Gabry Road

Tuesday

5

August 2014

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A little bit of chaos…

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So whereas I thought I would be sewing a whack of ‘back to school’ goodies for the shop, I am not.
Whenever my parents visit from Vancouver, we find a project my dad to work on while he is here. Like me, he doesn’t like to sit around or sight see too much. He would much rather immense himself in a project and keep busy.
So this year, and for my mom and dads upcoming visit, we decided to replace the carpeting in the rec room with laminate.
Sounds easy right? One room. Not too big. Small project?
Well, not so easy and not so small. Once we decided to replace the flooring in the rec room, we thought we might as well replace the flooring in the office and my studio as the three rooms lead into each other. Had we not decided to do this, if you stood in a certain place in the rec room where you can see all the rooms in one view, it would seriously have looked like floor vomit with the three different floorings.
Alas, chaos and mayhem as we now have to empty three rooms in a very limited space.
Here are some before pictures of the rec room…
Rec Room Reno

Rec Room Reno
This is where were are at right now…
Rec Room Reno
We have had to move tons of ‘stuff’ upstairs so not only is my entire basement in disarray, but so is the main floor…
Rec Room Reno

Rec Room Reno

Rec Room Reno
I am though, pretty excited about having new flooring in my studio which of course leads to other small renos. We are removing part of a wall which formed a closet which should grant me (and my wee bit of fabric) a bit more floor space and wall space.
Rec Room Reno
So yes all this is annoying the heck out of my OCD but in good news, I earned a 75 floors badge yesterday via my Fitbit.
Fit Bit
My goal is to one day climb as many floors as the CN Tower (147 floors) so yesterday, I basically climbed half of the CN Tower just by moving stuff upstairs and helping hubby with the flooring cuts. Did I tell you how much I love my FitBit. I do. I do. I do. My daughter has one also so we compete each day, along with other friends, to see who can get the most steps in one day. It’s fun and it gets me going when I really don’t want to, especially at the end of a long day.
With not being able to make it to the gym as often as I would like these days, it’s good to have a house with stairs :)
Hoping all the renos with be done in a few weeks and I will then be able to post the ‘after’ pics.
Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous day!

Thursday

31

July 2014

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HRT (Half Triangle Rectangle) Quilts

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HRT Quilt
I just realized I have now made three quilts using the Bloc Loc Half Rectangle Triangle ruler and haven’t posted a hint of how much I love these rulers!
The rulers look like most rulers except there is a diagonal groove for your seams to rest on while you cut.
BlocLoc-HRT-200
The ruler sets come with a great chart advising what size to cut your rectangles based on what you want as a finished block size.
I cut hundreds (yes, I really mean hundreds) of 4.25″ x 8.5″ rectangles.
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You then use any ruler to cut the rectangles diagonally. Flip the corresponding piece and sew along the long seam to create a half triangle rectangle.
Half Triangle Rectangle Quilt
This is when the fun part starts. The Bloc Loc ruler sits on the seam and allows you to cut perfect sized half triangle rectangles (HRT’s) without having to measure and re-measure to ensure all the blocks are the same size. I wanted a finished block measuring 3.25″ x 6.5″ so I just slid the top of the ruler to the 3.25″ mark and then turned the entire block around to cut the other side.
Half Triangle Rectangle Quilt

Half Triangle Rectangle Quilt

Half Triangle Rectangle Quilt
I know I haven’t done a great job at explaining how to use the ruler but there are great videos and instructions on the Bloc Loc site to show you better. Much better :)
I created enough blocks to create this oversized lap quilt…
Half Rectangle Triangle Quilt

Half Rectangle Triangle Quilt

Half Rectangle Triangle Quilt

Half Rectangle Triangle Quilt

Half Rectangle Triangle Quilt
The lap quilt was quilted by Silver Fox Quilting who did an amazing job of capturing the design this quilt needed to shine.

Half Rectangle Triangle Quilt

I still had tons of blocks remaining after completing the large quilt so, using the Bloc Loc Ruler, I made the blocks a wee bit smaller and created a few baby sized quilts.
Baby Quilt
Backing for all quilts is ‘Flutterflies’ from the Arcadia by Sarah Watson for Cloud 9 Fabric. I love this backing so much I bought the blue version also for future quilt backing.

These quilts and more are available in my Etsy Shop.

As the studio, and entire basement, gets new flooring, I will not be able to play in my happy place but I am looking forward to the reno results and creating in a fresh, new space. Well, it’s the same room and same studio but will just be a bit sweeter with new floors and fresh paint! And yes, for those who know me well, the reno chaos and mayhem is driving me and my OCD bonkers but its happening at a good time because the kids are home and we just find more things to do outside to avoid the mess :)

Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous day!

Tuesday

15

July 2014

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Our summer so far…

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…has been awesome!

We started a wee bit early by pulling the kids out of school and going to Tulum, Mexico.

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico

It’s been so long since I went without sewing for an entire day, so a week away from any sewing machine was interesting. I’ll admit the trip was fabulous but at about Day 5, I was missing my fabrics and machines. Weird, yes. Well, maybe not so much if you love sewing as much as I do. The kids had a great time, especially Gabe who loved that he could get food and drinks whenever he wanted :)

Since our return, we have so enjoyed staying in pj’s until at least 11am…
Sleeping Beauty
…pool parties…
Pool Party

Pool Party
…and of course, tons of sewing as confirmed by my growing pile of fabric trimmings:)
Fabric Scraps

I love summer. I love not packing lunches and all the rushing around which seems to be associated with ‘back to school’. I love being with the kids all day long. Time seems to be moving quite fast around here but I hope it slows down a bit so that the summer doesn’t fly by too quickly.
Hoping you are enjoying your summer as much as I am and thanks so much for stoppin’ by!

Saturday

5

July 2014

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The ‘Hexie’ Quilt…

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…is done! Yes, a bit later than the hockey season ended but it is pieced, quilted and bound! I first wrote about the hexie quilt at the beginning of my son’s hockey season here back in September of 2013. I brought the hexies with me to hockey practices, long road trips and anywhere else where a ‘wait’ was involved. Mostly though, I sewed the hexies together at night when we were all done activities for the day and what I call ‘crash time’. I love rising before the birds in the morning as it’s so much more productive a time for me but at around 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, that’s it, I am done for the day. Sewing hexies didn’t and doesn’t require creative thought or planning so I don’t worry if I am too tired to create at that time of the day. And really, it’s almost therapeutic sitting and stitching while you can still enjoy whatever is going on around you.
Hexie Quilt

Hexie Quilt

Hexie Quilt

Hexie Quilt

Hexie Quilt

Hexie Quilt
I ended up with enough left over hexies to create another quilt about the same size. This one is a generous lap size quilt, measuring about 64 inches by 72 inches. Just enough to keep us nice and warm through the long winter months :)

Thanks so much for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday

18

June 2014

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‘End of School Year’ Teachers Gifts

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I really wanted to make patchwork and quilted pouches for the teachers but I remembered I made them pouches for Christmas gifts so I had to re-think. Gift cards are always a great idea but I didn’t just want to give a gift card and a bag so I came up with a little case to hold the gift card. There is enough room in this little case to hold more cards so it can also be used to store all gift cards.
Gift card holder

Gift card holder

Gift card holder

Gift card holder
I added a gift card to the pouch and placed them in these super cute kraft paper bags. The pinked circle is made of fabric. I have seen paper doilies used in this way but thought cutting circles and pinking the circles might be fun also.
Teachers Gifts

Teachers Gifts

Teachers Gifts
For our bus driver, whom we love dearly and has been our bus driver for at least eight years now, I gave her some fat quarters as she loves to quilt also.
Teacher Gifts

Teachers Gifts

Teachers Gifts

Teachers Gifts
Done! All done and before the last day of school :)
Being that the gift card case as uber duber easy to make (and quick!) I decided to enlarge the measurements by a bit to allow business cards to fit inside the little pockets.
Business card holder

Business Card Holder

Business Card Holder
I have been asked for a pattern for these cases by a few so within the next few weeks, I will post a tutorial. If you need information on how to create these sooner, simply send me a message and I can send you some quick cutting info on the cases.
So now that the gifts and packaging are done, I have a short countdown started ’til the end of the school year. No more packed lunches and I get to be with my kidlets everyday. Bliss!
Hope you have a fabulous day and thanks for stoppin’ by!

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