Star and Stripes

So I went to the Tall Grass Prairie trunk show at Fabric Crush last week. Jacquie’s quilts are amazing! Pictures do not do them justice, honestly. Here’s one shot of the table of her quilts:
Tall Grass Prarie Studios at Fabric Crush

I found her “I can’t quilt a straight line”-lines very inspiring, so I came home and applied them to this:
Star and Stripes

Mine are all free-motion and they’re probably the straightest lines I’ve quilted. I love that they’re graphic, but organic. The back looks even better than the front:
Star and Stripes

Sorry for such dreary pics, the weather wasn’t very cooperative…


Luck o’ the Oyrish!

Happy St. Patty's Day!

I’ve been meaning to make this shirt to wear to the pub tonight, but it looks like it will have to wait until next year. So, I thought I’d share it for your viewing pleasure. Please pardon the quick color-job. I was in a hurry. ^_^

Valentine’s Day

The chessboard where we had our first kiss. The writing was not ours, I swear!

These photos are from a session that we had with Chara Michele last year in honor of our fourth anniversary. They were taken along the ship canal in Fremont, where the Mister and I walked during our first date.

Chara Michelle  SessionOur little family now.

Neither me nor the Mister are very sentimental, but this place will always hold a special place in our hearts. We were happy to return there and are very pleased to now have a photographic account.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

A Whale of a Vignette

Just popping in to share my latest thrifty find and a cute little vignette.

New MidCentury side table

  • Mid-century end table: $24, from a new thrift shop in my area
  • Whale bank: $1, Target bargain bin
  • Blue tray: $2, Value Village
  • Nancy Mungcal print: free, Feed Your Soul
  • Yellow frame: cheap, Ikea ^_^

Leather Tote

Joanna at Stardust Shoes has been making some gorgeous leather satchels. They were so inspiring that I had to try my hand at one. This has been a busy week. I’m hosting a Tu B’Shvat seder tomorrow night, so I’ve been cleaning and meal planning and trying to finish a few projects around the house. Making a big leather mess was the last thing that I needed to do, but this project was calling me.

Never having sewn with leather and not wanting to invest too much money into the experiment, I bought an old leather coat from the thrift store and proceeded to tear it apart. From the dust, came this beautiful little tote.

Leather tote

The leather was actually quite easy to sew through. It did stick a bit to my metal presser foot. My teflon foot probably would have worked better, but it was two floors up and I was being lazy. The teal polkadot fabric goes quite well with the brown leather. And I really like the detail on the handles. I rolled the teal around to the front on one side before topstitching.

This bag was a trial before I cut into a nicer coat, which has leather as soft as butter. That project will have to wait until next week or so. I still have floors to clean and bread to bake…

Tu B’Shvat Sameach!


This spring, I am teaching my first quilting class. Appropriately enough, it is a beginning quilting class. So, I’ve been busy putting together a prototype for the project that we will work on.

Quilting 101: Prototype

The pattern was quite simple. I think it will be a good few blocks for beginners to learn. There are two nine-patches, two courthouse steps, and then the more detailed nine-patch. The red and yellow blocks are from Kaffe Fasset fabrics. I don’t know what the blue striped fabric is, but I love it and need to go buy some more. It is sashed with a white organic cotton canvas. The binding is an Amy Butler home-dec weight blue and teal polka-dot. I really loved the binding fabric and the colors were perfect for the blocks, but it didn’t turn out as well as I had envisioned. Ah well, we live and we learn.

Quilting 101: Prototype

Overall, I’m rather pleased with how well this turned out. I’m going to hang it on a short little wall in our dining area, since I never use table runners. It is just the perfect bit of color for that corner.

If you or somebody that you know is in want of a beginning quilting class, email me (ahavajora gmail) for more information!

Drumroll, Please

Thanks to everybody who entered our latest little contest! It was fun to read about all of your (non)resolutions. Mine have so far been semi-successful. I’ve been tracking calories, trying not to fall off the wagon too often, and have made a point of getting at least a full thirty minute walk in every single day. I’ve also hosted a sewing date with a few friends, joined a new quilt guild (Seattle Modern Quilt Guild), and am getting ready to teach a class this spring! All in all, it’s been a good start to 2010.

Okay, okay, without further adieu, the winner of the book is…

Giveaway Winner

My friend Quynh from Nha Means House! She wrote:

I agree with you, no resolutions but definitely goals in my life this year. A big one is that I want to expand my cooking skills and knowledge base this year and cook food that I have never cooked before. Another big item that is on my list is to start and compile my cookbook.

Congrats, Q!