Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Aurora Braids

Aurora was here for a visit this  past weekend.  It had been almost five months since I'd seen her.   I was excited for her visit.  Man, she grew a few inches in such a short time.  She came with me to the Ville and I knew she would be a big help.   She loved exploring the old school and was helpful to Connie and I by bringing things back and forth to the Sewing Room.  Some of the quilting visitors at the Ville this weekend knew her because they have been reading my blog and have seen many photos of her and all the goings on...  

A new craft for her was braiding Kumihimo.   I had brought her back a kit from Florida.   Here she is in one of her new cupcake of PJ's braiding.  She said that some of her friends have done this before so she was familiar with it.  She picked it up in no time.   Notice the little friendship bracelet on her arm.   She's working on a second one here.  
When she comes for a longer visit in June, I will teach her how to add beads to her bracelet and I will have magnetic closures to bring those friendship bracelets to a new level.  She's looking forward to that. 

We spent early Sunday morning reviewing all my Aurora blogs since she was a baby.  She loved watching the videos and now that she can read, she is now getting a bit of context around the photos.        And finally, what's a visit to Grammie's house without waffle fingers for breakfast.        I loved having her for a couple of days.    

Monday, May 2, 2016

Little Black Aprons x 5

I had some time yesterday afternoon so I though I'd give my new sewing machine a workout.   Each of the 5 kids chose a color to have their embroidery.   So the main embroidery is done.  Whew, it took the better part of the afternoon.  

Today, I'll be stitching out their names on a piece of black scrap and then auditioning the placement/position of their name on the apron.   Once I get that done, it's a matter of simply finishing off the raw edges, and adding the neck strap, and the ties.   I just love those colors...
In a week or so, I hope to have a photo for you of all 5 kids wearing their aprons.  

The countdown is on.   The Grand Opening of Pepper Creek Delight is scheduled for May 21st.  

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Craft Show at the Ville

I got an invitation to participate in a craft show at the Ville.   I quickly accepted knowing, that I wouldn't have much to sell, but it would be a good opportunity to show the sewing classes that are being taught in the Sewing Room at the Ville this spring and early summer.      Connie F. jumped in with both feet and the both of us had a very busy day at the Ville.   We had notified the local guilds of this, and we were so pleased that we had many visitors to our table.  We even got a few people who signed up for classes.  

Here we are, still pretty fresh.... but by the end of the day, we were pretty tired!!!     It was a great day.


Friday, April 29, 2016

Six Quilted Zipped Bags

I've been thinking about the six St. Anthony's Quilters all winter.    They've been meeting every Wednesday at the church working on the Blue Bell quilt.   While they are hand quilting around the frame, the choir practices their wonderful music.   Half way through the afternoon, they break for tea and a sweet snack.   They love the social visit as you can imagine and it's a great activity to drag you out through the winter.

I have been planning a visit with them ever since we got home... I wanted to bring them something. After some thought, I decided to make them each a little pouch, which is one of my new favorite small projects.    I've been working on them all week and my new sewing machine is getting quite the workout.  I've added some beads for the zipper pulls to give a bit of sparkle.

The girls all carry their hand quilting supplies in various containers, but now, they can carry them in one of these stylish but cute batik quilted bags.    

I had my visit with them yesterday.   They loved them!   

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Five Aprons

I've got a fun project coming up.   My three local grand kids along with a couple of friends are opening an ice cream shack in three weeks.   I've got the fun job of making their aprons to be used in the shack.   

They've had many decisions to make in planning this little business.   After lots of options, they've chosen Pepper Creek Delight as their name.  This is mainly because they live in the Pepper Creek subdivision.   They have chosen to have black aprons, with ice cream colored embroidered names.    

I did a sample embroidery last week and have decided on some adjustments and determined the size and style of apron.  Today, I bought the black twill fabric and I'm ready now to make the five aprons.  I'll work on that over the next few days.   Then, using my fancy new sewing machine, I'll do the embroidery on the aprons.  Each apron will use a different color thread for the embroidery.   

Stay tuned....     


Friday, April 22, 2016

Home Sweet Home to a new Pfaff

We've been home for almost a week.   While it's nice to be home, it's a bit overwhelming getting back into the swing of things.   But we are in the groove now.

One thing I was really looking forward to getting home to, was a new sewing machine.  This sewing machine will replace my old Pfaff embroidery machine.  I've been testing it and playing with the machine and the software.   I'm trying different stitches on it, and I can see I'm going to love it.   It has a bigger throat, and an additional bright light in that will be appreciated.

One thing that was noticeable immediately, was that there was no manual presser foot lift.   You have to press a button to lift it.   I see this on many newer machines now.    After sewing an hour on my new machine, I can see that it's something that can be overcome and I'll get used to it quickly.

This week, I attended our FQG guild's quilters yard sale this week.   What did I find on the $5 table,... a Pfaff seam guide foot that I didn't have.  I'll have to find a good application for it.  Seams so useful.  (get it... Seams, Seems)

This weekend, I'll try the embroidery function of my new Pfaff Creative.   I have a cute sewing themed design, that I'll test with.  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Final sewing and packing up.

I learned from my mistake last year.   I packed up way to early.  I recall feeling the need to sew for a few more days after packing up.   So this year, I gave myself those extra few extra days of sewing.    

I cut up some batik scraps to make these three cute pencil pencil cases.    It's fun to put together the colors, and I added beaded zipper pulls for extra cuteness.   They all have their own look.  

And I also simplified this little project I made in early January.   Made two more with scraps.  One with the last few of my Oh Canada quilt scraps.  Do you recognize the red fabric with the white dots Jeannie-Kaye?.   And the other one is made with batik leftovers from making wallets for my sister.

I really love them both.

And, now, within an hour of finishing sewing, my sewing den is packed up and put back to the way it was when we got here in December.   Looks so empty!!!

Now I'm ready to go home.  And I can hardly wait to get there to see my kids and grandkids.... and of course reacquaint myself with my stash.  It's been a great four months.

 I always think of the words of grand daughter Jessica when she was small.  She used to say, "When it's time to go, it's time to go!".  And it's true.  

Friday, April 8, 2016

My Kumihimo bracelet

I really enjoyed making my first Kumihimo bracelet.  This was a kit from Beadaholique.  They sent the braiding cord, beads, a spiral clasp and instructions.      I've strung the eight strands of cord.     And wound them on the bobbins.   Now I'm all set to braid as I watch TV.  

 I'm surprised at how quick the braiding goes.   After about an hour, I have 7 inches of the beaded braid done.  

While watching the video to make the bracelet, they recommend to clip a weight to the braid.   

I didn't have one, so sewed a little bag, slipped 20 pennies in it, and attached this little curtain clip to it.  Worked perfectly for me.      

Good thing I'm doing this in the USA, because as you know, pennies are scarce now at home. 

And Voila.  I'm pleased to show you my bracelet.  I've worn it for the past few days and gotten lots of compliments on it.   Now, it's all the rage here in the community and I know these beaders love to have a fresh catch.    Well, they caught me.  

Now, on to stringing beads for my trip-home project in the car.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A take-along bag - Mountie Style

It's been a year or so since I made a take-along bag by Lazy Girl designs.      Our time is closing in on us here in Florida and as a little thank-you gift to our awesome neighbour, Bob from Ontario, I made him this Canadian version of a take along bag.    He has helped us out in so many ways, and he is a super volunteer here in our community.  

I made this bag totally from memory.   I pleased that I remembered most of the measurements.    Now ask me what I had for supper yesterday, and you'll probably get a blank stare!!

Leaving for the great North in a week from today.

Friday, March 25, 2016

You know it's getting close

Well, you know the time here in Florida is winding down when you are getting to the bottom of your King Cole Tea box.  I have just enough to do me the next couple of weeks.  

Everywhere we go, you now hear conversations, "When are you leaving?"  In our community, I think 75% of the residents head north in late March, April or early May at the latest.

At the sewing group the other day, we were all engaged in these conversations.  One gal, has a 10 day RV trip home to Canada.  She was planning her small crafts to do on the way home to PEI.    It's a Japanese braiding technique called Kumihimo.  I thought it was a great idea to pass the long drive home.    Lots of people do this braiding technique, and it's particularly popular here and there's lots of help to get started.

So I've bought some kumihimo supplies.   I will need to do a practice braid or two before leaving.   My friend Betty T. is helping me to do a simple necklace with beads project so I can learn the technique.  Then I'll be all set to do a couple of kits for my travel home.  

Last week, I had people in for supper, and one couple brought us a small box of Godiva Chocolates.  The chocolates were smooth and creamy, and utterly divine.   But not only that, but the left over gold box is perfect to keep my travel beading all in one place.

The countdown is on.  We leave in three weeks

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A Gift for Me!

I've taught a couple of wallet classes at a local quilt shop lately.   During the last part of the wallet class, we do some small measurements and markings that don't require a great big ruler.   Well, one of the students had this little ruler.   It's a creative Grids ruler that is 6" x 2.5".   It's the nicest little ruler.  Well, at the worktable, we all used her sweet little ruler during our final measuring and marking.    

At the end of the class, and everyone had completed their wallets, we were packing up.   Ann, the owner of this ruler, came to me and thanked me for the great day.  With the ruler in both hands, she presented it to me for my teaching kit!    I was so touched with her gift.    
It wasn't until I got home that I noticed that this ruler has the name of the quilt shop on it.  Heartfelt Quilting and Sewing.   Oh, my, that makes extra special and probably pretty rare!!   

Thanks Ann!   This gift was so thoughtful, and I can't tell you how much I, and others will enjoy using it as we finish up the final steps of our wallets.  It's a perfect addition to my teaching kit.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day

It's a beautiful day here in sunny Florida.    It's St. Patrick's day and it happens to be my turn to bring the afternoon snack to the Sew What group this afternoon.    They are more of a Knit What group, but that doesn't matter.   They are a fun bunch of ladies and I get all the community news when I go there.    

Since it's a nice day, hubby and I spent most of our late morning at the pool.    Anyway, there's no time to bake.   These store bought St. Patrick day cookies are perfectly acceptable to this laid back group of gals.  

Enjoy your St. Patrick's Day!!