Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day

It's a quick hostess gift that I whipped up this morning.   I'm attending a St. Patrick's Day Social in at a friend's house this evening.    We are dressing in green and bringing appetizers.    My appetizer,  deep fried green beans (from Publix's Frozen Section).    

Everything Green!!

This started out with 3 inch squares.   Now it's approximately 8" x 14".  
Perfect for a long skinny dish.
I love to practice my circle quilting.
Easy once you get the hang of it.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Isla's Secret Garden

 My friend Brenda R. gave me some left over "marble-like" duck-weight fabric which was left over from making a bulletin board.      I had just came across this link for a pattern to make a straight sided cosmetic sized bag.    So it's a great opportunity to try the pattern.   Using some scraps from other finished projects, I made some flowers, and free-motion stitched them on the bag fronts.   Then assembled the bags.  Easy peasy.    

As an after thought, I decided to add a line of grass on the back of the bags because they are so plain.    And as another after thought, on one, I added the name of a little grand-daughter of Brenda R.'s visitor   It fits into the back grassy part quite nice.    Her name is Isla.   Sounds like I-La.
The bag on the right is for Isla.  If I were to give this
little bag a name, it would be Isla's Secret Garden.
I've hidden Isla's name on the back of the bag in the grass.  

Grassy bits on the back of the bags....

Do you see Isla's name!  

Monday, March 9, 2015

Dumplings anyone?

I quickly finished up this little prototype dumpling bag to go with my Bionic Gear bag.   The nice thing about this little zip bag is that it sits like a bowl when opened.  When closed it has the shape of a dumpling.  It's quite cute.    
Cute little dumpling bag.  It's only about 2 inches high.

It sits open  to hold your clips or other little necessities.
The next time, I'll use the lighter fabric on the inside
so I can see my trinkets easier..:)

See how my little dumpling fits nicely in the tray.

My keeper bionic bag will be made from these main fabrics.
I have a kit made up ready to take home.
Watch for that in April or May!!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

The reveal - My sewing organizer bag - It's Cute

This little organizer is 10 inches wide when it's all zipped up.   I wasn't happy with my first choice of fabrics for this prototype, but I really like my better choice for the outside of the bag.   It is quite pink but I like it.    I do have lots of colors on the inside, and one of them is pink.   So it all worked out pretty good... for a prototype.

The name of this organizer is the Bionic Gear Bag.  There's a little zippered dumpling bag to compliment this kit.      It won't take long to make, so stay tuned for that.

I just love using my new little labels.  

This is what the organizer looks like when I unzip the big zipper.  It has
four inside smaller zippered sections.  The front
flops down to makes a tray. It will hold needed
items for the day.

Here it is with some of those needed items moved from the
slots into the tray area.   It's hard to see but, there is room
for 7 large spools of thread.  I have four large spools in there now.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Sewing a Sewing Organizer

Last week I was in a quilt shop and saw a sweet sample of an organizer tote for all your sewing things.    You would use this if you go to a retreat or a workshop.    I should have taken a picture of the tote because it was just sweet.  I wanted to buy the pattern and go home and make it right away.   But they had sold out the pattern.   I totally understand why because the sample was just so darling.   Anyway, the store took my name and said they expected the pattern the next day and they'd call.   It's been over a week and no call.  

I did some research online and found this similar pattern.  It's not quite the same.  It has an extra zipper, and it's a little bigger, but the concept is the same.   I bought the pattern and downloaded it.  After reading through the pattern requirements, I fished through all my scraps for usable pieces.    I even sacrificed some bits from my A - Z quilt fabrics.   I'm sure there are 10 different fabrics in it.     I started to sew up the prototype and actually it's eye catching with all the color.  I've been picking away at it here and there for a couple of days.    I had some short zippers but I need to buy a 22" zipper.    Its coming out better than I thought.  

I had quickly quilted the outside out of a piece of scrap knowing that it's just a prototype.... but prototype or not, I'm not crazy about this brown/mustard colored fabric.  I'll pick up something with nicer colors today or tomorrow when I get the zipper.   I should have this done in a day or two.   Stay tuned for the reveal.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

EdVentures Fredericton - Wallet Workshop

I'm pleased to announce that I have been selected to teach a wallet class during this summer's edVentures learning program.

This 1 day Batik Smart Wallet class is on Friday July 17th, 2015. 

If you have crafty visitors coming to Fredericton this summer, they might really enjoy this workshop.    There is a 15% early bird discount if you register early.   Will you help me spread the word?  

Now, this class will be setup a little different.   Students, as part of their kit fee, will get to choose one of 5 styles of prepared batik kits.    This means that they will just bring their sewing machine to the class, choose their kit and simply start sewing.  Their kit includes quality batik fabric, interfacing, purse hardware, zipper, thread and of course the pattern so they can make another when they go home.   So no homework before the class like my normal local classes have been.

Won't you consider joining us!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

It's warm Mr. Alligator

It's been warm this week.  After a cool February, everyone is out catching a few rays by the pool.  Even the alligators.   I was telling my grandkids this week about all the gators, so I thought I'd show them.    This guy is about six feet long and live in a pond behind our house.   It looks like I'm close to the gator, but I'm not.  I have a nice zoom on my good camera.   

He is up on the bank here.  Not far from the water
He is a spectacle and all the neighbours are taking photos 

This is a view of the back of our home away from home.   I was standing near
the alligator's home pond. no zoom.   About 100 yards away from our place.
He's too hot.  He needs just a bit of refreshing water!!
When he's had enough of the commotion, he
slithers into the comfort of his  algae infested pond.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Banana Streusel Muffins

I don't do much baking while at our home away from home.  We buy cookies and the odd desert from the grocery store.

But this week, three spotty bananas sitting on the cupboard for a few days set me in action.    I borrowed a muffin tin.  Also borrowed a mixing bowl.   After searching and reviewing recipes, I found a great recipe.  Banana Streusel Muffins.   Then off to the store to buy baking soda and cupcake papers.   I had everything else.

Two for our coffee break, the rest in the freezer.
If you are handy, come by for coffee.
It was fun to bake something for a change.  It's been two months.   I think I dirtied half the dishes in the kitchen.   See, at home, I normally make muffins from a mix.    But these are well worth the effort.  The messy crumbly bits on the top are sweet, and the muffin itself doesn't have very much sugar.    

This recipe is definitely a keeper and I've saved it in my Paprika App because I will definitely use again when I get home.

Monday, February 23, 2015

BOM Monday - 3 Blocks to go

We had some cold weather last week, so I made great progress on my little projects.   I have three more blocks done.  They were all quite complicated and many many pieces.     I'm pleased to have them done.  
I haven't been able to find fabric similar to my background fabric, so the last three blocks may have to wait until I get home.      

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The applique will be done after the sash has been added.
I really like this block.

I have the applique letters ready for the next two blocks...
 if I find the right fabric :)

Monday, February 16, 2015

BOM Monday - 6 Blocks to go

I did finish the V block but  that's it for the past week.    I'm on the hunt for some fabric to finish some of the other blocks.  I didn't realize I didn't bring all that I needed.   A minor setback...

I did finish a wall hanging for our FQG Quilt show at the end of April though.    I will show it to you after the show.   Also I hemmed some pants this week for my friend Brenda.   She's a shortie.  She bought a fabulous pair of stretchy pants at the outlets a couple of weeks ago.   I cut off two or three inches of the legs before I hemmed.   It was too neat to throw out so I decided to make a new fitbit holder to replace my skin colored one.  ( I wear my fitbit it on my ankle because it gives me a more accurate step reading. )  I'm considering making another for my other leg.    Maybe I'll be a trend setter and everyone will want leg cuffs!!    What do you think?

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day!!

I finished this sweet block just in time!!

Monday, February 9, 2015

BOM Monday - 7 Blocks to go

 With the help of some cool weather,  I finished the N, O and the Y blocks this week.   The Y block will be in the 3rd section that has 10 blocks.    I realized that I had all the blocks done for the middle section.  So it was fun to sash them and put them together.  

I haven't decided which blocks I will do this week, but definitely one of them will be the V block... since Valentines day is later this week.  

Have a great week! 

The middle section is all done of my A to Z quilt.
Yes, those are my toes!!