Thursday, October 15, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
A quick, fun project I've seen on so many craft sites I thought I'd try it. I have a few 5" charm pack tucked away, perfect for this.
Have to decide on binding...
37 x 36 play mat/lap/stroller/crib 100 % cotton
quilt. I just did a simple diagonal stitch with the help of painters/masking tape as a guide ( again saw it on someone's blog, when I find it again I'll add the link) .
Fabric spaghetti... I'm getting really crazy about trying to not waste anything... What could I make out of these little strings?
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Love her craft blog and now she has another blog "bedtimes stories for everyone", really great.
Can't wait to put my new sparkly bobbles on..
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Floating boxes like wonky blocks was fun to make. Again I was making it for someone who had just had their second daughter so I had to make a "big sister" doll quilt to match.
Back almost a year ago we had a new neighbor move in right next door. We hit it off right away... and she was a quilter. She has done some beautiful stuff and as we talked more about it she asked if I wanted to ever try it... I said I had a machine but sewing was really not my thing didn't even know if my machine worked. She took it home, fixed it up and presto, I could now start a project. Then she suggested I convert an extra room in our house to my "sewing room", a few tables, cutting tools I was on my way.
But first she gave me the template to the "tumbler" and her scrap bin ( a huge trunk actually) and said " have at it"! Hand sewing.... had fun but not really my thing... got a lot of tumblers done and then thought I'd change it up and add strips... voila! Backed it with black flannel, love it.
And about the same time we went a guild show and from there I became really addicted to fabric, butting up seams, color, shapes and following over the top creative women blogging and sharing... endless. Beautiful sunny day.. I'm in my sewig room, crazy!
I find myself smiling while I sew... do you?
100% cotton, measures 49 x 36 inches.
Monday, August 10, 2009
I wanted to make something for one of my son's friends, his best friend who happens to be a girl.
Her fave colors are blue and purple... so here goes. Hope she likes...
Quick little project..a rag quilt. Too simple. Hardest part was all the snipping of the fringe.
This one is for my little nephew that loves horses and his bedroom is decorated in all these colors... giddy up!
One more Christmas present, I can't believe I'm mentioning Christmas in August..
Well I finally finished the wonky star quilt for my other neice who is 6 .. she loves pink. The Kaffe blue was made for her sister.
Lots of great Kaffe in there, backed with a really fun circus theme cotton and stippled. I think I'm going to wait and give them as Christmas presents... maybe make a few pillows to go with...?
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
And I finally finished her other quilt for the cottage so I could pass it on. I stippled it and man oh man did it take me awhile... and thread. I'm new to stippling and had no idea how long it would take! But I'm really happy with the results. Now I need to come up with another one for the queen size bed room... hmmmm
The picture of it is on the steps of her cottage www.stones-throw.ca/cottage.html
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Now I am stippling for the first time so my skill level in nil, but it was going well and then it was skipping or doing these eyelash curves. Not nice.
So I pop into my neighborhood quilt store and chat up the repairman... he said Husqavarnas aren't made to stipple because of the drop in bobbins... ???
Has anyone out there had problems doing the same? Should I get another machine?
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
How simple is a jelly roll! Decide your pattern, already cut strips.. Too simple.
But as I've been experimenting I've found I love flying by the seat of my pants. Creative juices flowing, mix it up, go for the wonky blocks. More my style at the moment. Random fabric, not pre cut, go for it!
I just got my hands on a Husqvarna Rose.. Anyone have one? My mom's friend was basically giving it away so I grabbed it. Can't wait to play. And now I will be able to try my hand at free motion and possibly want to finish more of my ever growing quilt tops... yippee!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
I have a Pfaff 1209
How long have you had it?
I think about 15 years. Never used it till about 9 months ago..
How much does that machine cost (approximately)?
According to a craiglist add about $200 CAN
What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?
I'm trying a little of everything. Started out with a small quilt about 9 months ago and became so addicted to fabric and designing I'm giving it all a go!
How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
Lately every chance I get. My machine was passed on to me and was well used before I got it. It really needs to be serviced properly but I can't part with it...
Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
I don't really have anything to compare it too, except the Fancy new Bernina I saw at the Quilt store.. wowza! I think all you have to do is tell it to sew and it does it for you ( just kidding) crazy machine! So I would say I like my machine . She hasn't been named as yet...
What features does your machine have that work well for you?
I just found out that this machine was really not made for quilting, more for finer fabrics. It has a built in walking foot, feed dogs drop and 4 extra fancy stitches but that's pretty much it.
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
It didn't come with a darning foot so I can't learn to stipple. I'm on the hunt for one if it can be found...
Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!
It was passed on to me by my father when he was ready for a new one. He was a clothing designer in Calgary. I think one day I may buy another machine but sewing on his brings back nice memories. I think back when I was a teenager how he wanted me to learn to sew and I wanted nothing to do with it... ahh silly girl I was!
Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
I would recommend it if it came with all the feet you might need. It's been great for me so far but again I'm really a beginner.
What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
I'm hoping I will find the answer to that in this Q & A .
Do you have a dream machine?
I really don't at the moment.. the fancy Bernina at the quilt shop, maybe but $3500 big ones for a newbie like me... Should I buy a Pfaff or Bernina or who knows what and why?
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Show was a huge success this weekend. Beautiful, interesting work.
Next show will be on Gabriola Island, BC this summer. Stay tuned for date.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
What do ya think of the Blog name... I'm really into fabric and sewing anything right now... seamed to work ...
This is inspiring me to get out there with my camera ( that I just had to have but rarely use), to dig in the garden , sew like crazy ( I am truly addicted to quilting at the moment) , maybe whip up a little something to nibble on. I've been following a few blogs over the last little while ( Tallgrass Prairie Studio, The Pioneer Woman, Badskirt, the list goes on). I love all the ideas being shared, the community of it all.