Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Time Consuming

Citrus pebble quilting by a²(w)
Citrus pebble quilting, a photo by a²(w) on Flickr.

I made this citrus quilt top back in January and am finally getting around to quilting it. My "pebbles" are larger, though not quite citrus fruit sized, and it still take for freakin' ever! Some of them aren't perfect, but when it's washed and used I doubt anyone will notice. :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Migrating my blog to a new home! All old content will still be over there, plus new posts!


Of late there have been a lot of GO! AccuQuilt cutters being given away on the internets. I would love to win one, and you probably would too, so GO! enter!

Enter here!

Connecting Threads

I was browsing the 3x6 Bee group and saw rsislandcrafts awesome blocks. 

 photo belongs to rsislandcrafts

Aren't they great?? Anyways, I am especially digging the fabrics, which apparently come from the Canning Collection. I had never heard of it, had you? If you had, why didn't you tell me?!

This collection can be found over at Connecting Threads. The prices are really reasonable!! And they have cute quilt kits too!! Look at all these exclamations! I'm so excited!!

Here are some of their collections:
   Canning Day. FQ pack $31.24. Quilt Kit (one of many) $34.56

And just to seal the deal of awesome, they have coordinating thread for each collection.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Look at my Evening Empire dress (pattern by Anna Maria Horner)! This is Option B.

This pattern was a DREAM. It took me 6 days (mostly evenings).

The yellow and pink fabrics are Anna Maria Horner. The bottom one is a pink dobby dot from the Pastry line collection, the other 2 are Little Folks voile. The grey & while polka dot is like a lawn that I bought in Costa Rica. The pink lining was so discount fabric from Hancock, and I'm not sure what the exact fiber content is (mostly cotton from the feel). I was hesitant about sewing with such light fabric, but it went really well. I pinned more than I usually would, but I was also more careful than usual because I wanted it to turn out well.

I did NOT cut out the pieces. I used tracing paper and a tracing wheel to make cardstock templates of the smaller pieces, and traced directly onto the fabric for the skirt front & back pieces.
I'm mostly a quilter, so I used my ruler & rotary cutter for EVERYTHING. 

I did this project bit by bit. One night I cut out pieces. 
The next night I sewed the bodice. I opted for the elastic on the back and am SO GLAD that I did. The directions were a bit confusing with left & right, but the accompanying diagrams answered all of my questions.
Then the zigzags & skirt front (& next day zigzags & skirt back). HERE ARE MY 2 ALTERATIONS. When I sewed the rows of zigzags to the skirt front, I used a 3/8" seam allowance, as opposed to the 5/8" specified. I tried 5/8" and ripped it out because my peaks were cut off. 3/8" worked for all the rows. And when I sewed the front to back, I used the specified 5/8" allowance and everything lined up perfectly. I also SHORTENED the dress 2" (I'm about 5'3").
Gathering the skirt went so much easier than I expected, the directions were clear and easy to follow.  At this point it all started to come together and I couldn't wait to finish. But I did, because slow & steady gets and awesome dress.
Finally it was time to finish. The invisible zipper directions are AMAZING. No need for a special foot (just a zipper foot). Sewing in the zipper to the outer & lining was a bit confusing, but again, the diagrams really made it easy to understand.

The cons
This dress is not made for small people. I made an XS, took in the side seams, and the top is still HUGE. I'm a 32A, so granted there isn't much there to hold things up, but still. I am SO GLAD that I added the elastic. The back is really cinched in, but it doesn't look bad when the dress is on because of all the gathering at the waist. 
That's the only con...

baking fail and fresh food

I used to be an awesome baker. Used to be. I can't bake to save my life. Every cake I make fails somehow, either it falls (because of altitude), or sticks to the pan...

So in happier news, I re-joined the local CSA. While the 100-mile diet won't work for us (does it work for anyone outside California??), we are going to try the adjoining state diet. I'm pretty excited!

I've also been trying my hand at gardening. We live in an apartment so everything is in pots. Today I transplanted everything into bigger pots since it is all doing so well! Hopefully it will last. I think tonight's rain should help.

Mojito, my prolific mint plant. He's been with us the longest.

Strawberry. She already produced 6 berries and is now on her second set this season!

Chive is Josh's favorite because it's the underdog. It was previously overrun by Mojito & Strawberry and JUST got it's own pot today!

Lavender McDade. I'm pretty excited about having fresh lavender around to make things smell & taste yummy.

Rose Moss. We just got her today, so no name yet. This is our only decorative plant!

And it just realized that I didn't take a picture of Basil Pesto!! Jeez. He's delicate and lives mostly indoors. The heat is just too much.

Friday, August 13, 2010

I WON!!!

So, for the first time EVER, I won a blog giveaway. I know, it totally made my very boring school day. 

Evelyn from Use the Loot very generously hosted a giveaway for a charm pack of 70 6" vintage linen squares. 70!! I never find cute sheets around my thrift stores, so I am totally stoked! I can't wait to get squares and put something together!

You should check out her blog AND this crazy awesome quilt.

I'm so happy!  :)