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Little D and Me

If they give me the boot again though, I’m right back here!

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a colourful post

Okay, so here I am… on WordPress… so please excuse if things don’t look quite right.

I’ve been busy busy busy sewing dresses and tunics for my upcoming tradeshow in October and then I decided I needed a break from them.  So I got to work on a swap item!

I joined the Modernista Homemade swap this time around.  We have to make something for the kitchen and my partner asked for something pretty specific, so I won’t share that part yet.  I have to wait for fabrics anyway before I can even post any progress or sneak peeks.  For the small item, I chose to make a bunting as that was also something she hinted at being able to find a place for.

Because the large item will be all prints with a neutral background, I thought to make the small item from all solids.  I really like this bunting and I think it looks pretty good on my own wall… Might have to make another!

I’ve also been plugging away at my Hexy MF project.  The last few nights I’ve pulled out my hexies and made at least one flower an evening.

Then yesterday I wasn’t feeling very well, so I parked myself in my rocking chair and made a bunch more.

Now if only I could find the other finished flowers I made!  I put them away somewhere ‘safe’ but I can’t for the life of me remember where that ‘safe’ place is!  I seem to have that problem more often lately.

That’s why I try not to clean up my sewing space too too often.  I only end up losing stuff.

Today I also received some happy mail!

My pouch from my Pretty {little} Pouch Swap partner arrived!  Alisa from Making More With Less send me this beautiful gray, orange, and aqua pouch.  Big enough to hold my hand sewing and pretty enough to leave sitting around – I mean look at the bikes and the row of fancy stitching!

I was quite surprised to find out that my partner was the same person I sent to!  That’s the second time that has happened to me – and both times have been super swaps.

polaroids

The other day I received some squishy mail – it was a package from Debbie at A Quilter’s Table filled with 40 polaroid blocks!
Debbie had set up this swap earlier in the summer and she had an overwhelming response as over 60 swapper signed up and she had to organize over 1000 blocks!  In July I had mailed off 40 blocks to swap for 40 different blocks and no I have an assortment of 40 blocks back.  Added to the doubles I made of the ones I sent, I now have 80 different blocks!  
Debbie also sent along a sweet little square of a polaroid to make an additional block.

I love this block!  So unique!
And remember I put this together when I was making my own blocks?

Well, last night I finally made something out of it.  The block had been sitting on my sewing table looking at me from under a stack of fabric for too long and I decided it needed to be used.  Turns out I had an old pillow laying around that needed a cover.  The pillow was almost the perfect size for the block and I only had to add a small strip of black sashing all the way around.
I then took the plunge that always scares me most – I quilted it.  I kept it minimal and only sewed around the polaroid square.

I used this old flannel I had in my stash for the… well, I don’t know what it’s called, but I used it here.  It was originally from my mom’s stash so I have no idea where it’s from, but now that I used it, I think it’s kind of cute.
I made and envelope style back with black and this cream on dark brown text fabric that I picked up on our holiday to BC.  I only got a clearance FQ so there was no selvedge info.
I only had the one FQ of the text fabric and then I ended up cutting it wrong!  So instead of the writing reading left to right when the pillow is right side up, you have to turn the pillow. Oh well, nobody’ll care, right?
Here’s the finished pillow sitting on my couch.

That makes two nice pillows in my living room and they are both completely different.  The other is the pink chevron pillow I made last winter.  But really, I don’t have a theme or anything going on anyway, so in that case everything matches!
And now that got to play with polaroids again and fell in love with them all over again, I, ahem, joined a second polaroid swap, the Say Cheese! Polaroid Block Swap.  I know – what am I doing!  I am busy enough!  
This one is based out of Australia and is mainly for Aussies, but they let me be an honourary Aussie.  So, another 35 blocks are going out and coming back!

a bit of this and that

Yay! My Pretty {little} Pouch Swap partner, Alisa from Making More with Less, received the package I sent out for her!  Now I can show you the back side of the pouch.

I wrote her name on the back with fabric marker and then embroidered her name, using what I think is the stem stitch, on the pouch.  She had asked if her partner would do this because then she’d be guaranteed no one else in her house would claim her pouch. 

The whole lot: I included some chocolate and a small stack of solids and prints.  I can’t remember exactly how many I cut, but for every solid colour, I included a coordinating print. 
And just because I always like a post with pictures, here’s some things I’ve pinned lately.  There are so many quilty things I want to try, but I really have no reason to try.  
I mean, I don’t want to make a quilt of feathers or modular cathedral blocks, I just want to make a few! 

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well, maybe I want to make a whole bunch of these feathers… not sure what for yet…
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I first saw this block on Flickr with color and fell in love with the coloured version.
What do you do if you want to try a technique or block, but you don’t want to make enough for a quilt or something? 

and I’m done!

I was so excited to finish the pouch for the Pretty {little} Pouch Swap that I broke my own rule and sewed past 9pm.  
On the plus side, I finished the pouch and I absolutely love how it turned out!  I kept waving it around in front of my husband who was also duly impressed.
On the down side… I broke my rule and as usual, something happened.  I cut my finger with my rotary cutter.  Typical.
Remember, I chose to join the advanced ranks?  I was a little nervous about this pouch meeting advanced specifications, so I made it using three different challenges for myself. 

1. I did some relatively difficult (at least for me) piecing with lots of parts.  Not a perfectly straight result, but still looks good.

2. I did some paper pieced applique – something I very rarely do.  I do paper piecing often, but not much hand stitched applique.  Again, not perfectly lined up, but lets just focus on the colour here, and you won’t even notice.

3. I added some hand stitching to both sides.  I was a little stumped on how to add hand stitching to the star, but I think it worked out good.  On the back side, I tried a stitch other than the simple running stitch to embroider my partner’s name on the pouch and I also love how that turned out.  
Course, I can’t show that part yet because she might just check my blog and that would ruin the surprise.

It is a square pouch finishing at 8.5″ on all sides.  

I really hope it meets my partner’s expectations of an advanced pouch swap.

two finishes!

So my ‘fail’ from last time got some pretty good reviews on in the Flickr group.  I did not expect that at all!  Thanks everyone!
Because of that, I decided to try again.  This time, I knew the star had to be smaller, so I got rid of one row.  Then I fixed my angles and BAM!  It worked!

My partner said she liked calming colours paired with bold, so I used a neutral text fabric for the border.

For some people this may not be advanced piecing, but for me, this was really a challenge.  I really like how this turned out and I already have a plan for the back side of the pouch.  Can’t wait to finish it and show it off!
One question, should I add some hand stitching?  Not sure if that would ruin it or make it just that little bit more special.
I also finally finished the dress I started, oh, about a month back…
My poor little niece was waiting and waiting patiently for her dress while her older sister enjoyed her pink version.  Well, here it is, the second Amanda’s Dress from Lily Bird Studio!

The orange version with white piping.

I used store bought piping for this dress, but I think if I use piping again, I will make my own and make it just a bit thicker.

What little girl doesn’t love a puffed sleeve?

Definitely a good finish.  
The real test comes this aft when my niece is here to try it on.

did you miss me?

I didn’t realize it had been so long since I last posted!
D and I went on a 10 day trip to the Fraser Valley to visit some family – so that explains some of the absence.  I was still busy with some hand sewing though!
Before we left, I finished cutting out all the hexies so that they were ready to baste while I was away.  I had to make sure that I had enough of the Eggplant Beaded Curtain for binding, so I cut and sewed that first.  I have about 400″ of binding.  I sure hope that’s enough, otherwise it will be just a little scrappy in one part.  

I have no idea how much binding I will need as I have never made a full size quilt before.  Will 400″ be enough?

While on holidays, I not only finished basting all the hexies, but I also made my first few flowers.  I have these 7 done plus another 4, then I had no more hexies left.

We don’t have TV at home, and you know, hand sewing in front of the TV is the best!  I finished almost all the hexies while watching the Olympics.  Maybe we need a TV and then I will get done the Hexy MF in record time.  But then, my other jobs around the house might get ignored…
After we got home, I got right to work on finishing up a couple swaps I joined. 
The first finish was the Modern Scrappy Bits Swap.  We are swapping modern scraps and a scrappy item.  My partner is looking for red among other colours, and that is one colour I have a lot of.  Lucky partner.

I chose to make my partner a little coffee/tea gift – a scrappy cup cozy for her mug and a little pouch for some coffee money.  I sure hope she likes the scraps and can make use of the gifts.

The second swap is round 5 of the Pretty{little}Pouch Swap.  My partner has a pretty specific mosaic and that makes it so much easier to come up with an idea!  
I did want to try something a little different though.  Most pouches with rainbow colours have gray or white or text as a background colour, so I thought I would try rainbow with black. 

I chose to be in the advance category to really put myself to the challenge, and so after A LOT of piecing, ended up with this beauty.

I absolutely love how the colours pop against the black, but this project is a fail.
I used a tutorial that is in the works by Mad Quilter’s Disease for the Snowflake Block.  (Her tutorial is based on the Rainbow Diamond Blossom block by Madame Parfait.)  But somehow, my block did not end up as it should.  It is supposed to have 6 wedges that make a circle, but I have 6 that don’t do that.  Wrong angles?  I haven’t analyzed the problem too closely yet because I also realized that this would be way too big for a pouch, so I quit.
  
Instead, I pieced together 4 and am thinking it might just end up a rainbow tree pillow cover.  
I also realized this might not be what my partner is looking for, so I am on to some other ideas for now.

E.T.A  The problem with the block turns out to be my angles.  They are just not big enough so the whole thing kind of shrunk up.  Ooops 🙂

slow summer…

It’s been a warm summer in Alberta. Also one of the most thundery and stormy ones I can remember having in a long time.  Last night a big tree blew over in my neighbours yard and it smashed her car!  Crazy weather.
I haven’t been up to too much lately either sewing wise.
July was a busy month for us.  
We went camping for a few days to celebrate our anniversary.  Little D and I went to the zoo with my mom and my sisters and their kids.  We went swimming at the pool, and there was a thunder storm that put the power out, so we had to leave.  And D and I have been keeping up our almost weekly visits with the sisters and my mom at my sisters house.  Yesterday my oldest sister came to our house with her three kids and when it was time to go, my 5yo niece says to her mom, “We going home now to having a boring afternoon?”  Summer is just so much fun for kids.
I haven’t forgotten though that I have a tradeshow coming up in October, so I’ve been trying out some new patterns and ordering some fall/winter fabrics.  
One of the dresses I am going to be making for the show is Amanda’s Dress from Lily Bird Studio.
I saw the dress pattern and thought it would be a pretty fall/winter style with the full skirt and puffed sleeves. I have one made already for my 7yo niece, mostly for me to try out the pattern and work out how I want to make it.

It was pretty easy to put together and turned out well.

My niece’s favourite colour is pink (can you tell?), and she picked the fabric.

She tried it on for me yesterday and the only change I have to make is to lower the sash a bit.  It seemed a little too high and then it fell at the back when she wore it.  
Now I have to make one for her little sister, and instead of bias tape, I think I’m going to try piping.