Friday, January 30, 2009

How to sew a zig zag doll quilt

Joanna - where are you?

I have looked and looked for you online. Sadly, I haven't been able to contact you. Do you remember you signed up to my Pay-It-Forward exchange last Spring? I realize I have been slow to get my gift ready, but I finally have and I need your snail mail address. Joanna, if you're reading this, please contact me with your address so I can send you your gift.


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Go and see...

Check out the gorgeous giveaway happening at Bitty Bits and Pieces and enter to win some sweet Valentine treats. Please say that I sent you.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tiny Tot Apron

I've been working with some apron ideas lately. Here's a first attempt at a simple apron design for the smallest cook in the house. It's based on a vintage pattern and the cupcake print seemed made to order for this project. Obviously I don't have a little girl of my own to model this for you, so here's my sewing chair standing in as the model. ;o)

The straps criss-cross the back to button onto the front.
I love this fabric and the vintage mini ric-rac (thanks to my favourite thrift store for that happy find...). I think it is the perfect finishing touch.
Now, if only I had made this apron large enough for myself....

Monday, January 26, 2009

Small and Sweet

I've been trying out projects from Tone Finnanger's book, Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle in between working on some of my larger sewing projects. These pincushions were a quick and satisfying sewing treat.
You might remember this doll. She is from Sew Pretty Homestyle (one of my favourite sewing inspiration books). I stitched her up a year ago and love her bright outfit.
It seems a shame to stick pins in these! I'm thinking that they would make fun sachets instead of pincushions. I'm picturing a whole group of them - oh, the possibilities! Good thing they're small and quick to make. ;o)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Strips and Stitches

My latest sewing project involves strip*ing. ;o) Fabric strip cutting, that is. Cut lots of strips. Stitch the strips together...
cut them apart and then stitch together again. To make these...

little bits of fabric love. All of which I hope to put together to make something bigger and eventually quilted to show you. Soon.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Ready to felt

Winter and knitting. What could be nicer on a cold winter evening than watching a movie and knitting yourself something warm and cozy? That's just what I've been doing lately. I've kept my needles busy with socks, hats and more slippers so far this winter.

I have a couple of pairs of slippers currently waiting to be felted and instead of waiting, I decided to show you how things look at this point. These little Mary Jane slippers are for my newest niece and will be finished off with a button after they are felted.

Warning! Shade your eyes! My newest slippers are traffic stopping bright. ;o) It seemed like a great combination to add a little colour to our white winter, while keeping my feet warm. Okay, you caught me. Yeah. I was stash busting. Another plus with this colour choice? I know the all male household I live with won't be so quick to walk off in these. (Pink really helps me stake out my turf around here... hee hee).

Both of these slipper designs are by Bev Galeskas. I consider myself a novice knitter, but have had great success with her patterns and can highly recommend them.

I'll post pictures of how the slippers look after they're felted so you can see how beautifully they finish up.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Knitting up a storm...

and to prove it, here's a glimpse at the creative chaos in my knitting corner from this week...

I have one sock for myself off the needles but before casting on for the next sock, I found myself wanting to try something a bit smaller first. I blame my little knitting detour on the library, actually. All those wonderful knitting books filled with interesting projects. One such project required the needles I use for socks and well, I just couldn't resist. I promise to get right back to my sock as soon as I get the new small project off those needles. Honest.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A Place of Quiet Focus

I am finally breaking the unplanned for blogging silence that's being going on for too long here. It's unbelievable how fast the time is passing and I wish I had lots of new sewing projects to show you ( to make up for the deadspace my blog has been for almost a month now) but I don't. My mind and energy have been occupied with some life stresses. That doesn't mean that I've forgotten about all my friends out there in blogland. I've missed you! My apologies for disappearing so suddenly and for so long.
The good news is that the place of quiet focus I have been in for the past few weeks has me stirring up my creative energies again. Yay! Time to get creative and back to sharing with you. Sending you all belated, but sincere good wishes for a Happy New Year!
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