One of the drawbacks of last summer’s move was moving further away from my husband’s family. Being a plane-ride away from my own family, and being blessed with such wonderful in-laws, it was definitely a draw-back to move an additional half-hour away. However, I think we have seen them more this winter than last and it has been wonderful!
With projects to do around both of our houses, my husband declared every other Saturday as “family work day.” We spend one Saturday a month together at our house, and one Saturday a month together at theirs. Father and son use the time to help each other with projects around the house (and for that I am so thankful) and we women have been making our way through our piles of crafty projects!
There is something really special about the time women spend together creating. I love hearing the sound of knitting needles clacking, of sewing machines humming, and I have certainly benefited from my mother-in-law’s help and wisdom. Sometimes we chat, sometimes we listen to music, sometimes we watch movies, and other times we just sit in the quiet, absorbed in our projects. And there is something in me that thinks “this is the way life is supposed to be.”
Now that my sweater is complete, I have moved on to spending those Saturdays working through some of my sewing UFOs. And with that purpose in mind I rediscovered, and finished, this quilt.
And although I do love the front, it is the back that I am particularly enamoured with.
Isn’t it awesome? And it is just as soft and smooth and satiny as it looks. This was a true treasure out of my grandmother’s fabric collection, and along with many of the fabrics I used for the top, probably purchased 40 – 50 years ago. Sometimes I like to imagine what my grandmother had intended with her purchases. This is a wildly beautiful print! But I am kind of glad she never worked it into one of her own sewing projects, because it looks right at home here on this quilt.
So this is how I have been spending the cold winter days (which stubbornly refuse to turn into spring.) Quilting. Sewing. Knitting. Thinking about my grandmother. Creating quilts and sweaters and memories woven together.
Do you craft together with others? What are your favourite winter-day projects?Read More
After a not-so-stellar rate of finishing my UFOs last quarter, I am determined to get more done in the next three months. In fact, I have promised myself that I will not purchase fabrics for new projects until I finish the old! (Except for shop items, of course.)
It seems to me that UFOs must multiply in the dark corners of my sewing room, as my pile of projects to choose from seems a lot bigger than I remember! Oh, well. It’s always nice to have choices, right?
This quarter I am going to finish:
The Blue Triangle Quilt. I started this years ago. It took me over a year to piece the top. Then I added borders, then I took off the borders, and now it has sat for another year. The binding and backing are already pieced and ready to go. I’m hoping the new border fabric I chose works out this time!
My Hippie Quilt! I couldn’t resist the peace, love, happiness fabric panel, and decided to make it into a quilt by framing it with my grandmother’s vintage fabrics (along with a few others I had on hand.) And I have visions of backing it in a silky 70s polyester. Completely untraditional, I know, we’ll see what happens when the time comes.
Blue and Brown strip quilt. I bought these fabrics on vacation last summer and couldn’t wait to sew them into my first strip quilt! I got as far as cutting the strips. I’m excited to finish this one!
This last one is a holdover from the first quarter. I am hoping to finish the hand-quilting this quarter so I can bind it and call it done. I am still in love with the fact that this quilt is a joint project between my grandmother’s blocks and my own. It’s definitely a keeper when it’s finished!
It seems I have a lot of sewing to do! :) You can see what everyone else is sewing on the Finish-A-Long page.Read More
One of my goals for the new year is to finish up some of the UFOs (unfinished objects) laying around my sewing room. (if you read my other blog, you might remember that I had the same goal for last year and well….life and new projects happened.) So here I am, ready to give it a go again.
But this year there is a little bit of extra motivation. During the Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway day, I discovered Quilter in the Gap and was excited to discover that she is hosting a year-long finish-a-long! It’s always easier to do things with others than it is to try them on your own, don’t you think? Especially when it includes posting what you plan to do (and what you actually get done) in a very public way!
This post is a bit complicated by the fact that I am not at home to take photos of my unfinished projects (a rule of the finish-a-long) nor will I be at home before the Linky party closes. So…I am relying on photos I have taken at various points in the past year of projects that I am working on. (When I do get home I will replace them with better photos if need be!)
So here are my first quarter goals:
1. Quilt and finish this blue quilt I started that combined blocks that I made with my grandmother’s sampler pieces.
2. Finally sew these pieces into a quilt top (they have been cut for so long I no longer remember what part of the quilt each fabric is for!)
3. Finish this little quilt of my grandmothers. (in the photo, it is on the top of the bin under the ironing board, on the left – I’ll take a better photo later, I promise!) I had to remove all of the quilting she had done in order to remove the backing off the quilt (it was a stiff, scratchy cotton, probably why she abandoned it) so now I need to find a new fabric for the back and re-quilt it.
4. Finish this flowered Christmas wreath I started as well as a tree skirt I never had time to finish before Christmas (our poor tree was skirt-less this year!) I want to finish them now so I can put them away with the Christmas decorations, and then they will be all ready for next year! (I’ll add a photo of the tree skirt soon!)
I think I had better stop there as I still have new sewing projects to work on too! If you want to join in or see what everyone else is working on, check out the Linky Party!Read More
I can hardly believe it, but I’ve won the Extreme Makeover sewing challenge! I was up against some pretty talented ladies! Thanks to everyone for your support over the last six weeks! (well….seven weeks….we had two weeks for this last challenge.) I definitely think I’ve stretched myself as a seamstress and I am so happy with my tidy sewing room.
Here is what I made this week:
A trio of aprons.
This one is from the “Sew Liberated” book (I know, it’s been a theme over the last few weeks, but I have loved having the opportunity to sew from it!) My favourite part is the corset back. Check this out:
And then I made two half aprons.
This fabric from my grandmother was calling out to be made into aprons. I sort of made it up as I went, but I got the idea for a bow in the front from this tutorial. I had a little fabric left so I made a matching bread bag. It’s just a simple drawstring bag, but I got the idea here.
I always carry a reusable bag in my purse, but it is always coming unfolded. I couldn’t resist this tutorial for a fold-up pocket tote.
And then I made two skirts. The first is, once again, from Sew Liberated. The one in the book is covered with applique, I haven’t decided if I will applique this one or leave it as it is. I am really happy with the way it turned out, I’m definitely getting more comfortable with knits!
This second one is based on the two-tier skirt from Sew What Skirts. I love this fabric, and I loved the two-tiered look, but I have come to realize that I just don’t like the look of elastic waist-bands on skirts. I think I’d like to try one with buttons while I work on improving my zipper skills!
Finally, I worked on a very special quilt top. I found the traditional pieced blocks among my grandmother’s fabrics (so sorry for everyone who thought I’d pieced the whole thing myself – eek, I didn’t think of that when I was posting it…). I also found most of the fabrics she had used to make them. Last week I created the square within a square blocks and made the pieced border. (That border caused me a bit of trouble. I have never done anything like it before, and there were times when I wasn’t sure it would be worth it, but I LOVE it on the quilt!) This is definitely a quilt I will cherish as made by my grandmother’s hands and my own. In honour of my grandmother I am even considering hand-quilting it, but haven’t decided yet.
Total fabric used this week: 19 yards
Total fabric used over 6 weeks: 74 yards!!! If someone had told me you could use that much fabric in a month and a half I wouldn’t have believed them.
My sewing room has become a much more neat and organized place.
After: (that box is history!)
Whew! Must be time to go to the fabric store! (Just kidding….)Read More
Don’t you love that feeling when you finish a big project? Especially when you love the way everything looks when it is finished?
That’s the way I feel about this pretty in pink set.
You might remember seeing this quilt in progress. Here it is, all quilted and ready for its new home.
The quilting is fairly simple, but I really wanted to showcase the applique and I think the simple outlining of the hexagons and then on the applique itself does that well.
And here is the matching doll quilt:
I worked on both quilts simultaneously, just repeating everything in miniature after working on the big quilt. Although it would have been possible to make the little quilt exactly the same, it also would have made for a very expensive little quilt, which its new doll-owner might not appreciate! I think this one is close enough to be cute!
I also made matching curtains and a crib skirt, which (sorry!) aren’t really conducive to pictures until they are installed in their new homes.
And then there were just a few scraps of fabric left…..and I couldn’t resist making just one more thing as a little gift to go with everything else….
She is made from the Molly Monkey pattern at Mmmcrafts, and has been on my “to make” list for years and years (but I have never had a reason to make one before.) I know, I know, she’s not a monkey. I really loved the idea of using the grey with the pink fabrics, but didn’t think grey was very “monkey-ish” so I decided to turn the monkey into a kitty (inspired by some of the photos on the Molly Monkey Flickr group). I later discovered there is actually a pattern for the kitty on the Mmmcrafts Etsy shop, too.
I’m sad to see all of this pink leave my sewing room… but….
on to the next project!Read More