Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Scraptastic!

As I am sure you all know by now, I rarely find a piece of fabric that is too small to keep! Recently Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts celebrated her 250th quilt with a giveaway of her patterns. I got her Scrap Happy Purse.

I am totally in love with this pattern! I went through some scraps that I haven’t looked at in years and found some sweet memories.IMG_3126It was such a happy surprise to me to realise that no matter how crazy the scrap was they all looked good together :)IMG_3132  I got to use some fun green and white polka dot handles I have had for awhile.IMG_3142And for the first time, one of my suede tags.

Also, Opie was given the all clear by her vet yesterday! Thank you all for your help and warm thoughts :)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Making it up as I go

I have had it in my head to make a cute tote for my store. Sadly the handles I bought were way too small. (Does everyone else have trouble judging size by measurements alone?) So I pondered. And I thought. And I even threw in some mulling for good measure!

DSC02394DSC02395 And this is what I came up with. It has a combo of machine and hand sewing because I knew how I wanted it to end up but wasn’t completely sure of the method.I find with hand sewing you can pretty much make anything you can think of. It ended up approximately 5.5” x 9.5” so a fun little size.

I attached the metal zipper and the handles by hand. You can see the stitching on the inside but I just think that is the nature of the beast. I also added a cute little squirrel zipper pull I bought ages ago.

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I am pretty proud of myself for coming up with this pattern. I have a second pair of “too small” handles so maybe I will get to make a second one soon :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Opie update

Hi guys :) I just wanted to thank everyone who has helped out by buying some of my things, it means a lot!

IMG_0617 We went back today our regular (non-emergency) vet for a check up today. He was rather surprised by the size of her wound (the biggest he has seen) and suggested surgery and a drain. I told him I didn’t have a job so we came up with another plan of attack.

More medications, including a spray to calm her when bringing her to the vet lol and laser treaments. He was really nice and is giving them to her at half price. We’ll do six total, over the next week and a half every two days. Hopefully this, along with the medications will have her well on her way to healing.

Please keep us in your thoughts!! Opie and Katy :)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A sale for Opie Cat Devlin

Hi all!

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Opie got sick this weekend and I had to take her to the emergency vet. As you can imagine, without a job the cost was even harder to bear than usual. I have already paid $518 and will be looking at $125 more minimum. So I am having a 20% off sale in my shop until September 30th. Coupon code is OPIE20. Please, if you have been considering a purchase, could you make it now, thank you. I love you all! Shop link is on the right.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Katie from Karma Willow Designs nominated me for the Around the World Blog Hop. I met Katie through our friend Teri. She has an amazing ability to get a ton of sewing done, I am often quite envious of her many finishes!This has been a fun way to learn more about old friends and to discover some new ones. I’ll answer some questions below and then will add my nominations at the end.

1. What am I working on? 

My main item at the moment is a Yoko Saito quilt for the World Book Media booth at Quilt Market at the end of October. I jumped at the chance to be able to make the sample… that was before the reality of almost 800 little pieces hit LOL!

IMG_2866 I was originally hand piecing it but decided to try paper piecing the rounds last night… it took more than 3 hours for one (there are 9 total) but I still think it might be faster.

Otherwise I am trying to get little bits of new stock in to the store at times and am still making some mini’s for friends.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

I don’t think I am that different from others, except maybe that I like to create small items, whether a mini quilt or tiny piecing. I use a lot of Liberty of London fabrics but that is no longer rare with the many Liberty of London stash clubs one can join lately.

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3. Why do I write/create what I do? 

I do it because for the first time in my life I feel “right”. This is what I love, what my passion is, and stopping would be like cutting my arm off. The joy of a newly finished piece, especially one with a new technique, is incomparable.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?

I doodle ideas a lot… most don’t get made. I find that it works best if I have a reason to make something (hence all the mini gifts recently) and then it gets done in a short period of time. If I spend too long on something chances are it will be put aside and likely never seen again lol! 

So now it's time to let you know who I draw inspiration from 

Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs – If you recall, Cheryl was the friend I just completed a swap with. She is a prolific pattern writer and I love how doable she makes all her patterns, I hope you enjoy checking her out.

Ginette from The Quilting Princess РGinette is someone I know in person as we are in the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild together. I really enjoy her work as she tries a lot of different things such as her traditional needle turn appliqu̩ quilt she is working on. She also is always full of encouragement and positive vibes :) Enjoy learning about her :)

These two lovely ladies will be posting their posts on the 29th, so keep an eye out :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Some mini’s

Lately I have been having a lot of fun making surprise gifts for friends. I always have a list in my head of people that I would like to give something to. It could be in thanks, for an occasion, or just to brighten their day. Here are some of the recent ones below.

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This one was actually a swap with my friend Cheryl. It is Liberty and Essex Linen. I loved making it but it did take quite awhile, each block has 36 little pieces in it.

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 This one is based off my friend Rachel’s tutorial called Raspberry Kiss. I cut into my much loved Cotton + Steel for this one, along with low volume for the backgrounds. This will be sent out in the future so I can’t tell you to whom yet.

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This I sent to my friend Kira. She so kindly sent me a Starbucks You Are Here mug after I commented how much I really wanted one and so I wanted her to know how much it meant to me. This was based off of a Fresh Mini Quilt Club pattern. It was extremely hard to photograph, I don’t know if it was the soft colours. I normally am not a pink girl at all but for some reason that is what ended up happening.

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This is a pillow I made for my friend Karen’s birthday. This was beyond fun to make! It was my first time really using partial seams and it worked like a charm! Karen is pretty darn awesome and I wanted her to know that! This is from Stitch Supply Co.'s Mini Banner Day Quilt.

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And finally, these are some coasters for a friend. As they also haven’t been sent out yet I can’t name the person. But she is a generous, kind soul, and I think she will love these!

I will have more coming as I have more in the works, but right now my main goal is to finish a Yoko Saito pattern for Quilt Market display. It has approximately 800 tiny pieces to it!

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The finished quilt will be 37 3/4” x 37 3/4”!
Hope you all are having a great Monday!  

Sunday, August 31, 2014

GRAND RE-OPENING OF MY STORE!

Sorry about the all caps title but I am excited :)

Since my job and I decided we were on a conscious uncoupling I have discovered that I have more time on my hands. As well, surprisingly, I have a fairly healthy fabric stash. And money does not grow on trees. So, with all the factors I decided that I am going to make a concerted effort at having my business become a success.

DSC02254 I ordered new custom logos, new business cards, worked hard on getting things made and am back in business!

DSC02273 My intention is to keep adding new items weekly. Some will be entirely new (I am hoping on some bags and stuffed toys) and some will just be filling (or re-filling) stock. My items are well made and are great for gifts for friends and loved ones. I am up for custom orders and hope to be able to make your requests come true.

DSC02310  Now… for the first two days, September 1 and 2, there is 10% off with the coupon code GRO10. There is also a local pick-up coupon which you may use if you wish to pick up your items at my house. This code is PICKUP and will remove the shipping from your total. If I have to send it to you, then you have to pay, sorry :) I do always refund shipping overages above $1.

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In addition, Etsy offers you a $5 off your first Etsy purchase (does not have to be from my store specifically). This code is http://etsy.me/1u4KbGz. Etsy is a well established and reputable online marketplace.

I hope you enjoy browsing my shop! LethargicLass <----- shop link :) There is also a link on the right hand side of my blog ----->