This is my latest creation for friends of ours whose little one is due in March. It was my first attempt at using half square triangles (a piecing technique used in lots of quilt patterns) and I am very happy with how it turned out.
Once you’ve made the half square triangles (a square made up of two right angle triangles) the possibilities are endless! I had a lot of fun playing around with different patterns, created by the two colours in different arrangements, but stuck with my original herringbone pattern idea.
I backed it with this alphabet print to make it a little more playful and kept the quilting fairly simple to try to highlight the herringbone pattern. (sorry for the bad picture! I forgot to get a picture of the back while I was outside)
I had a lot of fun making and photographing this one and I can’t wait to try out some other patterns with half square triangles!
A new niece born just before Christmas meant another quilt! This is the first “girl” quilt I made so I used lots of purple fabrics (my favourite) and am very happy with how it turned out. It was hard parting with this one but I’m glad it has a home and is being enjoyed.
I quilted it diagonally and love the way it softened up after being washed.
It definitely makes me want to use purple more often!
I made this quilt for friends of ours that had a baby boy in December. I used a cute toy animal print and coordinating colours in a simple stripey pattern that came together quickly.
I’m not entirely happy with how it turned out (almost too matching?) but Reuben liked it so that’s worth something. I haven’t done much sewing since I finished it in early January but I have lots of projects planned for the coming months.
The kitchen renovation only took about 10 days from start to functional (not quite finished, but usable again), helped along by family and a long weekend. Living without a kitchen for a week and a half meant a few take out meals and doing dishes in the bathroom sink, but we’re glad the timing of everything (electricians, cabinet delivery, etc.) worked out and it wasn’t too long.
Here’s a few pictures of the actual renovation process.
Cabinets starting to come down
All leveled and insulated
Painted; floor and ceiling in (I love the pine ceiling!)
I finally got around to taking pictures of our new kitchen. It’s a hard room to keep clean since it’s used so often and that’s been my latest excuse. I know it doesn’t need to be perfect (some drawers still don’t have handles) but I didn’t want all the pictures to look like this:
So today I made myself take pictures after cleaning and BEFORE doing any baking.
We’re really enjoying the new kitchen. We have SO much more storage and counter space now, and to say we like our dishwasher would be an understatement. Loading and unloading a dishwasher every few days is so much better than hand washing dishes every day, although I do feel a bit guilty about the energy it uses. Stacking the laundry and putting in a shorter window allowed us to use the space a lot better and we’re very happy with how it all turned out.
I made this quilt back in the summer for a friend’s baby. Part of me likes the crazy blocks, part of me isn’t sure, but I think overall it works.
I was stuck for a while trying to decide how to quilt this one and decided to give free motion quilting a try. I used a simple loop and was happy with how it turned out, although I would probably do a different pattern if I could do it over. I’m glad I tried it though and am looking forward to practicing this technique on other quilts.
Happy New Year! After a busy Christmas season, we both got sick and had a slow start to 2014. We’re now getting back into the swing of things and actually getting things done (finally took the Christmas tree down on Sunday!). It’s been quite mild here lately, with temperatures above zero for the past few days. I prefer this to the -30 degree weather we were having at the start of the year, but the melting snow piles aren’t very pretty. Ice storms are beautiful, even if they cause all sorts of problems. I took this picture of our backyard after the ice storm in December. . .before having to scrape an inch of ice off my car.
While I was vacationing in Europe last June, Reuben was hard at work fixing up the bathroom. I was glad I didn’t have to live through that reno (since we only have one bathroom) and was very impressed that he got it all done before I came home. Especially since he had to pick out a paint colour on his own! Here are some ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots.
I mostly liked the bathroom before, but since it needed to be insulated we had to tear everything out. We tried to reuse what we could and I’m very happy with how it turned out. We’re still debating putting a medicine cabinet over the sink though which is why the mirror hasn’t been hung yet…
The kitchen is just about done now too and I will share some pictures once the rest of the countertop is in.
As much as I love summer, I think fall is my favourite season. It’s nice enough to be outside yet cool enough to bake, and the changing leaves are so beautiful! Add to that lots of fresh garden veggies and some apple picking, and it makes for such a wonderful time of year. We’ve had perfect fall weather these last couple weeks and I’ve tried to make the most of it while it’s here.
I went for a short afternoon walk to these places, both within a minute of our house.
In house news, we’ll be starting the kitchen reno soon. I’m not looking forward to living without a kitchen for a couple weeks, but hoping the end result will be worth it!