Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday 16-04-2014

Say, what!!!
Well, it's just been ages since I have done a WIP Wednesday post, let alone blogged at all!
I have lots of sewing projects on the go, but have really lost the urge to blog about them much. What's with that, I wonder?
Maybe it's too much time on Instagram, which I recently joined!!
So, onto my most recent WIP.
I have called it Elementary, and the fabrics are Eclectic Elements and Textured Solids.
I started making a bunch of Plus blocks, which are just so quick to do.
So, in no time at all, I had them all done.
This week, I drew out a very rudimentary plan for the backing.....
very low, low tech!!!
Because had a few leftover blocks, I wanted to put them on the back.
I also did a few different sizes of paper pieced x&+ blocks. Sarah from Sew What Sherlock has made her paper pieced patterns available for free! She has 
them in 8", 6" and3". So cool, and fun!


So I hope to get this quilt back finished, and basted this week. Maybe even start quilting it!
I'll be linking up to 
WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

as well as TNTN

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great sewing week!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes- April goal setting

Like a big dummy, I forgot to link up my March finish in time! I kept waiting for nice picture taking weather, and that just didn't happen.
I'll do a separate post about it :-)...


So, it's on to April's goal which is my Plus quilt using a bundle of Eclectic Elements and Textured solids.

I have most of the blocks done, so I need to figure out a layout and backing, and then put this baby together.
So far, I am really liking this one, so I hope it finishes as well as it started!
I'll be linking up for April!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Boyd St Bowling Bag- take 2!

We are told that it is Spring, even though it is -18 today! However, we have had some really nice days with a lot of the snow melting, so I guess a couple more "winter" days isn't the end of the world!
 Not that we get any say in it anyway!
In honour of the coming warmer weather, I decided to make another Boyd St Bowling Bag.
This is a wonderful Pattern from Janelle at Emmaline Bags.

I decided to "upgrade" my fabrics this time! Instead of the Walmart cotton duck, I used Koi canvas by Rashida Coleman-Hale for the main exterior body.
The yellow flower fabric is by Erin McMorris, called Floradots from the La Dee Da collection. The yellow leather handles I got on Etsy- don't actually remember which shop.
The other big thing I changed, was to use byannie's Soft & Stable as the interfacing for the exterior fabrics. Wow! Is this amazing stuff or what!
The stability it gives to the bag is incredible, and it is so easy to sew with. I was a little nervous about it, because it is fairly thick, but absolutely no problem at all.
For the interior, I used Sunprint feathers. I lost the piece I cut for the bottom, and didn't have enough to recut. Seriously! How do you just lose a piece of fabric? It's not like I took it out for a walk and accidentally lost it! Sheesh, so darn annoying.
But, as it turns out, I do like the Floradots on the bottom. I put the Soft & Stable on the lining piece instead of the exterior bottom. For the exterior bottom I used the Peltex and interfacing as described in the pattern. Worked really well.
A really cute "handmade" zipper pull that Janelle also sells in her shop. She has some new ones with a Canadian flag that I want to get soon!
So, that's all I have to report for now!
I'm off to go shopping with my new bag!

Saturday, March 01, 2014

ALYoF- March goal setting

Well, all I can say about the end of February is good riddance!!
However, March hasn't started any better...
-38C this morning with a windchill warning of -50C
The good news is that the sun is really bright, and it's shining through the window right now and actually feels warm!!
On to the fun stuff though, which is my goal for March.

  It's really an easy decision, as there is only one project that I really want to get finished pronto.
A Lovely Year of Finishes
A Lovely Year of Finishes
"Postage Paid" is the postage stamp quilt I started a while ago, and then just put aside until I decided how large to make it.
While it uses a lot of different scraps, the pieces are so small, it doesn't seem to have made much of a dent in the scrap bins!
So, my March plan is to get this baby all put together, quilted and bound by the end of the month.
I already bought some backing fabric for it too! Yay!
I'm off to join the linky party.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

ALYoF for February, and other stuff!

As the end of February approaches, I am happy to report that I completed my goal for the month #49


A Lovely Year of Finishes A Lovely Year of Finishes
This is another EPP cushion using Lush Uptown and the Spring Carnival pattern.
It is similar to my January finish, except I used the deer fabric instead of the birds!
The quilting is also the same, using Aurifil #2600.
here they are together, just so you know I did do two cushions! LOL!
I really enjoyed doing these, and I must say that watching the Olympics got me through the second one!

I even had time to knit some toe up two at a time socks while watching too!
A very plain pair with no pattern to get me distracted from TV...
I also made myself an ipad holder, which is great when using it for tutorials while in my sewing room!
I used fabric given to me by a friend of a friend :-) I am told it is Liberty!
It came in the form of a skirt and a hankie!
Do you see that lovely bundle of fabric! It is AMH True Colors, and I won it from Heather at The Sewing Loft!!!
How lucky was that, considering I am on a sort of fabric fast! I did buy some backing fabric, but I needed it, truly I did!
So, it's time to link up my finish! Yay for 2 months in a row! I think I have already surpassed last years' efforts....

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

We interupt......

" your regular scheduled quilting...."
 Last year, I bought this great bundle of Eclectic Elements, with no plan for it.
Just needed to have it....you know how it goes!
Then I bought some Textured Solids.
Again....no plan.
So, last week I decided to join the two together and make some PLUS blocks.
Loving them!!!
We did these PLUS blocks for our Happiness Circle @ do. Good Stitches in December, and they are so quick to do.
For February in the Canadians Quilts {bee}, Chelsea asked for this block, and I was happy to interrupt my own, to make one for her. Colourful cross and low volume background was her request...

Also for Chelsea :-), are 2 star blocks for our Happiness Circle @ do. Good Stitches.
 This is an original pattern from Quilter's Cache, called Cathy's Star.

Fun to do, and I love the triple star effect.
One last thing before I go....
I am in a swap called Sew Delicious Sweet Pouch Swap.
My wonderful partner, Janine, from Australia, sent me a huge pile of goodies along with the cutest pouch!

Thanks, Janine! I'm overwhelmed!
Here is the pouch I sent to her (forgot to take a photo of the goodies!)
Okay, now back to my regular scheduled programming quilting!


Sunday, February 02, 2014

ALYoF February goal setting

I was pretty pleased to report that I did finish my January goal, so I'm doing another EPP cushion for my February goal!
This is the same fabrics as the first (Lush Uptown and Basic Grey Grunge). The only change is the focus fabric.
I will be quite happy to be done with hand piecing for a long while!!
Although, with the Olympics approaching, I will need something to do while glued to the TV.
I might have to get out some yarn and start another pair of socks too!
Linking up to
A Lovely Year of Finishes