free time :: new projects

It's been a busy couple of months in our house, though I'm typically the only one that's actually in the house, since Brett is away at French class for about 20 hours a week in addition to his real job and his side projects. Some might say we are both really great at "Let's do a lot of things!". So in the spirit of all of my newfound by-myself time, I've managed to do what I always do: expand my work-in-progress pile to a fabric mountain of epic proportions. Here's a tour through the current selection:

Farmer's wife crazy

Update on the Farmer's Wife: I still hate it. Yup. Continuing on...

I'm busy turning this Margot Madison chevron pattern into a quilt design. Yay for solids!

A Denyse Schmidt design. Mine features Joel Dewberry Heirloom fabrics along with selections from my massive collection of scraps.

Stripes! No further comments needed. This is the perfect inspiration for a project to use the Riley Blake ombré solids I just stocked up on. (image and idea via Ann StewArt)

I have a serious crush on solids and geometric shapes right now. This isosceles triangle quilt is equal parts hard and rewarding. Cutting all of them out requires more than one bottle of wine. (image and idea via Blue is Bleu)

Simple stripes. So.... simple. This is my favourite (and while many of the rest are going to new homes, this one is staying put). (image and idea via pinterest)

Not pictured is my square cross quilt. It's 50% complete. Almost there, after a year of neglecting it!

gocco day

I was lucky enough to get to teach a gocco class this past weekend at Emeline & Annabelle (a place I just don't visit often enough). Holiday cards galore! Plus, awesome rainbow thank-yous.

organic owlies


quilt top, originally uploaded by mintyfresh.

Finally this baby quilt is complete - and happily in it's new home in Ottawa (where it was a total surprise of the best kind).

Brett's friends Jeff and Maya have impeccable taste and totally embrace a bit of a retro-modern design aesthetic. I love spending time in their totally reno'd and stylish Hintonburg apartment and I wanted to make them something special for their new baby that reflected the things they surround themselves with every day - clean & simple lines with a bit of a retro-modern feel.

all together now

The fabric is 100% organic from Cloud9's Forest Friends series. The more I worked with it, the more I loved it, and I'm already looking forward to their new winter lines and the many (many!) projects I have on the go that I'll use them for. I rarely use a single line of fabrics for one of my projects, so I was impressed with how much I liked this and enjoyed working with it.

miracle machine

My mother has a long arm quilt machine (she is like her own one-women quilt factory!) so I took this home with me over the Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada to take advantage ahemspend some quality time with my mom and her super-quilt skills.

All that was left when I arrived home was to trim it, bind it, and package it up (in this case, in a lovely matching bag made from this free pattern over at Purl).

Now! Off to the next project in the pile.

the summer dress (advice needed!)

I really don't know how people moved to new cities before the internet was our reference guide. They must have had to *meet* people, and talk on the phone, and *shudder* learn about cool things to do after they made all of these new friends. Luckily for me I am a child of the internet age, and despite knowing almost no one in this city, I am rapidly googling my way to pretty much everything I am looking for.

One such thing was a fabric shop. And a good one. For years, I have shopped online as an alternative to Ottawa's poor fabric options, and my (very nice!) postman has delivered bolt after bolt of Joel Dewberry, Amy Butler, Lecien and Echino prints without ever whining about it (I left him some of my camera collection - he also collects - as a gift when we left). But this is Montreal! Surely there must be awesome fabric everywhere, right?

The *everywhere* in that statement remains to be seen, but for now, I am delighted to have discovered Emeline & Annabelle, a Workroom-esque shop replete with workshops and great fabric and those GIANT cutting tables I have been coveting ever since getting a home studio (and especially now that my studio is in boxes in my storage closet).

And as luck would have it, I managed to sneak into a spot in their "Summer Dress" course that starts this week, where I will tackle my favourite challenge - sewing curves and following a pattern. Two things I generally avoid because straight lines and patterns I draft only in my head are much easier on my state of mind.

But here is where you come in! I had to pick some fabric to make this dress out of and while I've chosen a lovely bright blue as the base, I don't know which fabric I want to use as an accent (where the dress splits from a sleeveless v-neck to an a-line skirt, and as a band around the base).

Which is your favourite? (Forgive the "I took this photo at midnight" lighting.)