We Did It

by Carol Browne on August 23, 2015 · 1 comment

in Photos, Sewing

We did it.

We saw this boat a few weeks back in Nova Scotia. I still have photos to post, so I’ll keep putting them up every now and then. I loved the name of this boat because it reminds me of that McDonald’s commercial where the guy says completely deadpan, “You did it.” when the guy finds enough change in the couch to buy a burger. HEH.

Comedy. Gold.

All I did today was stay home, sleep, sew and make some dinner. It was a perfect Sunday and makes for a pretty boring blog post. If there was anything that I can share that was helpful and entertaining, I listened to the entire season of Mystery Show while sewing today! The woman that narrates it and solves the mysteries sounds so sweet and fun, I can see why she can get people to tell her things and get help finding answers to the weird and obscure questions she has. I can’t wait for the next season to start. I think that was 6 hours (or more) of solid podcast listening. HA! I certainly didn’t get all my steps in today.

And, I am just about finished my Kitchen Sink quilt top. I added another row on the top:

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Tiny paper pieces

by Carol Browne on August 20, 2015 · 0 comments

in Photos, Sewing

Teeny pieces

This is a little hand stitching project to take with me while I commute and listen to podcasts on the skytrain. Each diamond shape is about an inch and a half long, so it will take a very long time before it’s big enough to cover anything. It hardly uses any fabric at all, so it’s not making a dent in my stash.

I glue basted the tiny pieces so I could work on this on the plane to Nova Scotia. I never opened up my little package of pieces once. I pretty much instantly fell asleep on the way there and on the way back. Planes. They put me to sleep like a baby. In fact, while waiting for the plane to leave Vancouver, I fell asleep in those chairs in the waiting section. Mike had to elbow me awake to let me know the FIRE ALARM was ringing. Whoops. I was sleepy. My first thought? “THIS HAD BETTER NOT DELAY OUR TRIP!”. I know. I’m always thinking of others. Anyway, I guess it was a false alarm because we got on the plane no problem.

I haven’t sewn anything in awhile, so having a craft in my hands feels good. You know what else feels good? Listening to rap music. Since we saw Straight Outta Compton, we’ve been listening to nothing but. I am a convert. Dr. Dre is a genius!


Quilts in the fresh air

by Carol Browne on July 23, 2015 · 0 comments

in Photos, Sewing

Tracey and her elves

A few weeks ago we had our quilt guild meeting outside in the park. Since I didn’t take a photo today, I decided I would go through my photos from that meeting and take care of that bit of housekeeping. I’m glad I waited to do this because it really is clear to me that taking photos of the quilts and the people out in the evening sun makes a lovely difference. It’s the light, for sure. But it wasn’t until I looked a these photos tonight that I really appreciated and noticed the difference. Quilts look so pretty and light and soft outside.

I was really happy with this photo of Tracey’s elves. She’s a great sew-ist and each little elf, wait, gnome, was paper pieced. Paper piecing is very particular, so it takes time to get them all sewed up. Which reminds me. I made some paper pieced blocks ages ago (like the swamp thing! And I even made a gnome!) I should try to find them and add them to my Kitchen Sink quilt (in progress).

My buddy, Cynthia, designed some more fabric and this will be on the shelves in the near future:

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Home sweet home

by Carol Browne on June 18, 2015 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Photos, Sewing

Welcome home!

I am not guilty of getting things done quickly. It’s already the middle of the year and I’m pretty sure this is the only thing I have quilted and completed. I have got to get back on my machine! Time is just slipping away from me.

I hung up the 5 Cats wallhanging thanks to a little curtain rod I found at the Dollar Store.
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Today in, “What the heck am I sewing?”

May 18, 2015

I made this over the past two days. I swear I followed the directions. The finished results were supposed to be 27 inches by 27 inches. Mine turned out to be 4 inches shorter all around. WHAT? I don’t get it. I think it has to do with the 10 triangle squares required. I must […]

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Quilting Bee and The Great Zipper Pouch Swap

May 14, 2015

Quilting Bee member, Sherri, had THIS modern quilt for Show & Tell tonight. She called it Watermelon and even sewed in a few grey pieces for watermelon seeds. Delicious! Sherri always picks the loveliest, brightest colours for her quilts. She’s got great style. Tonight’s meeting was filled with quilty goodness and tonight was extra special […]

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A quarter of a corner.

April 29, 2015

I really am terrible at this. Seriously. I cannot picture in my mind or even with the pieces, how on earth I’m supposed to make the corners on this Christmas Explosion quilt. My trusty helpers were no help at all. I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to make the corners […]

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Glue basting feels like cheating

April 7, 2015

Tonight I set up a little cutting station in the living room. I used a shelf from an old piece of furniture I tossed out, put my cutting mat on top of that, and voila! A handy place to cut strips…

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“Take the Home Sweet Home”

March 31, 2015

I was given some gifts today by a friend who is downsizing from a house into a lovely apartment by the beach. She gave me three items and they are all dreamy. I’ll show you the other two pieces later. Today! I will show you this cute little candy tin. It’s a Blue Bird Toffee […]

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Maybe I will.

March 30, 2015

Ever since I bought the magazine that Lysa was published in last month – Patchwork & Quilting, Issue 17 – I’ve had this package of diamond shapes just sitting in my sewing room in their package. Every time I see them, I think I want to do something with them. My buddy, Cathy, has been […]

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