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Sunday

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July 2016

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The Super Tote

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I’ve been a huge fan of Noodlehead’s patterns ever since I made my first 241 Tote. ย The patterns are easy to follow and no guessing as to what to do next. I have owned the Super Tote pattern by Noodlehead for a while now but only attempted to create the tote recently. My first tote using this pattern turned out perfectly.

Super Tote

Super Tote

Super Tote

Super Tote

Super Tote

This is the original pattern version of the tote. I love how it turned out. However, for myself, I thought the tote may be a tad too big so I reduced the pattern (via a standard home printer) to 80%. With each attempt, I tried something different. Some I added a magnetic snap. Some I doubled interfacing and some I did not. I added the inside zip pocket to all as that seems to be my thing right now but otherwise, the pattern is identical to the original, minus 20%.
Super Tote

Super Tote

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Super Tote

Super Tote

Super Tote

Super Tote

This size I love. It’s still a large tote but not too large. It will fit a lap top, gym gear, groceries and whatever else you would need to lug around without being too large.
This pattern also allows you to play with various patterns and textures of fabric easily. I love using Essex Linen in my creations and the gusset is the perfect place for linen in these totes.

Now that the kids are out of school for the summer and the fact we have a huge home reno on the go, my coveted time in the studio will be minimal but I hope to get in there to create some more of these totes soon. With the exception of the original tote (which sold immediately after posting a pic on Instagram), the smaller versions are listed in my little shop.
If you were thinking of creating the Super Tote, go ahead and do it. It’s a lot of cutting of fabrics and interfacing but once you get past that, the tote is easy to create.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Monday

6

June 2016

0

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The Canvas Wrap Apron

Written by , Posted in canvas apron, canvas wrap apron, craft apron, handmade apron, handmade aprons, Utility Apron, wrap apron

There was a time, about six years ago, when the only thing I was sewing was the Canvas Wrap Apron. I had initially created the pattern and apron for me as I have a tendency to wipe my hands on my clothes and get pretty messy in the kitchen. To save wardrobe changes and serious damage to my favourite clothes, I created the apron which basically ensured full body coverage. I didn’t like ties at the back of my neck so the typical, over-your-head and tie-at-the-back style apron didn’t work for me. Once I created mine, the apron became pretty popular and as I said, it seemed to be the only thing I was sewing for a few years.
I made the apron for friends, for family and for people I met on the world wide web. I made a lot of them.
Canvas Wrap Apron
And then more…
Canvas Wrap Apron
Soon, most of my ‘crafty’ friendsย had a canvas wrap apron.
And then I stopped making them for a while.
Maybe I got bored and wanted to make other items. Not sure why but I haven’t made this apron in years. Then, recently, I went to put on the original apron I made for myself and realized it had lived it life, fully and completely. Six years of constant use and washing had worn down the pockets and when I tried to tie the straps, they both broke off ๐Ÿ™
Thus, the need arose for a new apron.
Canvas Wrap Apron
Canvas Wrap Apron

Canvas Wrap Apron

Canvas Wrap Apron

Canvas Wrap Apron

Canvas Wrap Apron
The canvas is a 7 oz. unbleached, natural cotton which becomes very soft and subtle after washing. All accent fabrics are part of the Rustic Blush Collection by Verna Mosquera for Free Spirit Fabrics, which I truly adore. Like all the canvas aprons I have created, all accents and trims are topstitched and stay-stitched to prevent fraying and to give the apron a rustic, aged look.
Now, having said all this, and after finally getting around to creating another one of these, I made it too big and of course, didn’t realize it may be too big until after all the pockets and trim was fastened. And by fastened, I mean securely fastened. As in, there is no way I am attempted to remove and move the trim and ruffle. Because all seams are exposed, I triple stitch to secure. My seam ripper would wear out in no time flat. Thus, I have listed the apron in my Etsy store and will attempt to make another one soon. This apron would fit a size 6 to 8 comfortably. Any questions, please do send me a message!

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

Tuesday

24

May 2016

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The ’38 Shades of Grey’ Quilt

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Initially intended for my boy but apparently, Gabe prefers color ๐Ÿ™‚ I had pieced about half of the quilt, displayed on the quilt wall, when I asked him what he thought of the quilt I was making him. He said, ‘What color will it be?’. ย I had thought he would have liked a nice, neutral grey quilt but I’ve learned he prefers more colourful quilts.

Grey Quilt
Grey Quilt

Grey Quilt

Grey Quilt

Grey Quilt

Grey Quilt
I have named this quilt the ’38 Shades of Grey’ because I used 38 grey based or neutral fat quarters. It’s as simple as that. Not sure what you were thinking but this is how the name derived ๐Ÿ™‚ I generally use a bolder binding to frame the quilt, just like a picture frame but I couldn’t resist the striped, ticking style binding. It may not frame the quilt the same way a bolder or darker binding may but I think the lighter, less obvious binding makes the quilt look a little larger. This one sized in as an over sized lap quilt measuring 66 inches by 72.5 inches.

I believe this is the first neutral, somewhat modern style quilt I have made. I love it and it just may be my favourite so far but I think I say that after completing any quilt. Typically, I would have a quilt hand bound in record time so I can get it into the washer and dryer and watch the magic happen. The magic to me is when the quilt becomes all fluffy, crinkly and you just have the desire to get under the quilt and binge watch something silly on Netlix. This quilt took a little longer to bind simply due to the beautiful weather we finally have. It was a long winter and up to recently, a very cold spring. So when our coveted good weather happens, I am not missing a second of it. Having lived in Ottawa for ten years now, I know what’s around the corner and will be here before we know it.

This quilt is now listed in my Etsy shop. After completing a few custom orders, I will make another attempt to make a quilt for Gabe which meets his ‘colourful’ request.

Hope you are having a great day and thanks for stoppin’ by!

Monday

2

May 2016

8

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Tula Pink ‘Elizabeth’ Quilt

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Not that Miss Rylee needed yet another quilt, but after making so many pouches because I seemed to be on a pouch binge, I wanted to make something bigger. Miss Rylee loved the ‘Elizabeth’ Collection by Tula Pink and fortunately, I have over the course of about a year, accumulated most of the collection. It took me a while to figure out a pattern which would highlight the ‘selfie’ image. I settled on a wonky star pattern with centres measuring 3.5″ so that ‘Elizabeth’s selfie’ would be featured.
Wonky Star Quilt featuring 'Elizabeth' by Tula Pink

Wonky Star Quilt featuring 'Elizabeth' by Tula Pink

Wonky Star Quilt featuring 'Elizabeth' by Tula Pink

Wonky Star Quilt featuring 'Elizabeth' by Tula Pink

Wonky Star Quilt featuring 'Elizabeth' by Tula Pink

Wonky Star Quilt featuring 'Elizabeth' by Tula Pink

Wonky Star Quilt featuring 'Elizabeth' by Tula Pink
What I loved most about this quilt is the Robert Kaufman ‘Quilter’s Linen’ used for the background. I now want to use this fabric for all backgrounds in quilts ๐Ÿ™‚ I chose the ‘Sky’ version and it blended beautifully with all the brights in the fabric collection.
For me, creating quilts is like reading a great book. Every step or stitch is like a page in a book in that each step or stitch brings you closer to the end. But like a good book, sometimes you don’t want it to end. That is how I felt making this quilt. I love the process. When it’s finished, yes the feeling is great but it’s also kind of sad that it’s over. And like any reader, the next step would be to pick up another book or in this case, begin another quilt ๐Ÿ™‚ A quilt for Gabe is up next but hasn’t made it’s way to the long arm quilter yet.
Gabe's Quilt
This will be my first low volume quilt but enjoying it as much as I did, I know there will be more.
Hope you have a fabulous day and thanks for stoppin’ by!

Thursday

7

April 2016

1

COMMENTS

A new look…

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My little shop on Etsy has a new look.

Whatcha think?
Easier to navigate through?
Easier to find what you are looking for?
If you have a minute, please let me know. As with most things, change is welcome. It’s just always a bonus if the change is for the better ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stoppin’ by!

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