Sunday, November 30, 2014

Current Quilty Obsession!

Coffee sleeves! I made one for my colleague (actually my boss but she hates being called that) and several others have requested one of their own. 

These sleeves are so much fun to make and use up the tiny scraps you can't bear to part with. Here are today's creations!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Introducing the Epic Quilt

You guys, I did it! My Marcelle Medallion quilt is finally finished. This quilt was a true labour of love. I stretched myself in so many ways! I created my very first paper-piecing template (see how I did it here). I sewed equilateral triangles for the first time. I fully embraced the scrappy low volume background trend, whilst also playing with volume in general. Every border meant more design decisions, and I looked to my Instagram friends and blog readers for input. And I quilted a huge spiral which looks AMAZING if I do say so myself!

This is one of those times when I really wish I was a better photographer. These photos just don't do this quilt justice.

I feel so happy when I look at this Epic Quilt. This is my very favourite colour palette of all time. Chartreuse! Teal! Pink!  I'm pretty sure I used over fifty different fabrics. The quilt was over a year in the making and now that's it finished I'm itching to start another wild one.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Marcelle Medallion Update

Remember my Marcelle Medallion quilt? The one I started last September? September 2013. I finished the quilting last night. I'll be working on binding this week and I'm stoked. Here's a preview:

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bee Quick

My boss texted me this morning to request a coffee sleeve. In an effort to save money, she bought a Koenig coffee machine. Personally, this would never work for me, because I crave the steamed milk and espresso combo that only a good latte can offer. 

Here's what I stitched up this afternoon. 
The bee is from one of my favourite fabric lines called Just Wing It by MoMo. It's one of the few scraps I have left and I've been looking for the right opportunity to use it. The button is from The Workroom's amazing Button Dept.

I love these little projects that can be finished in one sitting and let me sew freestyle!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sew Intertwined Quilt

Way back in July 2012, I joined the Sew Intertwined Quiltalong. I liked the pattern and was excited to try my first all solids quilt. Things got off to a rocky start. The first step was to make a large dresden. I love dresden blocks, but I miscounted the blades which led to a colour arrangement that I wasn't very happy with.

Still, I continued on to the next set of blocks. These were fairly simple blocks made up of four patches and HSTs and they came together quickly.  The final set of blocks could either be paper pieced to pieced using y-seams. I was a fairly new quilter and y-seams felt scary so I planned to paper-piece and even got started on it. But it was ardorous and I put it aside. Over the last few years I've looked at the blocks and thought to myself, "I should really finish these."

This August, I finally admitted to myself that I was never going to complete those paper-pieced blocks. I also admitted that the dresden wasn't working for me either. But, could I do something with the simple blocks that I did like...?

Indeed, I could! I added borders to the blocks to make the quilt front, and made an improv log cabin using the dresden block as the centre for the back. I added in an extra block at the top for fun. I quilted it with straight lines with random spacing, which is one of my go-to quilting choices because it always looks great and it's fast too!  Finally, I bound this quilt with a happy rainbow striped binding.

It's surprising how much I adore this quilt, given it's not-so-great beginnings. I love the colours and that it's done completely in solids (all Kona). I gave this quilt to my Nana and she loved it too. I hope it will keep her warm this winter when she's sitting and crocheting in front of the tv.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Trying Again

I used to blog regularly, but with working full time with two children has really wiped me out. Plus, Instagram allows me to easily post pictures of my WIPs and get instant feedback from other quilters. 

Still, I'd like to document my finishes, and keep notes about my projects so that I can look back on them, especially the gifted FOs. I've loaded the Blogger app on my iPhone and iPad. I have no idea if this will help me post more frequently and I guarantee more typos, but I'm going to give it a try!

Today I finished two mug rugs. These are to be gifted to my colleagues who have been covering my clients during an extended absence from work. In one, I appliqu├ęs some hexies that I made forever ago in an English Paper Piecing class I took with Johanna Masko at The Workroom. I echo quilted around the flower. The other uses some Comma mini charms. I improv pieced this one and stitched in the ditch. I really love this mug rug! My colleague loves grey and yellow so I'm sure this will be a hit!

Over the next few weeks I hope to post some of the projects I made this summer. In the meantime, please follow me on Instagram 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Oh Hai There

You thought I'd forgotten about you, right? Not true! I've been sewing up a storm. I just haven't been sharing it here on the blog. If you'd like to see what I'm up to, please follow me on Instagram. I post daily, and often, multiple times a day!

So, the big news is that I recently fell down the garment sewing hole. I've been making ALL THE CLOTHES! I even bought myself a second hand serger and have been tackling knits.  Have you seen the new Colette patterns? Colette has made two knit patterns, Mabel and Moneta and they come in plus sizes! Sweet! 

I've made two versions of the Moneta so far. The first is a heavier knit. I made Version 1 exactly as per the pattern, including the lapped collar. The bodice is lined - I used a Michael Miller knit that I had left over from a skirt I made last summer. This was my first time using clear elastic to gather a skirt and I didn't much enjoy it. In making this version, I realized that I wanted to make the bodice a bit longer, but otherwise, the fit is fabulous. Also, bonus! In this knit, the dress is dressy enough to wear to work!

My second version is a lighter jersey knit. I also made this version sleeveless, but this time I omitted the collar. I also made the bodice an inch and a half longer and I think it's far more flattering. I lengthened the skirt by three inches too. I used clear elastic again to gather the skirt, even though I found it a beast to work with the first time around. I tried a different gathering method though. Colette's tutorial shows two methods and I liked method two much better gather the skirt first using basting stitches, then sew on the elastic, versus "stretch and sew."

Stay tuned for more garment sewing goodness coming your way. I have FOUR shirts to share with you! In the meantime, see you on Instagram!