Friday, June 27, 2014

A (LITTLE) FINISH!

Sometimes it's so nice to finish an entire quilt in one afternoon...
 
 
even if it's a tiny one!!!
This sweet little doll quilt and pillow was made with Amanda Jean's wonderful tutorial with leftover Hello Petal scraps! Love it! I wish I had taken a picture of the actual pillow - it is so darn cute!!! Thank you, Amanda Jean for such a great tutorial!
Linking up with Finish It Up Friday!
 
 


Friday, June 6, 2014

FINISH IT UP FRIDAY (X 2)!!!

Hurray!  I have a finish (two, actually) and it feels great!  Here's #1...
 
 
It's no secret I LOVE using Kona white in my quilts. In fact, I've used almost an entire bolt in the past year!  I love the freshness of it and how it makes colours pop.  This quilt was quickly whipped up from a pattern found here! I had a few bits of Posey left over from a previous quilt and wanted to use them up.  I love how this quilt turned out. I especially love the little applique bunny in the corner...
 
 
It's a little hard to see, but I used a raw edge applique method and stippled over it for extra security!  I think it adds an interesting little detail to the quilt!
 
Onto finish #2. I had started this quilt quite a while ago. See this post! I hadn't made much progress until a few days ago when I became completely obsessed with it!  For some reason I just couldn't stop! I gave it a good press this morning, and here it is...
 
 
I absolutely love it! It measures about 36 x 41 inches so it's pretty small...perfect for a baby quilt!  I have a few ideas for quilting, but I'm completely stumped by what to use for the back. I go back and forth between a plain pink or aqua Kona solid or something busy in keeping with the top! I really want to get this one finished. The sad part is...it barely made a dent in my scraps. I'm thinking of having a scrappy giveaway so check back in case you want to get started on your own!
Have a great weekend everyone. Happy sewing.
Linking up with Amanda Jean!


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

BUSY SEWING!

Yes, I have been busy sewing up a storm...just not blogging about it!  But I'm back with a quick update!  Lots of blocks in the works...
 




A few tops...
 


 
But, alas, no finishes!  I hope to change that this weekend! 
 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

No Turning Back Now!

Well...I did it!  I cut into my treasured bundle of Flea Market Fancy!  I think when I first started quilting and became enamored with fabric, the first release of FMF was at the tail end.  I always loved it but never found any to buy except for small bits here and there on Etsy at prohibitive prices.  I was so excited when it was re-released and purchased a FQ bundle for myself plus some yardage in my favourite prints here! After spending ages a little while admiring the beautiful stack, I finally decided on a pattern, put a new blade in my cutter, and got started cutting!
 
 
I am making one small change to the pattern (naturally). Instead of 8 1/2-inch squares of several focus fabrics, I'm going to stick with all patchwork blocks. I'm so excited to get started on this quilt and I can't wait to see how it turns out!  It's been ages since I made myself a quilt. Now...to get those blocks made!
 


Friday, April 4, 2014

FINISH IT UP FRIDAY (AND A FAVOURITE)!!!

At long last I finished up a little project I've been working on for quite a while! I have a habit of starting projects willy-nilly with no real plan in mind, crossing my fingers and holding my breath hoping it will turn out!  Usually sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't.  In this case, I'm pretty pleased with the outcome...
 
 
 
 
I've been wanting to try the QAYG method for ages.  For this bag I loosely followed a basic bag pattern but used the QAYG method for making the panels.  I cut batting slightly larger than the required measurements and trimmed them down to the correct size and constructed the bag as per the instructions. It turned out pretty good but there are a few areas I will change next time around! The flour label was cut from a piece of fabric originally purchased to make curtains for my sewing room but I couldn't resist cutting into it - it's entirely made up of vintage flour sack labels!  Who could resist! I see many more of these cute bags in my future.  This one will be used for my EPP projects.
Linking up with Amanda Jean!
Have a great weekend!
 


Monday, March 24, 2014

WHERE DOES THE TIME GO!!!

I can't believe it's been almost a month since my last post!  I have been busy in my little sewing room working on lots of projects but finishing none! I'm sure you can all relate!
 
I finally decided to work on my aversion to paper piecing. I found a great pattern here and made up trial a block! I won't tell you how long it took me, but after a few false starts, I managed to finish this little block...


 I'm not sure why I have so much trouble wrapping my brain around this technique!  I keep wanting to place the fabric opposite to where it should actually go! I finished another block but when I turned it over one of my fabric pieces was too small.  Not sure how that happened!  I almost cried and spent probably more time trying to fix it than it took me to make the actual block!  Anyway, I feel like I have a handle on paper piecing.  I actually find it fun and love the precision.  Personally, I think the best part is tearing away the paper!

But here is my really exciting news!  Look what I bought...


Eep! Isn't it cute!  I have wanted a serger for ages and decided to treat myself!  I haven't fired it up yet, but I did buy some really cute knit fabric! Wish me luck!

 

Friday, February 28, 2014

A QUICK FINISH!

I haven't been buying much fabric lately, but I did order a bundle of Hello Petal from the Intrepid Thread! They always manage to have exactly what I want.  Anyway, I whipped up this cute little quilt in no time...
 
 
I love the softness of this quilt. These prints are so sweet! Who can resists cats and cute little girls! 
 
And...I'm finally ready to cut into these...
 
 


These came from Mad About Patchwork, my favourite online Canadian fabric retailer.  I have had these for quite a while as I have been unable to decide on a pattern.  I've finally made my choice and I'm almost ready to start cutting! I'll keep you updated!
Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish It Up Friday!
Have a great weekend!