Gabry Road

Saturday

11

April 2015

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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

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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!

Monday

2

March 2015

4

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The ‘Mini’ Sew Together Bag

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Which really isn’t so mini!
After I sewed a bunch of the original Sew Together Bags and posted the results here, I received a sweet note from Elizabeth of Occasional Piece (www.occasionalpiece.com), asking if I knew she had created a pattern for a mini version of the original Sew Together Bag pattern created by Sew Demented.
Mini Sew Together Bag
I needed to make a few gifts and didn’t want to make a standard zip pouch and throw a gift card of some sort in it.  I needed to make ‘Thank-you-for-always-driving-me-when-it-snows-because-I-am-too-chicken-to-drive-in-snow’ gifts and a few  birthday gifts.  The mini version fit the bill and I am ever so grateful Elizabeth introduced me to the mini version. Firstly, it takes less fabric and even though I can easily say each bag takes at least four hours to complete, that is probably two hours less than the original, larger version takes to complete.  The original Sew Together Bag measures 10″ x 5″ x 5″ and the mini version measures 8″ x 4″ x 5″.   I still love the original version but also like the idea the mini can fit in my purse.

Mini Sew Together Bag
Mini Sew Together Bag
The mini hosts two inside pockets inside of three. Having made both now, I would probably use the larger version for toting creating tools (I don’t like the work ‘craft’ so I like to say ‘creating tools’ as opposed to ‘crafting tools’). The larger version is also better for travelling. I would use it to store the meds. On that note, I would probably take two Sew Together Bags with me on my travels considering I take half a pharmacy with me. You know, just in case…
Sew Together Bag

Sew Together Bag

Sew Together Bag

Sew Together Bag

Sew Together Bag

The above bags were made using the ‘Paint’ fabric collection by Such Fabrics for Windham Fabrics.  I fell in love with this collection when I first saw it but didn’t realize at the time how great they worked in creating the Sew Together Bags.  Sew Together Bag

Sew Together Bag

Sew Together Bag

Sew Together Bag

I love the lining in this one…Sew Together BagElizabeth received permission from Michelle, the original author of the Sew Together Bag pattern, to post the measurements and tutorial for the mini version but on the condition you own the original pattern.  So, with the original pattern measurements in hand, you have to do a little math to work out the dimensions of the mini version. In this way, no one is ‘stealing’ anything from anyone which I totally respect.

If you want to make a Sew Together Bag, you can purchase the original pattern here and if you want to make the mini version after having purchased the original, you can find the instructions and worksheet here.

I love that I have many available for sweet nothing gifts and weird gifts like the ‘Thank-you-for-always-driving-me-when-it-snows-because-I-am-too-chicken-to-drive-in-snow’ gifts :)

Thank you so much for stoppin’ by and hope you are having a fabulous day!

 

 

Friday

20

February 2015

8

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The ‘Real’ Cost of Quilting

Written by , Posted in Quilt, quilting, Quilts

Cost of Quilting
You will read through this post and you won’t find a definitive answer to how much it costs (monetarily) to create a quilt.
What you will find though, are well researched articles and posts, written by exemplary quilters and writers, who have taken the plunge and pondered what it costs to make a quilt and what a quilt should be sold for.
Molli Sparkles has written and in-depth and incredibly detailed break down on the actual cost of a specific quilt. If you don’t have time to read it now, please save the link on your reading list as it is well worth the read.
Moore Approved has also written a post validating the true cost of quilts and quilting.
Hunter’s Design Studio has created a type of forum to collect posts regarding pricing and the costs of quilts from quilters around the world, beginners to the stars of the quilting world.
If you don’t have the time to read the linked posts, in a nutshell, these articles are explanations of how many quilters who sell quilts, are selling the quilts short of what they are worth and thus, can de-value quilts made by others. It’s true. And I am more than likely guilty of falling into that category of people who don’t charge what the quilt is worth.
Cost of Quilting
Directly quoting from the Moore Approved post:

“There is no way a stateside textile designer can compete with products made for pennies in China,” said Williams. “If I were to have my prices competitive with mass-produced quilts found at Pottery Barn or Target, I would need to limit my patterns to only a couple designs and then have a factory in Asia bust out thousands at a time. There’s nothing wrong with a quilt from Pottery Barn. The only thing wrong is that both of our products are called ‘quilts,’ and that causes confusion for the general population.”

This concept is so true and is probably what guides the pricing of my quilts. I have an abundance of fabric. I have the time. I love to make quilts. But, I don’t have the storage room to store all the quilts I make so I sell them on Etsy and privately via custom orders and loyal customers. I price them to sell. I price my quilts to cover the costs of the materials but have never ever factored in labour costs and all other associated costs and expenses related to creating a quilt. I do not buy cheap fabric. All my fabrics are 100% quality quilting cottons and linens. I too have received messages requesting custom quilts and once I relay the estimated cost of the quilts, I generally do not hear any response. Just silence. Which makes me grin because I already knew that would happen :)
And that is totally fine. I do not get upset of disappointed. When I sell a quilt on Etsy or privately, I am grateful for the customer who can separate quality from the sweat shop, factory made quilts found at the big box stores. I am grateful for the customer who wants to purchase an heirloom and not patched fabric which will last them a few years and they end up spending the same amount of money replacing quilt after quilt, or pouch after pouch only to find at the end had they bought quality, they would have only had to spend the money once.

So this post is basically an apology to all the fabulous quilters who are pricing their quilts correctly. Your quilts are definitely worth every single penny you are charging. One day I hope to also. This post is also a thank you to all my loyal customers who know the difference between quality and crap. You make my heart sing every time you order or place a special request.

Monday

2

February 2015

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