Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Adios Mexico!

Well, our SECOND vacation in two weeks has been cancelled.

picture borrowed from here

I was so looking forward to our trip to Mexico this coming week but things seem to have gotten a lot worse; not only in Mexico but even in our own countries. Freakishly, both ourselves and our friends that we're supposed to be going away with both have the same week off in October. Fingers crossed nothing else goes wrong and by then we will finally be able to go away together.

Any good at home vacation suggestions? Any nice Ontario resorts?

As I stated in my previous post, Quilting Newbie and I went to the Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival this past weekend. I found that there was not as many fabric booths as there normally is and some of our favourites were missing. I CAME HOME with money left over?? What's up with that?

I just bought some random fat quarters that caught my eye and my usual purchase of quilt basting spray that I just can't live without. Oh, that fat roll, contains 10 fat quarters of this Japanese fabric that I fell in love with at one of my favourite stores "Quilters Cupboard" in Uxbridge.

I really wanted to try out the long arm quilting machines that they have on display. So does anybody have a spare $13,000.00 they want to give me? I soooooo wwwannnttt ooonnneee!!!

This is to prove that summer is just around the corner! My Girl is so funny, she will follow a spot of sun as it moves with time.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Mexico here we come!

Well, well, well….where have I been you ask?

First, I spent a maddening two weeks researching every resort in the Dominican Republic and finally settled on Dreams Palm Beach, Punta Cana. I booked the trip late on a Wednesday night and the VERY NEXT DAY the tour provider Conquest Vacations ceases operation. WTF!

So within 12 hours we (my Husband and our friends M+D) decide on a new location and have now booked the Gran Bahia Principe Akumal in Mexico. Now Mexico has some weird Swine/Bird/Human flu killing people off…again I repeat WTF! Somehow I think we're destined not to go away!!

So “lo seinto” for the long absence, I’ve just been totally frustrated with this whole fiasco. In happier 32point5 news the jogging is really paying off, I stepped on the scale the other morning and was utterly shocked to see the number 7 pounds lighter than what I was expecting!! Whoot, Whoot!! Mexico here I come!

I’m off to the Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival this weekend with Quilting Newbie; nothing like abundant fabric purchases to drown my vacation planning horrors!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Fly Away Home

Fly Away Home

Here it finally is! This was my labour of love over the winter. It took me from December 2008 to the beginning of March 2009 to complete this quilt. The pattern is titled "Fly Away Home" designed by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts, published in the December 2008 American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.

Fly Away Home

We wanted a quilt to hang on the wall area above our stairs to the basement. I liked this pattern immediately and knew it would be a great way to use up some of my Moda fabric "Charm Packs". Included was "Swell", "Wee Play", "Full Moon Forest", "Porcelain" and "Za Za".

Above shows the perspective of how it fits in to the wall. I live in a raised bungalow with 10 foot ceilings; at the entrance you can either go up a few flights to the main floor or down to the basement. Hence the previous "Big giant wall of NOTHING".

Remember -- clicking on the pictures makes them bigger to see the details up close.

I so loved how this turned out! The measurements were exact, every corner and point lined up perfectly and was a pleasure to sew and cut. I never pre-wash my fabrics because I like the crinkly look after washing.

Yeah, all done! I am already working on another quilt will fill you in on the details on that one soon.

On the 32point5 subject, things are going good. My running schedule got messed up due to the training week at work. I am definitely a "morning workout" person! How do you people work the horrible 9 to 5? Check out this Healthy Living blog by Meghann called "The Inner Workings of a College Graduate - running, eating & living in the real world".