It has been a c-c-c-cold April here in Canada's southernmost town. The Detroit weather dude said we are 10-20F degrees colder than average, and the Windsor weather dude, Arms Bumanlag (don't you just love his name?!) concurred, about 5-10C. The wind out of the north is freezing; when it's out of the south, because it comes off the lake, freezing as well. I could count on one hand the number of times I have walked Rocco without earmuffs and gloves. Yesterday and today I was grouchy the entire walk, barely looking around to admire the burgeoning Spring glory of magnolias, Japanese Cherry, azaleas, Forsythia, other white floral trees that I do not know...
Today I got home, hit the shower, my cheeks (both sets, ha) ice cold to the touch, and started to have a meltdown of frustration and depression and anger all rolled into one. And then....wait a second.... I grabbed myself by the scruff of the neck (metaphorically, although I did scrub my neck, lol) and said, "Sandra! Get a GRIP! You are crying about the weather?! Meanwhile you have made two beautiful quilts that you hope to give to two children...said children who have suffered unspeakable horrors of sexual abuse and YOU THINK YOU HAVE IT BAD???" Insert steam-out-of-nostrils emoji.
Yeah. So. I got out of the shower and told MacGyver the positive aspects of my walk with Rocco: 1. Just two steps from where he did his first poop (he saved up today) was a perfectly good, nicely folded, just a bit wet from the drizzle, pretty lettuce-green doggie poop bag! (had you wondering, didn't I?) I didn't have to use one of my own, and at about 1.5c each, a girl's gotta save money where she can, snort. 2. The drizzle stopped not even half way into my walk. 3. The lawns are the most incredible, lush, Irish green.
Speaking of incredible green (love it when I get a good segue like this), a few days ago, I used a piece of Quilters' Candy Basics from Connecting Threads (no affiliation) from a fat quarter bundle I got from them in early December to make this:
Here's the back:
Tish came in handy yet again! On this one, I sewed the binding to the back, and then top-stitched it down on the front. I was happy with the result.
|I pulled the potholder out from the machine to clip the threads once I'd finished stitching down the binding, and this 1.5" tail of thread was all that was left on the bobbin! Talk about Luck o' the Irish!|
Here is its partner.
Here they are together. I cannot get over how lovely the two colours look beside each other. The mottled bits in that gorgeous green look the exact colour of the rich purple.
So, appliqué, or as I am wont to say, "Aaaack!-pliqué." This is my first attempt at Lara Buccella's Crafted Appliqué technique. Her book just came out, and yippee! I get to be a part of the blog hop next month celebrating her book launch....
The book is available on Amazon, and doing well, yay. Isn't it just right when good things happen to good people? (I am not an Amazon affiliate.) The method is SO COOL; take a close look at my butterflies...pretty sharp edges, huh? Here's what the fabric looks like after the kaleidoscopes I did several years ago (and seem to want to do again) and this project:
|Fabulous fabric by Michael Miller, bought in about 2000, used in two Paula Nadelstern-style kaleidoscopes|
I'll be sharing more, much more during the hop. If you have admired appliqué, but thought, na, can't be bothered to turn under all those edges, or na, don't like the look of raw edge, or it seems too much work, well, you need to check this book out! I think you will be pretty amazed and excited, and, if you're like me, have your brain start fizzing with creative possibilities.
|Tried to capture the gorgeous variegated thread in the rather elusive sunshine the other day|
Three-Quarter Patch Tote (and it's on SALE this weekend!) I reviewed for Craftsy a while back; post is here. Everyone loved how the colours played together, so I am cooking up another project with them.
Craftsy. Buying a fat quarter bundle is a great way to build your stash, or to try fabrics you may not normally buy, and to push you a little out of your comfort zone. This weekend, you've probably heard, there is a terrific sale on kits and supplies (um Mother's Day coming right up, anyone?)
and fat quarter bundles can be had for about $2CA a fat quarter.
|That's Kaffe Fassett on the right, Free Spirit on the left, and yep, at $35CA that's just over $2 per FQ; US is $26, so just over $1.50 per FQ|
|That's Anna Maria Horner fabric on the left, I own it now. :-) And have a plan! the one on the right is Free Spirit|
Positive thought #4 about my morning walk with Rocco. If I got my butt in gear, I could finish my Fisherman's Wife Cowl and wear it, since the weather is still going to be pretty cool. And so I did!
|Love how it turned out! The kit is on sale right now at Craftsy too!|
Something I tend to forget is that it's not just quilting supplies and kits on sale; it's knitting kits, like my cowl, and yarn, sewing fabric (look at these two!)
threads(!!), scrapbooking, cake-decorating, etc. Now I have this project done, I plan to start one of the other knitted kits I picked up at the last sale, like maybe these Brooklyn mitts...
Bella had some purring/kneading time on the leftover yarn from my cowl:
|There's something endearing, heart-warming, and mesmerizing watching a cat knead.|
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I'll be back Sunday for the April yoga pose for Sunday Stretch. I'm off to walk Rocco, and then peruse Craftsy's sale... restraint? What restraint?!