Gabry Road

Monday

3

August 2015

0

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! 

Thursday

30

July 2015

23

COMMENTS

Utility Apron Give-A-Way

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I realized two things the other day. One, I have not posted a give-a-away in a very long time and two, I have never given away a utility apron as a prize!
So here we are with both :)
Utility Apron
Utility Apron

Utility Apron

Utility Apron

Utility Apron

Utility Apron

This apron is perfect for hosting craft fairs, auctions and everywhere else you would need to make sure you had the important stuff like keys, phones, paper, pens and of course, business cards ready at your finger tips. Extra long waist straps (40.5 in. long) accommodate most waist sizes. You also have the option to you tie the waist ties in the back or cross them back over to the front.

Utility aprons are also perfect for the crafter, baker, teacher, seamstress and for the person who has just about everything!

The apron is completely lined with a co-ordinating fabric and all stress areas have been reinforced with extra stitching to ensure longevity. Back of apron is lined with co-ordinating fabric.

Created using only quality 100% cotton fabrics. Pre-washed and ready for your next adventure! Completely machine washable.

This apron hosts two (6.5 in. x 7.5 in.) pockets , one pen pocket & two phone pockets measuring 5×7 in. Key hook is a swivel clasp so you can easily attach your keys.

Measurements:
25.5 in. wide
10.5 in. high including waist band and ruffle
40.5 in. long waist straps

So how to win this apron?
Simply leave a comment below letting me know how you would use this apron i.e. what would you use it for.
I wear one everyday to keep my reading glasses and phone handy. I also really need the apron when cooking or baking as I have a tendency to wipe my hands on my clothes and the apron saves me from having to do a wardrobe change.

Are you following my creative antics on Instagram or Facebook? If not, do so and your name will be entered once for the comment on this blog and once for following on Facebook and Instagram.

And if you don’t like to play contests but want a utility apron, you can always find more of the utility aprons in my little shop of Etsy.

I will announce the winner on Monday, August 3, 2015.

Hope you all have a fabulous day and thanks so much for stoppin’ by!

Friday

10

July 2015

1

COMMENTS

Penny Rose ‘Milk, Sugar & Flower’ Baby Quilts

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I love to select, pull and choose fabrics from my stash when preparing a quilt. Sometimes this process takes me days. Sometimes only hours. At times, the process of selecting fabrics can be challenging though because there are so many that I ‘want to keep for a special project’ even though I don’t have the special project in mind. I think that is how ‘hoarding’ starts. You know how the story goes. I buy fabrics and then think they are too pretty to use so I keep them nicely folded and tucked away amongst the kilograms of other fabrics which are there for the same reason. Thus, sometimes it is a relief when I buy a fabric bundle which has exactly everything I need to make a beautiful quilt. The ‘Milk, Sugar & Flower’ Collection by Penny Rose Fabrics for Riley Blake Fabrics was exactly that. Every piece of the bundle was perfect. Not too many duplicate color ways and enough variety that I did not need to add any other fabrics to create these baby quilts.
Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt
With one fat quarter bundle which comprised of 21 fat quarters, I was able to make two baby quilts measuring 37.5 x 47 inches. All fabrics, including the binding and backing were purchased at Mad About Patchwork. So no guessing or matching. Every piece worked perfectly together to create fun, vintage inspired quilts. I quilted both using a 1.5 inch grid pattern. Each half rectangle triangle measures 2.5 x 5.5 inch. A lot of stitching but for baby quilts, I like to have extra stitches or rather a lot of stitching to ensure longevity.
These quilts are available in my Etsy Shop.
Hope you are having a fabulous day and thanks so very much for stopping by!

Wednesday

17

June 2015

8

COMMENTS

The Unexpected Quilt

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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

COMMENTS

Snow Ball Quilt

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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!

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