I finally uploaded my pictures from the past month onto the computer and realized I didn't show you our costumes from Book Character Day. (Now hopefully my computer doesn't crash as it's been acting up lately!)
Here we have....Gandalf, Blabbermouth, and Princess Rachel !
I spent the most time on the Gandalf costume. The only thing I bought
was a brown curtain for the cape! I just cut it to the right length and put a tie through the casing at the top. For the robe I used a fabric I had in my stash that's pretty heavy and doesn't really fray. Lukas made the beard using this tutorial. The hat is based on this tutorial except I used the plastic from a crazy carpet sled for the brim :)
Last February when we had our quilt retreat we asked everyone to bring a blue/white and green/white 9 patch so we could make a quilt for the Pregnancy Care Center.
They sat in my sewing room until May when Fenna from FABulous Home Sewn spear headed a sew-a-long for Pregnancy Care Centres. It was a good push to get it done! Laura, from Crafty Hour, and I worked on it together, making it a disappearing 9-patch quilt.
|The 9 patch blocks we started with...|
Over the next couple of months Laura made a few more quilts with fabric from Fat Quarter Shop that they generously donated. Laura pieced and I quilted this cute Dr. Seuss one.
Check out the flickr pool and see the other sewing and quilts they made. Still a few more to be made from all the fabric that was donated. Hopefully we can do that this winter sometime.
Or I could call it "Finally Finished" but then that would be the name for many of my quilts, so that would be boring.
This quilt started with a collection of blue fabrics. From an online charm swap, another charm swap at my first ever quilt retreat five years ago, and other blue fabrics that found their way into my stash (like these freebies from Connecting Threads.)
I kept all my blues in a small rubbermaid container for a number of years and then last March I sent out 11 packages for my bee-mates to make me a 25-patch block and an optional 16-patch block. I had an idea in mind of what I would do with them. It was feeling good to use them up finally.
But, in reality my idea looked horrid and I stuffed all of the blocks back into the container where they sat for another 1.5 years. So sad. A couple of weeks ago I pulled out the container and decided that something would be done with those blocks. I also made up my mind to spend no money on the project and use what I had on hand.
I first made all of the 16-patch blocks larger, then made four more 25 patch blocks for a total of 24 blocks. That's 600 squares of fabric. I had slightly less than 1 yard of the red so squeaked out the sashing from that. It's actually quite rewarding to limit yourself sometimes to make things work with what you have on hand.
I love the backing. I bought it while visiting Suzanne earlier this year. I think it was $3/metre or something. I still have more of it.
This morning after walking 'our trail' by the river, my friend Jen and Zachary, of course, helped me get these photos. Thanks Jen!
It's been beautiful weather the past couple of days. When you live in our area (Fraser Valley, BC), a sunny November day is a bonus. A whole week of sun is incredible! We've been enjoying it!
I am totally proud of my girls (9 & 10 yrs) for seeing this one through! They started it in March Break and finished the top at the beginning of September. I started by cutting out 4.5 x 8.5 inch bases from a thrifted sheet. I gave them free reign on which scraps to use. 'Whatever you think looks good." is what I told them. They cut strips, sewed them onto the bases, pressed them and added more strips. I showed them how to sew the rows together (alternating directions).
I helped sew some of the rows together as it was getting heavy and some spots had a good number of layers to them!
I did the quilting and the binding. They opted for rounded corners and I really like it! This quilt will be a snuggling quilt in our family room. It's approximately 44 x 52 inches.
It's a fun quilt for my kids to look at. A different kind of I spy game when you are looking for scraps of many different things I have sewn for them and others over the years. I see scraps from bibs, quilts, pajamas, dresses, curtains, shirts, skirts, bags, purses, and more! A very fun finish for both the girls and I.
Have a good day - I am enjoying the sunshine streaming in through my windows!
Melissa was in a play this morning. It was about Guido DeBres and the Reformation. (October 31, 1517 is often remembered as the start of the Reformation when Martin Luther published the 95 thesis)
Melissa was Margaret of Parma, who was against the Reformation. She played her part and remembered and spoke all of her lines well!
I made her dress, using the Miss Madeline dress as the base and then copying 16th century fashion as best as I could.
It turned out quite well and it was something different than the usual for me. I made up my mind to spend no money on it and I didn't. The navy blue is a thrifted sheet from my stash, the cream/gold fabric was a curtain in our bedroom when we moved here and all of the laces and ribbons also came from my stash. Some were give to me and some came in a large variety bag at Liquidation World many years ago. I am now glad I saved all this stuff!
And in action this morning. Not the best pics but I was at the back and working with 20X zoom.
My favourite quilt I've made this past year is the quilt I made for my sister and her new husband for their wedding.
I had a vision. I bought the fabric. I got going on it and it actually turned out how I wanted it to. That doesn't always happen.
I had so much fun making this quilt. I had wanted to make Drunkard's Path Blocks for some time and had pinned a bunch of quilts in this style. I decided on a colour scheme similar to their wedding colours with the addition of gray and yellow.
The quilting took forever, but it was totally worth it.
For the back I used up some pieces of fabric I've had in my stash. I especially love the keys fabric but I've had it on my shelf for about 4 years and haven't used it yet, so it was time to use it!
Thanks for stopping by! I am looking forward to my cup of coffee and looking at some quilts this afternoon.
Just sharing some pretty photos with you today! This past weekend I got to spend some quality time with my sister-in-laws. We've done this before, and every time it is a good time!
View of the ranch from the bluff.
The colours were amazing again.
The five s-i-l's.
Ready to roll. Carol was my chauffeur.
I was sewing while the rest were card making. They make amazing cards!
They were also much more productive than I was. I made some bibs for my gift stash, some binding and a backing and that's it!. Oh well, I got plenty of good eating in. :-)
Do these photos make you want to visit beautiful British Columbia? So glad I live in close proximity (about 1.5 hrs to the east) of the Black Diamond Ranch and the beautiful area surrounding it.