Monday, October 24, 2011

Basic Grey Sampler - Complete!

I'm sure you remember me telling you that I won a Basic Grey Sampler  from Amy at During Quiet Time.  I finally had a chance these past few days to finish it!
I tried my hand at making a few yo yos for the first time in various shades of green and aqua.  I used one of the packages of Basic Grey buttons, and then dug through my button collection to find a few more that matched.
I sewed on the buttons and hot glued the yo yos on.
I'm really pleased with how this turned out, and I know it'll look great hanging in my sewing room!  I'll try to take some better pictures in better light once it's hanging in its place.

Stroll Down the Garden Path - Complete!

My giveaway is still going on!  Go check it out!

Hooray!  I finished another quilt!  
I started this one at the beginning of July and have had an on-again, off-again relationship with it ever since.  I have another quilt that needs to get done asap, as well as a few other pressing projects, so I wanted to just finish this one up and get it out of the way.
I saw this quilt by Red Pepper Quilts and thought it would be a great quilt to use up some of my vintage sheet as well as some other scraps.  Some of the fabrics were even my Oma's, so it was nice to be able to find a good home for them. 
I named it 'Stroll Down the Garden Path' because in my mind the green forms a path that winds its way through the garden - the floral and patterned fabrics.
The back is another thrifted vintage sheet.
This one has found a home on my couch downstairs and keeps me warm while watching TV.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Scrappy Mug Rug Swap

Don't forget about my Apron Giveaway!

I have decided that I really love Flickr swaps.  They're a great opportunity to meet other sewers and quilters from around the world, and who doesn't love coming home from work to find a package full of goodies!?

The Fall/Halloween round was my first round with the Scrappy Mug Rug Swap.  I was a little worried because I don't have much experience making mug rugs.  My partner wanted a Halloween themed mug rug. I had a bit of a hard time coming up with a design because I'm not really big into Halloween, and I didn't have ANY Halloween fabrics.  My partner specified a few fabrics that she liked (of course none of which I had...) and also mentioned she liked purple and green together.

I started with the Bare Trees background, which was similar to one of her favorite fabrics.  I then decided to try my hand at appliqué and added a little scared pumpkin.  I got the idea for the button spiders from some picture I saw once on Flickr (I can't remember where, sorry!).  
Then for the back I did some wonky piecing in purple and green.  
To the mug rug I added a few extra goodies:  a stuffed jack-o-lantern, some googly eyed spider stickers, Lindor chocolate pumpkins, some Basic Grey buttons, and a brown and orange vintage pillowcase.
When my partner (who happened to also live in Calgary) received my package, she seemed pleased with everything which really made my day.

A week after sending my package my husband emailed me a picture at work of an envelope with a customs sticker saying "Mini Quilt".  I couldn't wait to get home to see which mug rug I had received!  I loved looking through the group photo stream and dreaming about which of the mug rugs was going to be mine.  There was on in particular I had my eye on, and right from the initial sneak peak I had secretly hoped it would be the one that showed up on my doorstep.  Imagine my delight when I opened the envelope and there it was!!
I love everything about it, and it's clear to see that so much effort was put into it.  Stephanie from Spontaneous Threads was worried that it wasn't quite what I was hoping for, so she made me a second one as well!!

I love them both - I think they're fantastic!  I think both of these beauties will go on my wall in my sewing room.  They're truly pieces of art!!  Check out her blog post about them here.

Monday, October 17, 2011

100th Post!

This is my 100th post!  I initially started this blog when my husband and I went on our honeymoon so that our family and friends back home could track with us on our trip.  Then I abandoned it for a little bit, then felt like I wanted to keep up with blogging so I randomly published a few posts on making roasted squash seeds, crocheted scarecrows, and some photography.  Once I got my sewing machine and started sewing and quilting I started publishing on a regular basis.  77 of my 100 posts happened in the last 6 months!

As a celebration of my 100th post I'd like to host a giveaway.  I bought this towel from my local Goodwill store and made a little apron out of it.

So you know the drill.  You can have up to 3 entries:

1)  Leave a comment - any comment!
2)  Become a follower or let me know if you already are.
3)  Repost on your blog or facebook and come back and let me know you did.

Sometimes Blogger acts up and doesn't allow comments to be left.  If that happens, just email me.  Email entries will count the same as comments left here.  Sorry for the inconvenience!

The winner will be chosen at random and chosen November 1.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Basted... Ready to Quilt

It's all basted and ready to quilt!!

Friday, September 30, 2011


The mailman finally brought me some goodies today!  

Let's start with the smallest one.  A while back I ordered a vintage dresden clutch from Stephanie at Sand & Starfish.  Silly Canada Post took FOREVER to deliver it, but it finally arrived!

I actually have the same vintage sheet she used for the lining.

Cleo got excited when she saw me open the box, and wanted to check it out for herself.

Here's what I got:

Some awesome Christmas sweater type fabrics.  Every year we take a family photo the night of my company Christmas party when we're all dressed up.  Mr Mouse thought it would be fun to have a goofy picture this year.  I figure he's put up with me making him dress up all purdy, I might as well let him have some fun, too.  Keep your eyes peeled for what I'll make with these!

I'm hoping to make a rainbow quilt with one of my quilting bees.  I bought these cool leaf prints to add to my rainbow fabrics.  

This grey and yellow pattern is to be the binding for my Engagement Ring Quilt.

Teal & Brown Argyle.  Need I say more?

These teeny tiny argyle prints were just so fun!  Great stash builders.

It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas!

Blue for my Jamieson Quilt (more on that later).

Just some fun extras!

Cute flannelette charm pack.  Maybe for a baby blanket?

I've washed the whole bundle... now to fold it!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Vintage Sheet Doll Quilts

A coworker of mine has the cutest daughters.  Here they are at my wedding (2.5 years ago):

Last year Sherrie asked me to crochet them each a sweater.  One girl wanted pink, and the other wanted purple.  Unfortunately I can't seem to find a picture of them right now...

The other day I thought I'd make them each a doll quilt just for the fun of it.

I made them out of vintage sheets.  They're pretty much identical except for the quilting.  I didn't want to make them to different in case they both liked the same one, but I wanted to make sure they could tell them apart.

I did one with straight line quilting 1/4" on either side of the seams.

And I did the other with diagonal lines.

for the back I used some thrifted fabric.

Then I rolled them up and tied them with matching ribbon.  All ready to go!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hard Working Quilt Top

My inlaws dropped by with very little warning the other day.  In order to make the house a little more presentable, Mr Mouse threw my Strolling Down the Garden Path quilt top over the pile of coats on the chair in our front room.

Cleo then decided to claim that as her new napping spot.

The quilt hasn't even been completed, but it's already proven to be useful!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Engagement Ring Quilt

I've started a new quilt.  Unfortunately I can't tell you who it's for or explain the name just yet, but I will once it's in its new home.

I joined a new quilting bee - Neutral and Not.  The idea is to create a quilt only using one neutral and one color.  I thought maybe I could get my bee mates to help me with this quilt since it's grey and yellow.  However, I didn't want to send them the required fabric and a patten and get them all to make the same block.  I would much rather have each person be able to put some of their own creativity into the block instead of just doing what they were told.  I also made a test block and it came together really quickly, so I figured I might as well just do it myself.  Plus, now that I have all the fabric cut for it, it should be pretty quick to make.

Now I just need to find the energy to work on it.  I feel a cold coming, and that's zapped all my get up and go.  :(

Monday, September 26, 2011

Another Pillow!

I made another pillow!

A few years ago a coworker gave me a cloth handkerchief.  

I'm not sure where he got it, or why he gave it to me, but I guess he figured I would get more use out of it than he would.  It sat in my desk drawer for a few years, and when we moved office buildings in April I took it home.  But it sat around at home for a few months until I remembered that I can sew, and that I should be able to make something useful out of it!

The handkerchief was pretty flimsy and kinda see-through-y, so I ironed on some fusible interfacing.  I didn't have any fabric that matched, so I popped over to Fabricland and was pleased that their quilting cotton was still $4.50/m!  I stocked up on some white (as well as a few others) and found some fun remnants.

I made an envelope back (it's kind of wrinkly in this picture) and stuffed it with the pillow form I had bought from the thrift store that was too large for my last pillow.

So far neither pillow I've made matches each other or my 'decor' in my living room, but they're still fun and add a bit of color!