Monday, December 31, 2012

Wrapping up 2012!

It's almost 2013!  I thought I would wrap-up the year with a mosaic of my December finishes.  This was a pretty good month for me.  I had 5 items on my "must do' list and all 5 got done.

1. Hubble (October Schnibble)  2.  Morsel (December Schnibble)  3. Drop (November Schnibble)  4.  Nautical 241 Tote Bag  5.  Carpenter Star Pillow  6.  Table Runners  7.  City Streets Baby Quilt

For more information on any of these finishes, see the 2012 Finishes tab at the top of the screen.

Overall, I'm pretty pleased with what I've accomplished this year.  I learned a lot of new things, tried to stretch my abilities a little bit and had a whole lot of fun!  :-)

In 2013, I want to try techniques I haven't tried before and I want to quilt every single top in my UFO pile.  If I finish one every month, by the end of 2013, I'll have none left.

I hope you all have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Izzy

Friday, December 28, 2012

Last project of 2012!

I'm almost done with my last project of 2012 - a baby quilt for a little nephew who was due to come into the world on December 21.  He obviously knew his quilt wasn't quite done - the 21st came and went and we are still waiting.

I really needed to find a quick and easy project for this quilt because I was on a very tight deadline so I ordered a kit from the Fat Quarter Shop.  The top came together super fast and I love those bright colours.


I'll be preparing the quilt sandwich this afternoon and hope to start quilting tomorrow.  With a bit of luck and not too many interruptions, this baby quilt will be done by the time the baby gets here.

Izzy

Monday, December 24, 2012

In the nick of time!

I finished Hubble this weekend... And thank goodness I did because it's my wonderful sister-in-law's Christmas present.


I really wanted to do some fancy FMQ in the cream background, but I ran out of time so had to go with some simple stitching in the ditch and straight lines.

The kitten wanted to pose for this one!

I love how this turned out and I know Sandra is going to love it too!

Merry Christmas to everyone!  I'll be back online in a few days.

Izzy

Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Little Morsel

The recipient of the Morsel I made has finally received it so I can post pictures now!  For those of you who don't know, Morsel is a Little Bites pattern by the very talented Carrie Nelson and it also was the December Schnibble in the Another Year of Schnibbles quilt along with the wonderful Sherri and Sinta.

For my Morsel, I chose fabric from the Marmalade collection by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.  I really like how it turned out; love the twill tape that came with the pattern!


Participating in AYOS has been so much fun.  I got so much inspiration from every parade - there are so many wonderful quilters out there, it's unbelievable.  Each pattern was fun to make and I love having all those little quilts around me (most of them are somewhere in the house!).

A huge thank you to both Sherri and Sinta for hosting this quilt along... you ladies are great!

Izzy

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

WIP Wednesday - I'm on a roll!

Things are super stressful at the office, so I need to relax when I get home.  And how do I relax when I'm home?  I sew of course!  :-)

This week, I got lots of stuff done.

I already blogged about the Drop pillow which was on my to do list for December and posted a picture here.  I started quilting Hubble and I'm hoping to be able to finish it this weekend.

Another thing on my to do list for December was my nautical 241 tote bag.  The pieces were cut a few weeks ago, but I ran out of interfacing so I couldn't finish it.  This week, I finally bought what I needed and finished the bag!

I decided to use the same fabric for each panel as well as the exterior pockets, but I think I like this pattern better with an accent fabric.

My lovely daughter Marianne modeling the bag for me!  :-)

So the only thing left on my to do list is the baby quilt for my nephew.  I ordered the fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop and it arrived in the mail today.  So I'll be cutting fabric tomorrow night!

Since all of the items on my to do list for this month were done (or on hold), I decided to get started on a new pillow.  I've been wanting to make another Carpenter Star block for a while now so I took out some Sherbet Pips jelly roll strips I got from my friend Karen and got to work.


I plan on making a zipper closure for this pillow - my very first try at a zipper on a pillow.  We'll see how that goes!

And what have you been up to this week? 

Linking up at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

Izzy

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Knocking off items on my To Do List

At the beginning of December, there were a few things I really wanted to get done before the end of the year.  In fact, there were 5 things on my To Do List:

1.  Quilt Hubble
2.  Make the December Schnibble - Morsel
3.  Turn Drop (the November Schnibble) into a pillow
4.  Make a baby quilt for my new little nephew
5.  Finish the nautical 241 tote bag I started ages ago.

Last week, I made the December Schnibble and mailed it to its recipient.  I also prepared a backing for Hubble and pin basted the whole thing.  Friday night, I got started on the quilting.

And yesterday afternoon, I finished number 3 on the list!


Yes - that is my Drop pillow!  I don't know why I was procrastinating doing this for so long.  It only took me about one hour to have the whole thing quilted and turned into a pillow cover.  For the back, I chose some Lecien fabric I won many moons ago from the Fat Quarter Shop.

Next up is my nautical 241 tote bag.  I finally bought the interfacing I needed so this should go together very fast.  And I ordered some fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop about a week ago for my nephew's quilt so that should come in the mail this week.  With any luck, the quilt will be finished by Christmas and... my To Do List will be done!

And how is your Christmas quilting/gift-making going?

Izzy

Linking up at Sew Many Ways for Sew Darn Crafty!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

WIP Wednesday

I worked on a few WIPs this week and I'm super happy to report that I got two of them finished.  First of all, I finished all of the table toppers I was making for my bedroom furniture.  I shared a picture of the smaller ones last week here.

Here is the largest one sitting on top of my dresser.


I also finished the December Schnibble called Morsel.  But I can't show pictures yet because it's a gift for someone who reads this blog.  Karen and I decided to make Morsel for each other as a Christmas exchange if you will and although she knows Morsel is on its way to her, I do want her to have at least the surprise of seeing "in person" which morsel I made and which fabric I chose.

And finally, my project this evening was pin basting Hubble which I plan on quilting this weekend.


Pin basting on my hands and knees on the hardwood floor is probably my least favourite thing.  My back is killing me now and I'm only halfway done! 

At the beginning of December, there were 5 things I really wanted to get done before the end of the month.  Quilting Hubble is only number 2 on the list!  I better get busy!

Linking up at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

Izzy

Sunday, December 9, 2012

SMS Winner!

I just popped in to announce the winner of my Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway.  But before I do, I would like to thank you all for the comments and welcome my new followers. 

Our winner is commenter #150:


Congratulations Richard!  I've email you to get your mailing address.

I'll be back soon with pictures of the table toppers I made for my bedroom furniture...  All that's left to do is sew on the binding!

Izzy

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

WIP Wednesday - Too Much Going On!

This week was absolutely crazy for me.  Let's see... work is nuts, we got a new kitty, had to take my daughter to the emergency room for a bizarre allergic reaction to something totally unknown, a trip to the dentist with the same daughter only to find out her wisdom teeth are coming out and an evening with my boss to see Cesar Millan in person!  Quite the week...

Needless to say, not much sewing got done this week.  But I did make progress on the table toppers I'm working on for the furniture in my bedroom.

First, I completed the toppers for the night tables.


I simply used charm squares and sewed them together.  I then quilted straight lines about 1 inch apart.  I really like how simple they are.

And here is one of them on my night table...


Yesterday, I completed the top for the one that will go on my sweetie's dresser:


I plan on finishing the top for my dresser and get both quilted over the weekend.

And that's pretty much all I've got going at the moment!

Thought you might enjoy a picture of the new kitty!  She doesn't have a name yet, but I'm sure we'll come up with something perfect within the next few days!

Linking up at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

Izzy

Monday, December 3, 2012

Giveaway Day at Sew, Mama, Sew!

Today is Giveaway Day at Sew, Mama, Sew! And I'm late to the party obviously, but like they say "better late than never!"

Giveaway Day



For those of you new here, I'm Izzy and I'm super happy you came!  :-)  Please stay a while and look around.

So what's up for grabs here today?

1 Charm Pack of Cinnamon Spice by Blackbird Designs for Moda



How can you win this cute little bundle?  Leave me a comment telling me what your favourite holiday movie is.  Mine is definitely Love Actually...  I'm a sucker for romantic comedies starring Hugh Grant!

For a 2nd chance to win, be a follower of my blog (or become one) and let me know you are in another comment.

The giveaway will be open until December 7 at 8:00 PM (Eastern Time) and I will email the winner no later than Sunday, December 9.  The winner will be picked by Mr. Random.org.  Oh - and everyone is welcome to participate...  I will ship the prize internationally.

Have fun with the giveaways everyone!

Izzy

Sunday, December 2, 2012

November Recap

I can hardly believe we are done with November already and that there is only one month left to 2012.  November was a wonderful month for me.  At the end of October, I got to move into my new sewing room in the city so I was able to get all kinds of good things started in there this month!
 
 
1.  Christmas Hourglass Patches  2.  Adam's Quilt  3.  Charming Stars (to be quilted)  4.  Drop (to be turned into a pillow)  5.  FQS Mystery Designer BOM Block 5
 
When I posted my October mosaic, I said I wanted to get these projects done in November:

- Quilting Hubble
- Quilting Adam's baby quilt
- Piecing Charming Stars
- Finishing the nautical 241 bag
- Working on a new baby quilt for my little nephew due in late December
 
I only got 2 of those done!  So in December, I really need to:
 
- Quilt Hubble
- Make a baby quilt for my little nephew
- Turn Drop into a pillow
- Make the December Schnibble
- Finish my nautical 241 tote bag
 
And how was your November?
 
Linking up at Lily's Quilts for Fresh Sewing Day.
 
Izzy


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