Archive for March 2011

Priority Sequence

March 18, 2011

So, I’m curious.  If you call a company and go through an automated ‘press this number to go here, press that number to go there’ then end up on hold because all agents are currently busy, how can they say your call will be answered in priority sequence.  They don’t know why you are calling, you haven’t had a chance to talk to anyone about it so how do they know your reason is less important than the caller ahead of you…strange.  If I had actually gotten through to an agent, before loosing my patience and hanging up I might have asked.  Thought for the day 🙂

We watched a cute movie the other day, Despicable Me.  Its an animated film so they can do some pretty silly things.  It was nice though, one of those ones were there isn’t a lot of killing an gore, and it had a nice story line too.  There were some pretty funny parts too!   If you get the chance I would recommend seeing it.

As promised I tried out the quilt-as-you-go method I mentioned previously.  I will call it quilt-as-you-go as I don’t know if it has another name for this process or not.  I used the pinwheel block of the month blocks I made last year.  Its not totally done, but I will show you what I have done so far.

So, I quilted all the blocks making the backing about 1″ larger than the batting that block.

Once I had that done and I had them placed into a pleasing order I started sewing.  Placing backs together and lining up the edge so that your batting and block start in the same place, stitch.  You will end up with the two backing pieces sticking up between the two fronts…basically the seam allowance is on the front.

Once you have that you need to press/fold the pieces over.  One to each side, I folded the fabric in half once and then in half again so you end up with about a 1/4″ of the backing folded to create a sashing.  I found it easiest to press the pieces to the side they would be folded then fold them over one at a time and pin.

I tried stitching the blocks together with the fabric pre-folded in half, but it didn’t help.   Once you have the two sides folded and pinned how you want them you top stitch close to the edge of the sashing you created.

The back looks nice and tidy too.

I also went along and did a zig-zag over the seam where the two blocks joined for added stability.

I have the blocks sewn into rows and now need to sew the rows together.  I’m thinking you can probably use the same technique as with joining the blocks, but I’m up for experimenting so think I might try doing it slightly different…

That will have to wait until next week though!

This week in candle and lip balm making land we got the final labels for the lip balm tubes that will be available soon.  I just love the look of them, and the fact that the tubes are made from recycled plastic is just great!

Happy Quilting!

 

Snowing day means Sewing Day!

March 10, 2011

Alright, I might be getting a little ahead of myself, since they aren’t really calling for a snow day.  But I wanted to be prepared since what better way to spend a snow day than sewing. There is no shortage of projects on the go so it shouldn’t be a problem.

I have all of my pinwheel blocks sandwiched and quilted, so this weekend I am planning to get them sewn together.  I will take some pictures along the way to show you how it goes together.  I’m hoping its as simple as it sounds…
Until then I’ll I’ve quilted this week is my pinwheel blocks so will show you some pictures of that, since I know you are here for the quilting 🙂

Fronts, there is 20 all together

Backs

Boy, what an exciting day at the mailbox today, no bills and my January Bingo Winnings!  The theme for January was batiks, and since I won a game during the month I got a squishy envelope in the mail.  These are very pretty ones, especially the brightly coloured ones.  Although to be completely honest I’m not really sure what the big draw is for batiks.  It seems like everyone just loves them.  I can think of a number of different types of fabrics I would prefer…hmm, just personal preference and I do have some batiks in my stash, I guess  a few more now!

I’ve been spending a large amount of time lately working on a new product for Pioneer Spirit.  Lip balm in a tube! Up until now we have only been able to offer it in a tin as I just couldn’t bring myself to put it into a virgin plastic tube.  But a little while back I was able to find tubes made some recycled plastic, that once empty are also recyclable! Yahoo!  That was a pretty exciting day.  So I’ve been working to get them ready to be available early April, our designer has done a great job on the labels.  Once we have them packaged and ready I will get a picture for you.

Did you celebrate Pancake Tuesday?  We sure did, can’t skip a reason for having pancakes!  I tried a modified recipe from what I usually do and I turned out really well.  If you didn’t celebrate pancake Tuesday maybe you would like to try this recipe to celebrate Pancake weekend.

Ultra Yummy Pancakes

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/2tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to sour.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in mixing bowl. Whisk egg, butter and vanilla into “soured” milk. combine wet and dry ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.  If you are adding blueberries (or chocolate chips 🙂 add them now and mix into the batter.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip and cook until browned on the other side.
  4. Enjoy!

I was going to take a picture of the snowman we built the other night, but it had fallen over before I had a chance, turns out we could use a lesson on snowman building 🙂  Who knew it would be so difficult!

Hope you are enjoying a quilty day!

Yuck. Rain.

March 4, 2011

Yep, you guessed it, freezing rain here.  Well, at least once it hits the ground its pretty frozen.  Oh well, I’ve got the wood stove full so its nice and toasty warm in here…almost a little too warm 🙂

Its been a reasonably quiet week here this week.  Lots of quilting and candle making.  Kinda sums up a lot of my weeks actually, some with more quilting than others.

Remember the Maple Leaf block swap I was telling you about?  Well I never did find the picture of all my blocks and I sent them away in the mail this week so I took a picture of the extra ones I had made to keep for myself.

I’ve also taken a picture of the quilt I made that I showed you the border of previously.  It actually fits perfectly on the spare-room bed so it just might end up there when it is finished.

I’ve also been quilting my pinwheel blocks, I’ve just got 8 more to go then I can start joining them together!  And, once that is done I can start on another project!  Not that I have many I would like to make, just a few dozen, give or take 🙂

When we were out the other day I saw the funniest sign.  You know the lit up store signs that all the big stores have, well we drove past the Shoppers Drug Mart in Hanover the other day and they have apparently changed their specialty.  The D was burned out making them Shoppers Rug Mart!  It was quite funny, although you maybe had to be there to see it to get the full effect.  Oh of all the times I had wished I had my camera with me.

I’m also working on a tutorial on some of the many ways to make half square triangle blocks.  I must know about 5 different ways atleast.  I thought about it the other day when I was sewing up a block (using that lovely fabric from our mystery tin challenge) and had to decide which way I wanted to do the triangles.  I will let you know when I have it done and will post it as a new page.  For now I will let you see what I created with the 16 HST I made most recently.  I actually made two and its amazing the difference it makes just by changing the colour way.

This pink version I will be using in my pinwheel quilt

I’ve also been burning a lot of candles this week as we are testing out a new one, but I just can’t seem to get the right sized wick in there to help it burn really well.  Kind of looks like I have a seance going on, but someone has to be the pour soul to test them all 🙂

Hmm, well I think thats most of the good stuff from this week unless you want more details of the hours I spend making soap and candles.

Happy Quilt!