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Saturday

31

January 2015

6

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Idea Pouch Give-A-Way

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I was recently asked to create an iPad Mini Idea Pouch. I’ve made many of these cute and practical pouches. Enough that I no longer have to follow along with the pattern instructions :) If you haven’t seen this pouch before, it holds pens, notepads, cords and the device. All in one cute place.
For this recent request, the preferred colors were teals, blacks and creams. I made two. One for the client and one for a give-a-way, because yes, I know, I haven’t posted a give-a-way in a very long time.
Idea Pouch
The lovely recipient selected the darker fabric which is part of the Elementary Collection by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics.
Thus, the paler teal pouch, also a fabric by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics, is available as a give-a way!!
Idea Pouch

Idea Pouch

Idea Pouch
To see more of the iPad Mini Idea Pouch details, you can visit my little shop where I have iPad mini, iPad Air and all other generation iPad pouches available.
Or you can make one yourself! Michelle Patterns are very easy to follow. You can find the pattern for the Idea Pouch here.
And of course, you can win the iPad Mini Idea Pouch I have featured.
Simply leave a comment and I will select (by Random Number Generator) a winning comment bright and early on February 2, 2015. Whatcha think? Great plan right!
So go ahead. Tell me something. Anything:) Just be sure to leave a comment so you have the chance to win!
Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a most fabulous weekend!
(And if you live anywhere near me, keep warm peeps!)

Monday

19

January 2015

4

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Vintage Inspired Baby Quilts

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After hoarding the fabrics for many years, I took the plunge and cut into what has to be my all time favorite fabrics. Vintage inspired fabrics. Retro fabrics. Happy fabrics. All my favorites. In the midst of our dismal and grey weather, the 30’s reproduction patterns and colors made everything just a little bit brighter.
Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt
Staying true to form, I used red in the binding. Have you noticed most of quilts are bound in red fabric :) I found the cutest red polka dot print from the Hope Chest collection by Penny Rose Fabrics. The backing is part of the same collection. Instead of machine binding, I decided to hand bind. Maybe something to do with keeping the vintagy feel authentic. Perhaps. Or, although machine binding is always a million times faster, I will always prefer the look of a hand bound quilt.

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt
If I am not using a pattern for a quilt, I usually end up over cutting pieces and this is exactly what happened when making the HST’s. Thus, two quilts were made and a third on the way. After a while, making HST’s only becomes a little monotonous and boring but I really don’t want the ‘leftovers’ to end up in the pit of my scrap bin. So I am going to use up every piece I have cut, one way or another.
Both baby quilts are now listed in my little shop.
Hope you have a fabulous day and thanks so much for stoppin’ by!

Saturday

10

January 2015

4

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Keeping warm…

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Regardless of how many winters I have spent in Ottawa, I don’t think I will ever comfortably bear the cold. Extreme cold as we experienced this week. You would think after spending two years living in Yellowknife, the cold winters in Ottawa would be a piece of cake to get through but alas, I am a Vancouverite at heart and will probably never get used to the feeling of your eyeballs freezing.
During the Christmas break, the weather conditions were so mild my Fitbit stats rocked. I was averaging about 17K steps per day! Yet, once the weather conditions changed, my Fitbit stats seemed to correlate to the weather and the stats dropped simultaneously with the weather temperature.
To keep warm, I did some Insanity workouts with my favourite fitness dude Sean T. If you haven’t tried his workouts, you should. He is insanely good!
I also started a few new baby quilts using only fabrics in may stash because yes, it is even too cold to venture to the quilt store to buy new fabric. That alone should tell you how cold it is considering not much will keep me away from obtaining new fabric.
Baby Quilt
Keeping warm means drinking a lot of hot, warming tea.
Baby Quilt
Up until about the middle of last year, I read a lot. For whatever reason, I stopped reading as much and sincerely miss reading great books. To kickstart my reading routine, I signed up for the 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge via Goodreads. I’m already behind in terms of reading a book a week but we are still in middle of many, many cold nights which will allow me to catch up.
The reason I am behind in reading is more than likely a result of watching American Horror Story, marathon style, with my daughter. We cancelled cable in our home last fall and haven’t missed it for a minute. Rylee and I find series we can watch together, keeping warm under many quilts. American Horror Story is currently our favourite and we look forward to homework and hockey, etc. being done for the night so we can sneak in a few episodes. For someone who never used to watch any shows on TV, Rylee laughs when I ask her to hurry with her homework so we can watch the series.
Quilt
So this is how I am keeping warm this winter.
Hoping you are keeping warm, wherever you are and thanks for stoppin’ by!

Monday

5

January 2015

2

COMMENTS

19 Quilts And Counting

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Completed Quilts
I didn’t have a goal or agenda regarding how many quilts to create in 2014 but as it turns out, I created nineteen quilts. I may have missed a few custom order quilts which left my home before I had the opportunity to take a pic but nineteen quilts is still a good haul.
I am currently on a mission to use only fabrics I currently own, otherwise known as the stash, to create more quilts. I began the year by creating a triangle quilt using the Jaybird Quilts ‘Super Side Kick’ Ruler. I purchased the Kaffe Fassett Shot Cottons a few years ago with intentions of making a quilt for dear hubby but I forgot which pattern I purchased the fabric for. Maybe I should start labeling the fabrics with a note reminding me for which pattern I purchase fabrics for :)
Kaffe Fassett Shot Cottons
With the help of the awesome Super Side Kick Ruler, this collection of shot cottons turned into this quilt.
Triangle Quilt
As I kept adding rows and columns, the quilt is now an oversized twin size quilt. I definitely will not attempt to quilt this one myself so once I find the backing, it’s off to the quilters.
Hoping your year is great so far and remains that way for the rest of the year!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday

29

December 2014

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Starfall Quilt

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The last quilt completed in 2014.
Starfall Quilt by Fresh Lemon Quilts.
Starfall Quilt
I didn’t expect to finish this quilt let alone be able to take pics of it OUTSIDE but something weird is happening with our weather here in Ottawa. Not only was I able to take the pics of the quilt outside, but my quilt was held by dear hubby who was wearing shorts and Birkenstocks! Keep it up Mother Nature! I am perfectly content with our weather. No need to make drastic changes.
Starfall Quilt

Starfall Quilt

Starfall Quilt

Starfall Quilt

Starfall Quilt
The quilt pattern is Starfall Quilt by Fresh Lemon Quilts.. I used fabrics from my stash but was happy to be able to use my abundance of Basic Grey for Moda ‘Grunge Basics’ fabrics for the background. The backing is part of the wonderful Persimmon Collection by Basic Grey.
So I was able to squeeze one last quilt into 2014. I’m working on another quilt now but I highly doubt it will be finished by the end of this year.
This quilt is now listed in my Etsy shop.
Speaking of my Etsy shop, I have a sale on until the end of the year!
Use coupon code SAVE25 to save 25% off everything in my shop (including all quilts!)
Hope you had a fabulous Christmas and thanks for stoppin’ by!

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