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?


Sunday, June 29, 2014

You're Invited: Waffle Kisses Studio Open House

Moving into a new house usually means a housewarming party.  Opening a studio that feels like a second home means a studio open house...So Thursday, July 10th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm I'm personally inviting you to come and check out the studio space, browse the course catalog, enjoy coffee or tea and snacks and see what Waffle Kisses Studio is all about.  Bring a friend.  Bring two friends.  By all means, bring the family if you want.  Sewcial night machine rentals are available that night.  If you'd like to reserve a machine, you can do so here.

Waffle Kisses Studio is located at 2477 Huntley Road, Stittsville, right inside of Mad About Patchwork (look for that business sign on the road) and we're in the second story loft space of The Woodturners.

I hope to see you there! In the meantime, courses in July and August are filling up quickly, so don't forget to sign up for the course you want before it's gone.  See you Thursday, July 10th!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Waffle Kisses Studio Is Online!

My head is spinning, ideas are running wild and I can't sit still.  This excitement can't be contained, so I'll just pretend I'm shouting it from a rooftop instead of writing a blog post: 

Waffle Kisses Studio is officially up and running (online only, but the space will be ready in a couple of weeks).  You, your friends and all of your fellow handmade and quilty enthusiasts can now view Waffle Kisses Studio July course catalog online and register for workshops, classes and machine rentals.  And anyone who takes a workshop or class, or rents a machine in July, will be entered into a draw for an in-stock custom bundle from Mad About Patchwork and a free Waffle Kisses Studio August workshop. That's some serious sewing swag!  We've only got 4 spots available in some workshops and classes, so don't delay.  Spaces are limited.  And there's something for everyone, including hand piecing, quilting, garment sewing and embroidery.  Want to help make the studio a success?  Spread the news and share the handmade love!

I'll slowly be transitioning studio-related blogging to the studio site, so be sure to check in there for studio-related news and updates. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Homestretch

One machine, two machine, three machine, four...Wouldn't we like one or two more? Only tonight and tomorrow night left to help. We're so close to getting more machines. More money = more machines = more room for you!  And I definitely want to see YOU there.  If you've already pledged, thank you!  If you'd like to help, spread the news and check out the campaign.  It closes Sunday morning, so don't be late!  And remember, with each pledge you get handmade loot in return.  It's a win-win for you, me and quilters everywhere!

To pledge, click here.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Nightime Needlebooking

I am not one to purposely leave things to the last minute.  I swear.  I am NOT a procrastinator.  Despite what my mother or first-year-university profs might tell you.  So when I do leave things to the last minute, it is usually out of necessity.  Pure and unadulterated prioritization.

That said, I spent the better part of Sunday night starting (and finishing) this needlebook for Monday's Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild meeting.  And the whole time I was sewing, I was wondering why I continue to let myself sign up for swaps when I just can't seem to fit them into my schedule.  I'm not sure I have a feasible answer, other than the fact that it's fun.

If you've hopped on over to M-R's blog, you'll see her teasing post about the needlebook(s) she made for me.  My needlebook found it's new home with Carolyn.  She's lucky.  I almost wanted to keep it for myself!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Polar Enchantment (Art Quilt)

Around Christmas, a little polar bear wandered into my dreams.  He was the inspiration for this small (approx. 18" x 18") modern improv art quilt that debuted at our first ever Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild show.

For a long time, he and the quilt lived in my head.  I kept him a secret.  And then one day I finally had time to put my vision of a scrappy dark sky, bright star, mountainous landscape, snowy plain and calming water to work.  The quilt in its entirety is a work of improv piecing.  The polar bear is made of felt and is based on this one by Alicia Paulson.  I decked him out in a hand-embroidered crown and flannel vest accented with french knots.  He reminds me of a bear I read about in a children's book.  I think he is enchanting.

The quilt is free-motion machine-quilted for the most part, but I am so in love with Perl Cotton that I couldn't resist a few extra embellishments.


This quilt is very special to me.  So special that I decided to include one lone swimming mermaid from Heather Ross' Mendocino line.  And if you know me, you know that I don't part with (or use) that fabric lightly.  And so it has come to be that it is my official Blogger's Quilt Festival Art Quilt entry.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday - My Quilty Endeavour

As a teacher, I always tell my students, don't be afraid to ask for help.  So, right now I'm putting on my big-girl panties (and possibly a cape and tiara as well) and putting it out there...

I'm so, so very excited about opening a studio right inside of Mad About Patchwork, but with only 18 days to go until our Kickstarter campaign closes and a minimum of $1528 in pledges needed, I need your help.  If we don't reach our goal, we won't be able to buy sewing machines, irons, ironing boards and other necessary equipment to set up the studio.  And my garage will continue to look like this...

And you'll never get to see what I was going to do to these chairs...

With this paint (and some Anna Maria Horner fabric).

So, from the bottom of my heart, I'm asking you to help in any, or all, of the following ways:

1) Like and share the campaign on Facebook (Let's set the quilting and sewing community on fire and make this happen! You guys are the best of the best and nobody else could do it better than you!);

2) Share the news of the Kickstarter campaign, the move, and the studio on your blog;

3) Pledge (if you haven't already). It's an all-or-nothing platform, so if we don't meet our goal, we end up with zero dinero for our machines and other necessary supplies.

Rewards include:
- $10 - name on studio bunting;
- $25 - handmade cup cozy, thank you card and name on bunting;
- $50 - handmade teapot cozy, cup cozy, thank you card and name on bunting;
- $75 - handmade hot water bottle cover, cup cozy, thank you card and name on bunting;
- $100 - invitation to exclusive private event at the studio, name listed as a sponsor on Waffle Kisses, handmade cup cozy, thank you card and name on bunting;
- $250 + gets you a quilt plus other awesome handmade swag. 

And with $1528 left to raise, that would work out to just 153 pledges of $10; 62 pledges of $25; 32 pledges of $50 dollars, 21 pledges of $75 or 16 pledges of $100.  The combinations and possibilities are endless.  Just like the handmade swag you'll receive in return.  

And, because Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing crowdfunding platform, it means that your pledge amount isn't processed unless the campaign is fully funded by the deadline.  So backers will only be charged if we have reached our goal on June 1st. 

If news of our campaign is news to you, please check it out.  You'd make this fabric-loving mama so very, very happy!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who has pledged so far, no matter the amount. We couldn't do this without YOU!