Wednesday, March 30, 2011

pretty cool.

Craft Gossip featured
How cool is that?!

So, welcome to all you new readers!  

xo, Megan

Monday, March 28, 2011

{Sew} Modern Monday #12

It's MONDAY!  
You all know what that means...
{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations
Like I already mentioned I spent most of last week, and this past weekend for that matter, in bed.  I was sick.  You know, the hit you like a brick wall kind of sick?  Yep that was me.  After trying to tough it (and by it I mean 103+ temp, stiff neck, body chills, sore get the picture right?) out for a little over 24 hours, enough was enough.  Friday morning the boyfriend took me into the ER (he later told me he honestly thought I was on my death bed...aka--I had to have been looking mighty fine.  Great way to test out if he's in for the long haul right? Ha.).  Once I got there they were worried it might be mono or meningitis, but turns out it was just a big old case of strep throat.  Oh, and when the doctor walks out of the room after looking at your throat and says "That's nasty!" before he even has time to shut the door.  Well, then you know it's kind of bad.  On the plus side, I dropped 10+ pounds during the week.  Way to jump start the old swimsuit diet, eh?

I guess what I am trying to say is, there was absolutely NO sewing/blogging/
anything fun going on over here.  And, I apologize for not commenting/replying on all of last week's link-ups.  So changing it up a bit this week, here are some of the wonderful projects that were linked up last week.

Oh, and before I forget...THANK YOU so much for all the nice comments you all left over the weekend!  I had no energy to even be on the computer, but having those little comments pop up on my BlackBerry definitely brightened my day.  So again, THANK YOU!

All right, check out these great modern projects...
Love this quilt from Beauty in the Details.
I am a sucker for all things Amy Butler.

Better shot - Finished MMM bookshelf mini-quilt
Did you see this fabulous mini quilt from Don't Call Me Betsy?
Pretty flippin' cool!

Or how about this quilt from Needle and Spatula.
Check out that hand quilting!

Ok, hit it!  If you need a little reminder, here are the rules.  

Friday, March 25, 2011


Extremely high temperature.
Sore throat.
Body aches.
Lets just say, the last few days have been a little rough.

Now after a trip to the ER this morning, a little jello,
and some meds I am hoping to kick it in the butt.  And maybe
get a little sewing in by the end of the weekend?  A girl can dream!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
xo, Megan

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

WiP Wednesday {19}

It is Wednesday and you all know what that means.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Yep that's right.  WiP Wednesday, where I try to
get a handle on my sewing chaos.  Keyword...try.

This past weekend brought lots and lots of sewing... 

First there was March's FNSI.  I spent all day sewing, sewing, and sewing.  In fact I finished piecing a top and whipped a pieced back together.  And then I followed it up with even more sewing the next day.  On Saturday I packed up my sewing machine and a few projects, road tripped with my mom and little sister (and their sewing machines and projects) to my grandma's house.

We arrived to the smell of brownies and banana bread baking in the oven.  Aren't grandmas the best?  Then in a matter of ten minutes we had four sewing stations, two cutting stations, and one ironing station all set up and ready to roll.  And the rest was history.
3 generation sewing day.
grandma's sewing station on the left and mine on the right.
It was such a wonderful day!  I am crossing my fingers that there will be many more 3 generation sewing days in the very near future.
3 generation sewing day.
mom's on the left. sister's on the right.
notice the caffeine and chocolate.  the key to any sewing day!
Here are this week's details...

Zero.  Wahoo!

I am really itching to get back at this one.

There is only a few more weeks left and I have just a bit to go.

do. Good Stitches -- March block.

This week's stats...
Last week's total: 5
New projects: 0
Finished Projects: 2
This week's total: 3

Head on over to Freshly Pieced to see
what everyone else is up to!

xo, Megan

Monday, March 21, 2011

{Sew} Modern Monday #11

It is time for another {Sew} Modern Monday
here at Canoe Ridge Creations...
{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations
In fact, it's lucky number 11!
...the number 11 can be considered lucky, right?...

This week I am very excited to share with you all my Solids Film Strip Quilt Top. That is right, the top is complete!
solids film strip quilt top.
I started this quilt during last month's FNSI and officially wrapped it up this past weekend. One month isn't to bad, right?  Like I mentioned before, I used my FQs I received from the Gen X Kona Your World Swap and paired them with Kona Coal (my go-to color these days).  By the way, signups for Round 2 of the Kona Your World Swap are now open!  Go check it out!  ETA:  The swap is now full.

My design inspiration came from the Cherry House QAL quilt.  Have you seen it? I really liked the basic, simple design of it but decided to add my own little twist. The finished top ended up being a hefty throw size, a tad bit bigger than the original QAL size.

As far as quilting this puppy goes, my plan is to go with straight-line quilting running vertically between the colored rows using a cotton thread that matches the Kona Coal.  That way the "optical illusion" of sorts will stand out. 

All righty folks, it is your turn.  You know the drill!  If you need a refresher, here are the rules.  And as always, I love seeing new faces.  So don't be shy and jump right in!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

FNSI. the results.

Yesterday was another fun FNSI, or rather Friday Sew-In since most of the sewing happened between 8 am and 6 pm.  I had big intentions of making a serious dent in my sewing to-do list and somehow there just wasn't enough time in the day. You know how that goes?

With the day of uninterrupted sewing time, I was able to finish up this quilt and pieced the back.  Now it is off to the longarm quilter and I am one step closer to being able to share it with you all.  Sorry, still no pictures.

After all day sewing, I enjoyed an evening with the boyfriend.  We took the dog for a walk (it was in the 50s!?!), had a little dinner date, and then watched a movie together at home.  Pretty uneventful, just the way we like! :)

I also spent a chunk of time late last night getting all my sewing supplies and projects together for a three generation sewing day today with my mom, grandma, and little sister. More on that later but so this post isn't completely photo-less, here is a picture taken this afternoon on my grandparent's farm.

a day on the farm.

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!

xo, Megan

Friday, March 18, 2011

FNSI {march}

Have you all heard about FNSI?

It is a totally fun sew-in held once a month by Heidi from Handmade by Heidi and Bobbi from Crafty Vegas Mom.  I have been taking part in these sew-ins since I started blogging way back in September and let me tell you, It is SO much fun!  Just the idea that there are many people out there in blogland taking part in a virtual sew-in is pretty stinking cool.  Agreed?

Interested in joining in on all the fun?  Head over to Handmade by Heidi to sign up!

xo, Megan

Thursday, March 17, 2011

new favorite {design seeds}

Have you check out Design Seeds?  If not, you need to.  Like, right now!

After reading this post from Kati at From the Blue Chair, I am hooked.  Actually, I am not sure hooked is even the appropriate word for it.  Addicted might be a better choice.  I could seriously browse the Design Seeds website all day long. Yummy! 

The color palettes are absolutely wonderful.  Here are a few of my favorites...

Source: Design Seeds

Source: Design Seeds

Source: Design Seeds

love this one.  Source: Design Seeds

and because today is St. Patty's Day.  Source: Design Seeds

Now go check it out for yourself.  You won't regret it!

xo, Megan

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

WiP Wednesday {18}

Is it just me, or does it seem like the weeks just keep flying by?  
I guess they do say time flies when you are having fun.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
On the sewing front this week, there has only one thing on my mind. Remember that Top Secret Quilt I mentioned a few weeks back?  Well folks, I have spent almost every free moment this past week working on it, in hopes of getting it to the quilter by Friday.  As of now, I seem to be right on track (as long as I stay off the computer/your lovely blogs/flickr for a few more days).  The bummer part of the whole thing, I can't share it with you right now.  Ugh.  But I promise, it will be worth the wait!

I did however, pull out a project from UFO land and finish it over the weekend. 

pot holders.

I started these pot holders, who knows when, and just never got around to sewing the binding on.  So I finished them up, popped them into the wash, and ta-da.  I have made a few of these before and let me tell you, they are the best pot holders ever!

pot holders.

Oh, and I finished my {Sew} Beautiful Bee block for March.  Hmm, maybe I have been more productive than I feel.

And everything else on my list is sitting on the back burner, patiently waiting for some attention.

This week's stats:
Last week's total: 7
New Projects: 1
Finished Projects: 2
This week's total: 6

Head on over to Freshly Pieced 
to see what everyone else is up to this week!

xo, Megan

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

more Sew-tastic Saturday results.

Yesterday I shared with you all a few things my mom worked on this past Saturday when we were able to spend the entire day sewing together.  Now onto what I worked on...
As I have mentioned before, Elizabeth from Don't Call Me Betsy chose a spiderweb block for her month in our {Sew} Beautiful Bee.  Now the directions she chose were a little different than the ones I used for my Spiderweb Quilt (which by the way is currently getting some binding attention, yay!) in that they involved paper piecing.  My initial thoughts were, Eek!  Paper piecing?!?  You see, I haven't attempted paper piecing since I was in 4-H many, many years ago. I was a little intimidated at first but now that it is all said and done, I don't know what I was worried about!  It ended up being a lot of fun!  That was after I remembered to shorten my stitch length.  Lesson learned!
{Sew} Beautiful Bee-March
I really love the way this blocked turned out.  I am sure it is because all of that yummy AMH fabric she chose.
{Sew} Beautiful Bee-March
I am really excited to see Elizabeth's quilt all put together.  She has decided to sash each of the blocks, rather than the traditional spiderweb quilt layout.  Way cool!
And that's it folks.  I was not nearly as productive as my mom was!  Somehow my laptop kept creeping into my sewing area and I then I would find myself blog/flickr browsing.  Funny how that seems to happen! :)
sister's prom dress in the works.
Oh, and before I forget.  My little sister is in the process of making her prom dress for her Senior year.  Here is a little peek.
sister's prom dress in the works.
It involves lots, and lots of hand beading.  Anyone want to see more?
xo, Megan

Monday, March 14, 2011

Supernova Quilt-Along. Are you in?

If you are looking for the {Sew} Modern Monday linky party, 
it is over here.

Have you all heard Lee's big announcement over at Freshly Pieced?  If you haven't, go check it out!

That is right.  She is hosting a super cool quilt-along for her Hope Valley Quilt. And I am totally in.
Supernova Quilt-Along with Freshly Pieced
If you haven't joined a quilt-along before, then now is the time!  It is such a fun experience working on the same quilt pattern with a bunch of fellow quilters/bloggers.  Not only that, but seeing everyone's progress along the way always seems to keep me motivated to finish a project.  There is also a flickr group you can join to stay up to date on all the important details.

Tomorrow Lee will be announcing the fabric requirements and I can't wait to start pulling fabrics.

So, it's official.  I am in, are you?

xo, Megan

{Sew} Modern Monday #10

It's time for another {Sew} Modern Monday
{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

I spent all day Saturday behind the sewing machine.  Like I mentioned earlier, my mom and I enjoyed a whole day together of uninterrupted sewing.  Wahoo! It really doesn't get any better than that!  Rather than share what I worked on today, I have decided to share a few of my mom's finishes from the Sew-tastic Saturday.

So this week, I bring to you {Sew} Modern Monday -- mom edition...

My mom is really my biggest fan for anything blog related, especially on {Sew} Modern Mondays.  It is not uncommon for me to get multiple calls/texts/e-mails about all the great stuff you all have linked up to each and every {Sew} Modern Monday.  I find it funny how she calls you all by name.  Instead of describing the project, she will say "So-and-So" from "This or That" blog.  And, I usually know exactly who she is talking about.  That's one of the best parts about the blogging community, you make connections with fellow bloggers and it can feel like they are just an old friend from down the road.  You know what I mean?

Ok, ok.  Getting back on track.  Last week, she fell in love with this iPod case that was linked up.  Using that photo as her inspiration she ended up with this fabulous cell phone case. 
My mom used a few charm squares of the Frolic by Sandy Gervais for Moda fabric line.  Added a little ric-rac, a fabric covered button, a fabric yo-yo and voila.
Oh, and that brown loop around the button holding the cell phone in place?  An elastic hairband.  So simple.
She also made a matching individual Kleenex case using my tutorial using the same fabric. Thanks mom! :)
It really was a great way to spend a Saturday.  On deck next weekend, a three generation Sew-tastic Saturday with my mom, grandma, and little sister.  Can't wait! 

...and I think that wraps up {Sew} Modern Monday -- mom edition.

Come back tomorrow and I will share what I worked on.

Now it's your turn...

1.) Link up a recent sewing or quilting project finish using modern fabrics and/or designs.  Please link to the specific post, not just your blog home page.
2.) Link back to my blog in your post.  If you want, grab the {Sew} Modern Monday button over on the sidebar and add it to your blog.  That way you won't have to remember each week.
3.) Please check out other people's {Sew} Modern Monday links.  What fun is a linky party without comments?  Please take the time to comment on other people's posts.
4.) If you like, join the flickr group and share your pictures there as well.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

sewing saturday.

While the boys are away, the girls will play sew.

It's Saturday and the boyfriend has to work a 6 am to 4 pm shift .  So you know what that means, uninterrupted sewing time!  And what's even better, my dad is also gone for the day at an archery tournament.  Sounds like a mother-daughter sewing day to me!

Here is what we have in the works so far:
mom's sewing saturday.
The momma's WiP - cell phone case.
sewing saturday.
My WiP - {Sew} Beautiful Bee block.
I will be back with more pictures later, but for now I am going to enjoy some one-on-one time with my mother.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
xo, Megan (and Mom) 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

WiP Wednesday {17}

It is that time again...
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced's what is going on this week.

spiderweb quilting
Spiderweb Quilt -- the quilting
Over the weekend, I decided to tackle quilting my spider web quilt.  Nothing fancy, just straight line quilting.  Only a little bit more quilting, then a touch of binding, and it should be good to go.  I feel a finish in the very near future.
fabric organization
fabric organization.
Fabric organization seems to have taken over quilty blogland in the last few weeks.  Now not being one to be left behind, I started a massive organization overhaul to my entire sewing area (not just the fabric).  
fabric organization
I have started to feel a little overwhelmed with all my quilty obligations and hopefully this clean, fresh area will ease the "stress" a bit.  I am about one quarter of the way through my stash thus far and really hoping to finish up over the weekend.

It seems that my desire to get organized has resulted in everything else on my list to sit on the back burner.  Not for long though, I promise.  If you are interested to see what else is on my work-in-progress list, you can take a look at last week's WiP Wednesday post.

This week's stats:
Last week's total: 5
New Projects: 3
Finished Projects: 1
This week's total: 7

Head on over to Freshly Pieced 
to see more great works-in-progress!

xo, Megan

Monday, March 7, 2011

{Sew} Modern Monday #9

It's Monday, and you all know what that means...
{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations
...time to show off your modern sewing projects!

Now that I have official confirmation that my Spicing Up the Kitchen Swap goodies have safely made the trip from Iowa to California (if I could have shipped myself to warmer California weather I would have) I am very excited to share them with you!
SUTK swap {sent}
I signed up for the SUTK swap way back in December (this was my first swap ever) and anxiously awaited to be assigned a swap partner.  My partner Hollie, from The Undercover Crafter, was pretty straight forward in what she hoped to receive in the swap which was very, very helpful.  From the beginning, I decided I would make her an apron using a picture from her inspiration mosaic.
Pulling out my garment sewing skills from my glorious 4-H days, I tackled this apron with only that one photo.  No pattern involved.  Only to find out over the weekend, there was in fact a pattern out there.  Isn't that just the way it goes? Oh well.
SUTK swap {sent}
Now there were a few bumps in the road when I started doubting my fabric choices, but thanks to some of your great comments I kept with it.  In the end I am so glad I listened, because I love it!  And the best part, I'm pretty sure Hollie does too!
SUTK swap {sent}
I also included a dishtowel accented with the same fabric as the apron and some chocolate.  Because, who doesn't love chocolate?
SUTK swap {sent}
There was some fabulous stuff made in this round of the Spicing Up the Kitchen Swap, and I can't wait for Round 2.  It was just so much fun!

ETA: I am linking up to Fabric Tuesday over at Quilt Story.
Alright, hit it...

This linky list is now closed.