Monday, July 29, 2013

If I work fast....this could be a July finish!

I spent last evening making a mile of binding for my Sailor Boy's quilt, and the morning sewing it to the front.  If I work really fast hand stitching the binding down to the back, I could count this as a finish for this month.

Remember what it looks like?

I'm on holidays this week.  No big plans - we're having a 'staycation' in order to accommodate some appointments, chores and to-do's.  I would like to play with some ideas for small projects that I've 'pinned' on Pinterest though!  

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Miss me?

I haven't been doing much sewing.  
I've become addicted to Mad Men

All of my spare time has been stuck, glued to the television catching up on six seasons on netflix.

But I did go out of doors today to do a little thrifting! I found all kinds of handy notions, a bag full of velcro ($1), another full of self cover buttons, D-rings, snaps ($1), another baggie of thread ($.50), some zippers ($.50), a bag full of good quality quilting scraps ($2) (most of which I can use from my Granny Square quilt that I've been cutting for)

I had to push Gibson's gut off to show you the glass frog. ($2) These are so handy for holding pens and tools.  I can't use them for flowers - Gibson eats flowers.

And then I found this quilt pattern! ($1) It's so cute!  I wish I had a little girl to make this for.  I can see it all done in 30's reproductions.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Weekend work

Aunt Mary's Favourite is the latest Grandmother's Choice BOW. Only four more to go!

Next, I completed a couple more Dear Jane blocks, and started on a third. These are getting harder and harder!  I am just going to have to suck it up and plough through the remaining blocks.  Unfortunately, I left the most complicated blocks for the very end.  

I made a total of three iPod/iPhone/mp3 player thingies this weekend.

On Friday, Hubby and I made a trip 'home' - I had a doctor's appointment. A trip home means a stop into the local fabric store, where they sell ziploc baggies full of fabric samples for a dollar.  I always pick up some to add some colour and texture to my stash for next to nothing.  Here's a selection of some of the fabrics that I liked the best:

Friday, July 5, 2013

I made another thing!

I recently saw on Marie Bostwick's facebook page a picture of a little pouch she had made to hold her mp3 player.  As soon as I saw it, I 'shared' it on my page, to save the inspiration.  Sailor Boy's gf commented on it, saying she needed one too!  So here's what I've come up with.  

 I made this to the measurements of her piece of technology, but this is my iPod inside it.

Instead of heading to the fabric store to find the hardware, I just went downstairs to the Dollar Store, and picked up a lanyard and a key chain, and Frankensteined the metal parts.

I am making another one now, to see if I can perfect the technique.  The second one, I increased the width of the 'lanyard' piece by half an inch.  I'll be sizing this next one for my own iPod.  It's nearly done, but I need some more hardware.

Thursday, July 4, 2013


I haven't sewn a stitch since Canada Day.

THAT particular day, I spent much of the afternoon simply "playing" with scraps, ultimately creating some "slabs" for:

These next two photos are completely WRONG - the colours are actually turquoise, not blue.  I tried manipulating the photos in Picassa, but it didn't help.