Sunday, March 27, 2011

Auction Quilt #2

I'm wrapping up the Project Modern 2 quilt and it's time to move on to this years auction quilt.After the challenge of a monochromatic quilt I am really ready to make a fun quilt that I don't really have to think about.This is the perfect time to use some charm squares I have been hanging onto.I am so excited to do something with them I love love the colors and patterns. 
  I have these...
Sugar Pop by Liz Scott and some great solids I won at the PMQG meeting, any suggestions? I haven't used charm squares before so I'll be looking around for ideas and patterns. What have you made with charm squares?


Thursday, March 24, 2011

My Creative Space...

Today I had a nice day with my son while the Hubby and Lily went skiing. Avery and I were sick all week and weren't up for a ski day so we had a yummy sushi lunch and bookstore outing. The day ended working on Avery's big Queen pig from Angry birds after I managed a little quilt time. 

A little Heather Ross alien action

There has also been a lot of Mug Rug fun going around lately. If you haven't seen any of the Mug Rug Madness happening at two more seconds take a peek.

One more thing I have to share Kate over at Needle and Spatula has put together a Japan Quake Appeal.If you've been meaning to donate go over and check it out.

Pétra (Creative Mom)

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

March Book Club

Our book this month was Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua.The book takes us on the journey of Amy raising her children the "Chinese Way" compared to the "Western Way".Throughout the book the reader is able to follow the sometimes painful mother daughter dynamic as Amy realizes no two daughters are the same and what worked with one is definitely not going to work with the other.As I expected this book promoted more discussion then a book we unanimously loved.Here is a brief example of what a Chinese mother believes..
"(1) schoolwork always comes first;(2) an A-minus is a bad grade;(3) your children must be two years ahead of their classmates in math;(4) you must never compliment your children in public;(5) if your child ever disagrees with a teacher or coach, you must always take the side of the teacher or coach;(6) the only activities your children should be permitted to do are those in which they can eventually win a medal; and (7) that medal must be gold."
 Other things that go along with the previous are that Amy's children were never allowed to have play dates or sleepovers, movies, TV, computer games, be in a school play, choose their own extracurricular activities, not be the #1 student in every subject except gym and drama, or play any instrument other then the piano or violin.
 The whole group felt this was way too extreme but I feel that most "Western" readers respond that way.Her manner of speaking to her children is what got to me the most. Telling her daughter she is "garbage" that she is "completely ordinary" "boring" those are things that really scar a child and don't just go away. Throughout the book Amy maintains that Chinese children grow up to love their parents and are grateful to them for the way they were raised.It isn't until the end of the book when Amy is facing some issues with her youngest daughter that she acknowledges her father didn't feel that way about his parents.I think it's the fear of losing her daughter that prompts her to change.
 While these methods of raising her children brought some of us in the group to hate the author it also inspired some of us to become a little stricter with our children. While we all agreed that we will not be raising our children the "Chinese way" we also can see the failings of some of our "Western" ways. Are we raising a generation of entitled spoiled children that always expect praise?Is it really necessary to play sports where there is no losing team? When our children enter the workforce will they have the drive and tenacity to see things through?While Amy Chau's extreme type A personality and abrasive way of child raising are far from my own the book does make you take a second look at your own parenting style.

Our book for April is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. While it is another memoir (3 in a row) I have always enjoyed her writing and have heard so many good things about the book! Read along if you'd like.

Pétra (Creative Mom)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sick Day

I am taking a sick day. If only it was so easy but I am trying. Gone are the days you could just lay in front of the tv all day wrapped up in a quilt eating comfort food and getting sympathy.Instead I have wandered around the house not really getting much done listening to my not sick child complain about being bored and my sick child cough and be grumpy.I did at least managing two whole hours in bed.
I was planning on my book club post today but I am too out of it for anything requiring that much thought, I am not even sewing!I would like to know why after a healthy winter am I sick during Spring Break when I am also hosting a bachelorette party on Friday?! Hopefully I'll kick this thing by tomorrow.

Pétra (Creative Mom)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

My Creative Space...

Happy Saint Patricks Day

I thought I would share my favorite green photo. This was from a summer beach trip to the Oregon Coast. There was a long path through the grass to the dune and then you would go down to the beach. When it's extra gloomy here in Portland this photo becomes my facebook profile picture just to remind me of the beauty to come in the summer.

Another thing I remember when I see this picture is at one point my son was running ahead on the path and he disappeared behind one of the little hills. When I caught up to him he was sitting in the middle of the path in a meditation pose with his index and thumbs together resting on his knees.He was only 7 at the time and looked so calm sitting there in the sun, I wish I could bottle that feeling.

Today does happen to be all about green in my studio.I ended up choosing green for my monochromatic Project Modern Challenge 2 quilt.I was actually thinking of beachey greens at the time although the quilt wouldn't make you think of the beach in a million years. I am happy with how it's moving along and can't wait to reveal the whole quilt. I've been taking photos along the way so you can see more then just the finished quilt when it's complete. 

The events in Japan have been weighing heavily on me.Talking about it with friends and seeing our quilting community coming together in relief activities has helped me to process the tragedy.I am planning on contributing in any way I can here are some links if you want to contribute.
Oh,Frasson! and Tallgrass Prairie Studio are hosting giveaways with all proceeds going to the Red Cross.

Heather at alamode is starting to organize {Modern} Relief - Japan effort so keep an eye out for more info on that.

Pétra (Creative Mom)

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

More Liebster Love

My second Liebster goes to Jody over at BlueberryGabs. I am not sure how I first came upon her blog but I know it was her orange header that sucked me in. She blogs about quilting, a little crochet, and her kids are included as well. This is her 2010 year in review.

I love her use of color and fabric choices!

This is her Drunk Love Quilt recently featured in the Modern Day Quilts blog. The quilt was partially based on Denyse Schmidt's Drunk Love pattern. I am slowly acquiring more solids and I'd love to make a quilt like this.

Jody also participates in Workshop in Progress which is a similar idea as I took the Process Pledge  that I have signed on for. It's the idea that you share your whole process not just the finished project and that you are open for feedback on your work. It's another reason why I enjoy her blog.

If you haven't seen her blog take a few minutes to check it out,
Pétra (Creative Mom)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Quilt Class 101

Have you heard of Rebecca's Quilt Class 101 over at Chasing Cottons? Rebecca is putting together a 12 week online quilting how to class for anyone to follow along with. It starts April 6th and will cover everything from start to finish. Rebecca is also encouraging experienced quilters to contribute so if you have some tips or tricks please share.

If you haven't see Rebecca's work she
 has made some beautiful patterns including this one.
Curlicue Crush

You know I am a linear kind of girl but I am very excited to try this pattern (I just won it) and go for some curves. I really do think it's brilliant! 

Pétra (Creative Mom)

Monday, March 14, 2011

What to blog about

It was such a busy weekend with the party.The house is just getting back to normal and I have a ton of laundry to catch up on but today is about quilting! My problem is that I am a quilting blog and yet I am not going to blog about this quilt, at least not yet. I am making a quilt for Project Modern and I haven't wanted to post about it. I know there are some other bloggers out there keeping their quilts under wraps and like them I am just not ready to share. This makes me feel like I am hiding something from you all and leaves me at a loss for posting.I will say that I have been working on the quilt for a little while and it has been a challenge but I am excited. 
 Tonight is our book club meeting and our book is Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chau. I am looking forward to sharing about the book it should be a very interesting discussion tonight. I'll have a post on the book and our book for next month up for you soon.

Pétra (Creative Mom)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Liebster Love

I received a Liebster award! If you haven't heard of it it's an award given to a blog with under 100 to 300 followers to show appreciation of what your doing and help recognize us little blogs out there. Kate over at Needle and Spatula passed one on to me. I first found Kate's blog when I was doing the Green Grocery Bag Challenge and she had a great tutorial for a bag.
 Besides her sewing Kate blogs about food and posts yummy recipes. Part of receiving a Liebster is passing it along to 3-5 blogs you read. My husband suggested I pass it along to him for his blog but I said he actually had to start posting or I wouldn't do it so no Liebster for you. 

My first Liebster goes to Sacha the creator of June-Bug and Beila-Bot and Popi too! She blogs about her Urban farm in Tulsa (yes I am an Okie) her daughters, her fabric love which is channeled into clothing and crafts, and her Monday trips to Anthropologie. I love her sense of style, her photography, her appreciation for food, and her daughters are just so cute.

Sacha and her girls in their nesting doll Halloween costumes that she made!

Sacha has a great tutorial for this skirt on her blog and she made the doll as well. 

My other Liebster awards will be passed on soon. In the meantime I am hosting a party tonight and getting ready to start another quilt, oh yes and it's auction time again.

Pétra (Creative Mom)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

My Creative Space...

It's about transition today. I am hand finishing the binding on the Sisters quilt which usually is accomplished while I watch television, last night was Top Chef.This means I am finally ready to move onto the next quilt but I do have to pay attention to my sadly neglected studio. I hate sharing my mess with you but this is my creative space at the moment.

My mess isn't usually this bad but I have been working on a fun project with my kids and I didn't do my usual between quilts cleanup. I can't even put the picture up of my stash because it hurts too much. Here's my space in better times. 

Part of my transition right now is changing my space around a little which is always exciting. It's about time for a little spring cleaning. 

The fun project with my kids has been making Angry Birds. My son is obsessed! I tried to explain to him yesterday as he begged to sew for a few minutes before bed that I knew exactly how he felt. It went something like this. 
 "You know how you are feeling about working on your Angry Bird?That is how I have felt all day about working on my quilt. I haven't had one chance to because I had to run errands and then spend time doing homework with you and visiting Lydia (my sisters new baby) sometimes it just doesn't work out to sew and you have to be patient."
 Add a preachy Mom intonation to this and then he responded with..
  "Ok but can we just go sew for 5 minutes? Pleasssse" 
Here is the first finished pig.

This is all thanks to a tutorial from Obsessively Stitching. Conveniently Cara has just put together all the tutorials so they are easy to find. Today we will be finishing up my daughters pig and my son will be sewing together the little blue bird. It's so fun to be able to sew with them because it was sewing with my Mom that started this whole thing for me.

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Pétra (Creative Mom)

p.s. I got a Liebster! I'll be sharing more about that soon.

Monday, March 7, 2011

My Love for Spray Basting!

I know there was a post a while back where I mentioned I was trying spray basting for the first time and liked it but I actually love it! Yes I'll "marry spray basting". My feelings became really clear to me when I was getting ready to baste the linen quilt top. This is my first time working with linen and for those of you that haven't it's a wiggly little fabric that doesn't like to stay in one place. My seams looked pretty good but I was worried about keeping them straight as I sandwiched the whole thing together and voila it came out great!!

The reasons I like Spray Basting 

  1. It's fast! 
  2. No pins to stick me while I'm quilting.
  3. Everything stays in place, especially nice in the case of linen.
  4. Did I mention it's fast?!

Concerns I had before I tried it

  1. It would be smelly- I have a sensitive nose and I do this in the basement but the fumes are really minimal. 
  2. Over spray would be messy- There was a slight over spray the first few times but I just cleaned it up with some spray cleaner. Now I have a piece of cardboard I hold along the edges so no over spray.

After I had the quilt all ready to sew I realized I wasn't happy with my thread color so I ran back to Montivilla to get some thread and ended up splurging on a walking foot! It actually wasn't as expensive as I thought ($28.95) and eventually I knew I should get one so why wait.

I am having a lot of fun with the quilting but I am ready to move on to the next quit. I should be done with the quilting and hopefully the binding tonight. Next up Project Modern 2!

Pétra (Creative Mom)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

My Creative Space...

I finished the quilt top for the Sisters quilt!I am so excited to get the back figured out so I can start quilting. I started this with a lot of Jans Lottadotter scraps, doing a little sketch, and then putting different combinations up on the design wall.
Moving things around

Piecing it all together


I am not sure how to define this little quilt I've looked at it for so long I am losing perspective. I do like how it's turning out though.All I have left to do is trim it a little but considering this is my first foray into linen all the seams are really straight.This was also the first quilt I have made where I really thought I was going to run out of fabric.In the end I had enough and just have a tiny little pile of scraps leftover perfect for a snack mat or two.

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Pétra (Creative Mom)