Saturday, April 21, 2018

Foundation Piecing

My obsession with foundation paper piecing continues. 
This is a little carrot I made with some Heather Ross Kinder fabric. I love Electric Quilt for drawing out my paper piecing ideas. I upgraded to EQ8 as soon as it came out last year and I am so glad I did. The new version make much more sense to me and I find it quick and easy draw up my ideas, print them out and sew them up. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it. I'll just add to my wall of odd paper pieced blocks and a plan will come to me eventually.
I've also been playing around with the Sunrise Block that's in my book Scrappy and Happy Quilts. I love it in scrappy blues, but I'd like to try it in solids next with a grey background. 

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Kaleidoscope of Stars

The Kaleidoscope of Stars quilt is now available as a PDF!
This is a fantastic weekend project. You just need a layer cake (or a stack of 10" squares) and some background fabric. Choose from two sizes -  large,  60” x 60” (152cm x 152cm) or small, 36" x 48" (91cm x 122cm).
Available on Craftsy and Etsy.




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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Jalie 2679

 I made a few Jalie 2679 jackets for the girls 2 years ago. They are still going strong, but are getting a little small. When all fabric was 40% off in Spotlight a few weeks ago I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to try it out and make some new jackets.
I'm pleasantly surprised by it. The outside feels like the good jackets you buy at Kathmandu or Mountain Designs. The inside of the fabric is fleecy (and bright red) and I think they will be quite warm.
Eva is very happy with hers. Now onto the next three.



Monday, March 19, 2018

Sewing Storage

I'm always looking for new ways to display quilts and store notions. I love this super wide old clothes airer that can fit three large quilts. The top one is from Strip Savvy and the middle and bottom ones are from Striking Strip Quilts. 
A beautiful vintage Arabia of Finland salt pig I found on eBay is perfect to store Aurifil thread.


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Laramie Shirt

I'm slowly going through the girls' wardrobes and seeing what they need for winter. Eva requested a button up shirt and I went with the Laramie Shirt by Hey June patterns. This is a great pattern with a good size range (6-16). I made the 12, which is slightly too big, but it will last a couple winters. I made the classic button up shirt version and used some rayon from Cotton and Steel. 
I enjoyed sewing it and Eva loves it so that is a definite win!



Friday, February 23, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Charlie Caftan

My clothes sewing mojo seems to have been missing for quite a few months. I've made a couple of things, but it seemed like a chore, not an enjoyable hobby. But yesterday I made a Charlie Caftan and really enjoyed the process. I think my clothes sewing mojo might be coming back!
I used a linen blend from Spotlight, that I bought on special, so I wasn't too worried about messing the whole thing up. I sewed the size I measured, but the top is a little large, if I make another one I'll size the top down. I also didn't think too much about the sleeves and just made the big ones, which means they are huge, and a little odd, as the fabric does not drape. I'd definitely make the smaller ones next time. Other than that it went together quickly and easily (the sew along was very helpful with the inset centre panel). I love it, perfect for the warm weather we get in February and March. Now to decide what to sew next.