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!!

Monday, February 2, 2015

BOM - Monday - 10 blocks to go

Some of you know I was away for most of last week.  I was on a short 5-day cruise to Mexico.  We had a lovely time.    I worked hard to get most of these three blocks done before heading out.  That left me with just the applique to do when I got home on the weekend and I'm glad to say the applique is done.   
I love the sweet letters that are used in this quilt.
All the letters are from different fonts.
Now that I'm back, I'm pretty confident that I can finish the quilt. 
I'm going to try to do three blocks per week and have the blocks done by the end of February.   That will leave March for the borders.    The borders have a lot of detail. 

Drop by next week to see which three letters I get done. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOM - Monday - 13 blocks to go.

While south last year, I started to work on the A to Z Block of the month by Janet Stone.  I just love the colorful blocks and the whimsical design.    I did great keeping up with the monthly blocks while I was here in Florida last winter, but totally got behind after returning home.  As summer approached, all work stopped on this in favor of Grammie Camp preparations which was followed immediately by wedding preparations for my daughter.

I really love this pattern and don't want it to be a UFO, so it was the perfect project to bring south this year.

We've been here almost three weeks already and if I don't start working on it now, it might not get done before I return north in the Spring.  

I have 13 letter blocks left to do and the borders.   I'm aiming to get two letters done per week.  I am hoping to get the borders done too.    

I have the "S" block started and I'm ready to do the machine applique.   I haven't decided which additional block I will have done by next Monday but it will be a simple one.    Stop by next week and see how I do.

Friday, January 23, 2015

A Wallet Mini Class

Here are three of my good friends and neighbours in Florida.   We planned a wallet class and we did it in two afternoons this week.  Easy Peasy.    Well, they weren't sure how all this was going to go together, and of course anyone who has taken the class knows that the last few seams, it all makes sense.     

We had a Canadian Dinner last evening and the girls were all sporting their new wallets.     Looking good Girls!! 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Wallet - New Class Samples Done

Well, I totally forgot to do some blogging this week.  It's not been an especially busy sewing week but for my upcoming wallet classes, I did get my three class samples done.   Now you might think that I mean that I have three completed wallets, but that is not quite the case.

But first, I ordered beautiful batik fabrics to use.  The fabrics have been cut into kits, I will use these kits when I teach this summer (July 17) in the Fredericton EdVentures Program.   There are enough kits to do about 20 wallets.  In this July 1-day class, there will be less than 15 students. I  made a variety of kits, and students can have their pick of kits.

Now for the wallet samples...

This first blue batik wallet shows a very little bit of the sewing done, and some of the hardware installed.   I used slightly different hardware.  These are a little less forgiving than the ones I normally use for classes.  I like them though.  There are three colors of blue, with the dark for the outside, and the two lighter blues for the inside.  The pattern seems a little winter like, so if you are "Blues Fan", this will be for you.

This second brown batik wallet, shows much of the construction done, and will show students how the final pieces are laid in place.  (although you can't see the inside)  In this picture you can see that I have only used two fabrics.  I really like it... for those who cannot decide on colors. It's simple... dark batik on the outside, lighter coordinating batik on the inside.

And of course, this wallet shows the final wallet and how it looks.    It's made with a colorful but dark butterfly wing fabric.  The inside are lighter  and more colorful colors.  

If I was a student, I would have a hard time to pick which one I would want.   I love all of them..

I do have one more set of fabrics to make a wallet, but I'll make that next week when  myself and 3 friends will make wallets together.  They will get to choose a fabric set from one of these. I'm anxious to see who picks what kit.

Which one would you pick?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Sew Gail Mitchell

I sew/make a lot of small projects.   I give a lot of these small projects away, either as gifts or as donations.   I've made some home made labels before, but I came across a place that sells custom woven labels and in a flash, I ordered up 50 labels.    I received them yesterday and really like them.   They are a little on the expensive side, (approx 50 cents each) and the shipping charge is a bit excessive, but I really like them.    I've stitched one on a project that I have just started.   This label will be on the inside of the project, so where ever this project lands up, it will have my label on it.   
Nice, eh!

I got them at if you want to check them out.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy New Year, Now let's get sewing!

We have arrived at our home away of home here in Florida.   I haven't sewed yet, but I did have fun setting up my sewing room.  I have put a small table in the smallest bedroom to set up my sewing machine.  I borrowed a kitchen chair and it's just perfect.  The sewing machine is set by a window which will give me great daytime light.   My cutting board is set on a the perfectly sized bureau.  

I have brought a few sewing projects with me.  My first project will be to make 3 new wallets that I will use as class samples.  I will be giving two classes in the spring, and I want to have new samples.

Today, a quick trip to Joann's to get some interfacing, and I'll be ready to start.

Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!!

With no school this week, we've taken the kids skating a few days in a row.  How fun to see the improvement each day.   And even more fun to come home and have hot chocolate and cupcakes after.

Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees will be in the kids treat bags when they go home this evening.   I made these all by myself.     

I'll see you in the New Year from our home away from home!!

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oh, Scrap!!

Seems like I've been sewing like mad for weeks now.

Well, it's all coming to an end as Christmas approaches and we prepare to head south.   I had Caitlin and Grace here on Sunday.  We were doing some Christmas gift making.   We took a break and the girls helped me search in my sewing room for two missing button hole cutters.  In looking for the cutters, we pulled out some bags of scraps that I had under the sewing table.    I was all excited after our last FQG meeting, where we talked about organizing and preparing scraps, but today, in pulling out my bags of scraps, that it's too overwhelming.  I thought, it's time.  Caitlin and Grace poured through the scraps and took a whole bunch home, and here are the rest.   Out they go.   Today is Garbage Day!!!

It's going to a fresh start tomorrow.    And I'm glad to have my the space under my sewing desk back.  

We didn't find my button hole cutters.    The search continues.