Thursday, December 31, 2015

Final look at 2015

There is only a few hours left to 2015 and I wanted to mark it with a look back at some of my finishes during it.
 

There were times during the year when I was hard pressed to find time to sew, so it feels good to see that all those little moments I did find, actually added up to some finishes.


The final month of the year has felt like the most productive of all - not just in finishes, but in determining where I'm headed for 2016.  More on that, soon. ;o)

Thank you so much for all your visits, your support and for your friendship!  Wishing each of you a very Happy New Year!

Monday, December 28, 2015

The magic of felting

Remember those slippers I knitted?  I promised to show you the transformation after felting them, so get ready to have some serious "slipper envy". ;o)
 
The pattern to make these  cozy slippers is by Bev Galeskas (available in PDF format) and they are my all-time favourites.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Wishing you...






From our house to yours,

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Stitching up a Storm!

I've continued to keep close company with my sewing machine as I work towards completion on several seasonal projects. 
 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Snowflakes and Pom Poms

Wrapping up the week with a late night finish that has me really happy to share with you - not only because I love my newest pillow cover, but to finally clear this from my WIP list. This sweet snowflake block has been kicking around for quite awhile. ;o)
 
 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Just keep making

 I'm in total make, make, make mode at the moment and enjoying every minute of it.  Anyone else feeling a surge of creativity at this time of the year?  I intend to ride out that surge for as long as possible.  Feels so good to have ideas flowing and projects old and new coming together.
 

I think I've found just the right buttons for holly berries (yay for my button stash supplying 3 matching ones!). Next, stitch them onto this little project and get one step closer to a finish. :o)

WIP Wednesday - Trees!

Quickly sharing a peek of just one of the projects I'm in the midst of at the moment. 
 


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Scraptastic for the kitchen

There's been another scrappy finish to cross off my sewing list.  This time around, I was able to use up those bits of fabric left from squaring up yardage and turn them into some seasonal looking potholders.
 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Winter blues

My second scrappy finish for the week is another mini tree pillow!  This time in winter blues. :o)
 

The inspiration behind the scrappy mini tree blocks I've been making, comes from my friend, Amanda Jean at  Crazy Mom Quilts (click here for her pattern titled: Trees).

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Happy to say that some progress has been made with some of those snowman faces,  slowly working towards a finished project!
 
The white fabric for the snowman faces is covered in iridescent dimensional dots, which you can only see close-up.

Monday, December 7, 2015

The Good Wife knits

A request for new slippers for my DH has been on my to-do list for awhile. The first and only pair I knit for him, lasted for several years - much longer than my own. I am actually wearing out my third pair (and wanting new ones myself), so it only made sense to pull out the yarn and get knitting! Doesn't that make me a good wife**? ;o)
The pattern to make these  cozy slippers is by Bev Galeskas and they are my all-time favourites. Bear in mind that the ones above are not finished - they look better once they are felted (at this point they look like clown shoes ;o).
 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Scrappy Mini Tree Pillow in Red

Amidst all the works in progress and sorting out what to sew next in my list of seasonal projects, I have finally made a finish.  The kind that makes me smile with delight and satisfaction.
 
My first finish using my scrappy mini tree blocks.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Jolly

This week, I decided it is time to tackle some unfinished seasonal projects that I keep tucking away (year after year...).  Maybe you remember my  snowman block?
 
Mr. Snowman with the scrap fabric auditions to give him a happy border!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Merrier

Happy to share a progress update on this block.  A mix of reds and low volume fabric scraps have been randomly pieced to surround my mini tree block and then quilted.
 
 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Don't overthink it...

has been my mantra for turning my scrappy mini tree blocks into  finished projects. Oh, not that they're finished just yet, but I thought I'd share a peek at my process.
 
Auditioning scraps to complement my finished scrappy mini tree block made earlier.
 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Classic and cozy

Just in time for the arrival of colder weather and more snow, my latest quilt finish is ready to keep us cozy. It's no secret that I love the colour red and scrappy quilts best, and this lap sized quilt is both!
 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The more, the merrier?

It seems I can't stop sewing or playing with the size of the those scrappy mini tree blocks. ;o)  My latest round includes slightly taller mini trees from the first set I made (letting me use even more of my scraps - gotta love that!).
 Please note, the inspiration behind these scrappy blocks comes from Crazy Mom Quilts (click here for her pattern titled: Trees).
 
Besides scrappy mini trees, I've been busy making pom poms and some festive binding for upcoming projects.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Mini tree - dotted version

More mini tree blocks have been stitched together this weekend.  I'm still playing with ideas on this design - including making a version with a low volume background fabric that coordinates with the colour of the scraps that make the tree.
 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Mini Tree Blocks

 
There's been some scrappy blocks popping up in my sewing room this week.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Circle of Favourites Pillow

Maybe you remember my earlier post on this project?  A really fun design for turning mini charms into a pillow?  I especially love this finish, as it features some favourite prints from Carolyn Friedlander (mini charms thanks to Daryl at Fabric Spark and her lovely giveaway prize!).
 
 "Don't Be Square" pattern by Erin from Two More Seconds, found in the book, Pillow Pop
 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Nearly Wordless Wednesday


There's a finish to share but working long hours and shorter daylight hours = no photos of that finish.  Already wish it was Friday....

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Finish it up Friday! - Sweet little pouch


Finishing Touches

The past week whizzed by in that special way early fall weather brings.  We've had a few warm days that make us think summer is going to linger, interspersed with cooler days (that have me wearing polar fleece and putting flannel sheets on my bed! ;o).  Each day seems to bring different weather! There's no denying that we're into a new season - leaves are turning and there's frost in the forecast.
 
A bit of hand sewing is the finishing touch to this small project.
 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Scrap Quilt Making


Remember all  those scraps in pinks and oranges on their way to becoming a quilt top? Here's a peek at my progress.

Nothing but scraps and nothing but fun!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Circle of Favourites

It's a long weekend, the last one of the summer season and I thought it would be the perfect time to share a project I've been working on as the result of winning a prize during Fabric Spark's the 2015 Summer of Fabric Love.  Daryl has been treating us to some wonderful promotions all summer long from her lovely shop and if you hurry (before midnight today), you can receive a free mystery fat quarter (click for details). 
 
 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Summer Bloom

 I'm pleased to share "Summer Bloom" as my finish for this first week of September.
 
 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Petal Power

My crazy love for using pink and orange together seems to be in full bloom at the moment.  I think it must have something to do with all the fresh fruit I keep buying at the farmer's market each weekend.  We've been eating box after box of  ripe peaches and nectarines the past month and (coincidentally???) those same fresh fruit colours keep popping up in my sewing room. ;o) 
 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Happy Dance Pillow



There's been one finish this week using (those orange and pink) scraps that had been piling up. The combination of such warm and happy colours remind me of summer - think peaches, apricots and raspberries.  A very fitting finish for the last week of August!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Summer scraps


Scraps in the colours of summer pieced and quilted (using a built in wave stitch on my machine).
  A scrappy finish is within reach for me this week, as you can see from the photo above.  I've had a couple of evening sessions dedicated to using up scraps in a range of pinks and oranges.  Since I keep my scraps sorted by colour, it's pretty easy for me to control the palette of my project, if I want to.  It also makes obvious favourite fabric colours, as those are the bins that tend to fill the fastest. ;o)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Finish it up Friday - Pencil Case

Growing up, I always looked forward to starting a new school year with a new box of coloured pencils and then making a special pencil case to carry them.  However, none of those pencil cases ever had the same charm that this one has.  It's just so cute AND it meant pulling out some favourite scraps for stitching those coloured pencils. How could I resist making this sweet pencil case?  ;o)

 
The pattern for this colourful case can be found in the book, Sew Gifts and is the design of Adrienne Smitke. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Peridot

 Three Sprout blocks (click here) made from my green scraps.  Block design by Tracey from TraceyJay Quilts.
I celebrated my birthday yesterday, with some scrappy sewing in my birthstone's colour (Peridot).  It didn't even occur to me until today, as I looked at these photos. What a fun coincidence! I'm not prejudiced against green (those in the Peridot range of colour, often catch my eye), but it's rare that I will make something with green as the focus colour in my project.  Until yesterday, that is.
 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Finished Swooning

Hot on the heels of last week's quilt finish, I wrapped up another languishing project (started here).  Remember the Swoon quilt craze?  I enthusiastically jumped aboard, finished up my blocks, pieced a backing, pin basted it together and then apparently, lost all steam to finish.
 
Love orange and pink together!  The background fabric is Play dots in Vanilla by Aneela Hoey from her Sherbet Pips line and is one of my favourite low volume prints.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Freshening up

 I decided  my pattern for the Fold'n Roll Shopping Bag could use a new option for finishing.
 
Fold'n Roll Shopping Bag (shown sweetly secured with a press snap for tucking into your purse or pocket)
I still need to write the new option into the actual PDF pattern, but couldn't resist giving a glimpse of the fresh colours I chose for the "new look" (totally smitten with these colours and those ruffles). ;o)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

I can because I can

The lingering scent of garlic, dill and vinegar still fill the house in a heady, but pleasing aroma today.  Then there's the rewarding view of seeing row upon row of Friday's worth of work lined up on the kitchen table and countertop.
 
Dill pickles - can't beat homemade! I like to tuck garlic and a pinch of hot chili pepper into each jar.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bits and Butterflies

 
 
Filling a jar with pretty scraps!
 
There's some strips and some leftover bits of fabric stacking up
 

 thanks to a couple of projects I've been working on.


Happily there's more scraps that will be added (if I continue with some Butterfly block ideas).  Funny thing is; I really, really want to dive into those scraps - this mix of prints in such pretty colours is very tempting.   I keep telling myself to wait because the more scraps I make from my bigger projects, the more fun my scrappy sewing is certain to be. ;o)

So, tell me...What are you working on this week?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday Stash - The Heather Bailey Edition

I'm enjoying a rainy Sunday this weekend, with no complaints because it's a lovely break from the hot and dry days we have been having.  This summer has been difficult for many areas of Western Canada due to hot, dry weather which has led to an extraordinary number of wildfires.  Having experienced living in an area destroyed by wildfire (back in 2003... wow, cannot believe it's been that long ago), my thoughts and prayers are with those being affected.  I'm also hoping that rain will fall on those areas that most need it. Balance in Nature is such a delicate thing, isn't it?
 

Thanks to the rain, you will find me inside today looking forward to spending some time playing in my sewing room.


All of the pretty fabrics shared in my post today are from one designer - Heather Bailey (from her Lottie Da and Up Parasol lines) and as you can see, I had fun treating myself to quite a few of her fabrics during an online sale a few months back.


I even have some recently finished items made from the last group pictured.  Seems this colour combination is my number one choice lately, it's just so fresh and pretty. ;o)

Linking up with Molli and the glitterati for:

Molli Sparkles

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Taking my time

There's been some progress on a project I shared earlier.
 

This one has taken me longer as I had moments when I wasn't so sure that this idea (or rather, my choices in fabric) was working out.  I set it aside before making changes (that would involve the seam ripper ;o) and I'm glad I waited.

 Some projects seem to need that extra time (or maybe I just need a little distance from them?),  so that I'm not forcing the process and ending up with an unfavourable result.  There are times, I think, when the focus can be so much on a finish that pleasure in the process can be loss.  A shame, really.

I've decided that here's the perfect opportunity to take my time, to be in the moment, enjoying the creative journey.  Happy mindful stitching!

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.
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