Monday, May 30, 2011

{Sew} Modern Monday #20

It's {Sew} Modern Monday time!

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

I hope you are all having a wonderful Memorial weekend!

It has been a busy, busy weekend around here.  My little sister, Lindsey, graduated from high school this weekend (I will share a few pictures this week sometime).  So between work, a graduation party, baccalaureate, and commencement ceremonies, there was zero time for sewing.  I had high hopes I would find some time to finish hand sewing the binding on this little mini, but it looks like it will stay on the quilty "to-do" list for a few more days.

Since I am lacking a modern finish this week, here are a few of your link-ups from two weeks ago (again, sorry for the SMS giveaway interruptions) to feature for today's {Sew} Modern Monday. 

Sara from Sew Sweetness linked up this beautiful
Weekender Bag (pattern by Amy Butler).  The details,
especially that cording, are wonderful!

Did you see this quilt from Jamie at Sunflower Seeds?
Check out that quilting!

Kona solids quilt finished!

Or this mini from Lindsay Sews?
She even has even added a new tutorial to her blog 
so you can make your own!

Now it's your turn to link up!  I can't wait to see what you are all up to this week!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

a mini for Elizabeth.

A few weeks ago, Elizabeth from Don't Call Me Betsy and I decided to do a mini swap between the two of us.  I have participated in a few swaps over the past 6 months, but there was something extra special about making something for someone you actually "know".  Not only did it help that I had a pretty good feel for what Elizabeth's tastes were because I knew her, but we actually share most of the same favorites on flickr.  Great minds think a like, eh?  I think yes! :)

A mini for Elizabeth from Don't Call Me Betsy.

Right from the get-go I knew I would be using MoMo's Wonderland for Elizabeth's mini--because if you follow her blog you know this girl has a thing for that collection.  I went with very tiny (1 inch finished to be exact) patchwork using almost all of the fabrics from the collection.  This was the smallest peiceing I have ever done--and it was actually kind of refreshing!  I do have one piece of advice--press your seams open.  It makes a world of difference when it comes to small piecing.

I also added a small embroidery into the mini using similar colors from the Wonderland collection.  You can never go wrong with embroidery and cupcakes. :)

A mini for Elizabeth from Don't Call Me Betsy.

The finishing touch was a little straight-line quilting and it was on it's way to warmer weather.

A mini for Elizabeth from Don't Call Me Betsy.

Like I said, it was so much fun making something for someone you "know" from the bloggy world.  I hope you enjoy this little mini Elizabeth, because I had a blast making it for you!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend everyone!  See you back here for {Sew} Modern Monday!

ETA: I am linking up to Fabric Tuesday!

xo, Megan

Friday, May 27, 2011

Flashback Friday [Yellow Brick Road]

I started sewing and quilting when I was very young--it's a family thing--which has resulted in  quite a few quilt finishes over the years.  There are so many, I sometimes can't remember them all.  So I thought it would be fun to have a Flashback Friday of sorts, not only to share these quilts with you all, but also for me to reminisce.  Feel free to link-up any pre-blogging quilts you may have!

Years before I fell in love with quilty peeps like Anna Marie Horner, Denyse Schmidt, Elizabeth Hartman, and Tula Pink, I was inspired by Terry Atkinson from Atkinson Designs.  Ever heard of her?  If not, I highly recommend checking out her blog and website and some of her patterns.  There is something about her quilt designs that will always have a special place in my heart.  Simple, basic and forever classic.  It doesn't matter if you are new to quilting or not, her designs are wonderful!


Terry Atkinson has all sorts of published patterns, from quilts to home interior to bags and pouches.  I think I have collected almost all of her patterns, but one of my absolute favorites is Yellow Brick Road.  The quilt is made up of 3 different blocks that are arranged at random for a fresh patchwork design.  


This quilt was made in 2005 while I was still in high school and working at my LQS.  Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of this fabric line but almost 6 years later, I still love it!  If you notice, most of my recent quilt finishes don't have borders--just a change in taste I suppose--but I really enjoy how the orange border pulls this quilt together.  


While I was working at the LQS, I was fortunate enough to have access to a long arm quilter.  I opted for an all over pantograph of swirls and loops in a variegated thread that compliments the colors in the quilts. 


Quilt Stats
56" x 75"
Design: Yellow Brick Road by Atkinson Designs
Pieced and quilted by Me
Completed in 2005

And a special thanks to the BF Brandon.
Without you this quilty photo shoot could not have been possible. 



And there you have it, the Yellow Brick Road.  If you have any pre-blogging quilts you would like to share, feel free to link-up.  I would love to see them!

xo, Megan

Thursday, May 26, 2011

we have a winner!

Thank you to everyone who entered in the SMS giveaway!  
And welcome to all you new followers!

Now for the winner of the 
Denyse Schmidt Single Girl Patten.

And the winning number is 171.

Congrats to Edith from edeenut creates!

Thanks again to everyone who entered!

xo, Megan

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

May Bee Blocks.

If you are looking for the giveaway, it is over

As of last night, this month's bee blocks are done, done, and done.  Even with a few days to spare!  Cha-ching!

First up, my block for Angela of My Three Sons (banquopack on flickr) in our {Sew} Modern Bee.  Angela sent the most amazing little fabric packages--the colors were yummy!--and asked each of us to make a block of our choice.  Here is the block I sent her way.

{Sew} Beautiful Bee May

I decided to go with a simple bow tie block--which I had so much fun making. Oh and since next month is my "Quilters" month for the do. Good Stitches Bliss circle, I think I will be asking the other members to make this bow tie block in some fun summer colors.  Stay tuned for a tutorial.

Speaking of do. Good Stitches, here are my blocks for May.

do. Good Stitches May.

WendyLouP asked each of us in the Bliss circle to make two blocks in medium blues and greens using this tutorial from Hyacinth Quilt Designs.  I highly recommend bookmarking this tutorial, it is wonderful!  I am hoping to use this pattern on one of my next quilts.

do. Good Stitches May.

do. Good Stitches May.

We have a busy weekend coming up around here.  My little sister, Lindsey, graduates from High School.  Eek!  Sewing time will be limited, as the Boyfriend and I will be spending most of the next few days helping my parents get ready for the weekend's festivities.  

I hope you all are having a wonderful week--especially with all those Sew, Mama, Sew! giveaways going on!  I will be back sometime tomorrow to announce the winner of the Denyse Schmidt Singe Girl pattern.

xo, Megan

Monday, May 23, 2011

Giveaway Day!

It's giveaway day!  It's giveaway day!


{Sew} Modern Monday peeps (enter in the giveaway), 
and come back next week for the linky party. :)


all you Sew, Mama, Sew! quilting and sewing peeps!
You have landed yourself right here at 

Canoe Ridge Creations.

While this blog tends to focus primarily on modern
fabrics, sewing, and quilting, you never know what you might find.
Take a look around.

So, what is up for grabs?  
How about a new pattern?

Yes, yes? :)

That's right, you can win one copy of 

Denyse Schmidt's Single Girl pattern.

To enter, just leave a comment--something funny, 
your favorite fabric, your most recent finish--anything will do.

And for a bonus entry, leave a separate comment if you are follower
of Canoe Ridge Creations (new and old).

That's two chances to win!
If you are a "no-reply" commenter, 
please leave an e-mail address in your comment as well.

The giveaway is open until Wednesday, May 25th at 11:59 pm CST.
A winner will be chosen by a random number generator 
and announced Thursday, May 26th.

Good luck! 
xo, Megan

Saturday, May 21, 2011

a quick note.

I forgot to mention...

There will be no {Sew} Modern Monday this coming week,
because Monday is Giveaway Day!

Come back Monday to see what will be 
up for grabs!

Want a hint?

single girl quilting.

xo, Megan

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bloggers' Quilt Festival. [crazy {9} quilt].

I am very excited for my first ever entry in Amy's

Amy's Creative Side

There are hundreds and hundreds of amazing quilts linked up already,
so go check it out!

About a year ago, I was introduced to the quilty blog world by my mom (thanks mom!).  I had taken a new job, moved to a new town, and was looking for something to occupy my time in the evenings.  Let me tell you, blog world was just the ticket!  I quickly fell in love with Oh Fransson! (how can you not?!?) which is where the inspiration for this quilt came from.
crazy {9} quilt
Still, after almost 6 months, this quilt is one of my favorite finishes to date.  I followed Oh Fransson!'s tutorial for the crazy 9 patches and added some lattice like sashing in between using Kona cotton.
crazy {9} quilt
I also tackled FMQ (on my home machine) for the first time with this quilt.  Up until this finish, I was fortunate enough to be able to use the long-arm machine at my LQS (where I worked for 5 years).  Being that it was my first experience on a smaller machine, I opted for an all over meander.  I love the way a meander looks after being washed and dried--all crinkly and cuddly, yum!

The weekend I finished this quilt, we happened to get a record snow storm here in Iowa (check out the snow drifts in the photos!).  So with travel not possible, I was forced to use what leftover scraps I had to piece the back.  I decided to carryover the 9 patch feel and couldn't be happier with the results.
crazy {9} quilt back

crazy {9} quilt
Quilt Stats:
Name: crazy {9} quilt
Size: 65" x 65"
Designed by: Me
Quilted by: Me
Fabrics: Midwest Modern by Amy Butler, 
Kona Cotton Bone and Kona Cotton Artichoke

And that is that. :)  Looking back, I am so thankful my mom introduced me to the bloggy world!  I really enjoy being a part of the online quilty community will all of you!

 xo, Megan

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

almost there.

Just putting the finishing touches on a mini for Elizabeth, from
Don't Call Me Besty, this morning.

Mini Swap with Elizabeth (Don't Call Me Betsy).

xo, Megan

Sunday, May 15, 2011

{Sew} Modern Monday #19

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

And guess what?  I actually have a finish this week! :)  Wohoo!

DS Fairgrounds and Picnic Quilt Top.

Over the weekend, I spent every free moment doing something quilty.  Whether it was checking for updates from Spring Quilt Market (religiously) or actually getting in some sewing time, I loved every minute of it!  

Lately, I have felt my sewing mojo has been running dry.  So this weekend I decided to start something completely new with my Denyse Schmidt Fairgrounds and Picnic fabric. It was such a great feeling to put something up on my design wall on a Saturday and finish on a Sunday.

DS Fairgrounds and Picnic Quilt Top.

The pattern is from the American Patchwork and Quilting Spring 2011 Top Ten Quilt Store magazine.  I love the simplicity of the two quilt blocks and how they interact together in the quilt.

DS Fairgrounds and Picnic Quilt Top.

Now, there seems to be much debate over the new line and how the colors look together.  To each his (or her) own, but I LOVE them!  

DS Fairgrounds and Picnic Quilt Top.

The only thing left to do is quilt this little, measuring 54" x 54", beauty.  Any suggestions?  

Now it's your turn to link up a recent modern sewing finish.  If you need a refreasher, you can find the rules over here.  Just be sure to add a {Sew} Modern Monday link and/or the button somewhere in your post.  Please and Thank You! :)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

dreaming of SLC.

This little piggy really wishes she were at market. :)

I am flickr/blogs/twitter/facebook stalking constantly for updates.  
There is some wonderful quilty stuff in SLC this weekend.  sigh.

I guess I will have to settle for a little sewing.
And starting a new project seems to be just the ticket.

a saturday night in.

Recognize the fabric?

Friday, May 13, 2011

pretty {little} pouch. received.

You may recall a few weeks back I mentioned one of the most recent sewing/quilting swaps I joined called the Pretty {little} Pouch Swap.  Started by Michelle from i like orange, too! and Kelly from kelbysews, this has quickly become one of my favorite swaps.  I get a little giddy every time I browse through the flickr group because there are so many great people involved and so much wonderful sewing talent.

Earlier this week I received my package made by Ali from a²(w) which has made me love this swap even more!  Way back in the beginning, my inspiration mosaic gave a clear representation of some of my favorites--linen/gray, rainbow color scheme, and hand stitched details.  I also "hinted" I would like a pouch to for my Nook eReader (that has been on my "to-do" list since I purchased it last year).  What Ali actually made for me completely rocked my world.  It was way more wonderful than anything I ever expected.

pretty {little} pouch. received.

I was SO excited to see this on the outside of the package.  Right away I knew how wonderful my pouch was going to be.  One look at her blog, and you will know what I mean.

And here is the beauty that was inside that little white package.

pretty {little} pouch. received.

Check out that awesome rainbow patchwork.  I love the little detail of matching the thread to the fabric color.

pretty {little} pouch. received.

And here is a close-up of the "Reading Rainbow" embroidery.  That was the icing on the cake for me.  Perfection.

pretty {little} pouch. received.

My heart fluttered for all the little details.  Especially this little custom tag on the inside.

pretty {little} pouch. received.

Like I said, Ali completely blew my expectations.  THANK YOU!  Never could I have imagined a more perfect little pouch.  Oh and if that wasn't enough, she also included a B&N gift card for the next month's book in a little quilty book club we are in together.  So sweet!

This was the third swap I have participated in and not only was it absolutely wonderful because of the pouch but because this was the first swap where I actually "knew" (because I religiously read her blog and the book club I mentioned) my partner.  There is just something great about having something handmade by someone you have a connection to.

My swap package hit the post office this morning and should get to my partner by Monday, so stay tuned to see that pretty {little} pouch.

Also I had mentioned starting Flashback Fridays this week, but have decided to hold off until Bloggers' Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side is complete.

Have a great weekend!

xo, Megan

Monday, May 9, 2011

{Sew} Modern Monday #18

Remember a few weeks back when I mentioned my little sister (although she's 17, she will forever be my "little" sister) was making her Senior Prom dress?  Well the day has come and gone and she looked fabulous!  The special day was cold, wet and rainy and while it didn't affect their fun, it did hinder the quality of pictures I was able to take.  So this past weekend Lindsey and I snapped a few more pictures for the blog.  So what better to place to share a prom dress made by a 17 year old than {Sew} Modern Monday?

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

My only sister Lindsey, six years younger than myself, is a Senior in high school this year. Along with the other momentous events that go along with the last year of high school, Senior Prom seems to stick out.  Lindsey has always been one who likes to stand out in the crowd so rather than purchase her prom dress this year, she decided to make her own.  Early in the planning stages she fell in love with this dress and it quickly became her inspiration.

Then one Saturday afternoon my mom, sister, and I set out in search of the perfect fabric and encountered a few bumps along the way.  Lindsey had her mind set on the aqua-green fabric (the one the dress was made out of) from the get go.  However, once we arrived at the fabric store we quickly realized the fabric color she had in mind had been discontinued a few weeks earlier. Bummer!  As you can imagine, panic set it.  


Then one of the sales associates came to the rescue and found some in the clearance section. Score!  We ended up getting the fabric for $2.99 per yard rather than the $10.99 per yard retail price.

Lindsey, with the guidance of our Queen Seamstress mom, hand beaded the entire bodice. 


When it was all said and done, the whole thing ended up costing about $60.00 which is a steal compared to the $318.00 price tag on the inspiration dress.  

I seriously [heart] this girl.



What do you think?  Pretty good for a 17 year old, yes? :)  

Alright, your turn.  Time to link up some modern sewing.  You know the drill.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

off to a good start.

Saturday mornings are the best.  And they are even better when you know you have the whole day off! :)  
On today's agenda...
--mini swap with Elizabeth from Don't Call Me Betsy.
--a little thrifting. 
--some more fun with this.
on today's agenda.

--and spending lots of time with this guy.

Happy Mother's Day weekend!
xo, Megan

Monday, May 2, 2011

{Sew} Modern Monday #17

Monday, Monday, Monday.
{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

As you all have probably noticed, there hasn't been much sewing going on over here lately due to a hectic work schedule.  Truthfully, I wish my sewing/quilting/blogging could pay the bills. :)  Wouldn't that be great?  Sigh

So while I have slowed a bit, you all have been producing some wonderful modern goodies!  Here is a taste from last week's {Sew} Modern Monday.  

People were getting burns!

Did you see these wonderful kitchen goodies 
linked up by Leanne from she can quilt.
Hey Leanne, want to be my partner for SUTK Round 2? :)
Or how about this great shower curtain from Freshly Pieced?
Look at all those yummy little squares!
This has had me thinking about re-decorating my bathroom all week long.

Bliss diamonds

Traceyjay linked up this great baby quilt.
I am loving the modern shape and design.

I think you all know the drill.