Wednesday, April 16, 2014

mmmmm, fabric

Mad About Patchwork recently celebrated their 6 year birthday and had a sale to go along with it.  Well.  It's a Canadian shop with very decent shipping costs and they were having a sale.  No fabric diets over here.
Pam also recently put together these wonderful stash bundles just in time for the sale.  So handy when shop owners group colours together for me.  I picked apart some of the bundles and ordered fat quarters from some of the blue, pink, and red groupings.  But this bundle needed to be bought in it's full glory.

May I present the Pink-Orange bundle courtesy of Mad About Patchwork.

I'd almost call these colours coral and I love them!

I almost wanted to buy a few more of her stash bundles, but I resisted.  I should really use some stash first.  

I am curating a bundle for a Modern Maples quilt to make for myself.  I'd love to have this quilt done for the fall.  It would add much needed colour to my living room and add a cozy feeling with such warm colours.  I'm slowly adding to this grouping. 

I've got some reds, teals, purples, oranges and browns.  I'm not sure how the teal fits in so great, but I can always switch it out later.

I've joined another round of the 4x5 Bee.  I really find this bee a little hit and miss.  I've done two rounds now and each time I get a little more specific based on what was sent to me the last round.  These are the blocks I plan to use.  

There are 7 here, two of which I made, meaning there are 5 that don't fit in very well.  What do you do with them?  I'm not sure.  They may become cushions over time for gifts or tote bag panels. 

For this round I am making this block.  I found this block on Flickr and loved it, so easy choice this time around.

It's actually a super easy block made by sewing strips together and layering and cutting and sewing back together.  The tutorial is here on Melissa's blog.  The only thing I changed was I took off the small outside navy corners and swapped them for yellow corners in keeping with my colour scheme of navy/magenta/splash of yellow.

And I'm finally making good progress on my Modern She Made swap item.  I decided to do a set of 4 placemats.  They are pretty simple in design, but I'm hoping they will get lots of use.

But before I continue on with these, I have to make two birthday gifts, one for my niece who is turning 7 and would like a purse and one for my daughter who will be 4 (!) next week.  I am hoping to finish up a backpack for her. And when did she grow up to be 4!!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

sewing with minions

Unexpectedly, I've been sewing more commission items now than when I wanted to.  Before I really caught the quilting bug, I had a small Etsy shop with some little girls dresses, and I was hoping sales would pick up, but I didn't have the patience or get-to-itness to keep up my shop.  It actually takes a lot of time to post things!  I had some sales via my shop, but I let all the listings expire and now I pretty much ignore it.  However, I also have a FB page attached to my shop and that's where most of the action is.  I have a couple customers who keep coming back and they keep me as busy as I ant to be because now between mothering, teaching, and quilting activities, I don't have much time for commissioned outfits.
In the end, I have a hard time saying no, and so when people ask, I make.

This set of three outfits is for a set of sisters aged 12, 3, and 1.5.  These girls' mom makes chunky bead necklaces and she will be doing a photo shoot in May with her girls modeling her necklaces.  She asked if I would make a set coordinating outfits for her girls.  

I am in love with the pink dress and I really want to make on for my girls now.

I was also asked to make another chef set for another little girls birthday.

D loves to model these for me when I'm checking to make sure the ties are long enough.

On the quilting side, I was asked to join the Traveling Quilts - Canada group on Flickr.  Really, how on earth could I say no to such fun!  I started with picking out colours - navy, lime, and aqua - and then got going on what my starter blocks would be.

I went with a 12" paper pieced star (I completely don't remember what pattern this is!) and then added a couple of things I love.

I did sew them all together, but after doing so, I saw that other members left their blocks separate and I kinda thought that was a better idea.  However, I was in no mood to seam rip and so I sent them as a whole.  If any of you Traveling Quilt members are reading this, feel free to take my blocks apart to make things work.

Yesterday we were given instructions for our do.Good blocks and since they were super quick and easy to make, I whipped them out and sent them off already.  April is going to be a busy month for me, so the less I have waiting, the better.

On the home front, D, who will be 4 this month, asked if she could sew on paper.  After a few trial runs on my dots, she came up with her own design.  She proudly informed me that this is a Y.

The other munchkin is also keeping me hopping.  Such a blurry photo, but this is really how she is 80% of the time. 

If you've watched Despicable Me 2 this will make sense - We call K our purple minion. Really, she does the whole 'BAAAA' thing too!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Saturday, March 8, 2014

little things

I've been sewing a lot of little things lately.

I had a mom contact me about making her daughter an apron with a hat for her 2nd birthday.  She wanted something bright and bold.  Well, the pink here really is that pink!

The main fabric is a Novella print from Valori Wells and I love the dark with bright.  It's the second thing I've sewn from this fabric, so now I only have scraps left, but that's okay because I find myself sewing more with scraps lately anyway.

After seeing some mini samplers pop up here and there, I've fallen in love with mini blocks.  So when I joined the Simple Sweet and Scrappy Swap on Flickr, I knew the drawstring bag I was making would incorporate some mini blocks.

The bag pattern is Jeni Bakers Drawstring Bag tutorial, and the piecing is done by my math.  The blocks finish at about 2 inches.

I have to add a few things to the package yet, but here's what I'm sending out to my partner.  We had to fill the bag with crafty things, but the only thing my partner specified was fabric!  So, more fabric and less other stuff for her.

Some more mini blocks.  But these ones are going to be made into a wall sampler for myself.  I'd been holding on to this mini charm pack of Simply Color for a while now, trying to decide how to use it, and this seemed perfect.  Only, because not all prints have doubles in the pack, I'm limited in what blocks I can make as I like to have each block in a main print and colour.

They will finish at 3inches.  It's kind of fun working with such small pieces.

Then there are the not so small pieces - 

I am slowly making progress on my Feathers quilt.  I'm hoping to have it done by the linky deadline of March 14, but I have to teach two days next week, so I'm not sure it'll make it!  In any case, it will get done soon and then it's on to the quilting part.  Sure will be nice to have a nice quilt on our bed.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Late last year I participated in the Simple & Sweet Scrappy Swap and I sent out a needle book and also received a fabulous needle book and some pretty fabrics.  It was a great swap.
But there were some others who were still waiting to receive, almost 4 months later.  One member posted that she had not yet received but she was willing to play along for another round, so I volunteered to make and send her a needle book.  All I asked for was her favourite colours and then I looked through her favourites on Flickr and got to work.

Her colours were green, pink, and aqua, and they all went well together, so I used them all together.  For the center block, I made a 3" mini pineapple block I found at Katie's Quilting Corner.

Katie, who this needle book is for, also had mentioned earlier when the swap began, that she liked the tied style of needle book.  Well, her wish was my command and tada, done.

Luckily, when I had ordered felt, I also ordered a bright green and so I stuck with the green/pink/aqua for the inside too.  The pockets face inward towards the center so that whatever goes in them will not fall out the top or bottom.  

I sent it out along with some fabric and a couple other little things and I hope it gets there soon.  I showed a sneak peek on Flickr and she already loved it, so that's a good sign.

I'm in love with this tiny pineapple block!  I saw a sampler mini quilt done for another swap and I think I might have to make myself such a thing.  I've already been looking at miniature blocks to make.  I'd like to do 3" blocks and have a 12" finished mini.  
Another added to my quilting bucket list.

For the Happiness circle of do.Good Stitches, we were asked to make two star blocks with the only specifics being the colours yellow, aqua, light gray, and white.

I'm starting to run out of aqua so many people ask for it in bee blocks.

Friday, February 7, 2014

blocks blocks and blocks

I've joined the 4x5 Modern Quilt Bee for another round this winter. I find bees like this to be a little hit and miss as you don't know if the blocks you'll be getting back are going to fit in with your idea, if the colours will work.... And you never know if you're going to have the fabric needed to make blocks for your hive mates.  For example this round, one hive mate wanted orange in her block and another wanted cream.  I have almost no orange except in scraps and pretty much no cream, so I really had to dig.  My first attempt at cream was a fail - I posted a picture and she wanted something lighter.  Anyway, I did get them done, and I hope they'll work for my hive mates.

These are the blocks I received last round and one more I made.  I was going for magenta/plum with navy and a touch of yellow with a low volume (no taupes or creams) background.  The top two blocks don't really fit in with my idea, but they might get use elsewhere.

These are the blocks I made for this round.  I decided to make something other than a star and then found a photo on Flickr of a jumbo economy block.  Decision made.

I don't think I showed this here yet, but I received this mini in the Doll Quilt Swap.  

I am completely in love with the colours and the design.  It's already hanging with my other minis and my quilt wall is growing.

On the side, and very sporadically, I'm still sewing outfits on comission.  This outfit is, obviously, for a little girls who's turning 2.  Her mom wanted a rainbow outfit and an appliqued shirt with a cupcake and the number 2.  

As always, I hope I get to see a photo of the birthday girl wearing her outfit.

I'm still plugging away at my Feather blocks too.  These particular blocks almost had me beat, but in the end I'm winning.  I think I only have 5 or so more to do like this and then it's on to some easier ones. 

I'm kind of excited to see these all together.

Friday, January 17, 2014

a finish and a start

I joined the Doll Quilt Swap for this round kind of selfishly as I hope to have a mini quilt wall one day.  Of course when you join a swap you don't only receive but you also have to make.  That's always fun too as I make things I probably wouldn't have tried before.  Like these economy blocks.

I was so stuck on how to quilt this mini because everything is so square.  I finally decided to do a cathedral window type quilting over the squares to add some round shape to the quilt.

I finished it off with some straight hand quilting on the diagonal to add some more movement.  I bound it with black and white spots to match the black and white print around the centre.

It finishes at 17" square and I'm ready to send now once I gather a few extras.

I also made a start on my Feathers Quilt!  This excites me because it's for us - I get to keep this one and put it on my own bed.  
I'm going with jewel tones on black Chambray and I love how it's turning out so far.  Somehow it's kind of tricky to get a good photo of the colours.

I'm caught up on the quilt along - done A-D blocks.