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?


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.