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Tuesday

24

May 2016

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The ’38 Shades of Grey’ Quilt

Written by , Posted in Modern Quilt, Quilt, quilting, Quilts

Initially intended for my boy but apparently, Gabe prefers color 🙂 I had pieced about half of the quilt, displayed on the quilt wall, when I asked him what he thought of the quilt I was making him. He said, ‘What color will it be?’.  I had thought he would have liked a nice, neutral grey quilt but I’ve learned he prefers more colourful quilts.

Grey Quilt
Grey Quilt

Grey Quilt

Grey Quilt

Grey Quilt

Grey Quilt
I have named this quilt the ’38 Shades of Grey’ because I used 38 grey based or neutral fat quarters. It’s as simple as that. Not sure what you were thinking but this is how the name derived 🙂 I generally use a bolder binding to frame the quilt, just like a picture frame but I couldn’t resist the striped, ticking style binding. It may not frame the quilt the same way a bolder or darker binding may but I think the lighter, less obvious binding makes the quilt look a little larger. This one sized in as an over sized lap quilt measuring 66 inches by 72.5 inches.

I believe this is the first neutral, somewhat modern style quilt I have made. I love it and it just may be my favourite so far but I think I say that after completing any quilt. Typically, I would have a quilt hand bound in record time so I can get it into the washer and dryer and watch the magic happen. The magic to me is when the quilt becomes all fluffy, crinkly and you just have the desire to get under the quilt and binge watch something silly on Netlix. This quilt took a little longer to bind simply due to the beautiful weather we finally have. It was a long winter and up to recently, a very cold spring. So when our coveted good weather happens, I am not missing a second of it. Having lived in Ottawa for ten years now, I know what’s around the corner and will be here before we know it.

This quilt is now listed in my Etsy shop. After completing a few custom orders, I will make another attempt to make a quilt for Gabe which meets his ‘colourful’ request.

Hope you are having a great day and thanks for stoppin’ by!

Monday

2

May 2016

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Tula Pink ‘Elizabeth’ Quilt

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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

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A new look…

Written by , Posted in Just another day...

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

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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!

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