Tuesday, 25 February 2014

What I've Been Up To

I've been busy - it feels that way anyway.

I quilted the top I pieced last weekend. For a while it was called "the quilt of obligation" - now I really like it and I enjoyed making it. The baby shower is this weekend and I hope the parents love it.  I'll get some better shots over the weekend - if I lay it out to get good shots now my cat will roll all over it and I just washed it.

I finished these fingerless mittlets over the weekend. They are cashmere and yummy.  They are light pink - I'll get a better shot of those too - they look orange in this picture.

Finally here is my Dear Jane progress for this month.

All in all, I think I'm doing nicely.

Monday, 17 February 2014

I Pieced A Top Today

I'm pretty pleased with myself.  Here's my progress in pictures:

on the design wall this morning

starting to sew horizontal rows together

my cat wanted to sit in the sewing chair - so did I

horizontal rows in pairs

flower detail with bad lighting

fused down then free motion sewed around twice with a swirly centre

all done - my squares all line up - doesn't look like it here though

Design Wall Monday

It's Monday morning and I'm at home with a whole day to myself - we have Family Day here today so I've got the day off work.

Here's what my design wall looks like right now:

It's a low volume quilt with a few purple flowers - it's for a couple I work with who are expecting their first child together in May.

I need another flower or two I think - I've re-arranged them about 5 times and I'm likely not finished.  I have some small ones but took them out for this photo.

My goal is to finish piecing this quilt today - the shower is March 2 and I want it all finished by then.  I'll post my progress at the end of today.

Check out Patchworktimes to see what everyone else is up to.

Sunday, 9 February 2014


Recently at Chapters I saw a notebook with the phrase "A goal without a plan is just a wish" - or something like that. I'm sure some famous person said it, but I can't remember who.

I'm a great goal setter but not a great planner, so I end up with a lot of wishes.  One of my goals for January was to finish sewing my drapes by the end of January. Well, I started this weekend - better late than never, right?! (I also had to wash the kitchen floor too because I needed the floor space).

So far I have the fabric cut, sewn together into two panels, hemmed on the bottom, and header stiffener/tape (I don't know what it's called) sewn in. I don't sew drapes often - they are heavy and cumbersome - so I just kind of make it up as I go along. Honestly, I was afraid to start this project and that's partially why I procrastinated. At $20 a meter, I could make a costly cutting mistake.

on the kitchen floor, getting ready to cut

my trusty helper
My friend L finally had her baby a few weeks ago. I've been doing some sewing and crocheting for the little darling and now that she's here, and I've given the gifts, I can show pictures.

Size 0-3 months - Mommy picked the fabric

size 3-6 months - Mommy picked this too

size 9-12 months - I picked this one

all wrapped up

the babe in an owl hat I crocheted
I want to open an etsy shop to sell the shoes - that might be my March project - only if I have a plan though.