Gabry Road

Saturday

13

September 2014

3

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Baby Quilts

Written by , Posted in Quilt, quilting, Quilts

After playing with the Chevron pattern on my pillow covers, I felt confident enough to create a baby quilt using the Chevron pattern.

Baby Quilt
Baby Quilt
Baby Quilt
Baby Quilt
Baby Quilt
Baby Quilt
Baby Quilt
Unless working with a professional pattern, I still haven’t mastered exactly how many blocks I need to create a quilt so I usually end up with a tad more than I needed. This time, I turned the extra pieces into half triangle squares and was able to create another baby quilt.
Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt
Both quilts were fun to make and I love how the colours and patterns in the fabric play so well together.
I am currently working on what I hope to be some really fun Halloween projects so I won’t be quilting for a bit but I am still playing with fabric so it’s all good :)
Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday

9

September 2014

2

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The ‘Arithmetic’ Quilt

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

When I purchased the Elementary Collection by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics, I wanted some element of ‘school’ in the quilt. I googled and searched and discovered the Arithmetic pattern by Jeni Baker of In Color Order was absolutely perfect!
Arithmetic Quilt

Arithmetic Quilt

Arithmetic Quilt

Arithmetic Quilt
Arithmetic Quilt

Arithmetic Quilt

Arithmetic Quilt

Arithmetic Quilt

Arithmetic Quilt
I attempted to quilt this piece but after completing about four rows, I saw the quilt top was starting to pucker and knew by experience that the puckering would just get worse so I took out all the pins and brought the quilt to the professional. Silver Fox Quilting used a Straight Line Stipple quilting pattern with Omni white thread. The result was fitting for the pattern and of course, no puckering :)
As I explained to a friend last night when she asked why I don’t finish the entire quilt myself, I told her I am all about the fabrics and piecing them together right now. I haven’t reached the point where the quilting is as important as the quilt design itself but I am sure one day, I will want to work harder at successfully quilting large quilts. For now, I will stick to quilting the baby quilts or smaller sized quilts.
Thanks so much for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous day!

Wednesday

3

September 2014

1

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Rec Room: Updated!

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The rec room or TV room was the first room we ‘updated’ when we moved into this house back in 2006. We had only one TV and it was the place we all hung out in. And we did comfortably for years until one day at the beginning of August, hubby said ‘Let’s get rid of the carpet’. I believe within seconds I was on my way out the door to the nearest flooring store.
The old rec room wasn’t bad but we had probably outgrown the carpet and the colours. Like most reno’s, once we figured out we were replacing the carpet in the rec room, of course we would have to replace the flooring in the adjoining rooms or it was look like, as I described, floor vomit.
So this is the old version of the rec room:
TV Room

TV Room
And this is what it looked like after the flooring and painting:
TV Room

TV Room
I painted the toy bucket the same colour as the top part of the walls (Benjamin Moore ‘Arctic Ice’) which is a pale grey.
I left everything as is until I decided something was missing from the room.
I figured it out about a week after the renos were done.
I was missing the colour teal.
There is some element of teal in almost every room in the house so why should the rec room be any different right?
I painted the media cabinet using, for the very first time, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint purchased at Malenka Originals right here in Ottawa.
Then this happened:
TV Room
Yes, much better :)
Without much natural lighting, the colours do not appear as great in pics as in real life but you get the gist. I have teal in the room so I am happy.
I went on to make some pillow covers to co-ordinate. This is the first time I have sewed ‘chevrons’ and wow it was great. I am, maybe a bit behind the current trends, but in love with chevrons and zig zags :)
Chevron Pillow Cover

Chevron Pillow Cover

Chevron Pillow Cover

Chevron Pillow Cover

Chevron Pillow Cover
This is how they look in the room (with the poor lighting):
Chevron Pillow Cover

Chevron Pillow Cover
The room still needs a few more pillow covers but I am busy stocking up my shop now so that project will have to wait a bit. Feels so great to be out of paint and reno mode. I truly missed my morning sewing sessions when I had to paint instead. There was a time when I loved to paint and remodel, etc. but now, all that is done on an ‘on need’ basis. On that note, hoping we don’t have any ‘need to do’ renos for a long time!
Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous day!

Wednesday

27

August 2014

0

COMMENTS

The winner of the Pencil Case is…

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RNG

Congratulations Sue! Please send me your address and I will send the Pencil Case asap!

Thank you so much for your comments. I so enjoyed reading about what you would do with a ‘second chance':) I have so many more give-a-ways planned so please do keep in touch via Facebook, Instagram or follow by email here on my website.
Hope you have a fabulous day and thanks for stoppin’ by!

Monday

25

August 2014

20

COMMENTS

The Pencil Case ‘Test’ and a Give-A-Way

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The end of remaining in pj’s until 11:00 am is nearing. This time next week, we will be in full swing of the typical school day and extra-curricular activities for many, many long months. This time of the year also means preparing the kidlets for school both mentally and in terms of school supplies. Last year was the first year my daughter required a 3 ring binder pencil case. We purchased what appeared to be a well-made case and within a few months, we needed to replace it. We repeated this process at least three times last year so this year, I thought I would try to make a pencil case which will stand up to the ‘test’ of durability.
Pencil Case
I copied the size from an existing ‘dollar store’ pencil case…
P1060940
The one from the dollar store was not lined but it did have some top stitching. I created the pencil cases using heavy weight interfacing on both the lining (yes, they are all lined!!) and the outer fabric. I also top-stitched seams and reinforced all stress areas. The goal is to see if this handmade pencil case will last the entire school year.
Pencil Case

Pencil Case

Pencil Case

Pencil Case

Pencil Case
The fabric selection for this pencil case is from the collection Elementary by Moda Fabrics.
I also created a few floral versions…
Pencil Case

Pencil Case
…and I created one for a Give-A-Way!!! I realized it was high time for a give-a-way considering I can’t remember the last time I did!
This is the pencil case you could win!
Pencil Case

Pencil Case
To enter to win the pencil case, simply leave a comment telling me if you could go back to school, which program would you enrol in? Or if you are currently in school, which program are you enrolled in?
By random number generator, the winning comment will be selected bright and early on Wednesday, August 27.

Thanks for stoppin’ by and looking forward to reading your comments :)

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