Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July partial finish

So, for the first time I haven't completed my monthly finish. I said I would have my Mom's Staple Dress done but I still have to do the waistband and hemming. She is going on holiday in less than two weeks and is taking it so it will be done then LOL.


I am still linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes and hope you are doing the same :)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Pillow time!!

I have been enjoying making pillow (cushion) covers lately as they are great for getting a little creative steam out so that I can concentrate on deadline items LOL.

This first one actually is a deadline item. Camila and I decided to do a side swap of pillows. Originally I believe the timing was for June but I convinced her that mid-August was best (I am so slow when I am stressing about a project :)). Camila does great work and I really wanted my pillow to do justice.

I realize that you are probably looking at this and thinking "huh?". Camila loves Day of the Dead and her house is decorated in blue, green and yellow. She also love EPP and so I kind of combined all of those aspects. She is also a marine biologist who works with sharks, so this is the great backing fabric I found for her on Modern Yardage.

This next pillow is one I made for the shop. I miscalculated (of course) and so had some extra fabric cut from the pillow above, so I cut a little more and came up with this.

I found a fun butterfly print for the back.

I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my current projects :)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Toughest things I have made...

So a good friend of mine is leaving to go on a 2 week rock climbing trip in Scotland. She asked if I would be able to make her 6 chalk bags, two for hostess gifts and the other 4 as a souvenir for the rest of the gang. I, of course, said yes. I will be more careful of my yes' in future lol.

I broke 10 needles. Heard my machine KERCHUNK more times than I can count. I never thought I would get through the 5 layers of fabric (two of them being nylon webbing). But... I did it!!

Behold! Six chalk bags with six matching belts. I am pretty darned pleased with myself :)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Vermont Quilt Show

This past weekend my Mom and I drive down to Burlington for the Vermont Quilt Festival. This was my Mom's Christmas gift to me, as long as she didn't have to go to the show LOL! Well, luckily I was able to meet up with one of my Flickr friends Amy.

Katy(left) Amy (right)
We had an absolute blast! We did two quilt shops and an entire quilt show in 7 hours and didn't stop talking the whole time LOL! I have a few quilts from the show I will share with you.

I had to have my Poppy quilt pictures as I just adore them.

One of my favourites by far, 259 George Washingtons appliqued on 259 different fabrics. I love quirky and this is so much fun!

This one is stunning... the quilt maker over dyed shirts she found at second hand stores to make these basket blocks. Up until this point I was not a fan of baskets but now I am in love LOL.

This one is for my friend Barbara who loves embroidery and cat quilts:)

This one was just marvelous with hidden details in the quilting, as well as little miniature landscapes in each of the boxes you see framing the centre. I have included some close ups below.

Well, I think this is a long enough post... thanks for reading about my amazing weekend!

July goals

I am going to keep it relatively simple for July and have my goal be to make my Mom a Staple Dress. I love the idea of being able to make her clothing after she made me clothing when I was little. Here is a picture of the dress I made for myself.

It looks incredibly short but I assure you it isn't lol.

I am linking up to ALYOF!