Gabry Road

Tuesday

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February 2016

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A Different Version of a Scrap Bash

Written by , Posted in Pouches

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

3

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It’s been a good year…

Written by , Posted in Just another day...

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.

Sunday

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September 2015

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Little Laptop Sleeve

Written by , Posted in Back To School, halloween, iPad sleeve

My daughter, as part of a high school academic program, received a Chrome Book to use and keep for the school year. She was pretty excited about 1. having her own little computer and 2. a computer which isn’t a Mac, iPad or iPhone. Being that we are a Apple products kind of family, there are a lot of programs etc. we can’t access using our Mac. It’s never really bothered me but it seems the school based programs tend to be accessed better by a Windows based operating system.
Being that Rylee is only ‘borrowing’ the cute, little laptop for the school year, she asked if I could make her a sleeve to protect the laptop. Of course, I obliged. I asked her to select fabrics and she picked one that I worked with a lot last year, ‘The Ghastlies’ Collection. How she ever remembered this collection, I don’t quite understand as I have stored the collection in a ‘seasonal fabrics’ bin which isn’t even visible in my studio. I did suggest other fabrics but she was pretty set on the ‘The Ghastlies’. I have to admit they are cute but thought ‘Botanics’ by Carolyn Friedlander or ‘Sun Print’ by Alison Glass would have been a great choice also.
Laptop Sleeve

Laptop Sleeve

Laptop Sleeve

Laptop Sleeve

Laptop Sleeve

Laptop Sleeve

Laptop Sleeve
In the original version, I have made little handles so that she could easily pull the sleeve from her back pack but apparently, the handles made it look ‘babyish’ and she said she would not use them. Thus, this morning, I took it apart and removed the handles (which I thought were really cute but I am not in Grade 9 right!)
There was a time when Rylee wasn’t interested in any of my sewing creations. Now, she is asking for pencil cases, sleeves and quilts. I don’t know what has changed but I’m definitely loving it and not going to question why the change in interest :)
Hope you are having a fabulous weekend and thanks for stoppin’ by!

Tuesday

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September 2015

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She wanted a new pencil case…

Written by , Posted in Back To School, Pencil Case, Quilt, quilting, Quilts

…and we again could not find one she liked at a retail store. Rylee isn’t that particular about new school supplies. She knows we recycle what was still functional from the previous school year before we purchase ‘new’ but she really wanted a pencil case. So, I made her a few.
Pencil Case

Pencil Case

Pencil Case
Rylee selected the fabrics for ‘her’ pencil cases and I think she made great choices as they turned out great.
Here are a few more I have created and are listed in my Etsy Shop.
Pencil Case

Pencil Case
With the amount of stitching and reinforcements added to these cases, they should last the entire school year!
Pencil Case

Pencil Case

Pencil Case

Pencil Case
If you are viewing the cases on Etsy, you will see the US Exchange Rate conversion. If you are shopping and shipping within Canada, the price of the pencil case is $18 CAD.
After I have spent time creating ‘little projects’, I seem to have the need to create a larger project. So on to a queen sized quilt!
Modern Vintage Quilt
Created using mainly Bonnie and Camille ‘Miss Kate’ fabrics and using the Bonnie and Camille ‘Modern Vintage’ pattern. Lots of half square triangles which means this one is gonna take a while :)
Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous day!

Monday

3

August 2015

1

COMMENTS

And the winner is…

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 Twenty three wonderful ladies left beautiful comments.   
  I’ve had these little bingo chips for ages and thought they would be useful at some time and the time was today :). I put numbers 1 to 23 in a little bowl and let the apron model aka my daughter select a chip.   
   And voila! The eighteenth comment was left by Emma! Congratulations Emma! Please send me a message with your mailing address. 
A huge thanks to all who visited and took the time to leave a comment. I will post more give-a-ways soon! 

Hope you had a lovely day and thanks for stoppin’ by! 

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