Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Pinwheel Quilt

On Christmas Eve, I broke two bones in my right wrist after taking a fall on our local ice rink.  It is unclear when I will be able to sew or take photos on my DLSR again.  My cast comes off on February 1 and I will start physical therapy.  Hopefully, the recovery will be complete and speedy.

My last sewing project for 2016 was a pinwheel quilt.  It was a Christmas gift for Lily. The quilt measures 68 inches square and is a mix of Amy Butler prints and vintage sheets and a few others from my stash. The sashing is Little Blessings by Lakehouse.  The binding is a Laura Ashley ticking. I was able to use almost every pink-ish fabric in my stash. The quilt is backed in a vintage sheet.
I sent it to Michelle at Quilted Memories for her to perform her long arm magic.

If you are the quilty sort you might enjoy this little poem my dad found on a family member's FB page.

'Twas the night before Christmas,
And the quilts were not made.
The threads were all tangled, the cookies delayed.
The stocking weren't hung, the pantry was bare.
The poor weary Quilter, was tearing her hair.
Stacks of fat quarters, tipped over in streams.
Visions of Log Cabins, had turned into dreams.

When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
But a bus full of quilters with all of their gear.
They went straight to work with just a few mutters,
Sorting and stitching and brandishing cutters.
The patterns emerged from all of the clutter,
Like magic the fabrics arranged in a flutter.
Log Cabins, Lone Stars, Flying Geese & Bear Tracks
Each quilt was a beauty-even the backs.

Her house how it twinkled, her quilts how they glowed.
The cookies were baking, the stockings were sewed.
Their work was all done, so they folded their frames,
And packed up their needles, without giving their names.
They boarded the bus, and checked the next address.
More quilts to be made, another quilter in distress.

She heard one voice echo, as they drove out of sight,
Happy quilting to all and to all a good night! 
~Author Unknown 

Monday, December 12, 2016

December Finish: Dwell Quilt

One of my 2016  sewing goals was to use my stash and improve my quilting skills. I also wanted to make a Christmas quilt that we could use to snuggle under when we binge on Hallmark movies.  Since I saw it popping it up on IG quilting feeds I have admired the Dwell quilt in Camille Roskelley's book, "Sew Retro."

For this quilt, I used up about 80% of my holiday fabric (I still have some in non-traditional colour ways) on this quilt.
Thank you to sewing pals for holding up your quilt in front of the Court House!

The binding is a diagonal red stripe (Sedef''s Sweet Orchard collection at Down the Grapevine Lane). Fabric Spark opened a store front close to my home and I was happy to find this print as I had my heart set on a striped binding.

The long-arm quilting in a snowflake pattern was done by Michelle at Quilted Memories. I chose to back the quilt in a grey flannel.

I am so happy with the way it turned out (even though there are a few imperfections here and there) and even happier that I was able to use my stash and accomplish a goal!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

IKEA Then & Now Exhibit

Me on the cover of a mock catalogue. Ikea models usually don't look at the camera.
IKEA Canada is celebrating its 40th birthday with a special "Then and Now Exhibit" at the Design Exchange.

The exhibit includes a short history of Ingvar Kamprad story - the entrepreneur who started IKEA in Smaland, Sweden in the 1950s.  Some early products of  his mail order business are on display, including socks and Christmas cards.

There four "rooms" on display.   Below is the dining room, the focus is the pine furniture which was unique to IKEA.

There is a large wall of IKEA catalogue covers from the past 40 years. Below is just half the display.
IKEA came to Canada in the early 70s.  Do you remember the Viking and the Moose?
The exhibit also includes a few of the toys from IKEA's line for children.

Of course the mice!
At the end of the exhibit, a giant ball pit awaits.

What is your favourite IKEA product? 

The FRAKTA shopping bag is one of mine!
Thanks for stopping by!