Sunday, January 31, 2010
Here are the last of the Take-Along bags that I've made recently. I made an extra tall one for Patience to cart her personal stuff when she goes to the gym. And out of the same fabric to match her mothers, is a cute regular size bag for Baby Aurora.
People have asked where they can buy the Take Along bag pattern and the Wonder Wallet pattern. I've never seen a quilt shoppe that didn't carry the Lazy Girl patterns, so ask for it at your local quilt shoppe. Also, you can buy them at just about any quilting online store.
I also made Aurora a toothbrush bag for her to keep her toothbrush and toothpaste in at school (it's really daycare, but she calls it school) It's a modified rollie nester bag which is a free pattern from Studiokat Designs. Click here for the free pattern. It's the first time I've made this quick little pattern, but not the last time. It's so cute and so versatile. I'm not quite sure this little bag is big enough, so I'll make another one slightly bigger. It'll be a set. They don't take very long to make.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
The triplets left this morning for the drive to Portland Maine, where they will catch a flight to Orlando. We had a quick visit just before they left to deliver their travel activity bags.
The kids were so excited, that they couldn't sleep last night. Poor Mitchell went into his parents room 15 times through the night. So it doesn't sound like Mom and Dad got much sleep either.
Have fun kids...
Friday, January 29, 2010
This week, in preparation of the triplets big trip to Disney next week, I did a mini-makeover on their white dresses so that they would have a princessey dress for the Breakfast with the Princesses while they are at Disney.
She assisted in the design of her makeover dress. She wanted the front of her poofy overskirt to be curved open to reveal the white dressy dress underneath. She loved the shoulder detail and loved the pink button that was in the middle of her shoulder piece. She said that she is going to talk to Princess Aurora at the breakfast and tell her that she has a little cousin named Aurora.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
So here's a math problem. Can you figure out how old the kids are. There were a total of 26 candles blown out, and 3 kids are the same age.
Happy Birthday Caitlin, Grace, Mitchell and Aurora.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
After consulting with my CQ teacher and mentor, Linda H, about color choices since there are 2 girls and a boy, yet I wanted these 3 stockings to be somewhat similar, I decided to make all 3 bases in whites, creams, ecru colors. I will lovingly embellish these bases with colors to suit each child.
In my stash of CQ fabrics, I had a bit of white and cream, bit I soon found out that I didn't have near enough. So my mission over the past few weeks was to get the fabrics.
I bought a few small pieces of fabric at Fabricville last month to augment my crazy quilt fabric collection. But it wasn't enough. I thought I was going to be smart, and I hit the thrift stores. I was unsuccessful. There wasn't anything there that would be suitable and it was a bit on the expensive side.
So I dropped into one of our local quilt shops, Country Crafts and Curtains. It's a very small quilt shop and I love all the bali batiks they have. But that day I was on a different mission. I spoke to Dianne, the shop owner, and told her of my crazy problem. She said she would look through her expired curtain fabric sample books to see if she could find me something. She said she'd call.
Well two days later, right after getting home from another trip to Fabricville in search of fancies, there was a message on my machine.
Dianne had found something for me.
I hit the road again, and I was just thrilled with the small book of fabric samples that she gave me to work with. I tee heee'd all the home and I couldn't wait to flip through to select my keepers. The different textures are wonderful. Have a look. I'm going to have so much fun with this variety. I'll show you the three completed CQ bases next week. The embellishing will start next month.
So the lesson here is, don't be afraid to ask your local quilt shop for help. They might surprise you.
Many thanks Dianne.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Last evening, as I sat down at my machine to start stitching, I had a bit of stitching fright... where do I start? will I do exactly what's in the picture? should I strive for even stitches or what? So many things to think about. It's a good thing that we were going to all bring our projects each week, because it forced me to at least start.
So I did this wavy line up the center of one of the furling frawn motifs. Is that even what it is...
I was so pleased at the progress that the other 2 Friday girls made.
This is Lee's progress. These mussel shell like curlies are very smooth and even.
And I love the great job she did on these lines that change direction. So nice and even. All the Friday girls loved them. I think I'll do that section next on my sampler.
Vivian had fun with the pebbling. We all think that the pebbles take way too long. But aren't hers nice... And her little wavy designs are so effective and soothing.
She also did these little leaf like designs. They are so nice and they turn every which way like they're supposed to. Nice job Vivian.
So I have my work cut out for me. This week, I need to relax a bit and just stitch.
Watch for another sampler update next Friday.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Today, I came out of the store with 6+ meters of great stuff for my non-quilting stash. I always seem to find a small quantity of light or white light twill that I use to re-cover my ironing board cover with. My ironing surface is a home made big board and a meter and a half of this type of light twill is just perfect to lay over the board.
I also got a great piece of ecru colored silk like fabric, that will make a great linings for 3 CQ Christmas stockings that I'm getting ready to prepare the bases for.
The final piece of fabric is a 3 meter piece of lightly patterned heavier twill type of fabric. I don't know what I'll use it for, but I really like it.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Last week, I showed you three of the Lazy Girl take along bags out of the six that I had made kits for.
Here are the final three that were on my to do list. The triplets are going soon to Disney for their 8th birthday. They know I'm making the bags and and they helped me pick out the fabrics from my stash. They call them their toothbrush bags.
Instead of buying them a gift for their birthday, they are getting US cash so they can spend it on souvenirs. I also got them a little travel gift of a McDonald's gift card for when they are on the long drive to the Portland airport. I hope Mom and Dad are planning a stop at McD's. Out of the fabric remnants, I made the Lazy Girl wonder wallets to put their cash and their McD's gift card in.
That's it, no more Lazy Girl projects for me ..... this week anyway!!
PS: I was thrilled to see that the Lazy Girl herself left me a nice message on my Library Bag blog post last week.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
So now that the quilt is done, I can have some fun sewing little things this week. Today, I finished three of the bags. I really like them. The two with made from funky love fabric are for my oldest two grandchildren, Jessica and Emily who are going on a winter vacation with their parents on Monday.
The other black and white baby bag is for a young soon to be mom who will have a baby in March. I've gathered all kinds of things from around the house that she might need in the hospital. I'll add a drugstore gift certificate to complete the gift.
Next week I'll finish the other three take along bags for the triplets who leave on a Disney birthday vacation at the end of the month.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I mostly sewed this in the first few weeks in in December and then put it away the week before Christmas to concentrate on festive things.
Just before I put it away, I noticed that there were some "Y" seams at the edges of the main part of the quilt. I stressed over these, and put a ton of thinking into how to avoid those seams. My intent was to finish this quilt last week, but still didn't want to pick it up again and start because I knew I had to deal with the Y seams. Well, I couldn't think about it any more and I just gave in. I'll do the darned seams. Actually they were not near as bad as I thought they were going to be. And 3 days later, it's done.
I don't know what the name of the pattern is or what book it came out of so I named it after getting some input. Everyone liked the name Square Dance. I did the label while visiting my sister over the holidays. I like it.
I'm all ready to show this at "Show and Tell" at quilt guild next Tuesday, then this goes to Rose, the head quilter for marking and quilting.
Done is good.
PS: If anyone knows the real name and origin of this pattern, will you let me know. Thanks
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Well, my blue quilt is not done and we haven't had a snow day.
The kits were sitting on my cutting table and were just to irresistible not to do a little work on.
Here are the 12 sides: layered, sewn, trimmed, and turned right side out and pressed, and 6 zipper panels all sewn ready to be applied to the side panels.
That's it, I'm not working on these any more until my blue quilt is done.
Monday, January 11, 2010
I hope the kids will like them and re-use the bag later for something else.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I've made them for a couple of soon-to-be moms. Along with the bag, I've included a drug store gift card and some maternity related items they might need while in the hospital. See the one I made for Denise here.
A couple of years ago, I made a Coffee Cat Bag and filled it with coffee inspired spa items for a Run for the Cure auction. I've made these same Coffee Cat bags for my three girls, my sister and her two girls. I loved using that java cat directional print just for these bags..
I was looking to do a small project yesterday before diving into finishing my blue quilt, so I pulled some fabrics from my stash to make a bag for myself to travel with.
Just after I finished making it, I realized I know 5 children who are old enough to have their own travel bag and it just so happens they'll all be taking a big trip soon. I also know a mom-to-be. While no sewing was done today, I did spend some time pulling fun fabrics, matching up zipper colors and cutting kits for the 6 bags. This will be a good sewing project for a day next week, maybe a snowy day! Watch for a picture of those finished bags after the next big snowfall.
Yep, the Take-Along bag.. it's one of those patterns I'll use for a long time yet.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Next thing I knew she was breaking up the puzzle and said "Here, take this home and you can tell the triplets that after the puzzle is made, there will be a special message on the back".
This was the box!! "400 pieces" I said to her, "are you nuts?"
It's a week later and we're back in New Brunswick and I called over to the triplets house to see if they wanted to come over to do this special puzzle. Caitlin and Grace and Mama came over. Mitchell didn't feel like coming over so he stayed home. He'll be sorry, cause he's good at puzzles and he missed a good time.
We opened the box and the kids could clearly see that there were bits of writing on the back of the pieces. There was a couple of little clusters of the puzzle that were still intact. Caitlin grabbed those groupings and laid them on the table in front of herself. I asked her if she wanted me to break them up. She threw her body over them and said NO!!!
We spread out all the pieces and started sorting them. Mama, Grampie and Grammie did the outside and the girls worked on the snowmen on the inner part of the puzzle. It should have been the other way around because the outside were bigger pieces, but they were all the same color.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
With all the talk of fitness on the Wii last week at my sisters house, I thought again of how best to store my Weight Watcher books. In talking with my sister, the Moda Bake Shop's bookkeeper came to mind. When I came home, I got to work measuring the books and adjusting the pattern.
This is my version of the Bookkeeper, made especially to hold my Weight Watcher books.
I know that there are many quilters/sewers who are Weight Watchers, so for them, I'll let you know what I did to adjust this pattern to fit the books.
- The starting size of the batting is 18.5" x 11".
- Apply ten 1.5" strips instead of nine to the batting.
- Trim the batting to 18" x 10.5" instead of 17.5 x 9.5
- After 3 layers are together, stitch a line 5.5" up from the bottom instead of 6". This will be your fold line.
- You will need about 6 to 8 inches more of binding than the original bookkeeper pattern calls for.
Leave me a comment and let me know if this works for you.