Sunday, July 24, 2016

To do list....

 I never seem to run out of things I want to sew, my "To Do" list is always growing, Are you the same?
 See this lovely piece of fabric, well I had no intention of doing anything with it right away but I was looking in my cupboard and there is  was staring back at me. way too cute to cut up so I decided to make a little mat to sit on my desk in my room. Its so very sweet and as I'm only the only female in my house it was just something pretty I made just for me.We all deserve to have pretty things in our sewing rooms don't you agree.
 If you go on Instagram I am sure you have seen many photos of this American flag quilt, well this went right to the top of my To Do list and I have made 12 blocks so far, just  three more to go. I am loving it, This quilt will be for our son Jacob, who is saving up to be a Summer Camp leader in the US in 2018.
Once I finished my log cabin quilt, I decided to get this top together, I had all the blocks made so it was just a matter of taking some time to work on getting it finished. Now to make a scrappy border. Then that will be another quilt ticked off my list.

Its such a good feeling to get your projects finished.

Enjoy your Sunday and I hope you find some sewing time.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Log cabins

 I have had a wonderful weekend finishing off my Kansas troubles log cabin quilt. I love it alot,
 I made a total of 25 blocks and each one was so much fun to put together, choosing different fabrics to cut into was the most fun. I have quite a healthy stash of Kansas Troubles fabrics and digging right to the bottom of my box I found some I had forgot I even had.
These fabrics were the very first collections I started to buy when I fell in love with quilting, I think I have made at least 10 Kansas Troubles quilt.
The star block was nice to make for a change instead of a plain red centre, they finish at 4 inches so quite fiddly to make but worth it in the end.
Yesterday I handed it over to my quilter to work her magic, I chose a lovely feather quilting design so I can't wait to get it back and get that binding on. There is still a few months of cold weather left so I'm sure it will get used straight away.

How did you spend your weekend? I hope you found some sewing time.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Birthday Gifts

 The last few weeks have seen me busy in my sewing room working on birthday gifts. I have had so much fun deciding what to make for which friend. They all have similar taste but I like to make something unique to them.
 I think I did good, I did sort of make them similar gifts but each one is very different, does that make sense? The theme was sewing carry all.
 One friend has a Pouch with a view, these are tricky to make but once you have made one and you decide to make more they are pretty easy,

 Another friend is a gorl after my own heart and loves fig tree just as much as I do so I made her a sweet zipper pouch . Love that cute pear on the front. This friend collects pears so this is perfect for her.

 For my other friend I have made her a pouch with a flap, it can be used to carry a lap top or paper work or even sewing goodies, I'm sure she will put it to good use.
 This young man turned 18 last week, Jacob is our middle son. The years sure do zoom by.
 We had a lovely family dinner which was so much fun.
 I had to get a few family pics.
These boys bring so much joy to my life.

Time to start some sewing and get working on a new project.

Have a wonderful day.  xx

Sunday, June 19, 2016

My new design

 Good Morning, Today I am very proud to share with you my newest design, this project is featured in this months Homespun magazine.
 Let me introduce you to "Boy Toys" A  sweet hexagon baby quilt with a few little stitcheries. This was such a fun design to make. I love doing stitcheries and hexagons, its an easy portable project you can throw in your bag and work on any time you have a few spare moments.
 I hope you like it.
 As a designer nothing makes me happier than seeing my designs on the pages of a magazine. Knowing many people will be looking at it and hopefully choosing fabrics from their stash to make their own version.
Something else I whipped up recently was this custom cushion for a man I work with, he wanted me to make a cushion for his daughter with her name on it, all the directions he gave me were bright colours, so this is what I came up with. I'm so happy how it turned out. I took it to work and gave it to my colleague and then the next day his very happy daughter came in to thank me. I do love making things for people to enjoy.

I'm spending the day with a few friends for a stitching session so I had better get organised, have a wonderful Sunday and thankyou for stopping by.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Peg Bag swap & Log cabins

 Good Morning to you all on this wonderful long weekend, I love having an extra day off at home to potter around and do some sewing. After all the dreadful floods my town had this week its been good to see a sunny day. This morning is cold though, I think it was 0 when I got up and a really thick frost.

What do you think of my peg bag? Isn't it adorable, I received it in my online stitching group, every few months we do a swap and the theme for this one was to make a peg bag.
 Thankyou Teresa, I do love it alot. And its already been put to use.
 This is the peg basket I made, it has velcro handles so you can hang it on the clothes line. I enjoyed making it. My partner likes lavender and mauves and as its not a colour I sew with much. It was fun to do something a bit different.

 Now these fabrics are my absolute favourite. Good old Kansas troubles. these fabrics scream Autumn/winter. When I first started quilting about 8 years ago these were my first fabrics I bought. Since then I have collected alot of Kansas troubles fabrics and made about 8 quilts. Now I'm using up most of smaller pieces and making some log cabin blocks.
 I'm not too sure of my layout just yet as I'm making it up as I go but I really like this set of 4 blocks randomly placed together for a photo.  I'll just keep making blocks until I have enough to make a decent size quilt or I run out fabrics.


I hope you enjoy your long weekend and you find some sewing time.

Thankyou for visiting my blog. xx

Sunday, June 5, 2016

A Rainy Sunday

 Good Morning on this miserable wet day, its perfect for a sewing day so I'm  up early and at my machine while everyone in my house is still asleep.  It really is the best time of the day. During the week i have been making little projects to add to my etsy shop, I made this sweet drawstring bag. I'd love for you to take a look if you get time. The link is in my side bar at the top.
 I also have been busy teaching classes at Patchworks plus, I designed and made this sewing machine cover for the class and now 9 other ladies have one just like it. We had a great couple of weeks together sewing and sharing stories. Thankyou Sarah for such an amazing opportunity.
 This is a great project for scraps, I do have PDF patterns available for $12 if you are interested in making one yourself.  The pattern is very new so I'm still working on the front cover for  the pattern but I will email you coloured photos.
 I am making a head start on a few birthday gifts and this pear project is such fun to sew. I'll share the finished project next week.
 I have  my very first custom order for a cushion so I have been busily sewing this together, now to get started on the back,  I love how it has come together.
 Some new fabrics arrived and I now I have these babies to play with, its the newest line from Sweetwater called Treehouse club.
 I have started cutting into it already and am making a quilt. This photo doesn't really look much but up close the fabric is beautiful.
I tidied my sewing room this week and folded my quilts a bit differently so they don;'t get permanent creases. I added a few smaller ones to a basket just for a change. How do you store your quilts? I would love to hear your ideas.

Ok back to some sewing, have a wonderful day. I hope you find some sewing time. xx

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Pottering

 I woke up this morning to one of the best emails EVER.  Let me explain - a few weeks ago I went to lunch with a lovely bunch of Canadian quilters who were in town on a quilting tour. I got chatting with a lady who is a rep for Moda. I told her how much I love Bonnie & Camille so I was asking her if she had met them, of course she had and she was seeing them again very soon at Quilt Market which is actually on right now. I gave this  lady a copy of the Patchwork and stitching magazine  so she could read it on her travels, it just so happened that it was the issue my profile was published in so it was kind of extra special. Anyway we said our goodbyes and I wished her lots of fun at market.  This amazing lady took the magazine to quilt market yesterday and had it photographed with the famous Bonnie & Camille. I was so excited. I still can't wipe the smile off my face.  So thankyou Noeline you are the best.
 Its been a funny kind of week, I haven't done alot of sewing as I have spent most of my spare time pattern writing for an upcoming magazine publication so that takes alot of time. I also taught a patchwork class at my favourite quilt shop.  I did however find time to whip up this cute pouch. I bought the fabrics on Thursday night after class. I had no intention of buying anything but all night they were staring at me and that cute little deer.... well need I  say more.

 I loved how it turned out. I added a few extra things to make it a but more fun. I like using the fabric tape measure twill.
 Yesterday after I finished the pouch I was really liking the coral and navy theme so I dug into my stash and found a few navy pieces. I have made a few stars blocks, I think I might make a big cushion cover.
Sometimes its nice to sew with fabrics that are a bit out of  my comfort zone. I quite like them for a change.

So what have you been sewing lately?

Enjoy the rest of your day, I'm going to sew a few more stars.  xx

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