Thursday, October 19, 2017

TGIFF - Little Geranium Dress

Welcome to Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday being hosted here in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.  TGIFF is a great chance to showcase your finishes from this week and to see what other great projects have been created.



My new one-month old niece is tiny and doesn't have any cute clothes because everyone bought larger sizes.  So I thought I'd try making a dress.  The Little Geranium Dress is a free pattern by Made by Rae.  I got stumped after I got to this point.  But once Jenn @ A Quarter Inch From the Edge showed me what to do, it all made sense.


And voilà...a finished dress.


It's hard to photograph a dress without a model, so I have a book inside it holding it up.  I can't imagine what she would need pockets for at this young age, but they are so cute.


Here's the back view.  I need to match the thread better next time.


Adorable heart snaps courtesy of Jenn @ A Quarter Inch From the Edge.



Now it's time for you to link up your finishes.  Link up your blog post showing off your finished project using the linkup below.  Don't forget to visit a few blogs to spread some quilty love and encouragement.  Please include a link and/or the TGIFF button in your blog post so your followers can also view all the great finishes.







If you have a finish this week, consider also linking up with:


Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Quilt Along Updates

I forgot to show you September's HST's for Magnolia Mystery QAL hosted by Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs.  October's instructions were/are half geese units.


I'm also playing along with the Wayward Transparency QAL hosted by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl.  Kona Ice Frappe, Kale, and Spruce.


And just because I don't have enough projects to keep me busy (ha ha ha), I'm joining in the Splash of Colour QAL hosted by Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts.  I'll be using Kona White and Black, with a splash of Kona Orange.


I've had this pattern on my to-do list for a while, so this is a great opportunity to actually make it.



It's not too late to play along with any of the QALs.





Friday, October 6, 2017

TGIFF - Faith, Hope, Love

Welcome to Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday!  And Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!!

I had the pleasure of testing a pattern for Karen @ Sugar Free Quilts.  I tested the traditional piecing pattern -- there will also be a paper pieced version.


Some of the pieces were small, but I kept going...and then there were two words.


And finally all three words.  A few of my letters turned out a bit wonky -- but who wants straight letters anyway.  LOL


And then as usual...the tough decision on how to quilt.  Since I finished this on a Saturday and needed to quilt it Sunday morning for a bridal shower at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.....organic wavy lines.



Now it's time for you to link up your finishes.  Link up your blog post showing off your finished project using the linkup below.  Don't forget to visit a few blogs to spread some quilty love and encouragement.  Please include a link and/or the TGIFF button in your blog post so your followers can also view all the great finishes.









If you do have a finish this week, consider also linking up with:

Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 


Thursday, October 5, 2017

October OMG and FAL Q4 Goals

It's time again to set some goals.  I like participating with OMG and Finish Along 2017 as it's a good way to be "accountable" to finishing up WIP's.



My October OMG is to finish this Letter A wall hanging I created using Jaybird Quilts' new book -- Alphabet Soup.  I am going to challenge myself to do a little bit of hand quilting with perle cotton.




I have four goals for FAL Q4:

1.  Letter A wall hanging (as above).

2.  Gem Stones.  I made these here back in February.  It's time to figure out how to quilt these four wall hangings.




3.  Zipper Pouches.  I bought three zipper pouch kits from Connecting Threads a year ago.  Time to buckle down and get them made.


4.  Slippers.  This is not a quilting project, but it's crafty.  It's been a long time since I've done some knitting, so I thought this pattern would be a quick and easy way to give it another try.  I wonder if I have any orange yarn....... 😃



I'm slowly making my way through my list of WIP's.  I have high hopes to get them all done before the end of 2017.





Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Help! The Squirrels Have Taken Over

I think I'm a fairly intelligent woman, with some common sense.  So how is it that I am sooooooooo easily distracted by a new project???  I have more than enough projects on the go, but yet in the past two weeks, I've felt the need to make two new items.

First up, a drawstring bag to hold my tap and jazz shoes.  The night before the first class, I decided I needed a bag...even though I probably have 40 (likely more) bags and totes in my house.  This is an awesome tutorial by In Color Order -- Lined Drawstring Bag.  You can purchase the pattern if you want a variety of sizes.


And then I decided I needed something new to hold the many cards from my wallet.  When my faithful wallet finally fell apart, I couldn't find anything that held everything.  So I've downsized to a simple wallet but needed something for all the cards.  I found the Mega Credit Card Wallet tutorial.


The wallets holds 38 cards.  The inner section holds 24 cards -- 6 cards on each of four sides.


And the two outer sides hold 7 cards each.



I may have sewn one of the fabric pieces wrong side out.  Oops.  But this was a good learning experience.  I think I'll make a few modifications for the final version that I will use.

Sandra @ Musings of a Menopausal Melon holds a monthly link up -- Drop Everything and Make It!



P.S.  I'm not going to tell you about the new pattern I bought....hours after telling a friend that I was NOT going to start any new projects. 


Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Woes of the Washi Dress

I purchased the Washi Dress by Made by Rae probably two years ago.  I procrastinated because I thought it might be above my skill level.  I had some confidence making the Isla Top recently so I decided to jump in.  Didn't take long for my confidence to disappear.  This is a great pattern; however, I had difficulties from beginning to end.

I had trouble cutting the pieces and marking all the sewing guides.  Do you mark on the right side of the fabric?  Or the wrong side?  I think I marked everything correctly.

As I began to sew, I realized that perhaps I didn't make the best choice of fabric.  Oh well, too late to turn back now.  The darts seemed easy enough to sew; however, they don't lie flat.  Quite unfortunate since they are right at the bust.


I had trouble with the shirring at the back.  I've used elastic thread in the Isla Top, but I suspect it didn't like this fabric, even though I increased my stitch length.  But I got the pleats right!

I marked the lines for the keyhole neck, but decided not to in the end.  But sadly, the disappearing blue pen I used didn't disappear.  And then I got lipstick on the neck line when I tried it on.  Sigh....and then realized the dress was too snug in the bust.  So at this point, it was hard to continue knowing that I'll never wear this dress.


I choose to top stitch the front and back facings.  Too obvious with this fabric.  When I got to the armholes, I didn't have it in me to make bias binding, so I skipped that and just folded over the edge.  None of the seams are finished inside, so what's one more.  LOL

Here's me holding my breath, hoping I don't pop any seams.  I'd like to make this dress again with a different fabric.  But I need to wait a long time so I can forgot all about today's troubles.


This is one of my Finish Along 2017 Q3 goals.


If you have a finish this week, consider linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Kathy's Kwilts and More
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 



Friday, September 29, 2017

TGIFF - Zip Up Tray Pouch

A small finish that has taken me weeks to finish.  And what I thought were a few quick steps today, turned into hand sewing the binding.  😒  Guess I should read the entire pattern before starting.

Here is my version of the Zip Up Tray Pouch by Comfort Stitching.

I had to use a 9-inch zipper as you can't buy 10-inch zippers here.  It's too costly with shipping and possible duty charges to order from the United States.  The shorter length works, but it's not perfect.  Kona Prussian for the binding.


I'm not sure what it's final purpose will be, but right now, it's filled with some EPP that has been sitting on my coffee table for weeks.  The messy pile looks so much better now.



I'm calling this a bag and linking up with Bag It 2017 hosted by Elm Street Quilts.




If you have a finish this week, consider linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Kathy's Kwilts and More
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Review of Paperless Post Invitations

In partnership with Anagram Interactive, I was given an opportunity to do a review for Paperless Post.  I was given free coins to play around the site and to provide a review.  Please note that this is my honest review based on my experience.

There are many, many invitations that you can send for free through Paperless Post.  Some of the free invitations do have options that have a fee (such as an envelope).  And there are also some invitations that have a fee to send.

Let me start by saying that I did not bother to read the Getting Started Step-By-Step tutorial -- I just wanted to jump right in and get started.  How hard could it be? 😉  I created a draft but then I couldn't find it.  But if I had just taken the time to read or think (clearly patience is not one of my virtues), I would have found it in my Dashboard.  Even drafts that you delete stay in your Trash folder until you permanently delete them.  Very helpful.


Once you chose one of the many, many options, you can customize the text, the font -- the possibilities are endless.

Here's the invite for our staff Halloween breakfast.


I wanted to play with all the features, so I included an envelope, which cost 2 coins per envelope.  I did not include a customized stamp.

You can type in the e-mail addresses for invitees, or you can upload, or copy and paste.  I went out on faith:  I created an e-mail and included all the invitees from our Address Book in the To line.  I copied from the To line and pasted into the guest list.  Lo and behold, it worked!!  I will note though, that if your Address Book lists people as lastname, firstname, their invitation will be addressed accordingly.  I did discover after the fact that I could have changed that in my guest list.  I'll remember that next time.  I also forgot to include a few people.  It was easy to update my guest list and send out the additional invitations.

Before you send your invitation, you can preview it.  And make changes.  And preview.  And make more changes.  And there is an option to send yourself a test invitation.  I believe you can only do this once, but it's helpful to see what your guests are actually receiving.  As I was customizing my invitation, I kept wondering, how would it look.  The preview is helpful, but I wanted to see it in real time.

If you choose an envelope, the front of the envelope appears in the body of the e-mail the invitee receives.  There is a box that says:  View the Card.   You then see the back of the envelope, with the invitation poking out.  And then the invitation pops out of the envelope and displays on the screen.  Guests can choose to accept or decline.  They can also see the guest list.



As the sender, I received an e-mail confirming that the invitation had been sent out.  One thing I did like was that I did not get an e-mail with each reply.  Instead, you log in to your Dashboard to view the invitation to see all the responses.

I have to say I am very excited about Paperless Post, and I can't wait to design the invitation to my 50th birthday party.  But maybe I'll wait until the new year -- 10 months out is probably a bit too early to sent invitations.  😃

I encourage you to head over to Paperless Post to take a look.  There are also greeting cards, thank you cards, and stationery.  Have fun.



Friday, September 22, 2017

TGIFF - Finally Finished

This quilt has been in progress since March.  Thankfully, the customer didn't need it finished quickly.  It feels good to have a finish.

This is my third finish for Finish Along 2017 Q3.  I posted my Q3 goals here.  I only have one more week to finish the last project.  I have high hopes of finishing in time, but I'm not holding my breath.  ðŸ˜Š

I haven't been blogging much (or staying on top of blog reading) because of a busy work schedule.  But I have been quietly and slowly sewing in the background.


The first two times I made this quilt, I quilted straight lines on either side of all seams.  No time for that much work, so organic wavy lines in grey thread.



I used the following Kona colours: Cactus, Carrot, White, Daffodil, Chartreuse, Iron, Malibu, Jamaica, Deep Blue, and Black.  I Kona.




If you have a finish this week, consider linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Slice of Pi Quilts
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Friday Finish - One Quilt Becomes Two

I'll be teaching two classes this fall at my LQS.  The plus quilt is a repeat class, so I already had a sample.  But I didn't have a sample of the jelly roll race quilt.  I wanted to make the sample with strips I had in my stash, but I only had 27 strips of blue, and I didn't want to cut into any yardage.  In my mind, the math worked.  Note to self:  write math down -- don't do it in your head.   LOL  As I was about to do the last seam, I realized that I was going to up end up with a quilt approximately 34 x 72 inches.  Well, that's not going to work.  So I cut it in half, and voila, two baby quilts, 33 x 35 inches each.  It's not a perfect class sample, but I think it gives people an idea of the technique.


Organic wavy lines in grey thread.  Grey because it was threaded in the machine, with a full bobbin.  ðŸ˜Š


A colourful backing, with an orange striped binding.


I follow this tutorial by Quilts + Colour.  I use 2.5-inch accent squares rather than a 2.5 x 4.5 inch rectangle.


The above photos were taken late this afternoon.  I finished quilting the other one tonight, but by 8:00 p.m., it was too dark for photos.  Basement photos are blah.  I'll have to take better photos tomorrow.

**Photos have been updated.


An all-over stipple with orange thread.  This one has orange minky fabric on the back.



I am not ready for summer to be over...lights are needed in the house by 7:30 p.m., and the temperature drops quite considerably in the evening.


If you have a finish this week, consider linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 


** Monday is All-You-Can Watch Day on Craftsy.  You can enjoy 1,200+ Craftsy classes for free all day Monday.  If you're not registered with Craftsy, do it now so you can enjoy classes on Monday.




Wednesday, August 30, 2017

OMG August Finished

Where does the time go?  In a blink of an eye, it's the end of August.  But I managed to get some sewing done and finished both of my August projects for OMG (which are also two of my Finish along Q3 goals).


Here is my finished Postcard from Sweden.  You can get the free pattern by Jeli Quilts here.


Organic wavy lines in white thread for a quick finish.


There was enough of the colourful striped backing to use for the binding.


I used the following 36 Kona colours:  Lipstick, Flame, Bright Pink, Pomegranate, Emerald, Kiwi, Sprout, Citrus, Lemon, Creamsicle, Nectarine, Kumquat, Chartreuse, Leprechaun, Cypress, Baby Blue, Regatta, Peacock, Cyan, Riveria, Capri, Lilac, Red, Purple, Mulberry, Crocus, Poppy, Wisteria, Valentine, Carnation, Petal, Candy Pink, Lagoon, Carrot, Orange, and Peapod.



And I finished my blue Isla top (by Made by Rae).  I used my new serger for most of the seams, but I still have a lot to learn.



I'm linking up my finish with:

Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
WIP Wednesday @ The Needle and Thread Network
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss @ The Inquiring Quilter
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation