Wednesday, February 24, 2016

February's Quilt: Holly Hobbie Quilt

I have had bits of pieces of various Holly Hobbie fabric collections in my stash for well over a year.  When I located the perfect Holly Hobbie vintage sheet for a quilt back, I finally had the motivation to complete this project.

The piecing is simple patchwork (11 inch squares) and I incorporated a panel of Holly.  After I finished the piecing, I sent the quilt top and back to Michelle at Quilted Memories who did a fabulous job on her long arm.

The quilt measures 52 X 82 inches.  The backing is a vintage Holly and Robbie sheet from 1977 (American Greetings Company).  Holly made her debut in 1967 so this sheet is a fairly early depiction of her.
The binding is scrappy - an assortment of the patchwork prints used in the quilt.

There are imperfections in my piecing, and with the benefit of hindsight I would have done a few things differently, but I learned so much in the process. Underneath Holly are the words, "What's stitched with love will never tear..".
Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Monday, February 1, 2016

{Gnome} Urban Scandinavian Sewing

I received a copy of  Urban Scandinavian Sewing  by Kirstyn Cogan for Christmas.  
The book is divided into two parts Winter and Midsommer projects and recipes.  This cute gnome is one of the winter projects and a quick and easy make (ideal for small fabric and felt pieces). 
I recently invested in scalloped fabric shears and tried them out on the felt beard.
Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Where the Wild Things Are

Through December and January, the Toronto Public Library has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are with a number of special programs including an exhibit of Sendak's illustrations and sketches.  I thought I would share a few photos of our visit.
Max's dinner is still hot.

We found it interesting to learn that Sendak started out as a window dresser for the FAO Schwarz toy store in New York City while he attended art classes. He illustrated the toy catalogs as well!  The exhibit was the perfect size for young readers.

One of my favourite versions of the Nutcracker is illustrated by Sendak.

The seven headed mouse king!

Be still! and thanks for stopping by!