11.30.2012

Pouches !




All three are full of fabric and will be on their way to their new home this afternoon !


 I'm back. I spent the last 15 minutes trying to find a gadget that would allow me to take a poll but I can't find anything easy to use.. so my question is :

Are you interested in a tutorial for the Somerset Star ?
Yes, maybe or no ?

Because you know, I don't want to spend time on that if 2 people are interested !

11.29.2012

C'est l'hiver, c'est l'hiver, c'est l'hiver !

(the title refers to a french christmas song that has been stuck in my head for a few days now)

Earlier today, I was looking at the Hawthorne Threads newsletter and there were a few prints I liked so I ended up on their website. Unfortunately, because of that, I had to add yet another quilt on my to-do list. You see, they have a new "feature" were they will match solids with every collection so it's easier for us to buy coordinating solids (and I LOVE that !) but I saw a color combination that I feel in love with. 

This is the collection I was looking at (just the text & music note print). 
See the pink/orange/green/grey at the bottom ?

Isn't it lovely ? 
I know, the colors are very fresh, which is not what one would expect to see at this time of the year but what can I say ? I love colors. I love fresh, bright, feminine colors.

This is what I found in my stash that matched the colors.
Hopefully, my (first!) pregnant friend will have a baby girl and I will be able to use these lovely fabric for her.. if not, I'm afraid I'll have to make something for me. 

Oh and on a completely random subject, I made chicken and rice soup last night and it was GOOD.
Like real good.

In case anybody is interested, here's how I made it :

I cooked 1 chopped onion, 1 cup chopped carrots, 1 cup chopped celery in a bit of olive oil. Then you add some spices (I used thyme, basil and maybe another one but I can't remember). Then add 8-9 cups of chicken broth, 2 cups of cooked chicken (in small pieces) and the rice (2 cups uncooked - mine is a gluten free mix). You let it simmer for 20-25 minutes and then enjoy. 
It smells soooo good !

And I made some progress on the Somesert Star pillow I'm working on (in exchange of some Good Folks, you remember ?)


 It is still missing 2-3 rows but I'm getting there !

Well, I'm off to making 3 pouches ! 
Have a good day everyone :)

(I'm linking with Diane today!)

11.26.2012

Giveaway Winner !

Well good morning everyone (it's 7 am here) !! 
I hope you all had a great weekend and that you did a lot of shopping :) On saturday, I had an unexpected day off (they changed the schedule at work and didn't call me.. I was not happy). I spent the day with my mom, which was nice because since I moved here, I miss her !

The only sewing I did was making some progress on another Somesert Star pillow.
The is the best swap ever. I'm going to get the whole Good Folks collection ! How's that ?
Ok maybe it's the second best one. The first being the swap I made with Tiffany (2 pillows for a lot of Mendocino). You can see what I made her on her blog because her pictures are better than mine.
It's funny because a week ago, I never thought I would even own a print of this collection and now, I'm going to be able to make a quilt !

Anyway, I'm sure you all want to know who the winner is right ? 

So Mr. Random decided it would be.... drumroll please !!

Who is ?



Yes, that's right, my MSMS partner !! Who is also the owner of that Flea Market Fancy pillow :)
I can say it now that she has received it ! 

Congratulations Lori and let me know if you like the book because I've had my eye on it too !! Too bad I can't win :)
Oh and can you send me an email to let me know you're adress ?
marika_ouellet (at) hotmail (dot) com

Thank you to everyone who participated ! 
And thank you to everyone who decided to become a follower. I hope you won't be disapointed !


11.22.2012

Blogathon Canada


If you missed privous stops on the Blogathon, don't forget to go back, read and discover new people. 
 Here's the complete schedule in case you want to go back !

Sunday, November 18
Kick-off!
Michele
Monday, November 19
BC
Felicity
Monday, November 19
BC
Cathy
Tuesday, November 20
NS
Jeanette
Tuesday, November 20
NB
Holly
Wednesday, November 21
AB
Shena
Wednesday, November 21
SK
Patti
Thursday, November 22
QC
Marika
Thursday, November 22
MB
Heather
Friday, November 23
YT
Vivian
Friday, November 23
YT
Janet
Saturday, November 24
ON
Cathi
Saturday, November 24
ON
Cara
Saturday, November 24
ON
Kaye


 Hi !! So that's me ! I thought I'd show you my face (and white legs) because I love seeing who's talking and just in case you're like me, well now you know :)

There are so many things I could/want to say ! But first, thank you to Carol (from SewSister) who put all this together ! I was really excited when she contacted me and I'm the only one representing Quebec so you know, I've got a bit of pressure on my shoulder to do it well. Kidding. I'm not stressed at all.

So, about me. My name is Marika, but you all know that. I'm 23 and I am studying to become a teacher for children with learning disabilities and I just love what I do right now :) During the weekends, you can always find me working as a waitress in a restaurant called St-Hubert (very popular here. I was told it's a little bit like Swiss Chalet).
I live with my boyfriend of 5 years. In fact, we bought our first house this summer ! I think we're getting used to living together. It's not perfect, but we're going well :) I also have two cats that I love. If you're already been here, you know that but just in case, I'll show you a picture of them because they are the cutest.

That's my Yoda


 And this is Maya, but I never call her by that name.

Ok now onto the quilting stuff. I started quilting either at the end of 2009 or at the beginning of 2010. 
This is were all the magic happens  : 
 I moved things a little but I'm still sewing in there. 

I started blogging last year in November and I've met so many wonderful ladies so far !
I love participating in swaps too. I've been really lucky so far because I've had such wonderful partners ! 
You can see what I've made on my blog or on Flickr

My most popular post (aside from the Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway day) is the one about the Somerset Star.. I still love this pillow very much and it lives on my couch but I don't really use it since the pieces are hand sewn.


I also recently made one for Tiffany, one of the wonderful lady I was talking about.
(I hope you don't mind if I borrowed you're picture Tiff)


 I'm going to show you just a few of my most recent projects ok ?

Sew Sew Modern Swap pillow
Modern She Made Swap 2


Pillow Talk Swap 9
I do make quilts too :) Don't worry. But pillows are so fun because they allow me to try something new that I wouldn't necessarily want to make in a whole quilt ! 

Now, onto the fun stuff - the giveaway.
I was allowed to choose what I wanted to to win and I picked a book ! 
If you win, I would love to know if you liked the book or not. And even though I'm not the kind of girl who likes to follow a pattern, quilting books are full of inspiration !


To enter the giveaway, umm tell me something about you. Anything ! 
If you are a follower, leave me a second comment (new or old).
The giveaway is open to everyone :)

And now, don't forget to look at those blogs from fellow "Québécois" (people who live in Quebec). I certainly will :) 

Have a good day everyone and thank you to Carol again !!

11.20.2012

This weekend

Well I've been quite productive I must say. And it feels good!  I haven't touched to my christmas presents just yet, but it'll come.

First, I finished a quilt I started in April 2010.2 and a half years ago. lol
The only reason why I finished it was because I wanted to sew but I don't have any WIP didn't want to start one so binding this quilt was easy.


It's made with some Amy Butler fabric, I don't even remember the name of the collection and I'm too lazy to look. It measures maybe 60"x at least 70" I guess.
If someone was interested in buying it, it's available and we can negociate :) (and I won't list it on Etsy).
For now, it's hanging on the wall in my living room and it will probably stay there until I can find something to do with it. 

I also started and finished a pillow for the Sew Sew Modern swap.
It's quite simple but I love the colors and I think my partner will too !

 Or maybe I'll keep it and make another one for my partner because it looks pretty good on my couch !

And I made my sister a bag the other day !
The pictures aren't good but it's the only ones I got.. 

It's the Sidekick tote pattern from Noodlehead. I've never made a bag and this one came together in about 3-4 hours. It was really easy to make and the directions are so easy to follow !
I'll probably make one for me (or the 241 tote, or both).

That's it for this past weekend ! And I don't think I'll have a lot of time to sew this week.. 
What did you make lately ??

11.15.2012

What would you save ?

Do you ever think about what you would save if you're house was on fire ?
Last night, I was laying in bed, unable to fall asleep and I started think about what I would want to save if my house was on fire or if I had to leave in a hurry.

1. My cats. That's obvious for whoever knows me.

2.  I would grab the biggest bag and just put everything I can in there. Especially this stack.


And I couldn't think of anything else I would really want to save. Not even my sewing machine.
Because you know, maybe I could buy a new one :)

Wouldn't you want to save this little guy ?

What would you save ? Have you ever thought about that ?

11.14.2012

I want to make a Tova

I'm about to try something new - make clothes.. That Tova top is everywhere and everyone looks good in it so I figure it should look good on me too right ?

But I don't know which fabric to choose. Can you help me ?



I really want something colorful and feminine.
I love the three on the bottom row and I'm thinking maybe not the feathers because it's a directionnal print so maybe I should avoid that for now.

What do you think ?
Oh and there could be so many other options but if I want to make it this year, I have to limit myself... right ?

11.12.2012

#1, #2 and #3

#1 Winners of my 100th post giveaway are (yes, I decided to pick two instead of one.. just because I love making pouches!)



And also thank for all your suggestions ! I'll make sure to check each and everyone of them !!

Now onto #2
Now that this little quilt is done, I'll be able to start making christmas presents ! In November ! Maybe I won't be last minute like last year ? And two of my classes are ending this week so I'll only have 3 days of school = plenty of time to sew ! 


Originally, I was going to make 30 blocks but you know, I'm lazy sometimes so I changed the design and this is what I came up with. I'm happy. It would have been too busy anyway right ? 
It finishes at 47"x60" which is the perfect size for a toddler bed (or a crib). 

I really like it and I hope the customer will too. If she doesn't, I can't even keep it since the name of her little girl is on it. But I know she will.
I'll show you a picture of the back another time.


#3 would be a picture of my living room !
I'm finally happy with how it looks so I decided to take a picture while it was still clean.


Maybe we will repaint.. but it's not in our plan for now since the color is ok.
There is A LOT of natural light and I love it.
Oh and we will change that "table" in the middle eventually.
My boyfriend bought the carpet in Afghanistan, while he was on mission there and the couch is from my grandparents. And there is my pillow from the MSMS 1 (the one with the stars).
I put tin foil on my plants otherwise my cats p.e.e and p.o.o.p in there (it smells bad and I don't think plants like it).

Maybe you'll see the rest of the house sometimes soon.. Maybe not. I don't know.

Have a good day everyone !

11.09.2012

100 Days Hustle - Half Way Point !!


Only 50 days left to this year.. can you believe it ? Because I cannot. It went by so fast !!


Let's see if I made some progress (I know I did :) ) 


1. Finish Green and Brown Supernova. DONE (Sept. 28th)



2. Finish Out to Sea quilt ~ It's basted and I'm going to start quilting it today
3. Finish Elizabeth's quilt ~ No progress :-(

4. Finish Do. Good. Stitches quilt (need to bind it)


 5. Make my sister a quilt and maybe a bag (to thank her for being so patient with me because she's been waiting for that quilt for a long time).
6. Make my grandmother a quilt for Chistmas
7. Make my mother pillows to match one of her quilts

8. Make Tiffany's pillow ~ They are both done, I just need to drop them off at the post office !

9. Pillow for PTS DONE (Oct. 27th) Update : my partner received her pillow and loved it :)

10. Pillow for MSMS  DONE (Oct. 24th) ~ I'm waiting to send it..


11. Bee blocks October/November/December

12. Catch up with the only QAL I'm in. I haven't even made one single block and it's been 9 weeks already. ~ Unfortunately, I don't have time for this right now.. maybe after the holidays ?

13. Grey, yellow and aqua chevron quilt   DONE (Oct. 30th)


 All in all, I'm prety satisfied with my progress :) Did you make any ? 


*GIVEAWAY CLOSED*
Also, this is my 100th post so this celebrate it, I'm going to giveaway something handmade (and some scraps/FQs too) !
To enter the giveaway, please tell me
1. if you'd prefer a mug rug or a pouch or something small I haven't named (I'm sorry I can't offer you anything bigger because I just don't have the time right now) 
2. Your favorite color
3. and tell me a good book you read recently or you're favorite quilting book. Simple no ?
If you are a follower, leave me a second comment for a second chance to win.
I'll leave the giveaway open until maybe next monday.

Have a good day everyone !

11.05.2012

Quiet

Him and I are experiencing some difficulties right now. 
Add school and work to that and it will explain why it might be a little quiet around here..

I will be back for the Blogathon Canada. 
And I will "celebrate" my 100th post soon. I promise.

Until then, take care of yourself !

11.01.2012

Just Three November !

Two post in one day !! And the next one will be my 100th post !! 
I don't really have a good reason to be, but I'm very excited anyway :) 

Soo I didn't make a "Just Three" list last month so I don't have any report to do so I'll just go with my list for this month.
I'm going to make it easy since I'm going to list things I need to finish.

1. Tiffany's pillows. One is done. And I wanted to finish the other one tonight but Games of Thrones was too interesting so I didn't sew while I was listening to the last episode of season 2. I'm so sad. We (I say we because my boyfriend and I are watching this one together) will have to wait until March 31st before we get to see the next episode ! At least, there's a new season of Big Bang Theory (I'm a HUGE Sheldon fan !!)

2. Finish my Out to Sea quilt. Well, technically, it's not mine. But I need to finish this one soon.. like maybe next week if I have some time between classes and team meetings. 

3. Start my grandmother's quilt. I'm not going to try to finish it because I know I won't be able so if I start working on it this month, I'm going to be one happy girl.


Earlier today, I was talking to my boyfriend and I was telling him how nice it would be if we could have new christmas stocking. But the thing is that I would need to make 10 of them. Why 10 ? Because the only place where there are chistmas stocking is at his parent's house and they have one for them and one for each of their children and one for my SIL and me and then one for their two grandchildren. So that's 10. There is no way I can pull this off right ? Maybe next year ? If I make one each month, I'll easily have 10 by the end of the year. And he then said "I'm pretty sure you're not going to be inspired to make christmas stockings in march.." We shall see about that in march :) 

I'm sorry for the lack of pictures..

Oh and this is something completely not related to the title but do you look at your stats sometimes ? Well I do, and I especially look at those search keywords. Sometimes it's quite funny.. Tonight, someone clicked on my blog while searching "why do people make quilts". We could help this person and anwer his/her question don't you think ? 


Blogathon Canada ! (soon)

I've got some fun news to share with you today friends (I can call you "friends" right ?) !!


Starting on November 19th, Sew Sisters Quilt Shop is hosting a very fun blog hop to help you discover Canadian quilters from across the country !! With this fun event, you'll be able to read about us - what we do, what we love, were we live, our inspiration and anything we want to tell you :)And since I'm the only one representing Quebec, I'll have a lot to share with you.

And that's not all ! On each day of the blog hop, there will be two hosts and so you'll be able to win two prizes/day ! How exciting is that ?We got to choose which prize we wanted to give away so I sure hope you'll like what I picked :) Ohh and anyone can win, Canadian or not.

Also, each blogger will post a list of bloggers from their own province so if you want your name added to the list, go leave a comment to Carol :) Maybe I can make new friends !

Monday, November 19
BC
Felicity
Monday, November 19
BC
Cathy
Tuesday, November 20
NS
Jeanette
Tuesday, November 20
NB
Holly
Wed., November 21
AB
Shena
Wed., November 21
SK
Patti
Thursday, November 22
QC
Marika
Thursday, November 22
MB
Heather
Friday, November 23
YT
Vivian
Friday, November 23
YT
Janet
Saturday, November 24
ON
Cathi
Saturday, November 24
ON
Cara




So don't forget to come back for this fun blog hop !