Tuesday, October 19, 2010

We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth. -John Lubbock

Thanks you so much to everyone who left a comment on my Winter in the Woods mini-quilt! I really appreciate the lovely compliments and am so happy that some of you are thinking of making it or using bits and pieces in different applications. Right now I'm working on my next Moda Bake Shop pattern and got quite a bit done on it today!

I recently participated in a scrappy pincushion swap on Flickr; this was a blind swap so I knew who I was sending to but not who I was receiving from. Here's the one I sent out to my partner,

I once again used my Pieced Centre String Block tutorial, but resized it to be more pincushion friendly. My partner hadn't really given me any directions as to how she'd like her pincushion to look, so I decided to go super-scrappy! Basically, I just randomly pulled pieces out of my "string bag" - I have a bag full of strings already cut for making myself a quilt using my tutorial - and sewed them together. There's quite a few different lines in there including Far Far Away 2, Mendocino, City Weekend, Nicey Jane, Chestnut Hill, Verna, and many more. I also sent my partner some fabric, four cover buttons I made using some Verna, and a few hexagons I made for her to use on one of her own projects.

Here's what I received in return from the awesome Frieda,

Didn't Frieda do a super job on both of the pincushions?! I think they're beautiful! I also love the Heather Ross Spoonflower fabric she sent and those Clover silk pins are definitely going to come in handy!

A couple of weekends ago Alex and I headed up North to my Mum's for Thanksgiving. I brought along my camera hoping to get some good pictures of the fall colour, but most of brilliant colours were gone by the time we got there. I grew up in a village of about 200 people in a farming area and I thought I'd share of few pictures of where I come from even if the colours weren't as pretty as I was hoping.

I finished my Madelinetosh honey cowl last week and I'm so excited about it that I've basically been wearing it everyday! I also knit a version of the Autumn for Alex; I'm so glad he likes it, he's been wearing it everyday since I finished it too! I'll show pictures of it all once I have them!

And lookie what showed up at my house today!

It's my new Amy Butler Hampton bag! Eeekkk, it's so pretty! I found this bag for a really great price (about 1/4 to 1/3 the retail price) and couldn't stop thinking about it for a month. I finally gave in when the seller only had one left and I'm so happy I did! This bag is actually from an older collection called Sweet Life, but you can see Amy's newest bags on her website. This is not where I bought my bag from, but you can see the inside here (it has a gazillion pockets).

I hope you're all having a great week! I'll be back soon!


  1. Ooh, Kaye, that AB bag is amazing!
    Pretty fall colors. Out here in central California, we actually do get amazing fall colors, but they won't start until about the middle of November...

    I love the idea of your string scrap bag. I'm going to start one of those too.

  2. What a cute bag! I like the pincushion too! I promise I will go back and look at the quilt. I have two unfinished quilts and perhaps it will motivate me to get busy@

  3. Cute bag! What a find.
    Love all the swap stuff. I haven't gotten brave enough to do one, but I love seeing everyone's projects.
    The colors have been a bit muted here in PA also. Not sure what's going on this year.

  4. Great pinnies, lovely new bag and can't wait to see the cowls! Are you attending the Sewing & Craft fair this weekend? Check my post coming tomorrow and visit my buddy if you're going - she's fab!

  5. Your scrappy pincushion is lovely!

  6. Cute stuff everywhere! I'm dying to see your honey cowl. I have my pattern and yarn, now I just need more time! And can't wait to see your MBS pattern - mine is coming soon and I'm totally nervous!

  7. Those pincushions are awesome! The one you sent and received! How lovely!