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July 2017



Not the quilt I had planned.

Written by , Posted in Baby Quilt, Just another day..., patchwork, Patchwork Quilt, Quilt, quilting, Quilts, Scrappy Quilt

I cut all the pieces to create the Sunday Morning Quilt from the book Sunday Morning Quilts.  After spending my sewing time for the week cutting all the strips to create this…

…I ended up turning all the pretty strips of fabric into this…a simple patchwork quilt.

It’s not that I didn’t like the style of the Sunday Morning Quilt pattern. I just finished cutting the fabrics, played with the patterning a bit and then decided I wanted to make a ‘comfort zone’ quilt.  Patchwork quilts are simple.

This one started as 2.5 x 8 inch strips.
I sewed six strips together.
Cut the sewn strips to 2.5 inches wide.
Sewed six of the cut strips together to create a block.
Easy peasy.

And maybe that is just what I needed. I had not made a quilt in a while and really wanted to make one I didn’t have to think much about and more importantly, that I didn’t have to buy a ton of new fabric in order to create the quilt. I am truly attempting to use only the fabrics in my abundant stash of beautiful fabrics. Patchwork quilts like this one are easy in that you can pretty much use any or all the fabrics in your stash and it all looks great together.
If you want to use 2.5 x 2.5 inch squares, this is a great tutorial.
If you want to make the blocks using strips instead of squares (which I always do), this is well written tutorial.
I had all intentions on taking images of my progress to show how easy, yet rewarding, a patchwork quilt can be but sadly, I use excuses of poor lighting and a messy work table and fail to take pics 🙂

I still plan to make the intended Sunday Morning Quilt. I love the look of scrappy quilts and especially the ease of which the little pieces join together to make something warm and wonderful. Although it is considered ‘summer’ here in Ottawa (too much rain has me doubting the season), we still use quilts all the time. For cooler nights or when hubby wins the air conditioning setting war and the kids and I find it a tad too cool in the house.
On that note, I am going to venture out and enjoy the sunshine we finally have.
Hope the sun is shining wherever you are and thanks for stoppin’ by!



March 2017



Spring totes and more…

Written by , Posted in Just another day..., Pencil Case, Pouches, Tote

It’s been a long winter. Cold. Very cold. And the white fluffy stuff which falls from the sky seems to make an appearance every time you think the ‘stuff’ has exhausted its welcome. I’m longing for spring. For the days you can leave the house with just a sweater instead of enduring the ordeal of layering winter gear to the point where you can’t even move with ease or feel any punches because you are so well insulated. Lovely image? Not!
So while rummaging through my stash of fabrics, I had spring in mind. Brights, florals and then I found the bunnies. I didn’t realize I had quite a few fabrics featuring bunny prints. Instead of a UV lamp or sun lamp, I chose these fabrics to brighten my day and turned them into totes and pencil cases.

Creating these Easter-ish totes and pencil cases did brighten my day. Initially designed to be used as Easter gift bags, they really can be used as a lunch bag, book tote, small work tote or whatever use which could brighten your day also 🙂
Some have already sold but you can find the remaining in my little shop.
If you are in a place also wishing for spring, we only have a few weeks to go. We can do it! I know we can.
Hope you have a fabulous day and thanks for visiting my little place in the world wide web!



February 2017



Bullet Journal Pouch

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The act of journalling, list keeping and day planning has undergone many phases and trends. Each time the trend changes, the media used to journal, list keep and day plan appears to change also.
Recently, the Bullet Journal has become extremely popular. As described on the Bullet Journal website, the Bullet Journal is an analog system for list keeping, tracking and everyday planning. I used my smart phone for years to keep track of schedules, lists and more but recently found pen and paper to be more reliable and effective. The advantage of using a smartphone to keep your life on track is you generally have the smart phone wherever you go. Taking a journal type agenda keeper with you may be more combursome for some. Thus, the idea of creating a bullet journal pouch arose.

Here is a video showing the purpose and beauty of the bullet journal style of journaling.

Bullet Journal makes a fabulous journal, with numbered pages and paper thick enough you can use your favourite journalling pens.
I decided to I wanted to try the bullet style journaling but of course had zero patience to wait for an online order delivery. I visited my favourite local paper boutique and discovered the Leuchtturm 1917 would suit my needs perfectly.

The weight of the paper sold me on this journal. Bleed proof and 100g paper would allow for doodling and boo boos that I make.
I purchased a grey Leuchtturm 1917 journal. Not because I didn’t love all the fabulous colours the journal is available in but because grey has been my go to colour for a while now.

I don’t do any of the fancy doodling or labelling. I just write and make lists or notes. However, if you are interested in seeing how fun this journal can be, visit Pinterest and search Bullet Journal.
After visiting Pinterest and viewing just how these journals can be transformed into works of art, I decided to make a case for the journal. It just makes sense if you are going to take the time to make amazing lists and tracking sheets, why not be able to take the journal everywhere you go? Of course you need your fancy pens to go with the journal and maybe some pretty accessories or sticky notes. I modified the pattern for the iPad Idea Pouch to accommodate the Leuchtturm1917 journal and ended up with the perfect fit for the notebook.

So there you have it. You can keep your favourite journal and pretty pens all in one place and make it easily portable. Again, search ‘Bullet Journal’ in  Pinterest, Instagram and the World Wide Web to learn more about the bullet journal style of list keeping.  And if you do decide to try bullet journal style list keeping and want to take the journal with you everywhere you go,  the Bullet Journal pouches are now available in my little shop.

Next up on my list of to-do’s is a carry case for an A5 size Filofax.

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



September 2016



The Little Tote

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

You know the look because you probably see it every time you go to a shopping mall or drive near a high school. Girls wearing black leggings and mismatched socks with Birkenstock sandals. As far as trends go, it’s not that bad and really not an expensive ‘outfit’. They basically wear the same thing everyday so cost wise, not so bad. Likewise, their lunch bags are inexpensive also as they use retail store bags. Environmentally friendly group of kids 🙂 There is though, a certain sized lunch bag the girls seem to all use. Not the large ones but the smaller sized totes which measure around 8″ x 11″. For the girls, this seems to be the preferred sized tote/bag to carry their lunches.

It makes sense. We have a ton of re-usable grocery and retail store bags and once they get totally gross, we add the bag to the recycle bin.
But what if I could make one a bit more permanent and bit cuter? That’s all it took. Just that one thought and I was messing up the studio creating a pattern for lunch bags I thought Rylee may want to use as her lunch bag.

For the pattern, I used an 8.5″x 11″ sheet of photocopy paper. To round of the corners, I used a cereal bowl. Yup, back to basics 🙂 I measured the gusset at 4.5″ wide and cut two strips 4.5″ x 16″ and sewed the two pieces in the middle to create a studier and more durable gusset. Once attached the gusset was about an inch too long on either side but it’s easy to trim down the gusset. Not so easy to add more if the gusset is too short.

Each tote is just a wee bit different. Some I added a zip pocket. Some I didn’t. What is consistent though is each tote is made with quality, cotton linen and linen blends. Most of the gussets are made using Essex linen which I could play with all day. Love the way the linen holds perfectly to the pattern piece and turns out exactly how you want it to.
So dear daughter chose the blue bears bag. Will keep you posted on how it wears and it’s durability. All the bags are washable provided they are washed in cold water and flat dried until damp then fluffed in the dryer. That’s how I care for linen and haven’t had any issues.
These little totes are listed in my little shop.

Thank you so much for stoppin’ by and hope you have a lovely day!



July 2016



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.  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


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!

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