Despite best efforts I am a bit behind in getting things ready for the craft fair... however, in the past week I have whipped up some diaper change pads. They are really easy to make and so much nicer to use than the vinyl ones you can buy in stores. If you have ever used one of those you know that your child's pee goes everywhere if they so happen to pee while you are changing their diaper. With the style that I have made, your child will be comfortable as it is padded, and any liquid will soak into the first layer of the material and should remain trapped there. The change pad can easily be thrown into the wash and machine dried.
Maureen Cracknell at Maureen Cracknell Handmade, has a fabulous fabric giveaway to share for today. You can find the details of the giveaway at https://www.facebook.com/maureencracknellhandmade or at http://maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.ca/2014/03/a-fabric-giveaway_21.html?showComment=1395413104364
I am sharing this on my blog for all you fabric enthusiasts out there! Good luck to all those that enter. :)
I was playing around with some wonky crosses the other day and came up with the the following quilt square. I think it will be a good way to use up all that scrap material I have lying around. I think I am going to make a table runner for our table made up with crosses that are somewhat similar to this one. The picture quality is not the best as it was taken from my phone.
Today I have the great fortune of attending a conference titled Inspiring Women's Leadership Conference. This is an annual event, organized by our local University, the University of Regina. The President of the University Vianne Timmons, is an amazing women who with the help of her staff pulls together a inspirational day of motivational speakers from all walks of life. We were very fortunate this year to listen to three keynote speakers, Amanda Lindhout, Malani Chib, and Arianna Huffington. The theme of this year's conference was "Facing Adversity".
I was touched by what each presenter brought to the conference. All coming from different paths and perspectives, they definitely stirred something inside of me. Whether that be choosing forgiveness and embracing freedom (Amanda Lindhout), taking care of the health and self before and above everything else in life, or using my skill set to make a difference in people's lives, I know something has to change.
I am fortunate that in my job I do have the ability to make a difference in some people's lives (i.e. my clients, especially with the work I do in Immigration Law). However, I had the thought today, maybe it was fleeting, maybe not, that I should use what I am doing with this quilting and creative side of me for a better good. I am going to have to figure out the logistics of it. Whether it be making and donating quilts, or donating proceeds from the quilts to charity, I feel like this could be my small way of giving back.
I am experimenting with value quilts for my next project. The quilt should be between a queen and king size once finished. I have only about 200 more squares to sew together and cut into half square triangles. I have a feeling this quilt is going to take forever to put together. There will be all sorts of other colours in the quilt once finished, as I haven't gotten to the navy, red, white, or yellow squares yet.
I will mix up the pattern once the other HST's are ready to go, but for now I wanted to see what it would look like. The pattern does jump off the quilt if you see if from a distance. This quilt is going to be a lot of work, but I think it will turn out very nice and different from most of my quilts.
Along with experimenting with a new quilting technique, I am also experimenting with a new sewing technique (new to me, that is). I chain-pieced these squares together to save time, this is the first time I have ever done that, and it does save a considerable amount of time. Here is a preview of what I have done so far and a picture of my very limited sewing space. I can't wait until our new house is built and I can have a dedicated sewing room. Unfortunately, that won't be for another 7 months.
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