Craziness Completed

I finished my crazy quilt!! Check it out!DSC_1029DSC_1036DSC_1039

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I asked the fiancé for input on making an ‘us’ block. It seemed to fit which this whole crazy quilt concept because we’re kind of crazy. As I write this, the fiancé is walking around the living room with his snow pants in front of his legs, kicking them and making Godzilla noises. Crazy! That is only a fraction of why I love him.

Anywho, the blue fabric at the middle of the block is leftover from a camping pillowcase he made me the first year we met. I was leaving for a 2 week hike in Corsica and we’d only been together for a couple of months. I’d mentioned that when I hike, I use a stuff sack as a pillow, so he made me a handmade (really handmade because he didn’t have access to a sewing machine) pillowcase in my favourite colour. I would say best gift ever but last August he gave me an engagement ring and I feel that trumps the pillowcase… The heart is stitched in yellow and blue for both our favourite colours. Then, I used the grey fabric to give the block some stability (we’re both individually a little bit off but together, we’re pretty balanced). All the prints around are for the fun yet structured things that happen when we work together and the plain yet colourful fabrics around I thought would just bring the whole thing together. I really like this block!

I liked working on each and every block actually. In some, I tried new things like using yarn and stitching over it:DSC_1031

In some, I had barely any creative ideas because I was just trying to stay awake to beat jetlag:DSC_1029
I lost the fight to jetlag but I kept the block.

Overall, I think this was one of the most freeing and fun quilts I have ever worked on. For a while, I was watching TV and finishing the stitching around the edges:DSC_1033 This is my favourite stitching to do on quilts where I don’t use binding. I just find it makes a blanket just more blanket-like somehow. I know that doesn’t make sense but just go with it.

But now that that’s finally completed, I can just actually use it as the most awesome TV blanket ever!DSC_1046

Now excuse me while I watch more of The Mindy Project!

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Both Blankets in Action!

You know what makes me happy? Knowing that what I make is used and loved!

My cousin sent me these pictures of her two boys with their flannel blankets made with love (and in the case of the panda one, with some difficulty) by their….wait a second, what is my relationship to my cousin’s sons? I’m like a mix of cousin and aunt? A Cousaunt? That sounds awful, I’ll just say made by their mom’s cousin.

She e-mailed the pictures with this little note: “Just wanted you to see we never go anywhere without our precious blankets!”

It was so thoughtful because it really makes me happy to see what I make in action. I would much rather Fleur de Pixie’s work not be left at the bottom of a closet somewhere.

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Sleep well little ones. And try not to give your parents too much trouble ok?

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Crazy Quilt Progress

I’ve left the crazy quilt aside for a while as I focused on other things but I’ve decided to incorporate it in my new routine: 1 block a week. Here are all the blocks I’ve done to date. I’m looking forward to adding a block a week until I can assemble the quilt top!

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Life Changes

For the past two weeks, I have had more time on my hands: I am looking for another job. I won’t detail that part of my life here as it’s doesn’t really impact the crafting sphere other than to give me more time. I focus on job searching and send out a ton of applications but after a while of that, I find myself with time to develop Fleur de Pixie, finally! Yay!!

I have started revamping the shop and updating the listings. I have finally made the shop bilingual. It only took me 3 years to make the shop available in French, i.e., my first language. I am hoping this will help me widen my customer base.

I re-photographed everything I have in inventory, including the new items I had made to sell at the 3 craft sales my dad and I held to help team Just Another Hill raise money for cancer research.

I also changed up the banner on all my sites (Etsy, WordPress and Facebook). It was time for a new life in that tired, fuzzy, darkish old banner. The new Fleur de Pixie is more blue too. Because blue is freakin’ awesome and the best colour ever and I just love it a whole lot. Yes yes!

Today, I started posting what I have available. Check out the updates on the shop by clicking here. So far, the bread bags are up, as well as the trivets and placemats. Next, I have the coasters, zippered pouches and over the shoulder bags to post.

After that, I will take more time for product development/making more inventory. I already know I want to post some of my yoga bags, some Round Tuits (never posted any of those, only gave them as gifts but they are awesome, you’ll see!), more purses and crochet bags.

I have so much fabric in my stash, I will use this time in between jobs to make a dent in the pile and turn all that fabric potential into awesome Fleur de Pixie stuff!!

Life feels different these days. A bit more scary, a lot of unknown but mostly it feels full of hope and promise. It feels a bit like when I went off to hike the AT. When my parents dropped me off, I started walking but immediately wanted to run back to catch up with their car. I wanted to say “nevermind all this, my old life was good, I’ll just jump back in the car with you guys and go back to it ok?”. But I didn’t. And after a long (it really was short but it felt long) first day where my feet were following the blazes but my head was a million different scary places all at once, after talking myself into not quitting a whole bunch of times, I discovered that as hard as that hike was, it was one of the best challenges I ever faced in my life. I have a feeling this challenge will lead me to equally great lessons and rewards!…I’m just kinda still in the “follow the blazes while your head is in a million scary places all at once” part.

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The Craziness Continues

The blocks of Scrappidy Scrap Scrap are stacking up! 5 more done! Best thing about these quilt blocks: if my machine stitching is a little messed up, I don’t bother taking it apart to start again. I keep going because at this point, this quilt is already all over the place, a stitch out of place or sequence here and there isn’t going to hurt. Laalalallalala!! This project is really fun!

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