Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Canada Blooms

This is the cake that members of CSSA (Canadian Society of Sugar Artistry) made for the Canada Blooms show.  To our great surprise our booth won "Best Booth in the Show" 

These are the peonies that my friend and I helped to make and I posted about a couple of weeks ago.

CSSA members also made this cake to celebrate the Genie Awards which are given out to recognize the best of Canadian cinema by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television that was held during the week of Canada Blooms.  

The cake was in a very pretty setting sitting beside an orchid "tree".

Monday, March 21, 2011

Hands and Hearts for Sendai block finished!

It's finished and was a joy to work on.  It will be part of a quilt to raise money for those in need due to the recent earthquake/tsunami in Japan.  This was a CQI initiative and you can find out more here on Crazy Quilting International's blog.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Hearts and Hands for Sendai

My crazy quilting group "Crazy Quilting International" has been quick off the mark in providing a project for us to help those affected by the earthquake/tsunami disaster in Japan. 

I think that this will be an enormous project as there is already a great response from CQI members, and we are hoping to open it up to all quilters who wish to help.  All the details are available on the CQI blog (on my sidebar of blogs) or use the link below. 

The idea is for us to create a 9" square crazy quilt block (finished size 8" square) in jewel tones, or for those non-crazies, a regular quilted square the same size and colours.  These will be made into quilts to be exhibited in Japan to raise money to help those affected.  You may track details on the CQI blog: http://crazyquiltinginternational.blogspot.com/ or the ICQA Facebook page.
This is my naked block.  I'm going to really enjoy embroidering and embellishing it for such a worthy cause.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bits & Pieces

I can hardly believe that it's been over three weeks since I've blogged!  It's not that I haven't been doing things, but mostly just finishing up "bits and pieces" and getting stuff ready for the Crazy Adventure in Connecticut coming up at the beginning of April.  
Oh, the innocence of it.  This is my first storage for "lace & trim" from 2008.  It's 10" x 4" and has long been discarded for lace and trim!

My find of the week is this little evening handbag covered with  mother of pearl beads.  There are a few missing, but I picked it up at my favourite store for $1.24, which works out at 2 beads for 1c.
I signed up for my first DYB (do your block) CQI RR.  Six 6" square blocks are sent around to the participants.  The first chooses one and finishes it.  Then they are all sent to the second person, etc. etc.  This is a "tone on tone"  I chose the rainbow:  a block in each of yellow, green, orange, red, purple and blue.
And this is one of those "quilt as you go" strip quilts.  I seem to be quite taken with this pattern since learning how they work on the Ozzie flood relief quilt blocks that I made.  For this one I used strips from men's shirts with the centre strip a piece of silk tie.  I have just begun joining the blocks up with navy blue strips.