Friday, December 29, 2017

A Walk in the Woods Receiving Blanket

For those celebrating, I hope you had a happy Christmas. Despite the frigid temperatures, we are very much enjoying the slow pace of this holiday week after such a hectic December (Lily was in five performances in three weeks plus extra rehearsals and then three family dinners over Christmas weekend).

Santa brought be an instant pot and I have already made three meals (chili, mac & cheese, and a ham). I am going to try applesauce today.

On Boxing Day, we stopped by the Allan Gardens Flower Show.  The greenhouse is a great way to beat the cold.

My sister gave me this amazing 1000 piece Nancy Drew puzzle (Cobblehill Puzzle Company). Apart from walking the dog (who couldn't walk more than 500 metres due to cold paws), we stayed in all day yesterday and finished it. It took over 9 hours! I was a huge Nancy Drew fan in my youth and still have all my yellow hardbacks.

Finally, this was my last make for 2017. 

My niece is expecting a baby girl in mid-January, so I made a receiving blanket . The fabric is predominately from Aneela Hoey's Walk in the Wood collection for Moda.  The backing is a soft flannel which says Bonne Nuit.

I used the Fat Quarter Shop's Bloom & Bliss blanket tutorial.

Due to recovering from the skating accident, I did not sew as much as I would have liked in 2017.  I worked on other personal goals (fitness and pleasure  reading). I do plan to sew more in 2018 and hopefully even a garment for myself.

Wishing you a safe New Years and a crafty 2018! 

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Crown

I loved the first season of the Crown and making my way through season 2.  

Both my maternal and paternal grandmothers followed the Royals.  My paternal grandmother was an avid collector of Royal memorabilia.   I inherited a bankers box full of newspapers and magazines from the Coronation.  I thought I would share some of the covers here. Enjoy!


Monday, November 13, 2017

Hour Glass Baby Quilt

When I broke my right arm last December, I had to put quilting on hold because I was not able to use a rotary cutter.  Fortunately, my arm is fully healed - just in time for our neighbourhood rink to reopen!

I have started quilting again and finished this hour glass quilt for a baby shower.  The owl fabric is organic flannel is from the "Forest Friends" collection by Michelle Engel Bencsko for Cloud 9 Fabrics and the white is from Kona.    The quilt is what I suppose you call "stroller size" and measures approximately 38 inches square (64 five inch blocks).   To make the blocks I used this video by the Missouri Star Quilt Company (I love her videos!)

One layer of batting and fleece backed in aqua. I quilted it myself on the diagonal and bound the entire quilt with high quality white flannel. I considered self-binding the quilt with the fleece backing (like this example) , but I ultimate preferred the look of the white binding.

It felt good to finish this project and to keep the momentum going I have already started another baby quilt. 

Happy crafting!