Saturday, June 21, 2014

More Pouch Swapping!

This past Thursday was our pouch swap night with the Fraser Valley Modern Guild. Honestly, it was like Christmas for us all, so fun!!!
Here's the pouch I made-


It's the Open Wide pouch. Tracy was much braver than I was, making a new pattern and learning new techniques to do it. I love her pouch with that super cute bow- so pretty!!
I decided to play it safe and make a bag I've made many times before. I added in a little scissor pouch, a pin cushion, some 'no melt' pins, a seam ripper and some special treats from Victoria- Silk Road tea and some Rogers chocolates.
I actually missed the deadline for joining this swap but decided to make an 'angel' pouch, in case someone else wasn't able to do the swap. I had so much fun doing this project and choosing what to put in it. It turned out that we didn't need my 'extra' pouch. I should have been disappointed but honestly, I had so much fun making this pouch that I felt ok about it. Our Guild president, Nicole, came to tell me in person that there was nobody for me to swap with and I'm pretty sure she was more upset than I was.
But there's a happy ending after all. It turned out that another lady in our guild made an 'angel' pouch too. So we swapped with each other!!!!!
Here's what she made-



I am so in love with this pouch!!!! Thank you Thea W. for swapping with me!
It makes me happy just looking at this. I don't know where Thea got the notebook from but I just love it. And how cute is that little snail measuring tape? And she also included an adorable flashlight (I actually had to use it that night to look for something in my car), and this sweet stack of fabrics from one of our local quilt shops, Satin Moon. I love the shape of this pouch, I know that circles are tricky but Thea nailed it. It's perfect.
This was my first swap. So. Much. Fun. :)

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Pouch Swap P.S.!

Here is a selection of the goodies that I included - I will see what else I can stuff in. As it is
I can't close the zipper!

Pouch Swap!

Hi there!
Our Victoria Modern Quilt guild is very excited to do a pouch swap with the Fraser Valley guild. We have had fun picking out styles of pouches and choosing fabric. I chose a Bow Clutch pouch - my girlfriend Barbara from Abbotsford made me one when I went ga-ga over hers. Here are a couple of photos of the process (notice the end tabs on the zippers!) as well as the goodies. I made a scissor holder as part of the goodie bag! We can't wait until July to trade!

Here is the lining of the bag with the zipper tabs . .
Here is the outside of the bag with quilting done - ready to sew on the strap.
Here is the finished bag!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Good Morning!!!

I'm a bit behind on a couple of baby quilts but thankfully they're small so I should be able to finish in a week or two, right?

Here is one of them- it's Mosaic Tiles by Sukie Newbold. You can find it in Modern Bee- 13 quilts to make with friends. The quilts are all written with instructions for making and sharing blocks with other faraway quilters! How fun! They even include advice on dealing with the tardy quilter. That might be me, lol! A good book, I can recommend it.






I'm altering this quilt to be a baby size. And a bit more pink.
Here's my progress- it uses 5 inch squares so you can use a charm pack :)



Here it is so far on the design wall. It will be bigger, but this is all that will fit on my wall :D


A big, big thanks to Brian from The Cloth Castle for helping me choose the right solid to go with these beautiful prints. If you're lucky enough to live nearby, you might get to meet Brian. He is SO MUCH FUN!! And he always knows exactly what I need for my project :)
Ok- enough blogging. Time to get sewing!!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Michael Miller Modern Challenge + Modern Metallics Challenge
    A few months ago, our Victoria Modern Quilt Guild arranged for us to get some free fabrics. I couldn't believe my luck! A fantastic new Guild and now, some free fabric! Life is great.
Then the penny drops. I have to cut it. Does anyone else have a problem cutting into a stack of beautiful fabric? Can't we just leave it in lovely piles and just admire it?? I know I can't be the only one....
 I took a deep breath and cut into the Modern Metallics first. And since I don't like sewing for nothing, I made something I needed. A pillow cover. I know, I make a lot of them. But I have two dogs and I'm constantly having to wash them. Yes, my dogs are allowed on the couch. Until I have grandchildren anyway.....
Ok, here's the pillow-
The pattern is The Metro from Pillow Pop. This is the third pillow cover I've made from this book and I'm pretty sure it won't be the last. Ok, so that's one challenge done.
Now I had to really work myself up to cut into the Michael Miller prints. But I finally managed it two nights ago. I  won't tell you what I'm making but I can tell you that it's not a pillow.
Here's a sneak peek...
I'm having problems blogging from my iPad. Any advice would be welcome :)

Monday, February 24, 2014

I've finally finished my Christmas pillow!!! I actually finished it just after Christmas but I didn't have a pillow form to fit it. Now I do!! I used a lovely soft flannette (on sale at Cloth Castle) for the back. I love it! Its hard to see but the holly berries are tiny red buttons. So cute!
This pattern was created by Katherine at Sew Me Something Good . That might be my favorite blog name ever :)
Its available through Craftsy.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Celebration and Creativity

Good morning everyone from Tracy!
It is a crisp frosty morning here in the Canadian northwest. I took the hummingbird feeders in this morning to keep them warm and my little friends where chittering like crazy ( hummingbird-speak) with delight when I brought them out this morning. I will have to find the little quilted covers I made for the feeders last year - or make new ones!
It is feeling very Christmassy and I have been having fun looking at retro felt/sequin Christmas ornaments. Take a look at this sassy little guy from http://thriftstorecrafter.com/2013/10/28/rudolph-the-felt-and-sequin-reindeer/
Now if I could only score some aqua felt . . .
Our group enjoys celebrating birthdays together with a lunch and quilting to follow - here is a photo of birthday girl Gaye having some birthday fun!
After lunch quilting buddy Pam showed us some wonderful she did at a "Zen Doodling" workshop that she attended - very inspiring. Wonderful work Pam!

Looking forward to the Victoria Modern Quilt Guild meeting tonight where Pam will pick up her winning challenge project. We all had to do a small hanging that represented what we felt represented what modern quilting is all about. There were handed in last month and visitors to Satin Moon Quilt Shop (where we meet) voted. Congratulations Pam!
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