Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Red Bento Blocks for Canada Day!

Surprise! I've got another bento block quilt in the works, which coincidentally, is in the colours of my country's flag. Great timing, right? ;o)
 
  It seems I just didn't get the craving for these blocks (tutorial, here) out of my system, despite having sewn them for everything from placemats (here), pillows (here), a quilt (here)... oh, and for recovering the seats of our kitchen chairs (here).  Now that's either being smitten with a design or just plain crazy, right? ;o)  Either way, here's where I'm at.
 
Blocks are awaiting the final layout and then I can sew the quilt top together!  I even have a backing fabric picked out and waiting.
There's enough blocks for a new quilt, made and placed on the design wall for some layout tweaking. The fun thing about making these blocks scrappy is that each quilt will be unique.  Yes, some fabrics appear in both versions, but there's lots of new, fun prints in this version (less creams this time around and more variety in low volume white prints - especially love those wee ladybugs and the tiny toadstools that found their way into this version).


I'm actually planning this to be a cozy lap quilt for winter, as my first choice for the backing is flannel.  Don't even want to dwell on that at the moment though as this is July and time to enjoy the warmth and beauty of summer time. ;o)

Hoping your first day of July is something to celebrate! 
 
Happy Canada Day!

Keeping the surprise

I've wrapped up some secret sewing and have been so pleased with the results that I had to share a couple of sneak peeks with you.
 
Fabric stamps and sweet labels added that special final touch to each - totally inspired by Amy Morinaka at Chick Chick Sewing and found in her book Zakka Handmades.

This was one of those eleventh hour ideas... meaning that I had to hit the ground running with scissors in hand (metaphorically speaking of course, because running with scissors is something you're never to do ;o), trying to meet a deadline.  Thankfully, I've got leeway with the recipients because it took me a bit longer with puzzling things out and then tweaking each successive prototype. 

 
Hopefully, my slight tardiness will be forgotten when they open the package and find these awaiting them.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Make a Butterfly Block Tutorial

There's been some interest in the measurements for making the butterfly blocks I showed a couple of days ago, so I've put together a short tutorial on one version of the blocks I've been making. I love that you can choose to make the butterfly scrappy (shown in this tutorial) or in one fabric. 
 

Butterfly Block
- finished size 12 1/2" (12" when sewn together)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Butterflies on the Brain

I had no idea how much fun I would have working on butterfly blocks, but they've taken over my sewing recently.  If you read my earlier posts, you may have noticed I've made a couple of versions, two different sizes, as well as a mix of both scrappy and non-scrappy. 
 
Butterflies on the brain, I guess, led to the discovery of a third version.  It's likely I'm not the first one to come up with this, but the idea popped into my head as I was pulling fabrics and noticed the lovely motifs that would work beautifully for fussy cutting.  I was aiming to make "eyes" like some butterflies or moths have on their wings (like this one) to deter predators.  This block is my first attempt on that idea.
 
Butterfly Block Version #3 - fussy cutting for the wings!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Where's my butterfly net?

Kicking off the week with an update on my butterfly block making.
 
 
I'm playing with block size, design and scrappy versus not.


Oh, the possibilities. :o)  Obviously, I'm having some fun and I think I've got the start for a couple of butterfly projects.

*Edited to add that I've now posted a tutorial for making a butterfly block like the one shown in the first photo of this post. (Click here for tutorial)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Making magic

Those lovely fabrics I shared on my last post have been calling to me, begging for my attention.  Between working on another project and petting these fabrics, I finally decided which idea of what I wanted to make would be first.  Something simple and something fun.
 
 
 Deciding I could wait no longer, I cut and then stitched together the first block I sketched up.
 

Only one block in and I'm hooked. 


There's a little math ahead of me for the next ones, but I can hardly wait to dive back in.  Don't you just love it when you combine the right idea with the right fabric?  It's magic, isn't it?!

Linking up with Lorna and friends
Sew Fresh Quilts

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sunday Stash: Even prettier in person

Can you believe it?
 

This is the prize I received from Mad About Patchwork for my winning mosaic in the Nuanced Neon Contest last month. 


Truly, couldn't be happier with how gorgeous these fabrics are in person.  That butterfly print has especially caught my fancy.  Wouldn't it be perfect for some fussy cutting?

{Spring Promises}
Top, left to right Linen Mochi Dot in Teal ; Cotton + Steel Dottie in Bluebird; Playful Bowling Alley in Aqua
  Biology Structure in CitronNatural History Butterflies in Green;
Bottom, left to right: The Sweet Life Dots in Sappy GreenMochi in SkySun Prints Mercury in Chartreuse; Oval Elements in Peacock
I do have some plans for these pretties, but at the moment they are nestled on my design table, where I can longingly admire and pet them. sigh.

I'm in the midst of some birthday gift makes (third prototype is the charm ;o), so they will have to wait a little while longer before I give in to the temptation of cutting them up.


Linking up with Molli Sparkles and the Glitterati for Sunday Stash!

Molli Sparkles


P.S. If you're keen on any of these fabrics, be sure to pop by Mad About Patchwork for lots of fun stash enhancing.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Making pretties

 
I pulled out my scraps for some happy stitching,
 

 to sew another one of Ayumi's "Prettified Pincushions" from her book, Patchwork, Please! ...



 and it seems I got carried away a bit. 


I ended up making multiples in differing colour ways.


A pretty (and scrappy) way to finish the week.

Linking up with Amanda Jean's Finish it Up Friday and with

Leanne and Nicky for

Scraptastic Tuesday
 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

WIP Wednesday - make something

Ever found yourself stuck in no-sewing-getting-done limbo?  Maybe because you lost your sewing mojo or maybe because you're juggling so many ideas, you can't decide where to start?
 
 
I think it's been a mix of both for me in the past few weeks.  Mojo lost when I was working long hours day after day installing with my hubby when it was all I could do to make dinner, eat and then trudge off to bed at the end of each day.  My mind just couldn't concentrate long enough on any of my projects at the end of day because I was so physically tired.   Once things slowed up and my mojo came racing back, I found myself stuck on which project to sew first.  Nothing is as frustrating as lost focus because it equals no progress!

A pretty bundle of fat quarters that I curated from Mad About PatchworkFabric love.
 
Finally, happily, it seems I've got my mojo back and I've found some much needed focus. ;o)
 
 
The proof of this? Here's a peek at something I've started sewing using that pretty bundle of fabrics I shared with you (here) as my starting point.  I couldn't help pulling a few other fabrics from my stash and adding them to the mix.  Hooray for a "work in progress"!  Can't wait to see where this one takes me. ;o)

Linking up with Lorna and friends at...
Sew Fresh Quilts

A Touch of Pink

 
 
If you're craving something sweet to stitch, you can't go wrong with a "Prettified Pincushion".

This lovely design is Ayumi's "Prettified Pincushion" from her book, Patchwork, Please! and it's one of my favourites.  Just the right size project to give me a chance to use some precious pink scraps and a quick finish for instant gratification.  Exactly what I needed!

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