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Tuesday

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August 2016

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When your favourite niece requests a pencil case…

Written by , Posted in Back To School, handmade, Pencil Case, Pouches, sewing

…you create one just for her.
Throughout August, I received many requests for the three-ring binder pencil case. Being the crazy summer it has been, there were weeks, yes weeks, when I simply did not have time to enter my studio. I checked in once in a while but did not even think about heating up the iron or turning on the sewing machine. When life is functioning at normal capacity, my machines are turned on every single day. It felt a bit weird not being in the studio every day but it is what it is. Life is slowing returning to the pace I prefer. When my sister asked me if I could create a pencil case for my all-time favourite niece, I made the time to get into the studio.
Of course, if I was going to create one pencil case, I would create ten.
Three Ring Binder Pencil Case
My niece loves the colour purple. If I picture her, I see purple as she is usually wearing some shade of purple. She also requested an additional pocket to hold special erasers and usb sticks.
Three Ring Binder Pencil Case
I made a few more adding the extra pocket.
Three Ring Binder Pencil Case

Three Ring Binder Pencil Case
Although it obviously takes more time to make a case than to run to the Dollar Store to purchase a very inexpensive one. We did the ‘pencil case test’ over the last school year and my daughters case, after a school year of constant use, remained perfectly intact, albeit a bit dirty. I posted the post school year pic of the case here.
Three Ring Binder Pencil Case
Our test this year will be to see if the pencil case can make it through a second school year.
All ‘ready to ship’ pencil cases are listed in my shop. If you would prefer a custom fabric for the case, send me a message. Most times, I have the preferred fabrics available.
Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous day!

Wednesday

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June 2015

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The Unexpected Quilt

Written by , Posted in Family, Quilt, quilting, Quilts, sewing

It had been nine years since my sister and her beautiful family visited us here in Ottawa. The last time they were here, we had only lived in Ottawa a few months. I didn’t know much about ‘what to do in Ottawa’ at that time. This time around, I knew a bit more about the city I live in so I had planned grand excursions. Key word here is ‘grand’. We did a few touristy things but if you know anything about living in Ottawa, then you will know not to store your parkas and winter wear gear too far away as they seem to come in handy, even in June!
Ottawa
Family Visit

Family Visit

Family Visit
In short, we had planned more activities but the cold and dreary weather hampered our efforts. Between the cold and the rain, we found ourselves at an impasse regarding what to do. Well, the kids seemed to make the most of the idle time. I don’t know how it started initially but at some point, I went to see them in the studio and Rylee was cutting and arranging scrap fabrics. I quickly taught my niece how to sew and before long, this happened:
Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids

Quilting Kids
They each had a station and they all worked together to create a quilt. Even my Gabe who really has never shown any interest in fabrics and sewing was using a machine and iron. No fighting. No arguing. Seamless effort and work (no pun intended). When time started to close in, my brother-in-law stepped up to the plate and assisted in cutting.
Unfortunately, time did run out before the quilt was completely finished but I promised the kids I would finish it and mail it to them once done.
And here is the masterpiece, quilted, bound washed and ready to be cuddled with.
Quilting Kids
It was a little wonky, with seams varying from 1/8″ to 3/4″ but my mom and I tucked and pinned to flatten the quilt for basting and quilting. I am so impressed with how the kids stuck together and never for a minute became tired or whined about the project.
My niece also made a quilted pouch during the construction of the quilt.
Quilted pouch
Not only is she a great dancer, but she seems to have taken a liking to sewing also.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a fabulous day!

Saturday

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November 2014

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Wednesday

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January 2014

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The thread snips bucket…

Written by , Posted in Just another day..., sewing

I have a small tin bucket which sits beside my sewing machine to collect thread snips. I know a lot of people who sew use a handmade thread catcher but I have always used a bucket and it works for me. Ok, really, I like using the bucket because I love that at least once a year, I get to see a transformation of little thread snips turned into something awesome.
Thread Snips Bucket

Thread Snip Bucket

Thread Snips Bucket

Thread Snips Bucket
I love how colourful the thread monument turns out. I almost want to spray starch it to keep it permanent. Maybe use it to keep tools in or something but instead, I save it for spring and leave it for the birds to build their nests.Thread Snips Bucket

Thread Snips Bucket

Thread Snips Bucket
I usually ‘dump’ the bucket at the beginning of each year but missed my mark this year and just keep pushing the threads down to make more room. It’s a rewarding sight in a way considering to get this amount of thread snips, I must have sewed a lot!
Thread Snips Bucket
And now the bucket is empty. Time to start filling it up.
Hoping you are keeping warm wherever you are.

Thursday

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January 2014

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Loving linen…

Written by , Posted in Just another day..., patchwork, Quilt, quilting, Quilts, sewing

Up until recently, I sought only quality, quilting cottons to create with. Then I discovered Essex Linen and Essex Yarn Dyed Linen. Instant love.
Essex Yarn Dyed Linen

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Love the texture. Love the softness. Love the colours.
Pam at Mad About Patchwork has an awesome selection and great prices on the Essex Linen and Essex Yarn Dyed Linen. I have hoarded this selection for a while but only recently actually took the plunge and cut into it. The first cut is the hardest 🙂
Essex Yarn Dyed Linen

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These are smaller projects but my goal is to create the ‘Ups and Downs’ quilt featured in Sara Fielke’s book ‘Hand Quilted With Love’
Hand Quilted With Love

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In the meantime, I am working on a Wonky Log Cabin quilt using Tim Holtz for Coats ‘Eclectic Elements’ fabric collection.
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These blocks are fun, easy and no rules apply other than the finished block size which I have cut to 9.5″.
There are many tutorials out there in the web world on making Wonky Log Cabin Blocks but this is the one I referenced. If you are just started out with quilting, this is definitely a fun one to try.
Hope you are having a fabulous day and thanks so much for stoppin’ by!

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