A Little Vest

It’s been several weeks since the last post – there hasn’t been a whole lot of sewing going on around here. I have read with interest some other bloggers posts about organizing sewing spaces and making a list of projects to keep on track and I do think I will have to get on board.

In the meantime, this little pink vest is a finish (and a very happy little girl – who selected the buttons – has a vest to match Gran’s :)).


A little bit of rug hooking has been going on as well – a very little bit, but it’s still progress on an older WIP.


And technically Saturday but still linking up to Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuitls.

Happy Friday! And I’m hoping to get back on track for some more regular progress on things around here!


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… again.


And the back.


Some day I will have to give up making little quilts for office babies – but for now some stats: since January 2013 as near as I can tell, I have created this quilt 20 times (including this one).

And another finish, so linking up with Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts – two weeks in a row!

Happy winter Friday!


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New Year, New Finishes

Happy New Year!The New Year may be old news, but around here (as always) it’s been busy so I’m catching up.

With a little extra sewing time, there have been several finishes over the holidays. First up, another Christmas stocking:


Here it is with it’s partner and a wee stocking from long ago, all ready to receive a visit from Santa :).


I also made a few of these buckets for 4 of the 5 grandchildren as “wrapping” for their gifts (the 5th grandchild was given a second-hand sewing machine – another potential quilter in the family!). The buckets are intended to contain the small pieces of lego/duplo that were tucked inside – hopefully the parents appreciate the containment efforts :). The pattern is from the book Fat Quarter Home by Amanda Russell and Juliet Bawden and was supper easy to make – I will probably be making a few more!


This next one is not technically mine, but since it’s been sitting in my sewing room waiting for a binding for months and I completed it, I’m counting it as a finish. Daughter E. created this quilt as a class project with her grade 2/3 class so the credit really goes to them 🙂 – and now it can go home!


And last but not least, two more blocks completed for the 2017 July Shop Hop quilt.


I’m hoping to track down the finishing kit at one of our LQSs in the next month or two and get this one done and out of the sewing room before too long as well.


And that’s what I’ve been up to over the holidays so linking up to Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts (although technically Saturday at this point :)).

Happy New Year!


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Hello Finish

The folks at the office continue to have babies.


We will have to give this up at some point, but for now a co-worker and myself continue to provide baby quilts as part of the baby gift basket from the office.


Yes, that is Hello Kitty on the back – and I think I’ve finally managed to use up the last of this fabric!

I don’t know how many times I’ve made the Stacked Coins Baby Quilt, but here it is again. I’ve started tagging it and I will do some work over the holidays to see if I can provide a count. You’ll notice that some of the fabrics in this version and the last one are similar to the colours in the Aromatic Rings quilt from last week – and there’s at least one more on deck. There was a great opportunity to use up leftover strips from the Aromatic Rings quilt by cutting them into strips for the baby quilts.

Never-the-less, another finish so linking up with Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts (two weeks in a row!).

Happy Friday!


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Aromatic Rings Finish

I’ve been working on this one since mid-summer and I’m so pleased it’s finally finished.


It is intended for a co-worker who got married in September – I take comfort in knowing the last quilt I made for a wedding was delivered 5 years after the event :).


I forgot to grab a photo of the back and I will really try to add it tomorrow (but we all know what usually happens with that). I used a quilt-as-you-go method for this one because I wanted to echo quilt the “rings” and I couldn’t see managing a large quilt on my domestic machine to accomplish this with good results.

The pattern is from a book called Rainbow Quilts for Scrap Lovers by Judy Gauthier and it was very interesting to put together. The method is almost origami-like as squares are trimmed to create quadrangles and then folded before being sewn together in rings.


The finished quilt will be presented to the recipient next week and I hope she likes it – she is a quilter herself and we have had many conversations about the modern versus traditional aesthetic. I think that this take on rings is a nice modern alternative to the traditional wedding ring quilt which will suit her taste.

In any case, this is a finish (finally!) so I am linking up to Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts. And as we are heading into the holiday season, hopefully a few more finishes to follow!

Happy Friday!



Edited to add:


The back!


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Another Small Finish

This week I finished a quick knitting project – slippers for one of the nieces for Christmas. The pattern is from an old Family Circle magazine and there were also bunny slippers and other cute choices, but these ones seemed to be warm and comfortable (and this niece is not a bunny slipper kind of girl :)).


So, one quick Christmas gift complete – she is a first year university student and I decided since dorms are always cold in the winter and university students are always hungry, slippers and a gift card for groceries would be a suitable choice!

There has been more knitting than quilting going on around here lately so hopefully a quilt finish for next time, but in the meantime, this is another finish so linking up to Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts.

Happy Friday!


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Library Vest Finish

Finally complete, after working on it for most of this year on and off while travelling, is the Library Vest!


I’m super excited to have this project complete – especially with cooler temperatures right around the corner.


The vest is not yet blocked, but I think it looks pretty good already (yikes, I see a lot of dog hair on the back already!). If I can gain the cooperation of spouse or child, I will add a pic wearing it tomorrow so that you can see the length (it’s very long).

The pattern is by Churchmouse Classics, very detailed and easy to follow. Thanks to this project I’ve finally figured out mattress stitch (thanks YouTube!) and how to pick up stitches for a neat finish :). The yarn is Superwash Classic Wool by Patons – a great find back in February when it was on sale for $3 per ball because this is a discontinued colour. But of course, I didn’t buy quite enough so there was a moment of panic until I found a couple of extra balls through the yarncanada.ca site (sigh of relief!).

And another finish for this week so linking up to Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts. Hoping for a trend!

Happy Friday!


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