It’s the May long weekend here in Canada and today is Victoria Day. Normally, this is the weekend to head to the lake and/or cabin or plant your gardens. We planted our gardens. And I sewed! 🙂
On Saturday morning I sewed this overstuffed burlap garden pillow. I had made the yo-yos and English Paper Pieced hexagon flowers ahead of time. These were my first time sewing EPP hexagons. I’ve been trying a lot of new things lately as you will see further down. This is also my entry in Quilt Sandwich Fabrics’ “Briar Rose Challenge.”
|Overstuffed burlap garden pillow designed and sewn by Anita LaHay.|
I used burlap for the pillow and jute ribbon. I am giving this to my Mom for her patio garden and those are common materials used in gardening but I have used them in a different way. This is a softer burlap which I bought in a decor shop.
|A close-up of some of the yo-yo flowers.|
I used the Clover yo-yo maker (in different sizes) to make the yo-yos. Super quick and easy!
|An English paper pieced hexagon flower with a bee in the centre.|
My narrower ric-rac was white so I used a pigment ink stamp pad to colour it green. The wider ric-rac is the colour it came from the store.
|Jute ribbon for a border above the frog fabric.|
Quilt Sandwich Fabrics sent me the frog fabric and the orangey coloured strawberry fabric to use in the challenge.
|Mom’s Mother’s Day gift.|
I didn’t see my Mom last weekend but I am seeing her next weekend so this is her Mother’s Day gift along with a knitting themed Smashbook that I decorated for her. (She’s a knitter.)
|My first ever Swoon Block. The start of another Quilt of Valour.|
On Sunday I cut the pieces for this Swoon block and this morning I sewed it. It took over three hours all together to make but I am very happy with how it turned out. This is the start of my next Quilt of Valour.
|My first ever mini Swoon block. Made friends with Mr. Seam Ripper.|
This afternoon I tried sewing a Mini Swoon block and although it went faster I had trouble. I sewed several pieces wrong and had to take out the seams with Mr. Seam Ripper. I was not a happy camper and it’s quite raggy around the edges. I hope I can make it work in my “Design Your Own Sampler” quilt.
Other than that, we seeded a very large vegetable garden plot at our community garden and got finished before a good soaking rain came. I also seeded and planted bulbs for the flower gardens around the house. I have put all the seed packs into a notebook and plan to keep notes on how things are growing and producing so I have a reference for next year.
Happy Victoria Day! Thanks for stopping by my blog!