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. Cut it up! Okay. Now it's in pieces. And I'm stuck. I have no idea how to bring these two quilts together. I think I'm going to have to make that big border around the heart smaller and bring in some more of the tan coloured fabric. Thankfully I found some more of that fabric and I've got more light grey. I think I'm good as far as colours go. Where do I go from here? No idea. Hopefully this won't just sit in my craft room for another year until I figure out what to do next. How do I combine these? UPDATE: This is what I'm going to do! This quilter calls it the "Kitchen Sink" quilt. She puts together all her "orphan blocks" (That's a sad name. I think I'll call mine something else like leftover blocks.) to make huge quilts! I want that! This is a perfect solution for me because I get bored making the same block time over and over. I lack quilting discipline. BONUS: I JUST REMEMBERED! I have about 3 Union Jack pieces I could add to this. Whoa. I have to go through my leftovers! This is going to be a gigantic quilt. And I'm going to have to make a big design wall to match these all up.


Completed cobblestones

by Carol Browne on January 29, 2015 · 1 comment

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Completed cobblestones Recognize this fabric? It's Cynthia's from about 2 Christmases ago. DREAMY. I am SO happy to be making cobblestone blocks with these fabrics. They're being used! And the blocks worked out (super easy) and this is going to be a very happy and bright Christmas quilt when I'm finished with it. It will be like Christmas exploded on the bed when I'm through with this quilt. I can't WAIT. I've been day dreaming at work about sewing it. Just finding myself sighing and wishing I was home sewing and sewing and sewing. Oh well. I've got this weekend. I can fit in some time to sew. I sewed 2 hours tonight and got all 24 blocks done. Now I have to sew some other squares together, cut them into triangles, and then somehow attach them to these. I'm sure I can do this. The trick is NOT to rush. Not get impatient trying to finish too quickly. I've done that before and the results are not good. Just keep swimming! Just keep swimming! I also want to add a band or some squares of gray. I think every quilt I make from now on will have some component of gray in it. Like the Amish. This week has flown by and this the first weekend in a couple weeks I'm not going to any events. Other than Faturday. I will be celebrating HARD on Saturday. We've got such plans. Just you wait and see!

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Until I ran out of staples

by Carol Browne on June 16, 2014 · 0 comments

in Crafts, Home decor, Sewing

Bigfoot Crossing I spent the evening and afternoon with the electric stapler? Is that what it's called? I also found a powerful, hand stapler that did not depend on electricity. In any event, I pulled out a pile of fabric today that Cynthia and I picked up at the Goodwill in Bellingham last year and covered up an unused bulletin board and made a kitty bed out of a dirty old stool we had in our living room for ages. This is part of our dining room. This room is sadly neglected. We just never use it for anything except putting mail on the too big dining room table we have in here. One day we'll get a smaller dining table or even a cool old kitchen table and give this room an upgrade. Maybe one day we'll even eat dinner in there - well, besides Christmas dinner. I'll hang up the Bigfoot poster this week. I couldn't do it tonight because I didn't think the neighbours would appreciate me hammering the wall at 11:30 pm. My other stapler project included this cat space: Stool kitty bedI didn't get the fabric as tight as I wanted because I ran out of staples - even the heavy duty ones! I need to stock up and pull the fabric tight  around the edges. The rest of the stool is covered, so if someone wants to use it to rest his or her feet, it just looks like a regular stool from the back. I learned out how to sew a cube today - I feel accomplished! I had a spare pillow insert, so I covered that as well. Slowly walking Oscar would NOT stay out of the stool as I was trying to cover it. But once it was all finished, neither cats would go inside. I even put some catnip in it. I wonder if that pillow is too puffy? I could try to flatten it down some. The closest either got was Donner doing the slow walk toward it. But he didn't go in. I still have a ton of this fabric left. I could cover more things with it or make a great backdrop for photos with it.


The Enjoy Bus

by Carol Browne on April 11, 2014 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Festivities, General

Barb There's something to be said about having a driver take you around the Lower Mainland to shop and eat. If this is how the rich and famous live, I am envious. The only thing I had to think about today was what we were going to do next. And when I could get a coffee. We started out the day in Chilliwack at a pretty great quilt shop called, Hamel's. There were 2 floors of wall to wall fabrics. So lovely. AND, there was a quilt all made up with Monica's fabric designs! CUTE! The fabric design is Monica's! This was quite the coincidence. Next door to the fabric store was the Dutch Cheese store. I stocked up on some delicious cheese and some sausage. I don't think I've ever had such creamy cheese. So tasty. This is going to be on the list of places to visit whenever we have houseguests in the near future. Side note: Also for sale in Chilliwack? Baby goats. Oh man. I didn't buy one, but I sure did want to. After that we headed over to the Daiso in Richmond, then hopped back on the bus to go to Vancouver to a shop near Main Street. Enjoy! By this time, I had hit my saturation point with fabric shopping. Which was a surprise to me. I have a saturation point? I guess so. So I took a coffee & photo break. Hi guys!We all had a little break at this point and I enjoyed some coffee from this shop. It tasted like caramel. After this we went out to Maple Ridge and then to dinner. Phew. This was quite the day off. Sewing tomorrow. Cannot wait!


The fabric edition.

September 15, 2013

Yesterday’s shopping trip included a massive score. It was my first trip ever to a GoodWill store (we don’t have those in Canada) and I have to say, it was very nice. There was no stale, thick, thrift store smell many of them have, and there was a mix of new stuff and used stuff, […]

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Sunny days!

March 9, 2013

Spring is officially here. We had a glorious, sunny day today. No jacket required. Just sunshine, croci and a wood pecker. At least I think he was a woodpecker, he looked much bigger than the woodpecker we used to always see around our place in Burnaby. I really had to zoom in a lot on […]

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These are a few of my favourite things.

August 22, 2012

Over the last couple of weeks, I have somehow amassed a bunch of awesome items. A few weeks ago, my sister and cousin went to San Fransisco for a good time. The visited Alcatraz and sent us the postcard you see above. Alcatraz seemed very gloomy – nothing like the movies, Escape from Alcatraz or […]

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It’s been a pretty good few days

April 12, 2012

Let me count the ways! 1) It was Quilting Bee night tonight. 2) It was de-stash night – it’s like a garage sale, but without the cash. If you brought stuff from your quilting stash and put it into the pile, you get to take some home! SO…I brought two bags of stuff and took […]

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The Owl and the Pussycat

March 2, 2011

My buddy, Denise, gave me this linen tea towel. She told me the kitty reminded her of our kitties. I agree. Plus I love that owl, the peeg and the birds in the tree. Written at the bottom is “The Owl and the Pussy Cat” and “100% Linen made in Ireland”. Nice! I thought, “Is […]

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