Wednesday, December 31, 2014

finishing 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, I am intent on finishing things.
I did get my quilts finished for Christmas, one for my daughter, and one for my DIL.

The first one, for my daughter was made from "Elementary" by Moda.  It is a jelly roll quilt, and goes together nicely. I love the colours in this, and fortunately , so does she!

Elementary has lots of print, and formulas in the patterns, it is pretty cool.

The bigger quilt (and now I remember why I dont make them this big very often!!) was a very simple summer quilt for my son and DIL.  It is mostly white, with a feature of bricks of "Field Guide" across the foot.

Sorry the picture here is not very good, I had to  take it quickly before I gave it away, it is very large  and it was so cold I couldn't go outside for a photo shoot!

The other gifts I posted about were all well received as well.  We had a wonderful Christmas time, I hosted Christmas dinner for 24 people.....lots of family, lots of food, lots of noise!   And now we have a few days of quiet up at our lake cabin....lots of snow!

It was -32 C. yesterday, but today is warmer, so I might even venture out for some playtime in the snow!

Happy New Year everyone! I have the champagne chilling now :)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Friday Christmas Gift finishes

I am busy trying to get some homemade Christmas gifts ready. I fly home to Canada in a week, so wanted to take some of these back  with me. daughter wanted a "retro" apron, so here is what I made..

and the best is reversible!!! How cool is that!

It is from this pattern that I found in a little quilt shop here in Arizona.  I don't normally use patterns (and am usually not very good about following them !!) but this one just fit the bill perfectly.

I also bought some Insul Bright, to make some Christmas oven mitts. These cute little mini microwave oven mitts are quick to make.

There is a tutorial here.  I made a couple of changes though.  The Insul Bright instructions state that you should add a layer of batting to absorb moisture, so I added that to the larger pad part.(between the Insul Bright and the lining)  For the little pocket pieces I only used batting, and not the Insul Bright to keep the bulk down a bit. I have to say, though, that turning these little suckers through that small hole is a real challenge....possible , but just barely!! But all is well that ends well, my mom used to say :)

My youngest daughter likes full oven mitts, so I made a pair of those too.  (instructions are on the Insul Bright web page)

I saw the cutest table runner in pinterest!  So I made one of those too. I take no credit for this design, it was from Sea Salt Quilts, she has them in her Etsy store.  It is about 48" long and 12" wide.

And finally I whipped up a couple of my "go to" tote bags for neighbours down here in Fountain Hills.

And in my ongoing effort to use up scraps as I go, I used the leftover bits to sew some matching pouches!

Now I just have to see if I can fit all this stuff (except the tote bags) into my suitcase!!  I also have a couple of quilts at home that I want to try to finish when I get there. We will see how that goes!

Linking up to TGIFF over at Persimon Dreams.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Such a fun week....Blogathon Canada!
                                               Sew Sisters Blog
Thank you to all the great bloggers that are hosting this event, and a big thank you to Sew Sisters for organizing this again.
Today is "Saskatchewan Day" , hosted by Heather over at  Peace Love Quilt.   She has some very creative stuff going on over there!

If you are visiting from the blogathon, welcome to my blog!  Stay awhile and have a look around.
I have a pretty varied interest, from baby quilts

to queen size,

with lots of odds and ends thrown in, like tote bags,


 and some little gifts (Christmas tree skirt, toothbrush carrier etc)

Be sure to say hello....I love comments :)  And also check out some of the other blogs..lots of great talent here in the prairies!!  Enjoy the Blogathon Canada!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday finishes- Chateau Rouge

I am trying to finish up things that have been lying around my sewing room for awhile! That should keep me busy for a year or two LOL

Anyway I did finish up two quilts this week...

I just had to try out this pattern...  I have had it on my to do list for a long time.

it really is a lot quicker and easier than it looks.  I used a jelly roll  (Chateau Rouge) but this would be a great way to use up scraps as well....and I love how it turned out.

I tried quilting each square ..

and then did a continuous loop along the stripe sections.. I need a bit more practice here..but it did get better!! 

I used  up the leftovers on the back ! I love doing gets them used up and also adds a bit of interest to the back of the quilt..

And...I finished Silver... another quick disappearing 9-patch..

This was just a quick little quilt ...just because I liked the colours!

So that is my finishes ...linking up to TGIFF- this week hosted by M-R over at Quilt Matters

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A journey into duffle bags

I have always admired those of you who have tackled the famous Weekender Bag.  I am not sure I am that brave...or that patient!

But when my daughter asked if I could make some kind of tote bag for her for weekend trips because she was just using a Lululemon bag, I thought I would try something simpler but useful.  I found several patterns and tutorials, but of course had to tweek them and come up with my own! (Why cant I just learn to follow a pattern!!??)

I used home deco weight fabric from the discount wall.  Really you can get some great stuff there...60" wide ..for $5 / metre!  Great choice for trying out something new. (Some how I didn't get pictures of the first one I made...but this is the one for younger daughter, who wanted one too! )

I added a zipper pocket inside.  There is a great tutorial on how to do these here...surprisingly...they are really easy!

I also added a slip pocket on the outside ...

I used quilt batting and quilted it to the lining before putting it together. I added a cardboard insert into the bottom, covered with an envelope style pocket, to give it some structure. The bag is about 22" x 12" x  9".  It is actually quite big, and holds a lot!

Of course when I told my DIL about it, she laughed...because my son has been using a grocery tote!! (what is wrong with my kids???)  So I had to make one for him too!!

linking up to TNTN today!
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Friday, November 7, 2014

baby finishes

I finished the Mickey Mouse baby quilt, and then decided to use up the leftover strips to make a car seat canopy cover.  They look like such a great idea!

I sewed the strips together, some were not the full WOF, so cut them all to the shortest length of strip.
and then added some batting and a cute polka dot backing.

I quilted this with simple straight lines.   I cut it to about 32"x 42".  Then I rounded the corners using a plate to draw them.

I used a simple black binding for this, (I didn't have enough polka dot binding fabric left over!)

and added some straps (10" x 3") with velcro for attaching it to the car seat handle.

There are lots of tutorials for these on line. Most of them don't have batting inside, but I wanted this a bit heavier for our cold, windy Canadian winters.  Also a lot of the tutorials sew them right sides together and turn them rather than use a binding, but I wanted to quilt it so thought this was the easiest way for me to finish it.

I don't have a car seat to try it out on, so hope it works for them!!

I also did my first commissioned baby quilt.  I had given one to my hairdresser, and her friend loved it and wanted one too! She picked the fabric...this was a charm pack of "Notting Hill".  I made my little charm pack baby quilt  again.  Quick and easy!  Isn't it pretty? She loved it!

I had some left over charm squares, (Notting Hill comes in 5" square packs of 30, so had to buy 2 of them ) made her one of those car seat covers too!  Use up those leftovers so they aren't just lying around!!

Linking up to TGIFF!   This week over at Quokka Quilts

..and Finish it up Friday over a Crazy Mom Quilt.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

starting a Field Guide quilt

So I am busy trying to finish up some projects...hopefully for Christmas gifts...if I can get them finished before we leave for Arizona!

I found some really beautiful fabric (OK....lots of beautiful fabric...but I restrained myself!)  This is called "A Field Guide" by Moda.

Moda A Field Guide

 My DIL wanted a fairly simple summer quilt in neutrals, so I loved the creams, soft greys and greens in this line.

I used large "bricks" for a 30" band across the middle of a large white background.

 I have it sewn together and basted.  (And now I remember why I dont make many 100" quilts!!!!!!)  But anyway, got that done, and just have to quilt it! That will be another manhandling job, I am thinking! Oh well...that is for another day.

Also a heads up... watch for another fun week of Blogathon Canada sponsored by Sew Sisters!
Coming soon !

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Small Quilt

Blogger's Quilt Festival is on now! So much fun!
They have several categories, one of them is "Small Quilts"
I just have to enter this little quilt!  I think it is so cute!

My nephew and his wife are expecting their first child around Christmas, and they are huge Disney fans, so of course I just had to make a Disney theme baby quilt!

I found some great Mickey Mouse print...(actually the big red and black dots are Dr Seuss, I think)

And wanted to highlight the fabric, so made a large square design.

And of course no Mickey Mouse is complete without some black and white polka dots....perfect binding!

I think they will love this one...I do! 

So hop on over to the Blogger's Quilt Festival and see all the other amazing creations!! Lots of categories, lots of inspiration!