Thursday, March 28, 2013

Table runner finish

I stitched a wool edging on to the table runner I had in progress. On the way home today I got the urge to get some flowers and they go pretty well with it. also new is the vase, which I just took out of the kiln this morning,... I feel like a real do it yourself er.

Monday, March 25, 2013

More hexies

I was pleasantly surprised when tidying up my sewing room to find a stack of hexagons already basted to paper pieces that were left over from a previous project. The great part is that they will be useable for my current project! Yay.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Ribbon Bracelets

One of the things that you can easily make with ribbon is a bracelet.
The ones I have pictured here are really simple.   The ends of the ribbon are just crimped inside these metal ends called ribbon crimps.  They are open a bit when you get them, and you just hold the ribbon in the area, and crimp the metal closed with some pliers.  then you add a couple of jump rings and a simple clasp and your bracelet is ready to wear!

 The green and white one is just one piece of ribbon.  ( I find that about 5" or 5-1/2" is a good length, since the metal pieces add a bit of length, but you might need to fine tune that to your needs)
The narrow one is a piece of pink velvet ribbon stitched on to a piece of wool:
 For this one, I stitched the green and white ribbon on to a piece of wool, and use a clip on earring from a thrift store as added ornamentation:
Of course you could add stitching or embroidery, or beads, or.....

If you can't find a ribbon crimp end, (yes, we have them at the store, I ordered some in because they can be hard to find,  but not the closures, you can usually find them easily at a bead store), you could make a cuff with a button closure as an alternative. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

What does this remind you of?

Today I took a photo of this new fabric group we have in by Basic Grey for moda, called PB and J (don't ask me why it's called that)  I just love these fabrics! (but then I love most fabrics, don't I?)
 As I was taking the photo, it occurred to me that I was looking at "mountain ranges" of fabric, as they get smaller in the distance......
 then I took a wider view, just because they were all so pretty
And again, I forgot to snap a photo of the new quilt that Wendy sewed up for a sample of the new FallingWater quilt.  I can always tell she's made the quilt when it has a puzzle piece design stitched on it!   Seriously it is a very cute kid's quilt.  Also the Shoreline kits are ready now too!

Also, if you haven't heard yet, we have a Ribbon Contest on right now.  The info  about it is right here

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Ribbon Week -- Storage

I've decided to devote this week to ribbon. 
Remember, we started a Ribbon Contest yesterday!

Today I thought that I would show you how I store my ribbon at home.
There are probably lots of ways you could store it, these are just a couple of ways.

1. I have a few stacking boxes that are just the right width to hold the cardboard packs of rick rack (you might see them in the center box)
I cut some similar sized rectangles from acid free foam core board and wrap the ribbon around them.

2. Over time, I've collected some wooden spools that are useful and decorative both!  They are often long enough to hold 3 or 4 different ribbons on them.
Sometimes I remember to save empty plastic spools too.  They do the job.
Whatever I wind the ribbon on to, I use a small applique pin to hold the end so that everything isn't unrolling.
And sometimes, I end up with short pieces that I can't throw away.  I just use a little clip to hold them together at one end.  That way they stay all together.
If you have some other suggestions, I'd love to hear how you store yours!  Because it goes without saying that you must have a collection of ribbon --- right Molly?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Wednesday Works in Progress

I was elated when I saw the quilting Patti did on my Salt Water Shoreline quilt.  
She did a squared spiral on the diagonal all over the top
 It's textural and suits the quilt perfectly,   Look at the way the sun makes shadows on it,
To me it evokes a city skyline at night,
 I am putting the binding on now, and hope it will be done later tonight.  It's a store sample so I'd like to get it up in the shop soon.
Also I've started to make the borders for this happy chevron quilt, the idea is still evolving on that,
I hope you've been able to grab some sewing time too this week!
I'll link up with the Needle and Thread Network for the weekly roundup of works in progress.  Its always fun to visit the other bloggers and see what's happening all across Canada, and a few Americans too! 
This is the link , here
And if you are visiting here from there, Hello!

Ribbon Contest

I know that a while ago, I broached the idea of having a contest with a ribbon theme.  I haven't forgotten about this.  I just haven't had any brilliant ideas about how to present it.  So, without further ado, I will just make it a simple contest.

The Ribbon Challenge:
      the challenge is to make something fun using ribbon. 

Time Frame: 
       starting now, projects to be submitted to the shop by April 6th, 5:30 p.m.

      to use ribbon in a project, small or large. (examples, you could embellish something  like a tea towel, a handbag, pillowcase, apron, quilt, wall hanging, placemats, jewellery item, picture frame,  clothing....)
      please use ribbon that you have obtained from Periwinkle.  (You can add in some special ones you already have)
Prizes will be given for:
1. Viewer's choice,  ($50 gift certificate)
2. Project using the most ribbon in one piece (prize will be more ribbon)
3. Other prize categories will be decided as I think of them.

Good luck everyone!

Another bag

The "internal metal purse frames" arrived, and so now we have them in three sizes at the store.  I know how hard it is to figure out how to use them, so I wanted to include an instruction sheet with each one.  So, of course i thought that I needed to take a few more photos of the process.  That meant making another bag.  Of course.
I decided to make this one rather long, but shallow, with the idea of it holding knitting needles. 

 I had been wanting to use this really great Joel Dewberry decorator fabric that is pink and white and red.  I happened to have some red and white ribbon on hand as well.  And of course black and lime green always add to a project!

 I used a layer of batting quilted to the outside fabric, and a layer of iron on interfacing to the lining to give the bag a bit of body.  Of course I took lots of photos on how to put the lining and the outside together, with the fabric channel to hold the metal tube.  You sew around the top edges and turn the thing inside out through a gap you leave in the side seam of the lining. 
After all that, I didn't end up using the new photos in the instruction sheet.

But it does hold knitting needles pretty well.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Playing with proportion, and works in progress

I thought about adding a zig zag border to one of the quilt tops that I have on the go, and so I made some test swatches, like you do in knitting to find the right gauge,

On the same day, I also did some machine quilting on my Salt Water Squares, some hand piecing on my hexagons, and some crocheting.
 It made me wonder about the nature of having lots of projects on the go at once. Of course it's nice to have projects in various stages that use different techniques so that you can pick up the one that you "feel like" working on.  Then it's all about the process, and relaxation and all that. 
And of course I can find other reasons why I have so many things on the go--  such as,
"I have to let that one sit until I decide whether or not it needs a border, or what sort of border.." or,
"I worked on it so much that I am sick of looking at it", or
"I need to start this other one so that I don't forget about it"
"I need to use this new fabric, now."

But what about having to make yourself do a task in order to just "get it done".  What makes the urge to finish a project, even though you might be really tired of it. 
1. the desire to give it to someone. (I think this is a good thing)
2. the desire to avoid accumulating a mountain of things that will clutter  up your sewing room (this might be a bad thing)
3.  the voice that says, "you started it, now you need to finish it"  (this might be a good thing, but it could be a bad thing)
4. the voice that says, "if you don't finish it, you will be wasting all those supplies and the time you've already spent working on it."  (I suspect this might be a bad thing)

Or what about that internal switch that comes on when you feel like you are getting a few to many projects in progress... where does that come from? it is definite that I reach some sort of tipping point where I need to finish something before starting anything new. 
There is much to think about here, and any thoughts you can contribute are welcome. 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Hexagons and hexagons

Why have one hexagon project when you can have two?
at least that seems to be my mode.

Last autumn I bought a stack of vintage hand pieced grandmothers flower blocks. I think there are about 45 of them. Some have two rings of petals and some have an additional round of white added. Every so often I have looked at them and wondered what I will do with them. They were quite yellowed, so a few weeks ago I let them soak in that "vintage textile soak" and then rinsed them out and laid them out to dry. I was happy with how that freshened them up.
This morning I was looking at them again and noticed a little stack of yellow linen squares on my shelf--- another rescued fabric. The color is just the same as that in the center of the pieced flowers. So I have decided to appliqué blocks down on the linen. I'm not too sure what will happen after that.

Oh, and by the way, I have another hexie project in Savannah, so I guess that makes three!

Block 14

this week is Pinwheel:
I hope that you are having fun with the blocks.
I am starting to imagine possible ways to sew them together, although I don't really have a plan at this point.  All I know is that I want to use lots of bright fabrics in the setting!
Remember, if you've done at least 10 blocks  (i.e. purchased at least ten, they don't all need to be sewn up), you can get the fabric for your settings at a 30% discount now.  
Happy sewing!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

In the Shop on March 14th

I had my camera with me a couple of days ago when I went to the store, so I took a few photos to show what's new in the past week or two ...

(Of course I forgot to take a photo of the stencils-- about 45 new designs came in,)

We gathered up all the Laurel Burch bags from around the store and made a whole display area with them.  They are so cheerful, especially when it is so sunny.
 We started cutting the kits for the Shoreline quilt by Tula Pink..   Patti is quilting it and I'm super excited to see it finished. 
And for you English paper piecing fanatics, don't miss the pre-cut hexagon kits
 we moved the section of pre-cuts...
 two great new fabric lines arrived!
This is Field Notes, by Blackbird Designs for moda fabrics.  we haven't had a big grouping of this style of fabrics for a while,.  Nothing beats the silky feel of moda in my books.
Blackbird designs has a blog, here.  I notice that they are planning a contest using this fabric line soon....
 This is a group called "Comma", by zen chic, again for moda. 
They are really graphic designs in some pretty fresh color combinations. 
I saw a couple of quilts made from them at Quilt Market, -- this one stuck out in my mind:
of course my mind is busy trying figure out what quilt I "need" to make with them! 
In the meantime, I'm really going to try to finish my "Saltwater Squares". 
Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Spent about 5 hours doing bookwork/computer stuff today, and that seemed like a marathon.  I spent an hour sewing after that, and it was much more enjoyable.
(this shows the next border being added, but before the batting for this round has been added)
I added on another round to my Salt Water Squares quilt. 
If you're wondering what I'm doing, it is quilting it in pieces, from the center outward, so that it is easier to maneuver at the sewing machine.  I did another quilt this way one time, and talked about it  here.  It is a good technique to use for when you want to do some special free motion quilting.
I hope tomorrow I'll be able to spend a good chunk of time quilting on it!

On the weekend, I started  another project using this line of fabrics:

 It's one of the free pattern downloads on Tula Pink's website.  here
It is called Shoreline.  It seems that the center is a bit smaller than the grey parts, due to my less than perfect quarter inch seam.  However, maybe if I just quilt it more densely in the grey parts, it will all come out okay.  From this angle, it sort of looks like highrises:

(Molly, I'm glad you picked up your fabrics,  I'm sure that your little person will love what you make from them!)

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