BOOMBOX-SEW-A-LONG: WEEK 7 (don't you love it when it ALL comes together!)

Have you seen what Angelini @suchastitch has been up to? I've LOVED seeing her progress on Instagram (#boomboxsewalong #lysaflowerpatterns). She's posted photos, starting with an inspirational BOOMBOX art wall, to her colouring sheet including her fabric selection and ALL her sewing (especially those teeny tiny pieces). Have a look at what a smarty pants she was! On the tiny pieces on the back of the pattern I noticed she coloured them! BRILLIANT! She also made two cassettes. She wasn't happy with the first one (which I loved) so she made a new one (which I also LOVED). I could never choose between them. Please done ever make me!

This week the sew-a-long is quite exciting! The boombox gets sewn ALL together. Next week is even more exciting because we're going to be making the cassette zippy pouch! Yay! All right. I need to settle down, I'm getting a head of myself. This weeks instructions you can get HERE.

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT: I like spray starch. There I said it. BUT did you know starch is made out of potatoes? You know who likes potatoes? Bugs. The last thing I want are bugs to be interested in my quilts. Or my anything! Here's a solution. Soak! Have you heard of it? This spring I came across their booth at Quilt Market. I also like smelly things. There I said that too. I prefer scents that are fresh and not to flower-y. They have dreamy scents! Their solution to spray starch is called FLATTER. It gives me that extra crispness I'm looking for when I'm paper piecing my heart out. Oh and they also have (soy based) labels designed by Carolyn Friedlander and Deynse Schmidt. Pretty, nice smelling and useful. I'm sold.

RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR 80's PLAYLIST: Styx-Too Much Time On My Hands. Check out this Jimmy Fallon Split screen - Hilarious! 

PS. Speaking of time, this week I came across this quote: Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes everyday. Rich people can't buy more hours. Scientist can't invent new minutes. And you can't save time to spend it on another day. Even so. time is amazingly fair and forgiving. Not matter how much time you've wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow. - Denis Waitely - Serious!

 

BOOMBOX-SEW-A-LONG WEEK 6: FEAR NOT THE SUMMER SLUMP

Early June: Woo Hoo! Summer is almost here! As soon as the kids are out of school, I'm going to have SO much extra time. I'm going to finish this and this and...

<insert outrageous, unattainable list here> 

Reality. Present day: Oofft! It's HOT, I feel melt-y. Hey look at this new shiny thing over here! Where do you need to be driven? Sure so and so can come over. Crap, I better clean up! Unfinished projects score: 52 and 3/4. Finished projects score: 1/4. Ah, the summer slump. Oh yeah! I remember now, didn't this happen last year? 

I was chatting with @bespokeoutlaw and @sewhungryhippie on Instagram who've been feeling the summer slump too, which I was INCREDIBLY relieved to hear. Until then I was convinced I was the only one. Phew! This led me to thinking about and digging for solutions to a summer slump.

RECOMMENDED TO BEAT THE SUMMER SLUMP: Marie Forleo and her 3 Steps to Retrain Your Brain So You Can Be More Productive Than Ever episode helped to quenched my thirst! I can do that!

THE JEALOUS CURATORART for your ear SUMMER CAMP. I LOVE, love, loved what she assigned for week 5. How liberating. I've got my guild sew-in's on the calendar and I CAN NOT wait.

But you know what helped me the most? Being trapped in a car for hours. Yes! A good old fashioned road trip. It's like an isolation tank but you end up somewhere! HA! Perfection. Our little family did a quick-y trip down to Portland. Not only did I finally get my binding done on my Katie Peterson Psychedelic Baby workshop quilt (big reveal still to come), I had a chance to visit Fabric Depot (first time) and Modern Domestic (they moved)! I bought my first Row by Row there. Uh-oh! Finished projects score: 1- 1/4. Unfinished projects score: 52 and 3/4 (aw, the number didn't go down). Hence my new mantra, "It will all get done". 

Oh right Week 6 instructions! You can get them HERE. This week we're sewing the Boombox back pockets! Yay! Check out @emsteratx progress on her sewing machine cover! Gah! LOVE! Now don't worry if the summer slump gets a hold of you, all is okay. The sew-a-long instructions will become a tutorial that'll permanently be a part of my site. It'll be here waiting for you when you need it. Say it with me, "It will all get done". And while it all gets done...

RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR 80's PLAYLIST: Jenny 867-5309 by Tommy Tutone, My Sharona by the Knack and Kim Wilde's Kids in America (which I thought the Go Go's did-whoops!)

 

 

BOOMBOX-SEW-A-LONG WEEK 5: GET OUT THOSE GLUE GUNS!

Get those glue guns out! It's go time! Week 5 Boombox sew-a-long instructions are HERE! Oh and before I forget, Happy 4th of July to all my American friends!

Recently I've been asked if I could point people in the direction of paper piecing tutorials or tips. Ask and so you shall receive!

RECOMMENDED PAPER PIECING TIPS: As much as I try to be zen about seam ripping it's always more fun not having to do it. Which is why I really liked Bernina's We All Sew article by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced, called Never Tear Out Stitches Again! How to make Make Paper Piecing Easy.

Another good article is Tips and Tricks Tuesday-Paper Piecing by The Tilted Quilt.

Sound. Practical. Advice. 

Finally, I found this Youtube channel by Man Sewing. Check out How to: Paper Piecing with Violet Craft. I've never used one of those rollers but it's on my list! The advice is similar to the first article I have listed but it's video! Also Violet Craft! Eep! A paper piecing guru!

RECOMMENDED PAPER PIECING PATTERNS: And now that you know all the ins and outs of paper piecing, have you seen Berene Campbell's (@happysewlucky) Tattoo series of patterns on ESTY?!!! MIND BLOWN! Collect them all! She's working on the next one, TRUTH and there's still more to come. Need, need, need, want, want, want! I've got big plans for these babies!

RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR 80's PLAYLIST: This week I started in the direction of A Flock of Seagulls with I RAN and Rick Springfield's JESSIE'S GIRL, but then I ended up on Pat Benetar. She's so bad ass! I've always had a sweet spot for her! I remember in grade 2 asking my mom for some spandex pants like Pat Benetar's. She declined. Instead I had to resign myself to lip syncing HEART-BREAKER, LOVE IS A BATTLE FIELD, SHADOWS OF THE NIGHTTREAT ME RIGHT, YOU BETTER RUN and my favourite hair brush mic song to sing: HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT!

BOOMBOX SEW-A-LONG: WEEK 4... OH-OH IT'S MAGIC!

This is the week that feels like magic. After this the Boombox Sewing Machine Cover is half done! Can you believe it? HALF DONE! It's all down hill from here! WEeeeeeeeeeee... This weeks instructions are HERE.

RECOMMENDED PATTERN: I first saw Julia (@alchmeytea) speak at Quiltcon 2016. Then we met the next day at a Valori Wells (@valoriwells) lino block class I was taking (she was helping Valori). I've been following her on Instagram ever since. She does pretty much everything and REALLY well! She illustrates, prints, sews garments, quilts and now she's has come out with a killer pattern! I absolutely LOVE cone flowers so yep! Had to buy it. You can too! HERE

RECOMMENDED WATCHING: SONG OF THE SEA. SO beautiful! I'm not sure how our family missed it in theaters. It's full of all types of patterns/quilt-y designs and the story is just as gorgeous!

RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR 80'S PLAYLIST: Anything from the CARS! Specifically MAGIC (wow how it pulls me right into school being out, big plans and content boredom). But couldn't I stop there! Especially when I found this snazzy site called SONG FACTS. Remember LETS GO ? (I like the nightlife baby!). How about HELLO? Fun fact: Andy Warhol is the bartender in the video! It was one of his last appearances before he died! JUST WHAT I NEEDED GAh!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! SHAKE IT UP (Oh! Ooo!), TONIGHT SHE COMES (wow his hair! Quite spectacular!) AND the most 80's of them all YOU MIGHT THINK

Not 80's but very necessary for the season: SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER. Yeah, I might have a thing for Alice Cooper. If only I could talk my family into dressing up like the rest of the band in the video, my vision would be complete! P.S. my shirt is from a local (local to me) company called LOCOMOTIVE CLOTHING AND SUPPLY. They're rad! (@locomotiveclothing)

BOOMBOX SEW-A-LONG: WEEK THREE (TEE HEE)

This weeks theme might be girl crushes. Once again I'm crushing on Kam's (@needleplusthread) Boombox post. Gah! That, pushed play button, it get's me every time! This week (I think it's my favourite) everything starts to come together. It's so satisfying! You can get the instructions... HERE.

I'D LOVE FOR YOU TO MEET: Annabel Wrigley (@littlepincusionstudio)! I met Annabel at Quilt Market this spring and not only did I fall deeply, madly, truly in love with her new collection for Windham Fabrics, Daisy Chain, I kind of fell in love with HER. She's a bright bubbly lady who loves to teach children how to sew. Were not talking old-y time rigid, home EC classes... she's teaching kids how to be artists from her Little Pincushion Studio. She also teaches CREATIVE BUG CLASSES online if you're like me and can't make it to her Virginia studio. Oh and did I mention she's written three books. Yep, definite girl crush material!

RECOMMENDED TOOL: Annabel's booth at Spring Quilt Market was bright and cheerful! You couldn't help but be drawn into it. AND THEN you'd discover not only did she have quilt-y cookies, she had a make and take of POM-POMS! I may have a slight addiction to pom-poms but let's keep that on the down low. So of course when my Quilt Market BFF, Natalie (@sewhungryhippie) and I discovered Annabel was selling pom-pom makers,  LOOME (one tool, infinite possibilities)... you know what happened next right. You can never make enough!

RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR PLAYLIST: I FINALLY saw La, La Land! As much as I love music I'm not a huge musical fan, so I resisted only to discover it was adorable and romantic. I can see why Emma Stone won an Oscar. If you haven't seen the movie don't worry, no spoilers here (although I suspect I might have been the last person on the planet to have finally seen it). There is one scene where Making Plans for Nigel plays. I forgot how much I LOVED that song! Technically it was released in 1979, but I'm going to lump it in with my 80's theme (I won't tell, if you won't). Two more musts: Major Tom (1983) and I Don't like Monday's (1979 as well... shhh). Good thing it's Tuesday! Happy Tuesday! 

BOOMBOX SEW-A-LONG: WEEK TWO, ELECTRIC BOOGALOO

Week two of the BOOMBOX sew-a-long. How's everyone doing? Have you selected all your fabric? Check! Bought your extra supplies? Che... uh-oh!? I chatted with Dinkydoo Fabrics this week and they said they could get in the Bosal Foam if you still need to get it (you'll need it for June 20th). She's local BUT she also has an online store. 

The first few photos are from Kam (@needleplusthread). She's picked some very yummy colors for her Boombox. She's not making the sewing machine cover but she's making TWO quilts! This is some of the piecing you can expect this week. DID YOU SEE WHAT SHE DID WITH THE BUTTONS?!!! I squealed when I noticed she pushed play! Followed with a, "Darn! Wish I had thought of that!" :D 

The next set of instructions for the Boombox sew-a-long you can get: HERE. PLEASE NOTE: It seems as much as you test, test, test little sneaky things can slip by. I just discovered that the LIGHT DISPLAY on page 10 was reversed. Please refer to page 9's LIGHT DISPLAY KEY as the correct one. 

RECOMMENDED READING: I was lucky enough to pick up Fussy Cut Sampler at Quilt Market. I was able to get it signed and meet the two adorable, funny and sweet authors, Nichole Ramirez and Elisabeth (Woo) Hardy (@elisabew and @catwithfins ). Have you seen the enamel pins they have... er did have. Sadly they're all sold out, but GOOD NEWS! They're  getting new ones in new colors! YAY!

Nicole and Elisabeth are doing a sew-a-long of all the blocks in their book. Felice (@iamlunasol) and Natalie (@sewhungryhippie) have already done up some very dreamy ones. Le sigh...

RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR HEART: Kerry Goulder (@ Kidgiddy) is donating 50% of her Queen Bee Quilt pattern proceeds for the next week to the #westandtogethermanchester support fund.

RECOMMENDED FOR FATHERS DAY: I'm a big fan of Messy Bed Studios. When I saw Lisa's new Father's day card, I laughed, it rang so true. Good thing my husband has such a good sense of humour!

RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR PLAYLIST: Metric. They're a Canadian band, dare I say with Blondie tenancies.  

BOOMBOX SEW-A-LONG! HERE WE GO!...

Y'all want this party started, right? Y'all want this party started quickly, right? Get this weeks BOOMBOX sew-a-long PDF instructions... HERE.

In it you will find the schedule, how to figure out the dimensions for your sewing machine cover, a list of extra supplies, fabric AND instructions for the first block: the radio (the top band). Lots of things to decide this week and a little bit of sewing. Next week there will be more sewing, so if you feel behind, there'll be time to catch up. Oh and if you've never heard of Bosal foam and are wondering what's the difference is, I found this link for you.  

I'd like to add that the Boombox pattern is a leaping off point, either keep it exactly the same or change it up. Don't want to make the equalizer, no problem, make more knobs. See easy! Also, if making the tape open makes your head spin, just sew the front all together as one piece. It's allowed. It'll still look awesome! 

I can't wait to see your fabric selections and progress! Remember to post on Instagram under #lysaflowerpatterns, #boomboxsewalong or #sewinglikeamothertrucker. If you're not on Instagram, feel free to post on the Lysa Flower FACEBOOK page. That's also a great place to post if you have a question. 

RECOMMENDED TOOL: Love it or hate it, hello seam ripper (again)! We spend a lot of time with this tool, don't we? I don't mind ripping any more but I've become quite fussy about which seam ripper I use. My favourite seam ripper is a Seam-Fix by Dritz. I LOVE how skinny the poky thing is (highly technical term). The rubbery ball on the end, I CAN NOT live without it! It's great for pulling out those straggler threads. And yes I decorated them with poop emoji stickers. HA!

Warning there are 1/4" pieces in the pattern. Hang in there, you can DO IT!  Oh did I mention I'm a TED TALK junkie?

RECOMMENDED PEP TALK: TED TALK, Grit: the power of passion and perseverance by Angela Lee Duckworth.

RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR PLAYLIST: NEW 80's sounding DREAMCAR! Dare I call them a super group?! It's a mash up between No Doubt's band and the singer from AFI. Totally RAD!

BOOMBOX PATTERN COMPLETE! WOO HOO!

It's done. Holy smokes! It's done! The Boombox quilt pattern is done!

WOW! A LOT has happened in the past few months. In February Kim Kight, co-founder of Cotton + Steel, invited me to sew for her new Snap to Grid Spring 2017 Collection! There was (again) A LOT of secret sewing going on-whoa doggie! And then there was Quilt Market! That was a check off my bucket list moment! I'm still processing it all. That lovely lady on the left is Kerry Goulder. She did the awesome #HotSkatesQuilt behind us. I can't wait to make it!

I'm thrilled I can finally share everything with you! One project was my Boombox Sewing Machine Cover. Originally, I had a tutorial planned but then I thought, you know what would be even more fun?! A sew-a-long!! It starts next Tuesday, June 6 and will go for eight weeks. 

To get started, it's easy peasy...

Step 1: Subscribe to my newsletter to receive weekly instructions. New subscribers get 10% off my ETSY patterns! BONUS!

Step 2: Pop over to ETSY (or Craftsy, I'm on there too now. YAY!) pick up the Boombox Quilt Pattern and if you want to make the cassette zippy pouch that goes inside the Boombox, you'll need to pick that up too. 

Step 3: Post your weekly progress to my Lysa Flower FACEBOOK page OR on Instagram using the hashtag #lysaflowerpatterns

Post your completed Boombox sewing machine cover by July 30th midnight PST to either site and win a Sulky Snap to Grid thread pack! It's dreamy.

Please note: for the Boombox pattern it's important to have some experience with paper piecing. 

Any keeners out there? I'll have the schedule written up for next week BUT if you want to get your party started early, the fabric requirements in the quilt pattern are the same for the sewing machine cover, up until the "Face of the Boombox and handle". Stop when you get to there. Until then, enjoy the coloring/planning page! This is going to be, to quote Cypress Hill, "insane in the membrane!" fun! I added the fun part (wink).

P.S. Yes that is a cassette book cover. And yes a tutorial is coming for that too!

 

 

 

#putacassettetapeonit

I've been off the grid lately. I've been in the depths of writing my boombox pattern (side note spellcheck is pretty sure when I write "boombox", I mean boob box... interesting). 

While I've been underground I have been enjoying the notifications from Instagram. It seems people are using my cassette tape pattern and putting them on zippy pouches! So clever! I was chatting with my friend Dana (@danahannah310) about how we should, instead of Portlandia's "put a bird on it", we should flip it to "put a cassette on it"!

Which brings me to these photos. This is Sherri (@sherrichalke). She's a ray of sunshine! She tested the Hard-core Mixed Cassette Tape Pattern and  when she was done the mini quilt, she used the cassette pattern pieces and combined them with Sonja Callaghan's (@artisania) bag pattern (second, side note: Sonja taught me how to paper piece!) Sherri and I went to Quiltcon 2016 together and I must say the bag was quite the hit. But I think also because of her sun shiny smile!

 

 

Eventually it all gets done. Right?

My husband and I both turned 40 the same year. We wanted to do something to mark this milestone. He jumped out of a plane. I took a Denyse Schmidt workshop in Portland.

I didn't even know what the workshop was about... I thought maybe we were doing log cabins. It didn't even matter to me. I showed up with my two toned fabric and started the workshop making perfectly pointy pinwheels. Then we were instructed to deconstruct them. Wha huh? Okay. I was pleased with the experience but life happened and the blocks from the workshop were tucked away. 

Skip forward two more years. Back then I was still coordinating workshops for the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild. We brought in Barb Mortell again. She had previously taught our guilds first workshop back in 2011 or 2012. This time she was teaching us all about triangles. I had known Barb for sometime and asked if I could go rogue and do my own thing. She said 'go for it'. What I remember most about this workshop (which was two days of intense sewing) was feeling like I had found my voice in colour among all those triangles.

I finished sewing the triangles together shortly after Barb's workshop. Last summer I put the wide boarder on and had it quilted by Bev Funk. I'm not sure where my motivation came from but recently I've been finishing up old projects. I didn't sign up for any finish alongs but darn it I should have! Oh well... Either way I'm happily satisfied with the quilt. It feels great to get one project done!

Now only 1,293,286 unfinished projects to go!

A three year wait... So worth it!

I'm in love with San Francisco. For years I've been accompanying my husband there. He works and I drink up the atmosphere and reload on trends and inspiration.

Three years ago I discovered the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art... their gift shop that is. The SFMOMA had been under construction and last year we missed their opening by two days! This year I headed straight there... but it was closed Wednesdays. Really? Really!?! Still even with one more day of waiting, so worth it. I was there by myself which was probably for the best. I would have most likely grabbed whoever I was with and shock them saying, "LOOK! LOOK! IT'S A fill in blank."  Which is what I wanted to do to the security guards. They seemed completely unimpressed that they were standing by an Andy Warhol. AN ANDY FREAKING WARHOL YOU GUYS! But don't worry, I played it cool like a cucumber. I'm sure my eyes enlarged every time I got excited but I didn't attack anyone (that I was aware of).

These pieces were a few of my highlights. Some pieces I remember from art school days and some are new to me... but I LOVED them all.

For International Women's Day I posted some of my favourite pieces on Instagram. I posted a FRIDA KALHO!!!!! This is the only painting of hers I've ever seen in person. I still can't believe it, her wedding painting! And I also posted some new artists to me. I'm so in love with Susan O'Malley's work, I can't even! ... and Diane Arbus, that kid with the toy grenade just gets me right in the gut.

As a side note I just signed the MQG Exhibition Agreements for the Best of Quiltcon Travelling Exhibit. My Say Anything Quilt was selected to go on this world wide show traveling through the US, Australia, Japan and the UK. I wish I was going with it! Still none the less, u n b e l i e v a b l e .

Makers and Shakers

I LOVE learning. I love challenges and I love how the world opens up as it happens. Our first creative assignment in Make it in Design's Winter School was...

WE INTERRUPT YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING TO BRING YOU THIS VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Holy Smokes! I opened my UPPERCASE newsletter last weekend and saw my "Say Anything" quilt featured!!! AND my "Hardcore Mixed Cassette Tape" quilt AND as an added bonus there was a link to my "Control Freak" quilt too!!! Eep! 

AND NOW BACK TO OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING.

 ... to create your own font using lino cuts! Yes, please, again! I headed over to Opus Art Supplies to pick up some more lino and wouldn't you know it, they had ALL the neon ink colours. You know they had to come home with me right?

As I was working on this project the Women's March on Washington (and all over the world) was happening. Did you go? Did you make a pussy hat? Didn't you feel so proud. A sea of Makers and Shakers!

"The Future IS Female"

The first time I saw that slogan was on a T-shirt in Modcloth's online shop. After I posted the slogan in my font on Instagram someone told me you can buy the same shirts (for cheaper) over at Otherwild AND 20% of their proceeds go to Planned Parenthood. Gotta love that!

This Much Fun Can NOT Be Legal.

Wow! January. It's like I blinked and it's over. Now we're half way through February! How does that happen? I guess time flies when your having fun! Which I had during Make it in Design's Winter school first week (which started in early January). 

We were given two briefs and two creative exercises over this four week course. Our first brief was to create a pattern around these key words: Boho Glam 70's Rock. Yes please!!! Happily I found more than enough inspiration and realized I had oodles of content for three mood-boards. The first board was about shapes. The second was about the subject matter, in this case crochet patterns. The third board was all about colour. And as you can see I love ALL the colour!

I created myself a Boho playlist and settled into drawing. Interestingly enough I didn't even use these detailed drawings. Once I started blocking shapes in I knew they'd just become colouring pages. You never know sometimes. Anyways I was super thrilled with my design and I plan on creating a whole collection around it shortly!

I'm Overwhelmed... but in a good way.

I wasn't 100% sure what making sewing patterns entailed. All I knew is that I wanted to make them. Then Instagram. To my shock and delight upon completing my Mixed Cassette Tape Quilt, requests for a pattern flooded my feed. It gave me momentum, encouragement and the kick in the pants to hurry up and do it already! Then, the same thing happened with my Control Freak quilt (pattern released in December 2016) and recently with my Say Anything quilt (pattern coming 2017). You have no idea how tickled and grateful I am for those requests.

What I wasn't prepared for... I don't even know how to put it into words. All I know, it's BY FAR my favourite part of being a sewing pattern designer. See the look on Laura's (@lbaker537) husbands face Christmas morning! When I saw that photo I realized this pattern is out in the wild! People are making it! This project has become part of their daily lives. 200%! that's how much Sara (@sewsweetness) blew up the pattern to make a snugly quilt for her son! (Photo not shown but seriously go check it out!) Amazing! Rebecca (@hugsarefun) also made a pillow for her husband and so did Ann (@stitchsupplyco), again for her son. All were made to be opened Christmas morning... I'm a little verklempt! Thank you for welcoming these patterns into your life. It gives me the warm fuzzies all over! 

 

See ya 2016 : : Hello 2017!

If you had to be a super hero, who would you be? I'd be the Flash. My brain works WAY faster than my  hands. This often leaves me feeling like I don't get much done. One thing I love about Instagram's #bestnine each year, it always makes me realize plenty happened and plenty of projects got made. 

Typically #bestnine2016 is your top liked photo's on Instagram. This first photo was mine. After completing it I also realize, so many things happened in 2016 that didn't make the list. I went rogue and made my own #bestnine2016 (photo 2).

Reflecting on a year always leads to plans for the new year. I'm quite excited about 2017! I've registered again with Make it in Design School. Likity split Winter School starts January 9th! (Photo 3) Right after winter school I head into the Ultimate Portfolio Builder Module 4 program. Lots of drawing and designing for 2017!

Happy New Year! Let's create as many joyful memories as we can! xo

Photo 1: Say Anything Quilt : : @Bespokeoutlaw tested and made a bag out of my "Control Freak" pattern : : She also floored me by making me this Frida Kalho bag for my birthday. I still can't get over it! Sneaky girl! : : @daymoonquilts sent me a photo of her Mix Cassette quilt she made from my pattern. LOVE! : :  I started and FINISHED my website! : : I attended Latifah Saafir's Clamshell workshop put on by the VMQG : : I released the "Control Freak" Pattern-phew! Finally : : Life is RAD! T-shirt by Locomotive Clothing & Supply Co.; Alice Cooper costume brought to you by me : : The month of November was dedicated to creating the "Say Anything Quilt". It was a whirl wind but SO worth it!

Photo 2: I won a portfolio review with Elizabeth Olwen through Skillshare! : : I joined Lori Weidenhammer in a booth at Mini Maker Faire : : In August we attened our cousins Stephen and Marion's Wedding in Tuscany (yep, that was a biggie!) : : I was in two shows this year. Quiltcon and VMQG's first quilt show :: New friends made in 2016, my favourite part of any year! Techinally, this isn't my photo and I technically meet @sewhungryhippie late in 2015 but I really came to know her in 2016 (she's a keeper!) : :  She also wrote about me on her blog, how sweet is that! She also included me in a curated list for Sew Mama Sew! : : I taught a block printing workshop for VMQG : : You win some you loose some,  a VMQG polaroid block lotto (spoiler alert. I didn't win) : : But I won this! First time I ever won anything on Instagram, it's from @tearosehome!

 Again Happy New Year and hello 2017!

 

Be a CONTROL FREAK and Enter Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day {You know you want to}

I was blown away by the response to this pattern. You guys are astounding and I am very grateful. The giveaway has now closed and the winners are:

Azure Messmaker (love the name!). HRH DMK. @cpeicheff tagged by @reacemontgomery (I'm awarding the pattern to both, I recently won something on Instagram and it was weird the person who tagged me didn't win anything.) Congrats and again thank you everyone for all your love!

I' Hooray! It's here again! Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day. To celebrate I've (FINALLY) finished my Control Freak Pattern. Yay!

Do you have a gamer in your life? Do they annoyingly go out and buy the latest games leaving you scrambling trying to figure out what to get them? They won't suspect this! If you know the basics of paper piecing (if not hello YouTube!) this pattern is doable before the 25th of December.  My most excellent pattern testers made bags with the pattern, not mini quilts. The pink bag is made by Jonna @bespokeoutlaw (on Instagram). She quilted the Konami code on the back.  I know... brilliant right! (Don't worry your gamer will know what the Konami code is. I hand on heart promise). The second photo is from Amanda @Acolyerpix (on Instagram). I just adore her colour choices. Two other testers made larger quilts and one made a pillow as a Christmas present, for her husband.

Yada, yada, yada, but how do I enter? Good news! There are three ways to enter and there'll be THREE WINNERS! Here's how you increase your odds by a baz-zillion! Go ahead and enter each way!

Option one: Leave a comment below saying what your favourite video game is, and why OR comment on who's your favourite gamer, and why.

Option two: Pop over to Facebook HERE.

Step 1. Like the Lysa Flower Page

Step 2. Leave a comment same as before answering, what's your favourite game OR who's your favourite gamer, and why!

Option three: Pop on over to @lysaflower on Instagram

Step 1. Follow me

Step 2. For every friend you tag you're entered to win. Now those are great odds!

Step 3. Win {The most important step, wink, wink. Am I right or am I right?!}

"The fine print": International entries are welcome. The giveaway is open until Sunday, December 11, 2016 5pm EST. Three winners will be notified no later than December 14th, 2016. The winners will also be emailed the Control Freak PDF Pattern no later than Friday, December 16th, 2016. (Honestly I can send it to you on Sunday)

Good Luck! Let the giveaways begin!!

PS. If you really, really can't wait here is the pattern listing on ESTY.

1989 called and they want their Boombox back.

Holy moly! Talk about sewing like a mother trucker. That was a whirlwind of a project. I posted it's making on Instagram. Are you on Instagram? Love Instagram. If you are on Instagram think of this as an instant replay. 

From start to finish this took about a month. You'd think a month would be oodles of time... but it's not. It's really not. I'd been sitting on this idea for a while now but when the idea did come to me it was as though I was struck by lighting. After my Mixed Cassette tape quilt I had been searching for something to new to do with it. Then BAM! Memories flooded me with my first boombox... and they ended with John Cusack holding a Boombox over his head in the 1989 movie, Say Anything. *Spoiler alert* I called this quilt, "Say Anything"

Okay, that's all I got, I'm going to go have a nap. I'm pooped!

 

"Unfortunately" EXPECTATION

"Unfortunately" is a word that is like a punch in the stomach. I know because I HAVE been punched in the stomach. I remember it so clearly. I was five. A classmate, a five year old boy in kindergarten came up to me with two other boys at his side and punched me as hard as he could in the stomach. As far as I could tell, for no reason. I didn't fear him, in fact I liked him. I completely didn't expect  a punch in the gut. I remember falling over. Winded. I wondered if I was going to die.  

I received an "unfortunately" about a month ago. It winded me. Even though I knew it was a possibility. After I caught my breath I realized it also felt like a punch in the face. I know what that feels like too. Three years ago I started boxing. I was in the ring then, BAM!! I knew the risk getting in the ring but what I didn't expect was how mad it made me. Not that I got hit but that I didn't move out the way. I knew better.  

It made me mad that this "unfortunately" clocked and winded me. My goal this year was to FAIL BETTER. Try, fail, try again but that pesky frenemy of mine "EXPECTATION" snuck in when I wasn't looking... and sucker punched me. GAH!! I didn't realize how much expectation I had hanging on this thing. A good friend of mine keeps reminding me "Expectation KILLS joy". And I know it, I do know it BUT... it's stealthy. I'm watching you "expectation".  I'm going to look for you every day. As for you "unfortunately" it might not be the last time you're gonna knock me off my feet but I'm going to bounce back up so fast you won't know what hit you.

P.S. At times I've felt like just taking the gloves off, laying them on the mat and saying, you know what? You win. I'm out. After the "unfortunately" I had decided to closing down my blog (not the whole website but the blog). I've been told blogging is dead anyways. I even wrote the final post but I couldn't do it. I couldn't pull the trigger. Writing has never been super easy for me but there is something I don't want to let go. For whatever reason I'm not done yet. I guess I haven't reached the count of 10.

VMQG Repeat Block Printing Workshop

I woke up at 2am.

Wide awake.

I felt nervous. Wait... no. Excited. Was that butterflies in my stomach? I realized I hadn't felt this way since I was a kid waiting for Christmas day to arrive. 

This all had fallen into my lap. Months before, in the back of my mind, I was thinking, "Gee, I'd like to get back into teaching again." This past June, Vancouver's Modern Quilt Guild's workshop coordinator, Amy popped by my booth at Maker Faire. She asked if I'd be interested in teaching a surface design class. Weird how stuff like that sometimes just lines up, hey? We chatted back and forth and landed on a Repeat Block Printing class.

Jump forward... so there we were, October 2nd in Vancouver at the Croatian Cultural Center. I was tickled when I found out it had sold out! We had the ink, the lino blocks, the carving tools, the brayers (rollers) and the time. The students jumped right in with both feet. They embraced each step as we moved along through the day. 

Then repeats. Gah! Repeats get me every time. I showed them how to create and carved a true repeat. It was our last project of the day and the students didn't disappoint. I was taken by their prints; their motifs, the colours they used, some people even blended their inks! I have even more photo's posted on my Instagram feed. These guys really stepped up to the plate.

There's nothing better then to see someone's face light up to, "Oh I get it!" and resolve to that mutual look, "Okay, I'm hooked."

I know I was there to teach but I think it's me who needs to say thank you to everyone for being so keen, so open and just going for it. Thanks for quenching my thirst to teach again!

Who Inspires You?

Have you ever come across someone who just, in your gut, inspires you. I've been fascinated with punk lately (trust me this is going somewhere). Not the mohawk hairstyles, torn and safety pinned back together clothing or even the healthy drug appetites of Sid and Nancy but the DIY movement that was born out of it. And if DIY (Do It Yourself) is punk, see those two ladies holding up quilts, (Mrs S is on the left and Mrs Mac in on the right.) then they should be punk royalty.

Here's the simplified version: In the 80's they couldn't find a school to teach their dyslexic children so they started one. It became James Cameron School (which also accepts kids with other learning disabilities too). Think about that. They started a SCHOOL! Who does that? They started with 8 kids in a basement and grew a whole school, learning as they went. Making HUGE differences in the lives of families and children. They allowed these kids to thrive after wilting in the regular system. Humbly, when I asked them, mind boggled, How? Mrs. S replied, "You just do."

You just do.

Not everyone does that.

But they did. 

Appropriately, the slogan of the school is " Changing I Can't, to I can!" These ladies inspire me to go  forward, with no guarantees and give it all I've got. To just do.

Gaw, it makes me want to give them big smooches on their cheeks! But since that might be some what inappropriate, I made them each a quilt. Because you know us quilters, if we love you, you get a quilt.

So it's official, I love them! Do you have someone in your life that does that for you. Maybe they don't even know. Who gets the fire in your belly going and makes you want to just go for it?