Wednesday, October 31, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Lots going on here this week... wow - what a difference having a sewing room in the city makes!  I've managed to get down there for an hour or so pretty much every night this week, once everyone has gone to bed!

First, I finished Adam's baby quilt top.  You can read all about it here.  Tonight, I cut and prepared the binding and pin basted it so it is now ready for quilting.

Puffs decided he wanted to help prepare the quilt sandwich!

This week, I also started two new projects.  I cut all the fabric and chose the charm squares for a new lap quilt.  I found the pattern on the Moda Bakeshop (it's called Charming Stars) and will be using Northcote Range by Cabbages & Roses for Moda for the charms and a red fabric I had in my stash.


And I finally got started on making more 241 bags so I can give them as Christmas presents this year. For the first one, I decided to go with a nautical fabric for the outside of the bag and a neutral for the lining.


Linking up at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


Happy Halloween!

Izzy

Monday, October 29, 2012

Sewing in the City!

I follow and read lots of quilting blogs and I'm so inspired by everything I see.  But, as inspired as all of those blog posts make me feel, they also sometimes make me feel like I'm not nearly as productive as I would like to be.  As you know, my sewing room and stash are in the country so I only get to sew on weekends or during vacation.  I do like to spend some of my weekends with family and doing things with the kids so my sewing time is somewhat limited.

Last week, I mentioned to my sweetie that I might want to bring one of my sewing machines to the city so I can get a little bit of sewing done on week nights.  Well...  I came home from work one night and he had cleaned up a huge area of the basement, put an old table in there and freed up some shelves.  I had a new sewing room in the city!  I was so excited.

The floor needs a good coat of paint, but it'll do for now!  This is my little ironing station.  Notice Bibelot and Decoy sitting pretty on that chair?  :-)

My new sewing table!  Can you see the storage in the back?  I need to move some stuff around back there, but once I'm done, it'll be perfect for books, magazines and some of my pre-cuts!

So which project did I decide to start with in my new city sewing room?  A baby quilt.  A good friend of mine just had a little baby boy and I decided to make him a little quilt from charm squares.  I found the tutorial on the Moda Bakeshop and used leftover charms I had that looked a boyish. 

Sorry about the bad picture!  The lighting really isn't great in the basement and there's no way I can take a picture outside today!

The baby's name is Adam...  did you guess?  :-)


I will hopefully have time to prepare the backing and start basting this little quilt tomorrow night so it can be quilted and delivered early next week.

Now that I can sew during the week, I might actually start blogging a little more regularly too!  :-)

Have a great week everyone and to all my friends on the East Coast... Stay Safe!

Izzy

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Surprises!

A few days ago, a friend of my sweetie's came over and mentioned he had a bunch of vintage jewelry and dishes to sell and was wondering if we would help him put the items on ebay.  He inherited everything from his mother and most of it had belonged to his great-aunt.  When this friend heard that I made quilts, he told my sweetie he had some "sewing stuff" he wouldn't mind getting rid of as well, if I was interested.

The next day, I came home from work and a huge box full of sewing notions was waiting for me.  A lot of it I might never use, but this sewing box I absolutely love...


It's in perfect condition!  And look at this on the inside...


Isn't it adorable?

Oh!  And when my sweetie went to pick up this box at his friend's house, he saw what he described as "a super old Singer sewing machine in a huge and very heavy table." !!!  I, of course, replied calmly "YOU MUST GET ME THAT MACHINE!"  So hopefully, at some point this week, I will be the proud owner of a vintage Singer sewing machine.

Before I go, I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Carrie Nelson.  I won this month's prize for the Parade of Schnibbles and I was extremely excited about it!  :-)  My prize came in the mail today and it is fabulous...

Summer Juggling fat 1/8s bundle, quilt labels, cute measuring tapes, Tapestry mini-charms and a Fit to be Geese Ruler! (Sorry about the really bad picture.)
A really big Thank You also goes to my wonderfully generous friend Karen who was the winner of this surprise pack originally.  But since she had won before, she asked that another name be drawn.  If it weren't for Karen, this great prize would not be mine... so thank you again Karen.

I hope you are having a fabulous week!

Izzy

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Hubble... The Great Schnibble!

Hubble is the October Schnibble except... it's not quite a small as the "regular" Schnibbles we've done all year.  In fact, Hubble is much larger.  The top finishes at approx. 70" square. 

I really wanted to finish my Hubble top this weekend and I did it!  :-)


I used a fabric collection called Sentiments by 3 Sisters for Moda for the star and the pieced border.  The background and outer border is a solid cream.

I am super happy with it and cannot wait to begin quilting it.

Linking up at:



And how was your weekend?

Izzy

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

W.I.P. Wednesday - Finaly some real progress!

The list of WIPs and unquilted tops is finally going down!  In my last blog post, I told you about the really productive, albeit unplanned, weekend I had at the cottage.  By the time we headed back to the city after a wonderful Thanksgiving lunch, I had 2 tops quilted and ready for the wash!

Decoy (July) and Dimestore (August) Schnibbles all done!
So I'm left with:
  • 6 tops to quilt
  • 1 quilt sandwich about 1/3 done (Two Percent)
  • 1 WIP (Hubble, the October Schnibble)
This coming weekend, I really need to get going on Christmas presents.  I also want to finish Hubble.

Linking up at:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Hope you are all having a wonderful week!

Izzy

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Best Laid Plans...

First, Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends!  I had a wonderful holiday weekend.  All of the kids came over to the cottage today for lunch and we had turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, meat pie, greavy, stuffing... and... apple pie!  (I know the more traditional desert would have been pumpkin pie, but I'm not a fan!)


Now for the quilty part...  Because of the long weekend, I had planned on finishing the top for Hubble and get started on making more 241 Tote Bags (which I decided were going to be Christmas presents).  BUT I left my iPad at the office on Friday so didn't have the patterns with me.

I wasn't about to spend 3 days away from my sewing room so instead, I decided to work on quilting tops. 

I finished Dimestore first.



I decided to keep it simple and quited in the ditch along the sashing.  I used some Christmas fabric I had leftover from a quilt top I finished last year for the binding and pieced the back with that fabric as well.  This was the first time I ever pieced a back and I have to admit, I really like the look.


On Sunday, I chose to finish Decoy, my July Schnibble.


I also quilted in the ditch for Decoy.  I stitched around each block, each border and each star.  I love it!  I found a pink fabric in my stash which I used for the binding as well as the backing, but now that it's all finished, that pink wasn't a great choice.  It's not the right pink... but it'll have to do because I'm not undoing it!  :-)

So a pretty productive weekend even if it didn't work out exactly as planned!

And how was your weekend?

Izzy

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fresh Sewing Day - September

Can you believe today is October 1?  Where did September go?  It's definitely starting to look and feel like Fall up here in Quebec.  The trees are wearing beautiful reds and yellows and oranges, the leaves have started falling and the temperatures are in the single digits at night now.

I'm pretty happy with my mosaic for September.  I love all of the projects on there and enjoyed making every one of them.

1.  Happy Weekender  2.  Speck (September Schnibble)  3.  Hubble (October Schnibble)
4.  Apple-picking with the kids  5.  241 Tote Bag  6.  FQS 2012 Designer Mystery Block 4

With Thanksgiving coming up this weekend (in Canada), October is going to be off to a great start!  I see a big turkey dinner with lots of family and friends in my future!  :-)

Linking up at Lily's Quilts for Fresh Sewing Day:
Lily's Quilts

Have a wonderful week!

Izzy
 
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