12.29.2012

2012

In just 2 days and about 2 hours, we will say goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013.

In 2012 : 

I made two queen size quilts in less than 3 months, both for my mom;
My mom went through breast cancer;
I stopped eating meat and gluten;
My boyfriend and I bought a house and moved together;
And I sewed and sewed again and again (and I must admit I'm a little bit sick of it right now, even if I really want to start something just for me.)
Oh and I (we) survived the end of the world. How awesome is that ?

And I know I made a million other things but those are the only ones I can think about right now.
And I also know I learned a lot about myself. Living with someone, even when you've been together for 5 years isn't always easy. But I guess when life is a little harder, that's when I learn the more about myself. It would be boring if it was always easy anyway. 

Let's see what I was able to accomplish this year :


 2012 was a good year and I hope 2013 is going to be even better !

p.s : i know some things are missing.. I didn't photograph every single item I made, forgive me.
 

12.28.2012

100Day Hustle - Final Review

The end of the year is almost there so I guess it's time for a little recap of what I've been able to accomplish since September !  
My list changed a bit during all this time but this one is my original one.
Let's see... 
(and I promise it's the very last time you'll see some of these projects)



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



2. Finish Out to Sea quilt (need to piece the top) - DONE (Nov 20th)



3. Finish Do. Good. Stitches quilt (need to bind it) - DONE



4. Make my sister a quilt and maybe a bag - I made the bag. I ran out of fabric to finish the quilt so I'm currently waiting. I told her she's have it before the beginning of the new semester January 7th.

5. Make my grandmother a quilt for Chistmas - Done (will take pictures tomorrow)
 
6. Make my mother pillows to match one of her quilts - Not done. Will work on this today maybe.
 
7. Make Tiffany's pillow (I didn't forget you !) - Done (Nov. 15th) (you can see the pictures on her blog)

8. Make my boyfriend a quilt - Not done and I asked him if he'd be happy if I made him a quilt and he said that since there are already a few here, it wouldn't be that special. SO I'm not going to make him a quilt.

9. Make our bed a quilt with La Dee Da - That's something I decided to remove from the list as I went because I realised it was one of my goals for the new year.. that this list was to help me finish all thoses things that needs to be done before I can work on a quilt for my bed. 
 
10. Catch up with the only QAL I'm in. I haven't even made one single block and it's been 9 weeks already. - Not done and I don't think it's going to happen anytime soon. Maybe next year ?
 
11. I don't know if it counts but I will need to make two things for two swaps before christmas - DONE




And here's a mosaic of everything I made that wasn't on my original list :


All in all, I'm very happy with all I've done ! Even if I wasn't able to accomplish everthing I wanted, I still made a lot in a short time.

A big thank you to Kelsey for keeping me motivated all the way :)

12.27.2012

Merry (belated) Christmas !

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas ! 
Mine was spent in really good company with lot of food, presents and games.

I was able to finish my grandmother's quilt right on time. 
Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to take good pictures but don't worry, I'll go to her house to take some :) 

The only one I got is this one : 


And right now, there is a snowstorm. We expect about 25cm of snow.
There is plenty of food in the frigde, lentil soup in the crockpot and the laundry is all done for the week. 
If I'm not too lazy, I'll clean my sewing room today. If I am, I might stay on the couch watching Vampire Diaries or How I Met Your Mother while eating chocolate all day. I'll let you know :)
I love snowstorms when I don't have to get out of the house.

What are your plans for the day ? Are you already back at work ?

12.17.2012

Where are we going ?

I want children. I want to bring (4) little humans into this world.
But when things like what happened in Newtown, I question my desire to have kids.

Because really, do I want to bring innocent soul into this world we live in ? 

Obviously, I can't even imagine what these parents are going through but my heart ache for them. 
It must be terrible and probably even worse than that. 

It's crazy how the world can stop for someone and just keep going for everyone else. 
While families where grieving, I was just working and eating and playing with my cats, doing all the things I usually do. 

I am not christian or mormon or anything else. But I do believe there is something bigger than me. I do believe there is something before birth and after death. I believe I am on earth to experience things and I believe my soul is choosing to make me experience those things so I can grow.
Otherwise, what's the point ?

And I must remember to believe in humanity. There are more good people than bad ones.

I know there is nothing I can do but oh how I wish there was.
I feel so helpless.

So today, I will sew. And while I do this, I will keep those families in my thougts and send them all my love because today, they probably need it more.

(I know it won't bring those children back, but there is a pillowcase drive for the children that were lucky enough to survive. You can find all the informations here.)

12.11.2012

Best mailday of the year (and of all time probably)

Do you remember when I said I was swapping fabric for some handmade goodies ?
Well, yesterday was the day it finally arrived, after two whole weeks of travelling (yes, Post Canada is THAT slow).

I was probably the most excited woman on the entire earth. You probably think I am exagerating but let me show you ok ?




She didn't send me all this.. but there was still a whole FQ set of Good Folks and at least 5-6 Mendocino prints.
Now you understand ?

My goal is now to find a pattern to use these lovely fabrics :)

Oh and I made a little travel sewing kit last night because I wanted to sew really badly and I wanted to actually finish something !


And I would like you help again.
I picked fabric for my grandmother's quilt and I need a solid and I don't know if I like white or grey better. I say grey and my boyfriend says white...

This was my color inspiration : 





p.s. : it's time to vote for your favorite Do.Good.Stitches Quilt at Stitched in Colors so if you were feeling particularily nice today, you can always vote for the Happiness circle's quilt. It's the Spiderwebs one.

12.10.2012

This weekend

I hope you had a lovely weekend ! 
Mine was spent mostly at work but on Saturday, I managed to do some homework and sew just a little (I don't have any proof though because I can't show you yet. I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise for a certain someone).

I also decided to move things around in my sewing room (again.. for the third time I think).
I had no more room in my bookcase for more fabric and let's face it, I don't think I'll stop buying fabric anytime soon so I clearly need more room. So I decided to bring back an old table in so I can do homework on this one (she's not old, I've just had her for a few years) and sew on the other table.

I wanted shelves so my boyfriend installed some last night (thank god he can do these kind of things because I hate doing things like that). 
Here's what it looks like right now : 

Most precious fabric (Mendocino, Good Folks, La Dee Da, Typewritters, Liberty of London, HR Spoonflower/Crafty Chloe)

Oh and I need you help (again).
I talked to my mom about the quilt I want to make for my grandmother and she doesn't seem to like what I was planning so I will change my plan (again).

Here are the 4 quilts I like :

Now I really like the 4th one.. and I hate saying this but before I go with something, I must think about how fast the quilt is going to come together because I need to be done in 15 days. 
Usually, I don't mind but since I don't have much time left, it has to come together pretty fast I it would be nice if it wasn't a pain in the ass to piece (like those string blocks in the first 3 quilts).

So what do you think ?


One last thing, if you are interested in a Low Volume charm swap, sign ups are open right now for this one. (open to internationals)

12.06.2012

A chevron low volume pillow

I don't know if it's just me but sometimes, when you have do work on something, it's the last thing you want to do. When this happen, there are only two options :

1. I start something new (happens the most often)
2. Work on the project I should be working on

Well today was one of those days. I should have been working on my sister's quilt because I've got to be done before the 25th. Instead, I made Melanie's second pillow.

She wanted low volume and in her profile, she said she liked fall colors so I decided to add a touch of red because I love low volume + red.


If I could start over, I would have cut my stripes thinner and I would have managed to match the prints together. But what is done is done and I still really like it and Melanie does too.

On another subject, I've decided I was going to make a mosaic of everything I made this year and tonight, I decided to count how many quilts and pillows I made so far.

13 Quilts
13 Pillows
and a few other things (like pouches of minis)
It doesn't seem a lot but that's more than one quilt a month (and I still have two to make!)

How about you ?

ps : would any of you would be interested in a Weekender Swap ?
Lee  approched me a few days ago about it and I was wondering if there was some interest. We would keep it small and only accept modern quilters.

12.05.2012

WIP Wednesday - The Christmas Edition

I don't have much to show you this week..

I started my sister's quilt a few days ago and that's about all I'm making !


There will be 110 paper pieced units and I made 20 so far.
I really hope I'll stop making mistakes because I don't want to run out of fabric !

That was short and sweet ! 
Have a good day people xx

12.04.2012

Swaps

Today started well.. I did a bit of sewing this morning. I worked on my sister's quilt, which I'm going to paper piece by the way. But the pieces are 9"x9" and 4.4"x9" so it's not SO bad.

Then I was meeting my team mate because we needed to finish something for my French class. Then we were meeting the teacher.. Well, both our meetings didn't go so well. 
I don't like working in a team. I prefer to decide everything and do things my way. And I can't because everybody has to be happy you know ? 

So as I was coming back home, I was thinking about this situation and I was really frustrated and I thought "there better be something in the mail for me today!"

And there was. 
First, there was this amazing pillow from the Modern She Made Swap.

Sorry for the very bad picture. It's only 4pm and it's already dark outside !


With a gorgeous pouch and some charms from Simply Color.
Doesn't it look good with the pillow I got from the Pillow Talk Swap ? 
I love my bed even more now :) 

And then I got my order from Fabric.com :)

The feather print will be for a Tova (I couldn't find that flower print from Children at Play).
And the top two AMH prints are for a bag for my partner in the Sew Sew Modern swap. 
And everything in the middle.. well it ended up in my shopping cart.. oops ! 

Can one have too many text prints ?


12.01.2012

Bee blocks and other things

December's here, can you believe it ?? Only 24 days left to make my christmas gifts... that's 2 quilts and maybe 4 pillows. In a month. Wish me luck and if you want to help, you're more than welcome !!

First of all, I'll share with you my bee blocks for November and December.

There are 3 here because I covered for someone else. 
I must say that I like paper pieced blocks because I know it's going to be the right size, no trimming, nothing. I do love the colors and I think it's going to look gorgeous !


Those two lovelies are my December blocks. I know, I'm fast :)
The thing is that I had to go to the PO so my thought was "I might as well get them done right now or I'll wait until the last minute to make them". And you know, since I hate going tothe PO, they would have waited for a long time in their envelope... 

They took me about 2 hours, which is ok I guess. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors, the chevrons, everything. I would have kept them. But I know they will be loved by whoever get this quilt.

Next, I want to share with you this awesome blog I found.
Promise me you won't spend the next hour on it ok ?

It's Pintrosity.
There are some really funny things !! 

Ok that's about it.. 
I really need to start those quilts !!
Have a good weekend :)

p.s : I'm going to write that tutorial but don't be too impatient. I won't have time before the holidays are over.
p.s.s : it's Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway day on Monday ! Are you excited to spend all your day looking at blogs ?? I am :) I don't know yet if I'll be hosting a giveaway since I'm a little sick to post stuff.. we'll see !