Thursday, 28 June 2012

Mom's Birthday Gifts

My Mom and I share a birthday and our birthday for this year just passed recently. I gave her a couple of quilted gifts and I have pictures of them to share here on my blog.
This is a quilt that I made using a pattern by Thimble Blossoms called "Double Dip." I bought it at my local quilt shop but you can purchase the pattern here at the designer's shop. This pattern uses one layer cake to make two quilts. I blogged about the other quilt here. It's a great pattern and the quilts sew up quite quickly.

This is a close-up of the border and some of the fabrics. The fabric collection is called "Maison de Garance" by French General for Moda.

I made this little project the night before our birthday and I had it done in about three hours. This is made using a candy bar of the "Buttercup" fabric collection by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda. I bought a few of these little candy bar treats on a recent trip to Jasper, Alberta (in the rocky mountains here in Canada). These pre-cuts make projects much quicker. They are very handy for last minute gifts. I meant for this project to be a table topper but by the shape of it it might be better as a filing cabinet topper at my Mom's office. If I had more time and candy bars they could even become a set of placemats. 

Until next time, "keep calm and quilt on." :)

Thursday, 21 June 2012


My completed knitting projects are few and far between but here are a couple of things I have completed recently. The ruffle scarf is a year-end gift for my son's Grade 1 teacher and I just finished it today. That's a good thing because there is only one week left of school! I used "Starbella" yarn for this project. The sunset coloured blanket was finished in May. It took me a year to get it done because I kept putting it down and working on quilts. It is a basic dish cloth pattern only made gigantic for a blanket.
 My little girl was so kind to model both projects for me.
I have a dish cloth that is near completion and has only been in the works for about a month but I have yarn for several more dish cloths and they are needed in my sink. I must try to knit faster. Two more quilts are on the go too including the second "Lorax" quilt for my son's room. There are so many fun projects to keep busy with this summer.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

The Lorax Would Approve

(I hope)

Today I finished my daughter's "Lorax Quilt". This quilt was made from the free pattern called "Speak for the Trees" designed by Rachel Griffith for Robert Kaufman fabrics. You can find this pattern here. This quilt is made with the Earth colourstory. You can find a kit here. I bought my fabrics at a local quilt shop but then ordered the Bright colourstory from the Fat Quarter Shop as my local shop sold out quickly. I am sewing the Bright quilt next for my son's bed.

It's stormy around here this afternoon so my photos were taken between thunderstorms which was a bit tricky because the it's still windy. Plus at 66" x 79" this quilt is quite large. I might add it was also kind of brutal to shove it through my little Kenmore sewing machine. Note to self: Start saving up money for a new sewing machine! One with a wide throat!

Ah, there's a bit of sunshine! I've spent most of the day hand sewing the binding down to the backing. Love that Lorax! I believe he would approve of this quilt because all of the fabric he is printed on is 100% organic cotton.

We still haven't seen the movie. (I don't think it's even in theatres anymore. We will have to get the DVD!) But we enjoy reading the book very much.
I can't wait to curl up under this quilt tonight when it's fresh and crinkly from the wash and read this book to my kids before bed. Let's all keep caring "a whole awful lot!"

Thursday, 7 June 2012

A Pink Elephant Named Teeny

I took a break from quilting today to sew a little elephant for my daughter.

Isn't she just too cute?! My daughter decided to name her "Teeny". I am so pleased with how she turned out. The body fabric is by Kaffe Fassette. The ears and tail I am not sure as the fat quarter was of the side with no information on the selvage. The pattern is by Kim Kruzich and can be found here. I need to make a blue one for my son now. Love these little elephants!