Monday, December 12, 2016

December Finish: Dwell Quilt

One of my 2016  sewing goals was to use my stash and improve my quilting skills. I also wanted to make a Christmas quilt that we could use to snuggle under when we binge on Hallmark movies.  Since I saw it popping it up on IG quilting feeds I have admired the Dwell quilt in Camille Roskelley's book, "Sew Retro."

For this quilt, I used up about 80% of my holiday fabric (I still have some in non-traditional colour ways) on this quilt.
Thank you to sewing pals for holding up your quilt in front of the Court House!

The binding is a diagonal red stripe (Sedef''s Sweet Orchard collection at Down the Grapevine Lane). Fabric Spark opened a store front close to my home and I was happy to find this print as I had my heart set on a striped binding.

The long-arm quilting in a snowflake pattern was done by Michelle at Quilted Memories. I chose to back the quilt in a grey flannel.

I am so happy with the way it turned out (even though there are a few imperfections here and there) and even happier that I was able to use my stash and accomplish a goal!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

IKEA Then & Now Exhibit

Me on the cover of a mock catalogue. Ikea models usually don't look at the camera.
IKEA Canada is celebrating its 40th birthday with a special "Then and Now Exhibit" at the Design Exchange.

The exhibit includes a short history of Ingvar Kamprad story - the entrepreneur who started IKEA in Smaland, Sweden in the 1950s.  Some early products of  his mail order business are on display, including socks and Christmas cards.

There four "rooms" on display.   Below is the dining room, the focus is the pine furniture which was unique to IKEA.

There is a large wall of IKEA catalogue covers from the past 40 years. Below is just half the display.
IKEA came to Canada in the early 70s.  Do you remember the Viking and the Moose?
The exhibit also includes a few of the toys from IKEA's line for children.

Of course the mice!
At the end of the exhibit, a giant ball pit awaits.

What is your favourite IKEA product? 

The FRAKTA shopping bag is one of mine!
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Ukelele Case

This year, both my daughters are in ukulele club and required a case for their ukuleles.   I found a very well written pattern on Etsy by SusieDDesigns. This pattern requires several notions - a zipper, fusible fleece, interfacing and four yards of seam binding.  The binding was the most time consuming part  - I ripped out my stitches several times as it was very difficult to sew on the machine.  Next time I will stitch the binding on to the main fabric before assembling the bag and then hand stitch in place. That being said, I am glad I persevered.  This was a very useful project.  The girls have been using these cases for a couple of weeks now and they work perfectly!

Fabric Above - Grroovy Guitars by Michael Miller
 I didn't have enough fusible fleece for the case pictured above, so I used some left over batting and quilted it between the front and lining.  This step added to the project time, but worked fine. 

Did you follow America's Got Talent over the summer? My girls love Grace. She has inspired so many to take up the ukulele.    This year, our school's ukulele club has over 80 students. I am looking forward to their first performance. 

Happy crafting! 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Dottie Angel Frock

Over Mother's Day weekend, the girls and I visited my sister in San Francisco.  I packed my Dottie Angel Frock so that my sister could take a few photos. The pattern is Simplicity 1080A.  For the pockets, I used a linen table cloth my mother embroidered over 30 years ago. The pattern is Lotte Figgio. I also used linen and Sunshine & Shadow (Jack in a Pulpit) by Jane Sassaman for FreeSpirit/Westminister.
Lotte is a Norwegian china from my childhood and I have always loved blue and white.

I love visiting California. I take so many photos of plants. On this visit, the foxgloves were in abundance.

I finished the interior seams with bias tape and the side seams with a serger (the pattern calls for French seams).
Happy stitching!

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!