Thursday, July 13, 2017

I sew tents too!


I made a tee pee for our Harrison for his first birthday present.  I should say that Husband and I made a tee pee because I got a lot of help with the drafting of the pattern.  There are many tutorials on Pinterest but you have to take the measurements and then for it.  I used canvas painter's drop cloths from Canadian Tire as my fabric of choice.  I added a facing to the top of the tent and added grommets to add some stability to the top of the tent.  The grommets were then used as part of the rope tying at the top.  The grommets really seem to make it look snazzy.  The rope is cotton clothesline cord.  The doweling we used was hemlock, 1"5/8".  It was a tight squeeze for the doweling through the tubes at each of the four corners but it worked.  I would probably add a 1/2" to the width of those pieces if I was to make another.  I serged all the seams for strength and serged and then narrow hemmed the bottom and tee pee flaps.  The tee pee collapses easily for storage.

The most important thing is how much Harrison likes it!  He goes in and out and giggles.  He pretends to nap and just has a whole lot of fun with his new happy place.  The tee pee is large enough for an adult to sit inside it with him for story time.  So much fun!




Sunday, July 2, 2017

Making shorties for the babies


I found a new pattern designer Vagabondstitch on Etsy.  Her baby clothes patterns are CUTE!  This is the baby bloomer pattern.  It goes together really quickly and looks super comfy.  I made Harrison several pairs for this summer and a few pairs of the baggy baby shorts as well.  I made a pair of the baby bloomers for one month old Claire yesterday in a Spoonflower print but I gave them to her without a picture.  Let me just tell ya, they were super cute for baby summer wearing.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

stocking up


With just 2 weeks left in the school year, it was time to stock up on some low volume lovelies in time for summer sewing.  I found some great Alison Glass prints and I could not resist the Dear Stella print.  So darn cute!


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I made this before she was born


I made this quilt for our baby grand girl way back in January and she was born on May 30. It is always fun to see the baby on the quilt that was made for her.  So pop on over to photographer Julie Christine's blog to see our Claire on her quilt.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

For Aubree Rose


      Name:  For Aubree Rose
Design:  4" squares
Size:  36" by 44"
Fabric: Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper for Cotton and Steel and stashh fabrcs
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white in cross hatch

This one was a finish last weekend.  It is for daughter's dear friend's baby Aubree Rose.  She was born in early June and it seems that Aubree needed a quilt.  Emily went shopping in my fabric stash and pulled some Rifle Paper.  Of course she did because it is that pretty.  I added some pinks and greys to go along with it.  Emily wanted the grey dots for the binding.  Just like that it and it was done.  I have to say that Rifle Paper has beautiful selvages.  Look at them.  I actually kept them and I never keep selvages.  And there it is.  All finished.  Quilted with Aurifil 50wt in white in a cross hatch pattern and a lovely simple backing fabric.  Ready for gifting.  





Sunday, June 4, 2017

Just a wee dress



I made a wee Geranium dress for our grand daughter last weekend.  This is a free pattern in the 0-3 months size from Made by Rae and it is just so darn cute.  I used some Heather Ross fabric and some little red buttons.  The lining of the bodice is a yellow gingham check. I hear that there will be a pattern for the Geranium dress with all sorts o variations coming soon.


We were able to take the dress to the hospital on Tuesday because she arrived!  9 pounds 2 ounces of little girl.  Welcome to the world, Claire Elizabeth!  Pictures coming soon!  We could not be happier!!!



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

And this is done too but in a good way.


Top finished and it is sandwiched and on the floor waiting quilting maybe next week.  We are being invaded by our daughter, son in law and grandson next weekend for a long visit so quilting may take a backseat to chasing a 10 month old.  So much fun!!!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

That's done...


Man. Darn.  And crap.  I knew that something was up when I was piecing this last quilt top.  It seemed squeaky.  And as I was almost finished putting the quilt top together, This happened.  I did have a back up but now I need a back up for my back up.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sew Sisters has an deal for you!




Sew Sisters has a deal right now while supplies last.  25 fat quarters of either classic Tula Pink fat quarters or batiks for $50.  Seriously.  Act fast because this will not last long.  







Saturday, May 6, 2017

Scrap Attack... Seriously


I started another one of these.  I have this never ending battle with scrap control.  I felt most elated to have given a bunch of scraps to a friend but scraps breed like rabbits.  So here we go,  Just like the one I finished last July and pictured below.  Big honking 18.5" blocks using up tons of strings in a limited colour palette.  I am thinking 9 blocks will do it and I will use up a bunch of scraps in the process.  I can hope anyway!  Just like I can hope the sun is going to appear today after a day of incredible rain!  




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.