Thursday, July 31, 2014

Red hot!

Temperatures here have been around the 30 degree Celsius (about 86 F) for a few days, making for a warmer summer than I remember for the ones I've lived here.  Thankfully, because our nights are cool, if I leave windows open until early morning, then keep them closed for the rest of the day, our house doesn't become too unbearably hot. 
 

Maybe our weather explains why my taste in fabric has also lately been running towards "warm" on the colour spectrum?  I'm still working on skirts in oranges and pinks, but that wasn't enough.  I couldn't resist adding this lovely "reds" bundle into my stash.  Bring on those hot colours! ;o)

 
You can find this lovely bundle (on sale!) at Mad About Patchwork if you're also hankering after some hot colour for your stash.   Okay, I think it's time for an icy glass of lemonade! ;o)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blue or green?

One of my projects awaiting a finish is made up from a collection of blue and green scraps that I randomly pieced together.  The patchwork pieces are pinned to my design wall waiting for me to decide how I want to proceed.
 

One of the decisions  concerns background fabrics. I've decided that using white would be too easy, so I pulled out a couple of Kona FQs to help me decide.  Funny how a blue background makes the blue scraps stand out more and then a green background does the same for the green scraps.  Either would work, I think.  I'm leaning towards the green (as blue would be the next easy default colour for me to use after white ;o).   Which do you like?

Monday, July 28, 2014

I've got mine. Did you get yours?

Look what I found in my mailbox!
 
 
 I was one of 100 lucky international peeps, that scooped up the deal (for free shipping) allowing me to get my grabby hands on the first issue of Katy Jones'  Quilt Now magazine.
 
 
What a lovely magazine it is!

 
There are gorgeous photos throughout and projects (like the one above) that have me wanting to drop what I'm doing and sew, sew, sew.

 
There's even a couple of sweet bonuses included with the magazine (besides the clever idea to have all templates and patterns printed full size on a separate large fold-out sheet of paper - much appreciated, Katy!).  Check out the strawberry pincushion kit (above) and the handy reference booklet for  quilting (below).

 
Congratulations to Katy and to all those working behind the scenes to make Quilt Now a success!  Issue 1 is a beauty!
 
Want to get your our copy?
Go online to  www.moremags.com  or for those of us not in the U.K., go to  Pink Castle Fabrics .

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Patchwork isn't just for quilts

Remember the fabrics from this quilt?
 
Love these colours together!
 
Some of the leftovers are being used for another project - but it's not a quilting project.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sew Canadian - July 27

Hello and welcome! I am excited to be a part of the  Sew Canadian sewing room tour.  Every Sunday, throughout the summer, the Mad About Patchwork blog features the sewing studios of two Canadian bloggers (click here to see the full schedule).

 This is the fourth Sunday of the tour (wow, July went so fast!). I've been enjoying all the stops on this tour.  I love getting a peek at other sewists' creative spaces!  Today, I'm delighted to be sharing the day with Shena @Apple Pie Patchwork..

 Did you know that YOU can join the fun, by sharing pictures showing where you sew?  I hear that Pam has also generously offered to do two giveaways, both for an Ombre Sewing Studio Kit by Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts!  So please, make sure you add your pictures to the Sew Canadian Flickr group to have a chance to win (don't you think your sewing studio would love to have a Ombre Sewing Studio quilt adorning it? yes, it would ;o).


On with the tour! I couldn't resist adding a few more photos to the ones I shared along with the questionnaire on Mad About Patchwork today, in hopes that maybe my set-up or my ideas for storage will help or encourage others.

With only 2 walls for storage possibility, I chose tall cabinets to make the most of the space with narrow bookcases flanking the units holding my fabrics and interfacing supplies.
 
 First off, let me say, that the set-up I enjoy today, did not happen overnight (here's a look back) and it is still a work in progress (note my cutting table is actually a dining table ;o).  Although I've been sewing for most of my life, it's only in recent times that I've had a room exclusively set up for sewing. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rainbow Connection Craft Case Redux

A few months ago, I designed a case (shown here),  for storing a Rainbow Loom,  which was a gift for one of my nieces.  Turns out, another niece was already whipping up bracelets with her own Rainbow Loom, so it only made sense that she should also have a specially made case.
 
Rainbow Connection Craft Case in aqua dots and a favourite Amy Butler print (from her Cameo line).

Making my design for the second time allowed for a wee bit of tweaking, but for the most part, not too much was altered.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Eyes wide open

Have you ever felt like you were being rewarded for just keeping your eyes open?  Well, I do!  First there was the find of a $20 bill, while taking my exercise along a dirt path a few nights back and then yesterday I stumbled upon an advert for a couple of sewing books (titles that happened to be on my wish-list).
 

Both books are in new condition, including the patterns - which were never opened.  Then the seller mentioned she had a couple more books that she hadn't listed.  Would I be interested?


Um, yes, please! Two more titles that happened to be on my "someday I'd like to own these" list ( and rather coincidentally, just having been re-borrowed from the library for the umpteenth time this past Sat.).

 
I scooped up all 4 titles... in exchange for that $20 bill.  I guess there are times in life that it literally pays to keep your eyes open. ;o)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lovie bunny

Recently, I stitched up a cuddly gift for a sweet little girl using fun fur and a bit of Heather Ross's Briar Rose quilting cotton.
 
I chose to embroider the bunny's eyes to make him look asleep.
 
The pattern is a combination blanket/stuffie and can be found in the book Stitch Savvy by Deborah Moebes.  Such a quick and cute gift idea for a little one!
 
 
It should be just right size for little hands to carry around, plus, with embroidered eyes and nose, no small parts (choking hazards) to worry about!
 
 
The sewing was easy, however, I do believe that my bunny's head is smaller than the one pictured in the book due to a typo.  If I ever make this again, I will be adding seam allowances to the pattern for the bunny's head.  Those ears are a bit on the skinny side!

 
 Still, I don't think a one year old is going to mind that her bunny looks underfed. ;o)  I'm hoping she'll love the cuddle factor and maybe even all those pink strawberries - I know I do! 


I've got to say that sewing this little fellow was much easier than trying to figure out ways to capture a decent photo of him! lol... 
 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Colours of the month?

There seems to be a colour theme in my sewing space lately.
 
 
 
Pink and orange scrappy patchwork on the design wall
 
 

and on my sewing table!  Is it possible to have a colour addiction? ;o)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Stash - Succumbing to Summer Sales

Along with some summer sewing, there's been a bit of summer fabric shopping happening this week.  It would seem I have a low resistance when it comes to fabric - especially fabric on sale. ;o)

top to bottom...  Riley Blake: Sweetcakes; Moda: Bungle Jungle; Riley Blake: Country Girls; the bottom two fabrics are  from Riley Blake's: Twice as Nice line.
I'm still in the planning stages, but intend for some of these to become a new machine dust cover to coordinate with  this one that I made for my older (and smaller) serger. Just need to cross a few other pressing WIPs off the list first. ;o)

Let's see what  other fabric addicts curators have been collecting for their stashes this week...

Molli Sparkles

Wow!  Now that your appetite has been whetted with all that fabric viewing, you might want ideas for how to store it in your sewing room.  You're in luck!
 Today is the second day of the Sew Canadian  tour - prepare to be inspired. :o)
 Happy sewing!


Sew Canadian

 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Making stars

I did a tidy up of my sewing room this past week and came upon a stack of left over triangles from making my Swoon quilt top.  I sewed them into half square triangle units and began playing with ideas of how to use them.
 
 
 I laid out scrappy chevrons and diamonds... then realized that eight HST units from each fabric is enough for a star block.  Finding enough fabric for star centers and more of the background fabric, decided things for me.  Saw tooth stars!
 

Twinkle,
 
 
 twinkle,
 
 
little star.
How I wonder how many of you there are... I will make. ;o)
 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Something to look forward to ...


Thanks to the fun ladies at Mad About Patchwork, each Sunday this summer, you get to tour the sewing spaces of Canadian bloggers - with the opportunity to link up your own sewing space. 
 
 
Mark your calendars for the Sew Canadian sewing tour and let's go visit the first two stops!
 
Today, I'm also puttering about with some leftover HSTs and one of my Singers.


Enjoy your Sunday!

Friday, July 4, 2014

FAL Q2 2014 - the tally

No ticker tape parade for me this quarter!  It seems I've been in slow motion for the past three months as I only have one finish from this list that I can lay claim to. ;o)



My only finish from my list, for this quarter of the finish along, is my
It's not that I haven't been sewing this quarter... let's just say, I wasn't good at sticking to my list. ;o)

Linking up my one and only finish, with the lovely Katy,

Finish Along 2014
 
Wishing all my American friends, a Happy Independence Day!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Wonder how you can save $ on some Wonder Clips?

Have you seen the latest on Massdrop?
 
You don't want to miss this deal if you've been in the market for buying this handy notion. 
 
 
 Ever since I first tried them, I was impressed - they are so handy to use for binding a quilt and for sewing other tricky items (like the bias binding I sewed on the Rainbow Connection Craft Case - shown below).  I've also used them when stitching bags or projects with vinyl or laminated fabrics.
 

Lots of Wonder Clips were used in helping me sew the bias binding to the RC Craft Case I designed.
 
 Of course there's more great sewing/quilting buys happening at Massdrop... (such as some Lotus fabric!).  Plus, there's also products that are still in the voting stage (such as EQ7 - please go vote if you're interested in saving $ and want to buy this software).
 
Another great thing about Massdrop is that if there's something you've been wanting to buy and you don't find it already amongst the choices offered, you can add your suggestion, or start your own poll for that product.  I've done both.  I've got a poll going for some basic shape quilting dies for a Sizzix machine (click here) and I just added an option to a poll already underway for some Cotton + Steel basics (click here).

Isn't this bundle of basics from Cotton and Steel gorgeous?  I'm keeping fingers crossed that enough votes will come in so that we can get this bundle!


Now I've let you know how you can save $ on more than just Wonder Clips! ;o)
Spread the word about  Massdrop.  That way, we can all start saving $ on the things we want and need.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Backcountry Beauty

Yesterday was Canada Day and we chose to celebrate by leaving the city and heading to the hills,
 
I am always refreshed by time spent in the outdoors.

to enjoy the most beautiful day in Nature, hiking.  There were views to be enjoyed, tranquility to be savoured and the over riding joy of simply being with loved ones.

Just prior to this photo, our oldest son (jokester that he is), spread his arms wide and began running across the meadow, teasing me with the lyrics from the Sound of Music.  Of course in about 2 seconds, he then burst into laughter!
 
Never one to miss an opportunity, I schlep along beyond, wielding my camera.  I captured shots of my menfolk walking across fallen logs to cross creeks and candid shots of their smiling faces making the most of a much needed day away from it all. Oh, and there were pictures taken of wildflowers. 

Indian Paintbrush
 
Check out these blooming beauties...

Wild Columbine
 
 tucked along wooded trails
 
Wild Violets
 
 or in meadows between.
 
Wild daisies
 
I can't think of a better way to celebrate the day and the wonderful country I get to call home. 
 I hope all my fellow Canadians enjoyed a joyous day!
 
 

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