Saturday, February 13, 2016

Preping for a Class

Next Tuesday afternoon, at our weekly sewing get together, I'll be showing a few women how to make this little pencil case.   They flipped when they saw mine because it reminded them of school.  You've seen me make these many times before.   These women have visions of making many for their grandkids etc.   [been there done that :) ].   Anyway, they thought it would be easier if I made up the kits.  I agreed.  The kits are made and I'm all ready for an afternoon of sewing pencil cases on Tuesday.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

G is for Gail

Are you looking for a quick but cute fleece project.  

I saw this post on the Joann Fabrics blog on how to make a fleece blanket, accented with a plaid letter.   I thought the gray and red colors were really nice.  I bought 2 yards of grey fleece and a quarter yard of flannel plaid.   

Then the fun began.   I used Microsoft word to make a large G and a smaller "ail".   The name of the font is Freshman.    Then mirror printed it so that I could trace it on to the wonder under. I pressed my wonder under letters to the flannel, cut out the letters and placed them on the fleece.  Then gave a quick press to secure the wonder under.  I used a simple narrow zigzag to stitch the letters to the fleece.  It's done.  When I get hom
I may do a blanket stitch finish on the edges.  Or I may leave it as is...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


This was a quick finish.  I decided to I kept the machine quilting simple on the back.   Just in time too.  I am going to my sewing group today and I need to return the book to my friend.   I did take notes so I can  make another.  I think it would make a sweet teacher gift, don't you...?   I guess I'll have to go out and get a nice set of pencils or markers to keep in it.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Pencil Pencil Case

I just love this little pencil design pencil case.  Instead of using scraps from the Oh Canada quilt, I decided to use batik scraps from some wallets I made recently.    The front of the pencil case is now done.  I stitched in the ditch using black thread to accentuate the lines of the sharpened pencils.   I just love the contract of the rustic osnaberg cotton next to the fine batik fabric.

Next, I will machine quilt the back of the pencil case before putting it all together.  I'm not sure what to quilt on the back, so I'm thinking on it.   I'll show you the finished pencil pencil case in a few days..

Stitch in the ditch with black thread.
Love the subtle detail that it brings out.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What's on my Worktable..

We have had some cool weather in Florida.  I'm not complaining.  It's beautifully sunny and we have been doing our regular walks and finding fun things to do.    Shuffleboard.  Who knew it could be so much fun and competitive.   Bowling with those big balls that you stick your fingers into.   I can only use the lightest balls and I find it breaks my thumbnail.   But the game is fun and the bowling alley is electronic so it records your score for you.   And we have taken up to swimming laps at the indoor pool.  I forgot how much I  just love to swim non-stop for a half an hour...  

And of course I've been sewing in short bits of time when we are indoors.  In the past two weeks I have cut out several wallets, and finished four this week.     These will be part of a bunch that I send to my sister in Nova Scotia.  

Today I went to the little sewing group in the community, and one of the girls brought in a couple of books for me to borrow.   I love this book called Sew Gifts.   As soon as I saw it, I thought of my Canada Quilt scraps.    The pencil case on the cover of this book grabbed my eye.  I came home and picked through my scraps.   Ahh, it's such a cute design.    I'll show you when I'm done.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Another Scrappy Pouch

Another little bag made from my Oh Canada quilt scraps.   There were 7 others in the late November Oh Canada quilt class where we swapped fabric.   I wonder if they are having as much fun with their leftovers as I am.  This is the third little project I've made with them.   

There are still enough small scraps left for another small project or two but I'm running out of ideas.   I may just sew them together to make a stripe for the backing of the Oh Canada quilt. 


Friday, January 8, 2016

Sample Wallet

I couldn't resist this black grey and pink plaid suiting fabric in a fabric store a couple of weeks ago.  I just purchased a quarter yard.  I didn't know what I was going to make with it.  I ended up pairing it with some gray and black fabric to make a wallet.  I have a few bits left over.  I'll save them to take home and make a coordinating coin purse.   I really like it.     I think this will be my sample for my EdVentures 2016 summer wallet class next July.  


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A Scrappy Pencil Case

I saw this little project in a guild library book called Patchwork Style. 

I intended to give it a try long ago.   I wrote down some brief details before returning the book and put it on my to do list.  It's been months and maybe even a year or more..   I had leftover scraps from my Oh Canada blocks.  It was time to give it a try.  Well, my notes were too brief..... it was trial and error.   I persisted and made some adjustments and finished it.    

It turned out cute, but smaller than I thought it would come out.  It's about 8" long by 2.5" wide and tall.   I'll add a nice zipper pull and use it to store some of my sewing notions in.  



Sunday, January 3, 2016

Knightly Knitting

I couldn't help with the extra K...     I've been knitting in the evenings as we watch Netflix.   I started a scarf like this at home, and I was in the homestretch to finishing when it was time to head south here.    I loved knitting in the evenings.  It makes me feel productive.   
I've started another scarf.  I love this garter stitch pattern and the little bobble and pointy details.   Depending on how much tv we watch I can knit 1 point, or maybe two if it's a long movie.   No rush to finish of course.  No need to use it here in Florida...


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Canada Flag blocks done,

It was pretty easy.   In just 15 or 20 minutes each day, the 10 Canada flag blocks are done.  I started these blocks two weeks ago.   They didn't take very long to finish.  I will sew them together, and then it will come home with me in the spring to be quilted. 

Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas 2015

We survived Christmas without our family.  Thank goodness for technology.  We spent time online with each of our three daughters and families... And we were able to watch our youngest grand daughter open all her gifts.  It was fun and so heart warming.    Later in the day, here in the community, we had an organized pot luck turkey dinner with 5 other couples followed by a Yankee swap.  It was lots of fun.     In Florida, where alligators are our respected back yard neighbors, they are honored on the front yards as decorations.   

So, for our Christmas pot luck dinner, I brought vegetables.   I used a couple of borrowed casserole dishes to put them in.    With time on  my hands, I made these two hot pot pads to fit the dishes.  I considered making Christmas themed hot pads, but decided to use scraps from my Canada flag quilt.  I will use these hot pads again.   when I return the dishes, I'll send along the custom made hot pads. Cute, Eh..

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Fusing Maple Leaves

 I tested out my sewing den a bit yesterday and today.    I found out I wasn't a fan of the big office chair.   A spare kitchen chair seems to be better.

I've been itching to get at my Oh Canada quilt.  I led a class last month at our guild where we prepared 10 flag kits, and did a fabric swap.   I brought my kit of fabrics all nicely cut and stored in baggies by color.    I knew it would be my first project here.

I decided to work on the 10 maple leaves as my first project.  It wasn't very much sewing, and an easy project to work on in short spurts.

After piecing a chunk of fabric sized to fit each of the different colors of the maple leaves, I fused the traced leaf onto the back of the fabric.     This afternoon, I spent some time on the warm lanai, cutting out the 10 fused maple leaves.

They are calling for cooler weather here in Florida in the next few days, so I'm sure I'll have a chance to work on the side sections of the flags.

I'm done sewing for the day, but I did get a chance to lay out a couple of the colors on the ironing board.

For these side pieces, I'm doing a bit more contemplation on the placement of the colors, and how to sub-cut the strip sets to create a little variety and interest.

Stay tuned..