Thursday, November 1, 2018

Lip Balm Holders

A friend makes her own spa products and I offered to make some lip balm holders for a craft sale she is doing this weekend.

I used this tutorial from Emmaline Bags.

The holders go together fairly quickly, and don't use much fabric. I did find the trickiest part was trying to make sure the lip balm fit when you are done. After some trial and error, I managed.

It is a really tight fit. I ended up using a "scant" 1/8" seam allowance.

I am amazed at how straight I managed to get it.

After you add Emmaline's fancy  key fob hardware, they look great.

I think there is a nice selection of fabrics. A little over 1/4 m gone from my stash!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

A Gift or Two, Finished

In 2015, I bought Karen Neary's lovely book Quilting Beauties Come in All Shapes and Sizes.  I fell in love with her pattern "Thistles in the Heather"

So, I gathered my nerve, a bunch of batiks and set to making it. I finished the top in June of 2015. At that time, I promised I would get the quilting and binding done in under 2 years. I failed!

However, with a week of dedicated work, it is now done and in the mail as a gift for a significant occasion.

I surprised myself, when I found the piece of fabric I had left over, to use as the binding.

Karen does lovely free motion quilting, a skill I haven't perfected, but I think I did okay using my walking foot.

Gentle curves are very doable with a walking foot.

I also finished another Baby Surprise Jacket. This one is going to the grandson of a friend.

I loved the beige, grey, and turquoise variegated yarn. This is Crofter Baby by Sirdar.

I found some perfect fabric last week, and splurged.

Now, what shall I do with some science fabric?

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Where Did I Go?

I feel like I have been doing lots of things, but none of it fits this space, so I have been absent for nearly a month. How did that happen?

First off, I have been building a blog for  a group I belong to. I had forgotten how long it takes to set up a blog. Of course, I also had to get the others in the group to give me input on what it should include. I think the basis is now there and it will be live today. Hopefully, it will take less time, going forward.

Meanwhile, I have been knitting.

I started a brioche scarf, and it is progressing slowly.

Some Paton's Classic Wool that I got at the Spinrite Tent Sale  a few years ago.

This is the solid side.

Yesterday, I starting working on the quilt of a project on my To Be Quilted pile.

It is just a table topper so it should be finished shortly. The quilting thread is a bit dark for the light sections, but I think it is okay. I need to check my stash for a binding.

I have been doing some sorting and tidying and these two fabrics jumped out as belonging together. I think they want to be a bag.

One is a quilting cotton and the other is a twill, both from Japan. I think the darker one would make a nice lining for a purse flap.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

My Eastern Adventure

Earlier this month, I headed off to New Brunswick to visit my elder son. I had a couple of things that I wanted to do while I was there, this time.

The sky as I boarded the plane had a promise of nice weather.

The first item on my agenda was to eat a lobster roll on the beach.

The lobster roll was so large I didn't eat another thing that day, and I didn't finish my fries. However, it was really good.

This is the beach at Aboiteau,

The picture doesn't show it, but in the distance you can see Prince Edward Island.

It was a gorgeous day, and I enjoyed my ocean visit.

The other thing I wanted to see was the monument to the RCMP officers killed in the line of duty in 2014.

They will now stand on guard forever.

The bases of the statues tell you a bit about the officers.

Around the base are maple leaves with signatures of all the other first responders who were involved in keeping Moncton safe, that awful day.

It is a very moving monument.

Much of the rest of my time was spent visiting, and enjoying family time with my far away kid and his fur babies.

Saturday, September 15, 2018


I am still recovering from my wild weekend in the East, and haven't done much sewing. However, I do have this accomplishment.

Cardinals are regular visitors to our yard, year round. Because they are big and red, it didn't take very long for the grandson to notice them coming to the feeder.

I bought this silly little bird for my grandson, about a year ago. It has a sound maker inside that sounds like a Cardinal. If you haven't heard a cardinal, they sound like this. Sorry, the video has an ad on the front of it.

On Thursday, it stopped singing. So, today I took my stitch ripper to the seam on the bird, and found the noise maker. Grandad fixed the broken wire, on the inside.

I tucked the box back in and was going to look for some red thread, when I realized that my little guy will be thrilled that his cardinal sings again, and not care about the stitching.

My stitching, now complete.The bird sings again, and the stitching looks pretty good.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Road Trip Preparations

A good sign that I don't go away very often, is how much preparation I put into getting ready for a weekend away.

I spent the morning trying to figure out why I couldn't manage to update the data on my geocaching GPS. Obviously it has been awhile since I went geocaching. I have it figured out now, and I WROTE IT DOWN for next time! I put the instructions in the bag with the GPS. Hopefully that will work.

I also made myself a new purse for the trip. I tried to take pictures, yesterday but it was kind of dull so they came out like this.

So, I tried again, this morning, while the sun was out.

Okay, much better.

A zipper pull that says "Handmade" from Emmaline Bags.

The strap is pieced, to avoid being boring black. I made it long enough to be a cross body strap.

The pattern is Clematis, from Blue Calla, with some serious alterations. I made it 120% larger, then added 2" to the height. I added two zipper pockets, one outside and one inside.

The hot pink lining really suits the bag.

A slip pocket, featuring dogs doing yoga, and a carabiner for my keys.

I also have some travel knitting ready.

Socks for someone, recipient will be determined later.

My garden has mixed opinions about the rain and heat.

The basil is loving it. Tomatoes, not so much.

Morning Glories, to match my bag, are climbing up everything they can reach.

Meanwhile, my little foster is thriving in the sunroom. He found a sunbeam this morning. It is warming his healing hip.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

A New Project

I am travelling in a couple of weeks.  I decided that I needed a new purse and wallet.

I dipped into my stash and found some Tula Pink for the wallet.

It has cute foxes and bright colours, but it has a problem. For the wallet, I need a strip the entire width of this fat quarter and about one fox high.

If I put my ruler exactly under the first fox, the next one is up about 1/4". As I move across, it gets worse.

It is almost an inch out by the end of the strip. That will look terrible on the outside of a wallet. I think this piece will become fussy cut pockets.

Time for another dive.

My other favourite fabric designer is Laurel Birch.  I have been hoarding this piece forever, and I think it is time it became a wallet.

I have some of the complimentary fabric, and some polka dots that are in the right range. I like the look so far. Just another bunch of pieces to cut, and interfacing for everything, then I can start to sew.

Meanwhile, after finishing the SHAWL, I needed something more soothing.

It is another Baby Surprise Jacket, for another baby newly born. The yarn is Snuggly by Sirdar. The colours aren't my usual, but I like the combination.