Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I am back!

I am finally starting to feel better and although I am still tiring easily. I think I can start to get back to the normal routine around here. Wow that really doesn't sound very impressive when I read it like that. It's a start though and I have sooo much to catch up on before school gets out yikes!

 Today I am starting on cutting for the Curlicue Crush quilt YAY! I am also getting my book club post together for The Help, a wonderful book. Finally I can't forget my tutorial for the project pouch which I am excited to share. Stay tuned for all of these. I am heading to the studio right now to listen to some Florence and the Machine and Anya Marina and get to work!


Friday, May 27, 2011

We Have a Winner!

After consulting Mr. Random number generator the winner is number 36 Megan who said

Megan said...
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Our Creative Spaces...

I expected my post this week to be about the piles of cut fabric made from the above fat quarters which are intended to be used in Rebecca's Curlicue Crush pattern for a dear friend. Rebecca used all Anna Maria Horner fabrics but I mixed it up a bit. I say expected in my post because all week I have been sick with pneumonia. It has knocked me on my butt and I just didn't expect it. So it's just been one of those weeks and there is so much going on I'd love to throw myself a big pity party but I'm trying to keep my spirits up. At least sitting/laying around all week has enabled lots of monitoring of the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! Thank you for all of the great comments and welcome to the new followers they have really brightened my days and it's been so much more then I expected!

Hopefully next week I will be starting on the cutting, you know it's bad if you can't even cut fabric, this is Rebecca's quilt that I'll be making with the above fabrics. I will round up all the names with better photos at some point.

Thank you again for all the great comments I will pick a winner tomorrow morning! Don't miss all the other spaces this week check them out here.

Pétra (Creative Mom) 

p.s. if you are looking for the giveaway it's right here

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Quilts for Quakes Survivors

I am not sure if you have heard of Quilts for Quake Survivors they started locally here in Portland by Daniela and Susan but have had participation from all over the US and Canada. After lots of volunteers put together quilts with donated fabrics they sent away 30 quilts to Japan! Now they have some beautiful quilts for sale on the Modern Domestic web store with all proceeds going to Mercy Corps where they also have a fundraising page. I am so happy that one of the quilts is mine! After Modern Relief fell through I had my Sea Glass quilt waiting around at the house with no where to go so I was thrilled when Susan and Daniela said they would be happy to add it to the group.

Please head on over to the site and check it out. Besides my quilt and other yummy ones there are log cabin grab bags for $25 with precut (how great!) strips. Each bag holds enough to make a 25 block quilt top! There is also a great raffle quilt!!
 By the way Susan has an amazing book that just came out Modern Log Cabin Quilting. She did a great presentation at the guild meeting on the history of log cabin quilts and I can't wait to get her book.

If you stopped by to see my giveaway just scroll down a little further or click here.

Pétra (Creative Mom)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

It's Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!!

This is my first time participating in Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day! Thank you all for popping in I hope you can stay awhile and take a look around. I had so much fun browsing blogs in December I thought I would join in.
 A little bit about myself I am a Mom/Artist/Quilter living here in Portland Oregon. I started my blog in 2009 but it took me awhile to find this great blogging community and my wonderful Portland Modern Quilters Guild. Now to the reason you are all here I have two giveaways today first...

My Project Pouch perfect for holding all the tools you need to take a project on the go (tools shown not included).Once upon a time I had a business making these and now I am happy to share with you. A tutorial will be coming soon. Also I'm throwing in a little mug rug because I have the bug..

The second winner will receive...1 yard of each of these classic favorite fabrics of mine!

  • Top  Kaffee Fassett Bubbles. 
  • Middle  Jennifer Sampson Color Beat, both of these have such great color combinations you can use them in so much.
  • Bottom one of my first fabric crushes Alexander Henry's mocca!

To enter leave a comment on this post. My giveaway is open to everyone out there but be sure you either leave your email in the comment or have it listed in your blogger profile. If you want a bonus entry let me know in a separate comment that you have become a follower or if you already are one, I would love some new follows on my blog. The giveaway is open until Friday the 27th when I sit down in the morning with my coffee and enter you all in the random number generator.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck with the giveaways! I usually respond to all my comments but I don't think I'll be able to keep up today we'll see.

Pétra (Creative Mom)

Added 5-27: Congratulations to Megan the winner!

Hipstamatic Fun

Throughout my blog and on other blogs you have seen some Hipstamatic prints. Hipstamatic is an app for your iPhone that has different "lenses" and "films" you can mix and match to produce photos with a vintage and quirky feel. I love playing around with it and while you can't always use the app to really photograph a quilt it's great for other things. I decided the other day to randomly mix the lenses and films and take some photos of the flower I put in my post on Friday which was taken with my Nikon DSL.

Lens John S  Film Ina's 1935

Lens Salvador 84  Film DreamCanvas

Lens John S  Film Pistil

Lens Lucifer Vl  Film Blanko
 These are all low definition photos but with the iphone 4G you can get them in high definition as well.

Lens John S  Film Ina's 1935
This is a photo of my 6" block for the Portland Modern Quilters Guild.We are making a banner for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show that we'll have an exhibit in. I had fun making the block it's my first time doing 1" squares and I am so excited to go to the Sisters show for the first time!

Pétra (Creative Mom)

Friday, May 20, 2011

My Creative Space...

My Creative Space was created by Kirsty at Kootooyoo and has evolved into the new Our Creative Spaces. I have loved participating and am so happy it's continuing. Although I missed this weeks deadline I thought I would do a little update post anyway because my space was a busy one yesterday. Our Portland Modern Quilters Guild meeting was last night and I had a swap to finish up. We began the swap by making a 12" block for April's meeting and after swapping taking the block home to make into a pillow or mini quilt to give back.

 This is the block I made after being made into a pillow by Claire. I made the center squares bordered in pale yellow.Claire did the piecing around the block and I think it works perfectly. She is a members niece and she did a great job with her first time machine quilting. It really turned out great! Also included were some bright buttons I could use for closure if I wanted to and they coordinate really well.

The block I received was from Megan and I had already read about it on her blog in a paper piecing post so I was a little intimidated seeing it in person. I started by turning the block then added the orange fabric that I happened to have. I had so much fun quilting it and went a little crazy switching grey and orange thread for the echo pattern.

On the back I used more of the Grey Heath fabric which is my new favorite and some mixed buttons I had. My play date plan fell through yesterday and I ran out of time for the binding which will be a pale grey. 

 You can see it's sunny here in Portland and I couldn't resist taking my photos outdoors. Here is my favorite flower from a Japanese Tree Peony I planted a few years ago. They smell like roses.

Pétra (Creative Mom)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Carefree in AZ

It's taken me a week to get back into the swing of things but I am back! I was in Carefree, Arizona for 10 days of sunny bliss. Carefree is a little town outside of Scottsdale where my Granny built a house  in 1973 and I have been going there ever since. It is one of my favorite places ever partially because I love the desert but mainly because I was so close to my Granny and our family has had such great times there. 

My husband and I have always encouraged each other to have time away for ourselves but it had been awhile for me and I didn't realize how much I needed it! The first five days in Carefree I was with five wonderful girlfriends from all different parts of my life.We were joined by Kristi, who is also a close friend, my soon to be married sister-in-law getting ready for her wedding. Some of the women had never met and some only briefly but the combination of us all really worked and we had such a great time. Even though I could sleep in everyday for some reason I woke up early and then sat around talking and drinking coffee until lunch, it was heaven! There were walks, pool time, lots of good food, and especially lots of laughing.I feel so lucky to have so many great women in my life thank you all for joining me!

After all of my friends flew back to their lives Kristi and I had a nice dinner and ran some wedding errands before the family descended. Portland, Houston, Sacramento, Massachusetts, and India everyone flew in to be a part of Nathaniel and Kristi's wedding.I have some photos but they don't hold a candle to the beautiful photos taken by Stacie and Geoff of Lang Photography.
All photos by Lang Photography

Kristi looked beautiful and Nathaniel was handsome. My husband officiated the wedding ceremony with his usual wit and humor. Lily was the flower girl and Avery the ring bearer. After a wonderful dinner the outdoor party lights came on and we started playing cornhole, yes that's right we are addicted. At one point in the evening I was getting a chiropractic adjustment under the stars while my uncle played the accordion, I can't wait to see those pictures. All of the people and quirkiness led to a magical event and I am so happy for Nathaniel and Kristi I love you both!! 

Pétra (Creative Mom)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Back from Carefree!

It feels like I have been gone for so long! I actually spent the whole first weekend without even checking email or thinking about the blog gasp! It was a nice break and I have so much to share about hanging out with the ladies and an amazing wedding. I was all set to put a huge post together last night and Blogger was a little under the weather so I'll try to pull it together tonight.
I missed you blog land and my sewing. I am happy to be back and re-energized!
Pétra (Creative Mom)