Gabry Road

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Monday

2

May 2016

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Tula Pink ‘Elizabeth’ Quilt

Written by , Posted in Quilt, quilting, Quilts

Not that Miss Rylee needed yet another quilt, but after making so many pouches because I seemed to be on a pouch binge, I wanted to make something bigger. Miss Rylee loved the ‘Elizabeth’ Collection by Tula Pink and fortunately, I have over the course of about a year, accumulated most of the collection. It took me a while to figure out a pattern which would highlight the ‘selfie’ image. I settled on a wonky star pattern with centres measuring 3.5″ so that ‘Elizabeth’s selfie’ would be featured.
Wonky Star Quilt featuring 'Elizabeth' by Tula Pink

Wonky Star Quilt featuring 'Elizabeth' by Tula Pink

Wonky Star Quilt featuring 'Elizabeth' by Tula Pink

Wonky Star Quilt featuring 'Elizabeth' by Tula Pink

Wonky Star Quilt featuring 'Elizabeth' by Tula Pink

Wonky Star Quilt featuring 'Elizabeth' by Tula Pink

Wonky Star Quilt featuring 'Elizabeth' by Tula Pink
What I loved most about this quilt is the Robert Kaufman ‘Quilter’s Linen’ used for the background. I now want to use this fabric for all backgrounds in quilts 🙂 I chose the ‘Sky’ version and it blended beautifully with all the brights in the fabric collection.
For me, creating quilts is like reading a great book. Every step or stitch is like a page in a book in that each step or stitch brings you closer to the end. But like a good book, sometimes you don’t want it to end. That is how I felt making this quilt. I love the process. When it’s finished, yes the feeling is great but it’s also kind of sad that it’s over. And like any reader, the next step would be to pick up another book or in this case, begin another quilt 🙂 A quilt for Gabe is up next but hasn’t made it’s way to the long arm quilter yet.
Gabe's Quilt
This will be my first low volume quilt but enjoying it as much as I did, I know there will be more.
Hope you have a fabulous day and thanks for stoppin’ by!

Thursday

7

April 2016

1

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A new look…

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My little shop on Etsy has a new look.

Whatcha think?
Easier to navigate through?
Easier to find what you are looking for?
If you have a minute, please let me know. As with most things, change is welcome. It’s just always a bonus if the change is for the better 🙂

Thanks for stoppin’ by!

Monday

15

February 2016

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The Wristlet…A Travel Essential

Written by , Posted in patchwork, Pouches, Wristlet

I don’t like to be bagged down (no pun intended) with bags and purses when I travel. I love ‘hands free’ options. I wear a cross-body bag and back packs before I will ever consider a hand bag or shoulder bag.
And that is why I love wristlets. To me, the wristlet is a travel or vacation necessity.
You can keep all your essentials, including your phone, in one handy little pouch. Easy peasy.


Of course, fun patterned fabrics make these wristlets even better 🙂

These and more are available in my shop.
If you are living in the cold like we are, stay warm! If you are traveling to a warmer place, safe travels and hope you have a fabulous vacation.
Thanks for stoppin’ by!!

Tuesday

2

February 2016

5

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A Different Version of a Scrap Bash

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I’m pretty sure the same goes for all sewists but we all end up with scraps of fabric which ‘we will find a project’ for later. Depending upon the project, I either end of with a lot of scraps or a little, but nevertheless, I end up adding to the assortment in my scrap bin. Eventually, at least for me, the scrap bin becomes overwhelming and the thought of having to sort and iron of the wee bits of fabric doesn’t appeal to me. Perhaps I just need to organize it better. Instead, I go to my neatly folded and organized fabric collection and make new bits 🙂 This year, I decided to take a different approach to creating and working with scraps.
The first thing I did was empty my scrap bin.

Next, I select coordinating fabrics to create something, anything.
Stella by Lotta Jansdotter for Wyndham Fabrics
The next step is creating projects which will ensure the use of every inch of the selected fabrics.

I began with either fat quarters or 1/2 yards of each fabric.
The result.
Well, I did end up using all of the fabrics with motifs but what remained were the accent or coordinating pieces.
So my theory or plan didn’t go as well as I had thought for a number of reasons. One, obviously, the accent pieces will be used more than the coordinating fabrics. And two, I really got bored of working with the same fabrics and seemed to want to push myself to make more with these fabrics when really, I wanted to move onto playing other fabrics which were staring at me the whole time 🙂 This isn’t to say I didn’t love working with the Stella Collection by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics. but after the third or forth project, I wanted to play with other fabrics. So really, the drawbacks aren’t too bad. I didn’t add much to my scrap bin and made some cute little pouches and bags.





I am still on a mission to reduce the amount of scraps I accumulate but may have to find an approach where I won’t tire of working with the fabrics. And yes, I know, in the big scheme of things this issue is pretty trivial. Scraps or no scraps, I still and always will love playing with fabric. It’s just a matter of finding out how to reduce the waste parts.
All these little cuties are listed in my Etsy shop.
Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous day!

Saturday

2

January 2016

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It’s been a good year…

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I’m not very sentimental about events such as the start of a new year. Since having children, we haven’t created any new year traditions and I am typically in bed by 10:00 pm on the eve of the new year. Judging by pictures and a bit of memory, I seemed to have really enjoyed past new year celebrations though. All before kids.
Reflecting upon 2015, it was an awesome year as I was fortunate to see my family on from the west coast twice in one year! Woot! We also had a visit from family from the east coast. Win win!

If I did anything different in 2015 which I wish to carry forward to 2016 is the ability to not stress if I haven’t finished something I set out to do. Last year was the first year I easily walked away from something I was working on and didn’t have any regret. I would get back to it whenever I did. I spent more time hanging with the kidlets and hubby instead of spending every spare minute in the studio. I still love creating just as much as ever but just realized the project will be there when I return.
So on that note, I will always be creating and adding ‘new’ to my shop but there may be huge gaps of time passing between posting. Or there may be a run off of new for a series of weeks and then nothing for a long time. That’s all ok too. The goal is to end the day smiling and wake up smiling and this agenda works for me 🙂
Wishing you all a year filled with joy, good health and a reason to smile every single day.

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