June 30, 2010
Exhibit A: Flickr app for iPhone. Thousands of quilt pictures whenever I want!
Exhibit B: camera phone. Taking pictures of works in progress allows me to remember where I was months later when I pick them back up. Also helps me keep things straight as I sew, without continually having to lay things back out. Less up and down from the machine.
Posted by Christina at 10:43 PM
June 28, 2010
It was a long wet spring here in Oregon but finally finally the sun is shining, and flowers are exploding into bloom. Look at what I picked from our own garden!
Sandra suggested, I may boil the syrup again afterward, to give it a longer shelf life. What a delicious reason to be using those coasters.
Posted by Christina at 10:46 PM
June 27, 2010
Hey! Less than a month ago I bought some fabric and now it's been turned into coasters. In mom time that's practically instantaneous.
Our previous coasters were relegated somewhere high up about a year ago. It will be so nice to have somewhere to set our glasses besides stray envelopes and magazines. I like the feeling of following through on my ideas, even when they're small.
Posted by Christina at 12:08 AM
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Then it would have been the perfect time to have completed this onesie! I think dandelions are so pretty. Probably because I don't take care of the yard.
I machine sewed the muslin dandelion heads with a raw edge and embroidered the seeds a year ago but only just got those stems embroidered this week (thinking of my friend Laura, embroidery muse, the whole time). A sweet little finish too late to fit my little one. So, breeders, next one with a girl is probably getting this.
June 12, 2010
I probably have it easier than a lot of sewists in the "my guy won't wear stuff I make" category. Here's a guy who likes to go to Burning Man and always wants things that are a little "different", things with an edge. But not a girly edge. And not too different. Trying to strike that balance sometimes paralyzes me. Sorry for all the rumpliness. One of the shirts had just been worn and the other is clean but I only use my iron for quilting. Ha!
This one has black fabric satin stitch appliqued and then stitching added for detail. I didn't use any fusible anything, just spray starch and a glue stick, in a process I will elaborate upon sometime in the future.
This one has a branch pattern free motion stitched over "Ultra Solvy" on which I had drawn the pattern I wanted to stitch. I then washed away the Ultra Solvy in water, leaving just the stitching. Like the process above, I'll have to do it again sometime and remember to take pictures.
Posted by Christina at 11:15 PM
June 10, 2010
June 08, 2010
We spent Memorial Day getting rained on in Seattle instead of getting rained on in Portland. The picture above was taken on Pike street where there is a quirky fabric store right next to the super sex positive Babeland. My two great interests right next to each other. Always makes me smile.
I like getting fabric as a souvenir when I travel, so I got small cuts of these Echino prints. I think I'll be making some quilted coasters out of these strange treasures. I find those bicycles especially charming! I justified the outrageous imported-from-Japan prices by pointing out to myself all the different prints in one fabric. "It's like getting three fabrics in one!" I reasoned. This is what a crazy person sounds like.
Posted by Christina at 11:31 PM
June 06, 2010
I had the good fortune of receiving a gift from Sandra all the way in Switzerland. (I got super lucky on Giveaway Day and won her drawing in addition to Megs!) She sent me a book, the Crafter's Companion, and four beautiful green fabrics. I so enjoy receiving fabrics from other countries! They are usually fabrics that don't make it to the US, so I feel very special having them in my stash. I can pretend I'm worldly. Thank you Sandra!
I also enjoy yummy Swiss chocolate, a sweet extra that Sandra included, and I guess my daughter does too. Check out the blur of motion as she swooped in to steal a chocolate during my photo shoot.
This weekend I made elderflower syrup. My husband and I planted two different strains a couple years ago. Thus far we have left all the flowerheads to produce berries. This year the plants are three times as big as last year and completely unwieldy and I decided they could spare a few. I felt a little overwhelmed trying to process all the berries last year so I can only imagine what this year will be like. Plus, I've read lots of praise for the delicate flavor of elderflower syrup (mostly from Europeans - see where I'm going here?). I intend to mix my syrup with some club soda for a refreshing drink once we all stop complaining about the rain and start complaining about the heat.
In case you also have a yard being overtaken by these beasts, here is how I made mine. I haven't tasted it yet so we'll be in this experiment together.
1.5 cups water
1.5 cups sugar
1 lemon, thinly sliced
8-10 elderberry flower heads. Be sure the blooms have opened but none have started to brown. Inspect for and remove any debris or bugs. Do not rinse.
Combine sugar and water in a saucepan, simmer together until all sugar is dissolved. This is a "simple syrup". Let it cool to lukewarm. Pile the elderflowers and lemons in a clean glass jar. Pour the syrup over them. Leave in a sunny location for 2-3 days, then strain out the flowers and lemons. Store in the refrigerator. I'll let you know how it turns out!