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.  

Thursday, June 9, 2016

A Big Ball of Pretty Twine

My sister was here for a visit last weekend.  We didn't have much time together, so were on the move and did many things.   We were looking for nice cotton thread to make a kumihimo bracelet.   We were in Homesense and in the small craft department, I spotted this big ball of twine.   The pretty twine paired with cream colored Toho beads from Michaels would be perfect for our afternoon project.   We worked from directions given to me by my friend Betty T.  They were perfect.  It took about an hour.  The little gold thread running through the twine was just the right touch.
We commented how our hands reminds us of
our mother's hands.  A nice memory since our
mother was always knitting or crocheting
something crafty.
 Each of our bracelets only took about 5 yards.  So now I have 305 yards of twine left to use.   Any ideas?

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Bride vs The Black Flies

At the cottage, late May and early June are the worst for the black flies.  It would be easy to stay indoors, but there's raking and lots of yard work to be done.  

I with an old bucket hat, and some left over wedding toule, I fashioned a hat sort of like a bee keepers hat.   I made two.   With the excess veil tucked into the front of my sweater, and wearing long pants and gloves, we got to work.

The veiled bucket hats worked great.  The black flies warmed like crazy while we raked an trimmed trees.   But not one found their way inside the veil.

These are a keeper!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Needs Beads!!

A bunch of little pouches headed for Nova Scotia in two weeks.   Just one more thing to add.  Beaded zipper pulls...   cute eh!

Monday, May 23, 2016

I Designed a Row!

I had some fun recently designing Diane's Row for the up coming Row by Row summer promotion.  It starts on June 21st.    Home Sweet Home is the theme this year.  Shops were to design a row that features something that makes their town unique.  Diane chose the Boyce Market.  We all know what a special place that is.   The Boyce Market folks were pleased that she chose them to feature.

Once she made the decision, I was off to the races. I had lots of ideas and landed on this simple idea. I ended up using the market logo as a starting point.  I really like it and it was colorful.   I used a piece of the special row by row fabric in the design. It's portrays a community of shops and homes.  And right in the middle of it, is the Market.   A Saturday morning sunrise is the perfect start for visit to the market!

We shared the design and a photo of finished row with The Boyce Market folks last week.  They loved it.  They want a wall hanging for their office!!!

Do you like it?   It can be seen in Diane's shop, Country Crafts and Curtains on York Street in downtown Fredericton.

You will be able to get the free pattern starting on June 21 by going to the shop!!   Check out all the other NB shops participating here.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Bus Blankets

The triplets are going on a school bus trip to Quebec City this week.  They'll be leaving at 5:30 am sharp and they will stay for a few days.    For their trip I made them some cool sleep pants made from quilters flannel.   The girls pants have two different fabrics while Mitchell's has a grey chevron.  They are so soft and have a fun drawstring closure.       I also used up some excess fleece to make blankets that they can snuggle under on the bus.   I call them bus blankets.   These were really quick to make up.   Their initial was traced onto wonder under, and then pressed that to brushed cotton plaid.  Then the initials were cut out, then pressed lightly on the fleece.  Zig zagged around the letter will make sure it stays. I didn't even feel the need to hem the edges of the blanket.    
Have a great trip kids.