Wednesday, November 30, 2011

final bee block.

...of the year that is!

{sew} beautiful bee. lee's block.

both of my quilting bee's have opted to take the month of december off (thank goodness!) so this little tree block for lee is the last bee block of 2011. lee asked all of the ladies of the {sew} beautiful bee  to make a block with a tree theme and from there it was up to us. she sent the most delicious pack of fabric for us to choose from and paired it with an essex linen for the background. after much thought, i decided to go with a simple block and showoff that beautiful linen. i'm really digging this simple block and it's making me want to make a larger improv-ish piece. 

{sew} beautiful bee. lee's block.

but that's going to have to wait until after the first of the year because i have christmas gifts to think about! speaking of christmas, i tried this salted almond caramels recipe (from the busy bean) a few nights ago. they are so yummy!

salty caramels.

i hope you all are having a great week!
xo, megan.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

why do you blog?

lately, it seems like this question keeps popping up in the back of my head -- almost on a daily basis. blogging and the online sewing community plays a pretty big role in my life. between sharing my creations here at Canoe Ridge Creations and being involved with blogging & social media surrounding Sewing Summit, it's everywhere. and i wouldn't want it any other way because i absolutely love it! but with all of this involvement, it makes me think about: why do i blog?

<<i blog because i love sewing>>
seriously, love sewing and it's be huge part of my life for so long. i started sewing at the age of 12. started working at my lqs at the age of 14 and continued through college. bought my first Bernina sewing machine at the age of 16. heck, most of my senior pictures are taken with my quilts! i love the idea of cutting fabric into little pieces, sewing it all back together and having something useful and handmade. it's just great!

<<i blog to be involved with the online sewing community>>
the friends and connections i have made because of the online sewing community completely blows my mind. when i started this blog a little over a year ago, in no way, shape, or form could i have imagined making the sewing friends i have today. i never imagined i would have found jeni, deedee, and vanessa, right here in the midwest! or that my involvement with sewing summit would turn into life long friendships with erin and amy. it's a whole world, full of people just like me, who love sewing!

<<i blog to inspire>>
the only thing better than my passion for sewing, is inspiring others to love sewing too! sewing rocks, and i want to share it with everyone! :) words can't express how much i enjoy reading your comments and words of encouragement. and when i get comments/e-mails thanking me for providing inspiration my heart just sings! in my book, inspiring someone is the ultimate complement.

<<i blog for me>>
blogging is something i enjoy and look forward to each and every day. it's a way for me to keep things in my life organized, under control. when all other aspects of my life feel like they are crumbling, blogging keeps me grounded. 

i don't blog to be "popular" or to have lots of followers (although i *love* all of you!). in fact seeing that mindset in others has me feeling a little "off" lately. blogging shouldn't be fueled by popularity contests or the "who knows who" mentality. blogging should be about something you have a passion for. something that you want to share with others, right?

so, why do you blog?

xo, megan.

Monday, November 28, 2011

celebrate color.

honey cowl.

i am super excited (and honored!) 
to share that my honey cowl is among the finalists for 
and check out all of the wonderful projects
be sure to cast a vote for your
favorites, too!

xo, Megan

{sew} modern monday [the toast bag!]

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

it's time for  
{sew} modern monday!


i hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving weekend! now that the turkey and mash-potatoes are gone, the christmas tree is finally up, and the holiday baking has begun (i think i've already eaten a dozen of these yummy cookies!) it's time to kick the handmade gift making into full gear! while i may have been pushing a few sewing deadlines off .:ahem:. the heat is on. so to kick it all off, and to get the creative juices flowing, i decided to make a quick little lined drawstring bag using jeni's awesome tutorial!


i just love this tutorial! jeni's pictures and instructions are clear and precise, making for a wonderfully easy tute to follow. for my bag, i decided to use some of my yellow "toast" fabric and a geometric black & white fabric for the outside. i just love that toast! 


for a little pop of color, i used a hot pink amy butler print for the lining and a contrasting aqua dot for the draw strings. 


and done -- instant gratification! :) 

<<linking up to Fabric Tuesday!>>

do you have a recent modern sewing finish? then be sure to link up! as always, please include a link and/or button in your blog post so everyone can know where you are partying!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

molasses sugar cookies. [[the recipe]]

i hope everyone had a wonderful turkey day! 

i personally couldn't have asked for a more perfect holiday! lots of quality family time, tons of great food, SO many laughs! and now that thanksgiving is officially over, it's time to start looking ahead to christmas! decorating, christmas lights, handmade gifts and lots of yummy holiday baking! 

in an attempt to spread some <<holiday spirit>>, i'm going to be sharing a few of my favorite holiday recipes with you all from now until CHRISTMAS!! first up, molasses sugar cookies. these cookies are a holiday essential in our house and i hope you all enjoy!

molasses sugar cookies.
molasses sugar cookies.

3/4 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. molasses
1 egg
2 c. flour
2 T soda
1 T cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 T ginger
1/2 tsp. salt

in a large mixing bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar. add molasses and egg, beat well. add rest of ingredients and mix well. chill. form in to 1" balls and roll in sugar. bake at 375 degrees F for 8 to 10 min. makes 2 dozen cookies.

xo, megan

<<linking up to Sweets for a Saturday>>
<<linking up to Tuesday at the Table>>

Thursday, November 24, 2011

happy turkey day.

Dirt and worms.

i love holidays! not only for the quality family time, but because of the food
and laughter too! every year we make the short drive to my grandparents
farm to spend the day with 40+ of my favorite people. in true midwest style, we all
bring something to share for dinner. this year, as specially requested by
the BF, we are bringing dirt & worms. 

happy turkey day everyone!

i hope your day is full of family, 
great food, lots of laughs
and maybe even a little dirt & worms!

xo, Megan

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

a challenge.


maybe a "challenge" is putting it mildly. for october (gasp! i know i am a bit behind with this one), Becky asked each of us BLISS do.Good members to make two blocks using Lily's Quilts LynneBobSquarepants block tutorial. i took one look at the block and thought, "eh, i can totally handle this." that's where i went wrong. this silly little block brought me more sewing challenge/frustration than i even want to admit. first there were HSTs, then there was trimming, and then piecing the block. not to mention, matching up all of those seams. uff-dah! it took WAY more time than i anticipated but in the end it was totally worth it (i think!) because these blocks sure are pretty awesome and i can't wait to see the finished quilt! 



thanks, becky, for pushing me out of my comfort zone. even if it was only for two bee blocks. :)

xo, Megan

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

sewing summit 2012.

did you all see the exciting 
sewing summit 
news that was released today?!?

The Sewing Summit

like the official dates for Sewing Summit 2012,
October 11th, 12th, & 13th!
that's two FULL days of classes this year!

and I am SUPER excited to say, i
will be a part of the 
sewing summit staff
again this year!

so look out Salt Lake City! 
who's with me?!?

xo, Megan

Monday, November 21, 2011

{sew} modern monday.

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

it's {sew} modern monday time again!! 

i hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! i am happy to say i was finally able to spend a weekend at home doing whatever.i.wanted.ah, heavenly. i slept in, spent time with family, read, knitted, and sewed. it was wonderful!

sadly, my weekend didn't result in an actual modern sewing finish (i am so close i can taste it!) because i my number one goal this weekend was to finish a honey cowl for my mom (yesterday was her birthday--happy birthday, mom!!). and mission accomplished. :) i am so addicted to knitting these things! 

Honey cowl number 3. <3

how was your weekend? 
do you have a modern sewing finish? 
then link 'em up! but please remember to include a 
link back (or just grab my button!) to canoe ridge creations! :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

this weekend.

This afternoon.

i finally bit the bullet and spray basted 
my big DS quilt this afternoon.
let the quilting begin!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

a christmas mini quilt.

christmas mini quilt.

i've had a christmas mini quilt on the brain ever since i sent off this bee block to katie. i love how the right combination of red and green fabric can give off a christmas-y feel without being completely over the top. that's just what i set out to do with this mini quilt and i couldn't be happier with the end result!  

christmas mini quilt.

this was my third circle of geese block and i am a complete sucker for it each and every time. for me, it's the epitome of modern quilting -- fresh and simple! to stick with the modern christmas-y feel, i settled on simple outline quilting and a fun polk-a-dot binding sewn on by machine. 
christmas mini quilt.

christmas mini quilt.
quilty stats
name: christmas mini quilt
size: 15" x 15"
designed: by me, using this circle of geese template
quilted: by me

now it's time to start knocking some things off my christmas sewing list. it's hard to believe thanksgiving is already next week! is anyone else starting to feel the pressure of holiday sewing? what do you all have planned?

xo, Megan

ETA: i'm linking up to Sew & Tell Friday
over at amylouwho. check it out!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

work in progress wednesday.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
it has been months and months since my last WiP Wednesday post. in fact the last time i participated was way back in march, right about the time i had to go back to work. wowza, time flies! it's almost hard to believe! so i've decided to get back into the swing of things, especially now that my "off season" is just getting started. but with one rule, out with the old and in with the new. i'm scrapping my old projects and starting new this week. so here we go....


pretty {little} pouch.

pretty {little} pouch [round 3]. 
i really enjoy participating in online flickr swaps and my favorite of all is the pretty {little} pouch swap! for round 3 i made this little zipper pouch using essex linen/cotton blend and a rainbow of cotton fabrics. 

light box.
with winter settling into iowa and the days rapidly shortening, there's not a whole lot of daylight to take pictures so i made my own light box. i can't wait to start using it more!

iPad pouch.

iPad pouch.
every new toy needs it's own pouch. end.of.story.

i gave a new quilting design a try this week and LOVED it! it will most definitely be showing up in more of my projects.

red, white, and blue quilt.
an oldie finished, yahoo!

honey cowl.

honey cowls [1 & 2].
i have fallen back in love with knitting. it's so relaxing and a fun change of pace! 

"my creations" blog page.
at some point over the summer, i fell behind on updating my blog page where i showcase my finishes. and man is it hard to get a handle on something once you have started to slip! but it's all done, all of my creations in one place!

Christmas mini quilt complete.

christmas mini quilt.
i've been working on a new christmas mini quilt using red and green fabrics (but not holiday fabric!) for myself after being inspired by this bee block i made. it's all done, just waiting for a photo shoot!
Halfway through honey cowl number three!

honey cowl [3]
like i said, i am totally loving knitting right now! i'm half-way finished with this one after one evening of knitting. 
and that's what's happening this week! head on over to WiP Wednesday to see more great projects!

xo, Megan

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

a tale of two cowls.

while in salt lake city for sewing summit, i was totally inspired by amanda (of hey, porkchop!) to start a new knitting project. not only is she a mini quilt superstar, but amanda also knits the most beautiful things! in fact at one point in the weekend, she had an entire group of ladies inspired to knit their own cowls. she' :)
honey cowl.
completely excited to knit a cowl of my own, i stopped by a fun little yarn shop (hours before my flight home) and stocked up on some yarn. and about as soon as i landed back in iowa i started knitting my first honey cowl (pattern by madelinetosh) if you are into knitting, it's a free pattern! i chose to make the larger version, which called for 2 skeins of yarn. i used a 100% baby alpaca yarn (chunky) by Cascade Yarns and i love how rich and vibrant the colors are -- totally reminding me of the changing of the leaves in the fall!
honey cowl.
in no time at all i was done with  cowl number 1 and number 2!  i grew up knitting and i had honestly forgotten how relaxing it is. mmmm, knitting in the round! i'm hoping to make a few more of these this winter for myself as well as for christmas gifts -- especially considering my sister snatched up the plum one after helping me with this cowl photo shoot. :)

i hope everyone is having a wonderful week!
xo, Megan

i'm linking
Celebrate Color

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 i'm very excited to introduce you all to 
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not to mention the fact the owner, brenda, offers
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and for all of you canoe ridge creations readers, 
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now go on over and check  
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you won't be disappointed!

xo, Megan

Monday, November 14, 2011

{sew} modern monday

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

it's {sew} modern monday time!


this week's finish is brought to you straight from the unfinished projects pile! with things slowing down at work, leaving more free time for creativity, my sewing mojo is at an all time high. and i am taking full advantage of it, starting with my UFOs. first up, my red, white, and blue quilt. this quilt top was one of my first sewing finishes i blogged about when i started canoe ridge creations about a year ago.

inspired by this quilt from Oh, Fransson!, i set out to design a summer picnic quilt of my own using The Hamptons fabric line from Moda. i wasn't totally confident in my home basting and quilting skills at the time (up until then, i had quilted most of my own quilts on a long arm quilting machine) so i tucked it away. and there is sat until this past week.
to be honest, i just reached a point where i wanted this quilt finished! so i quilted it using organic wavy lines, sewed the binding on by machine, washed it, and called it a day. now it feels great to have it in my completed pile and the BF has already claimed it as his own!


quilty stats
name: red white and blue quilt
size: 60" x 60"
designed: by me, inspired by this quilt from Oh, Fransson!
quilted: by me

now it's your turn to share! if you have a modern sewing finish then link it up! but please remember to include the {sew} modern monday button (over there on the sidebar) and/or a link back to my blog. all others will be deleted. please and thanks. :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

winner, winner.

thanks to everyone who entered in my 
and it's time to announce  a winner!
mr. random number generator chose...
number 5!
birthday giveaway winner.
and the winner is...

birthday giveaway winner.
congrats, jlk!
please send me an e-mail at 
megan (at) canoeridgecreations (dot) com
for your Pink Castle Fabrics gift certificate!
thanks again for all of the birthday wishes!
here's to year 24!
xo, Megan

Friday, November 11, 2011

this week.

during the summer, i spent most of my waking hours at work--a local country club. from mid-march to the beginning of november, i'm busy planning weddings & class reunions, managing bar and wait staff, and tending to lots and lots of golfers. i really enjoy what i do but i always look forward for the weather to change (it snowed this week!) and things to slow.down. for me to be able to catch my breath, try to get a grasp back on my life, and most importantly, to create! 

this past week marked my first official "off season" week. talk about heavenly. i forgot how much a person can accomplish when they aren't working ridiculous amounts of hours, it's great! so in an attempt to keep a little order, i've decided i'm going to start posting weekly recaps. i think it will be a great way for me to reflect and stay organized as well as provide a little motivation for the week to come.
Birthday week!!

first up, it was  birthday week! i celebrated my 24th birthday last sunday (you can still enter in my birthday giveaway!) and the BF celebrated his birthday on thursday (26!). we made sure to celebrate our birthdays in style--with lots of cupcakes and family! my little sister is finishing up her first semester in college (yay, L!) and i am so thankful to have been able to spend a little time with her last weekend. we are  best.friends.

Sisters <3

i took full advantage of my time off and sewed! this week i finished my pretty {little} pouch & surprise pouch, a pouch for my new birthday toy, and a fun mini quilt

i've even started a few new sewing projects this week. a christmas mini quilt and a top secret quilt that i am so excited about!
Working on a Christmas mini.

Trim, trim, trim.

i've been hinting about making a light box for a long time and this week i got one! my wonderful BF helped me put it together and i can't wait to use it this winter. thanks B, you are the best!

We're making a light box!

and while i am ecstatic about being able to spend more time at home, there's someone who is even more excited. this little man, jeter!
My little man, Jeter.

so there's my week, in instagram style. i am hoping this momentum keeps rolling through this weekend and into next week! have a great weekend, everyone!

xo, Megan