Thursday, February 27, 2014

"Perfectly Perched" camera case

Leaving for a week in Mexico in 3 days!! Excited to escape Alberta's cold for a while. I'm not taking my dear Rebel T5i along - decided it would be too much of a worry. Instead, we'll take the pretty good but tiny point&shoot we got a few months before the Rebel.

(photo credit)

 Only problem is it doesn't have a case. So far it's knocked around inside the big one from its predecessor. So, some math, drawing and stash diving later:

The outer is some lightweight twill leftover from Abigail's skinnies and the chairs is "Perfectly Perched" by Laurie Wisbrun for Robert Kaufman, from our quilt retreat.

No end of trouble stitching through the corners so it's not perfect, but it'll do the trick! I padded it with fusible quilt batting and also slid a piece of stabilizer (plastic milk jug!) in between the layers on the back.

Too lazy to go take another photo of my pattern... (sorry, phone camera pic)

I just layered the batting and then the fabrics right sides facing, stitched 1/8" around all the edges, trimmed corners and turned it right side out through a gap, and then stitched up the corners and edge of the case. In theory, simple, but the layers and batting made it bulky to work with. May have to try again at some point.

But I do love the chairs!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Owl Tea Party quilt & GIVEAWAY

Update: The pattern packs we're going to give away from Birdiful Stitches (see below) will be chosen from these patterns:

Sofia's Holiday Party Dress
The Comfy Tunic
Mari's Playdress
I Heart Bowling set
The Traveling e-reader wristlet
Interchangeable knitting needle case
Padded E-reader sleeve
Padded E-reader cover
Structutred E-reader/Tablet cover
Lens Luggage padded lens pouch
The Traveler Luggage Tags
The Traveler Passport Wallet


Another finished quilt for the Pregnancy Care Centre Sew-along!

Pattern: Quick Strippie Quilt with some sizing modifications
Fabric: Three colourways of Cherry On Top by Keiki for Moda, all donated by FatQuarterShop, plus some quilting blenders
Backing: Flannel

More free-motion fun! I started with the aqua sashing, just a wave, then did the doodle-y flower meander in the big strips. Then I did the loops in the brown sashing. Not perfect, but fun to try anyway.


The Pregnancy Care Centre Sew-Along is nearly finished - the deadline for entries in the Flickr group is the last day of February. My friend Berritt of Birdiful Stitches has generously donated some pdf pattern packages for me to give away to those who have sewn along! 
Berritt has a great selection of digital sewing patterns, ranging from patterns for soft toys and cloth diapers, to camera accessories, e-reader and tablet covers and carriers, and children's clothing. I've used some of her patterns myself before, such as the Sophia Holiday Party Dress twice, several sets of luggage tags, an Ipad messenger bag, and quite a few Fattycakes diapers.

Giveaway Details
  • Each item entered in the PCC Sewing Flickr Pool will be entered to win one of three pattern packs!
  • Just comment on this blog post (be sure I can contact you) and mention what your Flickr username is and if you've added photos there.
  • If you prefer not to enter your photos on Flickr or don't have a Flickr account, you can also submit photos to me via email or send in your finished items (contact me at
  • Contest is open to anyone anywhere who has done some sewing to donate either to the Edmonton Pregnancy Care Centre or to a local pregnancy care or crisis centre.
  • Contest closes Friday, February 28.


Look how cuddly this one is! Hopefully some little girl will be happy with a soft owl tea party quilt to snuggle with! Thanks, everyone for sewing along! Can't wait to see the last entries show up in the Flickr group!

Friday, February 14, 2014


Happy Valentines' Day! 

This one has been sitting on the shelf for a while... I actually started cutting the blocks last quilt retreat (Feb 2013!) so I guess it's taken me a year to make. I chose from all the random pinks, browns and reds from my stash, some from other projects, some given to me.

I used the directions for the block from Cluck Cluck Sew and added 3" borders, so the quilt is about 50" x 45". The quilting was fun. I echo-quilted 1/4" inside each row and column, and then marked all the hearts at random with a template and quilted, all with my regular foot. The borders I did a doodle-y free motion loop heart (doodle-y is good because it doesn't have to be perfect!)

Hearts Squared - loved doing the label! I'd been wanting to try some English paper piecing for a very long time. I handstitched the hexagons together and then machine stitched all around the outside of the hexie flower and between each hexagon to secure it to the backing before I basted the quilt.

And yes, Happy V-Day with lots of fresh snow. Well, it is Alberta - suppose it's my own fault for living here. At least it looks pretty again instead of muddy!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Sew & Tell Skinny Jeans

I'm over at Go To Sew today for their feature Sew & Tell! Check out my experience with the Skinny Jeans pattern by Peekaboo Pattern Shop.