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.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Oh, Fudge!!

Don't you just love getting an unexpected gift.   I dropped into a sewing day at a nearby church where some girls were finishing up their wallets from a class that I taught a week ago.    We had just too many in the class and these few girls were so close to being done.   I dropped in to help guide them through the last few steps.    Voila, they  had their wallets done in no time.   

Just before I left, they gave me this gift for dropping by to help them out.   It's a box of Heidi's hand-crafted home made fudge that was hand dipped in milk chocolate.  Oh my, it was the smoothest and most delicate fudge ever.   Have you had it?  It's available at this time of year at craft shows and the market.  Heidi's fudge is on the "New Brunswick's Fine hand-crafted Gifts list".   Well, thank you girls.    The fudge is gone now, as I write this.   My husband and I enjoyed every last morsel.  

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Gingerbread Anyone?

Grampie started off the gingerbread making this past Sunday by suggesting that the one who guessed the right number of cookie cutters in the box would get $5.00.  He dumped the box out and the kids had 1 minute to look, but no touching.  Mitchell and Caitlin are on top of the island trying to count!!!    In the end there was over 75 cutters.   And of course, all the kids won $5.00 each.

Have you ever used a garlic press to make gingerbread...

Gingerbread hair that is!

I like how Mitchell is so efficiently using all the dough!

It's Aurora's her third or fourth year.
She is getting better and better every year.

Dress Cookie Before

Dress Cookie - After

Quack Quack

Presenting: St. Dunstan's 2015 Raffle Quilt - Churn Dash

As you know, I've been working on this queen size churn dash quilt since the beginning of November.

I started out by pouring through my fabrics to get some nice colors.... Some of the fabrics have music notes, some have stars, like Christmas stars and while none are solids, they look like solids from a few feet away.    Since many of the fabrics could be church related,  I've been calling this the Church Dash quilt.    I had half a mind to stitch Church Dash on the label, but I have a feeling that the girls wouldn't get my humor..., so it'll just be called Churn Dash.   I chose to put it in an on-point setting for added interest.   There are three borders.  The first is white, then a strip of colors, then white again.   It will have a nice red binding, to match one of the reds in the quilt.

I've had this quilt done for a week now and I'll be handing it over to the St. Dunstan's Quilters this Thursday.  I  know they will love it since it's quite traditional, yet the on-point setting will make it interesting.  They will do their marvelous hand quilting on it over the winter.  

Do you like?


Monday, December 8, 2014

A Gift for Mme. Lucille

Miss Aurora was here for a visit over the weekend.   On Saturday, she was telling me all about school.  Grade 1 is so much fun and her teacher Mme Lucille is so nice and pays lots of attention to her.   She told me that Mme Lucille loves her pencil case and Aurora really wanted to make one for her.    So we set out on our mission for the afternoon.    It helped that I had some pre-stitched fabric that looked like paper.   I hand stitched Lucille's name using a cursive font.  They used to teach that font in school.   I then I quickly sewed up the the little zippered pouch.

Aurora helped by picking out the beads for the zipper pull.  She knows Mme Lucille's favorite colors. 

So today, Mme Lucille will get her special gift from Aurora.   Do you think she will just love it?      So cute... 


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Gifty items for the Cotton Mill Guild's Fund Raising Auction - Day 8

Well, our guild's silent auction and pot-luck luncheon is tomorrow.  I'm bringing a guest to our meeting.   I'm excited about that because Willa is a quilter and will love to socialize with the other quilters.

So my last gifty item that I made, is this sock monkey that fits perfectly over a Tim Horton's medium size coffee cup.    This little guy, while small, seemed to take me forever to finish this week.   I was compelled to make him despite losing my size 4 knitting needles and having to borrow some.  Then I fussed over buttons for the eyes, and ended up making a special trip to Fabricville to get some...  But he is done now, just in time.    I love his little tail.     Eek, I just realized I forgot to make his ears.    I will do that now.... He will have ears for tomorrow....teeheee
Anyway, don't you think this would be a perfect gift for a hockey mom or dad.   When I walk at the rink on the weekends, there are so many parents there watching the kids.  And most are drinking a nice cup of Tim's coffee to keep them warm. 

That's it folks.   Maybe I'll see you at the guild meeting tomorrow.