Tuesday, 17 May 2016

May is for Makers: Handmade Style


My third purchase for May is for Makers was a little easier this time.  I have been eyeing this book, by Anna Graham from Noodlehead, for quite awhile now.  Specifically, because I've been wanting to make the Market Tote. I mean it’s the cutest thing and I want one!

I do have this thing with bags (and shoes…), but I really think it will come in handy for trips to the farmer’s market.  Plus, I think it will make hauling around my quilts in progress much easier.  At least that’s what I'm telling myself J

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

May is for Makers: Pattern 2 - Shimmer


Ok – the hardest part about participating in May is for Makers is figuring out which patterns to purchase!  There are so many talented designers out there, that I just want to buy every one I see! Which I would, but then I wouldn't have any funds for the fabric. And quilt patterns without fabric really would be a problem!

The first pattern I purchased was a no brainer.  I'm not sure if it was because I saw it right after hearing about May is for Makers, or if the colourway (which I had been envisioning for weeks) just spoke to me, but it was a total no brainer. I saw it.  Loved it.  And bought it. Easy.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Maple Leaf Blocks #quiltsforFortMac


It is just devastating to see the destruction that has occurred in Fort McMurray... mother nature can be so fierce and unrelenting at times.  And these wildfires are a perfect example of that.  As I've been watching the news and hearing about all the misfortune that has befallen the residents of Fort McMurray, I kept thinking about how I could give back.

The next day I saw Stacey’s Instagram post for #quiltsforFortMac and it just warmed my heart. Here again was an great example of how kind, generous and thoughtful our quilting community really is. And to see the level of participation coming from areas all over the world just confirms how connected we really are, despite the physical distance we might feel.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

May is for Makers: Pattern 1 - Summer Sampler 2016

  

Calling all knitters, crocheters, sewers and quilters!  Have you heard of May is for Makers?  I started seeing the #mayisformakers tag on Instagram this past weekend and just had to check it out!

Lindsey, from LR Stitched, wrote an amazing blog post about the hard work, determination and dedication that goes into independently designing and publishing a pattern, and it really spoke to me.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Black & Decker Professional Steam Iron Review

  

I've been on the hunt for a new iron for a very long time.  I can’t tell you the number of hours I've spent researching irons and reading reviews.  Honestly, more than I ever thought or cared to have tackled.  But a good iron is essential for quilting and so I've been doing my due diligence.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

A Favourite Fabric Haunt - Mad About Patchwork



Alright my fellow fabric lovers, this post is for you!  

I've got several projects that will be keeping me busy in the coming months and I needed some fabric to get under way.  After spending a good chunk of a lazy Sunday shopping on-line for fabric a couple of weeks ago, I thought I would share one of my favourite places to shop and some of the goodies I purchased J

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

2016 Finish-A-Long – Q2 Project List



Thanks to a fellow guild member’s blog Dizzy Quilts, written by the lovely Izzy, I have learned about the 2016 Finish-A-Long project.  This started back in January, but it appears you can join at the beginning of each quarter.  For Q2, the deadline is April 16, 2016.

Since I have quite a few projects I want to tackle this year, I thought this would be a good way of keeping me on track, motivated and accountable.  Not to mention the fun of seeing everyone else’s projects and finishes!