Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Goodbye, Block. I'll Miss You!

Do you remember when I showed you this bundle of fabric a few weeks ago and told you I was about to embark on a journey?  

Well, the journey has started and I'm sending this gorgeous pieced block into the great unknown.  (Okay, maybe not the great unknown, but close).  I'm filled with excitement and trepidation.  This block will travel across Canada and pass through the hands of 7 other ladies before it comes back to me as a finished quilt.  There are no plans, no fabric specifications, just trust and faith.  And a journal.  A journal meant to record and inspire the creative process.

I'll be handing this off to Julie at our next Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild meeting.  For anyone in attendance, if you see my crying, it's because I'm saying goodbye to this baby!

I'm also linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes as this starter block was my March goal.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


C's room is a work-in-progress and has been ever since we moved into our house almost three years ago -- this house that we hope to be in for a very long time.  Possibly forever.  So it doesn't bother me too much when I think about how much there is left to do, especially in her room. Some projects are at a stand-still, like the hand-painted mural I started in her room when we moved in and have yet to finish (or touch since last summer).  But overall, things are happening.  

When we moved in, we put up wall-to-wall wainscoting, painted the walls above a lovely shade of light aqua/turquoise, installed an IKEA chandelier we spray-painted coral and refinished an old dresser in a bright shade of yellow (which didn't turn out how I'd hoped, so it's once again on the current to-do list).  I also set about that custom mural, which I suppose I'll have to finish this summer since any and all wallpaper options I'm smitten with are entirely out of budget.

Amidst all of those items I have left to finish, I still find myself envious of C's room whenever I walk in the door.  Sometimes I just go in there and sit and stare at the colours, the fabrics, the prints by my friend Laura Daub, the hand-stitched ABC sampler on the wall.  It consumes me -- in a good way.  

And now I'm not sure I'll ever leave since I took the time this week to cut into my beloved Heather Ross stash of double gauze Far Far Away and make these fabric-covered embroidery hoops.  They are fantastic and I am in love.  And in envy.  Whose room do you find yourself in envy of? 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Traveling We Will Go

I'm about to embark on a journey.  Or rather, my quilt is.  Only I haven't started it yet.  Confused?  Haha.  Me, too.  But just a little.  I'm taking part in the Canada Traveling Quilts Group and am so excited to be working with some lovely ladies from all over Canada.

I'm not sure what my quilt will become, but I do know what it's starting as.  I've chosen this lovely bundle from my stash to get things rolling.  And since I have to have my initial piece done and in the mail by April 1st, I'm also linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes for some motivation.