Monday, August 22, 2016

One Special Cookie!

It all started out as a pretty typical sugar cookie making day.   Aurora's job was to roll the cookie dough in sugar and put them on the tray.   I would bake them, and she would ice them when they were cool.  

So, it's all normal up until now.     
Then it near sent Aurora into a crazy frenzy 
when I was going to throw out the left over purple icing.     
She decided to do what Caitlin and Grace did a few years ago...  
Pose, while squirting icing into their mouths...    

Then it got a little silly.   
I painted her new front teeth with the icing.   
She thought that was cool.   

And then came a mustache.    

The goatee

It kind of looks like henna for her face now..
The icing is starting to harden.  I tell her not to smile..

Well, as you can see, she's a well decorated cookie, 
with a mustache, goatee, and a beautiful heart on her forehead.

She thought all this was so fun.  
She was sick of icing by this point, 
and happily threw the rest out..

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fabulous Fabric.... if You are a Kid!!

A couple of weeks ago, I had my friend Connie bring me a half yard of this fun Shopkins fabric from her out of town shopping trip.

My granddaughter Aurora loves Shopkins... I can't tell you how many she has.   I knew she would love this fabric.

Anyway, she arrived on Sunday and will stay a week.  She was thrilled with the fabric and immediately came up with a bunch of ideas on how to use the fabric.  I said let's think about it and we'll see what's doable.  

Besides swimming, and outdoor activities, we've been busy sewing small projects such as sleep pants and doll clothes.  

With the shopkins fabric, we decided that a cute little zipped pouch would be nice.  That got finished this morning.   It's from a badge holder tutorial.    It has a vinyl pouch on the front to put her card and another slot on the back. And it has a zipped part to keep important things in.     It's darling.    I actually use one from the same pattern to carry stuff in when I walk early in the morning.  It's perfect to keep my phone, and key and it fits nicely under my sweater.

Aurora also decided she wanted a pillow for her bed.   So we made a little bolster pillow to show off a big piece of the shopkin fabric.  It's funny, she can name all the shopkins off so quick.  They are unusual names.    

So, we have one small  piece of the shopkin fabric left.   It will  probably end up as a ribbon blanket for her doll.

We are also preparing to go to Nova Scotia to visit my sister and family later this week.  We have been shopping for lunches etc.   It's so exciting since we haven't been to Nova Scotia in a few years.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Vroom Vroom - Row by Row Car Pin

For those of you who are Row by Rowing, did you see the latest little car pin that Diane has at Country Crafts and Curtains?  

The car pin has a bar on the lower part to hold charms.  For the 2016 row, it is a house charm to match the Home Sweet Home theme.   It's so darling.  I was in Diane's shop earlier this week, and Diane gave me one.  (I was in and out of the shop so quick, I'm not even sure if I said thank-you... so just in case I forgot my manners, thanks so much Diane..  I just love it)   


I've put the little car with the dangly charm on my travelling bag of notions along with last year's pin.    Maybe this bag will become the holder of my pin collection.                                                                                                                                           So, I wonder what next year's Row by Row charm will be.  

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Planning a Raffle Quilt = A Recalculation Required

I'm doing the planning and prep work for making the annual St. Dunstan's Raffle quilt.  I plan to do this in September.    This year, I'll be making an on-pointe Ohio Star.    The ladies have requested fall colors such as browns, reds, purples, golds. I've drafted up the quilt in EQ.    I've  been calculating fabric requirements step by step with pencil and paper and calculator.  Blocks, setting triangles, border 1, border 2 and binding.   It's taken the best part of my morning.  This is a good size queen quilt, 88" x 105".   I've done a sample block out of my scrap bin and made a small modification..

  It could be me, but I think I've gone wrong somewhere.    After all is said and done, for the quilt top and binding (no backing), I've calculated that I'll need 13 yards.    Gesh, can that be right?     I think I need to recalculate..      Stay tuned.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Presenting my Classmate Bag

It's done.   It's adorable.   There are several pockets, and it's a pretty flat bag.       The next question is, what will I put in it.     I have several collections of things that I keep in Ziplock bags.     I've decided to keep my collection of quilting rubber stamps and supplies in it.   They fit perfectly.      

I liked the different techniques in this project.  How to add the pockets, how to add the d-ring, and how to ad the cute handle.  Although I would do it a bit differently next time.  

If you look closely at the bottom picture, you'll see that there are still pins holding the binding in place.   I've been stitching bits at a time on the deck.    It will be done today.

It holds pens and a pad of paper.

It folds up pretty flat.  It clips closed.
(Thanks Heather for the rescued clip!)

I've put my label on the front.   

Friday, July 29, 2016

Sewing Small Stuff

It's been lovely and warm.   Not much sewing going on this week, but I had some batik scraps and thought I would make a few little bag kits to have ready to sew if I had a rainy morning at the cottage.

Well, last week, we did have a rainy morning, so my plan worked out well.   I pulled out 3 of my 6 kits sewed them up. I'll add bling, then put them in my cupboard..  They are handy to have.. I gave two out this week as gifts...  

And then I was browsing through my pattern stash, and thought I might finally try this pattern that I bought a few years ago but never tried.  It's the Classmate pattern by Atkinson Designs...   It calls for 3 fabrics.  I'll paw through my stash to see what I come up with finally give it a try.

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

All Sewn Up Sewing kit

Do you like making small projects.   Pat from Heartfelt Quilt Shop in Winter Haven Florida knows that's me through and through.   I led a few classes at her shop while in Florida this past winter and saw that some of her regular sewers like small  projects too.    Anyway, Pat sent me home to Canada with some fabric and a pattern to try.    It's such a cute pattern by May Chapelle.  It's called all Sewn Up...    I made a prototype with 3 of my own fat quarters just to see what it would look like.  It's so darn cute.    

When you unfold it, this kit has a pocket for a small pad of paper, and another pocket, a generous pin holder, a couple of slots for seam ripper, pens etc... and a nice see-thru zippered section.  I love that it closes with trendy clip hardware.      The zipper is applied in a way that I had never used before.   I love learning new zip techniques....

Here is the finished kit.  All finished.
And it all closes with a trendy swivel clip...    For a prototype, it came out pretty nice... I'm glad I used cute fabric.  It's a keeper.  
Now, I wonder if this will make a fun 1 day project class.   I'll make another and see where I might make improvements and check how long it will take to make it..

Maybe I will get together with a focus group ( coffee buddies) and see what suggestions they might have...  

Stay tuned...

I found a place on this prototype to
put my little homemade stamped
label.  So cute..but next time, I'll
use a smaller label..

Saturday, July 9, 2016

An Irish Chain distraction

The last few days have been overcast, if not rainy..   

I hadn't planned on doing this until next month, but I decided to cut out a kit for an Irish chain quilt for the St. Anthony's Quilters.  They need a quilt to start up in September, and they decided an Irish chain would be a nice change.   I cut out the kit for the large lap size quilt.   I had been wondering if I'd have enough fabric in my stash.   I did.   

With a little rain the forecast earlier this week, I decided maybe I would just sew some of the strip sets together.   Well, I had forgotten how quick strip piecing is.   The sets were sewn up quickly....   

Well, you know where this is going...

It wasn't long before I had the 18 25-patch blocks done, and the 17 alternate blocks.    It's a grayish Saturday today and I laid out the quilt on the spare bed to see what it will look like.   I like it.    I picked them up using my favorite Eleanor Burns method.    

I know that I'll probably get them sewn today.  But I've decided that will be enough of the green for me, and will save the borders, and binding for another rainy week...     

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

What will I work on Tomorrow?

I'm loving this warm weather.  But it does limit my sewing.  I love being outside on days like this and my sewing room is too warm to sew in.     Lately I'm lucky if I get half an hour in the sewing room.  

One thing I try to do is to set my sewing up so that when I walk in tomorrow, I know exactly what I'm going to work on.   So you see from this picture,  I've left the room, my machine is off, but I have work pinned, and ready to stitch when I go back in tomorrow morning.

In this case, I'm working on three of the little quilted as you go bags.   They are just the nicest little gifts.   I've given out a few and I have none left.

For example, last week, one of my quilter friends, Kaye, from way back, transported my sewing machine back from being serviced by the dealer in Moncton.  I was thrilled that she did that for me.   It totally saved me a 2 hour trip there and 2 hours back.   When I met up with her to get my machine,  I gave her one of these as bags a little thank you....  She loved it.  

So, it's good to have a few on hand just in case another small thank you gift is needed quickly.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Owl Hair

I've been testing some quilting on the Owl table runner.   In particular, the hair or bushy eyebrows...And I like their perfect little rows of feathers.  It won't take long to bind, and it'll be ready for the table.  I just love these sleepy owls...

Monday, June 20, 2016

Hoot Hoot for the Owl Table Runner

I saw a cute owl table runner on Pinterest.  I had no luck trying to find a pattern through the link.    After looking at the photo, I thought I can make this... I borrowed my friends curved ruler and made something similar.  Cute eh!    I'm hosting the Friday Girls for coffee break this Friday, so it's a good goal to get it quilted up.  

Saturday, June 11, 2016

ABC Quilt almost finished!

It's on  my ironing board just getting the last few touches.    I was gung ho to do this in a year when Janet Stone's Block of the Month came out on the Quilt show in 2014 I think.  I kept up with the fast pace for six months.   Then Summer hit.  Once I got stopped, it was hard to pick it back up again.  But I did continue in the fall and got the center blocks done almost a year ago.    The borders have been been hanging on my banister for a year.   In my mind, it's officially a UFO.    

Well, I've been picking away at it this week.   Little by little it's coming along.  I'm quite excited at how great it looks....   I've been having this conversation with my self.  Do I? or Don't I?  

I really want to quilt it myself, but I have so many other things I want to get started on, I think I've decided to send it out.      So I'll show it to you again after it's been quilted.