Saturday, May 30, 2015

As ye sew, so shall ye rip

I've been working on fixing a store-bought quilt for my niece. The batting that was in it went all weird and lumpy, so we had to wrangle it from her (there was a fair amount of crying) so I could take it apart and put new batting in it. I foolishly said it wouldn't take me long to fix...

Getting it apart wasn't difficult, but getting it back together has been a phenomenal pain in the arse. It is very thin cotton with an odd bias stretch to it, so every time I get it most of the way back together, I find the fabric has gone wonky and the edges won't match up properly. I have partly sewn together and subsequently seam ripped it apart three times now, and I'm about to get stabby.

So I'm taking it apart yet again this evening and at this point instead of trying to put it back together the way it was*, I'm just going to securely quilt the top, batting and bottom into one layer and do a facing around the edge and be done with it... I don't want to keep her blanket from her any longer! Otherwise, I might be giving it back to her as a high school graduation gift :P 

* it was previously put together by putting the right sides of the quilt top and quilt back together, sewing around three of the four sides, turning it right side out to capture the batting in the middle, then sewing closed the fourth side. It was then quilted using an extremely large and loose stab stitch, which would explain why the batting didn't hold up well when washed! Kind of a silly way to construct a child's bed quilt!

Sunday, May 24, 2015


The nature of my work often means that I'm sitting still, focusing on something for long periods of time, so I like to have something on in the background to listen to. YouTube can be good for this, I can watch old episodes of QI, or catch up on some of the channels I follow (Vsauce, Vlogbrothers or WheezyWaiter, for example). 

Slowly, though, I am moving more towards podcasts... on the top of my list is, of course, the QI podcast, No Such Thing as a Fish and Adam Savage's podcast Still Untitled. I love listening to people who are enthusiastic talk about their passions, and if it's one thing Mr. Savage isn't lacking on, its enthusiasm. As a fellow maker and autodidact, I thoroughly enjoy listening to him discuss his passion for making and crafting, but their topics of discussion range far and wide. 

I keep the Nerdist podcast, and Alton Brown's podcast bookmarked as well, although I find them a little more hit-and-miss... I don't listen to them as often. I've also recently added a few craft-based podcasts to my list, but am still testing them out to see if I like them. 

So, do you like to have something playing in the background when you're working, and if so, what sort of things do you prefer? Have any suggestions for me to check out? I'm all ears!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A thing of beauty

I am a strange combination of impatience and perfectionism... I'm often in a hurry to get things done, but then having hurried through, I am unhappy with the results and dwell on all the little things I should have taken the time to do differently. So when I _do_ slow down and do something right, it makes me so happy ;) These are two handles for a bag I will post about soon... they are nothing special, just two handles, but oh that top stitching! That lovely, even, so close to the edge top stitching! Every now and then I do good work! ;)

Monday, May 18, 2015

My helpers

I do not quilt alone. While my boyfriend usually leaves me to my own devices while I'm working, our two cats Harley and Tigger are my Quality Assurance team, and they take their jobs quite seriously. While they stay out of the way when I'm working (I think they dislike the sound of the sewing machine), as soon as I leave some project unattended, I usually come back to one, or both, of them having made themselves comfortable on top of it.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Doctor Who quilt

This one is, quite possibly, my finest accomplishment to date. I didn't have any current projects but wanted something to work on, and a friend asked if I could make her a Doctor Who quilt. We discussed it at length and she showed me some examples of what she'd like and I set to work on drafting a pattern.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Quilts, quilts, quilts!

A couple of years ago I joined the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild, and while it is just generally an awesome group of people to spend an evening at our meetings, it has also raised the standards to which I hold my work and has really helped me sharpen my skills. I don't have any pictures of the first few quilts I did as gifts (and frankly, that's a good thing ;) but here is a little round up of some of my older quilts to get us up to the present.

(I think I will eventually need to work on a better set up for photographing my work... most of these are taken late at night after I have giddily finished a project and ask my boyfriend to hold them up while I snap a few pictures of them. You can usually spot his fingers in the upper corners and his pants at the bottom ;) )

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Quilt faster!

I may talk a good game about learning patience and taking time to do things properly... but sometimes I just want to get through the boring stuff so I can get the damn thing put together already! Oh mah gaaaaaawd, hurry up!!!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A few odds and ends

I wanted to take a moment and round up a few past projects that fall under the "miscellaneous" heading. I tend to go off on tangents often and am easily distracted, especially with little 'quickie' projects like these, so I'm sure I will be posting round ups like these fairly often ;)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

One can never have too many pillows

Sometimes a big, complicated project is just too daunting and you need a sort of 'quick fix' project to feel productive and get the creative juices flowing. I usually opt for a zippered pouch or a throw pillow. After all, one can never have too many pillows...

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Start at the beginning, an introduction of sorts

I am a maker and an autodidact. (If you're not familiar with that term, you can listen to Adam Savage discuss it here, or, you know, Google it ;) I'm one of those people who always has to be doing something, working on something... my boyfriend can attest to this, and my best friend from high school has many stories of the times I would frustratedly proclaim "Let's DO something!". If I'm not doing something, I need to be planning something or learning something... I like to keep busy, and I like to have something to show for my efforts.

When I was little, I really enjoyed building, creating, drawing... anything creative. So when I got to university, it took me about 30 seconds to realize I needed to major in art. It probably wouldn't get me a job, but it was what I needed to do, so I did. I took the usual drawing and painting classes and realized... eh, I wasn't that great at it. Then I discovered photography and mixed media and the lightbulb went on.