June is, consistently, the month I blog the least in. The days are long, the list of outside activities is huge and life is full, busy and rewarding. It leaves little time to blog when you are making Continue reading
Have you ever wondered who grows up to be a paint colour namer? I have. Do they invent the colours or the names first?
These thoughts entered my head because of the weird Continue reading
The best gift to give is one that is used and loved and many years later still treasured. The kind that get constant use and love, the kind that need to be repaired many years later.
I think I hit the mark with a recent gift to Continue reading
It feels so good to block book some creative time and then be inspired by the friends and fabric.
The tradition is that when my other Continue reading
It feels a little bit like the North Pole at my house right now. The shopping is done, the baking is complete and the house decorated. BUT there just might be a few last minute gifts that are being created.
Quilting stores have Christmas July sales. Crafters start months in advance to knit, sew and create. BUT somehow in my house Continue reading
Baby A spent the afternoon with Gran so momma could have some alone time and we had so much fun.
Each and every time she Continue reading
Well it was seriously down to the wire and well past the eleventh hour. Literally it was past midnight when I finished up the Continue reading
Finishing work is only 10 % of most projects but takes 90% of the time. It’s easy to lose momentum and not get to those little details.
I’m pleased to report that I have finally completed the main baby quilt. I had the piecing and quilting done before the baby was born a month ago today. It has taken me this long to get label completed.
First I learnt a thing or two about monograms which my daughter taught me. Then I mastered my fancy machine and learnt to use the memory keys and played with different sizes and styles.
A B C
Feb 7 2017
BUT, although my test patch was perfect, my end result was ugly. Like really ugly. Like no pictures exists because I may have had tears in my eyes. Lots of skipped stitches. Retrospectively found out a few things I didn’t do. Meanwhile we painstakingly ripped it out.
Then decided to go rustic. My daughter liked that I always put hearts in my free motion quilting so wanted a heart. That was overly easy compared to the satin stitch monogram. Loads of ripping out and going back a few stitches to start over. Then I tried French knots for the a and c which are little. Then I ripped that out and went back to satin stitches. Not super happy with the size variations as the B is supposed to read bigger and somehow that C ended up too big but Grampa said that Baby A won’t care.
I used some “vintage” labels I found while cleaning out my sewing drawers. Circa 1992 when my daughter was small and I did lots of sewing for her.
I think the world needs more unicorns. It would be a kinder happier place if the unicorns dropped in to visit or where seen fleetingly in the sky at dusk.
Turns out my daughter believes in unicorns. She’s convinced her pretty mare Mia is secretly a unicorn. Hard to argue with that one hey!
So when she found out, via ultrasound, that this first grand baby of ours was going to be a girl a unicorn parade was born. It’s truly amazing how many super cute unicorn items she has found. The “guest book” at the baby shower was a plush unicorn that we all signed. Well played on the part of Lexi, part of the shower planner duo. A boy nursery would have been deer antlers but instead there is a unicorn “head” on the wall in the nursery with a coral frame around it.
So when the consummate shopper, our daughter, found unicorn fabric she was all over that. I have subsequently gone back and bought 3 more panels of it! That has been the “base” building block for many items I have created. The big ticket item, the quilt, is the only one without unicorns but the fabrics all intertwine.
I’ve had so much fun sewing for this little one!! I bought extra of the flowered fabric as I am pretty sure it will look darling as cap sleeves and the little collar on a baby blue dress! Such fun days ahead!
I’ve always been confused by the birthday saying that says “another trip around the sun starts today”. Really? Don’t we go around the sun daily? Hm. I’m also very Continue reading