Sunday, December 4, 2016

Christmas cheer




 

I made some ornaments to deliver with cards to my neighbourhood family. I used a tutorial found here and then tied a string around to create a hanger.
I love the colours of the Blueberry Park fabrics but did find them a bit thick to work with, something to consider.
 
 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

All Jen Kingwell, all the time

Starting in January I will be running a Jen Kingwell club at work. We'll meet once a month and people can work on whichever pattern they like. Fabric swaps will be encouraged and I am so looking forward to seeing what everyone makes!


 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Testing new things

I am trying a blogging app to see if that helps me blog more. I have lots of new things coming up in the next few months and want to share them but hate transferring photos to my computer. Hopefully there are still some of you here! 

Friday, April 8, 2016

2nd quarter finish-a-long goals

Yikes! Only two finishes last time, hopefully I can do better this quarter!

Once again on my list is my Aunt Edna quilt, everything is cut and only a few blocks to go.


Next is a new project for my shop, a simple patchwork with Fleet and Flourish and Paperie fabric lines.


My third one is my Ombré quilt and the one I am most excited about. It is out for quilting and will need its binding plus a sleeve as I entered it in a show. (Not as exciting as it sounds, everyone in the guild is guaranteed a spot LOL)


Next is a quilt I call Angles, I started it and then was doing Libs' sewing so I am hoping to get back to it soonish.



Next up is a top I finished at a sew-in day last year and even had the backing for it but just never finished it, Layers of Charm.


After those ones comes my jelly roll race quilt from when I was in Virginia Beach... I have an idea for the quilting and would like to get to it before I chicken out and straightline quilt again LOL!


I also have my crayon challenge for the OMQG that somehow I have to get done soon, like really, really soon LOL.


And finally on my list is a Barcelona Skirt... I have been really wanting to make one and I hope having it on here means I will take some time out for some me sewing. I am going to use some long hoarded Lotta Jansdotter, but it is buried in the bottom of my apparel fabrics bin so you will have to trust me LOL!


I am linking up over at slostudio.ca and hope you join us!



Thursday, March 31, 2016

Some more quilts for refugees

I am happy to say that I finished two more quilts for refugees moving to the Ottawa area. This first one was actually basted for three years!! I just hated the idea of quilting something so big, but I guess I have been doing more of that now lol. This was a tutorial from In Color Order.


I am glad to finally have this one done, and for a great cause too, win win!

This next one is also a finish for the finish-a-long first quarter, and I rushed to get it finished at the end! This is my Round and Round quilt.


I do so love this one and will probably make another one some day. It is based off a pattern by Thimble Blossoms but I wanted to use just one charm pack. I thought the spiral quilting worked perfectly for this!

I'll be back next week with my list for the next quarter, hopefully I will be able to finish more lol!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

A thoughtful post

Just a bit of me rambling on about perspective... I will intersperse with photos for fun :)

I am, by nature, an extremely shy person who is not comfortable in person with many people. But I discovered when I first worked retail when I was younger that I love doing it, I love the interactions with people. Sure you get sore feet and sometimes people are mean and you work when your friends are generally off, but I love it!

My first #quiltforrefugees finished
When I worked in clothing retail I helped people feel better about themselves by helping them find clothes that fit and were flattering... everyone needs an ego boost and they are free to give :)

When I worked at Starbucks I helped set the mood of people's days. Just like Norm in Cheers, I always knew their name, knew their drinks, knew what was going on in their lives, and they knew I would always have a smile for them.

Then I went to school to get a "real job" and became a paralegal. I like the law, it interests me, but it isn't a passion. I am often encouraged to go back to school and become a lawyer, but no thanks, not for me. I don't seek being the top of the heap, that's for other people, I am good where I am.

the second top I pieced for Libs
I am back working retail again, although only part time sadly. And I am thrilled!! I love being back in it and talking to people and helping them out. Recently I had a sweet customer who was making her second ever quilt for her sweet 96 year old grandma who had just moved into a home. She chose a really fun HST pattern with a large heart in the centre. She wanted to have the quilt done for Easter to give it to her Grandma. When she had the top done she brought it in and showed me and picked out a backing and binding. You could just tell how important it was for her to make this for her Grandma. At out guild meeting on Monday she sought me out and let me know that she had gotten a call from her Mom that her Grandma had taken a turn for the worse. She raced around finishing the quilt, binding it at super speed and managed to bring it to her Grandma ten hours before she passed. I cannot tell you how incredibly glad I was that I had been a small part of this gift of love. It's the kind of thing that I was able to be a part simply because I work retail.

a mug rug I made for a swap
You see, when someone talks about someone working in retail it often is coming from a negative place. But I honestly love being able to do it and consider myself lucky.

Thanks for listening to my little tale LOL.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A little bit of this, a little bit of that

I have been pretty busy lately working on some projects for a few different people. First up, I have been piecing two quilt tops for Libs Elliott. It works out great because I love her patterns and I am getting paid, so pretty much the perfect deal lol. This first one is her new design Cloud Chamber. (before you ask, that is a glass ball that hangs from my kitchen door way, and my design wall is in the hallway beside the kitchen)


Luckily Libs sent all the fabric cut as she has a fabric cutter, because that would have been crazy by hand!

I am about halfway through the second one and hope to send them both to her by next week.

In addition, a guild member started a group for making quilts to donate to the influx of refugees coming to Ottawa. This is something close to my heart so I immediately jumped in.


These blocks will be made in to a quilt for a couple moving near Ottawa, several of us made log cabins and they will be assembled by my friend Laura.

I then grabbed a whole bunch of bright FQs and some low volumes and made this quilt top.


And then I dug through my piles and found these blocks from a few years ago that for some reason I never put together. They were from a bee and I love how fun they are! This will be for a child and I think it is so happy looking! (and yes, now that they are together I have a sudden desire to make a whole bunch more LOL)


I have at least one more planned and then we will see if I have time to make more.

In the midst of all of that I woke up this morning wanting to make something for me. Sometimes you just need to give in, so I made myself the double zip wallet from Anna Graham's book, Handmade Style. I used some long coveted fabric from Aunty Cookie, an Australian designer who has sadly since given it up. I did have a bit of a struggle with the instructions but my friend Julie helped through texts and phone calls and it worked out great!


I did add extra card pockets in case you have the pattern and are wondering,

So that has been (some) of what I have been up to!