April 17, 2014
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 :)
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?
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.
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
Also, I can't say / think of hyacinth without thinking of the show Keeping Up Appearances. Anyone? Anyone?
March 31, 2014
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
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
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 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.
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
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.
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 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.)