Monday, February 13, 2017

Sew Fresh Sew along and Canada 150 progress

On Saturday, I finished sewing the next three blocks in the Next step Design's Canada 150 quilt.  I'm happy that I am keeping up with the blocks each week.  And, a friend let me root around in her red scraps so I have some new variety :-).

Blocks 37 - 39

On Saturday the third block in the "Have a Jolly Little Christmas Quilt along" from Sew Fresh Quilts was published.  This one was a Christmas bow.  I made two bows, one for each colour way I'm using.  They turned out very nicely.  This is a really fun project!

I had to pay attention to keep all the letters going in the right direction for this one :-).

I was afraid the red dots would be too light, but I like the way it turned out

Quite a few of the blocks plus a variety of odds and ends on the design wall :-)

Selvage caddies

A few weeks ago, a friend was celebrating her birthday.  I came across these cute selvage caddies in a book (I lent the book out, so can't remember the name :-).  I dug into my special stash of Kaffe Fasset selvages and could not decide which colour I would use so I ended up making three.  I gave the blue one to my friend, and made the orange one for myself.  I decided to give the green one to my other friend whose birthday is in September.  But, I gave it to her already because by December I'll probably forget where I put it LOL.  I did sew a few dividing rows in one side of mine and stitched a row of stitching half way the middle section to stop my pair of little scissors from dropping all the way to the bottom.  The pouch on the other side holds my red clips.  It's the perfect little caddy to drape over the arm of a chair while hand stitching the binding down.

If you click on the photo to enlarge it you can see the stitched lines to hold the scissors and thread

Drapes perfectly over the arm of an IKEA chair.

Green and orange caddies.

I forgot to take a picture of the blue one so asked my friend to send me one :-)

They were a lot of fun to make.  Next time I will pay attention to make sure there are words or colour circles on the top of the pin cushion :-)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mittens - second week of Sew Fresh sew a long

Today the pattern for the mittens block was uploaded on the Sew Fresh Quilts blog.  I am really enjoying this "Have a Jolly Little Christmas" quilt a long.  I made 8 blocks to go along with the 8 stockings that I made two weeks ago.

These are the mismatched mittens with a different colour in each pair matching the Ink & Arrow Christmas fabric I purchased last fall.  I went back to the shop and they had the fabrics in the clearance 40% off.  Bonus :-).

I did the more traditional ones matching the mittens in the block.  Love these too.

Here are all the blocks together on the design wall.  Pure fun!

Thanks so much Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts for designing these fun blocks for us.  How many sleeps til the next block comes out? LOL

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Canada 150 blocks for the week

This week's blocks for the Canada 150 program were very quick and easy.  Since I just finished the top of a quilt for my grandson using these Canadian fabrics, I dug into the scraps for some fun blocks.  Since the blocks had larger squares, this was a great opportunity to use the moose fabric and the poppy fabrics.  And, so far I'm still caught up which is a good thing :-)

Blocks 31 - 33

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Canada 150 blocks finished

Keeping right up on the Canada 150 blocks and have this week's blocks finished!  These were a fun bunch to do.  Happy to be keeping up with these blocks.

Blocks 28 - 30

Monday, January 16, 2017

Canada 150 progress

You can read about the beginning of my Canada 150 program adventures here.  Amazing how quickly you get a week behind on a project, but good thing that we get weekly Tuesday reminders when the new patterns come out. 

Just completed blocks 22 - 27 this morning, just in time :-).  I had done blocks 16 - 21 a few weeks ago, but my camera was giving me grief.  It is working again so I just took photos of these blocks as well.  This is a really fun project learning about the accomplishments of Canadian women in history.  The blocks work up quickly and it is fun to choose fabrics for each block.

Blocks 16 - 21

Blocks 22 - 27
Since several of the ladies were from Quebec this week, I used a fleur de lis background for one block :-)

Saturday, January 14, 2017


What a fun morning!  I woke up at 6:00 this morning with the feeling that something good was happening today!  Oh yes...the Have a Jolly Little Christmas Quilt a long from Sew Fresh Quilts was starting today! 

I was down at my computer at 6:45 and soon the blog post was up.  Stockings were up first!   What a fun block.  Of course I calculated wrong and ended up with 8 blocks when I thought I was going to have 4.   But, that's not a problem LOL.  I'm thinking of making some pillows out of some of the blocks and maybe a quilt top....we shall see.  

It was a lot of fun pulling fabrics from my Christmas stash.  I did some more traditional blocks using a fun Christmas print for inspiration and then found the lovely fabrics I bought last fall at Quilting by Design. They are by Ink and Arrow fabrics. I used the navy blue focus fabric for one of the stockings and found some tone on tone prints for the rest.  I used the other fabrics in the series that I purchased for the cuffs.  I may have to pick up a few more of the prints and some yardage to use in each of the blocks as we go through the sew a long :-).  And, we wonder why we don't use up our stashes eh? LOL  (Click on the photo to enlarge.)

Four blocks of the more traditional colours - the blue stocking is done with a Jason Yenter print from a few years ago.

This is the fun print I used to choose the colours for the above stockings
The Ink & Arrow fabrics with the addition of some polka dot tone on tones.
Here you can see all the blocks together - BUT - I spot an oops!!  I sewed the wrong cuff to the yellow stockings :-(
I decided to fix them right away and here are the finished blocks.
 Thanks you Lorna for the very fun morning!  Now back to my regular scheduled tasks...working on my mega UFO's LOL.  My husband rolled his eyes when he saw I was working on a new project and offered to put Christmas music on.