Knitting!

My completed knitting projects are few and far between but here are a couple of things I have completed recently. The ruffle scarf is a year-end gift for my son’s Grade 1 teacher and I just finished it today. That’s a good thing because there is only one week left of school! I used “Starbella” yarn for this project. The sunset coloured blanket was finished in May. It took me a year to get it done because I kept putting it down and working on quilts. It is a basic dish cloth pattern only made gigantic for a blanket.

 My little girl was so kind to model both projects for me.

I have a dish cloth that is near completion and has only been in the works for about a month but I have yarn for several more dish cloths and they are needed in my sink. I must try to knit faster. Two more quilts are on the go too including the second “Lorax” quilt for my son’s room. There are so many fun projects to keep busy with this summer.

The Lorax Would Approve

(I hope)

Today I finished my daughter’s “Lorax Quilt”. This quilt was made from the free pattern called “Speak for the Trees” designed by Rachel Griffith for Robert Kaufman fabrics. You can find this pattern here. This quilt is made with the Earth colourstory. You can find a kit here. I bought my fabrics at a local quilt shop but then ordered the Bright colourstory from the Fat Quarter Shop as my local shop sold out quickly. I am sewing the Bright quilt next for my son’s bed.
It’s stormy around here this afternoon so my photos were taken between thunderstorms which was a bit tricky because the it’s still windy. Plus at 66″ x 79″ this quilt is quite large. I might add it was also kind of brutal to shove it through my little Kenmore sewing machine. Note to self: Start saving up money for a new sewing machine! One with a wide throat!
Ah, there’s a bit of sunshine! I’ve spent most of the day hand sewing the binding down to the backing. Love that Lorax! I believe he would approve of this quilt because all of the fabric he is printed on is 100% organic cotton.
We still haven’t seen the movie. (I don’t think it’s even in theatres anymore. We will have to get the DVD!) But we enjoy reading the book very much.
I can’t wait to curl up under this quilt tonight when it’s fresh and crinkly from the wash and read this book to my kids before bed. Let’s all keep caring “a whole awful lot!”

A Pink Elephant Named Teeny

I took a break from quilting today to sew a little elephant for my daughter.

Isn’t she just too cute?! My daughter decided to name her “Teeny”. I am so pleased with how she turned out. The body fabric is by Kaffe Fassette. The ears and tail I am not sure as the fat quarter was of the side with no information on the selvage. The pattern is by Kim Kruzich and can be found here. I need to make a blue one for my son now. Love these little elephants!

My First Quilt Commission

This is a quilt that my boss at work commissioned me to sew for her. It is custom made to her specifications. I am happy with how it turned out and I hope she is too. I’m pretty sure she will be.

This quilt is made up of traditional log cabin blocks set in a diamond pattern. It’s owner plans to use it as a table cloth so it’s a bit longer. I added the extra borders at the top and bottom before the outer border to get it to the right length. The fabric is Fa la la la la by French General for Moda. The thread is a Sulky blendable 100 per cent cotton. I was so happy with how well the colours in the thread went with the colours of the fabrics.

I am handing it over tomorrow. Fingers crossed that it lives up to expectations.

A Handmade Gift

This is a table topper that I made for my friend, co-worker and fellow hockey mom for Christmas. As you can see by the previous sentence she is many things to me but friend is first. This was made using a pattern called “Coming Home” from Camille Roskelley’s book “Simplify”. It is quick to make up using one charm square pack and quick is good during the Christmas crunch. I used “Fruit Cake” by Basic Grey for Moda.

A close-up shot of some of the fabrics. I love the snowmen! I used a fat quarter from a different line for the border but it co-ordinates well and then another fabric for the binding which was also in my stash. It was fun to make. She tells me she is worried that her cat will sleep on it. But that is what quilts are for right? Sleeping on or under. 🙂

Christmas Quilt

This is a Christmas gift that I made for one of my sets of Aunts and Uncles. It is the same pattern of a quilt that I made in the summer but this time it is done in Christmas fabrics. I’ve had this quilt shop jelly roll since before my daughter was born in 2008 and finally it is sewn into a quilt. We had an early Christmas dinner on Grey Cup Sunday at my Aunt and Uncle’s house and we did our gift exchange that day so they are now able to enjoy their quilt for the whole Christmas season. Whew! One gift off the list. 

A close-up of some of the fabrics in the quilt. I did not try to fussy cut the little soldier but he came out great in this little triangle.

French Throw

This is a throw quilt I just finished sewing as a gift for one of my Aunts. It is a “Thimble Blossoms” pattern sewn with fabrics from the “Maison de Garance” collection by French Country for Moda. It went together fairly quickly and I am so pleased with how it turned out. The recipient of this quilt says she loves it so that makes me a very happy quilter. 🙂

Halloween Quilt Projects

I have been busy sewing over the weekend since my husband came home on Friday. I finished my Halloween Quilt that I have been meaning to sew for years. I am so happy it is finally sewn.

And I also made a Halloween table topper with fabri I had left from my quilt. It is for sale in my Etsy shop.
I have two more Halloween projects to sew for my house. A table runner and a wall hanging. I hope I can get them done in time for this Halloween. Happy sewing everyone!

Too Busy to Sew

I don’t know if anyone is checking this blog when I have not had time to post on it. With all the back-to-school and back to kids activites it has been insanely busy around here. My military husband left on Sept. 9th and I have not gotten any sewing done! I am just too busy running everything on my own. I did finish a Halloween quilt top before he left but have not been able to finish the quilt yet. Sadly, nothing has been done on my Farmer’s Wife quilt in over a month. In happier news… I sold my first quilt from my Etsy shop. That was very exciting! My husband should be home at the end of the month so I hope I will have something to post on here soon.