Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The winner of my giveaway is...

comment #15...
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!

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 ...

I was sorting, cutting and organizing my red scraps.

Once the prep work was finished, I settled in to sew, while enjoying the above mentioned old movie.
Pieces, pieced and blocks assembled, I was looking for more.

 More indeed. 
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

I'm saying thanks

with a handmade gift, I'm giving away,
 along with some treats to mark my 3rd blogiversary.
 I'm surprised how quickly those years have passed and I'm delighted by all the lovely friends I've made through blogging - what a blessing!  Blogland is a very inspiring and generous place, thanks to you. To show my thanks, it was my pleasure to design a little handmade something to share in a giveaway for you.  The wristlet is made from a couple of sweaters I felted and then embellished,
with something a little different for the inside compartment - my son calls this the "purse inside the purse" ;o)
Anyways, my little giveaway is filled with a huge, heartfelt THANK YOU and my hope that I have encouraged, supported and inspired you, even a fraction of  the amazingly generous way you have me.

 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


Just wanted to pass on that you have a chance to win some lovely fabric over at Retro Mummy.  Hurry over to  enter!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cheery cherries in the snow?

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


while they are doing this,
I'm supposed to be working on this... 
but, I'm playing around with a new idea and reworking this....
What are you working on today?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Scraps left from quiltmaking? Try this idea.

My newest project
used up the remaining bit of scraps left from making this quilt,

which has it's own bit of scrappy-ness included on its backing.

 What could I make with the few remaining tidbits of fabric?  A scrappy patchwork envelope style cushion cover!  (Whew.  That's a pretty long moniker.)
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

This and that

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)
 along with a place to keep my hand sewing needles.  It's making crafting more organized for me because instead of searching amongst my pins for the needle I need, I know exactly where my needles are.
 After perusing Weekend Sewing, I couldn't resist trying out this slipper pattern from Heather Ross.
 My version was made using the embroidered bodice of a thrifted linen dress and a felted sweater for the soles.
 The quilting cotton I used for the lining are the only new materials in my slippers.  Re purposing always makes me happy!
Besides these small sewing projects, I've been finishing up some needlework projects and started thinking about my upcoming blogiversary - I'm thinking a giveaway is in order.  Stay tuned on that.   Wishing you joy in whatever you put your hand to, I'm off to do some sewing. ;o)
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