January 21, 2015

Randomness

- How adorable is this book on Parisian kitties!?

- This made me laugh and go aww :)

- Americans taste test Singapore food. Hilarity ensues. And now I want satay...

- I found out Garnier changed its moisturiser formula when I opened a new bottle. How? I got a burning, red, puffy rash all over my face and neck, that's how. I had it on for all of 10 minutes, and it was horrifying. Apparently I'm not the only person who's found out the hard way! (Read the reviews... one poor girl suffered for five months!) I've since tried Olay with the same result, and landed on Eucerin for sensitive skin (DUH! Should've gone there first!) and I'm happier than a pig in shit.

- This made me laugh so hard because my American lecturer at uni brought her Aussie in-laws to the US to stay with her parents, and while her mother-in-law was up on a ladder putting a suitcase away, her father kindly told her not to fall on her fanny. The poor man was completely mortified when he found out what 'fanny' meant to an Aussie / Brit. I'm laughing again right now... tears... streaming... Woo breathe...

- And I'm a HUGE Wayne's World fan, I shall leave you with the above :)


Picture from here and here.

January 17, 2015

HST Lap Quilt


The obsession with HSTs and triangles in general just goes on and on... Hehe :)

I still had my Lotta Jansdotter fabrics out from my last project with them (because I clearly don't know how to put anything away), and then decided I'd make something else with them. Can't get over the colours... and I like how all her collections just go so well together.

I laid out the HSTs in a vertical chevron pattern but I didn't pay too much attention to darks and lights, so you sort of have to squint at it like you would one of those 3-D autostereograms from the 90s. We watched a Seinfeld episode that featured it the other day and the hubs admitted he's never been able to see the 3-D image. Oh grief... lol!

Fess up, who else hasn't? Hehe!

I used one of my favourite text prints from Ikea (they don't seem to sell it anymore!!! Grr!) for the back and used a black and white stripe for the binding. I quilted it in a crosshatch since the HSTs go every which way :)

The quilt is currently available in my Etsy shop :)

January 8, 2015

Long-Term Project Means A Fortnight... Right?

Oh hey. Remember in my last post when I said my Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt was going to be a long-term project?

Yeah? Well. I finished. Tada. I really suck at doing things at a normal pace. But I enjoyed myself, so that's what counts, right?

Look at all the pretty colours :) I used fabrics from my stash, and just slightly justified its enormity. I only had to purchase a couple of fabrics, so I'll call this a win!

This one is one of my favourites. This 6" beast was a pain in my you-know-what to sew, but it's just so pretty. Look at it, all smarmy in its annoying cuteness. Don't look at any of my points... After a while, I didn't really care anymore!

This one is one of my other favourites. It's 18" and wasn't as painful to put together as the tiny ones. I love how the colours came out on this one.

Ahhhh a sea of colours :) I can't wait to roll around on it once it's all quilted heehee!

In an effort to prove that I'm completely insane, I actually made this bigger. The original quilt is 84" by 96", and I thought the 84" was just a bit too small for our bed. I sleep beside a quilt stealer person (I won't mention names... ahem) so the bigger the quilt, the less chance I have of getting frostbite.

I made seven more 12" blocks and four more 6" blocks. My sanity is definitely on permanent vacation :) But honestly, after you make 48 blocks, what's another eleven?? I also moved stuff around since I wasn't keeping to the layout anyhow.

Bottom line is, I thoroughly enjoyed myself with this bout of selfish sewing. I was going through a rough patch over the Christmas season (I won't go into it but suffice to say, I'm perfectly fine!) and this happy, colourful quilt helped cheer me up. Also the fact that it lays flat cheers me up so very, very much! I was petrified that with all the stupid little pieces it would be all wavy and horrifying. PHEW! :)

All ready for quilting... Don't know when I'll get around to sending it out but you'll know when it's done... Mostly because you'll hear my squealing from wherever you are lol! :)

December 22, 2014

Sewing Therapy

I finally finished all my Christmas orders (hallelujah!) and I'm getting over a bug, so while I recover, I thought I'd give myself a bit of happy and start my Moda Building Blocks! This took way longer than I thought but I enjoyed every moment of it!

It's the very first block of the lot, and it's 36"! Mahoosive! Add borders and that's a baby quilt, right there! LOL!

I have to admit that a lot of the time was spent trying to figure out what fabrics to use, then realising I didn't have enough of whatever, then having to change my game plan. Because the block's so large, you need quite a fair amount of the points and background. I started a chart of how much fabric is required for each block... just in case I make this quilt again in the future. Crazier things have happened :)

The block came out exactly as I'd hoped and the correct size. You always fear things go wonky when you piece a block like that! I do, anyway.

So that's one down and many more to go. It's hopefully going to be my long-term project of the new year.

Now how to store a 36" block...

November 26, 2014

DS Sample Sale

A couple of weekends ago, I took a trip down to Bridgeport to Denyse's studio for her annual sample sale! I had a couple of friends who asked me to pick up a bundle of her new collection, Franklin... I haven't gone mad and bought three for myself! I got some scrap bags and a couple of odd ends.

I didn't stay long this time because my usual peeps didn't go this year. I went with the hubs, and while I shopped and had a chat with Denyse, he found a place that was selling used CDs. We now own a Mott the Hoople CD that doesn't even have my favourite song of theirs. Wonderful. Slightly passive agressive there, honey. Hahaha!

But as short as it was, I loved it :) It's always great eye candy being in her studio, and we got to wander around the building because it was an open studio weekend. We took a ride down to Westport for lunch at Shake Shack (YUM!) and did bits of shopping there and Orange... then home again, home again, jiggity jig!

My apologies for this blog being super quiet the last month or so. I've been extraordinarily busy, and as a result, very tired. And there's always that phenomenon of the longer you leave the blog, the harder it is to get back to it! But I've got quilts to show you, so hang tight :)

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