Gabry Road

Wednesday

17

June 2015

4

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The Unexpected Quilt

Written by , Posted in Family, Quilt, quilting, Quilts, sewing

It had been nine years since my sister and her beautiful family visited us here in Ottawa. The last time they were here, we had only lived in Ottawa a few months. I didn’t know much about ‘what to do in Ottawa’ at that time. This time around, I knew a bit more about the city I live in so I had planned grand excursions. Key word here is ‘grand’. We did a few touristy things but if you know anything about living in Ottawa, then you will know not to store your parkas and winter wear gear too far away as they seem to come in handy, even in June!
Ottawa
Family Visit

Family Visit

Family Visit
In short, we had planned more activities but the cold and dreary weather hampered our efforts. Between the cold and the rain, we found ourselves at an impasse regarding what to do. Well, the kids seemed to make the most of the idle time. I don’t know how it started initially but at some point, I went to see them in the studio and Rylee was cutting and arranging scrap fabrics. I quickly taught my niece how to sew and before long, this happened:
Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids
They each had a station and they all worked together to create a quilt. Even my Gabe who really has never shown any interest in fabrics and sewing was using a machine and iron. No fighting. No arguing. Seamless effort and work (no pun intended). When time started to close in, my brother-in-law stepped up to the plate and assisted in cutting.
Unfortunately, time did run out before the quilt was completely finished but I promised the kids I would finish it and mail it to them once done.
And here is the masterpiece, quilted, bound washed and ready to be cuddled with.
Quilting Kids
It was a little wonky, with seams varying from 1/8″ to 3/4″ but my mom and I tucked and pinned to flatten the quilt for basting and quilting. I am so impressed with how the kids stuck together and never for a minute became tired or whined about the project.
My niece also made a quilted pouch during the construction of the quilt.
Quilted pouch
Not only is she a great dancer, but she seems to have taken a liking to sewing also.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a fabulous day!

Wednesday

20

May 2015

0

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Snow Ball Quilt

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

Snowball Quilt
I enjoyed working with these fabrics so much that this is the second quilt I have made using the Persimmon Collection by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics.
There is something about the combination of the fabrics I loved, even though navy isn’t my ‘go to’ color, it works so well with the other colors and patterns in this fabric collection. I love the Snow Ball Quilt pattern as it allows for a large background, or negative spaces.
Snow Ball Quilt

Snow Ball Quilt

Snow Ball Quilt
I used a quilters linen for the background snow ball blocks. I love it. I want to use linen for all my background blocks now. I had hoarded and stored the linens in various colors for a long time but either didn’t have the right quilt pattern or nerve to actually attempt to use it.
I had so much of the Persimmon Collection remaining I was able to create a backing using various sized blocks of the fabric. The end result is the back looks like a quilt itself which I love.
Snow Ball Quilt

Snow Ball Quilt
I would love to be able to say I have now used up all of my Persimmon fabrics but I still have enough to make a small quilt or some pillow shams.
This quilt measures 67 inches by 67 inches which is a perfect sized lap quilt or picnic quilt. The dense quilting by Silver Fox Quilting gives the quilt a nice weight and of course, durability considering the tight and small scale quilting.
You can find this quilt in my Etsy shop here.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a fabulous day!

Thursday

7

May 2015

2

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New Vendor / Utility Aprons

Written by , Posted in handmade apron, handmade aprons

Vendor Aprons

Vendor Aprons


So I got a little carried away creating new vendor aprons for my shop.. Like piecing fabrics for a quilt, co-ordinating fabrics for these aprons is one of my favorite aspects of sewing.
I love them because I can keep my phone in the side pocket and because of the placement of the pocket, the phone never interferes or gets in the way of whatever I am doing. It’s there, but not in the way and not digging into my gut if I bend over or am on the floor cutting up fabrics.
Each apron hosts four large pockets and one pen pocket. Pockets are perfect for vendors at craft sales who need to keep cash on hand, credit card charging tools, pens, keys and whatever else would be needed.
Utility Apron

Vendor Apron

Vendor Apron

Vendor Apron

Vendor Apron
This apron and many more can be found in my shop.
But you won’t find this one there…
Vendor Apron
…because I made this one just for me! I rarely create aprons for myself but I loved the fabrics so much I really wanted to wear them :) I love having the pockets available all the time. This apron is perfect for gardeners, crafters, bakers, teachers and anyone else who needs to have tools or supplies on hand, all the time.
Thanks so much for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous day!

Saturday

11

April 2015

2

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The ‘Planner’ Train to Crazy

Written by , Posted in Filofax, Filofax Kendal, Planner, Planner Pages

I’m not stepping on the ‘planner’ train to crazy. I love and am totally inspired by what some are creating with their planners but I kind of like mine to be simple.  If you google/search planners, you will know what I mean.  A lot of people are turning their planners into works of art.  From simple doodling to elaborately constructed pages, planners seem to be becoming a new ‘craft’.  Or maybe, it’s not so new. The idea of embellishing and decorating your planner.  Maybe I just missed the beginning of this art genre.

I purchased my Kendal Filofax about eight years ago and used it as a planner until I purchased my first ‘smart phone’.

Filofax Kendal

Once I started using the calendar, reminder, notes, etc. apps on my phone, I packed away the Filofax. However, the rest of the family weren’t privy to my or any other schedule. We did create the ‘family’ calendar to share between our phones but that concept didn’t really take off. Every day after school, Dear Son asks if he has ‘anything on the go’ that night. Between hockey and french tutoring, he usually does have something booked for the night so his ‘free’ nights are coveted. I looked around at some desktop calendars and nothing really appealed to me. I figured if we had a calendar on the kitchen desk, Dear Son could check for his ‘free’ nights or check for himself what he had on the go for the day. Smart right? :)
Recently, after seeing so many beautiful planners, I thought I would bring out the Filofax and try that out. I didn’t change a thing other than the calendar pages because the last set that was in the planner was for 2009. Seeing all the details people were adding to their planners (yes, a lot own more than one planner), I wanted to just change the divider pages and tabs. I have hoarded ‘Sew Lovely’ paper collection by Carta Bella for some time now without any thought on what I was going to create with it. Until of course, I decided to create the new planner dividers with it.
The first set I created had separate tabs which I added to the existing tab.
Planner Divider Pages

Planner Divider Pages

Planner Divider Pages
I added these to my planner and felt they made the binder to full or thick.
So Plan B involved tracing the original set of dividers I purchased with the Filofax and using my Brother P-Touch Labeler to create the tab labels.
Brother P-Touch Labeler
The width of the tabs were wide enough to use the ‘small’ size setting on the labeler.
Planner Divider Pages and Tabs

Planner Divider Pages and Tabs

Planner Divider Pages and Tabs

Planner Divider Pages and Tabs
Simple but they add a bit of color and fun to my planner.
Planner Divider Pages and Tabs

Planner Divider Pages and Tabs

Planner Divider Pages and Tabs
And yes, I do know who I am and what my name is but I ended up making extra divider pages for which I didn’t have a label for so I created a front page. The paper was too cute not to use :)
So now I am organized and the whole family can be on the same page (literally) regarding our schedules. This is as far I was will take the ‘planner train to crazy’. I jumped on for a bit but still love clean and simple so there won’t be much more embellishing.
If you do have time, searching ‘planners’ or ‘planner pages’ is totally inspiring and worthy of a visit. If you are into that sort of thing of course.
Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous day!

Sunday

29

March 2015

3

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Triangle Quilt

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

We have had a few hints of spring, here and there, not often but I decided to try and photograph the Triangle Quilt just the same. Fortunately, the cold did not break the camera lens and the icy winds did not blow the quilt away into a neighbours yard.
Triangle Quilt
This quilt is made using Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton fabrics. Shot cotton is special because the warp and weft yarns are 2 different colors woven together to create a special depth, a “shot” of color. When the edge of this fabric ravels, you can see a bright contrast to the body of the fabric. The shot cottons also add a lovely texture to the quilt.
Triangle Quilt

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Triangle Quilt
I believe I finished the quilt top around Christmas time but knowing I wouldn’t be able to photograph and list the quilt until better weather, I didn’t rush to have it quilted. The binding is hand bound. Although I know machine binding is so much quicker, I still love the look of a hardbound quilt. Plus, hand binding is something I do when I try to catch up on some Netflix so it gives me a reason to sit down and watch shows with hubby or the kids.

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Triangle Quilt

Triangle Quilt
I used the Jaybird Quilts ‘Super Sidekick‘ ruler which made this quilt easy peasy to pull together. If you are thinking about taking up quilting, this style of quilt would be a great starting point, especially if you have this ruler:
Super Sidekick Ruler
I cut all the strips of fabric at 6.5 inches which is the width of my favourite ruler. I then used the Super Sidekick to create the triangles. Piecing was easy as the most difficult part was making sure I didn’t have two of the same coloured triangles touching because that would drive my OCD into overdrive :)
The Triangle Quilt measures 64 inches by 91 inches, a perfect fit for a twin size bed. This quilt is available for sale in my Etsy Shop
I have two other quilts ready to go to the quilter so hopefully will be able to post those soon.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a fabulous day!

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