Monday, December 3, 2012

Wilton Gum Paste & Fondant Class 4

Last Thursday was my last ever cake decorating class! Truth be told, I was kind of dreading it all week as fondant really isn't my thing and the classes were taking away from sewing time. However, once I was there, I was a little sad it was my last class. There are a few other Wilton classes but they don't interest me at this point, and the one class is more gum paste. So for right now, this is the end of the line for me and cake classes.

As I mentioned in my post about classes 1 and 2, I missed class 3 due to the instructor rescheduling it. I believe they learned the mum and the daisy, plus they covered a cake board. The whole covered cake board thing really doesn't appeal to me so it wasn't a big deal I missed it.

In class 4, we learned:
  • Creating Geometric Designs Using Cut-Outs, Overlays, and Inlays
  • Eyelet, Ruffle, and Ball Borders
  • Covering a cake with fondant
I didn't bother with an overlay or inlay or whatever it is. They do make your cake look pretty awesome, though. If you don't know what I mean, here is an example.

The borders, especially eyelet (like on this cake) were really nice, too. I am glad I learned how to use fondant but I really don't see myself using it very often. It doesn't taste like anything, it's a weird texture, and you can't really eat the pieces you mixed gum paste into.

Anyway, here is my final, final, final cake!

I stupidly forgot to mix gum paste into the fondant for the bow so it wasn't as bouncy looking as it could have been.

I had very little plan of how I was going to decorate this cake, I just knew I wanted to get rid of the neon coloured fondant from class 2. I was the only person in class who didn't have decorations pre-made so most of the time, it was my classmates staring at me decorate this, so I tried to work quickly.

All in all, I enjoyed all the Wilton classes but they are a lot of work! There is very little getting out of putting in the time and money. Being busy with other stuff, it was a bit difficult to manage at times. I am excited to put my skills to use in the future and really proud of the cakes I've made.

If anyone has any questions about the classes even if you're reading this in the future (wooo), feel free to ask away, I'd be happy to answer what I can. 

Also, for anyone currently taking the classes, I hope your instructor told you about this somewhat secret Wilton student area! Didn't find out about it until class 2 and it's been a huge help!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sew Excited

This weekend I had the pleasure of visiting heaven on Earth. Hardly hyperbole.

I've been trying to find where the local quilt shops are in this area since they're the only place to buy premium fabric. I knew Ann Arbor had the Ann Arbor Sewing Center but I hadn't yet checked it out until yesterday.

As soon as I walked in, I knew I was in for a treat. The place is huge with over 6500 fabrics to choose from and every possible item you could want. Seriously, everything I've heard of, use, and/or want was there. Insul-bright batting, Mary Ellen's Best Press, Bernina accessories (they're a Bernina dealer, squee!), Amy Butler patterns, Moda jelly rolls, Master Piece thread, King Tut thread, Frixion pens, etc etc etc. Oh, and sewing classes. I'll be taking some of those next year for sure.

I walked around for over an hour, staring at everything. The whole time in there, all I could think was, "Oh my god oh my god...they have EVERYTHING." Prices were average which I'm more than happy with.

This is my haul! Sorry it's on its side, my Internet is being awful right now and it'll take me about 15 minutes to re-upload a rotated one. As you can see, I picked up several of the items I mentioned above, plus some FQs (6/$9.99!), Bernina bobbins, freezer paper, and some handy dandy clips. They gave me a free thread clipper thing as I was a new customer. Yay! I came home and spread it all out. Anthony has pointed out that when I get excited about my craft stuff, I start singing to my purchases. I'm such a geek.

This is my Sew Stitchy quilt using the 3 Dudes jelly roll quilt pattern tutorial that the Missouri Star Quilt Company did. A lucky person who shall remain nameless will be getting one of these for Christmas, but in different fabric. No clue when I'll have time to do it but it's gotta get done! Anyway, I love Aneela Hoey's Sew Stitchy for Moda fabric so much that I couldn't decide which one I'd use for the back, so I ended up buying a layer cake and I guess it's going to be a reversible quilt when I'm done. With fabric this cute, how could you ever pick just one?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wilton Gum Paste & Fondant Classes 1 and 2

Three weeks ago I started the gum paste and fondant course. While fondant is not something I see myself working with very much, I did still want to learn a bit about it. Also, I got the student kit for $14 with a coupon at JoAnn. Considering it retails for $50 in Canada, I was pretty stoked.

Class one agenda:
  • Gum Paste and Fondant 101
  • Bow Loops
  • Mum Base, Rose Base
  • Carnation Base
  • Assembling a Bow

I don't have photos of the bases, but here is how my bow turned out:

I think this is really pretty and I do think I'd use this on a cake. This is bright orange as I was trying to use up the package of fondant I bought for the one fondant class in course 2 (still annoyed as that was kind of a waste of money).

Course 2 agenda:
  • Basic Principles of Floral Cake Design
  • Calla Lily
  • Rosebud and Rose
  • Carnation
  • Calyxes and Leaves
  • Assembling the Calla Lily
My carnation didn't turn out great as I missed the instruction about how to do the top, but I think the rose and the calla lily are really cute, especially the calla lily.

Again with the bright orange, haha. You're supposed to have a small piece of spaghetti stuck into the bottom of the flowers so you can stick them in your cake, but mine had broken off.

Unfortunately I'll be missing the 3rd class as it was moved to Friday to accommodate our instructor's desire to go Black Friday shopping on Thursday night. Fortunately I looked in the book and I'm not interested in learning how to cover a cake base. Seems like an even bigger waste of money to me, though it does look decorative.

Sorry for the lack of detail...I've had no time to sit down and write out more substantial entries. I only have 3 more weeks of sewing and one more cake decorating class until I have more free time. It's a good thing too, I'm starting to getting a little fatigued of all this running around.

100th Post

For my 100th post on this blog, here are some projects I've completed or am working on.
 This is the quilt from my learn to quilt class. Since I didn't pre-wash the fabrics, the fabric is now a little crinkly. I like this look and doubt I will prewash in the future unless size is important. I'm very happy with my quilt, despite a few mistakes. Some of the binding is coming off after the wash too and I still need to attach a label. 

This is an iPad mini cover I made myself. Coincidentally, I had exactly enough fabric left over from the quilt I'm working on. There's a few little mistakes and I'm still not great at attaching zippers, but I am getting better. Overall, I'm really happy about this. It even has an iPhone-sized pocket inside. The inside is lined with quilters' flannel in a gingham fabric to match the checkerboard look.

 These are some zippered bags I made one weekend I was home and bored. The green wristlet and the big striped bag are quilted with batting in between. These were all fun and easy to make.

This is one of the quilts I'm working on. It's a jelly roll race quilt. I still need to attach the borders and finish it up. Sigh...too many projects, not enough time. I used a jelly roll (bali pop) of batiks called Rum Raisin by Hoffman Fabrics. I'm not a batik fan but these colours are beautiful in person. This is a little more "grown up" than the other two quilts I'll have made for myself.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Wilton Flowers and Cake Design Classes 2-4

My original plan was to write an entry for each lesson of the Wilton classes but I'm obviously falling behind due to all my other obligations, so I'm going to condense this into one entry.

Lesson 2:

On the agenda:
  • Making Royal Icing
  • Making a Parchment Bag (we do the cling wrap method instead)
  • Flower Nail
  • Rose Base (review from course 1)
  • Apple Blossom, Primrose
  • Rosebud
This was the first time I ever made royal icing and I wasn't sure what type of consistency to make it, and I ended up making it too thick/stiff. Since I had pre-bagged all my icing, I had no way of watering it down. Fortunately the instructor had a plastic juice cup, but then I ended up making the icing too watered down. I was getting so frustrated with it that I wanted to just leave and try again later, but I forced myself to stick it out.

Here's what the flowers are supposed to look like:
Apple blossom, primrose, rosebud

I promptly threw out all my pathetic attempts. No photos. I was frustrated about this class all week afterwards.

Lesson 3:
  • Daffodil
  • Violet
  • Using the Lily Nail, Lily
  • Making Stems
  • Guidelines for Flower Arrangements
  • Wilton Rose
I was looking forward to learning the Wilton rose and I ended up being pretty good at it! I had the instructor check my icing consistency beforehand and this time, I didn't make the mistake of pre-bagging things in case the consistency was off.

Here's what the flowers are supposed to look like:
That lily doesn't look like how we learned, the petals are different.

Here's some of my flowers:

Lesson 4:
  • Floral Cake Design
  • Reverse Shell
  • Basketweave
  • Finishing our cake
The reverse shell is kind of weird. I like it and will probably use it, but I'd want to practice it more first. Our instructor explained it as making question marks and backwards question marks.

As you'll see below, I put basketweave on my cake and it turned out pretty good. That's what everyone who saw my cake commented on. Back in April, I had bought a cake with basketweave on it and was mesmerized at how difficult it looked. Turns out, it's not hard at all. I recommend learning it even for casual cake decorators. It makes your cake look so professional and it covers up crappy icing jobs on the side (hello, my cake!).

So here was my final cake!

Ta da! I took the inspiration from the previous Wilton Method course 2. From what I can tell from looking at blogs when the old classes were still current, everyone who took course 2 made a cake similar to this. I thought it was so pretty and reminiscent of springtime, so it was a nice contrast to the terrible weather outside.

FYI the right side of the cake has wonky-looking basketweave because I had an odd number of vertical weaves. In order to "fix" that at the end, you pipe weaves diagonally into the adjacent empty spaces and then dub it "the back of the cake." :-)

Yes, I'm aware daffodils aren't pink but I made them in class when I only had pink!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Too Busy

Oi. I've been way too busy to post but I will update as soon as I can about all my classes, in detail.

In a nutshell, my first quilt is done and I've started a second one. I'm also trying my hand at making up my own pattern and it's going okay. I've learned that picking out coordinating fabric takes practice and right now I'm not very good at it. In the future I will probably go with a single collection. I learned this weekend about fabric collections. Wish I had known earlier!

I also know how to pipe a beautiful rose now, I made a million and one flowers for my final cake on Thursday.

I also (stupidly?) volunteered to make chili and cupcakes for a chili cook-off on Wednesday. No idea when I'm going to have time to make the chili!

Curling starts Tuesday and I'm excited about it. It'll be good to see all the familiar faces although I know I'm going to struggle with names again. Faces I can do, names are harder.

Gotta go...cakes are about to come out of the oven. I am making my cake tonight (Sunday) for Thursday's Wilton class because I won't get another chance!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

1 Sewing Class, 2 Quilting Classes, 3 Wilton Classes, Floor!

Howdy! Things are really ramping up here in Jaimeland. My Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are now booked with classes. Tuesdays are still quilting (only until next week, boo, but then comes curling), Wednesdays are now sewing class until Decmeber, and Thursdays are still Wilton and will remain so until November.

Today was a big day. After returning my POS broken IKEA sewing machine this weekend, I knew I had to buy another sewing machine. The quilt shoppe where I'm doing my quilting class only sells Bernina, which is arguably the top-of-line brand for sewing machines. As you may know, I tend to have expensive taste and I tend to be a tad impulsive. After all, I am currently typing this on an impulse-bought 24" iMac with all the bells and whistles (at the time). However, after doing some research and asking myself what the best thing for me as a new quilter is, I decided I would go with a Bernina, albeit the lowest/cheapest model. "Bernina" and "cheap" are mutually exclusive words but I did get the machine on sale for a very good price.

There she is, in all her glory. Sigh. Isn't she gorgeous? I feel like a proud mom. Oh Bernina, the places we will go together. Bernina also sells custom skins for some of their machines, including this one, and I might ask Santa for one for Christmas. There are some nice floral ones and you can add your name to it. I'm a sucker for personalized crap.

Like any good quilter, there is an alarm that goes off in your brain when you see fabric you cannot live without. I saw two today at the quilt shoppe and I couldn't leave the store without them. I'd been lusting for the one on the right the last few times I was in there so I knew it was true love.

Anyway, this is where my quilt is at right now:

Almost all done, just have to finish quilting it and then next week we're learning binding (closing up the raw edges).

Because I'm an honest person, here are some of the mistakes I've made on the quilt. My classmates have been very perfectionistic about their quilts but I'm okay with imperfect because this quilt is just for me and I'll be able to look back on it in the future and say, wow, I've come so far!

For this quilt, I am "stitching in the ditch" which means you're quilting along the seams you already have. The picture on the left is an example of GOOD stitching in the ditch (or what I think is good, anyway). Nice straight line right along the ditch. The photo on the right is where I blinked or something, because you can see the line is not straight. I'm sure that'll get better with practice. Again, not too concerned.

Quilt blocks that don't match up. Kind of hard to see if you don't know what you're looking at, but in the centre of the photo, 4 seams line up and should be relatively perfect. These are not. The nice thing about the style of quilt I did (pinwheel) is that the same fabric matches up in many places so mistakes are very, very forgiving.

The worst mistake I made: not pressing the backing material before I basted and quilted my layers! Rookie mistake! It had been a long 5 hours of working on my quilt and by the time I basted my quilt (with spray adhesive), I realized I hadn't pressed the backing. I thought it'd be okay but it puckered in several places. Oh well. Lesson learned, what can you do (besides taking out the ol' stitch ripper)?

In other news, I started my beginner sewing class tonight. We have a small class of 5 people. The world truly fell off its axle for two hours because out of the 5 of us, I was the most knowledgeable about basics like threading a bobbin, feed dogs, reverse stitches, needles, etc. I was surprised at myself for how much I've learned in these last 4 weeks of quilting.

We were left with homework to start a little pin cushion but I finished mine in class because it was really easy.

My mom is taking the class with me and she was all, "How did you finish it so fast?!" I was like, "Mom, it was 4 straight lines. I've sewn miles of straight lines in the last 4 weeks."

I leave you with one last baking stuff taking over the living room. I need to tame the beast before it swallows up the whole living room!

The little dog is my dad's coin bank, haha.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wilton Flowers and Cake Design, Class 1

Whoa I know, three updates in one day. I just figure I might as well hammer them out now because I don't know when I'll get another chance!

Today was my first Wilton Flowers and Cake Design class.

Here was today's agenda:

  • Basic Principles of Cake Design
  • Gum Paste and Fondant 101
  • Button Flower
  • Pansy
  • Making Royal Icing
  • Making a Parchment Bag
We didn't talk too much about the first point. The instructor basically just said your flowers should be proportional the size of your cake. No gigantic flowers on a small cake and no small flowers on a gigantic cake. Personally, I think it's all about the look you're going for.

I was excited to learn about gum paste and fondant since I've never worked with either. I didn't really understand too much about the difference between them, other than that gum paste can be rolled out thinner and dries harder, whereas fondant is more of a Play-Doh consistency and doesn't get too hard.

The dumb thing about this class is we had to buy both gum paste and fondant and this is the only class in course 2 we're using it! The instructor said it's a teaser for course 3 (gum paste and fondant) but I think it's more of a waste of money. I hope my gum paste doesn't harden up by November.

We made the button flower using a mixture of gum paste and fondant. The student kit came with a button flower press. It is dead simple to do and very cute. I will definitely make it again in the future.

The second flower we made was the pansy. I wasn't a big fan of it and I don't foresee myself putting it on a cake in the near future. That is kind of the downside of these classes, you can't pick and choose what you want to learn like you would on your own. You have to learn things you don't like and will never use again.

Next we talked about royal icing and the instructor made a batch to show us how it's done. If you're not sure what royal icing is, it's the rock-hard icing you see sometimes as flowers on a cake. You'll know if it's royal because you'll break your jaw trying to bite into a royal-made flower. It's also used on gingerbread houses which I'm thinking I might want to make this Christmas. I've had cakes with royal icing before and admittedly, I always just thought it was old and hardened up regular icing. Oh no no. Royal icing is a mixture of icing sugar, meringue powder, and a tiny bit of water. That's it. No wonder it's like cement!

It's very important that you do not let your royal icing come in contact with any grease or you'll completely wreck it. It's apparently a giant pain to work with during humid summer days. I'm glad I'm taking these classes as it's getting progressively colder out.

We didn't really talk about parchment bags because my instructor doesn't use them. We use the cling wrap method I talked about in course 1, class 1. 

Anyway, less talk, more photos, am I right? I just have one tonight, that's all I needed!

2 button flowers and a pansy. The white on the petals is a mixture of cornstarch and icing sugar, dusted over the working surface to keep fondant from sticking. I think it was more hassle than it was worth.

I must say, it was very weird not to bring a whole ton of stuff to class and even weirder not to bake anything. I actually feel antsy to bake right now. I debated all class whether to come home and make cupcakes so I could make more flowers. In the end I decided I really need to slow down and not smell the flowers (har har). So instead I'm heading off to bed at 9:30.

Catching Up

Cutting my fabric with my new rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat. I'm terrible at cutting fabric.

Taking some time to unwind during a busy week. This is my brand spankin' new bike I won in an auction. Got it for about half of the MSRP. I love it.

Being silly in the wedding photo booth in Cleveland. Yes, Anthony is wearing a turkey hat.

Brigden Fair was last weekend so that means one thing...alpacas! I love the death-defying stroller in the background, haha.

My quilt top. Just need to add the borders and the top is all done.

I learned a valuable lesson: $70 sewing machines from IKEA are junk. The top thread has been tangling in the bobbin and the plate you're SUPPOSED to be able to remove is totally stuck. Two of us tried to unscrew the screws and no go. I'm returning it and (probably) buying a Bernina. Sorry about my chipped manicure, there. No time to remove the polish!

Wilton Decorating Basics Class 4

Wow, my apologies. Time is flying by lately. When I say I'm busy, I really am. I've had very little downtime this month. Last weekend I was in Cleveland for a wedding, then it was Thanksgiving, then I had quilting class, then I decided to take some time and sleep!

This is going to be a quick entry as I have to get going shortly the second Wilton class, Flowers and Cake Design. It starts tonight and I'm excited!

This was the official agenda for the final class of Decorating Basics:

  • Guidelines for Elementary Cake Design
  • Printing, Writing, Rose Base
  • Piping Gel Pattern Transfer
  • Ribbon Rose
  • Guidelines for Decorating Your Cake
We didn't really talk much about cake design or guidelines. We did learn to print, write, and do the ribbon rose.

I really struggled with the ribbon rose and didn't quite get the hang of it until about the 30th one I'd piped.

Most of the class time was designated decorating time but I decided I'd be happier decorating mine at home, away from the noise of the class.

I had made the base icing for cake with real butter. Our instructor always said it was a bad idea because butter melts but being October, I thought it'd be okay. Boy was I wrong. You'll see in the photos below that it got all warped and melty looking. On one spot, it had even bubbled away from the surface of the cake. WTF?

Anyway, overall I'm proud. I wish I had piped a few more roses but by the time I did the last colour (pink), I was getting tired and frustrated.

Stupid blue icing. If it wasn't for that, the cake would be nearly perfect. The cake top looks a little lopsided here for some reason, but it was not in person. Some day soon I will attempt this cake again and keep the icing cold while I pipe all the flowers. The rosettes at the bottom were little terrors because the icing was soft, even though they were straight out of the freezer after being in there for 24+ hours. I'll have to use stiffer consistency next time.

Overall, I'm very pleased with the class. The most useful parts were learning about icing consistency, the ribbon rose, the leaf, the rosette, and the drop flower. Writing on a cake is pretty easy and I'll never do the pompom or shaggy mum again.

Well, I'm off to course 2!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wilton Decorating Basics, Class 3

It's Thursday again, so that means it's Wilton night!

This was tonight's agenda:
  • Drop Flower, Rosette
  • Dimensional Decorating
  • Shell
  • Pompom Flower, Leaves
  • Filling and Icing a Cupcake

I made 18 cupcakes on Tuesday and followed our instructor's guidelines on how to improve upon boxed cake mix. She suggests adding an extra egg, using milk instead of water (when called for), and adding a pudding cup. Let me tell you, those were some damn good tips. My cupcakes turned out fluffy, light, and delicious. I will definitely keep that up.

I ended up forgetting my lesson book and between that, not having the practice board, and not owning 2 of the tips we needed, I found the class hectic and overwhelming. I also wish we had more workspace and garbage cans next to our chairs. That would make the class a million times easier.

First of all, I hate the drop flower. My icing was a little too thin this week so it was not cooperating.

The rosette was much easier and everyone in our class agreed they liked it much more than the drop flower.

The shell was also somewhat difficult, again due to my thinner icing consistency. I can see myself using this as a border so I guess I better practice!

The ugliest flower, the pompom flower, was not fun. I was too busy trying to fill my decorating bags and I kind of lost track of instruction. Mine looked nowhere this nice as you will see later in photos.

Leaves, my favourite of the night. These actually looked somewhat decent. They are incredibly easy to make, too.

What the heck is this, I mean really?! Okay, they call it a shaggy mum, but I call it ugly. I will probably never do this again.

After the flowers, we filled our cupcakes. I brought vanilla pudding to fill mine. I've never filled a cupcake with anything before but since it was so easy, I will probably fill them again in the future. Cream cheese filling anyone?

So, time to decorate our filled cupcakes. Mine did not turn out very good at all. Don't even look at my pompom flower, okay? Just don't. Not only did I suck with a capital TERRIBLE at them, they also got kind of pushed around and had things bump into them.

These were my 6 in-class decorated cupcakes. Two of the worst pompom flowers surrounded by pink uh, spaghetti? And 3 ugly shaggy mums. Just all around ugly. The used and abused muffin pan is not helping the ugliness, either.

When I got home, I was trying to balance my purse, my keys, my decorator kit, and my pan of cupcakes (I have a brownie pan that has a lid with a handle). I noticed the lid kept kind of sliding off the pan with the cupcakes, but I only had a few more feet to walk. Unfortunately the lid wouldn't hold on that long and bam, cupcakes on the carpet. The law of gravity says cupcakes will always land icing side down.
Truth be told, I was kind of relieved I didn't have to take those ugly-ass cupcakes to work.

Not one to be defeated by a cupcake, I redecorated the ones that fell as well as the other cupcakes I had at home. I like this swirl design. All you need to do is put 2 colours in your piping bag. It helps if you keep the colours on opposite sides of the bag but anything goes. Now I get to bring in these Barbie cupcakes to an office full of dudes tomorrow. They're going to love them.

P.S. Did you notice there aren't 18 cupcakes here? I'm never making extra again, all I do is eat them!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Beginner Quilting, Class 1

Last night was my first quilting class at The Quilt Shoppe. I wasn't nervous at all about it until I got there and realized I'm starting at square one with this whole sewing thing. My only prior sewing experience was in Home Ec. as a kid (though it had been rebranded to the more politically correct "Design and Tech"). I had asked before signing up how much sewing skill I would need and was told none. Works for me!

We have 2 instructors, Donna and Diana and I really like them both. The class is small, 8 people, which is great. I'm also not the only person in their 20s so that's nice, too. I love the fabric the other younger girl picked out, but I'm excited to see everybody's quilts when all is said and done.

Diana started off by talking about the tools needed to quilt. First and foremost, fabric. We talked about how you always cut across the width of the fabric, never the length. The fabric stays folded like it is on the bolt and you always cut with the fold next to your body. Next, you never use scissors to cut so we need to buy a rotary cutter. We also need to buy a ruler and a cutting mat. So much for my plans to cut back on spending, these classes are getting expensive. I've spent a few hundred dollars so far this month which is a lot in my world. Jo Ann is pretty much my new favourite store.

One thing they talked about which I found surprising was that fabric manufacturers do not sell their high-end fabric in chain stores (think Jo Ann and Fabricland). Apparently if you see the same bolt of fabric in Jo Ann and in an independent quilt store, the fabric in the quilt store will be of higher quality. They did say it's okay to use lesser quality fabric, it's just something to consider when buying fabric.

Thankfully we were not bombarded with too much too soon as all this new information was freaking out my brain. I want to write an entry later on about how learning skills as an adult is different than as a kid. I don't remember being this freaked out by new information as a kid! We took to some tables to cut scraps of fabric for practice. I was struggling a little bit as my ruler kept slipping and the store's rotary cutter I was using had gotten somewhat dull.

By the time we finished class, I'd cut some of my fabric and sewn some of it together with quarter-inch seams. I struggled a little bit with sewing the seam as my fabric kept feeding in on an angle. We have to finish cutting and sewing our fabric strips together this week and I am positively nervous about it. I'm so scared to make a mistake.

Diana kept saying to our class, "This is not supposed to be stressful! Quilting is supposed to be fun!" but as I looked around at my classmates, I could see some other stressed out faces. Hopefully things become easier as the class goes on. I have taken for granted how naturally the cake decorating comes to me. As I was cutting my scraps of fabric, I wished I was decorating a cake instead. At least I'm good at that!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

In the Midst of Things

Whew, things are getting busy! Tonight I start my beginners quilt class but I also need to find time to prepare for my third cake decorating class. In the meantime, I finished my first knitting project. Wow does football ever afford a lot of time to knit! If you know my boyfriend Anthony at all, you can probably imagine all the things I'll have time to make!

This was supposed to be a blanket but I made it far too wide and didn't have enough yarn to compensate. I didn't make this how you would normally make a scarf, either. The entire length of the scarf was on my knitting needle! Rookie mistake. At least I'll know better for next time. I loved this ball of yarn but it wasn't very good quality. I'm surprised it didn't ever rip on me but it came pretty close on some stitches.

THIS!! is what I'm going to be making in quilting class, but with my own choice of fabric. They showed this to me yesterday and I immediately said, "I'm going to make that?!" Right now I'm not sure I believe it yet!

This the fabric I'll be using. I laid them out so you can see what part of the above quilt they'll be used for. The brown will be the wide border and one of the rail swatches, the green will be the small border, and the 3 remaining pieces will be the rail pieces. I apologize for the low quality of the photo, I do need to start taking photos with a real camera and in natural light.

Leah trying on the "blanket" that was supposed to be for her. She was none too impressed with me.

Leah says, "Here, use your new sewing machine and make me something else instead."
This is IKEA's sewing machine, Sy. I'm not a big fan of IKEA (gasp, sacrilege, I know) so the idea of buying a sewing machine made by them wasn't my first choice. But for $70, it's hard to beat the price tag. If I want something nicer later, at least I'll have better knowledge.

Leah has been working on several of her own projects, namely, destroying her brand new toys.

Taking a break after the "kill."

This is my next knitting project! I'm going to make a patchwork/checkerboard afghan. I haven't learned any new stitches yet so it's just going to be the regular knit stitch. I was told to do a few projects before attempting to learn more so that's what I intend to do. I couldn't decide on 2 colours so I went with the easy choice, University of Michigan colours.

I am starting to feel a little too busy now that I have 2 classes this week but I'm excited nonetheless. I'm not sure my sewing class in October is going to happen as I have the inside scoop that I'm still the only person signed up. My mom might take it with me but the store requires at least 4 participants.
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