Showing posts from February, 2013

A Burst of Colour - A Work in Progress

Before I broke my wrist, I had signed up for a Liberated Radial Piecing class with Elaine Quehl. I love her Solstice and couldn't wait to learn how she did it. I had no idea how I was going to participate on Saturday with my wrist, but I figured I could still learn something and have a good time.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I could do because the techniques were very free-form. I can't apply enough pressure to cut anything accurately right now so this couldn't have been more perfect.

I chose to use solids because that was my best stash of the colours I wanted to pay with, although this technique also looks stunning with handdyes and batiks.

Loving it so far!

Thanks for a fabulous class, Elaine! Here are some examples of my classmates' work. Isn't it cool to see it with different fabrics?

I'm linking in to WIP Wednesday at The Needle and Thread Network and to W.i.P. Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

You Are The Best!

The pity party's over. Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement and support. You have no idea how much they cheered me up!

I went to see the ortho on Thursday and the news is very good. It's a small distal radius fracture -- no resetting or surgery needed. Just a new cast, which freed up my thumb and fingers so I can move them freely. No ringette -- boo! -- but I can quilt a little -- yay! I don't think the doctor meant quilting quite as much as I have been since Saturday though...LOL! Freeing up my fingers and thumb means I can type easier too, which means I can start blogging again too. Woo hoo!

First order of business is to announce the winner of the My Memories digital scrapbooking software!

 22. JanaramaFebruary 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM
The Peace Out pack is groovy man. Congrats, Janarama! I'll be sending you an email shortly. Thank you to My Memories for sponsoring this giveaway!

The other bit of news is that my 10 Years And Still Over The Rainbow and som…

One Handed Typing...

sucks! :( I broke my wrist yesterday, falling on the ice outside. Thankfully, it was my right wrist and I'm left-handed, but it still means no quilting. I'm really hoping that it will heal quickly and I'll be back quilting and blogging soon. :)

I was midway through this too...

If you missed the My Memories Giveaway post, you have until 8 p.m. EST tonight to enter!

Trapunto Tutorial - Something New Sampler

Today is my day for sharing a new technique for the Something New Sampler with Amy @ The Cute Life. If you're here for the first time, welcome! For everyone else, welcome back!
My block in the sampler features trapunto. Trapunto, which comes from the italian term "to embroider", is a stuffed quilting technique that gives great texture to quilts.

This trapunto technique used to intimidate me -- mostly because I'd see in in fabulous heirloom quilts and think that there's no way I could do that. Having done it a couple of times now, I can safely say that there is nothing to be afraid of and I'm going to show you how to do it so you can say the same.

Please read all the instructions of the tutorial before beginning.

1 - 3.5" x 16" background colour (I chose white)
1 - 5.5" x 16" background colour (white)
Scraps of 1.5" wide fabric to create a 1.5" by 16" strip
Water soluble thread (I use YLI Wash-A-Way Water Soluble Th…

My Memories Giveaway

I have a giveaway for you today! Nice way to kick off the weekend, eh? The nice folks at My Memories asked me to review and give away a copy of their software. Sure! I've seen it on a few other bloggers' sites and was curious to try it.

Using this software, you can create digital scrapbooks, photobooks, cards, calendars and gifts without having to buy expensive and complicated software programs. Thumbs up! My Memories Suite is also rated #1 by Amazon and TopTen Reviews.

I used to do scrapbooking by hand until I discovered photo books with Shutterfly. Since then my scrapbooking materials have largely made their way into the kids craft space. LOL! The online photo books programs have their limits though.

I was curious what a scrapbooking software program could do and whether it could do more of the stuff I like to do with my blog, like buttons, headers, etc. The first thing I tried was my Scrap Bin Mission button above. It was easy and straightforward to create and insert the pi…