Tuesday, December 31, 2013

I had to change my blog template ...

Techy stuff - you can ignore this paragraph if you wish :D  Yesterday I found several emails in my spam folder that turned out not to be spam - they referred to problems with coding on the old template I was using.  Apparently it had html stuff at the bottom that had links that Google had deemed inappropriate - it's more detailed than that but I really don't understand any of it :D  I went to change the template and found that the template provider had removed it herself (they gave me warnings it would happen but I didn't see them because they were in the spam folder - that's technology for you!), so I threw up a basic template and will have to start rejigging it. I'd love to figure out how to make a montage photo collection of some of my projects and put it in the header - I see that on many blogs - I think it's a great look!  

In the interim, since posts without photos are boring ...

Notebook cover made with F8's from Quilt a Bag in Markham :)  This was a Christmas gift for my friend Nancy :D  Folded, it measures 8"w x 10"t.

Superhero cape for g-nephew Lleyton - a Christmas gift :)

I hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas with their family and friends - I had all my boys here for Christmas - YAY - and my gift from hubby was a shopping trip Stateside to hit Joanns - we went this past Sunday and had a great time :)  I'm sure I had more fun than he did, LOL!  He even offered up dinner at Olive Garden on Military Trail in Niagara Falls :) The service wasn't great but the food was :)  I don't think we'll go back to that location - we can try a nearby one :)

Friday, December 13, 2013

Cookin' with the littles :D

More Christmas sewing done :) Here are some gifties that I'll be delivering next week - I'm having a lot of fun making these aprons - I have a bunch more cut out for Blue Hills - I'll get working on them after Christmas :D  I also got more ric rac for more airplanes - they're a lot of fun as well :D

A couple of fabric airplanes and a simple apron.  I added a pocket to the front of the apron - perhaps kiddo can hide a cookie in there while (s)he is cooking :D

Close-up of the frog buttons on the frog apron :D

Paddington Bear apron with added pocket, and fabric airplanes.

Sock monkey apron with added pocket, and more fabric airplanes.

Close-up of the buttons on the sock monkey apron :D

This is Matt the gingerbread doll :D  I post his picture a while ago when I made him - his new brother, my great-nephew Lleyton, named him Matt.  MATT! LOL!!!  Fine name, I think :D

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas sewing :)

Well - it's actually sewing I've completed this month, lol.  Tis  the time to get some things done, to cross other things off of the To Do list, and to eat far too many cookies - I'm very good at the last one!  ;)

Dog poop bag dispensers :D
Simple kids apron - tutorial here :)

I didn't make this - the amazing Tamara @ Etsy did - is this not the FUNNIEST THING EVER??!!  I bought several for Christmas gifts :D
2 strawberry zip pocket pouches with strawberry pulls :D  Pattern from Michelle Patterns :)

Upcycled (from my son's work jeans!) denim zipper bag - lined with money fabric from Joanns, and embellished with some studs my sewy friend gave me :D
Snowman apron for the daughter of a friend of a friend ;)  Same tutorial as above :)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

More November finishes :D

Gingerbread stuffies - I slightly modified the pattern I bought from preciouspatterns on Etsy ;)  These measure 11"t x 10"w :)

An assortment of zipper pouches - mostly using up bits and pieces of fabrics and trims :D

Not a completion - a start!  This is a sneak peek of a project that will be on-going until I finish it sometime next year :D 

November finishes :)

Christmas sewing and prep is in full swing, so posting and internet fun has been in short supply (although I've certainly managed to get a good amount of online shopping done, lol).  Here are some of my November finishes :)

Simple wallets, from this tutorial.  My changes:  1/4" to L + W when cutting (8 1/4 X 4 1/4 X 3, 8 1/4 X 10 3/4 X 1) - stitch 1/4" on either side of centre when making slot pocket piece - scant 3/8" seam allowance around outer edge.  These ones are Christmas and a birthday gift :)

Simple 4 patch/9 patch QAYG quilt :D  Backing and binding is the same brown TOT print used in the alternate blocks.  

Close-up of the jungle prints in Connor's quilt :)

The gift set for Connor - bib (backed with brown chenille), and quilt (36" x 36"). 
3 more polar bear washcloth puppets (Christmas gifts) - tutorial here :) 
Lotta Jansdotter use-up-flannel bibs - these are going to Blue Hills :)
More to come :D

Saturday, November 9, 2013

This was a team effort :)

QAYG stocking made with scraps of Laurie Wisbrun's Brrr! line of fabrics :)
I finished this stocking today, to go with the matching quilt I finished a while ago.  The quilt has already been delivered, so this stocking will get mailed when the polar bear book I ordered from bookdepository, arrives.  My friend Nancy did the beautiful embroidery for me - she did a fabulous job, and even added sparkly snowflakes for bling - PERFECTION!  It measures 14.5" tall x 9" wide at the toe, and was done in the "magic stocking" technique :)  The cuff is made with linen that Nancy had in stash - a perfect match :)  I even added a tiny little polar bear button to the cuff, to continue the pb theme :)

[X] Stocking for LL to match his quilt is now checked off of the Christmas To Do list :D

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

I think this is going to work out just FINE :D

I wanted to do a little polar bear "extra" to go with each of the Brrr! polar bear quilts I've made in the last few months.  They're all for kids, so I wanted something fun :)  This tutorial caught my eye and I tried it out this morning, using some nice large washcloths I had purchased @ Costco a while ago (I actually bought them to craft with, lol).

Here he is after I cut out the bits and pieces and stitched the ears.  At this point, I started to think that yes, he might just work out!

Well HELLO there - it's nice to meet you, sewy human!  I'm Nanuk the Polar Bear!

What'cha doin', human?  :)

I'm very cute, aren't I!  That wasn't a question - it's easy to see that I'm adorable :)
 Thank you to Abby @ thingsforboys for the cute tutorial - I'm going to make a few more of these little sweeties :D

Saturday, November 2, 2013

More Christmas sewing :)

Gingerbread aprons - size 3-5 - tutorial here :)
Close-up of the gingerbread buttons I added to either side of the neck straps :)
To go along with the aprons - Miss Gingie (I need to make a second one to go with the second apron).  The pattern is from Precious Patterns on Etsy - it's a very easy pattern, but I did simplify it a bit - this is the smaller size - it measures about 9.5"w x 11" :)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween = finished for another year :)

Here are the last of the Halloween finger puppets I made, and some Batgirl masks - I want to check with the moms of the girls that I gave the masks to, to check on the fit. They looked cute though, and were really easy to make! Note to self: add a layer of sew-in interfacing next time, just to give them a bit more body :)

Finger puppets  :)
Batman (Batgirl!) masks :)

Finger puppet tutorial here :)

Halloween treats  :)

Tutorials here and here

Skeleton basket with silly string :)

Another skeleton basket, and more silly string ;)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I'm getting the hang of these :)

Jack-o-lantern and ghosty finger puppets :)

Each set I make gets easier and easier - I didn't think my cranky hands would stand up to the fiddly work on them, but so far so good :)  Bonus - they're fun to make!  These ones got maiLLed today :)  I even bought pink felt because I want to live in a world where a little girl can have a pink ghost and/or jack-o-lantern :D

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Mailing these tomorrow :D

Jack-o-lantern and ghosty finger puppets :)
The finger puppet obsession continues - here are a couple of sets of Halloween puppets that will be mailed tomorrow for a small relative and his daycare buddy :)  It's night and I took the picture inside, so sorry about the quality ... although truth be told, my photography skills leave a lot to be desired at the best of times, lol.  Tutorial here :)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Another toddler quilt finish - colour me happy :)

Here are a few October finishes - I've been mainly working on these toddler quilts, and haven't done much of anything else!  #6 is now underway and should be done by the end of the month - then I can concentrate on non-quilt projects :D

QAYG D9P quilt using Brrr! line - measures 47" x 47" - this is a Christmas gift :)

Quilt back :)

Trick or treat bag and Halloween book - for g-nephew Lleyton :)

Turkey finger puppets - set 2 - a gift for Lleyton (tutorial here) :)

I made this zipper pouch for my SIL to hold her camera USB sticks.  Note the camera fabric and ...

... and the camera zipper pull, lol!
We went home (Rideau Ferry and Osgoode, Ontario) for Thanksgiving last weekend to visit my family :)  I have to unload the photos from my camera, and get some photos from my SIL - we had a great visit, and even got in a quicky run to Joanns in Ogdensburg, New York :D  I picked up a couple of king sized quilt batts so my love affair with QAYG quilts will continue - for the time being, at least!  I started cutting out the squares for a froggy version - my sister gave me the fabrics last year, and now that they've aged properly, I can start chopping :D

Thursday, October 3, 2013

One of my turkeys appears drunk :D

Tutorial from Frog Prince Paperie :)
Turkey finger puppets!!  Aren't these the most adorable turkeys ever?  These 2 got mailed today to a wee relative - I hope they make it in time for Thanksgiving next weekend :D  More T-giving ones are planned, and then - maybe some Halloween ones!  These ones measure about 4" tall and 4" wide at the widest part :)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Brrr! and Booo! with a side of drool and dribble :D

53" x 53" Disappearing 9 Patch quilt, done in quilt as you go method (D9P QAYG) - this is a Christmas gift - the fabrics are from the Brrr! line by Laurie Wisbrun :)

Close-up of the fabrics in this quilt :)

Here's the back of the above quilt - it's hanging upside down, as I just noticed, LOL.

Another Christmas gift D9P QAYG quilt (46" x 46"), using the other colourway of the Brrr! line :)

Close-up of the fabrics and quilting

The back of the quilt -- I was using up scraps for the back, so 2 of the blocks are patchworked from leftovers :D  The lime green (backing blocks and cover strips) is from Joanns.
5 boy bibs using up scraps - the tutorial for the monster bibs is here :)

One last Halloween trick or treat bag - this one measures 14"w x 13.5" t x 3.5" d.  This one isn't from a specific tutorial.


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