Friday, March 27, 2015

Another one or two .....

There's been some fresh snow, alas, but I'm still in the mood for spring  ... and after all "winter always turns to spring" according to Buddha.  Sometimes winter just doesn't know when to leave.






This is my 3D pinwheel table mat - I love 3D blocks!  I used an old damask napkin for the white squares - fortunately, a stain was strategically placed so that I could cut around it.  ^^   In the jug you can see a few pussy willows and my fake faux flowering almond - I crocheted tiny blossoms and attached them to some branches.



A Spring heart from Gazette 94.  I love ladybugs!  ^^





A Gail Pan design.

I used dropcloth for both of the x-stitch designs.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring is here!

Spring has arrived - in person and by the calendar and I'm lovin' it.... we've already picked our first pussy willows of the year!
To celebrate this wonderful season I have a few new 'makes' to share and since I couldn't decide which ones to post you're seeing all of them.  ^^








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Friday, March 13, 2015

A little bit of Irish ......

May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.

Spring has arrived and the snow is rapidly disappearing - hooray! 

Some new additions to our Irish décor this year are a shamrock table mat - the instructions were found here.  Included were the cutting instructions for a 12", 18", and 24" block. 



And a new x-stitch from here .....  I stained it to make it look old although that doesn't show up very well in the photo.



Thursday, March 5, 2015

French vintage ....

 March has arrived, the days are longer, the sun is shining again, and it feels like spring could be  just around the corner!

This is my French vintage cushion cover .....

using a graphic from The Graphics Fairy.  I ironed some freezer paper to a piece of  ivory Kona , trimmed it to 8½x11, and printed the graphic directly onto the fabric.  After removing the freezer paper I soaked the printed fabric in some vinegar for a few minutes (and no ink ran), dried it, pressed it, and began sewing with dropcloth.  How easy is that!?!?!?!

And speaking of vintage ........ hmm, looks like it was wash day.  ^^



Do you remember the bouquet of fabric that I  posted about here - well, here it is in all it's beauty pressed and folded for you to see  ....

Thursday, February 19, 2015

cabin fever

In our neck of the woods cabin fever can rage rampant at this time of year and the best remedy is to keep busy and that's exactly what I did this month - kept myself busy.

 I had a bin of assorted remnants that I tackled - the small bits were cut up into various sizes from 2" squares to strips for binding .... there could have been lots of 1" squares but they're far too small for me to enjoy working with.  The other remnants (I show only a few here) were pressed, measured and wrapped with a label showing how much fabric was in each - here's a photo.  The jar contains all the 2" squares and I forgot to show the binding,  some of which I've started sewing together in lengths (which is tedious).


There were several quilt blocks that I wanted to try so I worked my way through them and here are a few ....

This is 'Pretty Posy' by Lorna - her tutorials are excellent.



This is a heart block by Cheri.  This was an easy one. I'm auditioning the striped fabric.


Next up is the Arrowhead block by  Sarah.
Perhaps if only one print were used it might look like a herringbone?  One quadrant alone looks like a tulip and is the perfect size for mug rugs ...... this was another excellent tutorial.
 
 Needless to say I have a nice collection of orphan quilt blocks that one day will make a very interesting quilt top or a lovely variety of cushion covers, table mats, mug mats, candle mats, etc.  - that's a lot of mats.  ^^

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Canadian Flag

Today, February 15 is the 50th birthday of the Canadian Flag!

Happy Birthday ♪♫♪♫


Friday, February 13, 2015

a mouse in my drawers .....


♥Happy Valentine's Day ♥



 There's a mouse in my drawers - this big eared mouse is filled with lavender to keep my lingerie nicely scented.






Just to prove that I've got heart s.  ^^


Made a mini penny rug using a Wagons West Design.

For the February basket - a Bird in the Hand Primitives design.  The
photo doesn't show that it's tea dyed.

A Lia Griffith design also for the February basket. 

I made these because 'love is in the air'!  ^^