Friday, 27 February 2015

A Gift For My Mom

I hope my mom doesn't read my blog for a few days...
I just finished a little project for her but need to mail it off to southern Ontario, where she lives.  She gave me some fabric in January to make her a table topper to match her chair covers (my mom LOVES to match things together) and I had a wee bit left over to make up some cute little coasters.  It will be perfect in her kitchen.

I meant to take more pictures as I went along but alas I did not!  Anyways, I found a new technique for adding binding, which I thought would work really well for small items such as coasters.  I just laid the top and batting (squared up) on a piece of backing and cut 1" around the outer edge of the top.  Once I did some magical folding and ironing (my poor fingers were scalded) I sewed around the binding.  I wouldn't do this for bigger projects but for coasters it worked well.

Here is the link I found for picture instructions:  Cheater Binding

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A Nice Bright Spot

It's been a long winter.  I decided to move my sewing space into our playroom/laundry room.  Nothing like having multi-function rooms but this room is a beautiful, bright space and I just want to sit in the sun and work.  It feels good.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Dear Self

Yesterday I listened to a podcast from all about setting goals and it inspired me. Our winter months tend to be filled with travel, whether it is a family vacation, visiting relatives, conferences or just plain driving to hockey rinks and dance class, we are on the road a lot. It's the best time for us to travel due to the nature of our farm business. As a result, it almost feels like my New Year begins right about now. Our travel with settle down and I am home more... My goals consist of more sewing and pushing my abilities. Here I go!

Monday, 16 February 2015

Learning to Make a Fabric Box

Last week I spent the better part of two days at my local quilt shop , one of my happy places, and learned to make a cute little fabric box. I love taking classes that stretch my abilities and this definitely did that!  Making the pockets and putting in the zippers was much easier than I thought but it got a lot more difficult when it was time to sew the structure together (we used peltex for the sides and bottom) which made the actual sewing tricky and then sewing the binding was challenging but I did it!  I am happy with how it turned out and hope to make more... my two daughters might like one to!

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Looking forward to some inspiration!

Monday, 2 February 2015

Inheriting Scraps

From May to September I work for our farm business at a local Farmers' Market. A few years ago I got to know one of our regular customers as a fellow quilter. She loved to talk about quilting projects with me but did confide in me that her arthritis was getting bad. One day she came to the market with a large bin of scraps for me to have from her quilting fabric collection. I was so excited and very thankful. When I had some time, I went through the whole bin and folded and sorted all of the treasures. 

I have my own collection of scraps but nothing beats what she gave me. Today I came across a great blog post on collecting and sorting scraps. It's a keeper...