Monday, April 7, 2014

Ukulele Bag

For my birthday this year, my husband bought me a Ukulele.  I do believe he is hoping for me to get good enough to strum along at the campfire this summer!

It may happen, I will do my best :)  I have been practicing 'You are my Sunshine', a good beginner ukulele song.

Of course if I am going to be carrying a ukulele around with me, I am required to have a great gig bag.

I looked on the internet and found a great quality black bag with 1/2" foam, but I just couldn't put such a unique instrument in black.

I continued to look and saw some colourful quilted ones, but they did not have as much structure as I would like, so I set out to make my own.

Step 1  Fabric:  Recently I bought some Joel Dewberry Ginseng scraps from a local girl, Kristie @ OCD: obsessive crafting disorder(who makes amazing things).  I am so glad I did, because they turned out to be the perfect fabric for my bag.

Step 2 pattern:  I thought I would take pictures of my process, but I did a little to much sewing and very little planning.  I did trace the ukulele and draft a pattern piece from the tracing.  After that was very little measuring and a lot of improv.

Step 3 fabric prep:  I lined each exterior piece with a stiff sew in lining and a medium weight iron on.  I quilted them together which gave the bag some added character and stability.  I also used 1/2" foam to give the instrument padding and add structure to the bag.

Step 4 through the end:  sew, seam rip, sew.

I borrowed my little man to model the gig bag for you.

I hope you are enjoying my finishes, it is rare for me to have so much blogging time.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Handmade Dolls

I made these dolls last year using this pattern from Make It & Love It.

The blonde/pink hair one was the first one I made.  She was a gift for my 4 year old.  Somehow I turned her arms upside down.  I blame my natural ability to ignore instructions!  I used this tutorial to make her hair.  

I stitched her face, mostly making it up as I went.  I drew a few samples on paper, then using pencil drew it on the fabric.  I made her smile crooked on purpose (I like crooked smiles, my older daughter does not agree).

When December rolled around I felt the need to relax and do something just for fun.  The pink hair doll named "Candy Cane" (named by my 4 year old) was created.

I was much more relaxed with her face and just stitched it straight on.  I was hoping to make her look the same as the first doll, but when I was making her the blonde doll was missing.

Turns out they are a little different, but not too much.  I used Kona Cotton Flesh colour for her, it really works well on dolls!  I also read a little tip to use crayon to create rosy cheeks dolls.  It also worked well.  I coloured the cheeks, then used an eraser to smudge it.

I love that their clothing is sewn on.  That way they are always dressed!

The little doll blanket they are posing on was made by my six year old.  I had a pack of precut flannel squares.  He pieced the top of the quilt and did the quilting.  I did most of the binding, but he did do a few inches of it himself.  He made it for his sister.

Thank you for letting me share with you!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Cross Quilt

I finished this quilt, made for my 3rd child, last month and today was the day that I was able to photograph it.

Today was the perfect spring day (March 23) to enjoy a trip to our cabin with our snowshoes!

On the way out we pass this fantastic little church, I always love seeing it.  My hubby was happy enough to pull over, strap on the snowshoes and help me snap a couple photos.

I love the following picture, I think of a giant abominable quilt man!

Next up was our place.

Laying the quilt in the snow allowed me to capture the wonderful texture in the quilt.

The binding is simple.

I love finishing another quilt and I believe my son is enjoying it as well!

Here I am on my way back to our vehicle, quilt and camera on the back, little girl in the sled.  The other three children in front and hubby in the back with his camera phone.

We all had a lovely day and I think I have a few good pictures.  Thank you for sharing with me.

Quilt Stats:
Name: Cross Quilt
Size: large twin
Front: Kona Cotton Solids
Backing: Sheeting
Quilting: straight lines around the crosses

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Knit Hat - Farm Beanie

I have been happily knitting hats this winter, so I thought I would pop in and share one of them!

I found the pattern on Ravelry - by Allison Britt.

I have been using a lot of bulky yarn lately, so I really enjoyed seeing the stitches with the thinner yarn.

I chose shades of grey, because grey is my go to colour for clothing.  I love to be surrounded by colour, but somehow am always drawn to the grey!

I have been sitting on the pattern for a while.  I am happy I finally took the plunge and made it!!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Christmas Advent Calendar 2013

I have four children and up until now, one advent calendar.  Sure they have had the cheap chocolate ones and even drawn their own, but their favourite is a fabric one I bought years ago. 

This year I decided it was time to make a second one, I joined in The Countdown to Christmas quilt a long.  A little extra incentive to get a project done works well for me!  I mixed up the tutorial by adding more and decreasing the size of my pockets.

I have a little problem with detail, not overboard (although I envy those that do), but just enough to make it special for me.  The result of this was cross stitched numbers on the calendar.  The cross stitch goes with the kids Christmas Stockings.

A tiny bit of detail around the Star of Bethlehem.

The tree is scrappy, with coordinating buttons.

The advent calendar pockets, hide little hand stitched felt ornaments, each day one will be pulled out of its pocket and hung on the tree.

This is how it will look when all the decorations are hung on December 24th.

I love it and cannot wait to use it this year!

You can see the final posts of the hostesses of the quilt a long here:  Better of Thread and Melia Mae Quilting.

Friday, November 8, 2013

LOVE :: Quilt

I have a finished quilt to share today!  I will start off by admitting that if you look at Tula Pink, you will see a quilt very similar to this.  I was directly inspired by her quilt, however, after looking at hers (many times) I just went for it.  I prefer to use my own measurements instead of paying for a quilt pattern.

Why this quilt, why right now?  Simple, one of  my sisters and her husband made the decision to adopt a child.  They traveled a long way and were gone for about 3 months.  I knew I wanted to give some kind of gift, a new child in a home deserves a gift!  I decided on the only thing I really know right now and started this quilt.  My family was very excited when we found out they have a son, close in age to my oldest boy!

I finished the quilt two days ago and rushed home from work yesterday in hopes of arriving before the sun went down, so I could take pictures.  I made it just in time!

This quilt was made for a family, the park seemed like the perfect setting to capture that feeling.  My two oldest helped display the quilt for me.

I decided on dense quilting patterns, mainly because of the large solid pieces.  Pebbling went on the grey (my first time doing pebbling). 

I forget the name of the quilting I did on the white section, but It is straight line one direction with wavy lines running perpendicular.  I really like how it looks, but it was hard twisting and turning it through my sewing machine.

The back is a solid grey.

My planning was not complete, it turned out that when I went to bind it, I had no coordinating fabric!  I scoured my local fabric store and found nothing that matched.  I found one blue that almost worked, but it was too loud.  So, I tried a new technique for me and did a faux piping detail on the binding.  It turned out well, I needed something to break up all the grey going on!

We have not met my new nephew yet, but if all works out today it will be later today!  The kids and I are very excited (my husband has to work so will miss out).

Quilt Stats:
Name: Love
Size: approx. 53" x 64"
Backing: Sheeting
Quilting: variety on home machine
Started : August 2013
Completed: November 6, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

Equilateral Triangle Pillow

Part way through the top of my daughter's quilt (found here), I struggled with getting the size just right.  I thought that a row of triangles on the top might look good.  I was wrong, it looked horrible.  The problem was at the end of my "trial" I had a row of purple triangles sewn together.

I decided to pick apart a few seams and sew them back together in to a square. This pillow emerged and is all mine!  My daughter does not like accent pillows, so I get to keep it.  Purple is quickly becoming my new favourite colour, so that works great for me.

I would have planned the layout a little differently had I known I was going to sew them into a square, but I am quite happy with this little 14" pillow.  

On the back I added a hidden zipper, using this tutorial.

A little unplanned bonus, the pillow matches this fun pillow I made before!

I feel like I have a style creeping into my life.  I am pushing 40 so it is about time.  I have an eclectic style, that has not had a chance to take root.  I am hoping to bring a little more "life" into my home soon.  Little accents like this are a start.
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