Glue basting feels like cheating

by Carol Browne on April 7, 2015 · 1 comment

in General, Sewing

glue stick

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”

by Carol Browne on March 31, 2015 · 1 comment

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Take the Home Sweet Home

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 tin (from England) and the top is adorable. Just look:

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Maybe I will.

by Carol Browne on March 30, 2015 · 2 comments

in Family and Buddies, Photos, Sewing

Diamond pieces

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 making a hexagon quilt by hand using this method and it’s getting bigger and bigger and pretty soon, it will be big enough for at least a queen size quilt. She is making the hexagons whenever she’s watching TV and it’s added up quickly. I was thinking if I did this while commuting AND watching TV, I could have a lovely handmade quilt in a few months. I’ll have to make a lot of diamond templates. And I’ve got a HUGE amount of scraps that I can dig into. I know I start a lot of things, but I do want to see if I can make a quilt of stars like this. I totally could. And I could use white AND grey in between the colours. I can also sort out my scraps in colours so that I can match the stars. I think I can do this! It will be slow going. But I think I can get a lot done on the skytrain.

And for no reason at all. Here’s a picture of Oscar.

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Sewing and photo edits

by Carol Browne on March 21, 2015 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Photos, Sewing

FVMQG photobombed!

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. And I will once they’re all done. I also went through some of the Quilting Bee photos (shown above) and I still have a photoshoot to edit. I’ll do more edits tomorrow.

I also made the long walk (LOLS! I think it’s a 15 minute walk one way now that I think of it.) to Costco to  buy THESE Liberty print blouses: [click to continue…]


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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“…the doing of it is the thing.”

March 1, 2015

Debbie and Her Nan’s Quilt I got the new Amy Poehler book for Christmas and this is by far my favourite quote: “You do it because the doing of it is the thing. The doing is the thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing.” ― Amy Poehler, Yes Please So, today? We did […]

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The big reveal

February 27, 2015

  MOVE! THAT! CAT! Okay. Here’s the big reveal!

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Glass Owls

February 26, 2015

Our local Sally Ann sometimes has the coolest (and wierdest) stuff. And it’s open late – 9 pm during the week. It works out well for my schedule. Clearly. Yesterday I found these two glass owls for $4 each (I think. Yup. $4 each). They are actually bottles. Their heads come off!

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And sewing and sewing and sewing…

February 24, 2015

I could not bring myself to sew diagonal (or straight) lines through the kitties’ faces, so I opted to do plain old straight stitching all around the outside of the cats. Even though I put a border on this mini-quilt, I’m going to quilt straight lines right into it. Oh yes I am!

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