This hot, humid Summer has been an energy drain for me, but every time I walk the dogs I appreciate that I can sweat!
J and I have 3 dogs (and 4 cats), but my mom's little daxie Bridget has been visiting regularly over the past month. They are a motley crew out on a walk, but really not as big a handful as you might think (unless a squirrel runs by, then all bets are off). I often overhear people say, "I think she's a dog walker." I am, but not by trade, just by necessity.
After a walk the dogs all eat and then crash somewhere. B has really taken a shine to Charlie and tends to curl up wherever he is. They are snuggled up on my very first quilt.
I started this quilt for some dear friends, K&C, in Montreal. K is a photographer and C is cycling enthusiast, so bikes and cameras seemed essential for a quilt for their little bundle of joy.
I have used the Japanese camera print sparingly and was happy to have some to use for this project, I have also picked up a couple bicycle prints in NYC with these folks in mind. Of course, I didn't use a pattern and had blocks of all different sizes. I wasn't quite sure how to put it all together, but these were some ideas:
In the end it looked like this:
It isn't a great example of technical skill, but it was pretty cute and was hand delivered well before baby Isla arrived!
Forgive me Blogger for I have sinned it has been over three months since my last post. But I have been busy!
In late April J and I started renovating the upstairs loft space. It is really a great space, but one that we weren't using effectively. It had an nasty old carpet that the pets had peed on umpteen times, it needed a new floor, paint and some tlc.
First we pulled out the carpet...
Finnegan helped... My dear friend M, an engineer and home improvement enthusiast helped build the window seat, which added storage and a great reading nook.
We patched, sanded and painted, the colour is Martha Stewart's 'Glass of Milk'. I replaced all of the old outlets, which had been painted over several times with white fixtures and face plates. Then our good friend MM convinced us that we could indeed install the hardwood ourselves. She was right and we were pretty proud to complete that job.
We weren't entirely sure what this space would be used for, a lounge area for sure, but as the work progressed, it became obvious that this would be our bedroom.
In addition to these improvements we had new windows installed, which really brighten things up and have increased the air flow. The furniture is in and the finishing touches are in the works. A final post will come soon!
My friend Alli and I took a 4 week class at our local quilt shop Quilt & Stitch, in Quilt design. Beth, the instructor, is a great teacher with a wealth of experience.
These are the major projects that I worked on over the course of the class and I have a lot to do to finish them off, but they were great exercises and make me go in a few different directions.
I want to do some stitching on this one and then wash it and see what happens with the fray. I think it could add to the bird/feather look.
The little post card was inspired by a Japanese quilting book that I have, Quilting: Line and Colour that uses a lot of white and small bits of colour. I still need to finish the satin stitch boarder.
Last night I worked with strip piecing. I had been wanting to use some of my overflowing selvage stash on this project and I think that the red/pink/purple really worked with the grey. I think it will end up a wall hanging or over-sized placemat?!
Over the past few months I have been working on CD art for a local Kingston band; Swamp Ward Orchestra. I just uploaded the files to dropbox and am awaiting the thumbs up that the files are okay.
I have never had a CD design go to press, so this is an exciting project. Print projects are my favourite because there is an end point and a tangible object in the end. I can't wait to hold it while I listen to the beautiful tunes.
It's been too long since my last post, but I have been keeping busy with design projects, some new quilt projects for all of the baby's expected to friends and family, the day job, a trip to NYC and a great quilt design class.
Here's what I have been working on of late.
It's a variation on Elizabeth Hartman's Sparkle Punch Quilt, with a Kona yellow solid and Tiny Tiny Zoo.
I can't wait to see all finished with it's new owner!
More soon about the time in NYC, class and baby quilts.
After ages in pieces on the design wall I finished piecing the top of this fish block quilt. I have some ideas about how to quilt it, but I might put it away for a bit and finish the wedge quilt that is so close to being quilted!
I was hoping to have this done before Christmas, but with the gastro flu and usual holiday madness it's only about half quilted at this point.
This was going to be the back of the Greatest Hits quilt, but J really liked it and asked if we could have 2 quilts for our bed. I was thinking this could be the Summer quilt.
In procrastination and resolution spirit, I decided earlier this week to do some house rearranging. The pets have been on high activity since the cool weather has hit, they have also been tracking in mud, shedding more (I'm sure) and generally getting a little cabin fever along with me. So, I have surrendered my studio to them. The room is just off the back of the house where the exit and enter and has a wacky paper/varnish floor that they can hurt. I moved the la-z-boy in and all of the dog beds. My computer station is still in there and the wardrobe that formerly had all kinds of sewing things is now full of shoes, coats and outdoor accessories.
It's a bit of a bummer to be studio-less at the moment, but I think that having a dog free livingroom/dining room will help with the sanity. And I can take over the dining table for big projects and the light is great in the front of the house.
Now I just have to figure out where to put the cats ;)
Somehow I have managed to get behind and the year has just started!
Below are a couple of finished items I got under the wire of 2011.
My second, Greatest Hits (a pattern by Elizabeth Hartman) queen-sized quilt is done and on the bed! It is pretty cozy! There is some Innocent Crush and Hope Valley, as well as a number of other fabric favourites included!
Pieced back. My second finished project was for J and was something that she requested months ago, but I got it ready in time to go in her stocking. It was a bicycle tube protector. She had seen these at a fancy online bike shop and thought I could make something more fun. It protects your tube from getting scratched when you lean it up against things to lock up. I forget what the fabric is, but it reminded me of Angry Birds and it went with the bike colours.
J was pretty pleased, now I just have to make them for her other 3 bikes ;)
And for my bike too!
J was ashamed of my rusty old, 2nd hand outfit and just like a little kid, I opened a card with a picture of a new bike for Christmas. It arrived earlier this week and the pedals aren't on yet, but I am already in love!