tactics of getting the correct answer, and consequently usually failed when solving for anything).  His situation is worse, in that he was schooled in the European expression of long division, and his kids are going to an english school, so learning the same format we did here….poor guy!

Anyhow – math and planing have now left you will recall……the current brilliant idea is the following, and I need more blocks…

Problem is, I think I like this one better!

Perhaps if my math classes involved the mathmatics of design there is a chance I would have paid attention?

So – making more blocks in the next few nights, some holiday work functions to attend this week, in any case I am hoping to actually finish this one soon.

So – back home and dying to sew something….

Monday, December 13th, 2010

I don’t have time for this really, but the kids are in bed after showers and tummies full og home cooking, so what the heck, stealing a few hours can’t make things that much worse….can it? (really should be unpacking, repacking my briefcase…..nah…..)

This is where I am.

Oddly enough (lol) there isn’t much of a plan. I have Amy Butler Soul Blossoms, with a little of Sandi Henderson’s Meadowsweet 2, cut into 6×7 blocks, along with some 6×3 solid white blocks…….

Check back soon and see what happens next!

Away, away….

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Guys, sorry, I am out of town.  I am desperate to cut into the new Amy Butler, so I satisfied that urge by slipping an assorted yard of fabric into the mail for the contest winner Emily…..I can’t wait to see what she does with it.  Other than that I am not doing anything creative but work, and dreaming about doing something creative.  I am trying to bring the fabric stock current, and I need to reduce the volume somewhat.  I put a cute winter snow scene set on sale, it is a panel print, plus a pattern of random mittens, as well as some really neat yardage that matches that is printed from edge to edge, with the scene at each end.  The latter one would make a very simple runner, it could be the border to some HST blocks…….

Happy sewing, and hope your weather is better than mine where I am, or where I am going home to eventually…..