26 October, 2011

Scrap Splatter Done

Scrap Splatter 2011
30'' by 30''

There is no other name for it.

I did think about, quite literally splattering the little squares across the quilt top, much like my little one did across the dining room table. Then I sat down to sketch. And my girls sat down with me. Instead of family portraits The Monster asked if she could sketch quilts too. Together, her and I came up with this design.

In the interest of the challenge I used the Kona white I had, added a few other scraps (in solids only), and used a batting scrap. It's a poly blend batting, not my favourite, but it was what I had around in the right size. Because I like to be different I did the quilting in turquoise, not white. Goes well with the binding, doesn't it?

Soon enough it will become a little playmat for the neighbour's brand new baby. If it doesn't get stolen by a certain baby loving child of mine.

23 October, 2011

Another Announcement

Because my life isn't crazy enough...

In March the book is coming out.
Our basement is on it's way to becoming a functional and beautiful space, but not without the noise, chaos, mess, and extra people in my house all the time. All. The. Time.
And now I've gone and got myself knocked up.

(That's me in the top left, complete with an airplane/baby in my tummy and my growing boobs. Thanks to The Monster for this family portrait.)

I'm complaining about none of it.

Okay, I might complain about the reno stuff more than I should and I really dislike being pregnant. So, if you see me in person there is a good chance I will whine about something. And me, such a process person, I'm only interested in the end result with both these scenarios.

Because I need a little bit of order in my crazy life...

My new website launched. www.cherylarkison.com. This is a landing zone for all things about me, including a portfolio and quilt gallery. It is a live site and will get updated as I photograph more quilts and write more articles. My teaching schedule is also on there. Let me know how you like the site.

This blog will be changing over the next little while. Many of you were reading me over at Backseat Gourmet as well. In an effort to streamline the work I do that I don't get paid for, I am consolidating my two blogs. You'll see the new name up there and a few other changes. This space will become something that combines all the things I do as I survey the world from my dining room empire - quilting, crafts, parenting, writing, cooking, and generally being crazy. And I'm going to be sharing it all here. Especially the crazy part!

I am pregnant after all...

21 October, 2011


{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment to pause, savor and remember. From Soule Mama.

Peeling Horseradish

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment to pause, savor and remember. (from Soule Mama)

19 October, 2011

Scrap Splatter?

Do you ever sign up blindly for things and then promptly forget? I could never be a sweepstakes player for this reason. I'm very forgetful these days.

So, it seems I signed up to be in a scrap challenge. Makes sense, with a scrap quilting book coming out! But I completely forgot and when the email came asking for my snail mail addy I almost backed out. But as forgetful as I am, I have a hard time backing down from a challenge.

Scrap Splatter, I accept.

Oh, and Thomas, I will get you for this in Houston.

16 October, 2011

Values Quilt Class

There is a Values Quilt Class being taught by yours truly this weekend.

October 22
1-4 pm

Call the store to register 403-286-9421.

We'll cover the difference between looking for value and colour in fabrics, half square triangle construction, and layout options for values quilts.

14 October, 2011


Carnival rides that are 100 years old. Old woodworking tables that show the love of work. Train tracks that almost go nowhere. Voyageur lectures. Thanksgiving.

A day spent at Heritage Park with the family.

12 October, 2011

Let There Be Light

Guess what? The basement reno is back on! WOOHOO!!!!!!!! (Yes, it totally deserves an exuberant amount of exclamation points.) After delays due to LIFE and all its crazy and shitty things, and the fact that my man wants to hang up the tools when he gets home instead of putting them on again, we are good to go in the basement.

2005 - Flooded and gutted

2008 - We trenched, waterproofed, cut for new windows (but did not install all of them), and roughed in the plumbing (this particular space was bear rug storage)

2009 - Started the framing

(This does not account for all the landscaping and exterior work we've done in the meantime.)

2011 - Today

This will be my sewing room/guest room. It has incredible light for a basement thanks to a South exposure and this big new window. The hope is that at some time in 2012 it will be able to comfortably fit me, my machine, and all my fabric. Whether it can contain my creativity is another matter!

It is still up for debate whether the bear rug will make its way back into the space.

10 October, 2011

Fuddy is Not Duddy Challenge - Final Projects

Well, did you get your Fuddy is Not Duddy Challenge piece done?

I'm looking forward to seeing what you've put together. Different styles of work, different uses of colour, and different inspirations. Post your link below.

You can also post your photo in the Flickr group: Fuddy is Not Duddy.

Now for the good stuff! We've got prizes! That bundle up there contains four fat quarters, all containing our theme colours. And Stash Books is offering up 6 titles! Huge thanks to Susanne Woods for the prize.

Winners will be chosen from all entrants posted by October 11 at 6:00 pm MST. Make sure you get your link posted in the Mr. Linky.

Connect the Dots

Connect the Dots
22'' by 26''

My entry to the Fuddy is not Duddy Challenge. We said it was for brown, burgundy, and green, plus one other colour. I chose blue because so many of the fabrics with mixed colours include this light blue.

The design I chose is inspired by this quote from Steve Jobs:

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future."

I had something entirely different in mind until I saw that quote. It made for a much simpler quilt, but I love the finished product.

For some unknown reason I have loads of this fabric on the back. Loads of it.

Machine bound... Don't look too close. In fact, don't look too close at much of it. This is how I made most of the quilt. It was either this or a very extended game of Red Light/Green Light.

07 October, 2011

Not So Basic Patchwork Studio

This fall I've changed the way I'm teaching Improv quilting at Traditional Pastimes. Each month I will host a studio/workshop. We'll cover off one block concept, often with different ways of making it. But we'll also have the opportunity to gather, discuss your modern quilt projects, and troubleshoot the previous month's work.

In the first month we will tackle Not-So-Basic Patchwork. This is one of the best ways to baby step into improv. We'll cover two ways to approach patchwork improvisationally. Both involve breaking free from your design wall and preplanning. One will result in a defined patchwork with consistent sizes. The other will be a lot more wild and wonky.

October 12 6:30-9
7 Parkdale Crescent NW

Call the store at 403 286-9421 to register.

04 October, 2011

The Details

Thank-you so much for the love! We are beyond excited ourselves for the release of Sunday Morning Quilts so we are glad that you are too. Here are the details about the book.

It will be released in March 2012 by Stash Books. It isn't available for pre-order yet, but we'll let you know as soon as it is.

This book is all about our love for scraps and modern quilts. It's been such a thrill to work together. I've got to tell you, working with Amanda Jean is incredible. She's got so many ideas, knows how to push me to work a bit faster and better, and always keeps me from going overboard. It's been a collaboration from the beginning. You are going to love the quilts, the techniques, and the scrap management system. And if you love the cover, wait until you see the photos inside!

We'll share more in the months ahead, but for now let's get back to regular posts. Again, thank-you for all the enthusiasm and for tolerating all this secret-keeping.

03 October, 2011

Big Announcement!