Hi ya!

Welcome!  My name is Aimee and I like to make things.

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At the risk of over-explaining, I thought I’d start with a few thoughts about this blog.

In Alaska, newcomers are called “cheechakos” and old-timers are “sourdoughs.”  I’ve been in Alaska since 2008 and finally feel like I can shed my “cheechako” label.  I’m not quite sure I’ve experienced enough to call myself a Sourdough just yet but I’m getting there!

I love to quilt and one of the things I really love about it is the connection to the past.  I can make quilts using the same techniques, patterns and technology that have been in use for over 100 years and generations of my family.  Though I appreciate the heritage and traditional quilts, my quilts have a decidedly fresh and modern feel to them.

Recently, I started keeping a sourdough starter, which is a way of leavening bread that’s been in use for thousands of years.  It lends a rhythm to my kitchen and makes really great pancakes.  The bread I’m making gets an overnight rise in the fridge.  The more time it takes to rise and rest, the more “sour” it becomes.  So “fresh sourdough” is a bit of an oxymoron!

I hope to share some of the projects I’m working on.  On any given weekend I’m building something in my shed, sketching/designing quilts or furniture, sewing or baking.  I hope to share all this with you!  (and also save for my own use later!)

Here are some pics of things I found on my phone that may give you some hints of what’s to come:

my recent obsession with hexies and english paper piecing
umber ella ella ella
This umbrella table I made!
rainbow chips
That time I made rainbow chip frosting from scratch because they don’t sell it any more
colorful zippers!
that I’m buying my zippers in bulk now
my beautiful bedroom wall colors!
CAD and quilting
how I love to design quilts in CAD!
quarter square triangles
Quilts I’ve made, quilts I am making, quilts I am going to make…
the blocks I make with a block-of-the-month group at a local quilt shop
This built-in dresser and shelves I built to fill an awkward nook in my bedroom
Sourdough bread and other baking adventures!