Wednesday, May 29, 2013

pts10 finished!

I finished it, and just on time too, as the deadline to mail is Monday. 

I really challenged myself with this pillow.

Drafting a paper pieced patter.
Setting a circle into a square.

Putting a pillow together in a new to me way.  The zipper is on the bottom so this is a double sided pillow.  I followed this tutorial for a Zippered Pillow Cover from Make It and Love It.
Doing some random piecing - completely new for me!

And after all that, I hope my partner will love it as much as I do!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

swaps and a gift

I sent this pillow cover out this week along with a little cathedral window pin cushion.  I also added scraps to this package, but didn't take a picture

My partner was silent as a church mouse and so I was a little nervous to send it.  Also, sadly and maybe badly to say, a little less enthusiastic to send it.  A swap is so much funner when you have a chatty or even slightly chatty partner.

And I do have a partner like that in the Pillow Talk {Swap}.  After stalking her, knowing she likes Catherineholm and low volume, I've put this together.  Not sure what background to go with yet.  I have a good week to decide before I commit.

all yellows...

grays and yellows...
I also finished up this hexy butterfly for the Get Your Hex On bee. 

To top off my good week, I got a super surprise in the mail.  Remember I got 'published'?  Well, Sew Sisters, despite sending me fabric to play with in the first place and then letting me keep what I'd made, sent me a Thank You gift for writing up a tutorial for them!

They were absolutely generous and sent me a 1/2 yard bundle of Kona solids and a charm pack of Summersville Spring by Lucie Summers.
I sense a quilt coming!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

it's the weather

Haven't been blogging much... you can blame that on the beautiful weather we've been having.  I've been outside watering my flowers and planting some of my garden.  We even spent the afternoon outside on Monday and played in the pool!  
Anyway, here's a blog post... who knows when the next one will come!

I spent weeks making a tutorial for this pillow and an a few days it's posted and a giveaway is won.
ps. love the table top my husband made for me!  I sure do.

I never realized how much work goes into making tutorials.  I will never take tutorials for granted again.  

Right now, I'm working on a pillow cover for The Pillow Talk {Swap}.  I was having a bit of trouble choosing what to make for my partner as she likes low volume fabrics and I still don't have much of an idea of what constitutes low volume.  
My partner also seems to like stars and Dresden plates, but there is no way I'm going to tackle a Dresden plate now. For some odd reason, they kind of scare me.
Instead, I chose something different.  Much different.  I stalked my partner and found she likes the Catherineholm lotus design.  

After much searching, I couldn't find a pattern for sewing it up.  So I made a paper pieced pattern using a free download program called Quilt Assistant.  It's not exactly symmetrical, but you can't tell from looking at it.

Just have two left to make and then I have a whole.  Then I have to find a way to make the blue round and then I will square it off with some, what I think are, low volume prints. Just hope she likes the graphic design of this pillow.  Wish me luck!

I'm also busy finishing off some orders for dresses.  Here's a Maxi Dress with a double ruffle.  Little D is a size 4, and she's modelling a size 3 here, so it's a bit short.  She also insisted on holding these silk flowers she found.

And you know what?  After I spent some time designing this dress and figuring out measurements, Violette Threads comes out with a similar pattern. 

Only differences are the flutter straps and their bodice is squares whereas mine is rounded.  

Great minds think alike I guess.

Last thing.
If you are Canadian and you're interested in swapping fat eighths with some other Canadians, I started a Flickr group for us called F8 Swap Canadian Edition. It's the first swap I've organized, but since it's not large, only 8 swappers to a group, I think it might be a good place to start. 
Wanna join us?

Friday, May 10, 2013


A little nervous and a little excited - the first tutorial I've ever written has been posted over at Sew Sisters.

Go check it out and enter to win a FQ bundle of the blues I used to make the Tangram pillow.