Changes ahead!

There’s a blog I have added to my google reader called My Simpler Life that is all about simplicity.  If I remember right, I first found it via Pinterest, and someone linking to the downloadable decluttering calendar (which I attempted to use, but eh, just didn’t work for me).  At the same time I snooped around the rest of the blog, and liked what I saw, so I added it to my google reader.  Ever since I get a weekly post with little prompts about how to live a simpler life. I don’t always agree with them, nor do they always apply, but often they contain nice little ideas that do apply.  The ongoing theme is “What do you want” and “How are you going to attain it?”.  We all that need that reminder from time to time.  It’s also nice to be reminded that life isn’t final.  It isn’t “I’m going to do this one thing and then I’m going to be set!”, it’s a series about small ongoing actions.

Anyhow, all that to say that one of the things I’ve thought about it why I blog. And it comes down to the fact that I like to document what I make, and share it with others.  But see I have another blog, one Dave and I started as a sort of journal of what goes on in our home. And then I started this one, because for some reason I thought that my home stuff couldn’t mix with my crafty stuff.  Dave tried to convince me otherwise, but I wouldn’t have it.  I used to like keeping things separated: my work life from my home life, my online life from my in person life, etc.  But with social media becoming more and more invasive, and with the realization that guess what?  I’m the same person at home and at work, whether I’m crafting or cooking or adventuring!  The division just doesn’t seem necessary.

So at some point in the near future I’m going to be merging the two blogs.  All my existing crafty posts are going to be heading over into Blog du Mont-Royal.  And that will be that.  Things will be a little simpler, which maybe will mean I’ll post more?  Perhaps!

WIP: nautical baby quilt

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I did some rearranging in my craft area and made an impromptu design wall with a fleece blanket that I had taken camping just the night before. I can see the allure of design walls now, I think I may have to come up with a more permanent/practical solution when I have some spare time.

WIP: top secret friendship quilt

In between all the blue nautical quilt brainstorming I’ve been finishing up a very special quilt for a friend who had an unfortunate event happen to her.  A bunch of us decided to work together to produce a quilt for her.  It was slow collecting up the individual blocks from everyone, and then I was on holidays/busy with life, but I recently found the time to stitch up all the blocks and now I’m onto quilting!

Here are a few shots of the quilt all jumbled on my sewing desk, in the process of quilting.  I made sure that nothing is too recognizable, in case the recipient happens upon this page.

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Playing around: more nautical baby quilt brainstorming

My labour day deadline is fast approaching, so I need to start making decisions.  I keep flip flopping back and forth between a classic or a freeform look for the quilt.

Classic triangles?

Modern free form waves?

Modern free form waves?

I started my shopping, as I’m committed to my beach blue colour scheme. Last Friday I biked up to Effiloché, a nearby store filled with neat fabrics (and knitting yarn as well). I browsed about and was happy to pick out a few blues. Then back at home I made an order with Sew Fresh Fabrics, one of my favorite Etsy fabric shops. Now I get to patiently wait for my package to arrive.  Or maybe not :)  I think I’m going to start playing around a bit in anticipation.

Blue Fat Quarters from Effiloché

Playing around: nautical baby quilt brainstorming

I’ve made quite a few greenish themed baby quilts over the last couple of years, so I’m ready for something new.  I’m thinking nautical themed.  Lots of blue and yellow and white and red.  Maybe some grey thrown in to balance things out.

I’m starting with a really neat fat quarter of fabric I bought while in Paris, at a quilting shop called Le Rouvray:

Moucheron #3 Marine

Moucheron #3 Marine

Isn’t it neat?  It’s called “moucheron”, as in “little flies”.

It reminds me a lot of the time we spend in New Brunswick visiting family.  Here are some pictures from previous trips:

Back to fabric!

I hunted around a bit on etsy and found this beautiful blue sailboat fabric:

The Fleet Navy from Seven Seas - Cloud9 Organic fabrics

The Fleet Navy from Seven Seas – Cloud9 Organic fabrics

Then I found lots more neat stuff:

Fish Scale in Tea by Alexander Henry Fabrics

Fish Scale in Tea by Alexander Henry Fabrics

Mountainz in Mint from Monsterz - Cloud9 Organic

Mountainz in Mint from Monsterz – Cloud9 Organic

Scribble in Gray from Happy Drawing - Cloud9 Organic fabrics

Scribble in Gray from Happy Drawing – Cloud9 Organic fabrics

Static in Yellow from Monsterz - Cloud9 Organic fabrics

Static in Yellow from Monsterz – Cloud9 Organic fabrics

There’s more where that came from, you can check out my nautical quilt brainstorming board over on pinterest.