Tuesday, January 17, 2017

I started another...

I started another one of these to give as a gift.  Husband wanted me to give away the one I already finished but I wanted to keep that one.  So here we go again.  I had to let it stew for a bit on the table as a pile of fabric. It was just a little bit tricky to motivate myself when it was going to be a do-over but once I got started, I got over it.  On to the next set of colours next weekend.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sewing pants

This weekend was all about baby pants.  The little dude is growing fast and furious and is now 6 months old. He is a seriously cute.  And when his mommy says he needs new pants then Gramma has to get busy.  The 2 black prints are Robert Kaufman knits and the Adventure Awaits print is from Spponflower.  Nouveau Bohemian is the designer and it was printed on the organic cotton knit which is to die for.  Just saying.  

Then I made the sweatshirt which is a Brindille and Twig pattern.  The Canada Goose print is from Spoonflower as well and the same designer. Now here is the story.  I decided yesterday to be brave and change the thread on my serger from white to black since I was sewing black stuff.  Yesterday it worked perfectly.  I tied the thread to the thread.  Bing bang boom, I had black thread on the serger and then I changed it back.  No problem! Until today when I was serging the sweatshirt and I decided to switch to black thread again for the ribbing.  The thread broke and I had to re-thread the whole thing.  OMG.  I had the Youtube video.  I had husband holding the flashlight.  Cursing.  Thinking I needed to buy a new serger.  One for white thread and one for black.  But with husband's help, we got it done  I seriously cannot thread a needle, never mind a looper.  Serger threaded.  Sweatshirt done.  And black thread is still on the serger.  Blah!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

For Pebbles

  Name:  For Pebbles
Design:  4 " squares
Size:  35"" by 45"
Fabric: Stash fabrics, Michael Miller Kiss Dot in FOg, for binding and in the quilt
Quilted: by me with Aurifil  50 wt in white cross hatch

This is my first quilt finish of 2017.  Back in the swing of it.  We are expecting a new grand baby in May.  A wee girl.  And she is being referred to as Pebbles at the moment.  This is for Pebbles.  Shabby pink rose and classy grey all mixed up together for a wee baby girl.  I backed the quilt with a delicate floral on white flannelette and quilted it in a cross hatch in Aurifil 50 wt in white.  I made a similar quilt months ago and our daughter in law thought it was a good one.  This will be one of many to be sure because babies need more than just one quilt, don't you know?  I think our grandson is up to 4 quilts now and he is just 6 months old!

And did I mention we have had unheard of snow.  Good grief!  We have so much of it!  It is hanging off the barn roof in curls and so much of it has already fallen off the roof in big snowbanks.  Let me just say it was no easy feet stomping through the snow to take these pictures.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


I have been reading the reflections and  predictions on Sew Mama Sew for the upcoming year in quilting. Trends and so on.  Very interesting.  And a few of those quilters interviewed are saying what I have been noticing over the past while.  The new fabric lines come at us fast and furiously.  It is hard to keep up with all the bounty.  I find myself gravitating more to solids, and near solids when purchasing fabric of late. And it seems that other quilters are sharing that idea and there have been a lot of major de-stashing on Instagram as quilters try to re-focus their fabric stashes.   I have my go tos.  Reliable basics which include the Kona cottons.  I have been stocking up on the brilliant colours found in the Moda Basic Grey Grunge line and I am such a fan of Alison Glass's Endpaper line.  Oh my goodness!  The colours are to die for.

Some of my absolute favourites are Clown Stripe by Timeless Treasures, Kona White, and I love, love love Michael Miller's Kiss Dot in Fog.  I buy Kona white by the bolt and keep yards and yards of the other two in my stash.  The threads of choice have to be Aurifil 2024 and 2600.  What are your fabric go tos?

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Happy New Year!

Starting with some treasures that my Mum tucked in my Christmas stocking.  Oooo!  Some real oldies in there.  The silver coloured oval with the bar in the middle is apparently a scissor sharpener.  Some lovely old needle packets, a needle book in the shape of a sun hat, some old bodkins and a Necchi sewing machine threader.  Fun!

We were so lucky to have our family with us for Christmas.  Our wee grand baby stayed for most of the break, along with his Mum and Dad and that was just the best.  He is a world class snuggler and is already 6 months old. 

I  did not sew at all during the two week break except for a few Christmas makes just before the big day. We also got hammered with a sick thing that went through the house.  Blech!  I did make some table runners for gifts.  And some things that I even forgot to photograph.  Good grief!  So here we are in January, snow covered and under a winter storm advisory again!  

Sunday, December 11, 2016


Sometimes you blink and a month has gone by.  Oh my!  Well... hello!

I want to tell you about great customer service.  This is especially timely because I have been busy with multiple emails, phone calls, frustration exercises with a retailer after an online order was messed up.  Not a fabric store but some Christmas shopping.  Long story short, after that retailer's customer service completely fell apart and they don't care, along came Sew Sisters and they have amazing customer service.  And they did not ask me to say this.  It just is.  I ordered some Kona, and one of the colours was back ordered and I neglected to give them instructions about what to do if.  Anyway when I thought the order was taking a little bit longer to get here, I sent an email.  Judy answered me right away and it had to have been about 10 or 11 pm in Ontario.  The next morning, I received another email, saying they were sorry, and they would send me all but the back ordered Kona.   Awesome.  First of all, they answered.  Secondly, they had a solution.  Thirdly, they sent me a note with an extra fat quarter.  Nice!  More than nice.  It was awesome.

And we have snow.  Lots of it.  Past my boot tops kind of snow.  Stuff we never see in this quantity.  Crazy snow.

Friday, November 11, 2016

All the Pretty Colours

    Name:  All the Pretty Colours
Design:  from Kaffe Fasset GLorious Patchwork: Pieced Stripes Quilt
Size:  76.5" by 82"
Fabric: Stash fabrics, backing Anna Maria Horner
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 40 and 50 wt straigh lines, 1/2" apart

So this was fun!  It is a glorious explosion of colours.  All the colours of fall wrapped up in one quilt.  This is a quilt from Kaffe Fassett's book Glorious Patchwork.  The design is called Pieced Stripes quilt.  But that is just a bit boring.  So, I am calling this All the Pretty Colours. The pattern just tells you how to make it but does not include templates so really it is all up to you once you select the fabric.  The design suggests a colour story and I loved it so much that I repeated it as much as possible in my fabric picks.  Lots of solids, near solids, and a dash of Alison Glass's End paper line really made this work.

I quilted it in straight lines, with 3 different shades of Aurifil but with Dove in the bobbin. I used 1243, a soft purple, 4020, a fuchsia,  and then a 40 wt fabulous golden yellow, 5015.  It was a slog to quilt as it is a big one but my Janome Horizon handled it, no problem.  It was just a bit heavy for me to wrangle.

So there it is a finish.  I am quite pleased with it.  Linking up with Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.