Monday, February 27, 2012

QAYG progress report and a little blizzard

I talked about my quilt-as-you-go project here and here.  To recap, I need 56 blocks to finish my king-sized quilt.  I've divided the 56 into 19 blue/grey blocks, 18 pinkish blocks, and I have yet to finish the remaining 19 purple/black blocks.  So far, I'm not loving the the pink blocks.  However, I'm drawing only from the fabric in my stash and trying to keep a Tim-Gunn-let's-make-it-work attitude.

Once I put the pink and blue blocks together, I was a bit more satisfied.  This is going to be a very unusual looking quilt when (I will not say if) I get it done.  I was hoping to get all the blocks done before the end of Feb. but it's not looking that way.  I'm going to have to put all quilting aside in lieu of my typography project.  I think I know what I'm going to do--finally!!  I'll keep you posted.  :)

On Wednesday we had a nice little snow storm.  I was waiting for the kids to get out of school and it started to sprinkle.  Then the sprinkles turned to tiny little pellets of snow.  Then the little pellets turned into pea-sized hail.  We had thunder and lightning on the ride home from school.  Upon arriving at home, we had a nice fluffy snowfall.

The kids wanted to go out and make snow angels.  We're at the end of February and there won't be many more opportunities for playing in the snow, so I let the kids put aside homework and take advantage of the weather.  Soon after they went outside, I unleashed Pippa, our new little cockapoo.

My son, who has been afraid of dogs for many years, has really bonded with Pippa.  You see Pippa's a big ol' scaredy-dog and needs lots of reassurance as she encounters new things.  We rescued her from the local animal shelter so we're not sure why she's afraid of cars, doors, brooms, electric toothbrushes, garbage cans, etc.  My son can relate to feeling afraid and has taken a special interest in making sure Pippa gets lots of love and attention.   Every time I see them together I am so proud of their special partnership.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

My Typography Challenge Project Begins...

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I'm going to make two pillows that will kinda look like these:

My inspiration found on Pinterest:

Source: via Allison on Pinterest

They will be a wedding gift.  So if you know me and know whose wedding I'm going to, don't spill the beans!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Designer Handbag Cupcakes

Designer Handbag Cupcakes

I found these little sweeties on pinterest which brought me to this post.  The folks who make them can be found at Made Fresh Daily Cakes.  This is a business out of Atlanta, GA.  They deliver if you're interested!

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They are just too precious not to share!  Can you even believe the detail?????  Incredible!!!
They are $18 each and you must buy a minimum of 6.  I don't if I could bring myself to eat one as they are so cool to look at.  Maybe one of you talented folks out here can teach me how to make these out of polymer clay?  

Big hugs from Montana,

Monday, February 20, 2012

Quilt-as-you-go progress report

These blocks are on a full-sized bed and they make up 1/3 of a king-sized quilt for my own bed.

I told you all about my latest project in my previous post.  I'm tying out the quilt-as-you-go method I heard about on sewtakeahike.  My plan is to divide the 56 blocks I need to complete my quilt into 3 color catagories:

  1. blue/greys with black centers (done!)
  2. pinkish with blacks centers (halfway done!)
  3. purple/blacks with grey centers (not started yet.)
I couldn't bring myself to make each block the same.  I just got too repetitive and I worried about running out of a specific color of fabric.  You see, I have no idea how much fabric I'll need.  Some of the fabric I'm using are from old clothes, so yardage is difficult to determine.  After I finished the first 19 though, I have a better idea of what I need.  

The unifying elements in this quilt are as follows:
  • all blocks are log cabin style made with 2" wide strips
  • all blocks contain tie-dyed fabic in blue, pink, or purple
  • all blocks will have a black or grey center square.
  • all blocks contain both black and grey.
I've started the pinkish ones today.  They are quite a bit wilder than the blue/greys.  I'm not all the way sold on them yet, but I'm sticking to the original plan.  They'll only make up a third of the overall quilt and I can hide them around the edges if they continue to bother me.

Take a look at a few pinkish ones I did Saturday morning:

We'll just have to see how this all works out.....

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Cleaning before quilting

Ever since I started following and becoming friends with Keren from sew la vie, I've had quilting rolling around in the back of of my brain. I started with my Retro Pillow Challenge entry, then my daughter's pink rag quilt, then my son's chevron rag quilt, then my Solids-Only Tote Challenge entry, and then pillows for Mom.   Now, I'm wanting to try to make a king-sized quilt for my bed.  I am scared to machine quilt such a huge project so I searched online for some alternative quilting methods.  This is what I found:

quilt as you go |quilt-along| part one
Quilt-as-you-go is a method where you cut your batting into blocks and sew your blocks right onto it, log cabin style.  I won't attempt to explain in further detail, but rather direct you to the great tutorial by sewtakeahike.  Miss Penny from sewtakeahike hosted a quilt-along last fall and posted her quilt-as-you-go tutorial over four posts.  The photos are great.  Penny's instructions are simple and easy to follow.  I highly recommend you head over and give it a read.  

Before I could allow myself the luxury of scratching my quilting itch, I needed to clean up and organize my fabric a bit.  Check out the difference in my 2 fabric shelves when everything is folded and tidy:

Top shelf is blacks and greys,
second shelf is reds and pinks,
third shelf is blues and purples,
and the bottom shelf  houses a box of denim
 and ticking and other heavy duty fabrics.

Top shelf is my whites and creams and ironing what-nots,
second shelf is oranges and greens,
third shelf is browns,
and the bottom has all the silky and satin-y and slippery fabrics.
After the big clean up, I was ready to choose fabrics for my quilt-as-you-go project.  I'll make 18 blue/grey blocks with black centers, 19 pinkish blocks with black centers, and 19 purple/black blocks with grey centers.  I've completed about 14 of the blue/grey blocks.  Each block is different.  Well, as different as you can be when working log-cabin style with 2" strips.  I'm having fun mixing it up so far, but have so much more to do.....

Have any of you tried this quilt-as-you-go method?

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Disabling the "right-click"

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I am so sorry to do this to you all, but yet again I have no crafty post for you.  Instead I have come to complain a bit and ask for advice.  I enjoy blogging nearly as much as I love crafting.  If you look at my tutorial page, you'll see that I love to share tips and strategies with you all.  If you look at my sidebar, you'll see how proud I am of all the lovely people who have featured my work.  It is so rewarding to look at my blog's stats and see traffic coming from those sites that featured my work.

Today I noticed a tiny bit of traffic coming from an unknown source.  When I followed the link I found THIS.  (please take a minute to check it out, though I loath to give them more traffic.)  They took my entire post, omitted the text and re-posted it with a link back to the original post.  They did include the link back, but why would anyone need to follow it since all the photos had the steps written on them.  I did not appreciate that.  Why not just take a single photo and place a link under it?  I think it is rude.  I've seen a similar thing happen with a friend's blog and it's just infuriating.

In response, I've considered disabling the right-click function on my blog.  That would prevent anyone from right-clicking on my photos and reusing them on their sites.  I found an easy way to this HERE.  Just a simple code to embed in a gadget.  Would this end the problem?  Would it deter more noble-minded sites from featuring my posts?  I'd appreciate your thoughts on this.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

I can't seem to get these photos to rotate.....they are turned the right way in every other program I open them in.....perplexing!!!!  I'm just going to go with it, so bear with me!

These are the Valentines we made for the kid's classmates.  The actual cards had a real sucker/lolly.

They're cute aren't they?  And getting so big!  It was just starting to snow as I took these photos yesterday.  It's February and promises of spring of still a couple months away up here in Montana.

Wishing you all lots of extra lovin' and huggin' and kissin' and romancin' on this day!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Clipix is my new shopping buddy!

I can't seem to get enough of all these free online bookmarking services.  I'm totally geeking out on them.  In fact, I just ran across a cool one and I'd like to share it with you.  I promise, I'll keep it brief and to the point.  Plus, I've even added some big photos because I know you all are visually-orientated folks like myself.
Clipix is a totally free online clipboard that saves and organizes all the things you run across on the web.  I've been trying it out for a couple days and so far am very impressed.  I'm sure it will be helpful to anyone who uses it, but I feel it has one very awesome feature:

   I can control who sees the things I clip!   
That way I can research gifts for my friends and they'll never be the wiser.  It's so sneaky.  I love it!
First of all, let me say that I had no trouble setting up my Clipix account.  I could sign up through my facebook account, so I didn't even have to fill out a form.  There's a little "clip" button that I had to click and drag to my bookmark bar and then I was all set up.
So, the first thing I try to clip is a guitar for my husband.

A little window popped up and it had the exact photo I wanted along with a description and a price.  I didn't have to add anything else.  That was all I needed in one click, or maybe I should say "clip"?
So I go back to my clipix clipboards and find the guitar that I clipped.  This is what I found:

That's a lot of info isn't it?  It is going to make shopping for gifts a whole lot easier for me.
And now that I'm starting to clip gift ideas, I can easily keep my clipboards away from prying eyes.

I bet you all could think of lots more stuff to clip and save and organize and keep from prying eyes.  What do you think?  Would you give a try?  Give it a shot and let me know what you think, please.
Happy online shopping and big hugs from Montana,
Rikka J.
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Monday, February 6, 2012

Typography Challenge Headquarters

PROJECT:  Home decor, i.e. curtains, wall art, bedding, place mats, etc.
THE KICKER:  Use letters/numbers/symbols in your design (what you'd find on a keyboard)
VOTING:  A Polldaddy poll will be set up to determine the winner.
PRIZES:  Winner(s) will receive bragging rights and a chic button!

WHEN YOU CAN ENTER: Now through March 31st, 2012
LAST DAY FOR SUBMISSION:  March 31st, 2012
VOTING:  Aprill 1-30, 2012

Please visit the Typography Challenge pinterest board HERE.
What you'll find there:
  • Inspiration
  • Sewing techniques
  • A place you can "pin" and share with other participants.
Participants easily keep in touch through a google discussion group.

Count me in!  How do I sign up?
Simply fill out the form below and press submit, or email your answers to Keren or Rikka. 

Sign up is now closed.  Look out for our next challenge.
Grab a button:

Please add a button or banner to your blog to help promote this challenge.

 Typography Challenge

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The Dos:
  • Do adhere to the challenge's guidelines.  
  • Do be friendly and check out your fellow participants' blogs, pinterest boards, facebook pages, twitters and spread some love!
  • Do grab a button for your blog.
  • Do conctact one of your lovely hostesses (Keren or Rikka) if you have any questions or concerns.
The Don'ts:
  • There is only one don't:  Don't take this too seriously.  We're here to socialize, learn and have fun!
Meet the Challenge Participants:

Kei from the UK
Unfortunately Oh!
Craft-loving, cat-owning, single and enjoying it! Think I'll grow up to be a crazy cat lady ;D
Pam from Australia
Threading My Way
I've just retired after 30+ years of Teaching, so for the first time in my life, I can wake up each day and decide how I will spend all the free time that I have. Amazingly, I wonder how I had time to fit in work. The majority of my spare time is spent sewing, blogging about sewing, or outside in my garden.
Kristin from Australia
pritty tings
I'm fairly new to this sewing/blogging stuff but am definitely addicted! I am a wife, a mum to a very busy little boy and step mum to four (adult) children. I love to cook, craft, shop and drink red wine. I am also secretly addicted to home/lifestyle magazines, I just love those glossy pages! I work part time (wah) and spend far too much time attached to a dishcloth or vaccum ;)
Jill from Australia
Creating my way to Success
I love a challenge and like doing things my own way. Sewing is in our family - but I'm just rediscovering it now that I have my own kids to sew for and inspire me!__-------------------------------______
Gia from Greece

Addicted to all things crafty -and in dire need of more time, to actualy attempt do them all.
Sewing is one of my true loves and fabric is a constant favourite; new or old,I cannot resist it. The creation of a three-dimensional object from flat piece of fabric is always a happy moment for me. If it is pretty and useful as well, then I'm ecstatic!
Laura from Austrailia
Quokka Quilts

I'm a finished-challenged quilter.  oooo  ooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
June from Iowa
Creations by June
I am back!  I am a full time worker with a serious fabric addiction that has gone wild!
Lakshmi from India
Adithis Amma Sews
SAHM.  Freelance fashion designer.  xxxxx                                  uuuuuuuuuuuux  xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx iii
Jaime from New York
That's My Letter
I build, paint and sew everything, it's all DIY all the time.-------------
Donatella from Italy
Inspiration and Realisation 
Making things is much more rewarding than buying things!----            -------------------------------------------
Katie from Minnesota
Unconventional Katie
I am fine tuning my skills as an artist and exploring whatever I can get my hands on.  I live in a cozy home with my boyfriend and two dogs. 
Gray from Germany
Gray in Berlin
Creative, crazy, flea market junkie and now a new upside down mama!
Autumn from Singapore
wishful thinking studios
A designer who has a not-so-secret affair with crafting, sewing and baking.  
Paula from Portugal
Paula Castro Crafts
I used to be an architect, now I'm the SAHM mom of 2 girls.  I discover crochet and remember how to knit last year.
Tanya from Thailand
Craft Couture By T.C.
...a full time lecturer who enjoys sewing and creating new things...
Lacey from Indiana
Young happily married newlywed who loves all things crafty especially DIY crafts.
Jenni from Kansas
who makes up this craft?
single, crafty, love to learn. . .------------------   -------------------  -
Amanda from Oregon
Ninth Street Notions
Just taught myself how to sew about a year ago.  Started a blog about the same time.  Turns out I like doing both these things.
Julie from
I'm a Sidetracked Home Executive!--    ------              -------------    --------------      ---------------
Cameron from
Hello!  I'm Cameron from Homemade.  I love to create . . . just about anything.  I sew, knit, crochet, paper craft, have a kiln that needs to be hooked up and a pottery wheel that needs to be dusted off.  My two kids keep me grounded and remind me of what is MOST important in life, and my husband may be the most patient man on Earth.  In between all theis, I work nights as an emergency room nurse.  Sounds exciting, right?  It is - I love my life!
Nadia from
The Pink Pixie
I am a mom to an awesome 2 year old, who allows me to sew occasionally.   ----------------------------------------------------------------
Keren from Israel
sew la vie!
I'm a software developer from Israel. I sew clothes, quilts, bags, pillows, and other stuff. I love matching fabric weight, color, texture with pattern or concept or idea, and making them all come together to a beautiful unique creation (or fail, as sometimes happens...). I love the learning process, focusing on detail and acquiring skill. It's so much fun! I love meeting other sewing enthusiasts that inspire me, and with whom I can talk about sewing. Oh: and I love cats!
Rikka from Montana
Ricochet and Away!
I'm a wife, mother, and small town girl from the wilds of Montana.  Yes, we have the internet in Montana!  I love to sew.  I love to blog.  When I can combine the two, I'm all smiles.  
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