Saturday, February 7, 2015

Happiness Delayed

I've been gone a while.  I know.  It's not that I haven't done any sewing -- quite the opposite actually.  With QuiltCon prep (as in handmade wardrobe making), sewing samples for the studio, and finishing up other commitments, I find myself more and more on Instagram and less and less in blogland.

However, in the midst of late nights, flakes of snow and cups of coffee, I did manage to finish two verrrrrry late projects: quilts for the Happiness Circle of Do. Good Stitches. 

In May of 2014 (I know! sooooooo long ago), I asked my group for improv blocks in white with accents of navy, bright pink, aqua and mustard yellow.  I finally got around to putting them together and quilting them and will be sending the finished quilt off to someone who could use a little extra love and comfort right now.

In September of 2014 (ok...not sooooooo long ago), I asked my group for feathers and arrows as well as any leftover pieced scraps in a palette of teal, mustard yellow and brown against low-volume fabrics. The colours feel very warm and masculine to me and I love the way the feathers, arrows and improv-pieced scraps work together.

To make a long story short, both of these quilts are delayed. Both are for the Happiness Circle of Do. Good Stitches and both will soon be wrapped around some very special people.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Bunting We Will Go

Have you ever had a dream come true?  Not an actual dream - that happens to me all of the time - but a real wish for yourself that became a reality?

It seems like just yesterday that I was telling you all about my hopes and dreams of opening a studio and asking for your help with my Kickstarter campaign, and yet I find myself in the midst of working like a busy bee to finish up the last of the rewards.

It's been a very, very busy summer, fall and early winter for me, what with the holiday craft show circuit, teaching, planning for the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild, trying to make time for my monthly bee commitments AND working on some fabulous Kickstarter rewards.  I'm currently set to finish everything on time and have only three more quilts to make.  In the meantime, I thought I'd share two quilts that were just completed and handed off to some wonderful friends whose pledges and support mean so much.

If you missed out on Kickstarter and would like to have a bunting quilt of your own, don't fret.  Custom orders for January start now and original bunting quilts can be made in any size. I may even have to make one for myself!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Around the World With the Best of Intentions

Last week my lovely friend Ara Jane asked me if I wanted to take part in the Around the World Blog Hop.  Of course I said yes.  The idea is that I write a post answering the questions below and then pass the torch onto three other quilters "around the world."  I'm sad to say that my torch is glowing pretty dim, since I've only managed to pass it on to one other, but I assure you, she is fabulous.  So we'll go with quality over quantity.  Also, this was supposed to be written yesterday, so there's that as well.  Anyhow...

1. What quilting/sewing thing am I working on?

Right now I am making a mad dash for some serious deadlines on all sorts of things.  I recently ran a Kickstarter campaign to open Waffle Kisses Studio and, thanks to the support of all of you out there, it was a HUGE success.  However, right about now, I am knee deep in trying my best to stick to the deadlines I've set for getting those rewards shipped out.  I'm also busy prepping for the Etsy: Made in Canada Show at the Bell Sensplex in Kanata this Saturday, September 27th from 9:00 to 4:00 and have recently just finished some blocks for my Do. Good Stitches Happiness Circle.  Oh, and of course, I'm also busy with Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild work and studio classes and projects.  Above are some photos of the samples I've been working on for upcoming workshops and classes.

2. How does my work differ from other of its genre?

I'm not sure how much my work differs from others since I haven't had much time lately to explore the great deep and wide blogland, but I do like to mix bright colours and use lots of patterns and unexpected colour combinations.  Playing with colour is one of my favourite things and you'll also find a lot of Essex linen in my work.  I'm also a sucker for whimsy and don't usually follow a pattern (not to say that I won't, though, it's just that I usually like to do my own thing).

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

In a past life (read: before kids), I was a painter.  I played the piano.  I played the violin.  I wrote.  A lot.  And then I found it difficult to pick up and put those little loves (the hobbies, not the kids) down and pick them up again while skipping the many beats that happen during nursing, cooking, cleaning, crying, diapers, snotty noses, drool, etc.  So I started quilting and haven't stopped (well, ok, I still stop for all of the above kid-related things - and sleep, when needed), but it's much easier to pick up some fabric and store it away than it is wash brushes and clean palettes.  So this is where I am creatively and I'm very happy to have found this cozy nook.

4. How does my writing/creating process work? 

My head is always swimming with ideas.  I go to bed and imagine quilts in my head.  But I barely sketch things out or write them down.  I like to let those ideas gather, bend, break and transform before I let them settle in the sand.  When it comes time for math and measurements, though, I have to draw everything out and end up with little scribbly diagrams floating all over the house.  Somehow everything usually works itself out with the help of a lot of coffee, tea, late nights and a little wine.

Next up, I'm passing the torch off to Erica @Happy Fabric who I've known for several years through my Do. Good Stitches Happiness Circle.  She is nothing short of fantastic and didn't even bat an eye my way when I sent her some blocks that happened to have an unfortunate run-in with a cat and a glass of wine.  Like I said: fabulous.  Be sure to stop on over at her blog next week and don't forget to go back and take a peek at Ara Jane's work.  She's been such a creative inspiration to me since I happened upon her blog when I first started quilting back in 2009.  


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lucky Number Three

I spent most of my free sewing time last week making this Oliver + S Fairy Tale dress for my little girl.

Then the inevitable happened. This little girl who melts my heart on a daily basis with her big hugs, long sentences and shining smile turned three.  We celebrated with a unicorn party filled with pink, purple and sprinkles and the little lady, who wanted a crown and not a tiara to go with her dress, did not want the party to end.  I have to say, if someone threw me a party like that, I wouldn't want it to end either.

Happy Birthday, C! You're now the lucky number three!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Only 1 Week Left to Take Advantage of September Early Bird Pricing at Waffle Kisses Studio

For many of us, September marks the beginning of new adventures, either for ourselves or our children.  It's no different here at Waffle Kisses Studio with the start of a fall schedule in full swing.  If you're looking to get crafty or creative with your sewing and you live in the Ottawa area (or even if you don't, but you know someone who does), we've got a little something for everyone in September.  There's even a full range of kids classes, for ages 5 right through to 17, making their debut.  You'll find them at the end, so be sure to read on. And if a you can't pass up a deal, make sure you register before August 31st to take advantage of early bird pricing (and make sure you get a spot).

We're starting the month off with two four-week quilt classes, one geared towards beginners and the other intended for those who have a little experience with sewing.  As always though, if you're interested in a class and don't think the level would suit you, please let me know.  Accommodations can always be made for any level.  Also, if you want to learn something that's not on the schedule, get in touch.  These classes are here to work for you!  Plus, there's always the bonus perk of Waffle Kisses Studio students receiving 10% off class supplies at Mad About Patchwork.

***Early bird pricing on all classes and workshops is as listed and is effective until August 31st***

Fall Maple Baby Quilt or Wall Hanging (36" x 36") - Adult - Beginner/Intermediate - Wednesdays, September 10th, 17th, 24th and October 1st - 6:30 to 9:30 pm - $120 (materials not included)

Fall Maple Block

Improv Wonky Log Cabin Quilt - Adult - Intermediate/Advanced - Thursdays, September 11th, 18th, 25th and October 2nd - 6:3o to 9:30 pm - $120 (materials not included)

Improv Wonky Log Cabin Block

In addition to our great classes, Waffle Kisses Studio offers a variety of workshops, most of which include materials.  Sewing, snacks and a finished project at the end!
Scrappy Leaf Coasters (Set of 4) - Adult - Intermediate/Advanced - Monday, September 
15th, 6:30 to 9:30 pm - $50 (materials included)

Scrappy Leaf Coasters

Fall Bunting - Adult - All Levels - Friday, September 19th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm - $45 (materials included)

Fall Bunting

Appliqued Linen Project Bags (Set of 2) - Adult - All Levels - Sunday, September 21st, 6:00 to 8:00 pm - $45 (materials included)

Appliqued Linen Project Bag

Infinity Scarf - Adult - All Levels - Tuesday, September 30th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm - $30 (fabric NOT included)

Infinity Scarf

And finally, the workshops everyone has been waiting for - kids!
Let's start off with our youngest age bracket, ages 5 to 8 and our new "Sew With Me" workshops.  Each young sewist at heart brings along mom, dad or guardian and completes a project as a team. These workshops have been so popular so far that there are two time options on the same day, a morning and afternoon slot.

Sew With Me Doll Quilt - Ages 5 - 8 With Adult - All Levels - Sunday, September 21st, 10:00 am to 11:30 am - $25 (fabric NOT included)

Sew With Me Doll Quilt - Ages 5 - 8 With Adult - All Levels - Sunday, September 21st, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm - $25 (fabric NOT included)

Doll Quilt

For our next age bracket, ages 9-12, this month we're offering something for the mother-daughter teams.

Infinity Scarf - Mother/Daughter (Ages 9-12) - All Levels - Sunday, September 21st, 12:30 to 2:30 pm - $30 (fabric NOT included) - only 1 mother/daughter spot remaining!

Infinity Scarf

And finally, to complete the Infinity Scarf trifecta, let's not forget about the teens and a special workshop just for them.
Infinity Scarf - Teen (Ages 13-17) - All Levels - Friday, September 12th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm - $30 (fabric NOT included)

I hope you're all as excited about September as I am.  With the cooler weather we've already been having, don't wait too long to sign up for September courses.  Some have already been sold out and I'd hate to see you left out in the cold. As always, if you have a class or workshop suggestion or would like to organize your own private or group class, I'd very much like to work something out with you.

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

It's Been Too Long

This week I did something I haven't done in a long time...Too long. I finished a quilt! This one is inspired by this wonky strip quilt, but instead of white, I used Essex Linen in black for the large sashing and the binding.  I backed it all in luscious, oh-so-soft Anna Maria Horner flannel from Mad About Patchwork and quilted it in various spacing of straight lines.  Like it?  Me too.  I'm a little sad to see it go.  Maybe someday I'll get around to making another quilt of my own.  Someday in a land far, far away.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

THE BUNTING IS HERE! (Kickstarter Reward #1 Done!)

The bunting is here.  The bunting is here!  Let's all give a cheer...The bunting is here!!!  If you remember back in May when I had a little Kickstarter campaign running to help make my dream of Waffle Kisses Studio a reality, you'll remember that there were all sorts of rewards for people who wanted to contribute.  The first reward at the $10 level (or higher) was having your first name included on bunting that would hang in the studio.  

I had set myself a deadline of the end of June and I don't like to be late on my commitments, so I spent every waking moment of the past 3 nights in a sewing trance..."MUST...FINISH...BUNTING..." was my mantra.  And finish, I did.  This gorgeous bunting with each of our backers names who pledged over $10 now hangs in the studio, draped above the sewcial table.  It's lovely and you're all so lovely for making this happen.  Isn't it pretty?  I'll be getting some, ahem, professional pictures taken soon, so in the meantime, I apologize for the lighting, fuzziness, etc.  Can you spot your name?