11.19.2011

Quilting Bee and other things

So a couple weeks ago, I started showing interest in quilting bees but I wasn't too sure because I thought I wasn't good enough. I started my first quilt two years ago and finished it last summer so let say I've only been quilting for a year. And what I made was not hard to do, I didn't choose difficult patterns. So anyway, I found the [3x6] Sampler Quilt Mini Bee and it happened to be the last day for registration so I though "this must be a sign. I need to jump in !" so I filled my form and got in ! In this bee, you are paired with 5 other women (or men, but there's none in our hive) and each one of us make 5 blocks (the same one but with different colors). We have 2 months and a half to make them. So if you don't like the experience, you're not enrolled for a complete year (like in regular bees). Anyway, this is the block I made :
It's made with a paper piecing technique. It was my first time paper piecing and it took me a couple tries before I got it right but I love the result (my bee mates too ! Yay !).
I wouldn't make a quilt out of it, but I can definitely make 5. I used this template to make the block but I made it bigger (170%) because it was tiny tiny !

Also, a couple days ago, I made my sister a laptop sleeve.


I used this tutorial to make it. I made a quilted one instead and when it came to the zipper, I had to refer to another tutorial, because I did not understand her's. It's not my most fabulous zipper, but it's ok and my sister won't even notice. I'm not planning on making another one soon !

Do you participate in a Quilting Bee ? If so, which one ?

11.17.2011

My kitties !

Two days ago, I said I'd present you my two cats.So ladies first :


This is Maya, she's about a year old. She is the most cuddly cat I know. She loves to snuggle on me and then she starts to purr really loud. You can actually hear her from the other side of the room. She also respond when I talk to her ! Anyway, she's cute and I love her ! My sister and I got her at the animal shelter after my first cat died (I never cried that hard... you can ask my mom!)

And then mister Yoda :



He is not that much of a cool cat but I love him anyway. My uncle found him outside a year and a half ago and he couldn't keep him because they have a dog and my aunt and two cousins are allergic so I kept him.
He hurt him two days ago and now, he has this on his chest :


I know, it's disgusting. It also cost 400$. Damn cat ! Just before christmas !
He's fine now and that's the most important thing !

So there you go, you now know my two babies :)

11.15.2011

Hello Blogging World !

I've been meaning to start a blog for a while now and tonight is the night ! My biggest problem was to find the right name. It came to me yesterday...
So let start by introducing me. I'm Marika, a 22 years old girl living in the lovely province of Quebec, in Canada. I have two cats, I'll introduce them later and you'll probably see a lot of pictures here !
I started quilting about a year and a half ago. I had never touch a sewing machine (or barely) before I made this quilt.


By the way, this is Yoda, my little boy. He love's to join me in bed in the middle of the night. I wonder why I'm so tired sometimes!

Besides sewing, I love to read (even though I don't really have time with school), I know how to knit and crochet. I'm addicted to Pinterest and if I could, I'd try all the DIY projects I sew over there.
Recently, I joined my first quilting bee and I'm really excited ! It's the 3x6 Sampler Quilt Mini Bee on Flickr. I tried paper piecing for the first time and I am pretty happy with the result !
I also love to travel. My boyfriend and I plan to move to Europe (maybe the south of France) where I've lived for four years when I was younger. I love every minute of it and I visited so many countries ! I also like to cook, especially deserts/big cakes but only when it's for a lot of people. I'm not going to bake on a regular monday night you know.
Oh and something very important : I love kids and I want lots of them (ok, not that much, just 4) in a very close futur (I hope!) I can't wait to have a big, round and moving belly and then have a tiny little baby to love and raise.

I'm also studying to become a teacher for children with special needs (I'm leaning towards intellectual disability, but nothing is certain at this point because it is only my first year) and I love it !

I think thats it for tonigh !
I hope I won't forget that blog and I'll try to update it as often as possible.
Thanks for joining me !