Monday, December 27, 2010

Adventures in Quilting

I thought I would share a recent triumph and disaster that I experienced recently. Both, I might add, within a couple of hours of each other.

First the triumph. Remember the Lily & Will quilt that I made earlier in the year? Well, I decided that I needed to actually layer and quilt it before Christmas. And I did!! Alright, so it's quilted about 8" apart in straight lines, but it's done. It looks like a quilt. And, it's being used every night (which is why I don't have a better picture of it!).

It was tricky doing even that much on my little machine, but at least I know it can be done now! I think once the move is done I will have a sit down on the sofa one night and hand-quilt inside each square a little bit - just enough to stay within the 4" distance the batting suggests.

Now, for the disaster. While I was quilting the Lily& Will, I thought I would try my hand at stippling. I grabbed a couple of scrap squares I had sitting around and layered it up with a bit of batting. I covered my feed dogs and had at it.

For a first timer I thought I was doing pretty good.

And then I turned it over.

What is that, you ask? The very same question I asked myself, albeit in a slightly more colourful way. Apparently you need to pull the bobbin thread up through the fabric and hang onto it before you start. Confused? Yep, me too. I'll be continuing to try this another time and I'll be sure to let you know how it goes.

For now - happy holiday Monday!


Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Wishing everyone all the best for the Christmas and Holiday season!

Posts around here are going to be a bit sparse for the next 6 weeks as we're starting up the packing process to move. I could share all the details with you, but I don't think posts full of swear words are too entertaining, so I'll keep them to myself :)

See you all in the New Year!!


Monday, December 20, 2010

Free Patterns at Homespun Threads!

The very generous owners of Homespun Threads is giving away all of their patterns for free - for a limited time!

Please drop by their blog and become a follower here (wonderful site - you won't be disappointed!), and then swing by their shop and take a look at their great patterns that are available by PDF download. I snapped up the Little Chefs pattern package and the Huge Baby Shoe Pattern set. Because I just don't have enough to sew already. ;)

Christmas came early!


Saturday, December 18, 2010

We Have A Winner

I'm so excited! We have a winner for my very first giveaway. Congratulations go to:

Comment 254 which belonged to Crystal Hendrix! Congratulations Crystal! I've sent you a quick email, so just let me know you address and your parcel will be in the post!

If you have a moment, take a second to check out Crystal's blog too.

A very big thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway - I loved hearing how many of you support your local quilt shops (yay!), and you all gave me fantastic fantasies for fabric shopping when I win the lottery;) Top three are now: Japan, India, and New Zealand. Thanks so much for a great week - and a great big CEAD MILLE FAILTE (100,000 welcomes) to all my new followers!


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Giveaway Day!

This year I have decided to participate in the fabulous Giveaway Day over at Sew, Mama, Sew!. This is their 5th year running it and it is a wonderful opportunity for you to find new blogs you've never seen before. And even better - you get so many chances to win something from each of them! And isn't this the best time of year to win something??

This is also my very first giveaway ever and I'm so excited about it!

For this Giveaway Day I am giving away all the supplies required to make your very own doll quilt, just like the ones I featured recently here. Included will be the backing material, batting, and material to make all the Half Square Triangles you will need for the front. You will only need to supply the sewing machine, ruler, scissors (or cutter), some safety pins and thread.:) And yes, I will provide directions!

This is a great giveaway for any reader who wants to give quilting a try, has a little girl's birthday coming up, or who just needs a challenge for their quilting creativity.

Here are the very simple rules:

1. Leave me a comment telling me where you would like to go to buy fabric (mine is Barbados...all those batiks! Yum!). Don't forget your email address!
2. I will chose a comment randomly (using the fabulous new Neo's Random Generator!).
3. The giveaway will close on December 17 at midnight EST.
4. International readers are very welcome!
5. I will ship to the winner by December 20.
6. If you become a follower, leave me a second comment to let me know and a second chance to win!


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Crayon Rolls

I wanted to make something practical, and still cute, for a few gifts this Christmas - and this incredibly quick and easy project was just the ticket! I use the following materials to make two crayon rolls. But you could easily make this with some large scraps in your stash.

You will need:
2 Fat Quarters (in contrasting or complementary colours)
30" of twill tape

Cut an 8"x21" piece from each fat quarter.

Fold your twill tape in half. Lay it on top of one piece of your material (right side facing up!) - about 2 1/4" from the top (or bottom).

Lay your second piece of material on top, matching all edges, right side facing down. Your twill tape will be sandwiched betwee your two pieces.
Pin your tap in place, and use a few other pins around the edges to keep everything together. Sew 1/4" around all edges, leaving a 3" opening on one of the short sides.

Reverse stitch over your twill tape once to help keep it secure.
Trim all four corners.
From your 3" opening that you've left, reach in and use the twill tape to help pull your piece right side out again.

Use a chopstick, or pencil to help push all the corners out. Iron all edges.
Fold up the bottom edge by 2 3/4" - this should bring your bottom edge in line with your twill tape.
Find the center and mark with a disappearing marker.
Measure from your centre point to the left and right in 1" increments. Draw a line at each increment. Pin in between lines.
Sew from top edge to bottom (back stitching at the top and bottom for security).
Trim all your strings.
Top stitch around all side and top edges (this will also close your 3" opening you used for turning).
Tie the ends of your twill tape into knots (otherwise they fray like crazy).
You're done!

Fill with crayons and give to you favourite little one.
And here is the other one with orange on the outside.

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