Friday, May 25, 2018

My new sewing set up

This week I finally got back to sewing blocks for the Community Sampler sew along!


I do not have a sewing room in the home we're renting here on the mountain, but I have the most incredible view from the dining room table where I set up one of my Singer featherweights.

Block 7 of 11; Weathervane, for the Community Sampler sew along.
 The scenery is absolutely stunning and inspiring.  I am loving it!

Block 8 of 11; Morning Star, for the Community Sampler sew along.
I have been thoroughly enjoying stitching up my signature bright colours mixed with low volume fabrics for some scrappy blocks.  


Here's a peek at all the blocks I have stitched so far. This is not the final layout, but a good way for me to view the mix as I select fabrics for the next block (especially as my first 6 blocks haven't been unpacked yet ;o). Hopefully, I will complete the final blocks before the weekend is over, so that I can get the top assembled.  The sew along has progressed to adding borders to the quilt top and I would love to catch up!  Looks like that along with sewing like crazy, I will need to unpack my first blocks and some fabric for setting the blocks (oh, and my large quilt ruler would be pretty handy to have, too!).  Wish me luck!  Happy weekend!



Saturday, May 12, 2018

Catching my breath

Life has been a whirlwind of activity, with lots of changes happening. The biggest is the unplanned and unexpected move that came at the end of April. The news from our landlord came days ahead of a month long (working away from home) departure and it admittedly left me a little dazed.  I immediately had thoughts of cancelling the trip!  The timing meant I would have about six weeks to pack our household and find a new place for our family, without help from my husband - who continued to work away from home until about a week before our move.

I think I am finally starting to slow down a bit and catch my breath after so much change in such a short time-span!

Block 1 of 11 in the Community Sampler, is Kitty Corner.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book Hop - Day 7; Cute as a Button

Welcome!

 I was delighted to be asked to make a project from quilt designers,

 Cheryl  Brickey at Meadow Mist Designs and Paige Alexander at Quilted Blooms lovely, inspiring book, called Modern Plus Sign Quilts.

Photo credit: C&T Publications

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Fold'n Roll Shopping Bags

My finish for January's #sewingmystashadesigneramonth2018 is a trio of my Fold ' Roll Shopping Bags sewn using (mostly) Heather Bailey fabrics.

This bag is my own design and the one I use for all my shopping! The pattern is available as a PDF in my shop on Craftsy (click here).  
 
 I decided that I would alter my original design slightly to come up with a pretty update on my favourite shopping bag!
 

At first glance, you can't see the changes I've made to my original design.


Opened up and in use, you can see right away that on this new version, I've added a contrast fabric to make the side gussets of the bag.


Not only does this mean a chance for some fun fabric combinations, but it also means you need less yardage of  any singular fabric to make this bag.


The main fabrics I chose, are from a couple of Heather Bailey collections (Up Parasol! and Lottie Da),  for a fresh combination with a vintage vibe.


Ruffles around the pocket add a fun, feminine touch, but they don't need to be added.

Need more ideas besides ruffles or a plain edge? Try using piping (or faux piping if you wish to skip the use of cording), mini pom pom trim, ric rac or simply finish the edges with double fold bias binding in place of ruffles.


I love the fresh Spring colours in my latest versions and that I made a little dent in my stash, which was part of the intention behind the year long challenge of #sewingmystashadesigneramonth2018 (click here to read about this fun goal/challenge my friend, Maja and I have planned for 2018) !


Maja and I have already drawn the names of the designers for each other to sew from for the month of February - mine will be to sew from my stash of Tash Noel fabrics! Woohoo!

Linking up this week's finish with Amanda Jean and friends at

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Vintage Sheet Love

I've been enjoying a fun and busy week making fabric rainbows from vintage sheet fat quarters.
 

These pretties are part of the selection my friend, Heather and I, are offering in the little online shop we have  @sewgoodvintage on Instagram.


Along with putting together bundles and listing them this week, I did manage to acquire a few new vintage beauties to add to our inventory.  All this vintage goodness has me wanting to dive back into finishing the pink vintage sheet quilt I have waiting to be basted and then start a new quilt from vintage sheets, using all the colours of the rainbow!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Tiny Dresdens!

It's been a few years since I've stitched Dresden plate blocks, which are a lovely and classic design for quilting. This week I've been revisiting them, only with a bit of twist - downsized into a mini Dresden!  I have Deidra, over at Quilt Obsession, to thank for this inspired idea. She has put together a series of posts on making them which can be found on her blog and she is currently hosting a #tinydresdenparty on Instagram!
 
 
I began my foray into mini Dresden making using fabrics from my Heather Bailey stash (as a part of my #sewingmystashadesigneramonth2018 sewing plan).  I have been downsizing a pattern to make my dresdens into minis - the first attempt resulted in a Dresden that is 8" across and then further pattern reduction brought the finished Dresden down to 5" across (which qualifies as a "mini"). I may push the limits a bit more with scaling down the pattern further to see if I can manage a Dresden that finishes in the 3.5" range.  Meantime, I am loving the results!
 
There is just something so appealing about a mini version and I'm not sure I'll be able to stop making them just yet - especially when I dream about all the things I can sew these little beauties onto. ;o) Pop by Deidra's blog for links to templates, instructions, tips and inspiration, if you're feeling the need to make some mini dresdens, too!
 
 
 

Monday, January 1, 2018

The start of something fun!

Happy New Year!
 

I hope your year is off to a wonderful start! I'm looking forward to and making plans for the next year and I wanted to share one lovely plan that I have put together with my friend, Maja.  It is something I hope you will consider joining us in.

This is the hashtag to use on Instagram if you decide to join our challenge of sewing from your stash and featuring a designer a month in 2018!

Fabric stashing is outpacing our sewing, it seems, and as pretty as our shelves in our sewing rooms look filled with so much loveliness, we decided to encourage one another to use those pretties in projects!

 Our plan involved writing a numbered list of the designers that have fabrics we have lovingly stashed and yet are the ones that we hesitate to cut into (because they are precious! ;o). We then chose for each other, a number.  Maja selected the number three, which on my list happens to be the designer, Heather Bailey!  This means that during the month of January, I need to sew a project (or projects) using some of my stashed Heather Bailey fabrics.


I had fun digging through my stash and gathering these treasured fabrics together!  It feels good to have a plan for getting me into my stash and fun to know that soon I will have turned this "potential" into something I can use and enjoy (which is the point of stashing fabric... I think? ;o).

Maybe you would like to join Maja and I in our plan to sew from our stashes in 2018?  This is not a contest or a competition - just friends sharing a love of fabric and sewing! We would love to have you join in.  I will post on my blog as well as on Instagram to show you how I'm doing with this - including works in progress as well as a final result. Please feel free to sew along, too and if you're on Instagram, tag your post with #sewingmystashadesigneramonth2018.

Here's to a wonderfully creative 2018!
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