Sunday, December 30, 2012

Hello Friends!

I think I am going to try blogging again. I miss it. And I miss the thoughtful and encouraging support of the online quilting/sewing community. I'm not making any lofty goals this time around, I am just going to enjoy the process.

This is what I am working on right now:

Source: via Barb on Pinterest

It's Made by Rae's new pattern, but of course, the bodice is too small, and I am all out of fabric.  Back to the drawing board.

What are you working on right now?

Monday, September 17, 2012


 ***Thank you everyone for checking out my destash, but everything is now sold. I hope to add more soon. ****

Hello Everyone!  I am just popping back into this little blog to do a quick destash. I am going to try it first here, and depending on how things work out, I may move it to etsy at a later time. I've never sold anything before so please be patient with me!

I am currently overwhelmed by my stash. I have too much fabric and not enough time. And some of these lovelies I just can't seem to cut into. Maybe they will inspire you. I am hoping to raise some funds to buy my son a waldorf doll.

I hope that the prices are fair. Please know that most of these fabrics are long out of print, and many of them I purchased in Canada where fabric is way, way too expensive. I know the Heather Ross is ridiculously expensive, but I tried to lower the going rate from etsy a little bit.

I am happy to combine shipping and I will refund any shipping overages.

If you would like to purchase something, it will be on a first come, first serve basis. Please leave a comment and I will then email you an invoice. Thanks for looking!

Lot 1: Heather Ross Fish in Bags FQ. 18 x 21.5" $15 plus $2 shipping SOLD

Lot 2: Heather Ross Pink Vans FQ. 18.5 x 22.5" $10 plus $2 shipping SOLD

Lot 3: Pink Echino Sunglasses Half Yard Linen Blend. 18.5" x wof. $10 plus $4 shipping SOLD

Lot 4: Melody Miller Alarm Clock. Half Yard Linen Blend. 18.5" x wof. $10 plus $4 shipping SOLD

Lot 5: Denyse Schmidt Hope Valley Half Yard. 18" x wof. $5 plus $4 shipping SOLD

Lot 6. Heather Ross Giant Octopi Gold and Pink Half Yard. 18" x wof. $18 plus $4 shipping SOLD

Lot 7. Heather Ross Presentation Mermaids FQ. Blush. 18" x 22" $10 plus $2 shipping SOLD

Lot 8. Heather Ross Seahorses FQ. Orange and Pink on Cream. 19" x 22" $7 plus ($2 shipping) SOLD

Lot 9. Heather Ross Presentation Mermaids FQ. Gold, Pink and Brown. 18" x 22". $10 plus ($2 shipping) SOLD

Lot 10. Heather Ross Seahorses FQ. Pink and gold. 18" x 22" (this one is tight on the measurements) $7 (plus $2 shipping) SOLD

Lot 11. Momo Wonderland. Includes:  SOLD

  •  1 yard tomoto and brown dots (please note this is missing a 5x4" rectangle - see photo)
  • HY Tomato large flowers
  • FQ Pink (jam??) large flowers
  • HY Cream with small flowers
  • 14" x wof Brown with aqua dots
  • $20 plus $10 shipping 

All fabric comes from my stash. We are a smoke free, dog friendly house. Our black lab, Trooper, is mainly an outdoor dog and doesn't come in the sewing room. But hey, you never know....

Also all fabric ships from Canada. Canada Post charges and arm and a leg for shipping. I am sorry!

****The above shipping costs are to US/Canada with no insurance. If you would like insurance or to mail overseas, please let me know in your comment and I will work out actual shipping costs before invoicing.****

Please feel free to email me with any questions.


PS - I may also have some FF1 double gauze to destash too if anyone is interested. I have FQ of orange, blue, purple unicorns, blue/orange snails, and cream frogs. Let me know! SOLD

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thanks Jacqui!

Look what arrived all the way from New Zealand! Lucky me, I won 8 gorgeous DS Quilts Fat Quarters a while back from Jacqui`s blog. Jacqui is a Canadian living in NZ, and her blog is lovely. Go check it out.

DS Quilts Fat Quarters

I`m thrilled to have some of the not-available-in-Canada fabric. And it is so soft. But now I just need to decide what to do with it. If you`re in Canada too, did you get your hands on any DS fabric? If you have some, what are you making with it?

Don't you just love that top blue one?

I've had it in my mind for awhile that it might be worth petitioning Fabricland to carry the DS line. What do you think? Do you know why Denyse Schmidt doesn't sell these lines in Canada?

Thanks again Jacqui!

Monday, March 26, 2012

I was featured....

Did you see this post yesterday? My quick little baby boy quilt was featured on the Generation Q Magazine!

I haven't even blogged about this quilt yet, but it is the replacement for my interlocking stars quilt. My friend had a boy, instead of the girl she was expecting.

Teddy's Quilt Up Close
Teddy's Quilt

Hope you had a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WIP Wednesday 4

I had a nice intro written about my daughter catching snow on her tongue while x-country skiing and watching the snow swirl under the light from our headlamps, but somehow it got lost. Thanks blogger. So, I'll get right to it. Here's what I've been working on....

On the Go...
I finally finished my interlocking stars quilt top. I followed Elizabeth's instructions to press the seams open, and I was pleasantly surprised with the results. I've always been pretty against open seams, as they always seemed like, well, just too much work. But I have to admit the top lies nice and flat, and I didn't have to pin any of the seams. Up next is a backing pieced from my stash, and some free-motion quilting. Hopefully I'll have a finished quilt to show you next week. This baby is due asap. (And, no, not mine this time.)

Interlocking Stars
Interlocking Stars Quilt - pattern by Elizabeth Hartman

I made a quick pillow for my friend's little girl who turned 2 last week. My husband thought I was crazy to make a 2-year old a pillow, when she probably really wanted a toy. I explained to him that the pillow is really for her mom who will appreciate it much more than a toy that beeps, squeaks or sings. At least I'm that kind of mom. I gave embroidery a try for the first time. I have a ways to go, but I actually enjoyed the process. Thank goodness for youtube. I was going to give hand quilting a try too, but I just ran out of time. I'd love to make some pillows for my own kids so I'll try it then.

Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty Birthday Pillow

On Hold....
  • Little Man Quilt - just needs the binding sewn down.
  • Maple Leaf Rag. I know, I know. Soon. I hope.
  • Wonky Star Charity Quilt
  • Wonky 1/4 Square {Bee Inspired} Quilt
  • Colour Wheel Quilt

I just joined Angela's UFO group on flickr. I'm hoping it will help me to take stock of my UFO's, and finally make a dent in them. And I think I might even give up on a couple of them. You know the ones. With the fabric that is brown, green and maroon. Oh, yes, I have a couple of those.

Hope you had a great Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

WIP Wednesday 3

It's been pretty slow this week. But here's what I've been working on.

On the Go...

I've made good progress on my "Little Man" quilt. I love that this quilt is completely out of my stash. Everything. Batting, binding, sashing, backing, fat quarters. Unfortunately, it didn't even make a dent...

Quilting Done

I finished the straight line quilting this morning and got the binding made and sewn it on the front.


Now I just have to hand-sew the back of the binding. Perfect excuse for some mindless TV. Hubby and I have been watching "Once upon a Time." What are you watching these days?

Just Started...

I did start one new project this week. But it is a surprise. I cut into my purple Sleeping Beauty for this one. I love this fabric and it has been in my stash for way too long. Hi. My name is Barb. And I'm a fabric hoarder. But I have to admit, it feels pretty good to see it in a project. Really good.

A new project

On hold...
  • Maple Leaf Rag. This is really all I want to work on, but between baby quilts and cleaning up the house for showings, this has been put aside. I hope to pull it out again this weekend.
  • Interlocking Stars. Still waiting on some Kona White. It should arrive any day. Thankfully the baby is still happy in utero.
  • Wonky Star Charity Quilt
  • Wonky 1/4 Square {Bee Inspired} Quilt
  • Colour Wheel Quilt
Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday. It is beautiful and sunny here in Northern B.C. I'm off for a walk with my kiddos.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

WIP Wednesday, on Thursday.

Oops. I missed WIP Wednesday yesterday. Hubby was home sick, so we had an impromptu family day and made a quick trip to Quesnel. We will be moving there eventually, and since I hadn't been there since September, it seemed like a good day for a road trip.

And the good news, while searching for the dance studio (which has moved, of course) I even found a new to me Quilt Shop that had lots of Moda fabric (sorry they don't seem to have a website. At least not one that I could google). Let me tell you, when you live in the land void of decent quilt shops, I'll take one that stocks Ruby, Hometown, Cosmo Cricket and the new Kate Spain any day.

So, since I missed the big link up yesterday, I'll just show a few shots of another baby quilt I've got in the works. My babysitter's mom is having a boy in a week or two, so I decided to use what I had on hand to make a quick baby quilt.
A Quick Baby Quilt...
Little Man Pattern by Camille Roskelly. I love that it only uses 4 fat quarters.

I chose the Little Man pattern from Camille's Simplify book. What a great pattern. It only uses 4 fat quarters and some background and border yardage and it goes together fast. As in, really fast. I had the quilt top made in no time. And I used up every last scrap to make a striped backing too.

Striped Backing
Striped Backing

And I have to say, I'm pleasantly surprised how well it turned out. I don't really love the fabric line. It is "Be a man" by David Day. I think I bought the fat quarters and some yardage when I found it on sale and I was feeling guilty that I never make anything for my son. I still feel a bit guilty that I never make him anything, but it feels great to use up this fabric.

Little Man Quilt

Now I just have to the thing quilted. I'm thinking straight lines since my machine is being fussy about stippling these days. Might be time for a tune-up. I just can't bare to be without it while it is in the shop.

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Interlocking Stars

I'm jumping on the interlocking stars bandwagon. I'm typically behind the current trend, or I just ignore it completely. For example, I'm ignoring the Swoon band wagon right now, even though it is so, so tempting. Okay, I joined the flickr group, but I'm trying very, very hard to just watch from the sidelines.

Anyway, back to those cute interlocking stars. Amber made a sweet little pillow a while back, and Darci has a great tutorial too. And of course, Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson has a quilt along going right now.

So, just to warm up, I made my sister a little pouch for her birthday. I used 2" squares and pink and aqua scraps. I'm pretty new to zippers and pouches, but now that I've gotten over my fear of zippers, I have to say that they are a fun and easy present. (My sister loved it, by the way).

Interlocking Stars Pouch

If you are new to pouches too, I really like Kelly's tutorial. She shows how to put those cute pieces on the end of the zipper. And even better, she shows the technique, so you can adapt it to any size of zipper or pouch. I like being taught how to fish....

Interlocking Stars
On the design wall

I also started an interlocking star quilt for a friend who is expecting in February. I'm going with a pink and aqua colour scheme with a little grey thrown in to keep it from being too sweet. My friend is pretty sure she's having a girl, so hopefully she's right, or else I'm going to have to make a quick boy quilt too.

I'm basically following the quilt along from Oh Fransson, except I used 4.5" squares, and I am making it smaller (10 x 12 squares instead of 20 x 24).

Hope you had a fabulous Tuesday. I'm hoping to post about another baby quilt in progress tomorrow for WIP Wednesday.

Are you trying to avoid any popular quilting trends? Or have you jumped on the wagon?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Aidan's Quilt and a Test

No, don't worry, there isn't a test for you. I'm just testing out posting a photo from flickr. Thanks so much everyone for all of your help.
Aidan's Quilt
Aidan's Quilt

(Ha, I did it! Thanks so much Michelle! Of course now my formatting is all messed up, but I'm sure I can fix it. Why did it take me so long to figure this out? (Okay, maybe don't answer that)).

As for Aidan's Quilt, I finished this a long, long time ago, gave it away to my friend's little guy, but just forgot to blog/post about it. Today seemed like a good day.

I only basted it on March 6, 2011.

(Ha, I did it again. Yay!)

Thank you friends! You have no idea how much work/time you've saved the future me. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

WIP Wednesday 1

I guess since I made all of those New Year's goals, I should probably keep tabs on them. I've been watching lots of my favourite bloggers chart their progress with WIP Wednesdays, so I think I'm going to join the gang.

On the Go...

Here's my Maple Leaf Rag so far. (I know many of you have seen this on flickr already, but thank you for indulging me). I just moved this project from my 'design floor' to my 'design wall' (aka a piece of batting pinned to the wall), so I'm hoping to make a bit faster progress. When it was on the floor it got ran over by crawling babies and Thomas the Tank Engine on a fairly regular basis.

I love this quilt. I love using my favourite fabrics. I love that I only have to use a little bit of my favourite fabrics so I don't feel like I'm committing. This is my for fun project.

Maple Leaf Rag in progress

I also got a little quilt destined for our local NICU basted today. I was going to quilt it too but my machine was skipping stitches and generally being a big pain. So I gave up and went back to my fun project.

On hold...
  • Wonky 1/4 Square {Bee Inspired} Quilt
  • Colour Wheel Quilt
  • And oh so many others that I'm not ready to admit to yet. Give me time. Please.

I'm hoping to link up to WIP Wednesdays as much as possible this year. I'll try for every week, and hope to get twice a month actually accomplished. 


I was wondering if any of you could help me out? How do I use photos from Flickr here on blogger? Right now I'm doing 2 uploads - one here on blogger, and then again on Flickr. Any suggestions?

(Edit: Thanks to all of your helpful advice, I finally figured out how to post a photo from flickr. Thank you!)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Handmade Christmas: Christmas Dresses

(Sorry that I'm still posting about Christmas. I'm pretty sure this is the last one. But don't hold me to it.)

I've never been much of a Christmas Dress kind of mom, but for some reason, this year I got the bug. I think it is because I now have two little girls, and the idea of matching dresses, made by mom, was more than I could pass up.

Miss Lily Christmas dress. Please ignore the bright green hanger.

My oldest daughter just started highland dancing, and is in love with all things plaid (Please note, I had nothing what-so-ever to do with this. I swear. Really!) When the new Fabricland 5 minutes from my house happened to have Christmas plaid 60% off before Christmas, I had it home before I could think to myself, "When are you going to have time to make these stinking dresses?" Somehow I found the time, and my oldest even wore hers for her school concert.

I purchased a PDF pattern here called the "Miss Lily" by The Homemade Dress. (Don't you just love downloadable patterns?) I picked it because it had sleeves, a cute bubble skirt, and it looked pretty easy.

Overall, I was pretty happy with the pattern. My oldest is pretty petite, so I got away with using the size 4 pattern (she's almost 5 and a half) and adding a few inches to the length. The sleeve and bodice pieces are extremely similar, and at one point I sewed a six-month sleeve to the 4-year bodice. Enter my friend the seem ripper.

Other than that, the pattern went together pretty well. The elastic neck and arms are very forgiving, so I didn't worry too much about being perfect. I also didn't match up the plaid, but I'm okay with that.

I finished off the dresses with black velvet ribbon because everything is fancier with velvet ribbon. I love having Fabricland 5 minutes from my house (it only opened this fall). I may not like most of their fabric, but they have a great selection of ribbon and notions.

I also made my son a tie with the same fabric. He wore it under duress to mass on Christmas Eve, but I didn't get a photo of the three kids together because sweet Miss S was already asleep and stayed home with Grandma. We still have our tree up (I'm waiting till Epiphany to take it down), so I'm still holding out for a group shot. The tie was quick and easy to make. I used this pattern/tutorial because it has a velcro closure. This is a necesity if you are putting the tie on by force. How is it that boys come hard-wired to hate dressing up? If you are looking for a good round-up of tie and bow tie tutorials, check out Erin's post.

A Christmas Tie.

I was pretty proud to have my kids wear Mama Made clothes for Christmas. Next year, I may go for more coordinated than matching, but we'll see.

What about you? Did you make holiday clothes for your kids?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

I haven't quite finished showing off all of my homemade Christmas creations, but after reading Felicity's fabulous recap of 2011, I thought I'd better take stock of 2011 myself and make some new goals for 2012. I'll wrap up Christmas sometime this week, so that I can start the new year off fresh.

2011 in Pictures.

I didn't get quite as many quilty finishes done this year as I would have liked, but I do have a creative 5 year old, a mischievous 3.5 year old and a sweet little 8 month old to show for myself instead.


This time last year, I declared 2011 the year of finishing UFO's. Well, I started strong, but I think the only UFO's I actually finished were in January. I also realize now that I didn't write very good goals last year. I went through enough years of university to know that goals should be specific, attainable and measurable. Oops. So this year, I'm going to try to write better goals!

My goals for 2012:
  • Finish up my red/green wonky quarter log cabin from my Bee Inspired Quilting Bee. I think that bee ended in 2009. Enough said. 
  • Make a Maple Leaf Rag Quilt by Sarah Fielke. I love this quilt! I started crazy piecing the kites this fall and I can't wait to start putting blocks on the design wall.
Crazy Pieced Kites for my Maple Leaf Rag Quilt

  • Finish my daughter's Oliver + S Messenger Bag. Yup. Still waiting to get the perfect hardware for this one.
  • Finish my Colour Wheel Quilt. This one is a project. I pieced together the top, made a backing, got ready to baste it, then realized that it does. not. lay. flat. Not even close. This one needs to be picked apart. And I'm afraid of what I need to do to put it together again.
  • Make at least two quilts for charity. I've got one quilt top even made. Just need to finish it!
  • Use up what I have instead of buying and hoarding fabric. Okay, this isn't measurable and it probably isn't very attainable, but I am going to work on it. Really.
  • Write a tutorial for this blog. I'm by no means a designer, but I'd like to challenge myself to a simple tutorial.
What are your goals for 2012?