Saturday, 21 February 2015

I won, I won

I won the "curate your own kona bundle" hosted by A Quarter Inch From the Edge and Buttons Quilts.  I'm so excited. I love "Mr Random Number Generator".

Here's a link to my post. Yay sunflowers and better weather.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Curate My Own Kona Bundle

The talented ladies at A Quarter Inch From the Edge and Buttons Quilts issued a challenge to curate your own Kona bundle.

It's been so freaking cold here that I've been thinking of what I'd like to enter. I thought about a cozy pic with me and my cat and the fire:
But the colours the palette builder picked out were pretty blah.

So I looked through some garden pictures and found this one from two summers ago. I have a great south facing wall and I'm in love with growing giant sunflowers - the bigger the better.



I love these pinky/red colours.

I'm linking up to the contest - pop over to see what other people have curated. Good luck!

Where did the last 10 days go?

It is freaking cold here in my part of the world. I only went outside today to get the paper and didn't have to go far for that. I'm going out tomorrow but it will be warmer then.

I've been a busy little bee.

I finished off these French Press Slippers. They are felted wool and are toasty warm.

Sewing hexies on a cushion cover


One cushion cover of hexies. This is going to my cousin.
 My sister ordered a rush order of crib shoes for someone she works with:



That's about it for now.

I'm working on the Kona Bundle Challenge hosted by A Quarter Inch From the Edge and  Buttons Quilts.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Getting Organized

I am not the most organized person in the world. Other people think I am, but I don't really think so. I have a lot of clutter around me all the time and that makes me feel disorganized.

One of the things I want to do while on sabbatical is finish up some WIPs and organize my house/life.

So, this week, my first week off, I made a list of the things I wanted to do when I'm off


This list has sewing/quilting WIPs, knitting WIPs, and house WIPs. The sewing/quilting list is the longest by far. (And I thought of some more once I finished this list).

Then I organized the list into a spreadsheet so that I could break the tasks into smaller bits and schedule them into months/times according to priority. Here's what I came up with

The blog is flipping this image for some reason so you'll have to flip your head

This list is still pretty daunting, so I folded it to post so it feels more manageable and I'm more likely to get some things on it accomplished

This one is flipping too - anyone know why?

Next week, I'll start working on the projects in more depth.

The end of last week I finished a little knitting project. It's a drop stitch cowl that I picked up at Main Street Yarns. My lighting isn't great in these picts so bare with me



I'm pleased with it, and have only caught it in my coat zipper once.

As for sewing this week, I've cut out a couple of bras and need to get them sewn. I was on the hunt for a wooden ball to press curved pieces and I found one on Tues, so now I can get sewing.

I finished knitting my french press slippers. They don't look like much now, but they'll look great once they are finished. I need to sew them together then felt them in the washing machine (which I'll do at the house of a male friend who makes nothing - should be interesting). These slippers are meant to be my "take alongs" to wear when I'm away from home. I'll let you know how they turn out.


Monday, 26 January 2015

Little Winter Birdy

My quilt guild has a show every other year in the spring. This year when it's on I'll be out of the country so I'll miss it. One of the things they do is have guild members make mini quilts that they raffle off. Since I won't be able to help with the actual event I decided to make a mini quilt for them.

This little guy comes from a book called A Critter Christmas which I picked up at my LQS. The animals are pretty cute and my nieces are still at the age where they like cute.

My progress:

These are my freezer paper templates

This is the branch and leaves. I don't know why it's sideways - you'll have to tip your head cuz I can't rotate it.

This is round one. I didn't flip the direction of the bird from the templates and so he faces right - I like him facing left. And if you look closely you can see that my curves aren't very smooth because I clipped them.

So, I tried again. Instead of clipping the curves I did a running stitch and gathered them before starching and pressing. I'm much happier with this method and the results.

Almost finished

All Done. I quilted around the shapes, added an eyeball and pompom and a hanging sleeve.
I'm pretty pleased with my results and hope someone is happy to win this little winter birdy.

Monday, 19 January 2015

On Paws

Yep - you read that right - paws, as in dog paws.

One of my best customers for alterations is the computer secretary at work. She is Persian and tells me she loves me all the time - and I don't get that from just anyone.

Last week she stopped me to ask if I could make doggie boots for her dog so that the dog (Mocha) would be able to go out in the ice, salt, and snow. I suggested she buy some but for some reason, that wouldn't work.

So, I looked up dog boots online and found these two tutorials on how to sew them and how to fit them .  Who knew?

Here are the finished products:




I used some scrap fleece (good quality stuff) and some scrap suede I had from somewhere. I used double sided velcro that I found that is normally used like zip ties.

They look great and the dog loves them.  Mission accomplished.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Gemütlichkeit

Happy New Year Everyone!

I've been away from blogging almost the entire fall. I think I'm back now.

A few times recently I had a facebook posting cross my feed that is about cultural traditions in other countries that we don't have in North America. The second or third time it crossed my feed I decided it was time I did something with the idea (I believe that the universe sends us hints and to me, this was one). I've decided to adopt the German idea of Gemütlichkeit, which basically translates into a feeling of warmth and coziness - there's a bit more to it because it doesn't translate exactly, but you get the drift. It's something they do that is physical and emotional - like hanging out with friends and feeling warm and cozy at the same time. I struggle every winter with the darkness and I think this might help me. You can read more here.

My word for the year is "self". Sounds very selfish and it is! I do a lot of things for other people and it's time I did some things for myself. I have a sabbatical coming up the beginning of February. Teachers have this option to have reduced pay over a long period of time, then take a leave and be paid. I've funded this leave myself with pay reductions for five years. I have many things planned for this time off - and I want to focus on myself.

This fall I did a lot of knitting, mostly for Xmas presents. Maybe I was getting into the Gemütlichkeit idea before I even new it.

2015 finish - new cover for a bench

2015 finish - superwash wool flipper mittens for me

Matching cowl and flipper mitts for my sis

flipper mitts for my sil (I was on a roll with the flipper mitts)

trimmed tea towels for mom

an interesting book I read this fall

These are the mitts Ana wore in the movie Frozen. I made two pairs for a friend at school with two little girls.

Sweater for L's baby

flannel pillow cases for my nieces 

matching hat and mitt sets

2 of 3 knitting needle cases

Michigan State football pillowcases
This is what I've been up to for the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2105.
I have many sewing projects on the horizon, just none under the needle right now, and I'm good with that.