Thursday, June 30, 2011

Oh my goodness I have an Awesome Giveaway!

Hi Everyone

I just can't believe it! Through a generous donation from the folks at Making Memories, I'm able to give away a Slice Fabrique Cordless Digital Design Cutter to one of my followers! I was so lucky to win one these cutting systems last fall at Quilt Market and now I get to pass the joy onto one of you! This is what the Slice Fabrique looks like:

    The cutter comes with a design card with a ton of designs, all of which can be resized from 1"- 4" in 1/2" increments. That gives you hundreds of possible cuts! There is so much you do with this cutter, if you are card maker or scrapbooker it can be used with paper too! It is just endless what you can do.

 How to enter:
1. Become a follower of my blog.
2. Leave a comment. This is your official entry! 1 entry per person
3. Visit The Slice website and take a look at all the design cards, just for fun what would you make with your slice!
4. Pass it on!
Bonus entry:
1. Visit my sisters blog and become a follower and leave a comment and get and extra entry. The winner of the Slice Fabrique will also win the NEW Accessory Bag! More chances to win and a bonus gift too!
 My sisters Blog

Entry Deadline July 22 (my sister's birthday). To keep it all fair I will use to select the winner. Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Have you heard... there is another GO! to give away!

Hi Everyone

Have you heard that Kathy at Quilting Along the Gorge is also giving away a GO! Baby! So far it has just been me to enter...hmm maybe I shouldn't say anything! This is big news and you need to enter! So visit her site, become a follower, leave her a message and let the waiting begin! Good luck. Wow Accuquilt sure is generous, thanks for hosting Kathy.


I love this new die, never thought I would be a basket girl but I love this quilt.

Monday, June 27, 2011

New Laminate fabrics

Hi Everyone

    I have been having fun playing with all the new laminate fabrics at the store. It is very easy to sew, the backing is actually cotton so your machine should have no problem sewing through all the layers. The only time you have to be very careful is when you are top stitching. When top stitching use a Teflon foot or a roller foot. There are so many things you can made, bags, ipod cases, laptop cover, baby bibs, aprons, raincoats, tablecloth, back of picnic blanket..... so many ideas and fun too! We recently had a new book come in from Oliver + S pattern company, Little things to sew. Just so happens they had the cutest Little Red Riding Hood cape. So I made a laminate raincoat using the pattern from the book.

   I also made this great new bag, I just loved how it turned out.  I will have to work on the pattern this week.

  This summer we are also doing a few classes at The Cloth Castle, you have got to see this crochet blanket from Rebecca. Rebecca made this granny square baby blanket from the Sirdar  Cotton Calico yarn. It is so cute and looks like so much fun. Hmmm looks like I'll be learning something new this summer!

    Can't you see a baby coming home with this little charmer! Way to go Rebecca I just love it! Rebecca has also started her knitting and crochet blog, visit her at the address below.

Have a great week everyone,

Friday, June 24, 2011

GO! Baby Giveaway

Hi everyone

If you don't know already, Vicky B is hosting a great giveaway. Visit her blog and become a follower and enter to win a GO! Baby.

If you are visiting me and you haven't become a follower....join the fun and become one of the group!

Good luck everyone, 

Friday, June 17, 2011

Show and Tell

Hi everyone
     What a busy week I have had. I haven't had much time to sew, I have started my Crazy Patch Wool Crazy though. I think I will just make one block and use it for a wallhanging.  At the Cloth Castle we are having a quilt challenge based on Crazy Patch, I love the challenge it is always so much fun and really gets you to try a project you may not have done otherwise. Here is the start, I still have a ways to go but I'm having so much fun.

    I recently celebrated my birthday (I confess I struggle with birthdays), but I have special people that make it a day to celebrate. My friend Trudy made me a very special pillowcase. Trudy spent a lot of time doing the hand stitching on the cuff, I just love the idea of hand stitching. I just think that there is so much love that goes into a hand made project. I will treasure this gift for years to come.

Isn't the stitching just beautiful! One of the most special gifts I have had made for me, I just love it.

A Quilt Till you Wilt friend of mine (Lee), made this Dresden Plate bag for me. Lee buys a lot of my leftover fabrics from samples and makes a lot of projects from them. I'm pretty lucky that she thought of me to make a gift for.

My coworker Pauline made this stitching set for me. Can you believe the pin cushion and scissor case were all made entirely in the hoop of an embroidery machine!

Well I hope you all have a great weekend and Happy Father's Day,

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The beautiful days of Spring....finally!

Hi Everyone

  Well it was late in coming but the sun and warmth are finally here. What a great weekend. Saturday after work I finally had a little time to work on my little patio and get the flowers all done, it was so nice and quiet and warm, what a great way to unwind after a busy week. Now I did have a helper.... who is this peeking in on things?

It's my sister's cat Gambit. The cat that likes to think it is a sea otter.


     Well even with help I did get everything done and it looks great, can't wait to sit outside and enjoy dinner there.

    Well now onto prepping for quilt club, I won't tell you what it is but here are the colours and it is for your table! See you on Tuesday if you are a clubber. Have a great rest of the weekend.


Friday, June 3, 2011

Back in the groove

Hi Everyone

    Well it has taken me weeks to get back in the groove, the last several weeks have been so busy. I have had time to make a couple of new things one is for quilt club and that is a surprise until next week, the other is this great bag.

    Have any of you used clothesline cord to make bags and bowls before? It is so much fun! I have the steps shown below you have to try this technique, it takes longer to make the lining than it does to make the bag.

Polyester wrapped cotton clothesline cord.

1.5" wide strips of 45" wide fabric

Wrap the fabric over the cord creating piping.

Use a piping foot for your sewing machine to sew very close to the edge.

You need to make miles and miles of the piping.

I can't believe I forgot to take the next picture.... using a top stitching size 14, start to make a coil and zig zag through the layers. Shape it into an oval, you will be surprised how easily it sews. Once you have made the base of your bag the size you would like, continue to sew but slightly tip the started coil and start making the sides. Continue until the bag in the height you would like. Once it is complete make the lining and sew to the bag inside.

Have fun, Natasha