Monday, 28 January 2013

A Pillow.

I have wanted to try out Elizabeth Hartman's Mod Mosaic method of piecing and have finally found the perfect reason: a cute little person!  My nephew Joey turned one last week and I decided to make him a pillow to match the quilt I made for him (which was my VERY first quilt).

The front of the pillow is machine quilted and lined with Muslin, and the back of the pillow is lined and the envelope-style backing is bound with the beauty of Violet Craft`s Peacock Lane. Of course, in my rush to get out of the door I forgot the take a picture of the back of the pillow and a close-up of the pebble quilting on the front (on the flannel).

I hope you like your pillow, little Joey!  I'll be sure to post a pic on here soon of him - and then your heart will melt because he is SO DARN CUTE!  :)



Monday, 21 January 2013

Sorry, what?!

Sorry, what day is it?  January 21st?!  I think I almost had a heart attack today when I realized how long it's been since I've blogged.  Man, time really does fly when you're having fun.  On that note, I went skating with the kids today (for the first time in about ten years) and did one of those awesome moves when your skates fly out from under you over and over and you look like a cartoon character.  You know the move I mean?  Yep, that was me today.  Luckily I caught myself and was able to recover without losing ALL of my dignity.  hehe.

I've been working on a few things over that last month; nothing major, but things that have made me happy, like this little hoodie.

I made it from a stretch knit that I picked up last summer...I almost forgot I had it until I went rummaging through my 'apparel material' bin.  The pattern is Kwik Sew #908 that I found at my local thrift shop.  I've come across a few cute vintage patterns there and am happy with the way this one turned out!

I love this hood!

I made a few changes to the hoodie - The bottom casing wasn't working out so I made it a bit sturdier by adding quilting-weight cotton to the's not perfect, but it's definitely going to hold up to wear better than the original would have.


I've only made a couple of things out of knits, so this was a perfect pattern to jump back into it with - the pieces were simple and instructions clear.  I even managed to line up some stripes!  :)


Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Grand Prize. So. Cool.

I am so thrilled to share that my Recycled Reader won the grand prize in the Ruby Star Wrapping contest hosted by Sew Mama, Sew!

This contest is the first judged contest that I've ever entered, so I'm over the moon right now.  If you know me, you know that I a) love to sew and be crafty (that one's a little obvious) b) am a sucker for prizes and c) love getting things in the mail (of course, this list is not inclusive).  The prize is an indulgence of all aforementioned...

(except from the Sew Mama, Sew blog)
  • Copy of Ruby Star Wrapping
  • $50 Gift Certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!
  • Green Bee Patterns
  • 1 Fat Quarter Pack Micro Mod fabric
  • 1 vintage rotary phone from Melody
  • 1 yard Melody Miller trim
  • 6 Ruby Star Sparkle fat quarters
  • 1 bundle washi tape
"Our Grand Prize Winner is: The Naked Spool! This entry combines two projects from the book (the flag garland with the book cover). Melody writes, “I like her choices (the book cover is amazing) and all the little touches with the book pages and washi tape.”
Vintage rotary phone?  So. Cool.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to Melody Miller and Allison Tannery for their beautiful book Ruby Star Wrapping, and to Sew Mama, Sew, Green Bee Design and Patterns, and Melody for the super amazing prizes. Also, thanks to Sukie who introduced me to the book and Wrap-Along!
Go visit Sew Mama, Sew! to see all of the other amazing entries and winners!