Wedding Quilt 

Time’s a tickin’… John and I have a dear friend getting married in Eastbourne, UK by the sea on July 4th and I need to finish the quilt I started months ago for their present…

Wanted to do this one for awhile now!

I decided on this lovely Jeni Baker pattern, found here. I’m doing the Twin size as I think it’s nicer to cuddle under than a throw size. It’s and extra row longer and one triangle wider which I think will make it that much bigger. (20 triangles by 13 rows.) It’s going well and I’m currently half done…

   

Pretty Little Mix Eh!

I’m using Anna Maria Hormer fabric from her Field Study Line. I don’t normally press seams open but felt that they will be less bulky when sewing the rows together. It’s a little bit slower but looks nice…

  

I still have lots of triangles to piece. I’m setting them out row by row as I go. I have lots left…

  

Wish me happy sewing…

  

Yes that’s a VCR under the new sewing tv. Lol!!! I have a lot of videos still and I’m not ready to get rid of them yet. I like to watch movies I’ve already seen while sewing because then I don’t really need to pay close attention. 

Advertisements

Long Way Around

This weekend I had the bright idea to sew some baby bibs. I’ve had a little template for awhile now and a few friends with babies coming up so I thought I would whip one up…Very simple project really but it turned into one of those things where I was making my life harder because I wanted to try something particular (being the magnetic snap). Basically, me making my life more difficult than it needed to be!

The Finished Product

Almost finished project, minus the edge stitching to finish off.

Notice the fancy shmancy pretty silver snap closure. It’s too big and awkward and I wouldn’t recommend it! I ended up taking it out and sewing on some velcro instead. Note: these types of magnetic snaps are actually quite easy to put in so I wasn’t way off the mark BUT you’d probably need a smaller one for a bib. It is a strong closure so even though I reinforced the fabric with heavy interfacing the snap would eventually pull the fabric apart.  They are also a real pain to sew around. You will see them in the pictures of the process below but just SEW ON VELCRO! 

Full disclosure: I didn’t draw this pattern myself, I printed the bib template from http://www.nanacompany.typepad.com, here. Take a look at her site as well, super cute stuff. I started by printing and cutting out the pattern. I glued it onto a piece of bristle board I found in the basement while we were unpacking…

Glue on bristle board (card stock for my UK friends)

Glue on bristle board (card stock for my UK friends)

Snip snip

Snip snip

The instructions are on the bib but basically trace on fabric on the wrong side, lining and main fabric right sides together. I busted out some of my fancy oil cloth for the front side of this bib (it could totally be done reversible too). Pin it in place because oil/laminated cloth is a slippery little sucker…

Pretty, pretty Japanese oil cloth!

Pretty, pretty Japanese oil cloth!

Pin in place so tracing is easier

Pin in place so tracing is easier

You could trace with many things but I like to use coloured mechanical pencil crayons. Sometimes I have a hard time finding them so get a couple packs. I like mechanical pencils because they are very fine and sharp and you can trace close to the template…

Mechanical Pencil Crayons

Mechanical Pencil Crayons

Go ahead and trace it

Go ahead and trace it

You could pin the pattern down for tracing but it wasn’t a complicated outline so I just held it down. If it did shift it would have been easy to line up again and keep going. Next cut it out a 1/4 inch outside the line to give it a seam allowance. (The seam allowance is NOT built into the pattern.) Again, simple pattern, so just go for it BUT if you are worried about cutting a 1/4 inch neatly you could mark it out. I just made a few 1/4 inch marks in a few places to keep in line…(see the pink marks…)…(CUT ON THE PINK AND SEW ON THE BLUE…)

Pink seam allowance marks

Pink seam allowance marks

I also like to mark vertical lines on the bottom of the bib to show where I WON’T sew so that it can be turned outside afterwards. Cut on the template outline, pin right sides together and sew with a 1/4 inch seam. I used a zipper foot if you will notice because I needed to get around the metal closure but just use a regular foot because you will do Velcro or a tiny snap that you would hand sew on after…

Zipper foot on but use a regular foot if not doing a snap like this

Zipper foot on but use a regular foot if not doing a snap like this

There are lots of curvy edges on a bib so I went around and snipped in on the curviest bits to make it lay nice and flat once turned…

Clip to the seam allowance of the curviest bits

Clip to the seam allowance of the curviest bits

Turn’er inside out now through that hole you left at the bottom…

Forgot to leave a hole, no worries just unpick...

Forgot to leave a hole, no worries just unpick…

After turning, I finger pressed it nicely and then ran an iron over the cotton fabric side, not the sticky oilcloth side, duh! I like a nice 1/8 inch edge stitch to finish it off. The edge stitch will also have the added benefit of closing off that hole at the bottom too.

Edge stitch

Edge stitch

Let’s talk Velcro/closure placement…You need to think how the ends overlap when closed. I totally had a moment and at first sewed the closures both on the right front sides…think about it, will close twisted…

NOOOOO, DON'T PUT THE SNAPS ON THIS WAY!

NOOOOO, DON’T PUT THE SNAPS ON THIS WAY!

One side of the closures needs to go on the front of one of the sides and the other side needs to go on the wrong side…like this…if you can see in the picture…

1/2 of snap on front of one side and the other 1/2 on the back of the other side

1/2 of snap on front of one side and the other 1/2 on the back of the other side

Ahhhhhh now it will close flat, if you can imagine!…

Snaps on the right side now

Snaps on the right side now

IMG_6682

Soooooo now forget about those metal snappies! Sew squares of velcro on instead. Sew them in the right spots as detailed above. I sewed them on when I was done so that it was secured to both layers and would be stronger. I’m sure I’ll be making more with velcro soon so I will show a few updated pictures.

REALLY, these should only take an hour. Try it out!

Knitter’s Frolic 2015

As we’ve been settling in to our new house I haven’t been doing any sewing at all but have been knitting up a storm. A couple months ago Julie at the Needle Emporium text me to ask if I wanted to knit a new sweater to wear at her Knitter’s Frolic booth. (Check out the Knitter’s Frolic here.) Of course, yes right! Julie often has Lynn and I do something new for inspiration at the booth and she said that Lynn had picked a beauty little short sleeved number from the Spring 2015 Interweave Knits magazine. I’ve often picked the pattern so it’s fun that Lynn choose a nice surprise this time…

One Way Tee by Debbie O'Neill

One Way Tee by Debbie O’Neill

You can also check out the pattern and other’s knits on Ravelry, here. It’s knit in Madeline Tosh DK but I’ve knit a lot with this yarn and have been wanting to try out the newer Mrs. Crosby line. I chose a nice spring coral colour and got knitting right away. The lace arrow pattern is lovely and with the rest in stocking stitch it knits up super quick…

Colour: Hot Pimento

Colour: Hot Pimento

A quick start

A quick start

Follow your arrow...

Follow your arrow…

Back done!

Back done!

Cute saddle shoulder sleeves

Cute saddle shoulder sleeves

I just have a wee bit to do on the front and I’ll be ready to sew it together. I’m doing the 34 1/2″ size (2nd size) but I think I would have liked the 38″ finished size as well. I looks nice in the picture a bit looser fitting but mine will be more a tighter fitting Tee I think. It will need a good block out. I’m sure it will be fine, we’ll see. As always I measured the finished bust of a knit tee I already like to wear. I know it will be fine but it looks so curled at the edges that I unreasonably worry. I have enjoyed knitting with Mrs. Crosby, carpet bag. It’s very soft and the colour is coming up nicely. The Frolic is at the Japanese Cultural Centre in Toronto on April 25 and 26. The booths are only open Saturday the 25th though. Come by and see the final product, it’s always a good show with lots of booths.

Settling in…

Well, John and I have moved into our new house in Kitchener and we’ve been enjoying settling in, that’s for sure! I’m very lucky to have my dream kitchen for cooking and baking and a lovely new sewing space! Let the fun begin! Of course it feels very grown up to own a home. It’s fun to have a space to make our own though and it’s coming along nicely…

IMG_5915

We back onto a woods so I think I will have a lot of inspiration while sewing and cooking in years to come…

IMG_5911 IMG_6407

Yes, that’s Lady Fia. Her brother and her have enjoyed lots of time with us already…IMG_6387 IMG_6535 IMG_6556

The cookbooks are unpacked too and we’ve been enjoying the open concept layout to cook up some tasty treats…

IMG_6352 IMG_6353

Our house is a bungalow with a walkout, finished basement which has a perfectly gorgeous sewing space. There was no question I’d set up in front of the fireplace and overlooking the woods…IMG_6635 IMG_6636 IMG_6638

I’m fairly set up now and am looking forward to sewing something over the weekend! Of course I have a sweater I need to be knitting for the Toronto Knitter’s Frolic in a couple of weeks. Check out the show here. I’ll be there working with the Needle Emporium.