My helper

by Carol Browne on April 20, 2014 · 1 comment

in Family and Buddies, Sewing

Kitty feet

After a fun morning of hanging out with some pals, we headed home and I spent a couple of hours cutting and sewing up squares for my Sprinkle Quilt I started at the sew in last weekend with Happy Zombie. That was only last week, but it feels like it was a dream somehow. Probably because that weekend sped by WAY too fast. And so did this one, now that I think of it. I need a time machine or a time slower-downer. I’m sure there’s one out there. I’m just running out of time way too often these days.

But, back to this quilt. I decided to use some camera and film fabric I’ve collected and been gifted over the last year or so.

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Baby chicks

by Carol Browne on April 16, 2014 · 1 comment

in Festivities, General, Sewing

Whoa. This short week is really flying by. Tomorrow is the Long Weekend Eve already! Woohoo! We will be celebrating Easter a little bit early at the office with an Easter Egg Hunt and a prize will go to the person who finds the blue baby chick in a yellow Easter Egg. CUTE! I love those baby chicks. I found them at the Daiso last week.

I will be sleeping in to Friday and hopefully getting some sewing in. I want to finish up my squares I made with Happy Zombie last weekend. They look like this!
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It’s okay to fail.

by Carol Browne on February 17, 2014 · 4 comments

in General, Sewing

I’m a big fan of self help books. They are my guilty pleasure. I read them like some people read Harlequin Romances. I’ve read so many of them…Looking Out For Number 1 was my first one…then I read Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway…The Secret (oh yes, I did!) and various other positive thinking books that fill our downstairs storage area/library wannabe area. Sometimes they have good opinions, sometimes, not so much. Other than Emmett Fox (a self help dude from the 1930′s, who had great advice and insight – things like, “DON’T DO THAT ANYMORE!” and other good suggestions), I think I found the best one yet. It was recommended by Kim Werker on her newsletter and it’s called, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking, by Oliver Burkeman. And that about sums it up. I think I should just become a Buddhist, but I like stuff way too much to give it up (Attachment! I have it!), so this will have to do.

He mentioned numerous examples of failures in business and other areas, and giving up the pursuit of happiness. Apparently that’s what makes us unhappy. Aha! So that’s the ticket! So in celebration of all the failures, here are two of mine, just from the last 2 days!

1) My idea was to make hashbrowns out of a creamed cauliflower recipe tonight that was kinda of “meh” to begin with.

Cauliflower did not turn to hashbrownsBOMP.

It didn’t work. Just more and more cauliflower stuck to the bottom of the pan the hotter it got and the more I stirred it. And it started to look like scrambled eggs after a bit.

Then yesterday, I wanted to use every square inch of fabric that Cynthia gave me a couple of Christmases ago. I was waiting for the right project and since I’m on a Union Jack kick, I decided that THIS was the best project for it.

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Sewing success

by Carol Browne on February 10, 2014 · 1 comment

in General, Sewing

Today I had the whole day to myself up in my sewing room. Mike went to work and I cut fabric, sewed, pressed and sewed some more. I’ve been wanting to sew up a Union Jack since 2012 and finally met that goal today.

I used the Busy Bee Quilt Designs:Victory Garden pattern. I really focused and went through each step slowly. So slowly it took me about 5 hours to make the two blocks. They’re big ones – I didn’t measure each finished block, but they seem to be the size of a sheet of copy paper – 8 1/2 X 11 inches.

While the end results aren’t quite perfect, they are close enough for me to be happy with them! What did I do differently this time? I used these two tools:

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An old-fashioned modern-ish Amish-ish star quilt

January 4, 2014

All my dirty, old, thrifted up sheets are now clean and PRESSED with something called Best Press – a “starch alternative” that turns the fabric into smooth, slick, easy to sew pieces. So great. I sewed all the pieces together and am quite happy with the end result!

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If only I had found this fabric earlier.

January 1, 2014

Season’s Greetings from The King. DARN. If only I had found this piece of fabric earlier, I could have turned it into a fabulous mug rug or potholder in time for Christmas. Well, there is always next year. Since the Quilt Guild is having a de-stash at the next meeting, I emptied out a magic […]

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A gigantic star

December 29, 2013

Things seem to take longer to finish than I think they should. Turning these dirty, old thrifted sheets into a beautiful quilt is one of those things I expected to come together a bit quicker. Before I started sewing, I washed the pile of sheets above in very hot water with a couple of cap-fulls […]

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Making it modern?

December 1, 2013

I have had it in my mind to make a modern version of a Folded Star pattern. I made one of these in 80′s during a school break. It is definitely traditional and I was hoping to create some small Christmas ornaments with a modern twist. Thankfully the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild is very […]

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Making pillows

November 17, 2013

I have to say, I’m getting better at finishing stuff. I completed 2 26 X 26 inch pillows today. I quilted a tiny portion of the pillow with the tree on it – but you can’t really see it (both in person and in the photo). So other than a few lightly quilted roots under […]

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Must be Quilting Bee night.

November 14, 2013

We had Alice Cooper with us (in spirit). He was actually performing in the venue across the street from the University of the Fraser Valley (where we meet) and that kind of messed up the parking for us. Most of the quilt guild members are good planners (NOT. ME.) and they gave us a heads […]

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