Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Something new and something old

Not only have I been sewing for little ones lately, I also made a dress for my daughter.

My middle daughter, Maili, had this fabric. It's a cotton knit and was from my stash. She was supposed to make herself something out of it. She even had some of my patterns.

I made the dress for her. It has snaps instead of buttons and a tie belt.
For some reason the fabric was a pain to sew through. I ended up with very little fabric left over. Enough for maybe a pocket or two and that's it. I'm always glad when fabric gets used up.

In that vein, I used up a little piece of flannel and made a pillow for one of the grandchildren. The little ones now sleep with pillows and every once in a while they sleep over or have naps here. The flannel is soft and I have quite a bit of stuffing so this worked out well. So well in fact, that I made two more using up small bits of flannel.

And now, something from my past. 
I crocheted this little dress almost 40 years ago for my eldest daughter, Laila. I don't crochet much and this little garment is mostly the popcorn stitch. I knew I didn't have enough of one colour to finish the whole thing and that's why it's pink and mauve. There are three faded pink buttons on the back. I have not crocheted anything for quite some time and wonder if I could replicate this. Sometimes I amaze myself at what I have done in the past.

This lowly little white shirt, badly in need of ironing and made of white polyester/cotton, has to be my favourite garment of all time.

I had forgotten what buttons I used.

Aren't they cute?

This is the back. I made this for my eldest son Mark. He wore it in junior kindergarten.

I have no idea where I got the little ducky drawing from. My son liked to wear bow ties and this little ducky has a puffy one. I stuffed it so it would have some dimension.
I don't know if one of the little grandchildren will wear this shirt but I am thinking of re-creating the ducky on another little garment.

 There may be a few more garments from the past that I will show. I haven't kept a lot of the things that I made over the years - just a few.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Sewing for the little ones

Severn likes pink and Mackenzie likes blue. I had some remnants that I found and could use up. Last year's Row by Row theme was Home Sweet Home and I purchased a fat quarter of one of the theme fabrics. I remembered that, as it sat on a chair shortly after I bought it, the girls found it fascinating. There are all sorts of houses, signs and little critters on the fabric so I thought it might be a good idea to use some of it to make pockets. The dress was a nice, quick pattern and what I liked best about it was that it was self faced. I'm not keen on little girls' dress patterns these days because most of them have bias binding as a finishing on armholes. I don't like how the bias looks on a finished garment.

I also made a couple of sun bonnets for the newest members of the family. I found a free pattern on Purl Soho's website and asked the new moms if they wanted one for their little ones.

 Maili chose the fabrics for Esme's hat.

Mark, my son and Darcy's daddy, wanted a bonnet for her and so he thought it would be nice if both girls had the same fabric.

Only the brim is different.

Looks like it fits.

Little Esme, almost four months old now.

And I made something for big brother Teemu.

Not sewing but knitting. When I was looking through my stash for a certain yarn, I came across two partial balls of a jacquard that I had used to make a sweater for Patric. I thought that it might be enough to make a hat for Teemu and, as you can see, it was. I'm not keen on this pattern because I don't like the way the decrease looks once it's finished. I made note of it on the pattern so I probably won't be making it anymore.

I'm now in the process of sewing a dress for Esme and Teemu's mom so once it's done, I'll take a photo. There's a never ending list. Did I mention that there are two more little ones due later this year?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Row by Row quilt

Yes, the quilt on the frame is now complete and I've brought it in to a participating quilt shop.

Here's the photo taken the morning after I finished binding it and adding a label.

 This is what I won for bringing the quilt into the Threads That Bind quilt shop. I did include the row from the quilt shop. It's the one on the very first row, the hockey row. The owner of the quilt shop, Lois, is herself a hand quilter and knows how much work went into the quilt so she added a few extras in my 'win.'

It's now hanging for a few weeks in the store. I had a relaxing weekend and am now working away at trying to shorten my 'to do' list.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Another sneak peek

I have been diligently putting in hours hand quilting this quilt that's on the frame.

This is how much I have left to quilt.

Some of my 'tools.'

I'm hoping to have it all finished this week - fingers crossed.

I'm linking up once again to The Needle and Thread Network. Pop on over to see more of what Canadians are up to this week.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New quilt - sneak peek

I finally got the top of a new quilt put together. 

It's on the frame and I am hand quilting it.

Here's just a couple of hints and sneak peeks for now.

We had a lovely long weekend. I have so many things on my 'to do' list right now but I'm just going to concentrate on one thing at a time.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A new tote

I managed to make a new bag - but not for me. My eldest daughter, Laila, likes totes and wanted a cross body one. I did some online searching and came across a pattern that she liked. It just so happens that we had visited Value Village and I found a piece of fabric that was from IKEA. It was quite nice and I picked it up even though I didn't have any idea what I was going to use it for at the time.

 The lining is a bottom weight in light blue. I didn't use any interfacing since the two fabrics together were enough and the pattern didn't call for any.
Laila liked the size and the fabric but she wanted a closure.

So, I sewed on a tab and added a handmade button that her husband had made me.

It turned out to be a very nice size. Big enough to transport baby Esme.

Today is a special day.
Happy Birthday Laila!!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Super Penguin

Before my daughter Laila and her family arrived for a visit, she asked if I could make a softie based on her six year old son's drawings. Little Luc has also dictated four stories involving the escapades of Super Penguin.

Here he is.

I based his body on Wendi's Itty Bitty Pocket Pirate from her free patterns found on Shiny Happy World.

I did have a smile on his face to begin with, just like the drawing, but he looked more like a little boy than a penguin so I gave him a beak. I also stuffed him more than the original pattern called for.

Luc drew step by step instructions on how I was to go about re-creating Super Penguin. (his backward #2 looks more like a sideways #5)

Please excuse the blurry photo. I had Luc come into the kitchen, close his eyes and hold out his hand.

Super Penguin was hiding on the table under the bag of parsley so he couldn't see it. Luc appears to like his creation.

Just like with Patric and his llama, I had Luc choose all the fabrics.

Just a 'thank you hug.'

The original drawing and the real thing - with the two colour 'S'.

And here they are watching a movie on mom's tablet.

Totally engrossed.

Here ends another saga of Super Penguin. I hope he has lots of adventures in British Columbia.

I'm linking up with The Needle and Thread Network and also with Kokaquilts and the post Sew, Stitch, Snap and Share.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


I have finished a couple of things lately.

Little llama got finished with his blanket.

Patric with a little llama love. He's wearing an apron because he painted a bird house.

Blue, his favourite colour.

Then he got into beading.

This shoulder cowl is done too. I started it quite a while ago (last December) and it was meant for my daughter, Laila. Since she was here visiting, I figured that I may as well complete it once and for all so she could take it home with her. She has a home office in her basement and so I wanted to make something to keep her warm while she's on the computer.

I have started some knitting but can't show it since it's a gift. You see, there are two more babies due later this year. At least baby things don't take that long to do. Busy times ahead...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Just a little llama

Time flies.
The end of June and the beginning of July saw family time in total here. Everyone was here in one place and we got a family photo done - with new babies too. If I get the OK and if someone can send me a copy of the photo, I'll post it.

My eldest daughter and her family live in the interior of British Columbia and if you're a Canadian, you know that there are wildfires raging. People have evacuated to safer locations. My son-in-law went back home early to look after the pigs, chickens and garden while my two grandsons and my daughter stayed a bit longer. They are still here because the area where they live is still not all that safe even though there are some places that are being allowed back - slowly. All is well and we are keeping busy.

Jennifer Jangles is having a sew along with her Little Llama Softie pattern and I thought it would be a nice project to do with my four year old grandson, Patric.

All the fabrics were chosen by Patric. Obviously, he likes blue.

Here's Patric with the Spiderman puzzle he put together.

I'm going to post this to The Needle and Thread Network. Why don't you stop by for some inspiration?

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Christmas in July bargain

I have been busy with out-of-town family these past few weeks but I just wanted to let you know that, Toni, over at The Red Boot Quilt Company is having a sale this month. Today's pattern is two in one. 

CHRISTMAS Pattern Bundle | Quilt Patterns | Toy Patterns | PDF Pattern | Christmas Quilts | Snowmen | Kids Quilts | Reindeer
Not only do you get a Christmas quilt pattern but you also get a reindeer stuffy to go along with it. The price???? Just $3.93 US. (This photo is from the Etsy web site.) Here's the link to this pattern. Check out the Etsy site for more bargains daily in July but even at the full price, these patterns are a great deal.

Pop on over to The Red Boot Quilt Company blog and you can also pick up some free Christmas patterns for mug rugs, tree ornaments and a Christmas apron.

Also, everyone who purchases a pattern between July 1st and September 30th, 2017 will go in a draw to win Toni's new book, Happy Quilts!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Charity recap

A couple of weeks ago Marg and I got together to package up all of the baby quilts and baby hats that we had made to deliver to a lady who is connected with the Silent Children's Mission. Here's a visual list of the quilts.

One of the few pre-printed panels we have.

Easy peasy squares.

This star quilt is a free pattern from Swim, Bike, Quilt blog.
I'm sorry you can't see the teddy bear that Marg quilted in the star.

The second star quilt.

One of what I call 'the ice cream quilt.'

The second 'ice cream quilt.'

The refreshing gingham quilt.

The ducky quilt.

That's it for this year. I didn't count the hats but there may have been about a hundred of them.