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Sewing and Craft

Christmas Sewing

Gee, it’s a been a while since I updated hasn’t it? Truth be told, I’ve spent most of my crafty time on Project Life (which I blog about here) and hadn’t sewn for months and months. I purchased Christmas fabric back in July, and really should have followed through on the urge to sew and sew then, as I really wanted to use up my Christmas stash, but left it far too late. First up I made a cover for a bolster insert. I used Noodlehead’s tutorial, just adding more squares to make it big enough  ...

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Melting crayons

Elijah is at that age where he just loves to draw, but he's a bit rough on the old crayons. I was getting sick of putting lots of crayons bits back in their container each week, so luckily this project that is all over the Internet came to mind. A lot of the examples I've seen of this use silicon baking ware to melt the crayons in and had I had some I think that would be the better option. I used a mini muffin tray which suffered a huge beating when it was time to get the crayons  ...

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Summer dress

When I was girl I always enjoyed sewing clothes for my dolls. I know a lot of little girls, but for some silly reason I haven’t sewn for them. Last week I whipped up a dress on a whim for my cousin’s daughter. I can’t show you that dress because she hasn’t seen it yet, but I can show you this weekend’s effort. This dress is a donation for a charity auction to be held on Facebook tomorrow night. You can visit this page for details. I’m on a roll now and will be making a very limited  ...

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Hooray! It’s done.

I finished Elijah’s quilt just in time for his birthday. I ended up simply quilting in the ditch around the sashing as I wanted the quilt to feel squishy rather than sort of stiff. I used a loftier batting than usual and it was not much fun at all to quilt! I think this is my best binding ever! I used a strip folded in half and it worked really well. Overall I’m very happy with this quilt. Fabric: Outfoxed Collection by Lizzy House. What I’m not so wrapped with is my photos. I’m still  ...

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Outfoxed Quilt Top

The first time I saw Outfoxed by Lizzy House I knew I had to make a quilt. I find a simple pattern in a quilting magazine that would feature the prints, then hastily ordered my fabric. A few months later I began to doubt that my fabric was ever going to arrive, so I ordered it again. Two weeks later both orders arrived, the former having passed through every country possible as ‘Australia’ was missing from the address.

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Marmalade Table Runner

A few months ago I shared the finished top for my marmalade runner. I can finally share the complete project; hooray! When I first purchased the marmalade charm pack I had no idea where I’d put whatever I made because it was so ‘pretty’ and we tend to not have a lot of ‘pretty’ around. My first thought was a mat to go under the sewing machine, but that felt like a waste of nice fabric, so it became a runner and it now lives on my old dresser. I love the backing fabric. The colours are a bit  ...

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Waiting.

A lot of my projects are waiting at present. Waiting to be finished, waiting for another one to be finished so it can be started, waiting for my motivation to sew bias binding on to return. We know I don’t like bias binding, I’ve mentioned it before. One must question why I continue to make things that require it. Chevron runner; quilted, and waiting. Pot holders and coasters; quilted, and waiting..

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Easter

This is Elijah’s second Easter. Last year he was too young for chocolate so I just gave him a little bunny I made. I’m not a religious person, so Easter doesn’t have a lot of meaning to me in that sense. I celebrate it as a family day where we receive a bit of chocolate and that’s about it. I do like family traditions though and this year we started ‘pyjamas for Easter’. I made these with some flannelette from spotlight last winter and simply appliqued a train onto a store bought top. I  ...

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Return of the ‘sewjo’.

It’s taken me a long time to get back into sewing after Christmas. I didn’t touch the machine for two months; it was too hot, my sewing room was too messy, and I had no motivation were among the excuses. Now that the weather has cooled off I’ve been sewing up a storm. This isn’t a finished project, but I’m so pleased with it thus far, that I just had to share. I’ve used one pack of ‘Marmalade’ charm squares by Bonnie and Camille. It’s going to be a runner which I’ll quilt along the zig zags  ...

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