Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sewcial Bee Sampler Week 17

Woohoo, it's Wednesday! That means it's time for the next block to be released in The Sewcial Bee Sampler (a fun online sew along), hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell. The block for this week is Spools.  (for the free download to make this or the previous blocks, visit Maureen's or Sharon's blog).
SBS Block 17 of 25 is Spools

I really had fun making this scrap filled block! I made quite a few changes to the original design. You may remember me sharing a glimpse of some low volume fabric scrap sewing that I've been doing? I decided to combine that idea with the design of this block!  I replaced the four, single fabric square pieces in this block, with pieces of patchwork instead. Look at all the extra scraps I was able to incorporate into a single block!  I went on to change out the center square of this block for a patchwork of four fabrics and I eliminated the half square triangles in the four corners of the block, to really make this block mine.  It is so fun playing around with ways to accomplish a different look for a block and this time around, I went all out.😉 I think I set a new personal best for how many low volume fabrics in a single block. 😄

SBS Blocks 1-16

Block 17 will be added to the rainbow scrappy mix of blocks already waiting!  I think I fall more in love with this quilt with each passing week.  Only eight more blocks to make before turning these into a flimsy! I'm already thinking about how I will go about sashing my blocks together, because I want to continue with the scrappy look.  Hopefully, by the end of summer, I will have a new quilt to share!  I can't say enough good things about the sew along - it's organized by two lovely, inspiring ladies (Maureen and Sharon) and the participants are also supportive and inspiring.  It's a wonderful community that I'm happy to be a part of!  Honestly, as much as I look forward to completing my sampler, I also don't want the fun to end.  If you haven't had a look at the sew along, don't be shy - visit Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell on their blogs and then #sewcialbeesampler on Instagram .  It's never too late to join the fun!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Button Bonanza

Years ago, I happened upon a large ziploc bag of buttons at a thrift store, that nearly left me speechless. It was one of those "can this be for real?" moments. The bag was filled to bursting, with cards of buttons in all colours, sizes and styles. There was even multiple cards of some buttons! I eagerly popped that bag of buttons into my shopping cart, knowing that I had scored a major find.

The buttons were originally stock from a local fabric store chain that closed down.  Apparently, some of the unsold inventory was donated and by some sort of lucky timing, I happened to walk into the thrift store housing the button bounty!

All these lovely buttons are kept in a glass gallon jar on a shelf in my sewing room, ready to be sorted through whenever I need buttons for a project.

Love sewing buttons on by machine! I have been doing it for years and long before a specialty foot was designed for the task. These days I'm spoiled because my Janome 8900 comes with a stitch setting specifically for sewing on buttons, as well as this ever so handy foot - to make it easy-peasy!
 This week, I took that jar off the shelf to search for possible candidates to finish a blouse I have been making for myself.  The tricky bit would be finding nine matching buttons in a small size, but I figured it was worth shopping my stash first.

My blouse is McCall's M5522 and the lovely, all cotton fabric, is from Windham Fabrics, designed by Heather Ross (from her Far, Far Away 2 Collection in 2014).

I lucked out! My lovely new blouse is now sporting these fun wood/metal buttons all found in the button jar. Woohoo!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Fabric Friday!

Happy Friday! I wanted to share the lovely package that arrived today from Pink Castle Fabrics.
Apparently, I cannot resist a sale (or sweet fabrics! ;o). 

Just in time for some long weekend sewing. ;o)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sewcial Bee Sampler Week 16

The Sewcial Bee Sampler sew along, is counting down with the last 10 blocks!  This fun online sew along is hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell. The block for this week is King's Crown.  (for the free download to make this or the previous blocks, visit Maureen's or Sharon's blog).
Block 16, King's Crown for the Sewcial Bee Sampler
My version is scrappy, like all my blocks have been, but this time I couldn't resist a touch of whimsy, so I fussy cut a scrap from a friend, for the center of my block.  I didn't have enough to be able to center the print, but I love it all the more because it meant making use of what I had to hand, which always makes me happy!  I am having the best time sewing my blocks from my scrap stash and playing with all the colours in the rainbow.😀

If you're feeling inspired to join the sew along, you can find all the blocks (and the instructions to make them) on both Sharon's and Maureen's blogs.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Fabric Stories

I have mentioned my love of scrappy patchwork, which also means I'm reluctant to part with even the smallest bits of fabrics. They hold magical potential!  Sewing those tiny pieces together to make one of a kind blocks is something I love to do.  I let the scraps lead me in terms of the order I sew them and the design that develops.  I think of it as telling story in fabric!
Part of my fabric storage organization is having containers to place the smallest scraps. This makes it easier for me to sew scrappy blocks whenever the mood strikes. Lately, the container with my low volume fabric scraps has been put to use as leader - enders as I work on other projects (such as my Sewcial Bee Sampler blocks).

Those scrappy bits of patchwork are slowly adding up and are destined to be made into something larger or perhaps even several finishes! My mind is bubbling with ideas to incorporate these into projects, so don't be surprised if you see some of them popping up fairly soon in some of my makes. ;o)

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