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?”

by Carol Browne on May 18, 2015 · 0 comments

in Sewing

I made this over the past two days.

A pixel heart quilt

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 have somehow made them a little shorter so for each row, I had to shave a bit off the bottom to keep them square. Those little shavings sure added up.

After the heart was all done, I decided we needed a light, summery quilt, so I wanted to turn this into a queen sized quilt somehow.

I found the quilt I made with Happy Zombie last year. Determined to make a mash up of both quilts to make one mega queen sized quilt, I just started cutting and cutting it.
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ZOMG. Delicious.

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 because we had a zipper pouch swap. Now, did I participate? Uh no. I need to sew a zipper with my new machine a few times before that happens. I did get to see some great reactions when some members got their pouches, though.
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A quarter of a corner.

by Carol Browne on April 29, 2015 · 0 comments

in Sewing

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.

Today's progress. It's slow going.

I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to make the corners sew together. In the end, I didn’t finish sewing one corner, but THIS is my plan. I need to sew the pieces together between the upside down trees and blue snow flakes. That will be my corner. I just hope I can make it work on the other side as well. I don’t know if I can make it even or not, but I will try.

Part of me wants to give up, but I can’t do that AGAIN. I’ve given up on about 3 other quilt tops. I just may have to improv this section, and then go back to the pattern for the next round because that looks pretty easy. It’s  just 5 inch blocks all around.

Is it just me, or is this too much of a good thing? Meaning, all the Christmas scraps are starting to compete with each other and it’s looking way too busy. What I might do is break up all these little squares with a row of gray (my favourite) so it gives the eye a break.

I mean, look at Oscar. He looks afraid!

Christmas explosion! It’s happening!

I will soldier on.

I think I can, I think I can…


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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Sewing and photo edits

March 21, 2015

I had a great day of waffles (with Nutella, bananas, & strawberries),  sewing and then photo edits. I worked quite a few hours on last week’s wedding (not shown) – I think I should let the bride and groom see the photos before I post them here. Just know, I would love to show you. […]

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With special guest, Krista!

March 13, 2015

Quilting Bee was fun tonight (it’s always fun!) and we had a special guest, Krista, come visit us to tell us about her new book (bought it!) and talk about her dreamy trip to Quiltcon. This quilt won at Quiltcon this year. You can read all about it here. She told us she entered this […]

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Fixing it.

March 1, 2015

Today was spent doing errands, laundry, and test driving a car that we may or may not be trading in our old car for (which is very sad and very noisy at this point. Some kind of belt needs to be tightened or replaced, and so do the brakes. It’s so loud when we drive […]

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