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Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Wanting an outdoor shot for my latest Moda Bake Shop project, my plan was to finish my quilt and then snap a shot later for a banner. And then it happened. The sun came out to play. Occasionally it stops raining in Oregon.  And when it does… I have to grab my stuff, my camera… and shoot fast.  No time for quilting and binding, dangit… the sun is out.
The SUN is OUT.
Il sole è fuori!!!!!
¡El sol está afuera!
Le soleil est dehors!
Die Sonne ist draußen!
- …. .   … ..- -.   .. …   — ..- -
I love writing in swoosh formation.
On my back porch… my dogs/cats are mystified at what I’m up to as they watch from behind the sliding glass door. They are jealous they never get to play with my cloth apples. They watched as I made them last winter - certain I was making toys for them.
Of course it would be wrong, wrong, wrong to post these pics on MBS since the apples are made from my scarps and not Moda pre-cuts. But I don’t want my sunshine and super sat-n-happy colors to go to waste, either.   So I will plant them here on my blog.  If you check out my 9-patchtastic project at MBS… you never saw these apples, k.

This easy 9-patch method makes for a perfect retreat or group project. Less thinkie - more talkie, more snackie, more laughie. Any size square of fabric can be used, as long as you trim up your square so that it can be divided equally into thirds. Example:
17¼” square ÷ 3 = 5¾” (finished 9-patch = 15¾”)
9″ square ÷ 3 = 3″ (finished 9-patch = 7½”)
7½” square ÷ 3 = 2½” (finished 9-patch = 6″)
And then it went back to rain.
And they lived happily ever after.
But happy.

Edited in 4/4/09: Thanks for the nice comments and emails about the apples. I wish I had a pattern for those asking for one, but I have none (yet!). I just whipped the apples up with no thought or notes. Kinda like when I bake - I have no idea how much flour, butter and sugar I used either. Gulp.

Park City Quilt Festival

Monday, April 20th, 2009

I’m like that one annoying member of a quilt guild - who every year when it’s time for the annual quilt show… is late with her quilts for hanging.  So here I’m late to the party that EVERYONE has a quilt hanging in.  So in case you’re like me and didn’t know… Amy of Park City Girl is hosting a Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  A virtual one.  How cool is THAT!   And it’s huge.  HUGE.  Über HUGE.

So in my mind… the picturesque Main St. of Park City is lined with everyone’s favorite quilt.   Beautiful quilts.  Beautiful friends.  It’s like visiting everyone with their favorite quilt (and some with an extra one they’ve snuck in, like, ahem, moi).  The weather is glorious in Park City in my mind as I stroll from quilt to quilt, and the question I ask each friend at their quilt… “so where are we having lunch?”

Amy’s Quilt Festival even has sponsors/vendors (just to name a few… like Jona, Anina, Kathy and Kim).   It’s just like an IRL quilt show - but there’s a piece of monitor glass in the way to keep me from touching the quilts (yes, I touch).  No judging, no lunching (bummer) - just beloved quilts.   This is so fun, so be sure to check it out.    And knock, knock, knock… I think we should ask these guys to pony up a weekend in Park City - and it has nothing to do with the fact that Park City is on my Must Visit Wish List.

Amy asks us to show our favorite quilt.  Mine is my Roly Poly Circus.  All hand embroidered and hand quilted.  It took me fooooooor-evah to make it, but I loved every second of it.  I’ve written about it previously here.
Roly Poly Circus
My snuck-in-quilt is my Irish Tea Party quilt.  Also hand embroidered and hand quilted - and also colored with crayons. This is a BOM from Crabapple Hill (or as I like say ala Simpson-glish… Cra-Bapple Hill) called “Tea Party“, (the Irish Chain is my own setting).  I had SO MUCH FUN making the blocks, and even better… it was a group BOM project in my Redwork group. Handwork and friends… nothing’s better then that.
Irish Tea Party
My photo doesn’t do it justice, and the pretty fabrics are from In The Beginning, and I can’t remember the line name. It’s been a while since I made this. I entered this quilt in my guild’s annual show (and yes, I got it there on time) and I won a blue ribbon on it. WOW! Moi… with a blue ribbon! And yeah, I soooooo had that sucker pinned to my hoddie for like a month.
Irish Tea Pary
Where are we having lunch?

Dude, Where’s My Ranch Dressing?

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Bunny Hill Designs/Anne Sutton’s DARLING “A Tisket, A Tasket” block of the month for April.  I made my chocolate bunny into a marshmallow bunny.  This way I can squeeze him.   I also added carrots - because I don’t want my bunny to indulge in too much sugar.  All thoughhhhh… the eggs ARE filled with ranch dressing.
Dude, Where's My Ranch Dressing?
In case you’re one of the eight people on the planet who’s not (yet!) jumped in and participating in THE CUTEST B.O.M. on the planet… please allow me to pour you a nice refreshing glass of the Bunny Hill flavored Kool-aid. Make that four glasses… a glass for each of my months… January, February, March and April.
Dude, Where's My BOM?Dude, Where's My Valentine?Dude, Where's My O'BunnyDude, Where's My Ranch Dressing?
Pssst. Pssst. You have you Kool-aid mustache.

Embroidery Bliss & Give-away x 4

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

I’ve been wanting to show my Lecien Cosmo embroidery floss from Japan… to rave how wonderful it is. But I’ve had no place to say where to get it. Until now! The Cosmo floss is pure heaven.  Now that I’m using Cosmo - I feel like all these years I’ve been driving an old Ford Pinto (with no A/C, crank windows and only an AM radio)… and now I’m driving the BMW (an X5 to be exact) of embroidery floss thanks to Cosmo.  What Aurifil Mako is to thread - Cosmo is to floss.  A gotta have.  A must have.

I’m so excited that Joe & Roxie of ThimbleCreek are now carrying the entire Cosmo line!  Oh happy day!  You can visit their wonderful shop in Concord or contact them via phone or email.  You can find a Cosmo color chart here (aka my shopping list).
Cosmo Carry-all
Other floss now feels like burlap… Cosmos feels like silk.
Lecien's Cosmo floss
Pulling strands is a snap - and never gets jumbled up and looking like the LA freeway system.
Lecien's Cosmo floss
Glides like butter through fabric.
Lecien's Cosmo floss
Feels like silk… but it’s 100% cotton.
Lecien's Cosmo floss
It never frays or knots up on me - and I stitch with long strands (because I’m lazy like that).
Lecien's Cosmo floss
The colors are rich and vibrant.
Lecien's Cosmo floss
So soft you can’t help but pet it.
Lecien's Cosmo floss
Candy made from cotton.
Lecien's Cosmo floss
I’m so excited about ThimbleCreek now selling Cosmo, I thought how fun it would be to have a Cosmo give-away. So I got on the horn and asked my sweet friend Nireko from Lecien if she could send me a Cosmo goodie to give-away - and she not only sent me one goodie… she sent me four. FOUR! That means FOUR WINNERS!
Lecien's Cosmo floss
So here’s the deal. Leave a comment between now and 10am PST on March 26th to enter - four lucky winners will win either a 4-pack of floss (that’s 48 skeins of Cosmo!) or a darling Petit Sampler kit (which is adorable Japanese sweetness).
To sweeten the deal… sign up for Joe’s amazing newsletter and give yourself a second chance comment.  If you’re already receiving the ThimbleCreek newsletter… make a second comment as well. Be sure to say “I’m signed up” in your second comment! And if you’re thinking I’m going to win a toaster oven for getting you to sign up… I am!  Just kidding.  I love the TC news (Email Gazette), and it always makes me smile when I see it in my in-box - and I think it will make you smile too!  Cosmo will make you smile.  It will make your fingers smile.  It will make your fabric smile.

3/26/09 10:04am - Contest is now closed. Winners announced soon!

Dude, Where’s my O’Bunny

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Another crazy cute block of Anne’s adorable BOM done. Mine’s been done, but I’ve been under the weather so it’s taken me a while to show it. The best part about making this month’s block - is I got to make mine with Paula as she made hers. AND SHE EVEN FEED ME, TOO! The woman can cook, can bake, can make killer margaritas, can knit, can sew, can craft… and she can share a mean cold bug! J/K Paula (I probably gave it to you)!
Dude, Where's My O'Bunny
It seems like an eternity that I’ve had this bugger cold that’s going around (and I just got over a cold a few weeks ago!), and I have a lot of catching up to do with emails and wanting to go blog visiting (I promise not to share my cold when I visit). I’m so, so, so, so touched by all the love that’s been showered on me over the whip cream dollops - thank you all sooo, sooo, soooooo much! I may just have to add a dollop to every post I make! Gush. Blush. I heart you all and thank you so very much!

Edited in: The yummy, yummy, yummy yellow background is a Moda Basics called “Dottie” and the color is called “Butter”.

Strawberries & Cream

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

My second attempt at the Sweet Slice cake was a little naked, so I decided to make a fabric “blue plate special” plate… and then some strawberries.  All I needed were some dollops of whipped cream.
Strawberries & Cream

Of course, I always find myself chanting, “I just need some whipped cream”.
Strawberries & Cream

I scoured blogland and flickr for tutorials on how to make whipped cream out of wool felt. I found a few, but they required sewing teeny tiny stitches on pee wee pieces of felt.  I have teeny tiny pee wee patience for that.
Strawberries & Cream

I was looking for something quick and simple - and for a way to use some of my pearl beads (my latest obsession).
Strawberries & Cream

So I came up with my own version.  After many prototype go-arounds with scissors, pencil and felt… I went to my trusty ruler rack and found just the ticket.  Darlene Zimmerman’s HEXAGON ruler by EZ Quilting by Wrights.  Maybe I’m not the only one who’s inner voice (or voices) keeps chanting, “I just need some whipped cream”?  Super easy, super fast, super not fussy.

1.  Ruler, wool felt.
2.  Cut into hexagon of desired size.
3.  Snip from points to about ⅓ of the way from the center to make little “pies”.  Just eyeball.  Inconsistency adds character.
4.  Trim each pie as shown.
5.  Result is one of those ninja flying disc looking things.  But not as sharp.  Or as deadly.
Whipped Cream

6. With matching thread (I used red for visual effect), pull a stitch through the sharp corner of each “pie”. Continue.
7. End where you started, and through the other side.
8. Tug/gather. Gently.  You now have a dollop.  Sort of.
Whipped Cream

9. Make a few tacking stitches.
10. Make a knot on the bottom of your dollop, but do not cut your thread.
11. Enter off center. Add pearl bead. Exit off center. Knot off on the bottom.
Whipped Cream

Sew/tack into place on what ever you’re going to dollop with whipped cream.
Strawberries & Cream

And now I must think about tonight’s dinner… and I think I know just what to have - and where to get it at!

Belgian Waffles

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

I recently posted a new quilt project at the Moda Bake Shop using Turnovers (little triangle packs of Modagoodness), and as fun as it was to make, I have just as much fun naming my quilts. It’s like naming a new puppy… but my quilt isn’t gonna leave me surprises on my carpet or chew on my socks. I thought my blocks looked like waffles, so my first thought was “Waffle Stompers”, but thought that might reveal that I went to high school in the 70’s.  I guess I just revealed thatBelgian Waffles it is! Belgian Waffles
I loved the Chez Moi Swanky Turnovers I used. I love saying “swanky”. Even in WayneGarthlish… Schhhhha-wanky. My dark north coast Oregon days make for horrible photographs, and my photo doesn’t do this yummy fabric justice. The colors and patterns are so crisp and fun. It reminds me of my sweetest of sweetiepie friend Kathleen… her colors and the Parisian/Asian vibe that she has. If you look at Kathleen’s blog, artwork and flickr - I think you will agree!

More Moda love…
- Pam is celebrating her Moda Bake Shop quilt project (weepy cute… you’ll be wanting to make it the minute you see it) with a sweet Moda Bake Shop giveaway.
- Lissa is celebrating wonderful links and quilty goodness - and a sweet giveaway she made and a bookazine.
- Vanessa is celebrating her adorable Moda Bake Shop honeybuns rug (ohmygosh I so have to make one) with a Sweet & Swanky giveaway.
I can’t help but say… schhhhha-wanky good fun!

Shrooms and Rooms

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

I’m so excited… the current issue of Quilts & More (Spring 2009) is hitting the newstands! Inside this issue is my little mushroom needlebook project and pattern. So fast, so fun, and I’m so thrilled Q&M wanted to publish it, and just as giddy because my project is in my favorite color combo…  Red. White. Aqua. Mmmm. I couldn’t be happier how it all turned out and what a beautiful job (as always) the good peeps at Meredith did with it!
Quilts and More - Spring 2009
Cover-girl alert!  Look, look, it’s Roseann! Roseann’s beautiful “no diamonds to sew” quilt is definitely on my to-do list, and looks like it would be a fun quilt to make at a retreat (I’m having retreat withdrawls… I need one.  Bad!). Also on my to-do On my done-list, because I couldn’t stand just looking at the photos and not making one fast enough - is the ADORABLE “Sweet Slice” cake pattern by Cindy Taylor Oats.  DAR.  LING!

I was so excited to make it, that I took a short-cut (that I SHOULDN’T have), and didn’t use fusible interfacing as directed.  Bad me, because my cake got a little lumpy, saggy and out of shape (but I still love it).   Note to self: add fusible interfacing to my entire wardrobe.

More magazine love… my teenie tiny little studio is being featured in Cloth Paper Scissors STUDIOS (Spring 2009)! Holy scrap, my head is sure to snap off when I see it. I couldn’t be more honored and flattered to be in the issue, especially since my goofy little Happy Zombie Hideaway will be amongst the great studios of Melissa and Betz! And speaking of cover-girls… that’s Melissa’s studio on the cover!
Studios Spring 2009
From the super wonderful STUDIOS editor Cate - The Spring issues of Cloth Paper Scissors Studios is now available for pre-order. It will be available on select newsstands March 31. If you’d like to pre-order a copy, you can do so here.

A little behind the scenes about getting my studio ready.  Sure, it was one thing to get my studio cleaned up and lookin’ pretty, as well as cooperation from the weather (Oregon = dark days)… but the biggest task was getting ME all cleaned up!  Super-Cate wanted a photo of me.  OF ME???   Ugh. Ugh again.  I don’t do pics of me, so I wanted to submit these:
Me… Simpsonized.
A no-go.
Simpsonize me

Me ala Juniper Creek (when I was deciding what to wear at PDX quilt market).
A no-go.
Fashion - My private Hell

I even sent pics of the real me… in a hoodie, Hurley hair and no make-up.
A no-go.
So I did my parents proud… I foof’d my hair, foof’d my face with mascara and lip-gloss, and I even donned a blouse (with buttons and everything!).  So if you see the issue, know that a lot of time, effort and elbow grease went into jazzing things up.  My studio was a piece of cake.

And speaking of studios… THIS is my version of heaven.

A four hour quilt… here on Gilligan’s Isle

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Instant gratification.  From the first cut to the finishing knot on my binding - in less then four hours I was done. And that includes intermittent times I dorked around on Facebook. I guess now would be a good time to mention that this quilt only measures 18” x 22”. Small enough that I can quilt it after I’ve bound it.
Little quilt
I was working on stuff and decided I needed some play time… letting someone else do the driving while I putz around in the passenger seat. Lori Smith’s From My Heart to Your Hands little fat quarter patterns are just the most perfect, the most darling and the most fun little patterns. I did mod mine (from pattern #1505) just a tad - I added an inner border and made the outer border wider.

Last weekend when I sewed with my friends at Momma Made It, Sharon (the owner) had this quilt/pattern on display,  and I knew I had to make one.  So while at Momma Made It, I stocked up on quarter yards cuts and fat quarters of Civil Warhishy (War-ishy?) fabrics… and $40 worth of fabric later… I have a quilt the size of a fat quarter.  WTF?  How did I manage that?  Oh well… I guess I’ve got lots of leftovers to make more.  Good thing I have a stockpile of Lori Smith’s patterns!

The secret of making time stop…

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

The older we get, the faster time goes by.  I’ve learned the secret of making time stop (and with no help from Jack, Sawyer or Hurley).   No Dharma Initiative needed… just join Anne’s  crazy cute “A Tiskit, A Tasket BOM” (block of the month) and you’ll see how slow time can go by.  At the beginning of the month, I was stalking patiently waiting at Anne’s blog for her to upload the February block.   Now I wait for March’s block.







Time has stood still - I can hardly stand waiting the next 10 months!
Dude, Where's My Valentine?
I’ve used Moda’s Swell and Sweet (by the Urban Chicks) for all the applique on my blocks.  My February block - I’ve used all Swell. If anyone is looking for Sweet… go visit my pal Jona at her Fabritopia shop!

Edited in: The yummy, yummy, yummy yellow background is a Moda Basics called “Dottie” and the color is called “Butter”. Call your local/online quilt shop TODAY and BEG them to order you some. And then please let me know about it… I want need to buy more!

Farting around with needle & thread and then blogging about it.

Monica Solorio-Snow
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Astoria, Oregon

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