April 17, 2014

Cats And Buttons

What do you make for someone who loves cats and buttons? Why, a cat quilt with buttons all over, that's what!

A good friend of mine asked me to make her sister's MIL a quilt because she's not well, and wanted to cheer her up. She liked cats, buttons and the colour green, so this is what we came up with! I used lots of bright and happy colours because if she needed some cheering up, then making it colourful seemed like a good idea. Plus it's me... I do like me some colours :)

I used Elizabeth's cat head pattern but adjusted it slightly to make it bigger (mine came out to be 5.5" x 6.5"), which made the dimensions just a bit different. Because as always, I can't leave well along :)

Seriously, how adorable is this??? I'm going to make these little cat heads again, I just know it... perhaps my living room needs a kitty pillow? Or two? Or three?

I went with a white and green dot for the background because as much as I like a good solid, I thought a solid white might be too stark for this quilt. Plus dots are awesome!

Initially, my friend wanted to put button eyes on all the cats but we figured it might be tooooo many buttons. 49 cats, 98 eyes... yikes. I like my friend but not that much, ya know? Heehee! So we decided to place them in the cornerstones, and they add a nice little extra touch.

And because she likes buttons, I got a button-y fabric for the backing, and a binding crammed full of buttons!

I hope she loves it and since it's almost winter in Australia, I hope she spends many cosy hours under it :)

April 15, 2014

Spring Has Sprung

One of my biggest thrills about a new house is finding out what's in store for us when Spring comes around. These flowers just popped up and every time I drive home, there's more yellowy gorgeousness greeting me. There's more on the other side of the front of the house, and it's all looking so beautiful :)

I didn't even see the hyacinth until I went to take pictures! That's how much I go walking outside lol! I LOVE them!! I hope there's more hyacinth to come because they smell so lovely.

Also, I can't say / think of hyacinth without thinking of the show Keeping Up Appearances. Anyone? Anyone?

Pretty, pretty, pretty :) What's blooming in your garden?

March 31, 2014

Snow-pe

This, my friends, is what I like to call a whole lot of NOPE. Or snow-pe. Whatever works best for you.

I know why it snowed. Over the weekend, the hubs declared it was probably time to put away the snow blower because, and I quote, "we're not going to get anymore snow"... and then TADA!!! Super fail.

This came after a couple days of rain, rain, rain... the hubs said the commute this morning was pretty terrible. I'm guessing all this snow landed on frozen rain and sleet. Blech. Whose idea was it to live in New England again, honey? Perth and Melbourne, no snow... just sayin' :)


And just a reminder, but today is the last day to enter the Modern Quilt Perspectives giveway!

March 27, 2014

Single Girl Quilt In Chicopee

I finished this quilt in February (I think?) and I don't know why I've kept forgetting to share it! Yes, I know I'm a dumb dumb... No, I don't know what's wrong with me...

Please, let me introduce you to The Beast (as its owner Patrina and I affectionately call it). It is by far the largest quilt I've ever made... I believe it was 114" x 122". Yep, you just peed yourself. I can tell.

Patrina had wanted this quilt for a while but she didn't want to ask me because she thought I would be all FRIENDSHIP OVER. But she underestimated my level of crazy. Not only did I say yes, I also suggested we do 25 blocks instead of the 20 blocks Denyse had written for the king size pattern because 25 seemed like the perfect number of blocks for me to gain entry to the nearest asylum the dimensions would suit her bed better.

I thought it'd take forever to make. I kept telling her that it'd be a long time before I get this shipped off to her. Well, forever turned out to be a few weeks. Teehee! I pieced this sucker in record time. I think it had to do with being able to fondle my favourite fabric collection of all time, Chicopee. The colours are just magnificent, and because of that, we used a very light background, Bella Porcelain, so that we didn't fuss with it.

As you can see, I also made Patrina a pillow. Masochist. That's what I am. I'd sent the quilt off for quilting, and I had a few scraps left over, so I thought why the hell not. I hand quilted it too, just echoing the rings.

Patrina decided she wanted the baptist fan pattern, which I always love. I think it's such a lovely complement to the rings. Just look at all those curves and gorgeous pops of colour. Sigh :)

The backing is a Kona Coral, and I'm so glad we went with it. We had to think for a while about what should go on the back, and whether or not the Coral was too bright. Then we figured, so what if it's bright!? It's gorgeous. I love the unexpected colour on the back, but then again, I have a penchant for bright colours :)

The binding is Bella Porcelain, same as the background, because we didn't want it to stand out... the rings needed to do all the talking on the front.

Look at Patrina, laying under a quilt I made her, reading a quilt pattern that I designed. Now THAT'S a friend hahaha!

Damn dog is so freaking cute, I want to bite her. 

Patrina, I'm beyond ecstatic that we collaborated on this quilt. Your excitement and utter thrill over this quilt is why I do what I do. And I'm just grateful I get to call you my friend :)

Now the both of us have to go punch things because that's just too bloody mushy. Ahem.



All photographs were taken by Patrina. Because she's an amazing photographer and this quilt deserved to have beautiful photos taken of it.  

Quilting was done by Laura McCarrick.

March 26, 2014

Shake Shack

The poor hubs had never been to Shake Shack, so when he took the day off on Monday, we thought it'd be a perfect place to have lunch. 

See the little burger between the hot dog and the double bacon cheeseburger? That one's mine. The hubs ordered enough for an army, but he finished it all! Very impressive, and slightly frightening hehe!

I've always liked their burgers because of the pillowy potato bun they use. It's almost difficult to get a burger wrong, but when you get it this right, it's the stuff dreams are made of. They need to open a branch in our town, please. Or not. Maybe it's best they not.

But really, they should.

They're known for their frozen custards, affectionally known as concrete, that are just delicious. The consistency is much like a very thick gelato or turkish ice cream... Mmmmm gorgeous.

Oh Shake Shack, I do love you so. And the hubs would like you to be his mistress. Which I'm totally okay with.

(They're not paying me to say these things... although if they wanted to, they can pay me in burgers. Because I can be bought with food.)

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