Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Successful Night!

My MIL will be 91 years old the end of November. She is a vibrant senior who still maintains her own home and still travels on her own occasionally. Last January her last surviving sister passed away at the age of 94 in England. When my MIL would visit her sister in England the sister would send back fabric that she had collected. I would put it in my "stash" and wait for inspiration for a project to use it. While surfing the net for a quick project for a Christmas gift for my MIL I found this tutorial for a shopping bag that folds to look like a wallet to store in your purse. A perfect project for a gift and to use some of the England fabric. I had started these earlier in the week and all I had left to do was put on the handles.

Earlier in the week I tidied up my sewing area and found some art work I had saved from my youngest son's school days. I am working on a picture slide show of my parents as a surprise for my mom for Christmas and I intend to make copies for each of my sisters and nieces and nephew. I decided to recycle some of my son's art work and make CD sleeves for the burned CD's. This way they will be gift wrapped and protected at the same time. Last night I made 20 sleeves.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Tonight is the Nite!

This picture was taken on the 7th of October. I really enjoy the colours of autumn, they are beautiful and a stroll in the park with DH was just what was needed at the end of a week when life was getting a little stressful.

Another way I like to relax is spending time at my sewing machine creating. The October edition of the Friday Nite Sew-In is happening tonight. What will you work on? Christmas gifts, UFO's, quilting, knitting, the list of activities is endless. As for me I have a couple of UFO's started and I think I may work a while on those or maybe start a small project? Come on back tomorrow to find out!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Quilting Slump is over!

A friend asked me in June if I would make a quilt for her to give to her new nephew. She told me that the baby's room is turquoise and milk chocolate brown and the dad's favorite hockey team is the Edmonton Oilers and plays lacrosse on the local team. I spent some time looking for just the right fabrics and pattern but I just couldn't find anything that spoke to me for this project.

I finally decided to make an I Spy quilt using the room colours as inspiration. I first saw the pattern for this quilt on Treadle Quilt's blog and followed the link she posted to this tutorial on Obsessively Stitching's blog. The only thing I changed was I added a couple of borders to incorporate the room colours. This is the "flimsy" top I finished this morning. It has 48 different novelty prints and measures 50"x 62 1/2".