A Wedding Quilt for Pam

In 2012, Jenny at In Color Order hosted a block of the month party. Every month she posted a quilt square made of 1/2 triangle squares. Every month I made the block and stuck it away in a box.

034At the end of the year, I had 12 blocks, one for every month.

016Pam was always interested in the monthly blocks, and oooo’d and ahhhh’d over them as the stack grew. She really loved the batik colours. So I decided early on that this quilt would be hers someday. However, I am a slow quilter, and so I emphasize the “someday!”

019At the end of the year, I assembled my 12 blocks and decided that it wasn’t quite big enough. So I made three more for a 3×5 grid. Long and skinny. Perfect for the back of a couch or a good snuggle while watching a movie.

015This sampler quilt is also perfect for Pam because I think it reflects her personality. She loves trying new things. She will appreciate the fact that every block is different and yet created from the same foundation (triangle squares).

037In the beginning, I thought the quilt would look good with a green inner border. But I hated it and ripped it right off. Then the quilt top went into a box to be finished someday (did I emphasize “someday” enough?). Here it is with the original green border. Ick!

024 (2)The quilt languished while Mr. C and I put our retirement in order, sold our house and moved to the Shuswap.

026Then Pam got engaged! I realized I had the perfect wedding gift, just waiting in the wings. Out it came and I took it to my local quilt shop to choose the border, batting and backing. That’s always fun…the entire shop gets involved!

027I spent the next several months doing the hand quilting.

039My hands have been bothering me as I’ve developed arthritis, especially in my poor swollen thumb. So this quilt is done in large stitches rather than the tiny ones I had been trying to perfect.

038But you know what? I really like the large stitches. They aren’t big enough to be toenail grabbers, just big enough to not bother my hands as much. I made use of Mr. C’s Leatherman to pull the needle through until he bought me my very own jewelry-maker’s needle nose pliers. 🙂

022This quilt is special for another reason…

036It marked my journey through menopausal depression (blogged here) – I started it the same month I was diagnosed. During that time, I leaned heavily on a small group of friends – especially my buddy-bud Pam.

035Pam and would walk Millennium Trail every single week, almost without fail. She listened and helped me to re-phrase the negative self-talk into positive. When the quilt was finished, I was happy and healthy again 🙂

024So Pam, this one’s for you, with all my love and thankfulness for your friendship now and always!

017 Congratulations on your marriage! I wish for you a lifetime of wonder and joy with your sweetie, John! ♥

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075Quilty hugs, always!

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Slow Sunday Stitching

Lily’s Quilts Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog Meet

Summer Thunderstorm

We sit on the porch swing
under a crochet afghan
thunder
grumbles around us
lightening
sends the rain
driving down
chill wind brings
shivers
of delight

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A little Basket for a little project

We were visiting quaint old Gibsons BC yesterday when I spied this basket and stopped dead in my tracks.

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I’ve been keeping an eye out for the perfect little knitting basket…something to keep small projects in.

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Kelly smiled and told me to pick one out. I love this man!

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This little project will be a lacy cowl when it grows up.

Linking in with Wool on Sundays.

Vintage Simplicity 9852 Strikes Again! (shorts version 2)

Remember these shorts?

Well, today I made another pair, out of…get this… a curtain that I got for $1 at the thrift store. Yup – a curtain.

013No pockets this time. Actually, I did make pockets, but I screwed them up. So rather than unpick everything and re-position them, I simply cut them off and sewed the seam closed. Problem solved!

012I swear to you, they are hemmed evenly! (I must be standing funny…)

014Meanwhile, everything in my garden is blooming!

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Vintage Simplicity 9158: Shorts!

I do not own a single pair of shorts.

Okay. Not true. I actually own several pairs of shorts, that I bought several summers ago after I lost 65 pounds. (Yes I did! Read about it here and here). But I can’t fit into them anymore. 🙁 I’m working on it! I will get back to goal, you can count on it! Meantime, I don’t have any shorts and the weather is getting warm, my friends. It is now officially Shorts Season!

013I have declared it shorts season in my sewing room, too.

I paid .25 cents for this (OMG Christie Brinkley!) pattern at the thrift store. I’ve actually been collecting quite a few patterns at the thrift store for .25 cents each. I’ll show you sometime 🙂

005This pattern was published in 1989, and when I googled it, I found it being sold on etsy and ebay as “vintage.” Vintage? Really? …sigh. In 1989 I had a 4 year old, so I guess he is vintage, too!

I also found a table cloth for $1.00. (Yup! ONE DOLLAR) that looked like it would be good to wear. (Really, Nita? A tablecloth?) shhhhhh…don’t tell my son! He would die if he knew his mother was shopping in the linen closet at the thrift store!

Here goes nothing!

001I won these Frixion pens in a door prize at Quilt Guild yesterday. Cool! They made marking the Big Dots and MMMs so easy!

003Add one long-distance phone call for moral support:

004And 6 hours later – yes, I said six hours later … (NOW can you tell I’m a total neophyte seamstress?)

012Totally missed matching the plaids up on the front.

015But I did a marvelous job of matching the plaids on the side seams! (actually, it didn’t occur to me that I should match the plaids until after I got to the side seams. Doh!)

006This table cloth fabric ravels really bad, so I used the over-lock stitch on my Janome to finish the seams. I’ve never used that stitch before. It’s really cool!

010Here’s a shot from the back. And hey! I managed to hem both legs the same length!

016I put a button on the front so I know which way to put them on for decoration.

014The pockets are…well…okay, let me just say that when you discover that the waist band is going to tuck in under your arm pits, you should probably take the pockets out and move them down instead of whacking the top of the waistband off (pockets and all) and folding the whole lot over to make the casing. Just sayin’…

Things I learned:

  1. Patterns are your friend. But it’s probably a good idea to hold them up to yourself to see if the waistband is going to be 10 inches to long or miles too short before you cut.
  2. My sewing machine has an interlock stitch 🙂
  3. tablecloths make nice clothes to garden in.
  4. Sewing is fun!

Now…click your heels together three times and repeat after me: “sewing is not scarey.” 

Maybe I’ll feel brave enough to tackle a dress soon!

Going for a Walk

Would you like to take a walk around the neighbourhood with us?

015I’ll take my camera and snap a few pics along the way. 🙂 Samson is in charge. Which way shall we go today? Right or left? Samson chooses to turn right. Here we go!

017016The water is high this year…there’s no more beach to walk on! Samson is disappointed.

019Another cross-roads. Right or left, Sam? Sam chooses right. Okay! Up Mobley Road we go!

026074Another cross road. Sam decides he’d like to walk the “Badger Road loop” today, so we turn left here.

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041 043These are the chickens that lay the eggs we buy. 🙂 053 059And back onto Mobley Road headed for home.

025072 080 081Wouldn’t you like to live here, too?

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Skirts from Shirts!

Whilst rummaging around in a box the other day, I found some shirts that I had purchased at the Sally Ann in Whitehorse a couple of years ago. I have a vague recollection of plans to cut them up and use them in a quilt. They were both men sizes 2XL.

“Hummmmm” I thought to myself, holding the shirt up to my hips. “I think I could make a skirt out of this!”

020Here is what I did: I cut the shirt off under the arms. Then I turned the raw edge under about 1/4 inch, pressed and then hemmed it. Then I turned that same edge over again about 2 inches, sewed 3 channels, threaded 3 pieces of 1/4″ elastic through and voila! A waist band!

010But when I tried it on, I wasn’t happy because of the shirt tail. It looked like a shirt tied around my waist. So I cut the bottom off so it was even all around, sewed a narrow hem and tried it on again. This time it was too short!

012So I took myself to the fabric store and bought some black lace and some white lace and sewed it onto the bottom.

011Voila! A skirt that I love!

017On to Skirt number Two!043Riding high on my previous success, I decided to tackle the second shirt. However, having learned my lesson about the too-short skirt (and not having any more lace), I dug around in the box some more and unearthed a piece of lime green denim that just happened to match the green in the plaid.

014Again, I cut the shirt off below the arms. Then I made a waistband by cutting the green denim to the right length, folded it over in half and sewed it onto the raw edge of the shirt.007I think a gathered waist makes me look thicker in the middle than I like, so I wanted this skirt to have a flat front instead of a gathered front.

008To do that I sewed 4 channels only around the back (starting and stopping at the side seams). Then I threaded the channels with 1/4″ elastic.

013The original shirt had a straight bottom instead of a shirt-tail bottom, so I didn’t even need to hem it! Bonus!

013Two summer skirts on the cheap! Boo Yeah!

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Grandmother’s Flower Garden: a hexagon quilt update

My grandmother’s flower garden quilt is still growing…

046She’s up to (approximately) 65 x 40.

045The bigger she gets, the slower she grows.

043I don’t know how much bigger I will go…I am nearly out of the cream background. 044How’s your garden growing?