Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Day 1 of the last 100 days of the DECADE!

That is crazy right? I'm a big fan of the show Q with Jian Ghomeshi and yesterday while listening to his program he told me that it was the 265th day of the year... and that means there are only 100 days left of the year AND of the decade! He also challenged his listeners to do something different with those 100 days, such as learn a new word a day in a different language.

I was thinking a lot about that today and I want to take him up on that challenge. I'd like to do something crafty but it would have to be something that I could travel with because I know I'll be traveling near the end of this year. That means it couldn't be anything to do with my sewing machine which left beadwork. Beadwork is so easy to take with you. When BW and I went out west on our honeymoon I took a small case of beads and some felt to re-teach myself beading. I beaded a lil flower and a few rosettes and started on another flower. When BW and I are traveling later this year (on our 2nd honeymoon) in New Zealand our plan is to rent a campa to travel around... totally bead worthy! So that's gonna be my thing. I'm challenging myself to bead every day for the next 100 days :D

I haven't beaded yet today, so I'm going to go do that now. G'night

Is there anything you want to challenge yourself to do?

A bit prettier in here

Since I want to keep this blogging up I figured I'd better make my blog prettier. I do not like spending time at home on the computer so there wasn't much effort put into it.

I found the background image from Fat Strawberry. There are tons of background images on this site!


Lightened up

I'm still trying to come up with a nice tagline for my blog, something that says crafty, small town, and my name... so if you have any suggestions let me know. When I feel like sprucing the blog up again I might add a photo header.

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Baby Doll Top

As I mentioned in my last post I was wanting to make a baby doll top from my new book, Chic and Simple Sewing, by Christine Haynes. This book is great, its got more than 20 patterns in it along with descriptions for all the sewing techniques you'll need to know to make all the 20 items. Here's a pic of the book.

And here's a pic of my finished shirt.

I did a couple modifications. I knew I didn't have enough of the flower print for the full length so I planned from the beginning to add the black bottom piece. Also, once I put the body piece on and tried it on it was WAY too big. I'm not skinny so I don't mind a little extra space around the belly area but what the pattern called for was ... not nice. The front and back piece were the same size and both gathered. I changed the back piece so there wouldn't be any gathering and I made the front piece a bit skinnier. I probably took off 6 inches from the width of the thing! I like the results very much. Except, I made the arms too tight... they've been bugging me all day. I might put in a bigger elastic or take it out all together and finish it with gathered hem.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Finished WG Table Topper and a Tunic

Last night I finished my Whirly Gig Table Topper! I had it sandwiched and quilted last Thursday so I took the binding on the road to Winnipeg with me. I worked on it a bit on the road but did most of it while watching season 4 of Bones at home :-) I quilted in the ditch around the green and purple/blue WGs and it should be 24"x24" (I haven't actually measured it yet). I love it!

I used another batik print on the back and binded with the yellow print.

When I showed my brother a pic of it he made this sound: ewwww. LOL Good thing its not for him!

Earlier this year I set out to make a few summer tops because I knew I wouldn't have much time or money to do summer shopping. But because of all the wedding business I really didn't have much time for non-wedding sewing (more on that later). I did make this Amy Bulter tunic back in May but never got around to sewing on buttons! Always the smallest thing eh? So after finishing the binding last night I put on some buttons and am wearing it today.

This fabric started my online fabric problem! Last fall I was searching for fabric to use in a jingle dress for myself and I found this on and loved it. So rather than order a swatch I ordered something like 3 or 4 yards hahaha. I did some more searching online to see this fabric in action and I found this post which encouraged me to get this pattern for a coriander dress of my own. I like it but I also feel like its too much of something (wild, hippyish?). My husband suggested maybe changing the collar to a solid colour (like brown) and that might make it a little less of... something.

If you've been to my house you'll probably recognize this fabric... I am also using it for my bedroom curtains, coasters and a table runner! I still have about a yard left too. *shakes head*

I bought a new sewing book in Winnipeg, Chic & Simple Sewing by Christine Haynes. I have the fabric picked out to make a baby doll top. I am trying to avoid looking too something with the clothes I plan on making so BW and I came up with a criteria.... that is "Would BW walk with me while wearing this?" Don't want to embarrass my new husband now do I?

Perhaps this something isn't avoidable? I've always considered my parents hippys, not extreme ones just mild ones lol. And as I've gotten older and married and planning for children I find the influences of my childhood are living themselves out now. I do plan on making more of my own clothes and definitely making clothes for my kids. BW and I joked about this tunic signifying my coming out of the hippy closet hah!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

More about Whirly Gigs

I meant to include this in my first whirly gig (wg) post... more info about what I'm making. Its a simple quilt block that when put together looks simply awesome! lol

Here's kind of what mine will end up looking like: but without the big border.
Here's a how to make them:

And here's what my blocks look like now (couldn't help taking a pic at lunch and posting it):

And here's a pic of my fabric stash! Huge right? After I got back from my 1st honeymoon I spent 5 days organizing it. This meant pre-washing the fabric that wasn't, which was about half of it, then sorting and folding it. On my top shelf I have some scraps, then the rest is fat quarters and pieces smaller than a yard/metre. On the second I have patterned quilting fabric over 1 yard/metre. the 3rd shelf is solid colours, mostly broadcloth but some muslin in there and a huge piece of red! I cannot remember why in the world I bought such a huge piece, I'm sure it was a whole bolt actually hahaha. Next on the 3rd shelf is lightweight non-cotton fabrics like lining, then comes flannel. On the 4th shelf is heavy weight non-cotton fabrics, then cordoroy and fleece, then denim and other denim weight and finally larger pieces of lining fabric. On the bottom shelf is smaller pieces of all of the non-cotton fabric and batting.

I may have a problem... Ok I
know I have a problem! I ordered some fabric for my upcoming bday from my husband... 1 yard of Anna Maria Horner's Good Folks line and 6 half yards of Paula Prass' Summer Soiree. And I really, really, really want a FQ set of Tula Pink's Hushabye. Its for my future baby... really!

Whirly Gigs Table Topper

This year I told myself that when possible I would only give homemade gifts. That turned out to be a bit difficult with all that was happening in the 1st half of this year. I'm finally tackling my growing birthday list lol... here's the start of a whirly gig table topper. Rather than make someone something they wouldn't use I had to ask for hints from the bday people. For this one I was told she'd like a table topper and that she likes bright colours.

It will be 24"x24", with 3 8" whirly gigs across and down, as you can see in my drawing. In this pic the each of the 2 colours pinned together to be sewn. Last night I finished the 8" blocks so tonight I should have the top finished!

I have a huge fabric stash (I might put up a pic sometime) but I think I'm afraid of it or rather afraid of trying to match colours. I have this same problem with beading. I see so much beautiful beadwork and quilts using all sorts of different colours but I can't seem to use a wide and different range of colours ... yet! I'm sure I will at some point. My sort of Aunt Tina has the same problem and she is an experienced beader. She's thinking she'll use all the loose beads she has in her bead container for a piece, good idea! I need a quilting experiment like that. This reason is sort of the reason I chickened out and used batiks for the table topper instead of a printed fabric. My rational is because there is another batik quilt in their house soo... yeah. hah

Tomorrow I'll post a pic of the finished top. I have it laid out on my table and oh my, its beautiful!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Trying to blog again...

I'm at this again! Last year in the fall I tried to get into blogging and that lasted all of 2 months! haha Hopefully I'll do better this time. I've just moved my blog to blogspot rather than my own website. I had all these ideas for my old website but never took the time to make them happen (this means home computer time which I avoid if I can) so blogspot was the way to go.

Since my last post a lot of things have happened:
Dec. 25th I got engaged!
Dec - July I planned the wedding.
Jan - April I finished a quilt wall hanging for my kitchen
July 11th I got married!
Aug 1&2 I had a powwow booth with my mom.
Aug 3-10 I went on my 1st honeymoon (yes, we're planning a 2nd)

I will try to write a bit about each of these exciting things in the next little while.

See ya and have a nice Labour Day weekend! Mine is looking amazing with a sushi feast, powwow, fishing and a big family brunch!