Thursday, 29 January 2015

Social Media is My Problem

Do you find social media gets in the way of some real productivity?
I do. 
But I can't give it up. 
I love the inspiration I get from all the online forums I have connected with but oh boy, I can get caught in the hoopla. 
Bloglovin, blogger dashboard, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook...
So what do I do?

Put my iPad away...just as soon as I go through my Pinterest feed. 


Saturday, 24 January 2015


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Friday, 23 January 2015

A Wall Hanging With a Story

This project has a story.  Well two stories actually but one is much more interesting than the other.  

I saw this piece of fabric in a cute little quilt shop in Huntsville, Ontario.  We were at a hockey tournament for the weekend and "the girls" decided to do a bit of shopping in between games.  Huntsville is a very nice town with quite a few shops geared towards visitors.  I stepped inside the store and told the others I would meet up with them later... I love looking at fabric, patterns, samples... I didn't need anymore projects but couldn't resist this panel.  I found some coordinating fabric (the shopkeeper told me they had sold quite a bit of it already so I didn't have very much to choose from) to sew a border around it - it wouldn't take up much time at all.

I started the project one evening, when I was much too tired to even think straight, and low and behold my rotary cutter went wonky and I cut my finger pretty badly.  This shows what it looked like a few days later.  There was blood everywhere, which took two washings to remove from the panel and I was stunned.  Looking at it now, I am pretty sure I will be reminded of this forever since there will be a scar.

I got right back to it a few days later and finished it up this afternoon.

The binding is black but the fabric was really weird.  After cutting the binding, there were remnants all over my cutting mat.

I added a sleeve before I put the binding on.  I don't make many wall hangings but have made a few and this was the first time I remembered to add a sleeve while attaching the binding.  I will hand stitch the bottom of the sleeve to the quilt before it goes up on my son's wall in his room.

Ta Da!  I trudged through a bit of snow and ice to take this photo but it was worth it for the better lighting.  I like it and Alex, my son, loves it!

Today I am so happy to have a project (or two actually... see below) to share on
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Sewing Machine Cover

This was a quick little project from fabric I had on hand that I thought was pretty.  I have dust in my house.  Anyone else?  Well I don't cover my machine with the cover it came with because it is a hassle so I thought I'd whip up a quick cover that would also look nice.  I LOVE fast projects.  Makes me feel productive!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

My Space

This is not an official "sewing project" finish but it is a completion of my blog and revamping it a bit. This past week I have been immersing myself in ways to connect more with other quilters and I am loving the "finish-it-up" Fridays I am finding all over quilt blogging country!  Special thanks to a few quilters who have helped me with my blog.  I am not brand new to blogging but I just created a blog specifically for my favourite art - quilting and I want to share and learn and meet new people like me.  Thanks!

This is my sewing space.  It ain't pretty... but it's bright, cozy and close to what's going on in my home.  It's mixed right in with our living room but at this point in time, this seems to be the best spot for me.

We live in a large stone farmhouse.  The basement is purely storage... I try my best to avoid it as much as possible.  The upstairs has plenty of bedrooms, with a spare room, but I don't want to be far away from our main space.  I know when the kids are grown, we won't need a playroom, which shares with the laundry room, so I will take over that spot but for now, this is all I need.  I struggle constantly with how cluttered a sewing room can get but that's our life right now.  What I love about the location of my space is that I can teach and monitor my kids as they learn to sew.  Our oldest daughter loves playing around with fabric and having it all right at her fingertips, with me keeping a close eye, is perfect.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Make Up and Quilting

It's Sunday afternoon. Big kids and hubby are skating but Jean is home with me. I was finishing a quilting project and found Jean with the coffee table full of make up. She was working in her very own make up studio...too funny!

Friday, 9 January 2015

Jean's Butterfly Quilt

Completing this quilt made me proud.  I found a sample of this quilt hanging in my local quilt shop and it was being offered as a class.  I couldn't fit the class into my schedule but I still admired it... Nancy, the owner of the shop, who I have known for a few years, had complete faith that I could make this on my own.  It looked fairly difficult to me but I took her advice and bought the pattern and kit of fabric from her shop.  I knew my youngest daughter would LOVE it for her room.

Once I started it, I couldn't stop!  It was easy and fun!  Completing each block was so gratifying.
I added an extra border and used flannel for the backing.  My only regret is I should have made it bigger.

My daughter loves it and I want to make another one with different fabrics.

The quilt patter is called "Butterfly Town" by Brookshier Design Studios.