Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Busy, busy, busy...

It's pretty much always busy around here, but this week, I managed to be busy in the studio! Yay!
First up, a fun little fabric book. Last week, when DT were at the doctor for the dreaded one year vaccinations, GT was entertained for a good 15 minutes by a little fabric book that she hadn't seen before. Clearly, we need more of these! So when one of my Do Bee mates was cleaning out her magazine stash and I spied a pattern for a colour book, I jumped right in.
 I do love digging through my 2½ inch square collection... even if they are a little dated.
I even found these little lovelies.... ugh. Squares from my first quilt, started in the summer of 1998 under the tutelage of Adrienne @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts.
I got so carried away with making the pages that I didn't take any pictures. They're nine patches of 2½ inch squares. Some are fussy cut for a bit of I Spy fun down the road.

I only stopped to take pics when I had to rip apart a finished page set. I have trouble thinking in 3D and when I sewed it all together, the pages weren't in rainbow order. Unacceptable. And yes, I seam rip with a rotary cutter #quiltylittlesecrets
Then on to the cover... I opted for something totally different than the magazine version. I thought I'd use this handy little ruler.
Turned out that the triangles were too big for my book cover, but the off cuts were pretty much perfect. I love a little quilty serendipity!
They got a good dose of Heat n' Bond and then I appliquéd them in place.

Et voilà... fabric book! It's hard to resist giving it to the kiddos to play with right now. But I'm saving it for Christmas!
I modified the pattern from the magazine a fair bit. Their version was a 16 patch page. I used batting in the pages and fusible interfacing in the cover. Next time, I'd do the opposite!
Now that I've got a handle on how to make them, I'm thinking of making a few more. We've got a road trip coming up! 

And since everyone worries that DT is left out of the sewing treats, I whipped up some Big Butt Baby Pants (insert Anja @ Anja Quilts laughing.. she loves the name). Actually, he was low on pants.... that kid just keeps growing! My trusty Wonder Clips came in handy when it was time to hem them.

And here they are in action! The pants that is. DT are always in action. Unless they're asleep.

Though they aren't as cute without the model, these Ocean themed (in cotton) and astronaut (in flannel) pants are pretty damned cute too. The astronauts and stars glow in the dark!

I even managed some time to work on QPP Project #1. Sorry, no pics. Top secret! ☺

I am, of course, linking up with the lovely Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social, as well as with WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced. Hope you got some sewing in this week... I know I feel sew much better when I do!


P.S. In case you weren't around yesterday, click on over to read about the new Le Club gift subscriptions from Fridays Off Fabric and enter the giveaway!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Making your Christmas list? {Sponsored Post}

Have you noticed that it's just one month until Christmas Eve? Yikes. How did that happen? Perhaps you're working away on your Christmas list for Santa. Does he know any cool, Canadian on-line fabric shops? Last Christmas, my in-laws stepped in for Santa and they sure did! Each month for 6 months, a squishy bundle of happiness arrived in my mailbox. You can check out some of the fabric-y goodness here, here, and here. This year, Alanna @ Fridays Off Fabric contacted me to see if I'd spread the word about it being easier to give Le Club. There are gift subscriptions - 3 or 12 months of the Full Stash (12 fat quarters) or the Half Stash (6 fat quarters).

Fridays Off carries lots of my favs - Carol Friedlander, Cotton & SteelLizzy House, Ann Kelle. I could go on and on. But the selection isn't limited to the fabrics you see at every other shop. The bundles I received last year rarely contained fabric that I could buy at my LQS. 

And, because Alanna over at Fridays Off Fabric is so great, she's offering up a giveaway - November's Half Stash Bundle, featuring some lovely Christmas-y Cotton & Steel. I may or may not have some of these in my stash at the moment! ☺
November Half Stash Bundle
To win, leave me a comment telling me about the best quilting related present you've ever received. And there's a bonus entry to those of you who follow Fridays Off Fabric. She has a shop newsletter and all the usual social media platforms. Just tell me how you follow. The giveaway is open to international participants until Monday, November 30th at 11:59 pm Atlantic Time. If you're a no-reply blogger, don't forget to leave an e-mail in your comment, otherwise you can't be contacted if Mr. Random Number Generator chooses you!


P.S. Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

P.P.S. If you don't manage to get the gift of Le Club this Christmas, Alanna's starting up a solids subscription club in January - 8 solid fat quarters every month for $19.99 a month.