It’s All About Process

I am getting ready to bust out this big sewing project.  I’m doing it for the love of process.  It’s really hard to plan something from the very beginning and follow it through to the end… at least for me.  Plus ~ I’ve never tried paper piecing or intricate appliqué before, so this is a real adventure!

My mind is slowly getting around the idea of paper piecing.  It’s a process of printing on this foundation paper, then sewing directly to the paper following the printed lines so as to keep your sewing lines neat and perfect.  After you sew your blocks, you tear out the paper and voila: accurately patchworked corners. 

Now that I have a pattern AND foundation papers in my possession I’m in business again!  It took some trial and error to get these papers to print… I was worried I’d have to trace it from paper.  Luckily my OLD printer was up to the chore.  Today I got them all cut up and tomorrow I’m ready to start some actual sewing!

I also got some brand new fabrics… and that makes me so happy.  It’s like getting a box of new crayons.  I plan on using these (and many others) for the rooster and his tail feathers:

These yellows, oranges, and greens are for the background.  I found these on Etsy: Hoosier Quilter ~ what a great place to find fun unique fabrics!

Now you know what I’ll be geeking over the next few weeks! I’m so curious as to how this is going to turn out… I’m trusting my gut for color choices and pattern piecing.  I know I may make a few mistakes… but I’m just gonna go for it!

New Project: Rooster Quilt Wall Art

Rooster Quilt Design

I am so excited to try my hand at some real appliqué work… I did my first appliqués recently, and they turned out great.  So I have a big elaborate plan to do a fabric wall art piece featuring a chicken, of course… a rooster to be exact.

I plan on quilting a background that I laid out and will paper-piece together.  Then I’m going to appliqué the rooster over the top using all sorts of colored fabrics.
Here’s my work so far:

I have it laid out in Illustrator, and if it turns out well I’ll be able to turn it into a pattern for others to use.  I don’t have the details for the head yet… don’t know if it will all be done with thread, or if I will use different fabrics.

I’ve already spent numerous hours figuring out the patchwork pattern for the background and creating the tail feathers.  I have a feeling it may take some serious time to complete, since I can’t work on it all the time.  I’ll try to post pics as I go along ~ I really hope to have it done in a couple months!

It looks pretty cool as an illustration too ~ so we may be seeing this image again… maybe as a super cool screen print!

My Dinner Tonight

Lately I’ve had to be much more careful in what I decide to put into my mouth.  Last summer I was diagnosed gluten intolerant, and I am currently trying a candida cleanse.  That means my food is even more restricted… at least until the candida cleanse is over in 2-3 months.  Basically I’m avoiding all simple carbohydrates like grains, sugars and potatoes.

Here is a basic example of my dinners.  Chicken stir-fried with carrots, broccoli, onion and oregano in olive oil.  I serve almost all meals with a salad ~ today all I had was green leaf, but usually I prefer the spring mix that you can buy prepared from the store.  A little fresh parmesan cheese grated on top gives it a little tang.  This was a very excellent dinner and I fully enjoyed it!

I buy as much organic as possible, but sometimes my wallet makes me choose differently.  I love all the Portland Farmers Markets too ~ what a great way to keep veggies exciting!

Along with the food changes, I’m also taking a slew of suppliments (prescribed by my ND) hopefully just for 2 months, but I’ll go 3 if need be.  Since I changed to a gluten free diet last summer I have had good changes in my lab tests that just came back last week…  I got rid of 4 different bacterial overgrowths in my gut, and I raised my intestinal SiGA from 11 to 37!   I still have a ways to to because normal range is 400-800 ~ but I’m happy with any progress at this point!

After 2 months I’ll be doing more lab tests to see if I made any more positive changes in my lab numbers.  I’m very hopeful ~ and excited.  After years of feeling like I was always walking through water and bruised all over… I’m really starting to have a little energy!

Welcome

Welcome to my new little blog space!

I’m excited to have a place to write about all the crazy things that are just spinning and spinning in my head.  Two things I’m most recently obsessed with are sewing, and cooking gluten free, so I have a feeling that’s what I’ll be writing most about.

I created this blog so I don’t have to deal with any business stuff… this is purely for fun.  I’m have a small business with my husband called Phantom Chicken Screen Printing.  If you are interested in getting shirts printed ~ go check out that site.  If you would like to read Gregg’s Rants, check out this link.  Now that that’s out of the way…  I can move on.

 Right now I’m heading to the kitchen to make some yummie gluten-free low carb crackers.  Want the recipe?  Here it is:

Crispy Almond Cheese Crackers (gluten free)

1 Cup Blanched Almond Flour
1/4 Cup Ground Flax Seeds (I use a coffee grinder for seeds and nuts)
1 Tbsp Dill
1 Tbsp Oregano
1 Tsp Sea Salt
2 Cloves of Garlic minced
6oz Cheddar Cheese grated
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
3 Tbsp Water

Mash all ingredients in a bowl with a fork.  Now you’re going to divide into little balls and pat this mixture as flat as possible on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.   Bake at 350 degrees for 15 – 20 mins. or until golden brown.  Watch carefully as these can darken and burn quickly… but they need to be fully baked for “cracker” consistency.  After baking, cool on a rack fully.  ENJOY!