Monday, June 20, 2011

Hourglass

I think I may need an hourglass - had some time off and it takes me the same amount of time to get back in gear! I guess that means that the time off was well taken?! This past weekend was full of sewing classes and photo shoots - two things I really enjoy in my off time.

One item that had a deadline was this project for Father's Day - let's just say I missed that deadline to complete the entire quilt but I did get the top done!
[various green pattern fabric, Kona solids is Ash, Coal and Pepper | quilt pattern by The Sometimes Crafter]



You can buy the pattern here and Christina has done a wonderful job providing different sizes. I debating on whether or not to add a border to this top - it might be pieced or it might be solid. Still thinking about the quilting too, right now I am leaning more towards straight lines on the diagonal.

This is the same pattern that I am using this month for the do.Good Stitches group. I can't wait for all the blocks to come in so I can put that one together.

I also took a Wonky Star class at River Quilts in downtown Camas, WA. If you haven't had a chance to visit this adorable store, please make time. The owner Nancy is a sweetheart and she is building up her inventory and is bringing in some great fabrics. Kathy the instructor was wonderful and I found that I learned so much more than the Wonky Star class - she was giving me tips all along the way. This Wonky Star pattern is a really good stash buster, I can see many of these in my future!


[Kona solid white and various pink pattern fabrics left over from my Single Girl Quilt]
Then it was off to check out this bad boy - he is a boy, Meredith at Modern Domestic named him John. I think the name is going to stick. :) It was a little more serger than I wanted but it was the last classroom serger they were selling and at a very good price. If you are in the market for a new sewing machine or serger and are willing to get a used one - you might want to check out their classroom sale.

[Bernina 1150MDA from Modern Domestic]
It is intimidating ... so intimidating that I took two classes in one day: Basic 101 serging and Basic serged skirt. By the end of the day I definitely felt more comfortable on it and I am pretty excited about my purchase and the fact that I made a new yoga skirt for $16. I have plans this weekend to tackle a ruffle blouse for Amaya...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My Creative Space

[oregon coast]
I have been on a much needed unplugged mini vacation...I am back but busy playing catch up.

Check out more spaces here...

Friday, June 3, 2011

Work | Harder-better-faster-stronger

And it's not over yet. It's been some time since I have had to work weekends in the corporate world. But it seems that it is becoming the status quo as we continue to embrace the World Wide Web, where days of the week are just that - days. There is not denotations to weekends or nights. Customers [us - myself included] expectations grow higher and higher, their demands ever increasing, we want it NOW! In the words of Daft Punk: Harder, better, faster, stronger.

I sit here in front of three computers and wonder how long this will be sustainable for companies? At what point do we as consumers/customers just implode with our own demands? I think we should be ever so careful of what we ask for...

Right now I am dreaming of digging in the dirt - sitting in one of these bad ass machines and just digging...
[Dozer Days 2011 - Amaya]

Thursday, June 2, 2011

My Creative Space

Now I know how everyone is getting these piles of thinly sliced fabric! Squaring up half square triangles- got a little carried away on my DoGoodStitches project and ended up making enough for a quilt. It's going to be Kirk's father-dog pressie.
[grays and greens]

See more creative spaces here...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Key Lime Pie | YUM

I am just going to tell you up front that I won't be providing points on a slice of this deliciousness! And you have to love the timing of this post - right after I talk about my sausage arms...

I have tried a few Key Lime pie recipes over the years but this one is probably the best and the easiest. Especially if you use a prepared graham cracker pie shell.

I first pinned it on Pinterest, which lead me to My Baking Addiction - she adapted the All Recipes version to make her mini Key Lime pies. This is what I really wanted to do but I couldn't find anyone local that carried the 4" pans. They are on order - so I made a regular 9" size.

If you like tart [which we do] then I highly recommend that you give this one a try. Kirk approves!