Monday, December 19, 2011


Several months ago I asked my dear partner, who is Jewish, what she wanted to do for the winter festive season, how she wanted to celebrate and she said whole heartedly that she wanted a tree, presents, the whole works. This of course included a stocking.

This stocking task has been on my to-do list for several weeks and this morning I couldn't sleep and decided it was time for a stocking. When I asked about colours yesterday, ORANGE was the response. I dug through my stash early this morning and the Lizzy House, Castle Peeps was the only thing with orange.

When J got up and saw what I was working on, she said it had to have a Star of David, I was and still am fairly certain that is inappropriate, but she assured me it was her stocking and that was how she wanted it!

Here is the final product. We'll raise a sock and a glass to celebrating in our own way!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Commissions Complete!

I'm sure it doesn't look like much but this photo represents many, many hours of stitching over the past month and a half. There are 3 sets of 6 placemats, one of 4 and one of 8 as well as a table runner and set of 12 napkins.

They are all going in the post today and I will get on with other gifts that I haven't even thought about until today!

Happy Christmas making to you all!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Lost Blogger, Found!

It's been a busy month and a half what with the day job, the sewing and the home improvements.

Below are is a set of 12 mats that went in the mail to Ithaca a few weeks ago.


Front and back, bound and ready to go!

The table runner has been bound and 12 napkins made to match. A fence has been built to contain the furry family. And 30 more placemats are in various stages of 'incompleteness' all for be shipped at the beginning of December.

More photos soon I promise!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Table Runner Update

Here is the table runner all quilted up.

I just have to finish hand stitching the binding.

I really like the red on purple on the 'back.'

A little detail.

Home Projects

Between the sewing and the eating over Thanksgiving, J and I got some other things done around the house.

Our house is over 90 years old and the kitchen has a cupboard that housed a fold out ironing board.

Now it's a sweet spice cupboard!

The stones at the front of the house which my parents laid about 10 years had all broken so J and I put down new flag stone!

It's a great time of year for these projects! Next, putting on the storm windows.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Commissions Started

Amidst the wonderful smells of turkey dinner cooking and the whines of an incredibly needy dog, I was able to start piecing a table runner. It will be reverseable so either side may be the top.

It is the first of many pieces for a client in Ithaca. I can't wait to get quilting it and I think there may be a little applique in there too!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


I've had this stash of button down shirts I collected at the thrift store waiting for use for ages. Now that fall has arrived and scarf season is in full swing, the time was nigh.

Based on a scarf that J has I pieced two shirts together to make a light fall scarf.

Here is Charles modelling. There will be a few more of these by the end of the day!

What are you upcycling?

Sunday, October 2, 2011


Thursday morning I moved the furniture in the living room around, sent the cats outside and locked the dogs out of the room so that J could help me baste the quit for our bed.

Initially I balked at the 505 spray baste, citing air pollution and excess use of chemicals, then I quilted a few bigger pieces using hundreds of safety pins and I was a spray baste convert.

The top stuck down the the batting.

The back stuck to the batting. It's a bit wrinkly on the back, but I am hoping that will resolve with quilting and washing will hide and little blips.

Quilting commences this afternoon! I can't wait to snuggle under this one especially with the official arrival of fall.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The New Plan

So, after finishing the Wedge 'Back,' I showed J what I had done. It was quickly decided that I would make two quilts for our bed instead of one. I used the extra fabric from the Greatest Hits blocks pieced with some purple solids from my stash and this is the back for Greatest Hits.

I am going to use this quilt for the fall/winter and choose a heavier batting.

The back!

Up close.

The plan is to move the furniture in the living room this afternoon and get this quilt basted!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Something Fishy

I have had these great panels of fish that were screen printed by my good friend Crafty Red Fox and I have been looking forward to pairing them with a package of Kona solids in blues for ages. Last week I got the blocks cut and sewing began yesterday.

In an attempt to plan a little more (I usually just start cutting and see what happens), I came up with this plan in Illustrator. I am following it roughly!

Here are 2 of the three fish panels with blocks starting to go around.

Up close in the fish bowl.

And as always my best feline helper. Maybe he is trying to tell me that he wants a fish quilt?!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Adventures in Inkodye

I tried out the Inkodye yesterday to mixed results. I am excited to try it again with a little more of a plan. Here are the steps that I followed.

Fabric taped down.

Ink brushed on. And resist objects placed.

In the sun.

Dye setting.

The result.

Next time I will put a thicker coat of dye on and have some more opaque objects on the fabric to resist.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wedge Back Complete!

I just finished sewing the back of the Greatest Hits/Wedge this morning and am chomping at the bit to get going on the quilting!

I am pretty pleased with how it turned out!

iPad Case

This is an iPad case for a friend of J's. The iPad isn't here, so I can show a picture of it in the case. There are some wrinkles inside, but I will sort that out on the next one!

Side one.

Side two.


Sunday, September 11, 2011


Tomorrow is my b-day and I was lucky enough to get a few little packages in the mail this week. The thread and fabric came from my little sister along with a little block pattern. After reading about Inkodye on How About Orange, I had to try it, so I jumped online and figured out an order. Very luckily a friend was visiting this weekend from Ithaca and I was able to have the Inkodye shipped to here, which saved huge on shipping!

I can't wait to get started on projects with all of these!

Wedge Back Continues

To the average viewer this doesn't look any different than the last wedge post, but I assure you that progress has been made. I took to the design wall to plan the bottom half of the back. By the end of this week, the back will be pieced and a trip to the quilt shop will be in order for batting! Then the real fun will begin. Quilting!

Studio Update

The studio is a constant work in progress, but last week I got a little more storage/organization management done.

I hung 3 more of these IKEA Bygel bars to organize notions!

The shelves were hung above the computer a few weeks ago, but I am still deciding what needs to go where.

The space is really coming together and I will post some 'finished' pictures in the near future!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wedge Back

I spent most of the day sewing wedge pieces together for the back of the quilt. I had them all together and realized that about half of them were sewn the wrong way (I thought it didn't matter). So I spent a few hours stitch ripping and resewing.

This is a little less than half (by my calculations, which are very likely off) and these will all be beside each other, my design wall just isn't that big (yet)!

These stacks of wedges are next, but today I have a little design and house work to get on with before sewing!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Greatest Hits Take Two - Top

In the wee hours last night I finished the top of my greatest hits quilt!

It's been in the works for ages, but getting the top done has put the wheels in motion. I am planning to do a totally pieced back so that it is a reverseable quilt with a warm range on one side and cooler colours on the other.

The is Elizabeth Hartman's Greatest Hits Pattern. This is the second time that I have used this pattern and I love the way that the simple blocks showcase the fabric. There are some Denyse Schmidt and Anna Maria Horner fabrics as well as some others that I can't name off of the top of my head.

Stay tuned for the progress of the back!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cat Crafter

Finnegan one of our 3 ginger cats loves lounging in the sun and if he can do it on fabric all the better!

This is the top of a quilt for J and I and has been slow in the making, but I am putting the sashing on the front now and have a plan for a pieced back. With the fair behind me, I will have a wee bit of time to work on this before jumping whole hog into Christmas projects. Some commissions are coming my way for the festive season and although Summer is just coming to a close, the Fall will fly by!

Beautiful Day for a Fair

Saturday was a beautiful day for the fair! There folks dressed in period costume, live music all day, good food and great vendors!

Quilts and pillows.

This is mom holding down the fort and knitting away! She was a most excellent helper.

Here are some of the smalls, cards, mug rugs, coasters and kleenex holders.

Sales were mostly from friends, but I had a lot of great feedback from seasoned quilters.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Fair Prep

Tomorrow is the Mallorytown Village Fair. I have spent the morning pricing, packing and taking inventory.

These are the last of the mug rugs that I finished the bindings on last night.

Here is the rest of the stock.

There is one more binding I hope to finish today to have ready for tomorrow. Now I just have to keep my fingers crossed that it will fit in the car!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


More work for the upcoming Village Fair.

Box of cards.

The whole shebang...

Monday, August 15, 2011

Headed for the Post

This little collection of mug rugs is headed out in the mail today, Off to Edmonton where I believe they will be making their ways to various new homes. Enjoy!

If you are interested in a mug rug for your morning '_______' (insert morning beverage of choice, I myself am a lemon water drinker), just drop me a line and you too could receive one in the mail.