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Thursday, August 22, 2013
If I wasn't so tired, I think I'd do a little dance. ;o) Thank you to all the lovely bloggers that left comments here yesterday. Your kindness and enthusiasm kept me fueled up all day. I really needed that boost to keep me on task...
...because... I just finished uploading my newest pattern!
Pattern writing, drafting and editing behind me (for this pattern at least) I can now look forward to hearing what you think while hoping you'll love making your own Triple Hex Reading Pillow. That will be the best reward of all.
Yesterday, I introduced my new pillow design to you and had planned on having the pattern available then, but I hope you will forgive me for the one day delay.
I thought maybe you'd like a few more details to whet your appetite. ;o)
I've designed the pillow so that you can use pre-cuts for the piecing, and let me tell you, hexagons were never so easy! Half a hexagon is something that can be sewn into strips. No hand- piecing involved so the sewing goes fast!
The pillow roughly measures 16" high by about 24" wide. Perfect size for any bed. Which reminds me, I better make another because someone keeps taking this one from me for his own evening reading.... LOL
I'm linking up this most satisfying finish with my lovely friend, Amanda Jean,
Hope your week ended on a happy note too...
now go enjoy your weekend!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
I hope you've been enjoying visiting all the blogs on this hop. There's been so many wonderful hexie projects to admire and be inspired by (and there's more to come... aren't we lucky! ;o).
First off, I want to give thanks to the two ladies that made this hop happen. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes of these hops, without which, we would not be having so much fun. Three cheers to cheerleader and Hexie Queen, Debby, for being our wonderful hostess on this hop. Special thanks and appreciate cheers also go to our headcheerleader and Queen of Fun, Madame Samm, for her boundless creativity and enthusiasm.
What hexie project did I make to share with you today?
I designed this pillow specifically for support when reading and although I've made other versions
I've tweaked my design so that all that hexie goodness can be made from 3 charm packs.
There's also a handy pocket for you to tuck your reading glasses (which I don't need just yet, thank you ;o) or in the case of my son, it's a pocket for placing his MP3 when he's relaxing on his own pillow.
|It just so happens I stitched up another hexie project this summer. Click here to see more.|
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Wednesday, August 21
Monday, August 19, 2013
This past week I enjoyed stopping by the blogs featured in the
Studio Spotlight series on Ellison Lane Quilts.
Did you go on the virtual tours, too?
I loved seeing where others create and find lots of inspiration and a sense of sisterhood knowing that I'm not alone in my love of sewing (and fabric ;o).
This week, Jennifer is hosting a link-up for sharing where we create and I decided to add my own sewing space to the list.
Welcome to where I sew!
I feel very fortunate to have a room dedicated to my creative pursuits. For most of our married life, I've made do with shared space (meaning I used the dining room table and stored fabric etc. in closets throughout the house) but the floor plan of the house we're currently renting had an open family room (adjacent to the kitchen) which my husband declared I should use for my sewing room.
I'm still using our vintage dining room table for my cutting and sewing - but now I can leave everything set up and ready for me without needing to clear it for our meals.
Starting out, I had my fabrics in Rubbermaid tubs stacked along the walls in this room... but in the past 3 years I've sought out various shelving systems made by IKEA (purchased in the second hand market, so other than the wire shelving units, you won't find these for sale at IKEA as they are older designs - the Magiker line). I absolutely LOVE what I've been able to put together for keeping me organized.
|Since I not only enjoy quilt making, I have stashes of other fabrics hidden behind these doors. Everything located where I can find it to make my sewing more enjoyable.|
I've got tons of vertical storage with these cabinets! I love being able to view my quilting cottons while I'm sitting at my machine. I find I sew more when I can see what I have.
The cabinet on the left has shelves and drawers, which I find really practical. I have quilt backing and vintage sheets stored on the deep shelves and in the drawers I have scrap storage organized in bins by colour.
|Inspiration at a glance!|
Fabrics are grouped by colour, with prewashed fabrics in the cabinet with glass doors and those not prewashed in the shelves that are open. On the top on these units, I have my stash of buttons in jars that once held candles. Again organized by colour to make searching for the perfect button that much easier.
|You can almost tell I like bright colours from these collections. ;o)|
Tucked in with the fabrics on these shelves you can see some of my favourite sewing projects and vintage spools of thread.
This corner of the room is home to my sewing/quilting/crochet/knitting/crafting books on the top shelves and my quilt batting and polyfil on the lower shelves. The rolling plastic shelving unit keeps sewing machine manuals, thread, knitting needles, crochet hooks and basting notions nearby and easier to find.
|It's like a sewing shop! Elastic, zippers, buckles, snaps, ric-rac, serger cones and fancy trim - each in their own containers. Much of this accumulation is from countless thrift shop forays and means I have all I need to sew just about anything.|
Two stacked wire shelving units keep my notions (shown in above photo), within easy reach, while two other stacked shelving units (not shown) corral such things as fabric strips (each size in a separate container) and also hold some patterns and vintage sewing machines.
Next we come to one of my favourite finds for keeping me organized. This three drawer rolling unit sits to the right of my domestic Janome and will roll under the table extension of my vintage Singer - leaving me extra room if needed - and holds my sewing essentials.
The top drawer is for my bobbins - pink bobbins hold quilting wt. thread and clear bobbins hold all-purpose thread. Sewing machine feet for my Singer are here along with other nifty tools like those for bias binding and Wonder clips... not to mention pins, needles and some specialty threads.
The second drawer is filled with quilting thread. Although I would love to display these beautiful colours, they are kept safe in a drawer, protected from damage from the sun and from dust.
|Two vintage beauties - the cabinet that is home to my beloved Singer and the small sewing cabinet that belonged to my cherished great-grandmother. This is where I love to be!|
Here's where it all comes together! Sewing machine central. ;o)
I use my vintage machine predominately for piecing, although I've found I like sewing other things with her as well, and there is my two Janome machines - one for sewing everything from clothes to all my quilting and my serger/coverstitch machine for garment making. When I need to quilt, I remove the serger from the table and set my Janome up in its place so I have the whole table to support the quilt I'm working on.
My cutting, sewing and pressing stations are all close to one another and I even have a wonderful design wall (which covers up the ugly brick fireplace we never use) situated between a window and a door on the third wall of my sewing room. My family loves seeing the never ending parade of "fabric art" on the design wall - it's the first thing they will see on their way into the kitchen and usually elicits a comment or two about what I'm working on.
Every single day, I feel so grateful to have this space to call my own. A place that brings me so much creative joy and fulfillment. Thanks for letting me share it with you!
P.S....Interested in more glimpses of my sewing space and the transformation this room has had over the past 3 years?.... click here...
Friday, August 16, 2013
A couple of years ago I discovered the wonderful messenger bag pattern in the book
My first version is shown here and the second version is here. For both of these bags I featured owls, but with my latest bag being a gift for a "puppy crazy" niece, I came up with something special.
A (fussy cut) sweet pup with a monogram seemed the perfect adornment on the front flap
with another wee pup on the back of the bag.
Open the flap on the bag ...
to find cute puppies everywhere!
|Couldn't resist stamping a special label. ;o)|
|A peek at the stamps and fabric pens I used to stamp onto twill tape to make my custom label.|
This is the third time I've paired corduroy with quilting cottons to make this bag and I love the results. Other than adding the inset pocket on the back of the bag, I followed the pattern. Ahem, although there was my "brilliant" (choke, snort) idea to add fusible fleece to the bag. It is not something I will repeat - good thing my trusty old Singer doesn't balk at lots of layers. Even though the fusible fleece gave lovely shaping to the finished bag, it also made the bag sides resist the draping of the flap over the front (which is why you can see the pockets when the bag is closed ... leading to me adding a magnetic clasp). If I was to even consider fusible fleece the next time I use this pattern, I would extend the length of the flap to avoid this problem.
|Love that vintage strap slider from my stash!|
Oh, just so you know, Liesl's messenger bag pattern also includes an adult sized version (which I've also made... shown here). It's a brilliant pattern that I obviously love. :o)
Linking up my happy finish with Amanda Jean's
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Summer has a rhythm all its own, doesn't it?
Although crickets have been chirping on my blog for the past couple of weeks ;o)... don't be mislead, lots has been happening. ( I bet you thought I went on holidays! LOL)
Life has been blooming!
Our little garden is flourishing...
tomatoes are finally starting to ripen,
beans are growing quick as a wink
and the basil has been seasoning many fresh summer dishes.
Summer is the season for fresh eating!The local farmer's markets are in full swing, which means I've been making my canning plans for the season and placing my orders for produce. Hard to believe all those jars I filled last summer are almost all empty again! Where does the time go? ;o) Along with seasonal activities, I've also been very busy in my sewing room.
There's been some secret sewing going on....
|A little glimpse of a new design I've come up with and can hardly wait to share.|
Is summer just as busy for you? I can hardly believe we're into August already and that my 23rd wedding anniversary was on Monday. Crazy!
Whether your summer is busy, busy or filled with some R&R... I hope you're enjoying this gorgeous season!