Friday, 28 November 2014

Handmade for the Holidays

How stinkin' cute are these reindeer?!
Mad About Patchwork is having a Handmade for the Holidays sale November 28 – December 7. Woo hoo! 

They’ve been busy making samples and kits for simple gift ideas that can still be made in plenty of time for the holidays.  

Along with the kits, all notions (rulers, thread, interfacing), pre-cut charms and rolls, flannel and fleece are on sale!

Everything you need to get sewing for Christmas! All 15% off with the coupon HANDMADE until December 7.

All purchases over $60 will receive a bonus gift, a one-of-a kind handmade pincushion with the Mad About Patchwork label. Sweet!

And in the holiday spirit of giving, Mad About Patchwork is donating a portion of all sales from November 28 – 30 to The Snowsuit Fund. The Snowsuit Fund is an Ottawa-based charity that raises funds for the purchase and distribution of snowsuits to needy children in the community. 

Have fun shopping and help keep a child warm this winter!

So adorable! (no, I will not say 'adorbs' even if they are... ;)

Friday, 21 November 2014

TGIFF! - October Sky

It may be November, but I'm celebrating finishing October Sky (formerly Layers of Leaves).

I'm very,  very happy with this finish. Major happy dance happening around here!

This quilt has had quite a journey. It evolved quite a bit from the original design, then there was a lot of deliberation over the colours, and finally undergoing a lot of hand stitching and machine quilting.

Even the blocking process proved eventful when the backing fabric started to run -- grrr! A good wash with some colour catchers solved that issue thankfully.

The quilting is about 1/8" to 5/8" max. I'm thrilled with the movement that the quilting and hand stitching gives it -- like air currents.

Hope you don't mind a LOT of photos. ;)

Final size: 24" x 44.5"
Fabrics: Kona solids
Threads: DMC embroidery threads and Aurifil (50wt.)

Happy, happy, joy, joy! I'm linking with Lynette @ What A Hoot Quilts, who is hosting TGIFF! this week.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Quilt Hack #4 - Fits Like A Glove

I've used a couple of different brands of free motion quilting gloves and they are great. When I mentioned that I need to pick up a new pair of quilting gloves because I'd worn away the grips, a friend tipped me off to coated gardening gloves.

They are snug and lightweight, and provide great grip so your hands don't get too hot. I love mine and got several pairs for the same price as one pair of quilting gloves. 

Thursday, 13 November 2014

TGIFF! - Best Laid Plans

Welcome to TGIFF! Where every finish deserves to be celebrated. This week, I'm celebrating...this block from Tula Pink's City Sampler book!


Oooh, purple! Okay, while I'm glad this block is finished (it has been for some time, but I forgot to share it here), this was not what I was hoping to share this week. I was hoping to show you a finished Layers of Leaves or October Sky, which is what I'm going to call it now. 

Thank you all so much for the encouragement on my last post! You guys are the best! I worked late into the night every day this week trying to finish it, but I knew last night when I was still doing the hand stitching that it wasn't going to be finished in time. Not only was there still the machine quilting to finish, but then the quilt would need to be blocked and then the binding added. No possible way, even if I pulled an all nighter and could just work on this. Sigh.

Oh well, I'm disappointed, but I'm loving the piece so far and can't wait to finish it. It will be worth the extra effort and the wait. Here's another progress shot. 

So...while I don't have much to celebrate, I bet you do! 

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