Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Fabric from New Zealand

New Zealand was a place I'd wanted to visit for a long time so it was odd when I realized I wasn't getting excited for our trip. I didn't start to get excited until I looked up some fabric/quilting shops and places to eat! Hahaha I told myself I would only get NZ fabric, stuff I knew I couldn't get here in Canada or online in the US. I think I found 4 shops online and we managed to stop at 2 of them and a couple along the way.

Here are the batiks I brought back, all fat quarters and mostly Maori themed.

My NZ icons prints, Tiki, paua shell x 2, Pohutukawa and the fern. Everything but the Tiki print is a FQ, I got 1 metre of the Tiki man.

The Pohutukawa is a local tree and it blooms around Christmas so is called their Christmas Tree. We were lucky enough to be there to see it blooming! Unfortunately didn't get any photos of one in full bloom. It sure was amazing though, the whole tree was covered in red. I got a set of 6 placemats in the same pohutukawa print for our home... and maybe some ovenmitts and a tea towel. I really liked that tree!

The last place we stopped at was a quilt shop in Auckland and she had an amazing selection of Japanese, stuff I am pretty sure I couldn't get over here ;-) so I had to get some. I'm sure I could use a couple more metres of the one on top here, gah I love it! Plus some cute cats, fish and turtles. Some blueberries thrown in there too, not Japanese I think.

This last pic is of a set of fat eighths from the same shop in Auckland. I love the gold tinged (inflected?) fabric. I didn't realize just how small a fat eighth is until I got home!

I haven't cut into any of this fabric yet. I have a couple projects in mind for the NZ prints and maybe a shirt out of that Japanese fabric. We'll see...

Friday, February 12, 2010

2 quilt block stacks, my new babe and a sweet card

Here's a little preview of the two big quilts I'm working on. Not going to show more until they're done and away.

A pile of 32 12" Nest pinwheels.

Hmm it occurs to me I'm not sure what these blocks are called. I'm working on this quilt in my quilting class. 2 other women are doing a similar one but with a bunch of black and white prints. We got the pattern out of a magazine, which I can't remember the name of... sorry! Anyhow, 24 of 42 blocks done! They come together pretty quickly too.

I'm only going to work on the blue one in quilting class for now since that one has the longest deadline. I've got one fundraising quilt to finish soon so we can actually fundraise with it! Hope to complete that next week.

Last weekend my mom and I went halfers on a bigger sewing machine for me. She in turn got my 1yo old. It is pretty fricken huge and fancy!

The day I started to read the manual I got so exhausted I took a nap! haha that might have had something to do with little sleep the night before though. It was overwhelming too! Its a little scary too, since all of it is computerized, like there isn't even a foot lever, theres a button! I've been sewing every night since I figure it out and its pretty sweet! Too bad the photo is blurry.

And finally here's the one valentine I'm handing out this year:

For my niece Jaylynn. She hangs out at work after school and has been cutting out hearts and making valentines for 2 weeks now. I don't know how many times I've been asked if I'm making one for her. Too bad I won't be here to give it to her on VDay. (Brent and I are heading to Thunder Bay to visit with his family there.) I had lots of pressure put on me when making this card, she told me "Make it really beautiful ok?"

In Ontario Monday is Family Day and since its the day after VDay I've started calling it Make a Family Day in my head. lol Brent and I aren't doing any particularly special, other than the Keg. Valentines has never been a big thing for me, I think its from my 26 years of being single!

Have a nice long weekend if you get one!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

I'm back!

Ok, well I was back in the country almost a month ago. So its more like I'm back to my blog.

My husby and I had a great trip to New Zealand! It was our belated honeymoon and we were able to spend almost 4 weeks there. With all the travel it ended up we were away from home for 4 weeks. We were there for the holidays and it was my first Christmas away from my mom.. I mean my family. It was hard! I found I was getting homesick leading up to Christmas but once it passed my homesickness passed with it *phew*. It was our first summer Christmas too and that was very different.

For some NZ pics go to Brent's blog (Young Thunderbird in my sidebar) and click here for some more.

I was going to make this a longer post but I changed my mind because it might take me forever to write what I want to write. Right now I just want to post pictures off all the Christmas gifts I made! This year we were done Christmas shopping and making super early.. haha the only year it will probably happen like that (because we left Dec 11)! I am pleased to say maybe half of the gifts were handmade by me too.

First, the one I most most proud of. My fall quilting class project. For my older brother.

I worked on this one only in class, I didn't want to bring it home and be distracted by it lol. I just had enough time to finish it. *phew* I don't know why, but star blankets (as I've always called them) are very popular amongst native people. Its a quilt that many native people make and want to have. So as long as I've been quilting I knew I would want to make one. I am so glad I made it in a class with a great teacher, I wouldn't have done such a good job reading from a book. Anyhow, he loves it! I wish I was there when he opened it. And it looks great in his house.

2nd, another quilty piece. A xmas table runner for my mom-in-law. This came together really quick with the help of this tutorial.

Little girl's apron and oven mitt set for my Thunder Bay niece. She got a little, toy oven (what are those things called) for xmas so I know these will be put to use.

I made a similar set for my other SLKT niece for her birthday in early December. She's already told me that the thumb is too small so I need to make her bigger ones. I owe my other niece a set as well! I didn't finish all of my xmas presents I guess.

An ipod case for my nephew A.J. in Thunder Bay. I knew he was getting an ipod touch so I was able to use my ipod as the guide. It fits... very snug!

The spider fabric is one of my favourites! I picked up a metre of it years ago at the sewing and needle work festival in Toronto and I use is so sparingly.

And these last 2 I'm sweet on as well. Laptop cases for my parents with their initials on them. This one for my mom was made out of some of Amy Butler's LOVE.

She recently had it at some workshops with her and some ladies there were eyeing it up! I will take custom orders :-)

For my dad. I used this map print before for my younger bros camera case. They're both canoe guys so I had to use this one.

I tried out a blanket stitch for applique on these two and the ipod case. You can't see in the laptop pics but you can see in AJ's ipod case. I love the blanket stitch! I'm not sure I'll ever do a zigzag applique again.

I almost forgot... well I did forget, about my beading that is! Yeah, remember my beading for the last 100 days of the decade thing? Didn't last very long. I took a whole bunch of beads with me to NZ too but didn't open the bag once. I don't know when I would have had time to bead. Most of the roads were way too bendy to bead and plus there was so much to look at! Combined we took over 3000 photos.