Saturday, January 21, 2017

Boy Bunny in progress

Two ears, two arms, two legs, and a body and a head.   That makes up a set of parts for the boy bunny to be friends with Flora, the girl bunny.   This boy bunny has a patch on his face and has two different colored ears.    He is going to be so cute.    He won't be done for a week or so because I'll be away on vacation for a few days...   so stay tuned.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Flora the Bunny

Well, you've heard me talk about knitting recently.   I fell in love with these little knitted rabbits and just had to make one.   I thought I could do it pretty easy, then discovered I never had any of the 3 sizes of needles needed to complete the project.   The needles are small and were hard to find.  But I found some online at    I bought my yarn there as well.    

I just love the fingering weight yarn for the little dress and leggings.  It's called Flora.    I've decided this little bunny will be called Flora.    She needs a little flower in her hair.  Once I figure out how to do that, she'll be done.

I plan to make a boy bunny soon, and they'll both go into our community's quilt and stitching show in mid February.

Want to knit one yourself, the pattern can be found on Ravelry, here.

Flora without her dress on.

Flora's little bunny tail

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Filigree Bag

I did another of Pat's kits this week.   This is one that I had never seen before. It's call Filigree by Sew Sweetness.  It's a double zip pouch.    It is made with Annie's soft and stable, so it's standing on its own and keeps it's shape perfectly.   This bag features piping and a beautiful ribbon as an embellishment.  And it is constructed so that each of the two zippers opens to a separate compartment.   It always amazes me how designers invent new techniques and functions.   I absolutely love the shape of this bag.   
It's now at Pat's shop, Heartfelt Quilting, in Winter Haven Florida..

Saturday, January 7, 2017

My Sweet Knitting Bag

Well, I have my first project done since arriving at our home away from home just over a week ago.   It's large size Open-wide bag.   I just love the knitting themed fabric and a piece of stash accent fabric that works perfectly for the accent.     I had to get a piece of the fabric when I saw my friends Margie and Lucy had the fabric.    And what a fun small project to make for our community quilt show on February 15th.  I knew it would be the first thing I made when I got here.

I've made a couple of the medium size open wide bags now.   My first bag that I made a couple of months ago had a simple cross hatch of squares.   I know when I made it, somebody asked, did I buy the pre-quilted fabric?    I hadn't, but that got me to thinking that maybe I should do something other than plain crosshatching.  Heaven forbid that somebody thinks that I bought the fabric.😏

So, the next bag I made, I pre-quilted straight lines.  I liked, a lot.  It was quicker than crosshatching..and I liked it just as much.   For this knitting bag, I wanted to try yet a different pattern.   I decided to do a double lined cross-hatch.

I really like it.   It did take me longer to do, but it's exactly the look I was looking for.

It's hard to see, but I attached my little 'Sew Gail Mitchell' label to the front accent stripe of fabric.   I like it.     After attaching that, the bag went together pretty quick...

Next week, I hope to show you my knitting project.  I have it started, but I've had to order a set of 2.5 mm knitting needles to continue.   That size is very hard to find anywhere.  

The finished bag is about 12" wide, by 8" tall by 6" deep.

Perfect for carting my knitting project too and from the knitting club here in the community.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

We are settled into our Home away from Home for the winter.  We've had a day or two to get groceries and get settled in.    Now I feel like it's time to sew again.  All my supplies are sitting on the spare bed.   Today I've already started to transform the dining room into my sewing room.   I am just itching to make something.   In mid February, the local quilting, and knitting groups in this community are putting on a Fibre Arts show.  So it's the perfect motivation to get moving.

I will do one or two table runners and maybe a wallet or two for the show.  And I've selected a complicated but sweet little knitting project.

I have the required baby yarn but need to get the right size needles.  I have a 5 weeks to finish the projects. I'll report in next week on how I'm doing with them.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas!

My sewing is done for the rest of the year.   I'm really excited for Christmas and all the family will be around for the next few days.

Merry Christmas to you all, and we'll chat in the New Year!

Cute Christmas Tree ornament from Craftsy...

Monday, December 12, 2016

Mr. Fleming's Beads

While Aurora was here last week making gingerbread cookies, she asked if I could make her teacher a gift, like I did last year...    Her teacher's name is Mr. Fleming.   Now, right away, I thought to myself.... Mr. Fleming.....I've not made a male teacher gift  before.   I asked Aurora what I should make, and in her mind, there was no question....  she wanted a Pencil Case with his name on it...  Now to me, it's such a great gift for a girl teacher, but I wonder if it will be too girly for Mr. Fleming. 

Well, I wrapped my head around it, and the reason I do this, is to reinforce the good feelings of gift giving to Aurora.   So with Aurora in mind, I made Mr. Fleming's pencil case.  

Oh my, which beads to put on the pencil case for Mr. Fleming
Next,  I question if I should put my signature beads on the zipper pull.   Why not?   I decided to put darker colored beads.   If he doesn't want beads he can cut them off...😏😏😏  

Merry Christmas Mr. Fleming.   

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Can you ever have enough Thread!!

Today I received a box full of Wonderfil Threads from the Wonderfil Canada folks.  

See, Wonderfil Canada are sponsoring my 4 classes at Quilt Canada next June, by providing all the students thread that is required for the classes.   I thought that was very nice of them.  They even sent me threads to test out as I make my new class samples.   I received piecing thread, machine quilting thread, very light weight quilting thread, and pre-would bobbins.    I have to tell you that pre-wound bobbins are my addiction.   I only ever use black or white because I buy them by the 144 case.   I'm so pleased to see the grey, cream and blue bobbins in my  package.💓

So, all this a good job for when I'm away in Florida..  This has got me in the mood to start packing up projects.  I certainly don't want to forget anything...  

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

My Knitted Cowl - Finished

I just love my finished cowl.  I knit over half of it while on vacation last month, and it didn't take long to finish it once I got home.  I've worn it a couple of times.

It was so easy to do and I might do another...  It's a free pattern on Ravelry, called That Nice Stitch.  

Monday, December 5, 2016

Gingerbread Cookies 2016

These are little works of art.   Notice Caitlin's Gingerbread Girl with a bikini on.
She's expert level at decorating.  She and Grace have been doing this for 12 years.
Using a toothpick to move around the icing.

Aurora is getting really good too.  It's her 5th or 6th year doing this.
She loves being with her cousins... Such a treat.
When you need a break from decorating, you need to do
the mouse dance from the Nutcracker!
See those whiskers twitching.

And of course, a little ballet practice.  Grace
looks 6 feet tall when wearing her point shoes.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Back in the Sewing Room

Well, I'm back in my sewing room.   We had a great vacation and we were pooped when we got home.   We found ourselves right in the middle of the beginning of the Christmas season.  We've attended the Nutcracker Ballet, and was thrilled that our dancer grand daughter Grace had a special part in the play.  We had Black Friday shopping event, and got a new Bigger Big TV.    We're all caught up in getting groceries, and we've got through two snow storms...

After all that, I'm back in the sewing room.   I have a few wallets on the go, and they will make their way to Nova Scotia soon.  

Photo by my friend Linda H.
I'm preparing my scraps for an uber mega scrap quilt project that I will take to Florida with me next month.  
I first saw this Trail Mix quilt when my friend Margie had put it in our last guild's quilt show.  I thought it was a fabulous way to use up scraps.. I love the design.  The diagonal lines give it that special look.

I have a bunch of scraps all ironed and if we get another power interruption during the day, I have everything ready to cut blocks.....    Just in case you want use up your scraps, it's a free pattern from BHG.      

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cowl Update

We had a fabulous vacation.   The whole trip was like a dream.    Seems so far away and so long ago now.  We've been home for exactly a week now and the effects of the jet lag have disappeared.  I feel like I'm back in routine and I'm itching to sew something,  

But first, I thought I'd show you how much I got done on my cowl.  We had some sea days, and to my surprise, there was a stitching and knitting get together in the afternoon on sea days.     What a nice chance to meet other like minded people.   There was about 20 people who met for tea and of course brought their projects along.  I enjoyed the social aspect, and while I brought my bag of knitting, I did more talking than knitting.    I did get one ball knit, and the other ball, I've knit since coming home.   The pattern says to make it 48" inches, and I didn't quite have enough, so I'm now into the third ball.

I really like the pattern It's easy to do from memory you have the first 20 or so rows done. I just love the texture and the diagonal design.   I love working with the Kroy sock yarn.  so smooth and easy to knit.   The timing couldn't be better because the near zero degree days are here and I need to keep my neck warm.    I'll model it for you in a few days...It's almost done.