Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Finished Projects

09 finishes
Originally uploaded by JasonsMum
Decided to try my hand at doing one of these mosaics, so in a glance, this is what I completed this year. Not very much, I know, in comparison to others but I've got a few quilts in the works which I hope to complete in the next month. I lucked into a great sale on Aviary which I plan to make a quilt for my daughter with and on Patisserie which I'm thinking will be for table runners. Also got a honeybun of Tradition which may become a nine-patch quilt. Lots of ideas going through my head these days. I'm sooo looking forward to making much more in 2010.
Happy New Year to everyone out in blogland! And may 2010 be filled with many happy hours of stitching or whatever it is that makes your heart sing!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas table topper

Made this table topper for our neighbours out of a charm pack of Moda's Crazy Eight line. Followed this great tutorial provided by A Quilting Life. Had lots of fun playing with the 4-patches and deciding how to place them. Hope to make more! I love the gold ric rac. Since I haven't mastered free motion quilting yet, I just stitched in the ditch. Maybe 2010 will be the year I figure that one out!

Also made this card for hubby using strips left over from doing the baskets; they were all a half inch or less in width. I'm glad I didn't throw them out though! I ironed them onto fusible webbing first, then did the machine embroidery.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

fabric basket #3

Yes, I do like this pattern!
What I like about this one:
skipped the quilting and embroidery on this one but I like it just as well as the others.
I like the placement of the squares and the lining fabric; love this Moda Merry and Bright line!

What I goofed on:
choice of bottom fabric...think it would have looked better with a cream or red.

Also working on one of these; just have to finish up the binding. Used a Moda Crazy Eight charm pack for it. Plan to make more of these as it is a nice pattern.

Think that's it for me now. Today need to have fun with the kids and give my poor sewing machine a rest!
A very Merry Christmas to everyone!

Friday, December 18, 2009

gifts for friends

Moda fabric baskets
Originally uploaded by JasonsMum

Made these up using this tutorial provided by Pink Penquin. I put candy canes and a chocolate orange in them for two friends at my son's school. Think they made cute gifts!

What I liked about the pattern:
makes a deep little basket that stands very steady. holds a nice amount of 'stuff'
I used Moda Merry and Bright charms for them so they worked up quicky.
pattern didn't call for the added quilting of the base and seams but it was fun to do.

What I didn't like:
Nothing really! Hope to make up some more for my sewing room ; great scrap catchers!

Also made up these little decorations with my son for his classmates and teachers. It was fun to see the pattern form using a varigated yarn. The kids all seemed to like them. To save time, I just used a label program to print off tags for them. Now just need to make more for our tree!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

travel tic-tac-toe game

tic-tac-toe roll-up
Originally uploaded by JasonsMum
Found this pic on Flickr the other day, complete with a great tutorial. It was perfect for a little boy's gift I needed. I diverted a bit from the pattern as far as the piecing goes but generally followed the pattern.
For the game pieces I machine stitched the letters onto fabric with batting underneath and then used the stitch I use for applique, to attach a felt piece on the back to cover the stitching. They stick nicely to the board this way too.
And since I don't care for velcro too much, I did a button closure for the pocket.
Hope he likes it! Now to get it in the mail!

Monday, December 7, 2009

tote #5

tote #5
Originally uploaded by JasonsMum
Yes, it's a pink tote! It's for a Xmas gift for a friends' 9 year old little girl. These same fabrics I'd used before to make a quilt and a doll for her, so I thought it would be fun to do this in them too. Some of the fabrics are by Moda; others are just from my scraps.
I used the Hushabye tote pattern found on Moda Bake Shop for this one. For the most part, I did follow the pattern.

What I like about it:
love the added detail of the trim on the outside pockets
the lining and inside pockets turned out well
love the padded handles
the back side, I left it one big pocket which I think would be great for a book or two
added the loop closure to help keep it closed

What I goofed on:
used batting instead of fusible fleece b/c I didn't have any on-hand; made it too thick and I had to quilt the main body which was time-consuming

I know it's not too practical but hopefully she'll get a kick out of it and use it a bit!
This is a very roomy tote though so it would make a great diaper bag. Hope to make one for myself now. If I could make it a zipper closure, that would be even better, but I'd need a tutorial for that!

Monday, November 30, 2009

tote #4

Yes, another one.
It's very similar to the last one. Most is the same except for the tie and loop closure fabric.
I'm happy with:
how the strip embroidery came out
I like the brown two tone tie and loop closure fabric; doesn't take away from the strip pieces
the deep pocket I did inside turned out well
love the padded straps

What I goofed on:
there's some puckering around the top rim; hard to avoid that I find
tie was too short so the knot is small

Undecided on:
I didn't box the lining on this one just to see b/c well, the pattern didn't say to, so I thought give it a try. It's not actually too bad so I'm not sure which way is best.

Should you always box the lining in a bag? What do you do?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

tote #3

This tote is made using a honeybun from Moda's Collection For a Cause - Alliance by Howard Marcus. This was so much fun, picking from all those fabrics. Must admit though, that at first, I wasn't really crazy about the prints but once sewn together into a strip piece, I just love them.

Few things I did differently from the pattern. I found this other pattern and used some of its' methods. In particular, I did the handles and boxed the corners using it's instructions and was really happy with the result. Also, the Mill House Inn pattern does not say to box the lining but I have in each bag that I've made so far. Just think there would be too much extra fabric if you didn't. I made a nice deep lined pocket for it too, with the help from a friend on flickr.

Seems with each one, I learn something new.
What I like about this one:
the strip layout
solid colored handles and bottom
using batting in the handles to make them stronger
inner lined pocket

What I don't like:
the middle tie; not crazy about my fabric choice there or the embroidery stitch
lining inside is too big for some reason; think I goofed on the measuring!
not sure about the quilting on the bottom; maybe too noticeable?

But overall, I do like it. Hopefully the recipient will enjoy it too!
another Christmas gift done!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

another Mill House Inn tote bag

I didn't pick the fabrics for this one. It was a kit made up by my local quilt shop. The lining was the only thing that I changed b/c it was a print and I prefer a solid for that. I wish that I'd found this great tutorial on hints using precuts earlier...I was out by a fair bit after sewing the strips so guess I need practise!
I added a lined pocket to this one as an experiment.

So another Christmas gift done; this one will go to the school's crossing guard...she is such a sweet person.

I've already started on more bags using Moda's Collection for a Cause - Alliance by Howard Marcus. I'm loving these prints. I could get six bags out of this honey bun if I wanted to! I love strip piecing!

Monday, November 9, 2009

A Tisket, A Tasket BOM #7 done

Trying to get caught up on the A Tisket, A Tasket blocks. Like others in the
group, being Canadian I wanted to change the July's block a bit. I was able to copy my maple leaf from a tiny flag I found in my kid's toys, lol! I think stitching wise, this is my best one yet. I'm really glad I tried the back stitch for the letters instead of the stem stitch as people in the group so kindly suggested. Much easier and much nicer results, IMO. Now just need to do 4 more!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

next project...more Mill House Inn tote bags

I really enjoyed making the Mill House Inn tote bag for my Mom so I've decided to make some more for Christmas gifts. My LQS was having a sale so I splurged on some goodies. I just love all the Moda precuts but have so far, only bought the charm packs. I think working with the honeybun strips though will make things go much faster. It's the Collections for a Cause - Alliance by Howard Marcus.

Monday, November 2, 2009

a jean quilt

Made this jean quilt for my 8 yr. old son to take with him to cross country running meets and other athletic events. Thought it would be useful for him to sit on and keep warm as it can be cold here in the Fall and Spring. The blue and black jean fabrics are all from our old jeans and the camouflage fabric I already had on-hand to make pants for him.

Learned alot from doing this...mostly that my machine does not like going through such thick fabrics. Never could get the quilting tension right so I'm not pleased with that aspect, so note to self to use my older machines for this as they might work better. I did use a walking foot, size 18 jean needle, and extra strong Gutermann thread. I really liked it before I did the quilting so next time, maybe if I just stitched in the ditch, it would be better. It feels good to recycle though so I hope to make some more of these. My husband has already said he'd like one as a car blanket, to have on-hand. They'd be tough and durable as a dog mat too.

For the pattern, it just kinda evolved as I cut out and played with the patches that are 4" finished. And these pics are from taking it straight out of the dryer; no ironing so it's puffy and wrinkled.

For the label, I did a hidden corner label on the back, so that if he ever lost it, hopefully it would have a chance of getting back to him, but doesn't distract from it. Got the idea from here.

Hopefully he'll enjoy using it.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Mill House Inn tote bag

purse front

and back:
purse back
The tutorial I used for this is found here I loved making this up. I literately had scraps of various pieces left over from my Mod Sampler quilt and it felt so great to be able to use them up to make this; mostly it's the Heritage Collection by Moda. It's a gift for my Mom...hope she likes it!
For the quilting, I used various embroidery stitches; wish they could be seen better but it was so much fun to just randomly pick them. Plan on making a few more for Christmas gifts. I really like this pattern.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

friendship bag and Waldorf doll for dd

Decided to work on some smaller projects for awhile; needed some sense of accomplishment as so many of my quilts are WIPs.
First did this little friendship tote for my dd. She just loves to carry a bag and loves her fabric scraps, so this was perfect to do for her. Loved the pattern found over at p.s. i quilt by Rachel . Easy to do and alot of fun, using my machine embroidery stitches.
friendship bag

I think she likes it :)
friendship bag in use!

Then I've wanted to do a Waldorf doll for ages. Even got a kit from Amy of Dancing Rain dolls ages ago in hopes of making one for my son. But that never happened. So when I noticed Amy was doing a giveaway if you posted a pic to the flickr pool in September of a doll made from her patterns/supplies, it was just the right incentive to get me to try my hand at one! I'm so glad that I did! It was so much fun. I learnt so much as it was totally different in construction than any other doll I've made before. This one is the Snuggles pattern which is perfect for my 18 month old daughter. She loves it too! I have the patterns and supplies for the Pocket Pals and a 16" doll so I'm looking forward to making many more for my dd in the future.
Snuggles pattern

That's all the finishes at the moment. Next I need to quilt the various tops I have sitting around here and get caught up on some blocks for the A Tisket, A Tasket BOM group. Lots to do. happy sewing every one!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

playing 'catch-up" now

Now that school is back in and one child is gone for the day, hopefully I'll be able to catch up on things during my little one's nap time. Funny how I'd thought I'd be able to get so much done over the summer holidays, but it sure didn't work out that way. We had lots of summer fun though...
This is my daughter's first kayak ride:
holidays 09

But now back to stitching...was able to finish up June's block for the A Tisket, A Tasket BOM:
BOM #6
I'm not entirely happy with it but at least it's done. And with each block, I'm learning new things so that's a good thing. The next one, I may try not using fusing and doing it all by hand, but we'll see. Check out all the beautiful work over in the pool: There are so many great blocks there. I've really enjoyed this BOM. Now off to work on the others. Happy stitching everyone!

Friday, July 3, 2009

just peeking in...


Not that I post much and I know I've just started this blog, but thought I should pop in to say I'm taking a break for's been too difficult to get anything creative done with my dd now so active and 'into' everything. I'm sure all you Mom's can relate! Plus, summer is just too busy with my ds off school, in sports activities and going on holidays.
So hope everyone has a wonderful summer!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

46 now!

I think I'm caught up now on my 9-patches....46 done so far. Woohoo! That's all I have cut up so far and that's all my scraps from the Mod Sampler quilt. So guess I'll have to use up some more of my charms and hopefully I have some other FQ's that I can use too.
more 9-patches
The next Bunny Hill design is out for the June BOM, so think I'll work on that next. Just hope it turns out better than last months'!

Monday, June 1, 2009

getting there now!

I'm finally making progress on the nine-patch quilt along that CrazyMomQuilts is doing. Yeah! I'm still behind but at least I've made some patches and I'm liking them. And it feels good to be using up lots of scraps and fabrics that I hadn't known what to do with till now. The scrap bits are what's left over from my Mod Sampler which are Collections For A Cause by Howard Marcus called Heritage and some charms from Portobello Market by 3 Sisters. I'm pairing these prints with 6 or 7 solids from FQ's that I had. Not sure yet on the sashing. But I think it should look nice in my family room. I've got approx. 5o blocks cut out so far. I put them on cards and can just take them to the machine easily like this and start chain piecing. It goes pretty quickly this way. Now if I can just get the time to do it as my DD is a very busy little one year old!
cut squares

Here's what I have so far sewn:
first batch of 9 patches

This is the 'deep red' group which I'm thinking as the accent color throughout the quilt. The rest of the blocks will be pretty tame, mostly tans and browns. Not sure yet on the bright blue. It's from the Portobello Market charms and may just stick out too much, but plan on doing a few more of the same color and seeing how I like it. The two-toned red print (like in the top left block), will likely be the backing fabric.
Now just need to drag myself away from these as they are just too fun to do and get going on my son's star quilt...
Happy sewing every one!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Tisket, A Tasket BOM #5 done

And yet something else that I messed up basket block for May. The machine stitching came out horrible so may just be doing this one over. It will have to wait though for now, but maybe next month, I'll do it over in all hand applique instead. We'll see...
BOM #5

getting no where

Sewing is not going great these days. Keep changing my mind on projects. AmandaJean of Crazymomquilts is doing a block-a-day sew-along where you make a 9-patch a day till you have enough to make a quilt. I started this for my son in hotwheel type fabrics and I don't like it. This is what I had so far and the other fabrics are what I was going to use.
So think we have now decided to make Maverick stars of it, (pattern here) and do a quilt with those. Think I'm going to like this much better and my son seems to really like the stars I have so far done. Now just have to get busy as it was to be for his birthday which is quickly approaching! I know the pic is dark but I'm sure I'll be taking more of them. I love the pattern! It's so much fun to make!
maverick stars

So I then started on the 9-patch again, thinking of doing it in colors for my daughter. This is what I have so far done and I don't care for them either.
So again, change of plans. Think I'll save these fabrics for another quilt design.
So back to square one again. Now I'm thinking of making this 9-patch with scraps left over from the Mod Sampler quilt...we'll see though. I hate being this fickle, lol! Anyone else out there change their minds on projects all the time?
I can only hope for more productive days ahead!

Friday, April 17, 2009

felted knit kitty bed

I made this bed for my kitty awhile ago, but thought I'd post it incase anyone wanted to make one too. I just love seeing my cat enjoy it so much. I used this great pattern. If you go see the pattern, take a look at the gallery; oh my, such gorgeous cats and beds! I hope to make another one using the Noro Big Kureyon yarn as the pattern calls for. Mine didn't felt very much, hence the large size, b/c the yarn wasn't pure wool. I just used two old sweaters I had as I loved the yarn and couldn't bare to throw I re-purposed them into this. The black yarn I believe was mohair and the cream was handspun wool. Oh and some novelty yarn was just added to the last rows of stitching.
For added comfort, I took black and cream roving and felted it into a thick matt for the bottom. It's solid cream on the other side, so gives two different looks. If anyone else decides to make one, I'd love to hear about it!
knitted/felted kitty bed

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A Tisket, A Tasket BOM #4 done

Managed to finally get this BOM done. I forgot to line the light fabrics though; ugh! And couldn't seem to get the bunny's collar on without fraying, so opted for the bow. Now on with either my Mod Sampler quilt, quilt for my son, or two other BOM ones in embroidery, A Christmas Wish, and Verandah Views, that I'm thinking of starting. So many great sewing groups out there, it's hard to decide what to do first!
BOM #4

Friday, April 3, 2009

mod sampler quilt top done

Well, the sashing on this took me alot longer than I thought it would. But Elizabeth mentioned that it's key to a nice looking quilt in the end, so I took my time with it and enjoyed it.
mod sampler top
Now on with piecing the back, which I'm looking forward to seeing how that turns out.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

more done

Here's blocks C and D. Just have to square them all up yet.
Block C
Block D

Hope to get the other blocks finished today. Then it's onto the sashing, woohoo! I really like this pattern so may just do another one. I realize now that my choices in fabric weren't the best; should have gone for more modern prints but this one is for my living room and I didn't want it too bold.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

2 blocks done

Managed to get blocks A and B done for the quilt-along. Just have 4 more to go! Oh, Fransson's quilt-along Block A
Oh, Fransson's quilt-along Block B

Friday, March 20, 2009

Oh, Fransson's quilt-along

So decided to do another quilt-along. I was going to just read-along but after a bit, I just had to join in the fun too. Plus, Elizabeth's tutorials are just so well written. I've learned alot already. I decided to go with fabrics from the same line of Moda that I'm using for my applique project. The colors are perfect for both my kitchen and living room, where this quilt will go.
Here's the fabrics:
Moda fabrics for quilt-along
Here is one of each of the blocks.

I've quickly realized that my 1/4" seam allowance is not as accurate as I thought it was! This will be great practise for me in accuracy. These blocks are wonky; can't be bothered to do them over but hopefully the rest will be better.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

March BOM finished

So here's my version of the third block for A Tisket, A Tasket:
A Tisket, A Tasket March BOM

Friday, March 6, 2009

doll quilt

Inspired by the doll quilt sew-along over at Sew, Mama, Sew, I decided to do one for my dd. I did the border a little differently though. I planned on trying my hand at free motion quilting with it, but now can't decide. There is a brownish toned fabric that I wish I hadn't used. So may do some applique work to cover them up a bit. Can't decide right now so guess it'll sit for now. Here's the top so far:
doll quilt top

And the third BOM is out over at Bunny Tales, so working on the fabric selection right now. A very cute block!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

First try at applique

So here goes my first post. Basically, I wanted to start this blog to record my hobbies. Over the years, I've made oodles of things but have given most of it away as gifts to friends and family. Majority of the items, I don't even have a pic of. So I figured by at least blogging about stuff, I'd have some sort of record of things to help me remember what I've done and to keep me motivated.
What I'm working on now, is my first applique project. I've always wanted to try it. And this I plan on keeping, to hang in my kitchen. It's called A Tisket, A Tasket and it's a BOM by Anne of Bunny Tales; totally fun to see everyone's rendition of it over at Flickr. I'm using two charm packs by Moda mostly which are Collections For A Cause by Howard Marcus called Heritage and Portobello Market by 3 Sisters. I'm experimenting with the needle turn method (which I love the look of but don't find fun to do b/c of the invisible thread I'm using that kinks all up!) and doing machine blanket stitch for the smaller parts. May even try hand blanket stitch on the next one.
So here's my January and February's blocks done:
A Tisket, A Tasket January BOM
A Tisket, A Tasket February BOM