Work in Progress: nautical baby quilt

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IMG_2426, a photo by AmandaCecc on Flickr.

Lola gets jealous whenever I work on something. Right now she’s sitting on the desk, inches away from the keyboard. It’s a good thing she’s so darn cute . . .

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Swaps: Breakfast for Dinner Rainbow Charm Swap – RECEIVED!

I was recently away for a couple of weeks (more about that another time) and upon my return I was excited to see a big envelope siting on my kitchen table waiting for me (I am very thankful for friends who are able to drop by to bring in the mail and water the plants!).

Rainbow charm swap - received!

It was my Breakfast for Dinner Rainbow Charm Swap package.  I last posted about it all the way back in March, so I’ve had time to build up the anticipation.

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I’m not sure yet quite what I’m going to do with all the charms. For now I’ve been enjoying flipping through them, using them as a sort of catalogue of fabric designs out there. I don’t get to see many “in person” on a regular basis since there are not many designer fabric stores nearby to me (or at least not within my daily walk/bike trajectories, I tend not to stray too far from home on a daily basis). I generally stick with Fabricville or buying online (though this summer I should take some time to go a a few kms out of my way to explore what my city has to offer).  So I’ve been spending quality time flipping through, enjoying all the rainbow goodness.  Good picks everyone!

I particularly like this red print. Perhaps a dress?

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And in case reading blogs has been getting you down because everything looks too perfect, a “behind the scenes” look at what goes on in my home. Yes, that is our little cat Lola trying to bite her way into a bag of catfood. After I shooed her off the table and resumed taking pictures, she decided it was time to grab onto my skirt with her claws and not let go. Fun times.  And yes, my home is cluttered.  Fact of life when you live in an apartment and have lots of stuff.

Behind the scenes . . . is a bad cat

Playing around: Tube Quilting

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I have been taking the little bit of downtime I have over the holidays to play around with some quilting ideas.  I have a few close family members with babies on the way in the spring, so I am taking advantage of not having to produce any baby quilts for a little while to play around with new ideas.

Tube quilting is a great way to produce lots of blocks fairly quickly using jelly roll strips (2.5″x~45″).  I really like using precuts like jelly rolls and charm squares, because I do not like cutting fabric, so the less cutting, the better!

Here is a link to a great tutorial from Ginger Quilts that explains the concept really clearly, and best of all, is not in video format!  Is it just me, or do other people dislike watching video tutorials?  I can see their usefulness for complicated concepts and for people who prefer to learn that way, but for me I much prefer a nice typed out explanation with pictures or illustrations.  I can slowly work my way down the page figuring out each step as I go.

Here are some of the different arrangements I came up with using the resulting blocks:

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As you can see, I like drawing out my patterns to get a feel for how they work together (it’s the Engineer in me):

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Playing around: learning to use a DSLR

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One of the things I’ve been meaning to get around to doing is learning how to use my partner Dave’s digital SLR.  I am no stranger to SLRs, in high school I proudly toted around my mom’s film SLR and developed many rolls of black and white.  I saved up and bought myself a nice shiny new SLR . . . a few years before digital made it’s breakthrough. Now I get by using a point and shoot digital camera, and occasionally my cell phone (which if I didn’t need to pry out a memory chip the size of my pinky finger’s nail each time I wanted to upload pictures might actually get more use).

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It really was not that bad, trying out a new camera.  Dave has a Nikon D40, which is a bit different than my trusty Minolta, but it is the same science, so not too big of a deal.  Actually, it was a lot of fun, being able to play around with aperture and speed and depth of field.  I still have a lot to learn and refine, but I’m hoping to make good use of this camera to take pictures of listings my Etsy shop.  Speaking of my Etsy shop, I finally got around to listing a few new old to me but perhaps new to you items, so go take a peak!

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Lola thought it was a lot of fun too.  She normally detests having her picture taken.  Usually, if I so much as show her the point and shoot, she scurries away and out of the picture, or does her best to not look at the camera.  This time instead, she was all “me me me!!!”

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