Category Archives: sewing

Covid-19 Masks and Fat Cat.

Just a quick post with a couple of things I’ve been up to lately. First off are a couple of masks for my niece who asked for them. One was the Suay mask and the other four were the Olson mask.

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Of the two styles my niece preferred the Olson mask to wear.

Next up is The Fat Cat Stuffie by Yarnspirations and The Crochet Crowd. I made this for my grandson because I needed to give him something because his sisters are getting the ponchos I made them.
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That’s all for now. Next up I’m hoping to show yet again another ripple afghan and a Star Wars themed beanie. I hope everyone is staying safe.

Karen

Brio – Frivol quilt by American Jane

Yesterday I finally finished the Frivol box kit by American Jane called Brio. This series of little tin boxes called Frivols were put out by Moda and contained a roll of 42 – 7″x 7″ fabrics by whichever designer was featured on the tin. American Jane is known for her bright retro fabrics that have a fun flair to them and I’m always drawn to her designs. The tin contained the fabric, quilt pattern (lap sized) and a frivol in this case a little metal tin. The fabric line used in the quilt is called Bread ‘n Butter.

I started the quilt kit months ago but with the excitement of Christmas and other assorted projects the finished top sat over the upstairs bannister waiting for the right time for me to quilt it. It’s a smaller lap quilt at a finished size of 48″ x 48″ but I think it will be perfect thrown over one of the recliners up at the new RV. The recliners came with the RV when we bought it last summer and they sit in the added day room. They’ve seen better days so I’m hoping this quilt will fit in and brighten the room with it’s cheery motifs.

The quilt is made up of nine Bear Paw blocks. I did a meander stitch inside each paw and then used the walking foot to sew in the ditch around each paw and the remaining block seams. I’m okay with the walking foot but maybe I need to revisit some tips on using it since the fabric seemed pulled a little I guess from the direction of the sewing. It’s not that noticeable just the perfectionist in me.

It an overcast day today so I needed the flash to take the pictures. Imagine the quilt being much brighter and cheerier and you’ve got the right impression. Of course I’m too impatient to wait for the sun to show up for a better picture. Done and blogged another project bites the dust, yeah!

Karen

Minions for Christmas

Last night I finished up a Christmas project that’s been sitting on the shelf for a few months. Being the procrastinator that I am I always seem to do these things just before the Christmas deadline.

My little granddaughter has a thing for Minions so when the quilt kit went on sale at Fat Quarter shop I bought it. My oldest son also has a love for all things Minions as well and I’d originally thought of making it for him but the two year old won out. This was a fairly easy kit and once I got my act in gear it took about a week to finish and that only involved one long day of quilting and another of sewing down the binding.

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I machine stitched all of the quilt, outlining the main character’s features and clothing. I then did a meander stitch in the orange background fabric surrounding the minions. I stitched along the borders and then for the inside of the yellow border I did another meander stitch but in a different style of curls. I’m quite happy with the way it turned out. It seemed fairly simple but now that it’s done it makes me happy looking at it, maybe it’s all that orange and the smiling Minion faces.

Karen

Twirly Skirt and T-shirt

Thought I’d post a couple of pictures of a skirt and matching t-shirt I made Charlie. I’d made a skirt for Charlie over three years ago Charm Square Skirt and her mom says that it’s getting a bit on the short side but she still loves it so could I please make her another one.

I thought about making the same skirt but decided to go with different fabric since Charlie is a big fan of pink. The matching t-shirt is dyed with Grecian Rose from ProChem. You can find the tutorial for the skirt over at the Simple Simon & Company blog. Easy Tiered Skirt

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Karen

More Quilts.

I just finished a cute little quilt for my new granddaughter who was born a couple of weeks ago. I’d waited to see whether or not the baby was a boy or girl and didn’t have anything planned so I was quite happy to come across this tutorial Penny Rose toy chest cot blanket on the Penny Rose Fabrics site. As it happened I was checking out the Fat Quarter’s Flash Sale for the day and it was the Penny Rose fabric collection Toy Chest. I have a weakness for 30’s reproduction fabrics in the pastel colours. I have a closet full of fabrics but decided to Google the Toy Chest collection to see what images there were online and found this fabulous tutorial for the cot quilt by the designer SEDEF. The pattern is a simple one and I loved the fact that I didn’t have to piece the borders for the quilt only for the binding. The quilt is a perfect size for a crib or putting over a baby while you’re toting them around in their car seat.

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StoryBook Playtime fabric by Windham

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When we went on holiday to Florida in January I took down my portable sewing machine and put together this cute little table runner from Connecting Threads – Pick A Posie Table Runner. Unfortunately my sewing machine didn’t have a quilting foot so I had to wait until I got back home to finish the table runner on my larger machine that has the quilting foot. I decided to put the runner up in my room and it brightens up that spot so I’m happy with it 🙂

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Karen

Mastering Miniatures Quilt

I have a passion for civil war/reproduction era fabrics so when I see them on sale I tend to look twice and it doesn’t take much for me to buy them. I recently bought a block of the month quilt kit from The Fat Quarter Shop “Mastering Miniatures” put out by Homestead Hearth featuring Judie Rothermel’s Authentic Miniatures 1800’s reproduction fabric.

The original quilt is 70″ x 70″ and I had originally planned to make it that size but since I’ve started the quilt we have purchased a king size bed so obviously I need to make the quilt larger. There are 50 blocks in the quilt that each measure 6″ x 6″ when finished. Each month has five packets each packet making a different block. Although the fabrics in each packet are usually a 10″ square, since the block itself is 6″ square, there is more than enough fabric to make two blocks out of what is given. If I run short of fabric for the second block I can
I can usually steal a bit of fabric from another block. It helps that I also have in my possession 2 grab bag boxes of reproduction prints on hand to fill in any shortfalls and some of those off-cut pieces from the grab bags are the very fabrics used in the quilt. Long story short I figure I need around 110 blocks to make a king quilt. It’s amazing that to add an extra two outer rows I’ll need the same amount of blocks as used in the original quilt.

Anyhow I had a friend request pictures of the process so here I go with posting my progress of making a quilt once again, besides which I find it keeps me on track and honest in the time management. The blocks below have a lot of cutting in them and are fussy but I find I’m loving it. I’m making two of each block and then I guess I’ll have to decide on another ten when I’m done the fifty blocks.

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A couple of shots of the blocks and work station.

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Karen

Adoring Quilt

Today saw me finishing up the binding and label on my latest project, a lap quilt made from a moda scrap bag and yardage. I made the quilt as a thank you to a friend who was kind enough to take me out for a couple of driving lessons to brush up on my skills before I had to take my final driving test. Unknowingly I had let my license expire so had to take a re-test, scary stuff as the test is much more extensive now 35 years later.

I didn’t really know what colours to use for the quilt but then thought everyone loves Christmas and so that’s what I settled on using fabric from the “Adoring” line by Sandy Gervais from Moda. I decided the easiest way to use the differing widths from the scrap bag was to make a Chinese Coin quilt and it was just a matter of arranging and sewing the strips together and then cutting the strips into six inch widths, stacking the widths and then sewing them. I then picked out some solid green for the accent and backing and voila all done.

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I machine quilted in the ditch around the solid green bars and meander-stitched inside the coin bars. The hardest part of putting this quilt together was choosing what colour would match the coin fabrics. It true the saying that “the quilt makes itself” as I didn’t really want green for the solid but out of all the fabrics in the store that’s what went the best. Glad to have another one finished and hope my friend likes it.

Karen

Out My Window – Dinosaur Quilt

I finally finished the “Out My Window” dinosaur quilt for my grandson’s birthday the end of this month. The fabric is by Northcott and the quilt design is by Karen Schindler Bialik. It seemed to take forever to get the binding sewn down this weekend while we were away at our friend’s cottage. I was going to do a quick meandering stitch over the quilt but in the end couldn’t bring myself to take the easy way out and instead did some quilting in the ditch, meander stitch and outline stitch around each of the dinosaurs. It took a long time but it really helped to make the dinosaurs pop.

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Finished double-sized quilt on a queen bed.

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Couple of pictures of the dinosaurs I quilted around.

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The backing was some dinosaur bones.

Karen

Cactus Basket Quilt

Finally the quilt that I’ve been working on for my mother-in-law is finished. The quilt was a kit featuring fabrics from Darlene Zimmerman’s Clothesline Club. I got the kit on sale from the Fat Quarter Shop several years ago. The fabrics used in the kit were reproduction 30’s prints, which I love. I saw the kit and thought of my mother-in-law. This January was her 95th birthday and she’s doing well and still living in her own apartment although she does have the VON nurses come in twice a day to check up on her and make sure everything is alright. I thought she might like the fabrics since she’s lived through that era so we’ll see if she remembers the colours when I give her the quilt at a birthday party get-together this April.

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Laundry Basket Quilt – fabric and design by Darlene Zimmerman, Kaufman fabrics.

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Close-up of the block, which is known as Cactus Basket. I’m sure there is probably some other name for it as well.

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Shot of the backing I dyed using ProChem’s Sapphire Blue. The dilution was a weak one but turned out perfect for the quilt. There is a bit of mottling in there but you really have to look to see it.

Well another project done for now. Next up is the dinosaur quilt for Carter’s birthday in May. I have the top sewn together so I just need to sew the backing and then layer and quilt everything together.

Karen

Charlie’s quilt.

Charlie had her birthday the other day and she got to open her present from grandma.

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It’s a blanket!

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It’s Frozen!

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All smiles, I think she likes it 🙂

And that is why moms and grandmas all over the world go the extra mile and put the effort in.

Karen
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