Friday, July 24, 2015

Matching patterns

Repeat after me: "I will not use directional patterns in herringbone quilts... I WILL NOT use directional patterns in herringbone quilts..."  :p

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Camelot fabrics

I've had the pleasure over the past few months of working with Camelot Fabrics, a local Montreal company that produces printed fabrics. The work I have done for them is simply to construct a few of the projects they offer on their website using some of their new fabric collections, and I have to say I have greatly enjoyed it.

The fabric itself is 100% cotton and has a nice heft to it that makes the finished product really nice to the touch. And when I say 'heft', I mean it literally... I'm currently working on making a full size quilt for them and the fabric for it was so weighty that carrying it in a bag over my shoulder had put my arm to sleep by the time I got it home :) But it is so soft and thick and lovely to work with.

Their collections are widely varied and very much 'on trend', at least in the circles I sew in :) I quite like the Botanical and Paradise collections at the moment. The first two projects I did for them, pictured below, showcased their Mixology collection and their Solids, respectively.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Mousse Farts

On a recent trip to Ottawa, my uncle Terry introduced me to a shooter drink called a Duck Fart. Yeah, I know, not exactly an appealing name, but it is a surprisingly tasty layered drink made of KahlĂșa, Bailey's Irish cream and Crown Royal whisky. Because it's a shooter, you down it in one go and while it certainly has an alcoholic kick to it, the combination of the three layers is really nice and surprisingly dessert-like.

In fact, it was so dessert-like, it got me thinking. Surely I could make something sweet and tasty using the same basic flavors... perhaps a layered chocolate cake with different icings? Or maybe a cupcake? Then I thought of chocolate mousse... it would lend itself well to the addition of booze and could easily be layered to mimic the drink. And thus, the Mousse Fart was born ;) Just like its drink counterpart, the name pretty much ensures it won't be served in swanky restaurants any time soon, but trust me, these things are damn tasty!

Friday, July 3, 2015


Often I think the beginning of a project is the best part... everything is still potential, you're waiting to see how it all comes together, and in your mind at least, it still looks perfect.

There's still plenty of time, of course, to make mistakes ;)