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Gnomes and Mushrooms

March 3, 2011

This morning I came into work to find this delicious surprise:
Bumpy cake

Monday is my birthday, but I took tomorrow and Monday off from work (YAY long weekend!). So, today, my boss brought in an early birthday cake: bumpy cake with carmel frosting. Best breakfast ever.

You’re probably wondering about the title of this post. March is Jen’s month for the Bee in My Bonnet VQB. She sent us the cutest gnome and mushroom fabric, along with an assortment of ridiculously cute green and pink fabrics (and white for the background). Her only instructions were to feature the gnome fabric in one block and the mushroom fabric in another.

It was almost a case of too much freedom. I didn’t know what I wanted to do for the blocks, so I did what any reasonable person would do.. spent valuable work time researching gnomes online and bugged my coworkers with questions about gnomes (“What do they live in? What do they eat?” etc).

Thankfully, in times like these, there is always the internet with all of its useless, ridiculous information. I had nearly forgotten about that cartoon from the late ’80s called David the Gnome, but thank you, Wikipedia, for reminding me about him and his trusty fox, Swift. Speaking of which, I would just like to point out a few interesting facts (because let’s face it, everything on Wikipedia is presented as fact) I’ve learned about gnomes (quoted directly from the Wikipedia David the Gnome page):

1. “A gnome’s lifespan is exactly 400 years. However, there are a few cases of gnomes living past 400 years. One example is a couple in the Balkans living 550 years.”

2. “Gnomes work in various ways to repair the damage inevitably caused by humans. They also have the power of telepathy and mind control.”

3. (my personal favorite) “The series presents the gnomes as a kind species, of 15 centimeters (6 inches) of height, and between 250 and 300 grams (8 and 10 ounces) of weight depending on gnome body mass.” I think I love the phrase “gnome body mass.” Too bad it will never come in normal conversation.

Who knew that there was so much knowledge out there on gnomes? In fact, I bet when you started reading this you didn’t expect to become an expert on gnomes, too. You’re welcome.

Last night I made the two blocks:

Block 1:
Block 1

Block 2:
Block 2

Close up of the raw edge applique for Block 2:
Close Up

I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. I’m thinking I might need to make a whole quilt out of raw edge applique blocks because they are so much fun to make.

Don’t forget to check back! I’m going to have a super fun giveaway on March 15th for my one year blogiversary! You’ll like it! I promise!


November Blocks

November 7, 2010

Finished my November blocks for Cindy of the Bee in My Bonnet VQB.

They were super easy to make and I LOVE the fabric she chose:

Cindy's Block 1

Cindy's Block 2

The blocks were made with this tutorial:

Dave and Nat’s wedding was really beautiful – pictures to follow soon 🙂

The end for now.


Quilt Blocks and Joie

October 19, 2010

Over the weekend, Dave and I went up to Traverse City for Beth and Patrick’s wedding and it was SO beautiful! They got married on this cliff overlooking a sea of fall colors. The ceremony was so beautiful that I didn’t get any good pictures – I was too busy getting teary-eyed and eavesdropping on the guy behind me who was *very* impressed with the whole thing. Hehe.

Of course, though, we couldn’t just go to Traverse City for the weekend and have everything go smoothly. On Friday morning, we discovered that Joie had licked a huge patch of fur off her leg. So Dave left work early and took her in to the vet’s. They put a bandage on it, called it a generic infection, and gave her some antibiotics. When we got home on Sunday, we noticed that not only did the leg not look better, but she had been licking around the bandage. Unfortunately, the vet was closed by then, so we had to wait until yesterday to take her in… and of course, when we took her in.. the vet said it’s probably a fungus or infection.. but could be something as bad as feline leukemia (it probably isn’t because we’ve had her tested, but now that I know the worst case scenario, I’m going to worry!). We should know tonight…. hopefully.

To solve the licking problem.. they gave her a cone… and she spent the whole night walking backwards as if she knew her head were stuck and that if she just backed up, she could back out of the cone. There is something hilarious and somewhat unsettling to be watching tv and out of the corner of your eye see your cat walk backwards through the room.

This is what she looks like as a conie:
Joie in her cone

On a completely unrelated note, I did get some quilt blocks done for the virtual quilt bee I’m in. This month was Meghan’s month and she gave us so much freedom. Basically our instructions were to do a Christmas theme in any technique we wanted with a white on white as the background.

For my first block, I did a little reindeer. I used raw-edged applique and then “doodled” around it in brown thread. I’m really happy with how the antlers turned out because they were really scary to just “doodle” to me.

Reindeer block

For the second block, I did a Christmas landscape using raw-edged applique again. I had a lot of fun making this one and I really like how it turned out:

Christmas landscape block

I have a bunch of other projects to finish up, so here’s to hoping that I can get them posted soon!


June VQB

June 18, 2010

Classes are done at the end of the month, so I’m hitting that end of the semester crunch time. It took me by surprise this time because the semester is only 8 weeks long.

There hasn’t been a lot of time for crafting, but I did manage to finish the June block for the VQB I’m in. This month was Kelly’s month and she chose wonky log cabins. I was really excited to make it and I like how it turned out. I didn’t have enough for a second block, so I started it and figured she could finish it when I sent it back.

Here’s what it looks like:

June VQB Block

That’s all for now.


Swap-Bot Quilt Blocks

May 24, 2010

So, I finally finished working on my quilt blocks for the Swap-bot Mini Virtual Quilt Bee that I was participating in.

They are going in the mail today to June 🙂 She asked for wonky log cabins with lots of color.

Wonky Log Cabin for June

Wonky Log Cabin for June

Wonky Log Cabin for June

Wonky Log Cabin for June

I also made Alice’s blocks – they had a focus block with a 1930’s feel and string-pieced triangles around it. Unfortunately, I was excited about finishing them and sending them back to her, so there are no pictures.

Anyway, that’s all from me for now.


Busy, per usual, I guess….

May 20, 2010

This morning I was trying to think of a time when I wasn’t super busy and really…. I couldn’t think of a time. This semester I’m taking two classes, I’m working, I’ve got a ton of half-finished projects that I would like complete… sometime.. and now I have a wedding to plan. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I figure, I probably do my best work under a bit of pressure and I’m learning to love checking things off the “To Do” List.

Here are a couple I checked off last night:

Deanna’s May String Quilt Block for the Bee in My Bonnet VQB?

String Block for Deanna


Cuddle with Joie Cat?

Joie Cat


Hoping to check more off the list this weekend… and maybe even find a venue for the reception? Fingers crossed.


Welcome to Sick Ward C

April 9, 2010

I’m home sick today…. ick. It’s a pain because Dave is leaving tomorrow for a conference in San Francisco where he is presenting an application he wrote and I want to be supportive and help him get ready… but for all intents and purposes, I’m a bit dead to the world.

I thought I would use this time to catch up on some photos that I meant to post earlier. I spent a big chunk of last weekend at my mom’s house getting ready for Easter. My mom was dogsitting the neighbor’s dog, Torres.

This is Torres.
He is a sweet dog… but sometimes he drives my mom’s dog, Luci, a little crazy.

This is Luci.

Luci had the last laugh when she played with his toys.
Luci in the Backyard

And this is my cousin, Lindsey, holding the neighbor’s cat, Fenway.
Lindsey and Fenway
Fenway lives next door, but spends a lot of his time inviting himself in at my mom’s house. He eats the food, uses the litter box, and sleeps on fresh laundry – not quite the perfect house guest…. but he did let Lindsey carry him around a bit.

In other news, I’ve sort of lost my head. I got a little caught up in the excitement of virtual quilt bees and joined one regular one and one mini one.

The regular one is The Bee in My Bonnet and it is comprised of 12 women. We’re in the process of figuring out the details and hope to start in May. Everyone in it seems really friendly and ready to create beautiful blocks.

The mini one is through swap-bot. There are only three of us and we’re sending to each other at the same time. The plan is to send a little bit of fabric and instructions on the blocks we want to each other…. then add fabrics from our stash and make four blocks for each person. I went fabric shopping the other night:

VQB Fabric

I can’t decide what kind of blocks to request! I know that I want the dark blue to frame the blocks, but.. apart from that, I keep changing my mind. I guess I’ll have to make it up pretty soon because the fabric bundles need to go out in the mail tomorrow. Eek!

In other news, I’ll be dragging my sick butt out of bed tomorrow at 4:45am to drive Dave to the airport…. yaaayyyyy.