Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Congratulations on 3 years of blogging, I'm so glad I found you blog - you inspire me ever so much!
Love Janelle xx
Wahoo! That was fun. Thanks to everyone that joined in - you all said the most lovely, encouraging things. How kind you all are to me. Can I say I was very excited to see who would win? (Even my youngest son got in on the action - he drew the winning number and raced upstairs with me to the computer, to see who #15 was....)
Congratulations, Janelle! I will get your prize mailed off to you, ASAP.
Monday, November 29, 2010
I could have sewed all night!
And still have begged for more.
(Wordplay on this song from a favourite old movie). In my case, it`s more like, I could have sewed all weekend... but you understand my meaning. ;o)
Ideas and projects are rolling through my mind faster than I can keep up, which means it really is hard for me to walk away from my sewing machine - but it also means it is important to sketch my thoughts out if I want to ensure an idea will manifest itself in fabric form at some point. Some simple notes on measurements and a coloured pencil sketch later and ...
Pieces, pieced and blocks assembled, I was looking for more.
I could sew all day!
I could sew all day!
And still beg for more.
(the tune is caught in my head - is it any wonder...)
P.S. You still have time to enter my giveaway.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
with a handmade gift, I'm giving away,
along with some treats to mark my 3rd blogiversary.
To enter for a chance to win, leave your comment below (please, make sure I have a way to contact you if you win). My giveaway is open to everyone, no matter where you live. I will close entries noon, Tues. Nov. 30th.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
The snowy weather we've been having certainly makes me feel quite content to stay inside and work on some sewing projects. The idea for this little bag popped into my head a couple of nights ago, so I quickly drew up the pattern and then made it up out of some of my less favourite fabric. Happy with that prototype's look, I decided to grab some prettier fabric to make another. Happier yet, was discovering that the scrap of cherry fabric (from my friend Jacqueline), was just big enough to make a second demo bag from my design.
Yesterday I reworked the flap for the pocket - it just wasn't quite right.
The lovely loop-pull zipper came from the haul I gathered this past Spring and had been waiting for just the right project.
I added pockets inside on the front and back, but I'm not quite satisfied with them. I think I need to change their height, but it's hard to be too upset with that detail when the fabric is this cheery.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Granted, I had to toss in an extra scrap or two that didn't come from making the quilt, just so I would have enough for the cushion patchwork, but everything here came from my stash. The main fabric is the remaining yardage I used for making the quilt's binding. This chocolate brown 'finger paint" design looks rich and at a distance, it's hard to guess that it's even quilting cotton.
My original design idea was to use pom-pom fringe around the cushion covers edge, but this fluffy fringe I scooped up at a thrift store ages ago, seemed a better choice.
Flip the cushion over and here's the reverse view.
I'm so pleased with my new design that I could be persuaded to sew scrappy patchwork cushion covers to match my other sofa quilts. Watching a movie never looked more inviting. ;o)
Thursday, November 4, 2010
I always seem to have more sewing projects on the go than I probably should and I find that sometimes I need to mix things up a bit. Quilting has be predominant for me the last while, but I find I like to throw in the odd small sewing project along the way. Flipping through some sewing books, I decided to divert myself with a couple of fun, smaller sewing projects. A scrappy new pincushion provided some instant gratification, (pattern found in this book)
Weekend Sewing, I couldn't resist trying out this slipper pattern from Heather Ross.