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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday

My biggest recent project was Olivia's 2nd birthday party, but since Lee's WIP Wednesday is going on holiday till August, I'll take a minute to show you my "evening in front of the tv" project.

I'm making great progress on my Gera cross stitch… I've almost done six of the eight little girls.  I'm waiting till I'm finished for the big reveal, but here's my favourite little girl so far:


Isn't she adorable?  I love them all, and doing it on linen has been much easier than expected.  I can't wait to get it done and framed!

Thanks for stopping by!

Two whole years...

Today my little girl is two years old.  Anyone who has kids or kids close to them knows what a milestone this is, and how much they are real little people by this age.  It is truly amazing that my "baby" can now carry on a conversation, feed herself, go up and down a slide by herself, and all the other incredible things she does.

We had a little birthday party on Sunday, with a ladybug theme.  I dressed her in the linen Geranium dress with ladybug buttons, drew polkadots on red balloons, and of course, made a ladybug cake!

Here are a few pics:


(Sidenote: do you like my newly sewn curtains?  Fabric from Ikea)


It's rained so much the last six weeks, we only decorated inside the house.  The forecast for the afternoon was even thunderstorms, but it didn't rain at all and was a lovely afternoon!  So we moved the party outside…


Almost went face first into the cake she was so excited to blow out the candles!


Eating her cake with the big fork


I have a sneaking suspicion my husband really bought the bubble maker for himself...


Lots of fascinating presents


Little buddies


She had a great time, and so did everyone else.  
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

WIP Wednesday: An I Spy Quilt

I'm running out the door to the dentist, so this Wednesday is also going to be almost wordless!  This is a new baby quilt, which started around 10pm the other night when inspiration took hold of me and commanded I start cutting.  What are you gonna do?  Argue with inspiration?



The aftermath - around midnight!





Looking for things has already proven to be great fun!

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced...

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Two for Olivia

My two WIPs this week are labour-intense, so it might be a while before you see them in a "Friday Finish" post!  

The first is a cross stitch from Gera, a Japanese designer that does absolutely adorable patterns!  I actually bought six of her patterns last summer, and this is the first one I've started.  It's my first time sewing on linen, (in particular hand-dyed soft pink linen), and it's not as complicated as I'd imagined it to be.  And the look is so much nicer than aida.  
This will be framed and hung on Olivia's growing art wall in her bedroom.



The second project I've got going right now is a doll quilt for Olivia's doll bed.  Lately I've been really inspired the vintage look - especially back reading this blog that I recently stumbled upon.  So I decided to try hand-quilting a little quilt.  I pulled out my giant scrap box and started cutting 1.5" squares.  I added the pink and white ticking because I thought it makes it look old timey.  Is it working for ya?




She approves!

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced...

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

June Recap

A special hello if you are visiting from Lynne's Fresh Sewing Day or Small Blog Meet!

As nap time is apparently over and I hear a little voice calling me, ("mommyyyy….are youuuu?…."), I'm going to have to be brief!  Here's June in a nutshell:


Finished a commissioned baby quilt top.  Forgive the iPhone pic but I was taking a quick shot of the top and she just had to get in it!


Got my DMC floss organized for my latest cross stitch project…



It's Gera's 60's Fashion cross stitch - aren't those little legs cute?  This is destined to be framed and put in Olivia's room.  I'll be posting more on this tomorrow...


Finished my summer voile quilt using Anna Maria Horner's Field Study voiles.  Love it!


Made a few Geranium tops and dresses.  This one is my favourite - red linen with lady bug buttons.  She looks spectacular in red!


Taught my friend Maiko how to sew for her little girl - another Geranium.  Such a simple and pretty pattern - great for beginners. 


Made a Hopscotch shirt for Olivia using some of that lovely Birch jersey.  The top came together really quickly and the fabric was easy to sew with.

Now I need some help from you guys.  
I had been mulling over the idea of making a quilt with Botanics and Lush Uptown.  I think the colours and prints work really well together.  


  Then I saw Meadow by Leah Duncan, and on the web the colours seemed like they would match.  Now that I have them all sitting together, I think that Meadow is a bit too different (although I find it hard to explain how exactly), not to mention the fact that Art Gallery fabrics just feel different from regular quilting cottons… (they feel great, just slightly smoother).  

        What do you think?  Should I keep these stacks separate or throw them all into the same quilt?


Thanks for stopping by…see you soon!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Finish - A Voile Summer Quilt

Italy in the summer can get pretty hot, but sometimes you just need a little something to shield you from the AC, or the fan, or the breeze.  I first fell in love with Anna Maria Horner's voiles back when I made this baby quilt for Olivia just before I had her. 


In 2012 it was a suffocatingly hot summer (35C/95F with high humidity!), but I spent the last few days of my pregnancy with the fan pointed at me and the quilt draped over my bare legs.  I also took it to the hospital for a bit of comfort.  I knew I had to have one big-girl sized!  

In May 2013 I received my beautiful bundle of AMH Field Study from Fabricworm.  (Unpaid side note: I love that store!)   


With a limited amount of fabric (nine 1/2 yard cuts) I decided not to waste any and to do a simple patchwork.  I started in July of last year, but by the time I got the top together it was just too hot to be up on the second floor of our house, so it was shelved until the mercury dropped.  

Cut to now.  So far we've had a mild summer, but the Hades-like conditions could return at any minute.  Last week I knew it was time to get my little sweetheart out of the drawer and finished.  



I present to you: my new summer blanky:








As you can see, I'm not the only one that loves it.  

I used Hobbs Tuscany unbleached cotton batting, a batting that I had previously decided I didn't like because it was flimsier than my usual Warm 'n' Natural, but that was what I was going for here.  I have since used it for another summer baby quilt and have begun to appreciate it's weight for summer quilts.  
I quilted it in an elongated wave, because it gives a lovely texture and my FMQ stippling is truly terrible which is what I would really have liked.  

And just so my feelings are really clear on this: if you haven't made yourself a voile quilt yet - I highly recommend doing so as soon as possible!

Linking up my finish with Crazy Mom Quilts...




Wednesday, June 18, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Dream On Baby Quilt



This sweet little quilt is a commission from my husband's cousin who received her own baby quilt from me a few months ago.  It's for a 6 month old girl who's nursery is done in green.  I was inspired by Audrie's beautiful baby quilt, but I'm just going to put Kona snow in for the sashing.  I've had three charm packs of Dream On stashed away with the idea of making a quilt for Olivia in the future, but let's face it, half of my fabric is earmarked for future Olivia quilts, so I decided to sacrifice one.  I love this line - the colours and the retro feel remind me of my own childhood bedroom.  I had a flowery bedspread (way back in the 70's) and it had a netting on the back, so you could see the batting.  I remember I cut a whole in the net because I wanted to feel how soft the inside was.  Imagine my disappointment when I felt the scratchy polyester batting!  My mother was NOT happy - she made me sew a patch onto the hole I'd made.  Isn't that funny that I was interested in batting way back then?

Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday...