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Sunday, February 23, 2014

She's arrived!

Whooo Loves Baby ?  Great Aunt Sada does :) Claire Elyse Tiemessen arrived this week, and so did her quilt! I got it bound and a label done just in time, now all I have to do is get down to see the wee new one, she's a cutie - even if I do say so myself. How exciting.  I don't remember being this excited when her mother & uncles were born - maybe I was but it was a few decades ago...
Last week the guild held it's annual rummage sale. Holding to my vow to stick to a budget I promised myself I would not buy any fabric .... but I did manage to pick up a pattern for a new project  - or two!
  Stars and squares is a Japanese folding method similar to Cathedral Windows, and if I'm not mistaken I believe this technique somehow provides a secondary pattern on the reverse. Anyway, I saw a quilt done using this technique a few years ago and thought - what the heck, for $2 I'll give it a try! The Pin Cushion doll was in a plastic bag with a 50 cent tag. Thinking it MUST be plastic for that price I didn't react quickly when it slipped out of my hand to the floor. CRASH! The dang thing was porcelain!! So, last week I got out the Gorilla glue and did a lousy job gluing her half body back together. Ah well, perhaps it won't show once I get her pin cushion dress made? Wish me luck!
from great aunt

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Happy "Love Everybody" Day

A while back, ok, last year, or was that 2 years ago? anyway,  I decided to take some pictures of some of my "old" things for the blog.  So here are some old-timey vintage valentine's cards. I don't usually bother/celebrate the day, being a onesie, but what the heck! I love red and need some love right now.
I don't have much to show-n-tell this week as my machine quilter is late. I will need to re-think sending my quilts out to a quilter and return to my hand quilting ways - or maybe I'll learn how to machine quilt! Well, at least it will be cheaper for me!
Good thing I spent the last couple weeks making other things for my niece so I will have something to give her next week when the baby is born! Always good to have a backup plan.... Of course, I won't get to show-n-tell the Owl quilt @ guild, or to my hairdresser who's been bugging me for months to see it. Disappointment :(

P.S.: Soon after writing this blog entry my machine quilter called - she got it done!! and did the circle quilting I wanted - Yeah! It looks good and my niece will be happy, so I'm happy :)

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Finally February !

It's February - yeah - January is over and we all survived - somehow. Wiarton Willie has predicted 6 more weeks of winter - of course, what else did we expect! This was another stay at home weekend as the hysterical weather reporters kept warning us of another winter storm. Yes, we got some snow, and its wet and heavy stuff, but NOT a storm!! Oh weather goddess don't get mad, I'm not complaining.
My enthusiasm for the upcoming baby is waning, I'm sure it will return once the wee one arrives. 
None-the-less I have been busy sewing ..... remember 2 weeks ago pics of receiving blankets and fabric for a diaper bag ? On the left is the front of the bag with a flat elasticized pocket. On the right is the bag with two , 3 dimensional pockets with magnetic closures. I love the lime green ruffle but had one heck of a time getting this bag made. Now, I'm no novice to bag making, as my blog readers are aware, but this pattern (Pellon's Frou Frou bag) was rather poorly written. Saying nothing of the typos and grammar issues, there were definitely steps missing, and the pictures, which I totally rely on, were rather poor! Of course it could just be me - I'm known for not reading patterns very well:(. I put a zippered pocket and an open pocket on the inside, and attached a clip for keys etc. The outer flap also has a magnetic closure, and on the inside a label (Handmade by ....). I really hope she likes it and finds it useful - occasionally ?
What else have I been up to? Well, trying to use up the "leftovers" from this project so I got busy and made some more baby bibs . I had to piece the smaller one, but I think it still is cute.
You know my niece asked for Owls, so here's 2 more bibs .... with OWLS :) The green one is PUL fabric, a bit slippery, and the binding is elastic knit - so that wasn't much fun, but hey , the baby will look cute while she's drooling all over ;)

It's Downton Abbey night tonight ......