Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tote Bag Day!

My friend Janet came over for a tote bag making session this week.  She was making two bags as gifts  and I was making one for a friend's birthday present.  We used the pattern below.  It makes up very quickly using 6 fat quarters with very little waste.
Three fat quarters combine to make the outside of the bag and the other three make the lining side.  The best thing about the bag is that it's reversible!  I'd love to make one of Christmas and Halloween fabrics.
A great idea for Christmas gifts.  We had lunch out on the deck as well as a visit from a guild member as we still managed to get all three bags completed by 3:00.  A great pattern!

These are the bags that we made:
Front side

Back side

Reversed to show inside of bag.

When I was at Quilt Canada in the Spring, one of the teachers was recommending KAI scissors.  They are razor sharp and well made scissors.  I bought a pair and used them to finish up the "Goodbye Tifah" quilt with all that fussy cutting.  Wow!  This is a product that I can highly recommend.  The pair that I got cost about $90.00 including tax.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Jack and Jenny Quilt Instructions

Jack and Jenny Baby Quilt
Heather J.V. Stewart

Supply List and Cutting Instructions
.70 Donkey fabric - cut into 12 - 7” x 7” squares for blocks.
1 fat quarter EACH of grey and turquoise - cut into 12 - 1 1/4” x 7” and 12 - 1 1/4” x 8 1/2” for EACH colour for block frames.
.50 Yellow Dot - cut 20 - 2 1/2” squares from two 2 1/2” strips for cornerstones.
        •     cut 5 - 2 1/4” strips for binding
.60 Green Raindrop fabric - cut 8 - 2 1/2” strips recut into 31- 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” sashing strips
1.4 Boots fabric - cut 2 - 4 1/2” strips the width of the fabric (42”)
                          - cut 2 - 4 1/2” strips the remaining length of the fabric
  1. Sew the 1 1/4” x 7” frame fabrics to the sides of the blocks.  Press toward frame fabric.
  1. Sew the 1 1/4” x 8 1/2” frame fabrics to the top and bottom of the blocks.  Press seams toward the frame fabric.
  1. Sew the quilt top together using the cornerstones and sashes as per the photo.  Always press the seams toward the sashing fabric.
  1. Measure the Boot fabric side borders through the centre of the quilt and trim to size.  Sew to the quilt easing if necessary.  Press seams to border fabric.
  1. Sew the top and bottom Boot fabric borders.  Press seams to border fabric.
  1. Quilt in the ditch around sashings and frames.  Quilt a square in the centre of each block.
  1. Attach the yellow dot binding.
8.  Enjoy!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Happy Canada Day!

I'm one day late in wishing you all a Happy Canada Day.  This weekend's weather has been hot and sunny so the campers and cottagers will have made full use of their long weekend.
Hubby and I have been working very hard to get our house ready to put up for sale.  Load after load has gone to Goodwill and I still have a pile in the garage for an upcoming charity garage sale that was looking for donations.  Twenty years in a home somehow causes you to accumulate way too much stuff.
I have my Grandmother's china, Great-Grandmother's bowls and my own fine china that I really don't want anymore.  Any ideas of what to do with that stuff?  My children aren't interested in it and I don't plan on having a formal dining room in our next house.  Guilt says I should hang onto it but my practical side says "Do you really want to pay to have this moved?"
Among all the packing and cleaning I did find time to finish my "Goodbye Tifah" quilt.  We miss her each and every day.
Shirley, the owner of The Marsh Store quilt shop was kind enough to order in the "Jack and Jenny" fabric from Robert Kaufmann.  I just loved the fabric when I saw it online and it's perfect for the quilt I made for the Donkey Sanctuary's next open house.  If you want some of this fantastic fabric, be sure to get to the shop soon as I know it will be a hot seller.  I might even have to get a bit more myself!!
Here's the quilt I made from the fabric.
Don't you just love the donkeys wearing such stylish boots??????  I'm hoping to get it quilted tomorrow.

Part of all this cleaning and sorting etc. meant that I had to move the studio out of the living room and into the apartment where I've had my teaching studio.  I have supplies in the bedroom of the apartment, the coat closet as well as in the basement and garage.  Oh my!!!  BUT I NEED IT ALL!!!!!
Fabric in the bedroom

Teaching supplies in the front hall closet.

My new studio.  Downsizing.....