Sunday, April 23, 2017

Family



No sewing for two weekends in a row!  What is the world coming to?  Last weekend we traveled to my Mum's for Easter and the kids joined us there to.  It was just so much fun to have everyone altogether.  Mum is turning 80 this month so we had a pre-birthday celebration.  And we had 4 whole days of baby squishes with our wee little buddy.

This weekend Husband and I were busy with flower beds.  We overhauled some much needed beds, obliterated gazillions of buttercups and spread landscaping fabric and mulch.  I can hardly move but it looks great!  Quilting next weekend for sure.
son in law, daughter with grandboy, daughter in law with baby to be, and son


Son, daughter with grandboy and my lovely Mum

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Baby A and Baby B

 Name:  Baby A and Baby B
Design:  wonky stars, 3" squares
Size:  38 " by "46
Fabric: Stash fabrics, Kona White, Apricot and Persimmon by Carinna Gardener for Riley Blake
Quilted: by me with Aurifil white 50 w straight line grid 



I finished these 2 baby girl quilts on the weekend and was happy to deliver them this week to a wonderful Mom at my school who just so happened to have beautiful twin baby girls about a month ago.  Oh my goodness!  Two wee dolly babies.  How about that?  She is now Mom to 4 lovely daughters and quilts were definitely in order.

I made them the same but different.  One for Baby A and one for Baby B.  Little wonky star blocks made with 3 " squares.  One quilt had low volume whites for the background while the other has Kona White, Kona Flesh and some other soft hued peach and green fabrics.  The focus fabrics and binding is the feature floral print from Riley Blake, Apricot and Persimmon by Carinna Gardener.  It is a lovely vibrant floral. I used this for the binding on each quilt as well and backed them in a soft green gingham sheeting.  Super simple and just girly enough.

The quilting is simple straight line grid work on either side of each small square in Aurifil 50 wt in white.

There is just something wonderful about gifting quilts for babies.  I hope that these will be thrown on the floor for tummy time, used for fort building, snuggling and dragged around by these sweet little girls.  Made to be used and loved.




Monday, March 27, 2017

Baby Girl...


Our son and our lovely daughter in law are expecting a baby girl in May.  We are so delighted and I started her wee wardrobe yesterday.  Some little pants but then I added a peplum to the Brindille and Twig basic tee in the 0-3 months size.  I put my rotary cutter there for scale.  This is a little tee shirt in the softest Art Gallery knit.  Pinkness!  I have to credit Husband for doing the circle math.  I made the peplum as a circle and had to figure out how big to make the inner circle to fit on the bottom of the t-shirt.  I did cut an inch off the bottom of the tee before adding the peplum.  And in perfect capsule wardrobe fashion.  The pink tee is mix and max with all three of the pants.  Woo hoo!

I also made soft mint green one as well.  The Art Gallery solids and the Amy Sinbaldi knit from her Paperie line is all from Hawthorne Threads.  The grey dot is a Riley Blake knit also from Hawthorne Threads.  The centre floral print is from Spoonflower.  To whine a bit, it is really tough to find lovely knits for baby clothes in Canada.  I can find the basics but not the good quality designer knits.

The hem on the circle peplum was a bit of a puzzle.  Then I decided to serge the edge first.  This allowed me to easily turn up the serged edge and press lightly before doing the twin needle hem with the woolly nylon thread in the bobbin.  And that she said is that.  Cannot wait to hug the little girly bundle.  She will be here before you know it.





Sunday, March 26, 2017

And they fit!


And they fit!  I packed up all the clothes in a shoebox and mailed them off to our wee boy.  Here he is in the hoodie and a pair of the pants.  Perfect fit with room to grow into them.  Baby toes!
Harrison is almost 9 months old and he is wall walking up a storm.  Cute as stink!




Saturday, March 25, 2017

Not quilting but sewing for baby


I have been sewing up a new wardrobe for the grand boy.  Spring break sewing to be sure.  I actually had to make a list.  Daughter has very specific requests.  Did I say diva?  Just a little bit.  Love you, Emily!  Anyway, it is always a bit of a gamble with sizes when the baby lives far away but I got busy and made pants, tees, a sweatshirt and a hoodie.  And I fell in love with a "new to me" technique for finishing the hems and waists.  Oh my goodness, I am all about the twin stretch needle with woolly nylon thread in the bobbin.  Why have I never done this before?????  It works like stink.  I am even going to do this on the neck ribbing next time for that extra little bit of professional finish.


Some fabric details.  The foxes are a Robert Kaufman knit but I think it is out of stock everywhere now.  The other prints are from Spoonflower. I get the organic knit.  It is a beautiful weight.  The black and white stripe if from a t-shirt that I bought for me but never wore.  The black hoodie and black pants is french terry with a grey light weight knit for the hood lining.  The sweatshirt is a light weight woven stripe from Overseas Fabric, my local awesome shop and they carry the twin stretch needle and tons of serger thread.  FYI.


And the patterns for the hoodie, sweatshirt and the tees are Brindille and Twig.  The pants are a combination of a number of patterns and my own messing around.  I used the baggy fit tee but then did the deer print and black and white stripe with the basic tee and we preferred the basic fit tee.




Sunday, March 5, 2017

My Psychedelic Baby


Name:  My Psychedelic Baby
Design:  from Sew Katie Did workshop Psychedelic Baby with my twist
Size:  52" by 66"
Fabric: Stash fabrics, Kona Snow
Quilted: by me with Aurifil ivory and 50 wt irregular straight line grid 

So Katie Pedersen came to visit out Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild.  It was pretty awesome seeing all her quilts at the trunk show and then I joined my quilting peeps for a day of work shopping Psychedelic Baby.  This is what I came up with.  I joined the blocks in a different orientation than her classic and made giant half square triangles set in some blocks of Kona Snow.  I did stitch and flip triangles with some of the off cuts.  And I still have a ton of off cuts to play with but here it is.  My Psychedelic Baby.  Quilted with Aurifil 50 wt in ivory in an irregular dense grid.  This is a nice size lap quilt.  I bound it in a grey cross weave.  And am calling it done.  On the barn and in the snow.  Yes,  Snow again and still!



Monday, February 13, 2017

All the Pretty Colours #2 a.k.a. Road Trip


    Name:  All the Pretty Colours #2 a.k.a. Road Trip
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 we had a bit of snow.  Just a bit.  Like over a metre.  Or in other measurements, around 40" over a few days. We don't usually have snow.  In fact there are year's when we don't see any of the white stuff but this year takes the cake.  School was closed for several days as a result and I had a chance to try to take pictures of this finish in the giant piles of snow that was our yard.  We are talking past your boots, people.  Past your boots!

I made a second one of these because Husband really liked the first one and he wanted me to give it to his sister as a gift.  I knew that I was going to use the first one in a guild challenge so I said, how about I make another one?  I had cut too much fabric the first time around and I already knew what I was doing so I cut more fabric including some wonderful Moda Grunge and got busy.  It went much faster than the first one.  Or it seemed like it and that is why this quilt has the subtitle Road Trip.  Because it always seems that when you are driving somewhere, the trip home takes so much less time.

This design is from the book by Kaffe Fasset, Glorious Patchwork and it has the very simple title, pieced stripes.  Which is what is it.  Pieced stripes of fabric in 3 colour stories with random 60 degree angle cuts.  It really is effective.  I quilted it just the same as the last one with slightly closer vertical straight lines in 3 colours of Aurifil.  Soft purple, vibrant hot pink and that lovely citron yellow.  I just love it.  I backed it in the same Anna Maria Horner fabric but because of the snow, I could not get a shot of the back. Take my word for it, it is awesome.  And it is bound in a dark burgandy Free Spirit solid.  This one is boxed up and ready for the mail tomorrow.  For Fran.









Monday, February 6, 2017

and why we need a snow blower.


So I was all ready to quilt my latest work in progress.  I had all the bobbins wound.  Bright selection of Aurifil for the top and lovely dove grey for the bobbin.  I had all of about 10 rows completed.  And the power went out.  I should back up.  Starting last Friday, we have been hammered with snowfall after snowfall.  We have had a total accumulation over the weekend of about 30-32" of snow.  So, we lost power for a good chunk of my quilting Saturday.    I was back at it on Sunday and got all the quilting completed.  All schools were closed today so I got a bonus long weekend.  With more snow forecast, who knows what will happen this week.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Work in Progress: Like a Road Trip


I started another one of these last weekend.  This is destined to be a gift.  I was so surprised how quickly I had all the strips done.  And then by the time I finished sewing on Sunday at 2:30 pm, I had the top altogether.  Somehow it seemed that the last one took way longer and I am baffled.  I guess it is like when you go on a road trip.  It seems that it takes such a long, long time to get there but the return trip is so much shorter.    Next weekend will be the back, and sandwiching and maybe, just maybe I will get it all quilted.


Sunday, January 22, 2017

A little stash building


I took advantage of the no shipping a few weeks ago at Sew Sisters.  I found lots on sale and added some prints from Tula Pink's Slow and Steady line and then a few others fun prints.  I took a picute of the selvages if anyone is interested.  The Anna Maria Horner print is such a wonderful low volume option.  And there is just something wonderful about the Bear Essentials prints from P and B Textiles.

Sew Sisters has new fabrics added to their clearance section and an awesome deal on Aurifil basic threads (white, grey and natural) if you need any. 33.3% off but only in January.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Workshop coming up

I am going to a Katie Pedersen next month and I picked my fabric for the class.  I think it is quite awesome.  Cannot wait.

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

Basics


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!