Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Better late than never.

Well, I can't remember exactly when I finished this top, although it probably is somewhere in my blog, but it was definitely in 2012.  And it languished for a long time, just needing me to finish squaring it up and put on binding.  Nothing complicated or long term! But, I wasn't ready to finish it? However, it is finally complete!!


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This was from a QAL by Sew Happy Geek, button is on my sidebar.


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I used leftovers from the piecing to make the binding, I had it going so that the colours graduated all the way around but I made way too much so had to cut it short so it doesn't quite work out.


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I still like this quilt, but I know my tastes have changed since I put this together--it's not my favourite, but my hubby likes it so that's a win.  Not that I don't like it.


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Jess and I put together our next blocks for our quilt, her's on the left and mine on the right.  I'm doing the layout from the book that has borders around all of the blocks so I chose to do it all with that herringbone print.


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This was pretty scary to make.  My niece turns 2 years old today, and I didn't get a chance to go to the city and buy something so I decided to make something.  The pattern and tutorial for this top can be found here.

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It is reversible, and I made quite a few mistakes, but they were all salvageable, although the ties are clearly noticeable (I didn't realize I needed 4 ties and didn't have enough turquoise) I figured that wasn't the worst thing that could happen.  It took me quite a long time to make this, but I do feel a little braver about sewing clothing and perhaps I will try again in the future.  I do hope that it fits though!!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Abby's Baby Quilt!

Well, there was long period of time where this project sat in limbo, but I finally buckled down and finished it!!

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The fabric is Heirloom by Joel Dewberry in Citrine.

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I used mostly the one orange fabric for the binding but stuck a few random pieces of other patterns in to mix it up.

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I quilted it in an all over stipple, not too small scale, with some 'hidden' gems.  There's some hearts, flowers, and her initials.

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There actually is a heart there.


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That's one of the (kinda) flowers.


The backing is my favourite pattern from the line, and I bought that little stat square from a local lady who does that sort of thing with her embroidery machine.  I knew as soon as I saw the idea that I wanted to sew it into the quilt, and it worked out smashingly.

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I was going to put it in the centre of the quilt with the floral pattern all around--I have lots more--but I decided that this way I a) didn't have to cut any of the patterned fabric, I just used the length I'd trimmed a while ago, and b) I could save my yardage for something else, like a bed skirt or curtains or something!

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I think she likes it!

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I'm linking up with Lily's Quilts Fresh Sewing Day, and Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts!
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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Paper piecing extravaganza!

Well, we did block number 2 in my Vintage Quilt Revival book.  It was a doozy!  But awesome.  I didn't realize when I bought the book how many blocks were foundation pieced, but it will certainly be good practice.

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This is my block!  I went a bit of a different direction with colours, and so I'm hoping that when the whole thing is together I'll have some good flow.  Good thing is, with this kind of quilt, I'm hoping that the variety adds to it!  This may be one of the 'neatest' quilt blocks I've ever made.  Good old paper piecing.

Here is Jess's block:

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That herringbone is one of my favourite fabrics!! It is pretty tough to ask someone new to quilting to dive into a block like this, and she did great.


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Our little helper was loving those high contrast chevrons!!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Quilting with company

Well, we have finally done it.  A friend of mine and I are going to work our way through the book Vintage Quilt Revival one block at a time to make a sampler quilt.  She is just learning how to quilt so it's a great way to practice for her, and it's really nice for me to have someone to do it with!

Also, with my little imp, it is nice to have something that is just little, manageable bits at a time...and we can take turns keeping baby happy!

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We are just using fabrics from my stash, so we'll see how it all turns out in the end! Also, it's a good way to get myself to use those *favourite* fabrics that I keep saving for "something special."

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My colours are a little more muted and soft:

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I know you can't really see it, but I love the grey and white tree print!!

While hers a bit brighter and more vibrant--and I'm a huge fan of how hers turned out.

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I'll have to try to avoid too much pink I think so that this one isn't too girly.  But I guess with every new block we will see how these unfold!



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I could never be trouble could I???

Also joining in on...


Knotted Cotton

Monday, 3 February 2014

Oops...

Well, I believe it has been a long time since I have done anything here.  My problem is twofold: 1-I still haven't finished my sewing room so all of my supplies are boxed up or in the bottom of a pile of stuff still. 2-Who knew having a baby would turn my life upside down? (Okay, well that one I had an inkling).

Anyways, I'm posting my idea for progress in the hopes that it will inspire progress!  I bought this book over the holidays:


I just love everything in it.  I hemmed and hawed because I have a lot of quilt patterns waiting to do, but I just loved everything Lee posted that came from it.

So my plan is that a friend and I are going to get together maybe once a month and make one block at a time (maybe a couple times a month) until we make one of each and make them into a quilt each!!  I love sampler quilts and it's a low commitment way to do things. And we can take turns occupying baby girl if she's awake!

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Because who wouldn't want to??

Monday, 30 September 2013

I finished something!! Yay.

Well, most of my time is spent with this little lady--6 weeks old!


And I can't help but get camera silly. 



But I did, in fact, get in front of my sewing machine!



I got the tutorial on Pinterest, and the fabric is from Joel Dewberry's heirloom line. The inside is a light grey minky. I thought it would be a good plan because, as the Starks say, winter is coming. 





Thursday, 5 September 2013