Monday, February 25, 2008

I've been tagged.

I've been tagged by Claire from Needlebook! I feel like a real, live blogger now!

Okay, you know the drill- here's 7 interesting (or not) facts about me. Ready?

  1. I "collect" U.S. presidential sightings. I've seen Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush #1 and Clinton. I still need to get an in-person visual on Bush #2.
  2. Webbed toes run in my family. That's the second and third toes stuck together like little Siamese Twins. My dad and sister have them. Cool!
  3. I'm a dual citizen (U.S. and Canadian).
  4. Tragically, I'm unable to wear bangs (and believe me, I've tried!).
  5. When I have a lot of fabric cut at the fabric store, I insist on folding the pieces myself. Because I am particular. Staff are usually slightly puzzled at first, then glad for having less work. See? Win-win!
  6. Moving-to-Canada culture shock moment: Milk in a bag. Whaaa...?
  7. Michigan relatives think I sound Canadian. Canadian friends will sometimes point out an occasional Michigan twang. Maybe I should adopt an obviously fake British accent and be done with it. Like Britney Spears.
And there you have it.

And since those I would have tagged have pretty much all been tagged themselves lately, the Tagging Buck will stop here...

...except for Ally! Superb figurative sculptural artist, vintage-inspired craftster and my "talk me down from the creative ledge" friend since college. Check 'er out!

Monday, February 18, 2008

New Acquisitions

I went to IKEA today and ever-so-casually swung past the fabric section. New prints, kids! This one is crying out to be split up the centre and used as a quilt border. It is 18" wide with the long selvage edges prefinished, apparently intended for use as decorative hanging panels. I have used another print as teatowels for my kitchen.

This other chunk is a print they've had for a while, and I've been eyeballing it for ages. I finally broke down and bought some. I'm going to make a tote out of it. This week. I will sew it into something right away. Really. I mean it.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Extreme English Piecing...

Back to "Honeycomb" for a sec, here's a detail shot of one of the wings. For you, Marnie.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Liberty at last!

I bought this delightful little bag from the equally delightful Claire of Needlebook blog fame. I spotted this bag in her suitcase of goodies at the workroom and City of Craft Valentine Trunk Show event this past Sunday.

Way back in May 2006 I bought this issue of Everyday Food just for the pictures of the background fabrics. Of course, I searched everywhere for this print and couldn't find it anywhere to buy for myself. Then Sunday! Yay!! The bag was a must-have.

Now if I could just find this one, too...


Here is another example of the possibilities of English Paper Piecing. I was honoured to have "Honeycomb" included in the Canadian Quilters' Association National Juried Show last year in Kamloops, BC. The background is pieced with a "coffin" shape, and the bees are appliqued in cotton and silk. The pieced wings were a challenge to make and are my favourite part of this wall quilt.


English Paper Piecing is my long-car-trip, sports practice, waiting-for-water-to-boil best friend. You may recognize the hexagon patchwork as the basis for the old classic Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt design. I think it looks fantastic as a random monochromatic patchwork and also in little rosette formations like on these little turtles' backs.

Sunday, February 3, 2008


Here is the third pillow in my Patchwork Pillow series!

Stuff With Scraps #2

After recently finishing a massive quilt project, I decided that a small and fun quickie project was the order of the day. (And I was tired of my old needlebook.)

I'm still digging J. R. Laury's running stitch method for applique. The green stem is made with a teensy strip of bias-cut cotton that has been put through my favourite sewing toy ever... the Clover Bias Tape Maker. I have it in 1/4" (used here) and 1/2" widths. Makes me want to stitch a quilt with loads of vines and stems... Hmmm...