Saturday, April 28, 2012

iFaux Pas'd :D

This is a Peek a Boo sack from Make it Perfect - the peek a boo window is supposed to be at the bottom so the contents show - don't ask me what I was thinking when I started the final assembly and got things upside down!  Hopefully the 4 year old recipient won't notice :D 


It's so grey and overcast outside - I couldn't get a proper photo - this is the quilt set (quilt, 2 bibs, owl stuffy) I made for baby Madelena ...


... and here's the one for her twin brother Massimo.  The owl colours are closest to the correct colours for both of these photos - I'm not sure why the quilts and bibs look so washed out.  Perhaps my lack of photography skills has something to do with it ;)  The owl pattern is from Gingercake - I love this pattern :)

I have one more set to post but it'll have to wait just a bit longer :D

Friday, April 27, 2012

I'm in spring mode - hopefully this set will get my mind off of the white yucky stuff!  ;)



Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I've found my people - apparently Google is THEM!

My friend Nancy sent me an email today telling me to check out Google's .ca homepage because ... "I think it might be the national holiday of your people.... :-)"

AND IT IS!!  It's my people -- I'm home at last!!!!!  :D


When you pull the zipper down, it opens to a Google search about the man who invented the zipper, lol!  MY PEOPLE!!!  :D



Monday, April 23, 2012

While snow on April 23rd isn't unheard of ...

it's certainly not appreciated - not by me, anyways, lol!  This is what I saw out my kitchen window a minute ago - that's my back yard :D  At least the white stuff isn't sticking around - yet?!  :D


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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Quilt set 1 of 3 ...

I have 3 baby quilt sets under construction right now - here's the girly one.  It seems my camera doesn't want to give an accurate representation of the fabric colours - they're softer than they appear here :)




Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Across the Pond pouch :)


It's hard to tell from the photos, but this is a really curvy pouch!  I have it tucked with plastic grocery bags so I could show off it's curves with the camera :)  I still need to make a zipper pull for it -- I have to check my bead box (ok, boxes, LOL) for purple and coral beads.  This will be a birthday gift for a friend - she doesn't read my blog so I'm not ruining a surprise :D

The tutorial is here --- I've made a few pouches in my time *ahem* so I only needed the basics and the pattern, but for beginner sewers the tute is very detailed and well photographed - she really was very thorough!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Hexies :)

Hexies zipper bag - front
Hexies zipper bag - back

Hexies zipper bag - zipper pull

Hexies zipper bag - lining

Here's the zipper bag I completed today - the hexy construction is loosely based on this tutorial, and here's the page that got me stitching hexies :D

A gift for a friend :)

This little zippy is for a friend - it's made with the same fabric as a tote she has made (and which I don't yet see posted to her blog, hint hint :D).   I didn't add any embellishments to this (other than the twin needle quilting in variegated orange thread) so that the recipient can decorate it to match the tote :D

Today I tried something new - I did some hexies to try a project I spotted during my internet travels.  The project is done but I have to make the "bling" to go on it - hopefully I can do that today so I can post a photo.  I cheated on the hexies - you're supposed to tack stitch them on the wrong side when you fold the raw edges in - I just pressed them and then appliqued them on to the project.  It wasn't difficult, and saved me the extra step ;) 


Saturday, April 14, 2012

iBead :)

I tried Kelly's "Bling your Thing" challenge, and added beads to this zipper bag :)  You can't really see them very well - that's what happens when you put black beads on a black background, LOL.  I'm looking forward to seeing what other people post (Allie!) so I can get more ideas!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Bad day X 1, good day X 2 :)

Bad day x 1:  I sat down with Zoomer this morning to give him one of his pills.  He had woofed his cookies on the loveseat during the night.  I found it with my butt.  Wearing shorts.  Welcome to MY world, lol!

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Good day X 1:  when I checked my email this morning I found I had won a blog giveaway for some Aurifil thread!  I haven't tried that thread before, so I'm looking forward to it :)

Good day X 2: just now - my next door neighbour showed up on my front doorstep with some homemade baklava - guess what we're having for dessert tonight?  Thanks Maria!!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Part of a gift ...

2 space bibs :)
Here are a couple of bibs I made to go with a gift set I'm working on.  I need to go to the fabric store (darn it!) to pick up fabric to finish the other part of the gift, so hopefully I'll have a completion soon :D

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

House pouch :)

House pouch :)
Here's the house pouch I completed for week 2 of the Zakka Style sew along - it's quite cute, if I do say so myself!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The twins are here :)

I don't have any photos yet, but welcome to the world, great niece Madelena and great nephew Massimo (I hope I've spelled the names correctly - I'm waiting for confirmation!), born yesterday to our nephew David and his sweet wife Cassendra :)  Matteo, 4, is now a big brother!  

I've been dealing with round 2 of The Creeping Crud (aka a head cold) so I haven't been doing much of anything.  I did get a bit of work done on week 2 of the Zakka Style sew along - this project is actually one I've done before - a House Pouch - easy peasy :)   I brought the bits and pieces upstairs to hand stitch the button flowers on - I wrapped masking tape around a ruler so I could keep the buttons in the right order, lol.  Hopefully I can  finish this one tomorrow, in between naps, LOL.  Nancy I'll give you back your book for now - I'm not doing the next couple of projects so I won't need it until the end of April!  Thanks SO MUCH for the loan!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Zigzag bag completed :)

The first project in the Zakka Style sewalong is a "Zig Zag tote".  I did mine a little differently - I wanted log cabins on mine, so I did log cabins in front, and a modified zigzag (one seam 3D flying geese) in the back ;)  The bag measures 12.5" wide x 14" tall x 2.5" deep, and is lined with a turquoisey-aquay blue.  It came out beautifully!

Week 2 starts on Monday (Apr. 9) - the next project is one I've made before, but of course I'll be making a new one ;) 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

+manly -girly :)

A few days ago I completed a messenger bag that turned out a little (LOT!) girlier than I had planned :D    I made a few changes, and here's the result - a manly bag for a young man to carry his treasures in.  Actually I'll be tucking a book inside before giving it to him, so he can use it as a book bag ;)  Those things on the front are jeans buttons - I think they make a great embellishment!  The tutorial is here :)

Zakka Style sewalong bag under construction


I took this picture in the basement so I can't get the colour quite right.  The main parts of the bag are a neutral taupey lineny type fabric, with log cabin blocks for the front, and some one seam 3D flying geese blocks for the back.  They're top-stitch quilted onto Warm and Natural batting.  This is the first project I'm doing for the Zakka Style sewalong - they call it a zigzag bag, but I'm doing it a bit differently :D

 Here's the "Snap Trap" bag I tried out yesterday - I'll make a few changes when I do it again - this one was just a trial run out of ugly-ish fabric.
 Here's the inside of the snap open part ...
and you can't really see it well, but the inside of the zippered pocket shows the wrong side of the lining fabric.  I don't like that - I'll fix that when I make the next one, by adding an extra piece of fabric there.  I'll also make the bag a bit bigger - this one is quite small - 5 1/2" x 4 1/2".  It's a great design idea though - those measuring tape snap bags are great, and I have lots of measuring tape (reclaimed from construction sites!) I can use up!  :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Radishes at the seaside :D

Yeah - that's a REALLY bad title, lol.  It's late and I couldn't come up with anything :D

Here's a "Wildwood" shopping bag I made yesterday to use up some of my food fabric (right, Allie? LOL!).  I like the shape of the bag (formed by the gusset at the bottom) but the sizing needs adjusting - their straps are WAY too short.  Next time I'll make a few minor changes :D

Here's a wee zippy that I made to use up the last of this seaside fabric - I actually cut out two but screwed the zipper up on one and was too lazy to froggy stitch it ;)  (Nancy would be horrified!)

I also got started on my bag for the Zakka Style sew-along - I posted the focus blocks a few days ago, but forgot to take a picture today.  Will post an update photo tomorrow :)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Tomorrow's project ...

These are 2 of the blocks I'll be working with tomorrow --- they're not part of the sew along that starts tomorrow, but are for something different :D

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