Sunday, February 27, 2011

WiC Quilt Top!

I have been sewing like a mad women to get this quilt top done so I can hopefully start the quilting next weekend! I wanted to have it done by the 10th of March (and the auction isn't until the 26th) but with school and everything else, I think it looks like I can have it done by the 16th ish. I really only need one solid free weekend to finish it at this point, but where in the second half of the semester can I get one of those?!

Anyways, onto the quilt top! The top of this quilt still isn't done, i just have on more row to sew, but I have to wait to do that in the morning, so I'm sharing what I have now, a 95% done quilt top, and I'm loving this look!

I should have better shots up tomorrow of the whole thing, but these are all for now! Its a bigger than a standard twin size, but not quite a double, so someone can use it as either a large bed quilt or a nice comfy couch quilt!

Thanks for reading :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011


So, I did say I would have nice pictures for you last night, but I forgot to post them! Oops! I didn't get the quilt top totally done, but its at about 80% done now :) and the colours look great together! I'm leaving for a reading week trip today (to washington,DC YAY!), but I will actually post pics next weekend when I return. I can't wait to see this quilt all finished!

Friday, February 18, 2011

quilt top coming

I'm so excited, the quilt top for the WiC quilt is coming along, and I'm loving it!

I should have pictures of it up by tomorrow night :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's day!

I loveeeee Valentine's day! Its a great way to tell anyone you think there great, friends, family, whoever!

This year, I made some items for a Valentine's day swap which was tons of fun! I made a tea cozy, a mug warmer, and a "mug rug" which is basically an extra large coaster.

Here is the front of the tea cozy, all sewn together. 

 The front and the back of the tea cozy, all pinned and ready to be quilted.

the quilted heart

Here is the "mug warmer"... I don't really think these have a purpose other then cuteness, but I like them anyways!



And lastly, here is the "mug rug". I tried to sew a more abstract look with this one, but I don't know if it ended up just looking messy... at least I tired something new right? That's what I'm telling myself anyways!



The tea cozy is finally all finished, and lined! I think it's pretty cool, and it definitely looks very appropriate for valentines day!



And one more pic of it standing up, keeping some tea all cozy!

Happy Valentine's Day!!! <3

Friday, February 11, 2011

cutting fabric

I'm starting to cut away at the fabric I bought for the auction quilt. And so far I'm happy with the plan!

Here are my two favorite blocks I have cut out so far.

 Here is a cropped image to show what they will look like

Hopefully next week I can cut a bunch more!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Making Wareneki! (mennonite perogies)

I know this is supposed to be a sewing blog, but cooking is creating too right? I don't really cook... ever. But I've wanted to make my roommates wareneki for sooo long. Its a traditional Mennonite food that I have had lots of times with my family, and is a very nostalgic meal for me. I got the Mennonite Treasury Cook Book for Christmas, and that is what inspired me to try and make it.

I have been the assistant to my Grandma and Dad when they have made it, but this was my first time doing it on my own, so it was an adventure!

I decided to prepare the wareneki the night before we ate, and just froze them over night. GREAT call, it ended up taking me 5 hours to make them all. This is partially due to the fact that I was determined to do it all on my own, but also due to the large quantity I made. (I made enough to feed 9 people, and then I made a few gluten free ones, to feed my lovely gluten free roomie!)

Of course, I couldn't spend 5 hours in the kitchen without a cute apron and hair tie. I was going for the, "oh i do this all the time, I'm soo comfortable in the kitchen" look haha 

Attempting to be Rosie, my pose is way off
Working the dough was a workout. I'm pretty sure I don't have to do any physical activity for the rest of the week.

The dough on the left is the gluten free dough, and then the normal dough is on the right. The white pile is the filling, a mix of about 2/3 dry cottage cheese and 1/3 cream cottage cheese.

This is my snap shot for my grandma! I had to call her a few times during the process to get a bit of help. She lives a province away from me (with no internet), so I have to mail her some photo proof of my Mennonite moment (and the use of the cookbook she gave me at Christmas.)

starting to actually make the wareneki

The day I actually served them, I had to make the berry and cream sauce and heat up the biggest pot of water ever! Oh and I made some farmer sausage to go with it, because they go perfect together, and my dad insisted you can't serve one without the other.

 Here is my start to the sauces, I had to call my grandma to ask how to add flour to the cream sauce, but with some advice it turned out pretty good!

ready to be boiled

mmmm the yummy sausage

almost ready!

The Dinner is Served!

After far longer then I could ever imagine a meal taking to prepare, it was ready! It was so fun to make though, and I will definitely do it again! I was so excited to be making traditional Mennonite food all on my own, so I know that I will be able to pass it on!

My roomies and our neighbours

I'd say it turned out pretty good! And everyone finished there meals, so that's got to be a good sign! :)

Now I'm going to have to learn some of the other traditional foods as we decided February 9th is now Mennonite day! There's a few more from the cookbook that I think I can handle pretty easily. We'll see!

Ps: I tried the gluten free ones, and they weren't bad! I was pretty impressed and happy that my gluten free roommate wasn't missing out on the original. Thanks to mennonite girls can cook for the gluten free recipe.  

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My First Article!

I mentioned on Saturday that I wrote an article for my schools engineering news paper, OSNAP.
It was printed yesterday, and I scanned in my article to share!

check it out:
If you click on the image it is much larger and easier to read.

I even got a little shout out on the first page. (thanks Ryan!) 

This paper is pretty much only read by the University of Guelph engineers, but I am still really excited about it, so I hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Im an Author! .. kind of

I wrote an article for my schools Engineering paper. They needed more writers, and even though I CANT write, i volunteered! I think the paper is being printed Monday, and I will post the article once it has printed.

Its my first try at writing, and I was sooooo nervous, but it turned out to be pretty fun (although I'm still not sure of the quality of my work!).

And to add a little colour to this post, I added some pictures of a clutch a made for a girl who realllly likes Disney. Lets all remember that this was one of my first clutches, and the "mickey mouse" on the front was a bit of an experiment! haha

inside zipper

I added a zippered pocket inside!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Fabric for the WiC quilt

I had a snow day today, and although that didn't mean no work, it did mean less work! So i went to the local quilt shop (reenwood quiltery) and bought most of what I will need for the quilt!

I decided to go with a gray background and lots of yellows and blues for the squares.

Cant wait to start cutting the squares!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Quilt Design!!

I Finally made a quilt design that I am happy with for the quilt I am donating. I think i have bugged my sisters and roommates far to much about this already, so I had to make a decision. It is a combination of a few different designs that I was debating between. I am REALLY excited to pick out fabric on Saturday morning. The shop opens at 10am, and I'll probably be there at 10:05...

So here is what I decided. I sure hope it raises some money!

... Yes, that is a scale at the bottom. Its easier to figure out how much fabric you need that way!