Archive for September, 2008

The 28 Hour Quilt Top

September 14th, 2008

On Saturday, around 2 o’clock I decided to clean out my fabric room and in a frustrated moment trying to deal with my massive scraps collection I started cutting them up into blocks.  I made a bunch of 2 inch and 4 inch squares.  i don’t consider myself much of a quilter, but I have made a few quilts with large base blocks, and I had the idea to make a random scrap quilt out of these scraps for a while.  I didn’t do any math to figure out the quilt size or number of blocks or anything so it really is random. There are still a handful of squares scattered around my desk, but I got lucky used up almost all of the scraps I cut  to get the right size for full size bed.  (never mind the other large box of scraps i still have hidden in the back of the closet… I’ll just have to get to those later! haha)

Some of my 2 inch blocks

Some of my 2 inch blocks

I took all of my neatly stacked piles of 2 inch squares and put them into a box and shook vigerously.  Then I just sat the box up next to me and reached in blindly pulling out two squares at a time.  If I ended up with two of the same I’d toss one back and draw again.  The different fabrics in this quilt vary wildly from modern to retro, from cute novelty prints to beautiful batiks, lights and darks, and everything in between.  It was interesting too see how much I have used some colors since I started adding to this scrap collection.  This quilt has a pretty strong brown and green trend, I think.

Little Squares all Mixed Up

Little Squares all Mixed Up

I just sewed and sewed and sewed.  First making my 2 blocks, then stitching them together to have 4 blocks, then 8 blocks, then 16 blocks.  Once I had all my 2 inch squares to this point I made a bunch of blocks out of four 4 inch squares and added them to the mix.  From there I just kpt going randomly grabbing squares, stitching them together, snipping, ironing, stitching, snipping, ironing, etc.  I was at how quickly it went  when I finally sewed the last squares together and realized it was just 4pm and only 28 hours after I first got the urge to start this. (and yes, I did get a full 8 hours of sleep in there somewhere!)

The finished quilt top hanging on the shed

The finished quilt top hanging on the wall

Of course it’s still just a top at this point, so it’s not really done, but I was excited to share it!  I’ll have to wait a bit before I can pick out my backing fabric and other supplies, but I don’t think i can wait too long. I’ll be sure to post an update once it’s quilted and done, so look forward to it!

I think it’s beautiful.  But is it too busy?  What do you think?

Zippy Pencil Case For your 3 Ring Binder

September 13th, 2008

With school back in session you’ll be hauling your pens, pencils, and other new supplies all over and will need to have something to carry them in.  It’s a great opportunity to craft your own pencil case and use it as a way to express yourself.  This easy to follow tutorial will help you create a zipped pouch that will fit into your 3-ring binder, hold your supplies, and look great doing it!

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A Photo Every Day

September 8th, 2008

Crafting and photography are two of my greatest joys.  On this blog I like to share the joys of crafting, but I’ve just recently started a photoblog, hosted on Aminus3 (Which I really like so far).  My twin brother and I decided to commit ourselves to taking a photo every day and posting it online starting on our birthday, Sept 6th, 2008 and continuing until at least Sept 6th 2009.  Taking just one photo everyday and getting it up online doesn’t seem like too much of a challenge yet, but I have a feeling it may get more difficult as time goes on.  The rules? For each day of the year we must take and post a photo for that day.  No cheating by using photos taken on a different date, and if it isn’t posted before midnight it is considered a fail.  We’ll each create a “Fail” image to hold the place of the missing image and it should stand out as show of shame for not sticking to the commitment.  At the end of the year we’re going to get all of the photos printed and put them all together for display.  I think it will be a lot of fun to see all the different things that caught my eye during the course of a year.

If you’re interested in checking in on my Photo-A-Day Challenge you can view my photos by clicking the image above or by following this link.  To see the photos taken by my twin, you can follow this link to his page.  Wish me luck with my year of photos!

Cheers,

LauPre

Sushi for Dinner and Birthday Wish

September 6th, 2008

I felt the urge yesterday to take a try at rolling sushi!  I decided to go with one of my favorites, the California roll.  It uses crab, cucumber, and avocado.  I think it came out really well.

The recipe is pretty simple.  I started the rice in the rice cooker and let that go while I prepared the other ingredients and set up my workspace.  The cucumber, avocado, and crab pieces got cut  into long strips.  In a frying pan I heated up about 3/4 cup of rice vinegar with salt and sugar, bringing it just to a boil once the rice was finished.  To roll I used nori sheets and a sushi rolling mat I picked up from the asian grocery around the corner.  The rice vinegar mixture got added to the rice and I tossed them together until it was all absorbed.  I was a little nervous about the actual rolling process, but it was so much easier than it looks!

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I had a lot of fun with it, so I made up some other ones with some random goodies from my fridge.  There are also scrambled egg, cheese, and bacon rolls, and pepperoni and cream cheese rolls!

Regarding the second half of my post title, the Birthday Wish, I just wanted to share that it’s my birthday today!!  Wooo!  unfortunately I don’t have anything wild planned, but it should be a nice day anyway (here’s hoping those grey clouds break up soon so I can have some sunshine at least).  And the wish part?  There’s only one thing I’d really wish for if someone was looking to get me a gift.

It’s a tiny little camera made by minox.  It’s so absolutely cute!  The best part is that Minox has styled it to look just like the iconic Leica M3.  This new digital homage is decent midrange quality with a 5 mp ccd,  a 1.5 tft lcd screen on the back, an sd card slot, and a rechargeable li-Ion battery.  Now, I already have a great camera that i got a couple of years ago, but it’s a heavy beast!  It meets all of my requirements to make it my perfect camera specswise, but it’s sizecan make it a little hard to carry around.  This little guy would come with me everywhere making sure that I don’t have any more of those “I wish I had my camera” moments.

So if there’s anyone out there still looking for a gift for me (It’s okay, I don’t mind a late birthday present!) this camera can be found at a number of online retailers and runs in a price range just under $200.

http://www.digitalfotoclub.com/product-featuresb.asp?id=964729976

http://www.adorama.com/MXDCC.html?searchinfo=minox%20m3&item_no=4

Cheers!

My Summer Sewing Space

September 4th, 2008

This summer I faced quite the dielemma.  I had two personal truths conflicting.  First, If the temperature is above 70 degrees it is physically impossible to remain indoors, and second, a day shouldn’t pass that i don’t sit down and spend some quality time with my sewing machine.  How could I bear sitting inside when i know it’s a beautiful day?  I knew my problem was solved when I found this amazing desk abandoned on the side of the road.

It’s huge!

I mean, really, really big! It took three people to drag it home and get it onto the back porch.  It’s vintage, all solid wood, so it weighs a ton.  It is about 3.5 feet tall, 5 feet long, and almost 3 feet from front to back.  The fact that there isn’t a single place I could put it inside the house couldn’t stop me from falling in love with it and once I had it I knew it would be a perfect new home for my sewing space.

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